wisconsin real estate: 9 Super Easy (Often Overlooked) Ways To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal - 12/07/16 06:34 PM
9 Super Easy (But Often Overlooked) Ways To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal 
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When we think of home upgrades, people automatically think of the ones that need to be made inside the house. Our minds go right to the basics of painting wall colors neutral, replacing old knobs and drawer pulls on cabinets, getting rid of clutter, and making the home appealing for a would-be-buyer.
But stop for a minute and think, what is the first thing potential buyers will see? It’s not the wall color or dated vinyl floors. Did you know that people will make assumptions on a … (1 comments)

wisconsin real estate: 5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding this Winter - 12/04/16 08:02 PM
 5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding this Winter  
How to prevent your pipes from freezing, even if you think they’ve already started to freeze.
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New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it’s just not something renters deal with; prepping pipes for winter is often the landlord’s job. Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But if you’ve forgotten and all … (2 comments)

wisconsin real estate: So, you want to buy a house-Where do you start? - 12/04/16 02:51 PM
So, you want to buy a house-Where do you start?When you are purchasing a house, rely the professionals to guide you. We will help make the transaction as seamless as possible, you can search all homes at www.AmbersHomeFinder.com or Call/Text: 920.988.0048 #wirealestate #remax #wihomebuyer  
So, you want to buy your first house, do you?
No, not that kind of House. This kind:
We think that sounds like a great idea.
But where do you start?
You can talk to a real estate agent…
Or you can start your search on the Internet.
You go with the Internet, but there are SO MANY choices.
Which neighborhoods are safe?
Are the … (0 comments)

wisconsin real estate: It's Black Friday, Time to RE/MAX and Chill! - 11/25/16 09:09 AM
It’s Black Friday. Time to RE/MAX and chill. Search all homes at www.AmbersHomeFinder.com Want to know more about ANY property? Call/Text: 920.988.0048   Amber Castonguay Direct: 920.988.0048 Text: 920.988.0048 Fax: 866.211.2826 www.AmbersHomeFinder.com http://ambercastonguay.blogspot.com/   RE/MAX Realty Center 357 W Wisconsin Ave Oconomowoc, WI 53066 Office: 262-567-2455   Connect With Me         How much is your home worth?   … (1 comments)

wisconsin real estate: How to Make Offers That (Nearly) Guarantee You Can’t Lose - 11/17/16 11:21 PM
 
How to Make Offers That (Nearly) Guarantee You Can’t Lose 
Wish you could make real estate offers that guaranteed you couldn’t lose?
One of the big challenges for real estate investors today is making good offers. There are lots of potential opportunities out there, but you don’t want to be making offers you’ll regret. You don’t want to miss good deals. You don’t want to overpay and lose money either. So how do you make winning offers?
I recently published a case study on my first experience buying investment property sight-unseen. It worked out for my partner and me. It wasn’t our plan, but it worked … (2 comments)

wisconsin real estate: Build or Buy? - 05/20/15 01:10 PM
Build or Buy? New homes have an array of advantages over existing ones, but buyers who want to contract a build have a lot of pros and cons to weigh. May 2015 | By Mary Beth Klatt   Sometimes you just can’t find the perfect house. With inventory as tight as it is, options are slim, and buyers often must settle for a home that isn’t their best match if they’re determined to purchase now. But there’s still a way to get exactly what they want, even if it’s not on the market. They could build the house of their dreams … (0 comments)

wisconsin real estate: Determining Your Offer Price - 11/27/07 04:23 AM
When you prepare an offer to purchase a home, you already know the seller's asking price. But what price are you going to offer and how do you come up with that figure?
Determining your offer price is a three-step process.
First, you look at recent sales of similar properties to come up with a price range. Then, you analyze additional data, such as the condition of the home, improvements made to the property, current market conditions, and the circumstances of the seller. This will help you settle on a price you think would be fair to pay for the home. Finally, depending … (0 comments)

wisconsin real estate: Home Warranties and Seller Coverage - 11/19/07 08:15 AM
I am wondering if anybody has had any luck with Seller claims on a Home Warranty.  I don't know if all home warranty companies offer seller coverage but I'm sure most do.  I use First American Home Warranty and am currently going through a seller claim. It will be interesting to see how this goes.  I think Home Warranties are a good thing and can save your client/customer some money. It seems that everytime I explain to a Seller that they would be covered through the term of the listing they are pleasantly suprised. … (3 comments)

wisconsin real estate: Home Buying Tips - 11/19/07 06:59 AM
New home or not so new, it pays to know what to look for in its structure, equipment and surroundings. Though a final assessment can be made by an inspection service company, this checklist can serve as a reminder of some things you should look for in order to make a wise buying decision. Foundation: Floors and walls poured concrete. No evidence of water seepage or moisture problems. Minor settling cracks usually not structurally significant. Drainage: Sump pump for sanitary and foundation draining. Crawl space dry. Termite and wood rot: May require inspection by qualified exterminator for existing and potential problems. … (3 comments)

wisconsin real estate: When Your Selling Price is too High, Beware! - 11/19/07 04:03 AM
Meeting With Realtors
So you've decided to sell your home and have a fairly good idea of what you think it is worth. Being a sensible home seller, you schedule appointments with three local listing agents who've been hanging stuff on your front doorknob for years. Each Realtor comes prepared with a "Competitive Market Analysis" on fancy paper and they each recommend a specific sales price.
Amazingly, a couple of the Realtors have come up with prices that are lower than you expected. Although they back up their recommendations with recent sales data of similar homes, you remain convinced your house is worth … (2 comments)

wisconsin real estate: What the Heck Is a Short Sale? - 11/17/07 01:28 AM
Over the last several years a lot of buyers have bought homes, intending to live in them for many years, then something happened - maybe good, maybe bad, but regardless - they don't have a choice. Some owners have to move.
When most homeowners move, they sell their house. Usually, that's not a problem. For some people nowadays, it is a problem.
Because of the easy financing, rampant speculation, flipping, and sometimes fraud, home values skyrocketed most everywhere. That came to an end recently and values plummeted in some areas. Even when values are stable, sometimes there just isn't enough money in the … (10 comments)

wisconsin real estate: Things Not to Do Before Purchasing a Home - 11/16/07 05:39 AM
No Major Purchase of Any Kind
Don't Move Money Around
When a lender reviews your loan package for approval, one of the things they are concerned about is the source of funds for your down payment and closing costs. Most likely, you will be asked to provide statements for the last two or three months on any of your liquid assets. This includes checking accounts, savings accounts, money market funds, certificates of deposit, stock statements, mutual funds, and even your company 401K and retirement accounts.
If you have been moving money between accounts during that time, there may be large deposits and withdrawals in … (6 comments)

wisconsin real estate: 5 Things You Should Expect From Your Agent - 11/09/07 05:59 AM

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