peggy wester: Lessons Learned from the World of Short Sales - 03/22/13 10:16 AM

LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE WORLD OF SHORT SALES A few days ago I came across a blog post by ActiveRain member, Norm Werner, entitled I Never Thought It Would Happen to Me. It's been awhile since I've worked on a short sale transaction (and I'm very grateful for that), but I am well aware that there are still many people out there who are in trouble.
His post took me back to some face-to-face and phone conversations I have had with sellers over the past few years that left me wondering what on earth is happening out there?
I remember … (3 comments)

peggy wester: Think Young Team Looking to Increase Our Inventory! - 03/20/13 09:55 AM
Our listings are selling, and inventory is down. 
The buyers are ready to buy.   Are you ready to sell??  

 
 
 
Originally posted at http://peggywester.com/homes-selling-inventory-ozaukee-washington-county-northshore/
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peggy wester: 1st OPEN HOUSE! -- 197 PARK STREET, BELGIUM, WISCONSIN - 03/14/13 11:21 AM
 
 

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peggy wester: Sometimes Realtors® Make a Move, Too - 11/17/12 12:08 AM
I changed brokers this week. After 10-1/2 years of working at the same firm, I was given the opportunity to partner up with a former colleague. After many conversations with him, much praying, going over the pros and cons of making such a change again and again and again, talking with family, and realizing I could no longer ignore the many signs that this was something I had to try, I made the move.

I opted to tell my sales director in person of my decision rather than sneak into the office in the middle of the night and leave my key along … (12 comments)

peggy wester: Which Comes First -- Listing or Buying? - 09/29/12 06:12 AM
In a recent conversation with a new buyer who would also be selling her house, the question came up as to when she should put her house on the market. Does she list it now and hope that she's found a new place by the time she gets an offer on hers, or does she wait to list it until she has an accepted offer on a new place? The table below outlines why listing your house before you have an accepted offer on another home gives you more negotiating power on both the selling and buying end.
There are, of … (14 comments)

peggy wester: Harrington Beach State Park -- Let the Pictures Tell of Its Beauty - 09/29/12 04:06 AM
HARRINGTON BEACH STATE PARK is located in Belgium, Wisconsin, and I think it's one of Ozaukee County's best kept secrets. It's where we took walks around the quarry with our parents when we were kids. It's where we took special bike rides during the summertime. And now it's a place for families to enjoy the new campground. Add it to your bucket list of places to see. Beauty everywhere you look.

 






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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peggy wester: SOLD!! Another Ardennes Gem -- Side-by-Side Ranch Condo in Belgium WI - 09/25/12 12:39 AM
WOW! A FINISHED LOWER LEVEL IN THIS SIDE-BY-SIDE RANCH CONDO
2-BEDROOM/3-BATH
ARDENNES SUBDIVISION
$154,900

 
LIVING ROOM WITH LARGE WINDOWS THAT LET THE OUTSIDE IN!

 
KITCHEN IS WELL-PLANNED WITH STAINLESS APPLICANCES, BREAKFAST BAR, AMPLE CABINETS SPACE AND CONVENIENT ACCESS TO LAUNDRY AREA AND GARAGE.

 
 
MASTER BEDROOM HAS CATHEDRAL CEILING, WALK-IN CLOSET AND PRIVATE BATH.  
 
 
FINISHED LOWER LEVEL HAS WET BAR & 3RD FULL BATH.

 
PRIVATE DECK IS IDEAL FOR ENJOYING EVENING SUNSETS.

 
INTEREST RATES ARE STILL AT HISTORIC LOWS, YOU HAVE NO LAWN CARE, AND YOU'RE LESS THAN 30 MINUTES FROM MILWAUKEE. … (0 comments)

peggy wester: Work with Zillow to Improve Your Home's Value -- CLAIM YOUR HOUSE! - 09/17/12 09:04 AM
Do you know what your home's value is on Zillow?
Is the value less than what you think or know it should be?

Well, claim your house on Zillow! What the heck does that mean, you ask?
I recently attended the 2012 WRA (Wisconsin Realtor's Association) convention and sat in on several technology sessions. I learned a lot about using technology for just about everything we do, and one of the most intriguing tips was claiming your home on Zillow.
We know Zillow is one of the most widely used sites consumers use to find a home and to find data … (2 comments)

peggy wester: Do You Choose a Real Estate Company or a Real Estate Agent? - 08/28/12 01:43 AM
DO YOU CHOOSE A REAL ESTATE COMPANY OR A REAL ESTATE AGENT?

I had lunch recently with a colleague and friend, and among the many things we talked about was--
Does a buyer or seller choose a company or an agent to work with? 
As real estate agents, we tend to track where our business comes from. It helps us determine which marketing methods are providing the best return.
Are we getting calls off our personal web site?
Are we getting calls off the sign in front of our listing?
Did the client find us on our company's web site or … (3 comments)

peggy wester: SOLD!! OPEN HOUSE -- 3247 COUNTY ROAD O, SAUKVILLE WI - 08/23/12 08:37 AM
OPEN HOUSE 3247 COUNTY ROAD O, SAUKVILLE WI
$179,000
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This one-owner, 3-bedroom/2-bath home gives new meaning to the word "sprawling." Set on one acre in the Town of Saukville, this ranch has an impressive amount of living space. Large kitchen counters make cooking enjoyable and the breakfast bar is great for that morning coffee. There's also a planning desk and dinette that can easily fit a generous-size table. In addition to a formal living room there is a family room with gas fireplace. All bedrooms have hardwood floors and plenty of room for all … (2 comments)

peggy wester: OPEN HOUSE AT N87W6840 EVERGREEN COURT, CEDARBURG--SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 - 08/03/12 03:53 AM
STOP IN AND CHECK OUT THIS 2-BEDROOM CONDO ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 12:00-1:30 PM!

THE LIVING ROOM HAS NEWER CARPET AND OPENS TO THE DINETTE AND KITCHEN.

THE KITCHEN HAS CORIAN COUTNERS AND STAINLESS APPLICANCES. 

UPSTAIRS IS THE MASTER BEDROOM WITH A WALK-IN AND SECOND CLOSET. 

THE FULL BATH IS UPDATED WITH NEW TUB SURROUND, TILE FLOOR, VANITY, AND FIXTURES.

THIS UNIT ALSO HAS A FULL BASEMENT WITH LAUNDRY HOOK-UP AND ATTACHED 1-CAR GARAGE.

CALL TODAY FOR A PRIVATE SHOWING OR CHECK IT OUT ON SUNDAY!
 
 
 
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peggy wester: Halfway into '12 --Things Look Good in Ozaukee & Washington Home Sales - 07/23/12 10:14 AM
With over half of 2012 behind us, we can look back on those six months with some relief and hope in relation to home sales in Ozaukee and Washington counties.
Unit sales of single-family homes continued to climb -- a sure sign that we are headed in the right direction.
While prices rose a bit in Washington county, they didn't fare as well in Ozaukee county with a decline of 9.5% over the same time last year. This would seem to indicate prices haven't quite bottomed out yet.

If you would like more information about or help with selling or buying … (0 comments)

peggy wester: The Value is Spilling Over at 306 Louvain in Belgium Wisconsin - 07/08/12 09:58 AM
Now listed at $116,900!!
An unbelievable value at this 2-bedroom/2-bath condo with nearly 1800 square feet of living space. Add to that a private garage, private entry, a balcony and deck, in-unit laundry, cathedral ceiling, kitchen appliances, and a bonus room, which can easily be a 3rd bedroom (has a closet!), family room, office, playroom or anything your heart desires.
You can find out more information here.
Make this one yours!

 
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peggy wester: Hometown Fun on the 4th of July in Cedarburg Wisconsin - 07/02/12 04:57 AM

You can always be assured you'll enjoy any time you spend in this quaint city located in southern Ozaukee County. And that is perhaps never more true when spending the 4th of July in Cedarburg.
The day begins with a hometown parade at 10:00 am that runs south on Washington Avenue from Fireman's Park. One of the main attractions in this event are the award-winning Division 1 drum and bugle corps.
Following the parade, walk over to Cedar Creek Park for a picnic with food and beverages provided by the Cedarburg Lions Club. Entertainment is provided throughout the day by groups such … (2 comments)

peggy wester: Go Fly a Kite! (in Belgium Wisconsin this 4th of July) - 07/02/12 12:06 AM

 
Looking to do something a little out of the ordinary this July 4th?
Belgium is having their 2nd Annual Kite Flying Day on Wednesday, July 4, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Bring your kites and fly them at Heritage Park, which is on KW (Middle Road) just south of Main Street in the Heritage Park subdivision. Food and refreshments will be available.
Looks like it's going to be another sunny warm one that day so don't miss out on this fun event!
 
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peggy wester: Join Us for Belgium Softball and Fireworks - 06/28/12 05:06 AM
Stop by Community Park on Main Street in Belgium this Friday, June 30 for some good old-fashioned softball games followed by fireworks, provided by J&M Displays.
Games start at 6:00 followed by fireworks around 9:30 pm .
Refreshments, including hamburgers, brats, ice cream, beer, wine coolers and soda will be available.
It's a great opportunity to celebrate our upcoming 4th of July holiday and the great community of Belgium!
 

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peggy wester: Cutting Corners to Get the Deal Done -- I'm Not Impressed - 06/23/12 10:57 AM

I think one of our greatest responsibilities as a real estate agent is to provide service based on honesty and integrity. Sometimes it's tempting to cut corners to get the deal done quicker. Doesn't mean it's the right thing to do, but the temptation is there.
I think back to when I bought my first home and know that the agent could have so easily not completed the forms completely or accurately. And because of my lack of real estate knowledge at the time, I would have been none the wiser. I wish I still had those forms to take a … (25 comments)

peggy wester: Port Washington Wisconsin Farmers Market is Back! - 06/11/12 04:47 AM

Be sure to take time out of your Saturdays now through October 27 to check out Port Washington's Farmers Market from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. In addition to a typical farmer's market, several other activities will be featured.
MUSIC:  Enjoy music selections from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 pm on August 4 (Dockside Ramblers), and July 7, September 14, and October 6 (Roller Mills String Band).
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: There will be cooking demonstrations on June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8, and October 20.
ARTS AND CRAFTS: Join Kelly Kelenick of ArtHouse Studio and Classroom for some arts and crafts on June 30, July … (2 comments)

peggy wester: Things Are MOVING in Ozaukee and Washington County Real Estate!! - 04/09/12 10:18 AM

We’ve seen a 49% increase in the number of single-family homes that have sold in Ozaukee county during the first quarter of 2012 over the same time last year and a 30% increase in Washington county. While prices have remained steady or slipped a bit, this is a strong indicator that buyers’ confidence in the housing market is indeed improving.

  
 
With inventory moving at a much quicker pace and some properties even receiving multiple offers, this is the time for anyone thinking about buying a house to get out and buy a house.
 
 
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peggy wester: Goodwill Plans to Come to Grafton! - 02/04/12 03:19 AM

Looking for a place to donate clothes you no longer wear or items such as furniture, electronics, and housewares? Or are you looking for some gently used furniture, electronics, household items or clothes for yourself or your family? 
Goodwill is hoping to open a retail and drop-off location in Grafton! If all goes as planned, the store should be opening in June, and will be located in the former Sears building on Wisconsin Street, just a short distance south of Highway 60/Washington Avenue. This is a great addition to the community as this will be the only location in Ozaukee County.
If … (5 comments)

 
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