west bend: Signs Signs Everywhere there are Signs! Check out these listing maps! - 02/16/14 10:02 PM

Take a look at these maps!  The homes are out there!
It is time to get out there and NEGOTIATE!
Think Outside the Box if it isn't perfect: Paint, Decor, Renovation
You will not buy a new house if you don't go out there to look and get your offer in NO MATTER WHAT IT IS!  Let the sellers decide if it is TOO LOW!
Here are three maps of West Bend, Germantown, and Mequon.  Click on each one to go to the website where you can learn about each home.  If you are interested in more, … (2 comments)

west bend: 10 Ways to Sabotage Your Home Sale - 02/10/14 10:49 PM

Great post Holly!  The below is not in response to your comments as much as they are something I felt obligated to share.
Looking In The Mirror
10 Ways To Sabotage Your Real Estate Business:
Make it difficult for your clients to reach you. Don't clean your car inside/outside (especially in winter). Send meaningless and irrelevant emails and notes. Don't remove the dirt from your shoes or take them off when you enter a home. Don't keep the keys organized and properly secured (selling or buying). Try to hide your mistakes instead of fixing them (#3). Don't bother fixing your hair … (0 comments)

west bend: Washington County Foreclosure Listing ~ 16 Current Homes Available! - 02/10/14 12:43 AM

16 Foreclosures In Washington County
One of the best ways to beat raising home prices is to take advantage of foreclosures.  These homes come in all different conditions: you can find move-in-ready homes and fixer-uppers!
Here are a few of our favorites (link to all homes available at bottom)
N108W16234 Hawthorne DR Germantown, WI 53022 $189,900 3 bds 3 ba 1826 sq ft  
1611 Redwood St West Bend, WI 53095 $179,900 3 bds 3 ba 1623 sq ft  
N111W16256 Catskill LN Germantown, WI 53022 $174,900 3 bds 3 ba 1525 sq ft  
750 Summit Dr West Bend, WI 53095 $164,500 5 bds 3 ba 2732 sq ft  
CLICK … (0 comments)

west bend: 6 Reasons To Use A REALTOR from REALTOR.com - 02/06/14 11:36 PM
By: Amit Kulkarni
Real estate is a big deal. For most Americans, a home is the most expensive purchase they’ll make in their lifetime. It’s a serious transaction with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved, and having proper representation is critical.

Today’s buyers and sellers agree. In 2012, a full 89 percent of buyers used a real estate agent, and so did 88 percent of sellers.1
Realtor® representation during a real estate transaction is important for both buyers and sellers. Here are six of the chief reasons:
Fiduciary responsibility. When you work with a Realtor®, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. … (0 comments)

west bend: Wow! 25 New Listings 1st Week of February in West Bend! - 02/06/14 02:20 AM

Getting a JUMP!
Sellers are not messing around this year.  They know it will be competitive out there and many are comign on the market early.
Don't get SKIPPED!
Buyers have seen a historically low inventory of available homes that are move-in-ready and reasonably priced.  You can not sit on your laurels or you'll find yourself bidding with others on homes months from now that you don't want but must settle for...
Here Are FIVE of our favorite New Listings! 
6582 Aurora Rd Addison, WI 53090 $289,900 3 bds 2 ba 1704 sq ft  
1639 Redwood St West Bend, WI 53095 $223,900 … (0 comments)

west bend: How External Factors Can Determine the Value of Your Home - 02/06/14 12:48 AM

Great Post worth re-blogging
My Take on Spring of 2014: Conflicting Data Confuses Sellers and Buyers Alike
This Fall there were multiple reports coming out predicting two opposing market trends.  On one side home prices were going up and on the other side home affordability was going down.  If accurate (which I believe they both are), there will be a small albeit larger window of opportunity  for both parties this Spring.  
Sellers must find a way to price their home in the range of affordability in respect to their neighborhoods and buyers have to fit their expectations into a reality … (0 comments)

west bend: West Bend Foreclosures and Short Sales ~ Get A JUMP on the market! - 02/04/14 07:22 AM

Get A JUMP on the Market!
Bank-owned foreclosures and Short Sales are an excellent way to get equity in your next home purchase!
Right now in West Bend there are 24 Short Sales and Foreclosures on the market for less than $350,000.
Here are my top 5 just from 53090 alone!!!
Plenty more in 53095 (go to bottom link to see them all)
1517 N Roosevelt Dr   $132,000 West Bend, WI 53090       3 bds  2 ba  1468 sq ft 3 bedroom home with large kitchen & dining area.  Don't miss the big yard!  
1325 N 11th Ave    … (0 comments)

west bend: Are Mom & Dad Helping or Impeding Your Home Purchase? - 01/31/14 10:59 PM

I really like this article.  Knowing what dangers lie out there and being shown an effective way to avoid the dangers is always critical information.
By reading this article I learned show a means to look out for possible negatives and how to turn them into positives.  Going forward, if a parent is going to be part of the home purchase process, then I am going to use coaching techniques to take advantage of the positives the parent can bring to the table.
An Invitation Is In Order
A second point I noticed from the article is that real estate … (1 comments)

west bend: Seniors over the age of 62 areholding $3.3 trillion in home equity - 01/31/14 05:29 AM

Helpful Hints On Serving Seniors
Key Points:
Seniors over 62 holding over $3 Trillion (with a T) in home equity Population of this age group is expected to grow Tips for serving seniors- patience, ask & listen, and Do NOT Generalize!  
Below blog is by Rick Kellow, Cherry Creek Mortgage.
Thanks Rick!
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Seniors over the age of 62 areholding $3.3 trillion in home equity
Excerpted from RiskSpan, a leading provider of analytical software and advisory services, "Today, … (1 comments)

west bend: Got FACEBOOK? Search homes. Research Schools - 01/31/14 04:38 AM
Search for homes!  
Conduct School and Community Research...
ALL from the Convenience of FaceBook!

Home Searches:
Your choice of searching directly from the Wisconsin Realtor Association website or for more advanced technology and market information use JayBensonHomeSales.com which you can get to directly from my FaceBook Page
Community Research:

Do you want to know more about the neighborhood before you move?  Of course you do!  Find out about housing stability, population growth and household sizes, even community demographics.  Search community stores and restaurants to find out where people hangout or go to eat!
Get Valuable School Data … (0 comments)

west bend: Spectacular Selection of New Listings In West Bend, Wisconsin - 01/29/14 07:21 AM

Nine New Properties Hit the MLS This Week in West Bend
The real estate market is starting to pick up a bit even though the weather may be dampering people's desires to go out and take a look!  Don't let that deter you!!!  Beat the competition and get out there and find your deal.
Top Three at JayBensonHomeSales.com
4593 Beaver Dam RD    $310,000 3 bds 2 ba 2000 sq ft 2707 Hidden Forest PL     $219,900
4 bds 4 ba 2417 sq ft 1420 W Sunset Ridge Dr     $154,900 3 bds 2 ba 1508 sq ft CLICK HERE to see all nine new listings!   Sign up … (0 comments)

west bend: Don't Lower The Price, Raise It and Sell Faster - 01/27/14 11:24 PM
Give the Home the Value It Deserves!
I like this post because it takes another look at how to sell a house that has been on the market for a long time.  Traditional logic has put us in a box with says we must stick to projects that "add" value to a home and avoid those that don't "add" value.
Another Perspective
Instead of looking at these type of projects from the perspective of adding value we should see them as preserving or obtaining the value that is intrinsic to the house as a whole.  We should look at such … (3 comments)

west bend: Affordable Condo Living in West Bend~ Live in Kettle Moraine! - 01/27/14 03:00 AM

Affordable and Care Free Living in this West Bend Condo.
Condo living at it's finest!  Experience the alternative to single family homes! 3 Bedrooms with 1.5 baths...
This property features a beautiful sunny interior and exceptional layout.  A large eat-in kitchen opens to a patio & lovely backyard.  Enjoy the conveniences of laundry on main floor, large bedrooms, and plenty of storage!  Even has a two car garage!
All appliances are included ~ Pets are welcomed ~ No condo fees
Learn more about this home at JayBensonHomeSales.com, Sunnydale Circle
See ALL condos for sale in West Bend:
West … (2 comments)

west bend: This Month In Real Estate- January 2014 by Keller Williams Realty - 01/26/14 11:56 PM

Sellers: Get In Early!
Now is the time to get your house on the market.  Hundreds of buyers will be starting their online searches in February with the mind frame to purchase in April or May.  Get your house into their saved searches and stay on their mind as they seek opportunities to buy!
Get your home on JayBensonHomeSales.com and get listed by the largest real estate company in the United States!  Over 90% of home buyers start their search online.  Get in front of them TODAY!  Click here to get a Market Analysis for your home Market Analysis.

west bend: West Bend Wisconsin See For Yourself What We Have To Offer - 01/09/14 07:03 AM
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Let me help you get started, visit my website:
Convenient home searches, listing notifications, Market Insider section for Community, School, and Market Trend information.
I offer FREE Buyer Representation Services to all my home buyers!  Buy with confidence and know you are getting the best real estate service available.

west bend: New Mortgage Rules Are In Effect- Tips for Buyers! - 01/08/14 06:43 AM
And the Timer Starts NOW!
Designed to protect the homebuyer from unwise decisions, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) will require lenders to document a borrowers’ ability to repay a loan and follow some other common sense rules.  These new mortgage rules will go into effect in January 2014.  
Tips from the CFPB – New Mortgage Rules Many lenders are reputable and desire to be your lifelong home financing partner – others not so much. Feel safe about who you have chosen to be your lender by following these new homebuyer tips from the CFPB:
Make Your Own Decisions – Only … (0 comments)

west bend: Beat Home Price Increases in 2014! Rehab a HUD with a 203(k) Loan - 01/06/14 01:14 AM
Buy a HUD Foreclosure and use a HUD 203(k) Loan to Finance the Repair
I am not a financial advisor and this is not financial advice.  
I am a real estate agent and my goal is to help you achieve your goal in owning a new home!
Rehab a Home with HUD
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does not directly give out loans but instead insures them for people who submit through their lender.  Many lenders use the Section 203(k) program in partnership with state and local housing agencies to rehabilititate properties.  Many of the HUD homes … (0 comments)

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