wisconsin: Recent Significant Sales in Both our Wisconsin and Minnesota Offices - 03/27/16 11:14 AM
The past thirty days have been good for both our Wisconsin real estate office on Madeline Island and for our Minneapolis & Saint Paul office.
 
[UPDATE: Both of these homes are now SOLD.]
 
Our recent sale of 37640 Brickyard Creek Road in Bayfield, Wisconsin was the first of these two significant pending sales. This property was listed for sale by broker Eric Kodner, with Madeline Island Realty. Madeline Island Realty also procured the buyer for this transaction.
 
The second of these recent pending sales is 7706 Gleason Road, Edina, Minnesota.  The buyer of this property was procured by Eric Kodner (Supervising Broker with our … (6 comments)

wisconsin: Red Flags Which Point to Possible Real Estate Fraud - 03/24/16 12:28 AM
I read an interesting response to the Question & Answer section on the ActiveRain.com real estate website this morning which got my attention.  The real estate agent who posed the question is a well-known real estate industry observer and the reply came from a luxury real estate specialist in Hawaii.
 
The Hawaii agent's response to this request for a short list of real estate fraud indicators was as follows (quoted text below is in bold italics):
 
Listings advertised for sale on Craigslist.Craigslist has acquired a reputation for shady real estate transactions. Some agents see it as a cheap way for them to get Web exposure, but most … (15 comments)

wisconsin: Is There a Market for Upper Bracket Homes in Bayfield & LaPointe WI? - 01/02/16 05:25 AM
Is There a Market for Upper Bracket Homes in Bayfield & LaPointe WI?
 
That's a good question, and the answer may surprise you.
 
About a month ago, one of my clients asked me point-blank, "Is there really a market for upper-bracket homes in this area?"
 
Without disclosing the details, I can say unequivocally that there have  been showings and offers in the past two months on homes priced at over $500,000. Despite a lull in top-bracket home sales on both Madeline Island and in Bayfield (WI) since midsummer of 2015, we have continued to receive showing requests for homes priced between $500,000 and … (2 comments)

wisconsin: Fifteen Years Since Our Office First Joined a Multiple Listing Service - 12/24/15 11:19 AM
Fifteen Years Since Our Office First Joined a Multiple Listing Service
 
I remember quite well the day that our company, Madeline Island Realty, became the first real estate brokerage on Madeline Island to join a Multiple Listing Service (MLS). It was at the beginning of 2001 that I begain having discussions with the folks at Northwest Wisconsin Multiple Listing Service in Eau Claire, Wisconsin about becoming a member. At that time, nobody on Madeline Island or in nearby Bayfield, Wisconsin had an MLS membership or uploaded their property listings to a Multiple Listing Service.
 
At that time, in our sleepy little corner of … (2 comments)

wisconsin: Madeline Island Realty Recommended by Blogger Bob Crane - 02/22/15 10:54 PM
Madeline Island Realty Recommended by Blogger Bob Crane
 
We're very proud of this recent recommendation by ActiveRain blogger and forestland expert Bob Crane:
 
http://activerain.com/blogsview/4609137/ashland-county--wisconsin-forests---miles-of-shoreland-
 
In Bob's blog post about buying land in Ashland County, Wisconsin, Bob wrote, "If you are interested in purchasing land in Ashland County, give my friend Eric Kodner a call". 
 
At Madeline Island Realty, we do  specialize in homes and land, not only in Ashland County but also in neighboring Bayfield and Douglas Counties of northwest Wisconsin.  It's gratifying to be endorsed by top real estate bloggers like Bob Crane and we're proud to … (1 comments)

wisconsin: My Favorite Testimonial From a Wisconsin Home Seller - 08/23/14 12:08 AM
 
 
My Favorite Testimonial From a Wisconsin Home Seller
 
All of us in the real estate business have a favorite testimonial from a past client or customer.  Here's a testimonial that we just received from a well-known residential architect whose western Wisconsin home (1726 108th Street, Balsam Lake WI 54810) is now a Pending Sale:
 
To: Eric Kodner, Madeline Island Realty
Eric,
Just a note of appreciation. You have provided guidance and service of a level that I have never experienced in my over forty years of real estate investment. From the beginning, it has been like we have a friend in the business and … (4 comments)

wisconsin: How Do You Perform a Home Inspection at Twenty Degrees Below Zero? - 02/27/14 01:15 PM
 
How Do You Perform a Home Inspection at Twenty Degrees Below Zero?
 
Every day brings a new experience in this business.  This morning, we were scheduled to have a home inspection performed at one of our Madeline Island home listings.  That inspection had to be postponed, due to the "Polar Vortex".
The forecast last night for LaPointe, Wisconsin was for temperatures of eighteen to twenty below zero.  And nighttime lows are predicted to remain in the subzero category for the next four or five days.
At temperatures like those, it's just plain unsafe to "un-winterize" a home in order … (1 comments)

wisconsin: Bayfield, Wisconsin Ice Caves now a Hugely Popular Tourist Attraction - 02/16/14 11:22 PM
 
Bayfield, Wisconsin Ice Caves now a Hugely Popular Tourist Attraction
 
Thousands of hardy sightseers will line up today to see the dramatic ice caves near Bayfield and Cornucopia, Wisconsin. NBC News reported this morning.  The sudden growth in popularity of the Apostle Islands Sea Caves (now Ice Caves) has caused the attraction to go viral as a winter tourist must-see.
The unusually thick ice on frozen Lake Superior has made it safe for tourists to trek on foot across the ice to tour the caves, which were carved from sandstone bluffs by centuries of wave action.
The favorable ice … (2 comments)

wisconsin: SOLD - Aircraft Hangar at Madeline Island Airport - 02/15/14 02:24 AM
 
SOLD - Aircraft Hangar at Madeline Island Airport
 
It's not often that we list and sell an aircraft hangar, but we're very proud of this one.  Hangar number eight at the Madeline Island Airport, located at 777 Airport Drive, LaPointe, Wisconsin is now sold.
One of our clients (who purchased a waterfront home on Madeline Island late last autumn) decided he'd like to have a hangar for his private plane, and so this hangar was a perfect addition for him.  Quite a few of our summer homeowners on Madeline Island are also private pilots.
The FAA Identifier for the … (1 comments)

wisconsin: PENDING 727 S. Shore Rd, LaPointe WI: Listed by Madeline Island Realty - 02/15/14 02:08 AM
 
PENDING 727 S. Shore Rd, LaPointe WI: Listed by Madeline Island Realty
 
Another pending Lake Superior waterfront home sale (listed by Eric Kodner, CRS, with Madeline Island Realty), the sale of 727 South Shore Road marks our eighth dwelling sale on Madeline Island in the past five months. The property received multiple offers and one of those offers was accepted yesterday.

The South Shore Road area close to Old Fort Road and nearby Grant's Point is one of our favorite neighborhoods on Madeline Island. This charming soft contemporary summer home is just a five minute drive from the … (2 comments)

wisconsin: Weekly Property Showings on Madeline Island - In January? - 01/29/14 11:55 PM
 
Weekly Property Showings on Madeline Island - In January?
 
This weekend will mark three weekends in a row where we've received requests for showing appointments on Madeline Island. 
That's right..three weekends in January.
If you're looking for signs that the real estate market on Madeline Island has improved, I'd say the recent volume of showing requests is one of the best indicators we've seen.
What prompts a prospective buyer to drive four or five hours one-way (plus a ten-minute drive across the ice road between Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island) in midwinter?
One reason would be that buyers have … (2 comments)

wisconsin: Leads From Facebook Really DO Come Your Way Eventually - 01/28/14 01:18 PM
 
Leads From Facebook Really DO Come Your Way Eventually
 
I'll admit I've been skeptical about Facebook as a client prospecting tool.  I've found it a pretty good way to communcate with some of my clients when all else fails.  And it's also a good way to share posts to our Madeline Island Real Estate Blog with friends and past clients.  However it's never been a verifiable source of new client leads for our office.
Today was different. I received an email from a Wisconsin buyer who is looking for property near the border, just east of Hudson, Wisconsin. Apparently … (5 comments)

wisconsin: 34970 Highlander Dr, Bayfield WI - Offered by Madeline Island Realty - 05/05/13 01:26 AM
34970 Highlander Dr, Bayfield WI - Offered by Madeline Island Realty
 
Extraordinary Lake Superior views from all levels make this Apostle Highlands golf course home a stand-out among Bayfield homes currently on the market.
34970 Highlander Drive, in Bayfield, Wisconsin delivers premium features seldom found in vacation homes, including a dramatic large kitchen with trussed beamed ceilings, granite countertops, premium cabinetry and appliances. There's a large, cheery fireplace in the living room with natural stone surround, a master bedroom suite overlooking Lake Superior with masterful scale and décor, plus an elegant master bath with an outstanding view, plus twin sinks, … (0 comments)

wisconsin: The Madeline Island Ferry Line Has Resumed Regular Ferry Boat Service - 04/07/13 03:35 PM
The Madeline Island Ferry Line Has Resumed Regular Ferry Boat Service
 
This past week, the Madeline Island Ferry Line resumed its regular ferry schedule between Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island.  Trips resumed on Wednesday and passengers are making car ferry crossings again, a sure sign of spring.
Madeline Island merchants look forward to the resumption of these car ferry crossings with great anticipation.  The ice road is fine for a time, and it saves Islanders money on ferry fees.  But the resumption of ferry service means more tourist traffic.  Cabin and cottage owners come up to the Island to open up their … (0 comments)

wisconsin: A Closer Look at Madeline Island's Main Street Waterfront Neighborhood - 02/16/13 01:07 AM
 
A Closer Look at Madeline Island's Main Street Waterfront Neighborhood
 
 
A few years ago, a couple walked into our Madeline Island Realty office at 809 Main Street, in downtown LaPointe, Wisconsin.  They had just arrived on Madeline Island a few minutes earlier and they'd visited the Island many times in the past.
The male of the species pointed out our side window, facing south, and inqured, "got anything for sale down the street here on the waterfront side?"  I showed them our brochure with out the one available single-family waterfront home on Main Street.  He asked me how often these Main Street cottages and homes … (1 comments)

wisconsin: How Do You Know Your Online Marketing Is Really Working? - 02/15/13 11:31 PM
How Do You Know Your Online Marketing Is Really Working?
 
It's a fair question.  Sometimes my listing clients ask me this question and I've even had a few agents ask the same thing.
There are all sorts of benchmarks that a Realtor might use to determine whether their online marketing is actually reaching the public.  For example, we've received close to 10,000 views of our YouTube property videos (9,423 to be exact) as of today's date.  Our TourFactory online virtual tours have drawn 90,336 views (9,115 in the past thirty days), which gives me a pretty good idea that those … (39 comments)

wisconsin: 741 Main Street in LaPointe is a Part of Madeline Island History - 01/26/13 11:52 PM
741 Main Street in LaPointe is a Part of Madeline Island History
Madeline Island Realty's most recent residential listing at 741 Main Street, La Pointe, Wisconsin, has quite a historic past. 
The first titled owner of the property at 741 Main Street was J. Austrian, who acquired the property in 1854.
The site of the Foster residence was formerly owned by Frank J. Albright in the early to mid-1900s and was the site of the Albright Boat Works.  Albright built a thriving business there, a combination hardware store, machine shop and plumbing supply depot which doubled as a fishing station.  According to the book … (0 comments)

wisconsin: New Madeline Island Waterfront Listing: 741 Main St, LaPointe WI 54850 - 01/20/13 11:26 PM
 
New Madeline Island Waterfront Listing: 741 Main St, LaPointe WI 54850
This superb architect-designed waterfront home on the bay is part of the original site of old LaPointe as it existed over one hundred years ago.  Homes like these seldom reach the market on Madeline Island, as the majority of such prime homes stay "in the family" when the property changes hands. 
Close to the business district of LaPointe, yet in a prime residential setting, this showcase home  features an impressive large dock and pristine sand beach, with “crow’s nest” views of the bay between Madeline Island and the Wisconsin mainland
Island summer residents and … (1 comments)

wisconsin: More Recent Testimonials Praising Madeline Island Realty - 12/23/12 12:26 PM
 
More Recent Testimonials Praising Madeline Island Realty
 
2012 has been a pretty good year for client testimonials in our Wisconsin office.  It's my pleasure to share a few of these with readers of my blog.
 
"Your real estate marketing and photography work is gorgeous!"
B.F.  March 2012
 
"We appreciate the work you have done for us.  Paul said he can't believe you sold our Madeline Island home during the dead of winter!" 
C.W.  May 2012
 
"We truly are happy that we found this home and that you are the agent who brought it to our attention!"
T.L.   … (0 comments)

wisconsin: A Testimonial from Client Friends in Bayfield, Wisconsin - 12/22/12 01:05 PM
 
A Testimonial from Client Friends in Bayfield, Wisconsin
 
My friends Bob Durfey and Ann Barthelemy, who live and work in Bayfield, Wisconsin, sent me a copy of their 2012 holiday season letter last week.  And while reading the chronology of Ann & Bob's past year, I came across the following:
"We started out getting our house (in Bloomington, Minnesota) ready to sell ourselves. We hosted three open houses which only produced curious neighbors. We got married Saturday, April 21 in a small ceremony in our home and we hosted sixty friends that evening. Eric Kodner approached Bob at the reception that same evening and said he could get the … (0 comments)

 
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