homes for sale: HOME-MADE AND HAND-MADE IN DOOR COUNTY WISCONSIN FOR CHRISTMAS! - 12/14/09 02:02 AM

December 6th, 2009
This year, I'm making my Christmas gifts myself.  Baking cookies, knitting and crocheting scarves and hats, and making jewelry from glass beads I made myself are a few of my current projects.  This summer I took a lampworking (making glass beads) at the Clearing in Ellison Bay, so I'm making "wearable art"!  I love receiving gifts made just for me, and I hope my friends and family will feel the same! Yes, the economy does need the boost of holiday shopping, but don't feel you're not contributing to the national cause by making your gifts.  If that … (1 comments)

homes for sale: DOOR COUNTY REAL ESTATE - THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL - 10/15/09 02:06 AM
October 14th, 2009
IT'S THERE - THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!  I can't say that the Door County real estate market suffered the extreme collapse that we witnessed in other markets.  We all saw markets where property values plummeted 50% or more, sales came to a virtual standstill, and foreclosed homes could be found on almost every block.  We were lucky.  Values decreased, but 10% of value would be a worst case scenario.  Only a small percentage of the properties on the market are foreclosures.  The worst thing we experienced was a dramatic drop in the number of … (0 comments)

homes for sale: A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM - 07/20/09 02:36 AM
July 19th, 2009
July 19th, midsummer in Door County-a time of lazy days and peaceful nights.  And the nights have been peaceful, cool with no raucous thunder storms to wake us up in the middle of the night.  This is the time of year we wish would go on forever. 
Sometimes I roam the county just to observe.  I see the little children playing on the beaches in Ephraim and Fish Creek, still with shovels and buckets of sand-not much changes through the generations at that age.  Families spend afternoons playing mini-golf in Sister Bay and Egg Harbor in response to … (0 comments)

homes for sale: TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH - 07/02/09 02:41 AM
June 30th, 2009
An unheard concept in the real estate business?  Maybe not unheard of, but rare, and that can be said of any business involving sales.  The one question that is almost always answered with at the very least a little bit of "fudge" is, "How's it going?"  Just about any salesperson on the planet will answer (with a huge smile), "Great!" - regardless of the fact that, in truth, they hadn't made a sale in six months!  Salespeople are trained to always put up a positive front, no matter what.
Do you know what?  I think you, the buyers … (0 comments)

homes for sale: WHY BUY DOOR COUNTY REAL ESTATE NOW? - 04/28/09 02:06 AM
April 27th, 2009
IF buying a home or condominium in Door County is one of your goals, why should you do it now?  It is really a no-brainer.  (1) There are sellers motivated to sell.  (2) Interest rates are low and loans are available to qualified buyers.  (3) Values overall have held fast and have a solid history of appreciation.  How could conditions be any better than that?  Even if what you buy now and trade up later, you will be ahead.  Homes are a great value and can be found at prices well below building cost.  Condominium values are readily … (1 comments)

homes for sale: SPRING COMES TO DOOR COUNTY - 03/23/09 03:07 AM
March 20th, 2009
Today, the first day of spring, came to Door County wrapped in sparkling frost.  After a week of warmth and sunshine, we woke to winter temperature and hungry birds vying for position at the bird feeders for seeds to supply their tiny bodies with energy.  Looking out of my window, I saw three deer slowing walking through the woods stopping occasionally to chew on some random morsel that survived the winter snows.  Later, on my drive to work, I stopped while a flock of wild turkeys crossed from a field into the woods across the road.
This is … (0 comments)

homes for sale: AN OUTSTANDING DOOR COUNTY ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW - 11/17/08 01:09 AM
November 15th, 2008
If you need a reason to visit Door County, come to the annual show benefiting the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay.  You will find truly wonderful items hand crafted in wood, pottery, glass, fiber, metals and just about every other medium you can think of!  It is on November 23rd at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA which is on the corner of Hwy. 42-57 and Michigan Street.  Every year, this is one of my personal favorite Christmas shopping experiences!
In fact, you could come for the pre-Thanksgiving weekend, look at real estate on Saturday, and catch the … (1 comments)

homes for sale: THE SEASON IS UPON US-MY WISH AND ADVICE FOR YOU - 11/17/08 01:06 AM
November 15th, 2008
Whether you actually celebrate holidays in November and December or simply try to get through the time unscathed, certainly everyone has memories of past holiday seasons.  Who among us would not have done something differently in those past seasons had we fully realized at the time that we'd be reliving those memories year after year after year?  For me, this will be a year of holding onto those memories, cherishing some, regretting others.  My husband died this fall, so the memories will at times seem to be all I have.  I know that's not true, but it … (0 comments)

 

Kathy Hollister

Ephraim, WI

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