I surveyed 15 Door County homeowners--all age groups and people who bought their first home in the last year and people who have owned many homes over many years. These are the pearls of wisdom they shared with me and I think are important for you to consider as I begin the journey with buyers--whether a first time home owner or those who are on their fifth home:
Choose A Home With An Eye Towards Future Needs. Buying a home is a big investment. If you can stretch a little today to buy a home you can grow into, do it.
Once You Are Ready To Buy, Move Quickly. The best homes go fast. There are many segments of the Door County market that have low inventory and where homes sell fast. Once you have made up your mind to buy a home be prepared to make decisions quickly. If you find the right house today, but are not ready to move until tomorrow...you may already be too late.
Not All Fixer Uppers Are Good Deals. Before you proceed, do a careful evaluation of what you will have to invest, and consult with me to learn what you can reasonably expect when you put the home back on the market.
Shop With Your Head, Not With Your Heart. Don't forget the purpose of a Needs and Desires list for your new home. Shopping for a home is an emotional process. Your heart will cost your money, use your head.
Location, Location, Location. No home is an island, and the value of yours is affected by the homes that surround it.
Consider this sage advice and start thinking about your needs and wishes in the home; talk with your lender and get prequalified and you'll know exactly how much house you can afford each month.
Yes, these are serious considerations--but don't worry--I'll make the process of searching for your new home fun and enjoyable and I'll be there every step of the way to guide you.
Want to get started on a Door County home search today. Check out the Listings by Location tab on my website, www.HomeInDoorCounty.com. It is the easiest way to search all the Door County real estate, all the time, and always up-to-date.
Request your Door County Home Buyer’s Guide. Lots of information to help you navigate the Door County home buying process!
Lisa Bieri is a broker associate with Keller Williams Realty, with an office in Door County, Wisconsin. I represent sellers and buyers from all walks of life and in all price points all over Door County and am a multi-year, multi-million dollar real estate consultant. I hold the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), ePro, Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI), Recreational Resort Specialist (RRS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designations. Continual education in the real estate field is of great importance to me.
I am a member of the Door County Board of Realtors, recipient of the Door County Board of Realtors Honor Society 2009-2015, Door County Realty’s Top Agent in 2012, 2013 and 2014, top agent for Keller Williams in Door County 2015, Keller Williams Green Bay Pioneer Award 2015, a member of the Sevastopol School Board and active in local town government.
I am pleased to assist you in any of the Door County communities - Gills Rock, Ellison Bay, Sister Bay, Liberty Grove, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Gibraltar, Egg Harbor, Carlsville, Baileys Harbor, Jacksonport, Sevastopol, Whitefish Bay, Glidden Drive, Valmy, Institute and Sturgeon Bay. Call me to talk about Door County real estate for sale, Door County property for sale, Door County vacant land and homesites for sale, Door County homes for sale, Door County waterfront homes for sale on Lake Michigan, Bay of Green Bay, Clark Lake and Kangaroo Lake, and Door County condos for sale.
I live and work in Door County so consider me your resource for all things Door County, including what to do in Door County, Door County, Wisconsin. Search the Door County Real estate market, get all the new Door County listings, read and participate in Door County real estate discussions at www.HomeInDoorCounty.com.