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Buyers 514 River Road, Hudson, WI 54016 – Coming Soon Coming Soon to the market – July 11th 2024. Here’s your chance to own an amazing property on your very own 3 acre heavily wooded private oasis in Hudson WI. As well as capturing a peaceful setting, this 4 bed, 3 bath property offers 3200 sq ft of living space, generous sized rooms, a deck, […]
Buyers How To Deal With Spy Cams at Open Houses/Showings When you hit an open house, it’s natural to have opinions about the property. And because the owners may not be present, you might be tempted to take the “open” part to heart and share your real thoughts and feelings about what you like — and don’t like — about the house. But just because the owners aren’t […]
Buyers The Basics of Home Equity Lines of Credit (also known as HELOCS) You might think that the only way to get money out of your home is to sell it, but that’s not the case. There are ways to leverage your home for financial gain without selling, including a home equity line of credit, more commonly known as a HELOC. So, what, exactly, is a HELOC, and, as a […]
Buyers Some Things to Consider Before You Make a “Lowball” Offer on a House You Want to Buy As a buyer, you want to get the best deal on your home, and sometimes offering less than asking price — aka “lowballing” — can help you score that deal. But there is a right and a wrong way to negotiate a lowball offer, and if you want to get your home at a bargain price, […]
Buyers Feel like the Real Estate Market Is Out of Control? Focus on the Things You CAN Control as a Buyer There’s no denying that it’s been a tumultuous few years for homebuyers. Between rising mortgage rates, low inventory, and a changing competitive landscape, it can feel like there’s a lot of things out of your control. But while there may be many things you can’t control as a buyer, there are certainly things that are […]
Buyers Buying a Home? Don’t Make These Money Mistakes You were pre-approved for a mortgage. You made an offer. It was accepted. You’re in the clear… right? Wrong. There are actually a number of financial mistakes you can make between your offer being accepted and closing on your home that could cause your mortgage to get denied, and cost you your home. So what, […]
Buyers 5 Surprising Feelings You’ll Likely Have in 20 Years if You Stop Renting and Buy a House Now A lot of people feel like they’ll never be able to buy a house due to current housing prices, interest rates, the economy, and competition for the houses available on the market. The interesting thing is, that first sentence can pretty much apply to any year you read this… It doesn’t really matter what decade or year […]
Buyers What Type of Mortgage Is Right for You? When it comes to getting a mortgage, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. There are a number of different mortgage types, and the type that’s right for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your financial situation, goals, and background. So, what kind of mortgage options are out there, and who are those options right […]
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Buyers Buying a House without an Agent Representing You Might Be More Difficult than You Anticipate The proposed settlement of a recent class-action lawsuit will give homebuyers the option to forgo working with a buyers’ agent and represent themselves when buying a house. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. To an outsider, the process probably seems pretty straight-forward and easy: Find a house you like online Go see it in person Make […]
Buyers Go to favorites Buying a Home? You Might Want to Consider Compromising on These Things In a perfect world, every buyer would be able to find a home that ticked every single one of their “must-have” and “nice-to-have” boxes. The truth is, it’s rare to find a property that has everything on your list, and if you want to successfully buy a home, it often takes a bit of compromise. But what kind of compromises […]
Buyers Selling Your Home? Ditch These Habits When it comes to selling your home, there are things you can do that will make the process easier. On the flip side, there are also things that can make the process more difficult, stressful, and time-consuming, or even put your home sale in jeopardy. So, what things shouldn’t you do if you’re trying to sell […]
Buyers Things in a Home Inspection Report That Often Get Blown Out of Proportion You fell in love with a house. You made an offer. It was accepted! Your mortgage process is going smoothly. The appraisal justified the price you paid. Everything is going perfect… …and then you had the home inspected, and the report made it sound like the place is falling apart, and it’s a house only […]
Buyers NAR Settlement – Beyond the Headlines You’ve probably heard the news that there are changes coming in terms of how real estate commissions are paid. This might sound exciting and like a potential game-changer for you as a home seller or buyer, with headlines proclaiming things like: “Real estate commissions are being slashed!” “Selling your house will now be less expensive!” […]
Buyers Is Price Becoming More Important Than Location to Homebuyers? You’ve likely heard that the three most important things to consider when buying real estate are: Location Location Location It’s a catchy phrase that’s been thrown around for many decades, which might make you feel like it should matter more than anything else when you’re in the market to buy a house. There’s no denying that location does matter. The location […]
Buyers The Pros and Cons of Mortgage Rate Locks for Home Buyers The stock market was making news one day recently because it was surging upwards due to some rumors that the Fed was going to cut interest rates soon. But almost as quickly as that news broke, the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell issued a statement saying that they were not planning on doing so, at least quite yet. […]
Buyers Do You Need a Mortgage Pre-approval Letter? There are a lot of steps involved in successfully buying a home. For many buyers, one of those steps is getting a mortgage pre-approval letter. But not every buyer knows what, exactly, a mortgage pre-approval letter is, or whether they need one for their home purchase. So what is a mortgage pre-approval, and do you need […]
Buyers Last Minute Issues on Closing Day? Here’s How to Deal For many buyers, the time between getting an offer accepted and closing on a home can be a stressful one. Many people think that once they hit closing day, they’re in the clear, but the truth is, there are still some issues that can come up on closing day, and those issues often come as a surprise […]
Buyers Thinking About Selling Your Home in 2024? Here’s Why Now Is a Great Time to Sell Historically, spring is the most popular time to sell a home. But 2023 was an extremely challenging year in real estate, and now that the market’s changing, it may be a better idea to get ahead of the curve and list your home now, even though spring is months away. But why, exactly, does it make sense […]
Buyers The Benefits of Using a Mortgage Broker If you’re purchasing your home with a mortgage, you have quite a few options. For instance, you can work with your personal bank; you can research and find another lender on your own; or, you can partner with a mortgage broker who will help you find the best lender and program for your needs for you. A […]
Buyers Selling Your Home in 2024? The real estate market is constantly changing; trying to sell your home in 2024 could be completely different from the selling experience in 2023. So, the question is, if you’re planning on selling your home this year, what do you need to know about the market? A recent article from realtor.com outlined key things homeowners need to know about selling their […]