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Get Your Jingle On!

Posted by Annette Mikat on November 23, 2015 in Uncategorized
Among the many things we love about living in the River Valley is the region’s eagerness to celebrate—especially during the holidays. We set out to capture some of the best of those celebrations, and even we were surprised at the number of opportunities available to get your jingle on.Here we share those events for 2015. Many are free and family friendly; all help capture the spirit of the season.Rotary Lights (La Crosse), Nov. 27—Celebrating Christmas cheer and goodwill, this lighting celebration... read more
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Eight Great Holiday Host Gifts

Posted by Annette Mikat on November 18, 2015 in Uncategorized
Holiday season means holiday parties. The cost and effort of putting together a soiree can be substantial, and it’s good policy as a guest to arrive with a gift to thank your hosts. They say it’s the thought that counts, but it’s worth putting some real thought into a gracious gift. If you’re not sure where to begin, take a look at our ideas for host gifts that won’t break the bank. A Clever Cookbook: Combine your hosts’ love of reading with a reverence for all things culi... read more
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Your smart phone can make dinner reservations, remind you of appointments, and check the weather. A smart HOME can help you increase security, simplify housework and have some fun.The tech industry continues to innovate on the home front, and Realtors are reporting more smart home features in listing descriptions in recent years. Some agents are noting that properties with smart home features and technologies sell faster than homes without them.Even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, it’s wort... read more
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Apparitions: not the first choice of roommates

Posted by Annette Mikat on October 28, 2015 in No Category
Port Townsend, Washington, is home to a 19th century mansion with some ethereal occupants. The home was built by contractor George Starrett for his beloved wife, Ann. It’s on the market for around $750,000 if you’re interested—and if you don’t mind hanging out with the spirits of the home’s original owners. A red-haired specter is said to wander the halls, often accompanied by a male apparition. Stories indicate that both are happy to greet their guests…but not all visitors get ... read more
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Moving or not, home values matter

Posted by Annette Mikat on September 23, 2015 in Buying and Selling Financing
Later this month, we’ll see the housing market report for the third quarter. So far this year, we know that the median home value in Wisconsin is up 2.1 percent over the same period last year, and experts expect it will increase another 2.5 percent next year.That means a home that was valued at $150,000 last year is worth about $153,150 this year and is poised to hit $156,979 next year.Obviously this is important for people who are planning to buy or sell a house in Wisconsin in the near future, but it’... read more
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