River Valley Blog

You might be drawn to the River Valley for the beauty of the bluffs, the historic and majestic Mississippi River, or the amazing hiking and biking trails. But there are so many more attractions that make the area a premiere place to call home. The truth is, we really know how to throw a great party. Join us this July at any or all of our myriad festivities.Riverfest, July 1-4. Boasting no fewer than SIX performance venues in addition to activities, food, and fun from dawn ’til dusk, La Crosse’s Riverfes... read more
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Tips for buyers in a seller's market

Posted by Annette Mikat on June 25, 2015 in Buying and Selling
With summer in full swing, the sand at Black River beach isn’t the only thing that’s hot right now. U.S. News and World Report observes that many cities across the nation are experiencing a sizzling seller’s market in real estate. That means there are more buyers looking for homes, and fewer homes for sale.When it comes to median-priced ($156,000) homes in good condition, the River Valley is no different. So if you’re searching for a home in that price range you’ll need to play yo... read more
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Q&A: Who pays for closing costs?

Posted by Annette Mikat on June 22, 2015 in Buying and Selling Financing
Our family is beginning the search for our first home. We’ve heard that closing costs are expensive, and that sometimes the seller will pay them. How often does that happen? Is it OK to ask the seller to pay closing costs?You’re right: closing costs can be spendy. Transferring ownership of a house involves all kinds of administrative steps—you’ll be amazed at the stack of papers you get to sign—each of which comes with a price tag. The buyer mostly pays fees related to the mortgage loa... read more
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Five steps for families buying a home this summer

Posted by Annette Mikat on June 15, 2015 in Buying and Selling
Home-buying is in high season right now. Sold signs are posting almost as quickly as ‘for sale’ signs are popping up. If this is the season for you, here are five tips to help you with the process.Begin an online search to give yourself an idea of what’s out there. Even if you have a great Realtor (see crucial advice below), it’s important to be educated about the market in the area you’re shopping. Decide what’s most important for you to have in a home. Size? Layout? Location? D... read more
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Ever since we learned how to create it, humans have found comfort, warmth, and peace in a crackling fire. If you have the space and the inclination, why not bring that benefit to your backyard?Fire pits range in cost and complexity, from the portable metal contraption that you can purchase at a home store for about a hundred dollars, to a more expensive, more complex brick and stone fixture. Regardless of your choice, consider these factors when creating a space for your backyard campfire experience.First and forem... read more
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