River Valley Blog

The Home Warranty Hero

Posted by Annette Mikat on July 25, 2015 in No Category
There’s something about buying that first home that makes you want to yell, “Yes! No more landlord!” But then, your heart pauses. No more landlord means nobody to call if something breaks, nobody to blame if something goes wrong with your house. When you own a house, the buck stops with you. In fact, a whole bunch of bucks stop with you.Enter the hero of the hour: the home warranty. Sellers with older houses on the market sometimes buy a warranty for their home that covers basic repairs, should so... read more
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What's trending in kitchens?

Posted by Annette Mikat on July 14, 2015 in Decorating and Staging
While kitchens remain the most popular room in the house, they’ve undergone a major makeover in the last couple years. Gone are the country, Tuscan and traditional looks. Today’s kitchens are all about clean lines and sleek minimalism. Color PaletteHighlighting the minimalist trend are the increasing number of kitchens with a simple black and white color scheme. Gray is popular, too, with many designers calling it “the new black.” That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for co... read more
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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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