Be Right at Home

Moving to a new home is a big job, so it’s no wonder many people waffle on the decision.  Clearly, life changes, like marrying, divorcing, job changes, are often the biggest factors, but sometimes the reasons are less obvious.While it can be difficult to be 100 percent certain it’s time, the following considerations can help you decide with more confidence.#1 Money. The first question is whether you can afford it (or can’t afford not to), remembering that in addition to a different mortgage ... read more
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How seasons affect home buying

Posted by Kristina Fore on December 22, 2014 in  Buying and Selling
With widely varying weather, people looking for houses for sale or houses to sell in Wisconsin often are influenced by the seasons. While conventional wisdom (and our own data) suggests spring and summer are prime times to make a move, each season has it own drawbacks and benefits. Winter is certainly the slowest real estate season of the year. That means buyers and sellers tend to be more serious, and that’s reflected in the fact that the average home price typically falls between October and March. It als... read more
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How can I calculate monthly payments based on total price?

Posted by Kristina Fore on December 19, 2014 in  Financing
A number of factors go into determining your monthly mortgage payments. The biggest four are home price, down payment, mortgage interest rate and length of pay-off time. It can also be influenced by property tax (which we recommend factoring into monthly payments), home insurance and mortgage insurance.The following table illustrates the range of principal and interest payments according to home cost, percentage down and length of the loan. It’s calculated using a (conservative by today’s standard) mort... read more
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Six tips for easing snow and ice removal

Posted by Kristina Fore on December 09, 2014 in  Maintenance and Repair  Outdoors
Mother Nature wasted no time in reminding us we live in the north. Winter officially is still more than a week away, but it feels like it arrived a month ago — especially if you’re feeling the aches and pains from shoveling snow and removing ice.But these tips can help you (and your sidewalks and driveways) stay in tip-top shape this winter. #1 Mark off lawn and plant beds. If the ground hasn’t already frozen where you live, place tall stakes in it to mark where pavement ends and vegetation... read more
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