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Moving or not, home values matter

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley 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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What's in a price?

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 23, 2015 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
It seems like home prices are arbitrary these days, with luck playing more of a role than any other factor. How can I possibly know at what price I should list my home?One of the best ways to determine the true market value of your home is to look at how much comparable homes in your area are selling for. You’ll want homes that are similar in size and features and that have sold recently under current market conditions. Consider lot location, size and view. Consider the home’s square footage and the num... read more
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Space, shine and cool design: secrets to an awesome bathroom

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 23, 2015 in  Decorating and Staging
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the bathroom is the brain. One little room is the center of operations and the key to success most mornings. Ideally, you have a few bathrooms. Realistically, you’re sharing the area—and you can make it marvelous.SpaceNo matter the size and shape of the bathroom, more space is always a bonus. These tips will help you create a little more room in the bath.Hang a second curtain rod. This sounds a little odd, but if you hang a tension rod along the interior wall of ... read more
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Foreclosures: first-time buyers beware

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 23, 2015 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
We're looking for a starter home, and we've heard that foreclosures can be purchased for thousands of dollars below market price. Should we focus our search on the foreclosure market?The simple answer is proceed with caution. Buying a foreclosure may seem like a no-brainer because the listing price is sometimes well below comparable homes, but you have much to consider before you put your energy into a process that can get complicated quickly.First, the home may not be move-in ready. Bad renovations: Sometimes, ... read more
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Five Fun Lunches for School and Beyond

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 13, 2015 in  Uncategorized
If you’re a dedicated lunch maker, it’s easy to run out of ideas by the second week of school. A sandwich, some crackers, and a fruit cup can quickly lose their luster for you and for your child. Mix it up a little with a few easy, affordable and creative lunch strategies.Reinvent a classic:  Grab a whole grain hotdog bun. Insert a peeled banana as the frankfurter. Slather with peanut butter and jelly instead of ketchup and mustard. Now, that is cute. It is also full of fiber, potassium and... read more
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