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How can I calculate monthly payments based on total price?

Posted: December 19, 2014 at 5:46 AM by Annette Mikat

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 standa read more

Six tips for easing snow and ice removal

Posted: December 09, 2014 at 2:23 PM by Annette Mikat

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 read more

Should you sell your home during the holidays?

Conventional wisdom says no, but the facts say why not
Posted: November 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM by Annette Mikat

When determining when to sell a home, most people tend to think that spring is the best time to list their property; that more people are looking then and are more likely to come to an open house. But a closer look at the reality of home sales throughout the year paints a different picture. It’s a picture we’ve viewed for a long time: the most common reasons for people to move are life changes. Even the holiday season can’t stop job changes, marriages, retirement and families from growing. read more

Get Your Jingle On!

River Valley residents know how to celebrate the season
Posted: November 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM by Annette Mikat

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. Many are free and family friendly; all help capture the spirit of the season.Rotary Lights (La Crosse), Nov. 28—Celebrating its 20th years of Christmas cheer and goodwill, this lig read more

Three fast and easy ways to create a faux fireplace

Posted: November 13, 2014 at 6:47 AM by Annette Mikat

The River Valley got a blast of winter this week. With frigid temperatures and the first snow of the season, we want to cuddle up by the fireplace with a cup of cocoa. If you like that cozy image but don’t have a fireplace in your home, don’t let it stop you. You can have the next best thing with one of these simple ways to create a faux fireplace.#1 Convert an old dresser or bookshelf. Remove the legs along with the inside drawers or planks from an old dresser or bookshelf. From the scraps, read more




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