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Seven tips to find the Realtor that’s right for you

Posted: January 26, 2015 at 7:07 AM by Annette Mikat

When it comes to making one of the biggest financial transactions of a lifetime, you want to know someone has your back. And not just anyone: you want a knowledgeable professional you can fully trust. That’s why it makes sense to do a little homework when choosing a Realtor. If you don’t have someone you’ve hired before and already trust, these tips can help you find the Realtor that’s right for you.#1 Confirm licensing. Licensing is required for agents in Wisconsin. You&rsquo read more

Ten activities to make the most of snow days

Posted: January 12, 2015 at 8:28 AM by Annette Mikat

Residents in the River Valley region usually see at least one or two snow days each year. For kids, it’s the highlight of winter. They hope for them, wear their pajamas backwards and inside out for them and get out of bed far more easily when snow days do happen. And really, don’t most people enjoy a chance to nest at home?We have ten ideas to make them even more enjoyable (and memorable, too).#1 PJ day. Let the kids stay in their pajamas—and consider joining them.#2 Fresh air. When it&rsq read more

Four considerations for deciding if 2015 is the year for a move

Posted: December 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM by Annette Mikat

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 m read more

How seasons affect home buying

Posted: December 22, 2014 at 5:37 AM by Annette Mikat

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 read more

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




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