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Ten tips to prepare your home for winter

Posted by Kristina Fore on September 28, 2014 in  Maintenance and Repair
After last year, winter has practically become a dirty word among many circles, so we hesitate to even mention it. But like it or not, cold weather will soon be here.   It’s best to prepare your home now while it’s still pleasant outside. After all, you don’t want to be installing your storm windows when pelting snow hits the ground.   Following is a basic checklist, touching on the major areas that need your attention. Get them done now and you’ll be ready to co... read more

Fall is second busiest time of year for home sales

Posted by Kristina Fore on September 23, 2014 in  Buying and Selling
If you’ve been meaning to make a move this year — whether as a buyer or seller — don’t despair thinking your chance ended with the summer season. The truth is that there are several peaks throughout the year. In fact, fall traditionally is the second busiest time of the year for home sales.   In Wisconsin, the market is typically quiet in November and December, but when the new year hits, we tend to see a online house hunting pick up again. That typically peaks in April, with... read more

How Much Can Staging Really Affect a Home Price?

Posted by Kristina Fore on September 18, 2014 in  Decorating and Staging
Most Realtors can attest there is value in staging, but new research is helping us understand more precisely where the benefits are, and they may not necessarily be in the selling price.   In a new study from the College of William and Mary, researchers studied staging’s affect on price by leading hundreds of prospective homebuyers through six virtual home tours. All were the same home but the staging was different in each, featuring different combinations of with and without furniture, with “u... read more

Six Things You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 02, 2014 in  Uncategorized
Lenders always require their mortgage holders to keep insurance on their homes, so if you own a home, you probably have some kind of homeowners insurance. But do you know what it covers? Too often, homeowners don’t find out until they need it. It’s then they realize the policy they purchased doesn’t exactly work the way they hoped. These tips can help you avoid becoming one of those consumers — protecting your investment and giving you peace of mind. #1 Know what your policy covers. When rev... read more
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