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See-Saws and Roller Coasters: Navigating the Emotional UPS and Downs of Home Buying

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 30, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
Buying a new home is an exciting prospect. But the fact that it’s the biggest purchase many of us will ever make can make it daunting, even emotional. The highs and lows of buying a home are real and common, and it’s important for buyers to understand that just because they may have some reservations doesn’t mean they’re making the wrong choice. It does mean they need to get to the bottom of their feelings. If you’re riding the ups and downs of an impending real estate transaction, the... read more
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Decorating with Mirrors

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 26, 2013 in  Decorating and Staging
As the days get shorter and you start spending more time indoors, fall makes a great time to lighten and expand your indoor space. While you may not feel like actually moving walls or creating more windows, you can achieve the same effect with carefully placed mirrors. Mirrors can be a great way to open up a room while also updating your decor — all without a lot of money. Here are some tips to get you started: To make a room seem larger, prop a large mirror against the wall. For maximum effect, you’ll... read more
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Prequalifying: A Good First Step Toward Home Ownership

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 17, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
If you’re looking for a new home, one of the smartest things you can do is pre-qualify for a mortgage. Pre-qualifying not only helps you understand how much you can afford; it also strengthens your negotiating position when you’re ready to make an offer. The first step is to figure out your budget and how much you can comfortably afford to pay on a monthly basis. This figure will help you determine your price range and the loan terms that may be best for you. Once you have an idea of what your budget ca... read more
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Outdoor Sheds Not Just for Storage Anymore

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on June 28, 2013 in  Outdoors
Backyard sheds have long served as a basic receptacle for all your outdoor tools: serving as storage space for everything from lawnmowers and snow blowers to garden hoses, rakes and fishing gear. But with a little creative thinking, your shed could become an extension of your home. In fact, many people are finding outdoor sheds can be a great alternative to expensive home additions. Sometimes a man cave can be just what you need. Many sheds come equipped with lights and outlets, so all you need is a comfy rec... read more
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Outlook: Housing Likely to Remain Strong

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on June 28, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
It’s taken a few years, but the housing market is rebounding and doing it soundly. In fact, Wisconsin home sales rose in May for the 23rd month in a row. All signs point to a continuing healthy market. Here are three reasons why. 1) Supply and demand. After the housing market crashed in 2008, builders dramatically slowed new construction. In that same time, population growth and immigration have increased the number of prospective owners entering the marketplace. In addition, experts estimate that millennial... read more
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