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Keep Winter Outdoors: Winterizing Your Home

(Published on - 11/10/2017 2:24:11 PM)

Winter will soon be upon us, and it is time to start thinking about how to winterize your home. But where should you start? Here are six easy tips that will keep your home warm, secure, and efficient during the cold winter months.

1. Avoid Drafts

Cold drafts can make their way under doors and through windows, which will force you to turn up the heat and thus increase your heating bill. The U.S Department of Energy has stated that reducing drafts in your home can save 30% of your annual energy usage.

You can install draft guards to block the draft and keep the heat inside your house. You can purchase draft guards for as little as 10 dollars, or make a DIY draft guard with a rolled up towel or blanket.

2. Install Storm Windows and Doors

Installing storm windows and doors will block drafts and provide more warmth without having to bump up the thermostat.

Storm windows and doors will increase the amount of light that is able to enter your home, and they will help minimize the amount of airflow from outside. This will be a great help when the temperature starts to drop and the cold winds begin.

3. Seal Leaks and Cracks

If you’re going to seal a drafty door or window, it makes sense to also seal any other cracks or leaks in your house. Whether it’s a leak in a window frame, cracks in the wall, cracks in brick, cracks near your chimney, or even the small holes where wires or pipes are installed, these openings can allow cold air into your home.

You can either hire a professional to seal these leaks, or you can easily do it yourself with caulking or weatherstripping. This type of winter home maintenance is crucial for staying warm and keeping your home energy efficient.

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Thinking Of Selling? Do It TODAY!!

(Published on - 10/25/2017 3:00:40 AM)

 

Thinking Of Selling? Do It TODAY!!

Thinking of Selling? Do it TODAY!!

That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!

The February numbers are not in yet, but the January numbers were sensational. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for theNational Association of Realtors, said:

“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home. Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate…”

And CNBC says consumer confidence in the economy is fueling the market:

“U.S. home resales surged to a 10-year high in January as buyers shrugged off higher prices and mortgage rates, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.”

The only challenge to the market is a severe lack of inventory. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is less than a four-month supply of inventory. This represents a decrease in supply of 7.1% from the same time last year.

Bottom Line

With demand increasing and supply dropping, this may be the perfect time to get the best price for your home. Contact a local real estate professional today to see whether that is the case in your neighborhood.

 

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It's Apple Picking Time!

(Published on - 9/28/2017 1:11:15 AM)

Looking for something fun to do in the Lake Country Area?

 

 

One of the best things about the Lake Country Area is that you are never too far away from family fun.  Over the next few weeks we will explore several different fun things you can do with your Family during the Fall season!

In September It's Apple Picking Time!  

Whether you like to go and climb the trees, sample the apples or just enjoy the outdoors... apple picking can be lots of fun!  Taste test a few... and choose your favorites to bring home.  So many delicious things you have to look forward to after your visit to the orchard!  Pack your apples in school lunches, bake a yummy apple pie, make some apple pancakes, or share them with friends and family!   Are you ready to have some Fall family fun?  Check out the local orchards by clicking HERE!

 

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Do Your Future Plans Include A Move? What’s Stopping You From Listing

(Published on - 8/8/2017 5:29:24 PM)

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Do Your Future Plans Include A Move? What’s Stopping You From Listing Now?

Do Your Future Plans Include a Move? What’s Stopping You from Listing Now?

Are you an empty-nester? Do you want to retire where you are, or does a vacation destination sound more your style? Are you close to retirement and not ready to move yet, but living in a home that is too big in size and maintenance needs?

How can you line up your current needs with your goals and dreams for the future? The answer for many might be the equity you have in your house.

According to the latest Equity Report from CoreLogic, the average homeowner in the United States gained $14,000 in equity over the course of the last year. On the West Coast, homeowners gained twice that amount, with homeowners in Washington gaining an average of $38,000!

Do you know how much your home has appreciated over the last year?

Many homeowners would be able to easily sell their current house and use the profits from that sale to purchase a condo nearby in order to continue working while eliminating some of the daily maintenance of owning a house (ex. lawn care, snow removal).

With the additional cash gained from the sale of the home, you could put down a sizeable down payment on a vacation/retirement home in the location that you would like to eventually retire to. While you will not yet be able to live there full-time, you can rent out your property during peak vacation times and pay off your mortgage faster.

Purchasing your retirement home now will allow you to take full advantage of today’s seller’s market, allow you to cash in on the equity you have already built, and take comfort in knowing that a plan is in place for a smooth transition into retirement.

Bottom Line

There are many reasons to relocate in retirement, including a change in climate, proximity to family and grandchildren, and so much more. What are the reasons you want to move? Are the reasons to stay more important? Meet with a local real estate professional who can perform an equity evaluation to determine your options, today!

 

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Executive Feature | Neil Miyashita

(Published on - 7/12/2017 3:22:15 PM)

 

Meet Neil Miyashita, one of our extraordinary Sales Executives since 2014. Neil is sure to greet those around him with the sincerest of smiles and a heartwarming “Hello” any time he walks in to a room. This genuine kindness and care can be felt by all who have the pleasure to get to know him. Neil was born and raised in Montreal, Canada where his family built a successful company. “Prior to being involved in real estate, I operated my family’s business. My father was a chemical engineer and started his own company in 1960 and I was named president in 1997 when he retired.” Neil was drawn to Wisconsin because it is home to his lovely wife Lisa, he began visiting Milwaukee in 2008 and soon relocated to this great area. During this process, Neil was not only looking for a home to purchase but also a new path to pursue for a career. He won the lottery in both areas as they began to search for a place to call home. Working with a Realtor from one of the Lake Country’s most successful real estate teams, Dale’s Home Selling Team, proved to be an unexpected opportunity.  Nicole Brown, introduced me to the team of professionals and my career path.” With the team environment a good fit for his goals and becoming a valuable member, he proclaims “This real estate thing is a good fit for me. It gives me the freedom to work and play as much as I want, when I want.”

Neil and his wife, Lisa

Neil is truly an individual who wants to see his clients served with excellence and when asked what his favorite part about real estate is, he responded simply “the ability to help my clients navigate the process of buyer and selling their properties.” The buying and selling of real estate can be arduous, emotional and an intimidating process for some. To be able to help my clients more forward to the next chapter of their lives is very rewarding.” Real estate is a passion for Neil, who went on to say “I do this line of work because I want to, not because I have to. Therefore, I devote all my care and attention to my client’s need, regardless of the value of the property. Respect, honor and integrity are cornerstones of my business mind set.” These three virtues are at the core of all that Neil puts his touch on.

Neil with his family

When asked what Neil believes helps drive his success, he is quick to give credit to his team. Neil knows it’s because of their support and encouragement, that he is a successful Sales Executive. “Dale’s Home Selling Team rocks! If it wasn’t for the support of Dale, Vicky, Becky, Nicole, Sarah and the rest of the team, I would not have been able to do any of this.” Neil also recognizes our front desk administrative team, saying “The office support is fantastic with fielding the calls and ensuring appointments are set up.” Real estate is truly a team venture to Neil!

Outside of being a Realtor, Neil enjoys running, biking, swimming, tennis, golf and shooting. “These physical activities help me stay in shape and keep things in perspective” he says. Neil uses his love of running to give back to his community, which he believes is very important. “As an avid runner, I like to sign up for charity runs that benefit local foundations. That way I can follow my passion for running, while helping others at the same time.”

Whether it be work or his personal life, Neil beautifully blends his passions with helping others. Regardless if the goal is crossing a finish line for a good cause or helping his clients find their place to call home, he devotes his attention to training, preparation and care for each.

Visit Neil's Website HERE

 

 


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