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Beyond the Brewery: Explore Door County’s Hidden Charms!

    Door County, Wisconsin is regarded as the “Napa Valley of the Midwest” thanks to an abundance of wineries, art galleries, and other cultural activities, but not everything on this peninsula isn’t as prime and proper as it seems. Beyond the award-winning artisan cheeses and world-renowned cherries, lays another Door County–one that’s funky, spunky, … Continue reading “Beyond the Brewery: Explore Door County’s Hidden Charms!”

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5 Psychology Tricks to Use When Selling Your Home

    When selling real estate, the goal is always to get the highest sale price possible. In some markets this is easy. According to Zillow, in 2017 nearly 1 in 4 homes sold over the listed price, and in some cases, far over. While the area, home type, and other factors come into play, … Continue reading “5 Psychology Tricks to Use When Selling Your Home”

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Island Escape 101: Unknown Islands

    Many travelers get a special thrill when they tell someone about their latest adventures and get blanks stares and questions of “Where’s that?” While many people travel to Jamaica (more than 4 million a year) or the Dominican Republic (more than 5 million annually), it’s not as often that you hear of travels … Continue reading “Island Escape 101: Unknown Islands”

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Streamlining the OREO Sales Process: 2018 Market Update

    According to information made available by BankRegData.com, the value of OREO property held by U.S. banks has been falling from $17.51 billion in Q2 2015 to $8.45 billion by the end of Q4 2017– a change of more than 50%! While the overall market climate is changing, it is worth noting that the … Continue reading “Streamlining the OREO Sales Process: 2018 Market Update”

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How to Write Quality Listing Descriptions for Forest Land

    Writing a description for a plot of vacant land can be trickier than writing descriptions for other types of real estate. With a home there are a lot of features to mention, basics like number of rooms and floors, amenities and upgrades like security systems and pools, and when all else fails you … Continue reading “How to Write Quality Listing Descriptions for Forest Land”

How big of a home do you really need?

    According the the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Characteristics of New Housing, of the 738,000 new single-family homes completed in 2016 the median home was 2,422 square feet, nearly 1,000 more square feet than a home built 50 years prior! Homes in the United States have been getting larger and more spacious, but all … Continue reading “How big of a home do you really need?”

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The Battle of Toledo: How a Real Estate Deal Prevented a War

    If you take a look at a map of the Midwest United States, you may notice something strange with Michigan. More specifically, you may notice that Michigan is effectively two land masses that aren’t connected (save for the Mackinac Bridge) and that the northern part, known as Upper Michigan, is actually completely attached … Continue reading “The Battle of Toledo: How a Real Estate Deal Prevented a War”

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New Hope for Home Ownership Through Land Contracts

    In some places in the U.S., land contracts are common. Land contracts, a form of seller financing, are written legal agreements used to purchase real estate. These agreements work similar to a standard mortgage, but rather than borrowing money from a bank or lender to buy the property, the buyer makes payments to … Continue reading “New Hope for Home Ownership Through Land Contracts”

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Top 5 reasons you NEED an Agent when buying a home

    Thanks to the internet, you can learn almost anything, however, there’s a huge difference between knowing how something works and knowing how to do it well. Looking for proof? Check Youtube for haircut fail videos–you’ll quickly see the difference between knowing how to do something versus having the expertise to do it well. … Continue reading “Top 5 reasons you NEED an Agent when buying a home”