Best Time For First Time Home Buyers

The 1980’s brought extraordinarily high interest rates in the double digits, the 90’s brought them down a little and we experienced a refinance boom.  As the 2000’s approached we saw Washington deregulating the mortgage industry in an effort to pull us out of the nosedive our economy was facing with the DOTCOM bubble.  The downside… [Read More]

What Home Projects Really Pay Off?

What Projects Really Pay Off? Kitchens and Baths In the most productive real estate markets around the country, Kitchens and Bathrooms are the ticket.  You can expect they will return 100% of their value. Home Maintenance:   When someone is buying a new house the last thing they want to worry about are costly repairs.  That’s… [Read More]

Federal Reserve Meeting Calendar

Below are the meeting dates, PDF / HTML calendars and the summary of the meeting. 2018 FOMC Meetings January 30-31 Statement: PDF | HTML Implementation Note Longer-Run Goals and Policy Strategy Minutes: PDF | HTML (Released February 21, 2018) March 20-21* Statement: PDF | HTML Implementation Note Press Conference Projection Materials PDF | HTML Minutes: PDF | HTML (Released April 11, 2018) May 1-2 Statement: PDF | HTML… [Read More]

4 Simple Methods to Pay Your Mortgage Quicker

Bi-Weekly Mortgage Payments How to Set Up a Biweekly Mortgage Payment Locate the principal and interest portion of your payment on your monthly statement and simply divide that number by two. For example, if the principal and interest portion of your payment is $1,500, your new biweekly mortgage payment is $750.   Don’t forget to… [Read More]

Local Happenings

Down Town Cafe Crawl Participating Cafés: The Attic Books & Coffee • seasonal & holiday teas • chaider Grounded Café at the ADRC • pumpkin spiced apple cider Daily Buzz Espresso Bar • autumn refresher • harvest moon cider • brewed coffee • nutella stuffed cookie • vegan brownies • fruit crumb bar Copper Rock Coffee… [Read More]

15 Of The Best Life Hacks Available

1. Fork that Oreo 2. Simple as new way to cut 3. Muffin Paper and Popsicle?  Yes. 4. Making Pasta?   5. Thank you Smart Phone 6. Aside from marking which can is yours, it can hold your straw 7.Or any delicious strawberry treat! 8. the 80’s are back! 9. and it has other advantages….. 10. Soap Genetics! 11. I suppose. 12…. [Read More]

Wisconsin Winterizing Tips ( 7 tips that might save you a mortgage payment)

 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home   1) Change Furnace Filters Easy to forget, important to remember! 2) Reverse Those Fans! Not many people think about this one, but reversing the fan pulls will disperse the heat that rises to the ceiling and could save you 5-10% 3) Winterize Your A/C and Water Lines Simple, just… [Read More]

Northeast Wisconsin’s Best Pumpkin Patches

Brown County Apple Valley Orchard –  apples and pumpkins 1670 Mar-El Rd, DePere, WI. Phone: 920-336-0667. Email: Open 9 to 5 pm daily during season, September to Thanksgiving. pre-picked and pick-your-own apples. Also pumpkins and crafts. Blaser’s Acres – pumpkins, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered… [Read More]

24 Really Bad Real Estate Photos

You may have been looking at houses recently, so you’ve walked into some that are beautiful and some that are………not for you.   I threw together 25 photos from those houses that you put on your “nope list”.                       Did we go back to the Victorian Age? … [Read More]