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2012 Continues to be a Strong Year for Home Sales

The 2012 housing market news continues to be positive for the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. Existing home sales rose 24.2% in November of this year, compared to November of 2011. Through the first eleven months of 2012 home sales in the Milwaukee area have increased 25.7% compared to 2011’s first eleven months.

With a strong finish to the year anticipated, the Milwaukee area could have its highest number of home sales in five years.

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Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Impress your family and friends around the table on Thursday with these fun and interesting Thanksgiving facts! Don’t worry if your stories put everyone to sleep; just blame it on the tryptophan!

  • President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving – more 200 years after the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony,Massachusetts, in 1621. However, holiday wasn’t declared an official national holiday until 1941.
  • The original Thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 11. Unlike our modern holiday, it was three days long. The event was based on English harvest festivals, which traditionally occurred around the 29th of September.
  • Lobster, seal and swans were on the Pilgrims’ menu. (more…)

Metro Milwaukee’s Weekend Festivals Guide: August 17-19

Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of Southeast Wisconsin festivals to go around! Get in the Celtic spirit, feast with some beasts or celebrate the area’s maritime history this weekend. We tell you how right here in this week’s edition of the weekend festivals guide!


Irish Fest (Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee) (more…)

9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers

Chances are right now you’re blasting your air conditioner at full throttle. According to the five-day forecast, you probably won’t be turning that air conditioner off for the next week. Running air conditioners is a quick way to hike up your energy bill in the summer, but there are plenty of small changes you can make in any season to help bring those bills down. Give your pocketbook and Mother Nature a break this season by taking advantage of these simple, surprising ways to save energy and money.

Put lamps in the corners: Did you know you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and brighter.

Switch to a laptop: If you’re reading this article on a laptop, you’re using 1/3 less energy than if you’re reading this on a desktop.  (more…)

Are you ready to buy a home?

Homeownership can be very exciting. Equity building, tax deductions, a sense of pride and a place to decorate to your specific taste are just a few reasons why owning a home is often referred to as “The American Dream.” However, just as Marvel Comic superhero Spider-Man was warned, “With great power comes great responsibility.” And homeownership undoubtedly is one of the greatest forms of responsibility you may take over in your life.

We’ve all heard it’s a great time to buy – and it truly is….if (and it’s a big “if”) you are emotionally, physically and – most importantly – financially ready. (more…)

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