More than just real estate

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. If you aren’t prepared to change your lifestyle, you aren’t prepared to own a home. How do you know if you’re ready to buy? Ask yourself these questions after the jump: (more…)

Organizing your home for back-to-school

Everyone’s got their own back-to-school routine: buy school supplies, some new shoes, get the kids back on a normal sleep schedule and juggle scheduling with new sports, clubs and other after-school activities. With all that goes on during back-to-school, it’s all too easy to find yourself buried in a pile of clutter, making the daily morning ship-off just that more hectic. To keep things organized all year, follow these tips for keeping your home, kids and self in A+ shape:

Designate a “drop zone”: Ever since Hansel and Gretel, kids have been leaving trails (whether it be breadcrumbs or book bags, jackets and shoes) of their “stuff” wherever they go. By ensuring they put their things in one organized space as soon as they walk through the door, your home will be tidier and they’ll be able to find their school essentials much more easily.

In an area right where they walk in and out of the house (a mudroom or entryway are good places), attach hooks on the wall, one for each child (preferably at their own height) to hang their jackets and book bags. Another good idea is to designate a cubby or basket for each child. There, they can keep their shoes, hats, gloves or anything else that’s liable to get tossed anywhere else around the house.

Read more tips after the jump! (more…)

Milwaukee 13th most-walkable city in the U.S.!

It’s hard not to notice the influx of cranes and scaffolding dotting Milwaukee’s downtown skyline. Walking the city streets, it seems around every corner is a new condo development shooting toward the sky. Blame gas prices or praise the ease of downtown living, but it seems more and more people are looking into moving downtown.

Typically, living downtown means leaving your car in park, and trading in the gas guzzler for a bus pass or a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Luckily enough for Downtown dwellers in Milwaukee, has ranked Milwaukee as the 13th most-walkable city in the United States. What’s more, eight Milwaukee neighborhoods are classified as a “Walker’s Paradise,” according to the web site, while 28 more rank as “Very Walkable.” (more…)

What you need to know about the 2009 homebuyer tax credit

With home prices down and interest rates at historically low levels, now is a great time to buy a home – and if you’re a first-time homebuyer, 2009 just may be your year. Read on to learn more about the tax credit and how to qualify (more…)

Welcome to

When I moved from Ohio to Milwaukee’s East Side last summer, I was torn between the excitement of living in a new city and the anxiety of being so unfamiliar with my surroundings while hundreds of miles away from my family. I’d lived in Ohio since I was born – could I ever consider anyplace else home? (more…)

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