More than just real estate

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

It’s the unofficial start to summer! And, wow, does the weekend weather in Southeast Wisconsin look perfect for some backyard barbeques, outdoor sports and recreation and maybe a couple afternoons spent at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee.

Let’s first take the time to remember that Monday doesn’t just mean a day off from work. It’s a day set aside to pay special tribute to the memory of everyone in our special forces that have served our country so unselfishly and so bravely throughout the history of the armed forces. Please remember to take some time this weekend to remember those who lost their lives fighting for our country.

If you’re traveling this weekend, make sure to drive safely and be cautious of all the extra traffic on the roads. If you’re celebrating the long weekend with a few beverages, always have a designated driver. Remember: safety first, second and third!

And after you practice safety this weekend, then remember to focus on fun, family and friends. Enjoy the holiday weekend, everyone!

Dissecting “location, location, location” (part I)

“Location, location, location” – if you only know one thing about the real estate business, this common mantra is probably it. A home’s location is not only important to its current occupants, but especially those who are looking to buy it in the future. Why is “location” repeated three times? Well, the neighborhood your house is in isn’t the only factor of a good location when it comes to prospective buyers.

Over the next few posts, we will discuss what all “location, location, location” comprises, and what you need to know when looking to buy a home that will eventually have the greatest resale value possible. (more…)

Come Join Coldwell Banker (video)

Thinking of a career in real estate? Come, join Coldwell Banker! Why join our team? Coldwell Banker is an international leader in real estate, offering the best training, technology and tools to help you reach every goal you set for yourself as a Realtor on our team.

Click here to watch the video and see for yourself what some of our Coldwell Banker agents have to say about the Coldwell Banker brand and the tools and services it offers their business.

If you like what you see and are interested in joining one of our six Southeast Wisconsin offices, call Judy Hearst at 262-240-2683.

Styling and Profiling: A Buyers Handbook to Housing Styles

The following story is featured on Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Facebook page. Click here to become a fan and keep up to date with the latest in real estate news, trends and tips.


From New England’s Cape Cod to San Francisco’s Victorian, housing styles from coast to coast can be found right on your block. While you don’t need to be an architect to shop for a home, it doesn’t hurt to know the main categories of styles found in the various neighborhoods and streets you’re searching.


Going “Light Green”

At this point, we all know how important it is to “reduce, reuse and recycle.” We’ve learned about switching out incandescent light bulbs for compact-fluorescent light bulbs, and we know to shop locally to reduce our carbon footprint. But there are so many more ways to go green than you may realize. Today, Kyle Vetter, an agent in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Mequon office, shares with Metro Milwaukee Living five little-known ways you can go green at home and possibly save some green in the process.

  1. Install power strips to all electronics: Americans spend over $1 billion annually paying for the electricity our TVs and DVD players use while they are off. The fact is, everything that is plugged in draws power, even when not in use (this waste of power is termed “vampire energy”). So unplug those cell phone charger and coffee pots when you aren’t using them. (more…)

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