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Thanksgiving fun facts!

Impress your family and friends around the table tomorrow 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.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 49 million in 2008. Two-thirds of the estimated 271 million birds that will be raised in the U.S. this year will be produced by just six states alone: Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and Indiana.

More fun facts here! (more…)

Negotiating offers and securing a home loan

 Kathy Fetek and Laurie Tyler are real estate agents in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Racine office. Each month, they’ll be sharing their real estate expertise with the readers of MetroMilwaukeeLiving to shed some light on various real estate processes. Today, they explain the process of making an offer and securing a loan on your new home.

If you’ve been following our series of articles thus far, you’ll realize that now that you’ve found a home you’d like to buy there will be steps necessary to make that happen. The first step in this process is to negotiate how much you’ll be paying for that home. Your real estate agent will help you determine how much to offer by considering the asking price, analyzing current market trends and evaluating what comparable homes have recently sold for. Once you’ve determined a dollar amount to offer, you and your agent will sit down to write an Offer To Purchase.  (more…)

Find fantastic discounts all over the web this holiday season

Heather Roden is a real estate agent and part of The Roden/Lindauer Team in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Mequon office. With the holidays coming up, Heather knows the importance of saving money and finding deals wherever she can. Today, she shares some of her favorite web sites for fantastic deals from restaurants to retail and more!

With the holiday season right around the corner, I thought everyone could use some helpful information that can save them money.  There are many web sites available to us that offer fantastic deals from restaurants, spas, bars — to events, shopping, children’s activities, and more! Many of them offer a “sign up” feature notifying subscribers of the daily deal. The following really are worth checking out:

  • Their goal is to provide consumers in Southeastern Wisconsin with useful information for purchasing decisions.  Their frequent blog entries will alert you of good deals around the Milwaukee area and suggestions on how you can save money.   (more…)

7 Trends that will Drive the Future of Housing

Recently, REALTOR Magazine reported about seven trends that will significantly influence the future of the housing industry, beginning in 2011. Be on the lookout for these driving factors in the next few years:

1. Big builders are wringing the extras out of construction costs and dropping the national average cost-to-build 36 percent to $52 per square foot.
2. Starting in 2011, Energy Star will ramp up its efficient design and quality installation standards. To get Energy Star certification, builders will have to install the right insulation, HVAC systems, and other features related to energy efficiency correctly every time.
3. Sheds are the next evolution. As homes get smaller, a separate shed will become a popular home addition. (more…)

Winterizing Your Home

Although the weather hasn’t been showing it lately, winter is just around the corner. Before we know it, we’ll be counting on jackets and scarves to keep us warm and dusting off our snow shovels. And while it may be hard to think about when temperatures are at 60 degrees, now’s the time to get your home prepared for the long winter to come. So where do you start? Just follow our guide for winterizing your home – and check it off your list before the first snowfall!


Inspect your furnace. Your furnace will be blaring in no time, so it’s best to have it checked by an HVAC professional as soon as possible. You may also want to consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already done so. And a good way to keep the home warm? Reverse the spin of your fans! Reversing the spin with push warm air down, which will also keep your heating bill down this winter! (more…)

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