More than just real estate

What is the State of the Market?

Desty Lorino is a real estate agent with over 20 years as a licensed professional. Desty is with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s North Shore office, located in Glendale.Today, he answers a question that seems to be on everyone’s mind lately: How’s the real estate market?

Just the other day I was outside shoveling with one of my neighbors and he asked me, “So Desty, how is the housing market doing?” Interesting question!

In answering that, an old cell phone commercial came to mind, where an actress portraying a realtor was switching back and forth between calls on hold. She was telling one caller “It’s a seller’s market,” and on another call she was saying “It’s a buyer’s market! Every closet is a walk-in closet if you try hard enough!” (more…)


Planning Open Houses – What to Avoid

Desty Lorino is a real estate agent with over 20 years as a licensed professional. Desty is with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s North Shore office, located in Glendale, and prides his success on a high level of service and market knowledge. Today, he reminds sellers that open houses should be planned carefully around any given Sunday:

Were you watching the Packers beat the Bears on their road to the Super Bowl last Sunday?  You weren’t alone!  Nearly 85 percent of people watching ANY TV show on Sunday afternoon had the game on, according to the Nielsen Ratings. So why is this important when you’re selling a home?  Simple: we need to understand your potential buyer’s priorities. (more…)


Southeast Wisconsin Skiing Hotspots

It seems Mother Nature forgot about Wisconsin for a little while this spring. Before last week, snow has mostly alluded the area, relatively. Now that we’ve had a significant snowfall, why not hit the slopes and break out the skis?

Southeast Wisconsin has plenty of options for downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, alike. See some great slopes and trails here: (more…)


Home Ownership and the “American Dream”

Desty Lorino is a real estate agent with over 20 years as a licensed professional. Desty is with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s North Shore office, located in Glendale, and prides his success on a high level of service and market knowledge. Today, he points out why home ownership is the cornerstone of today’s real American Dream:

My wife and I were talking to one of our neighbors’ kids who is ready to embark on leaving home for college next fall. Like many other kids her age, she has an “American Dream.”

That definition can include different things for different people. For someone who grew up as an only child, they may dream of marrying and having a larger family than they grew up with. For someone less fortunate, they may aspire to a lucrative career so they never have to worry about money again. But there’s one thing that most ALL of our American Dreams include: owning a home. (more…)


Tax Credits for Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems

The 2009-2010 $1,500 energy tax credits ended as you sang Auld Lange Syne, but you’ll get up to $500 for a more efficient heating and cooling system in 2011.

In 2010, you were able to take up to 30% of the cost, to a $1,500 max, as tax credits for an eligible heating and cooling system. If you took advantage of the credit, congratulations:

  • File IRS Form 5695 in 2011. This can be tricky, so pay attention to the details.
  • Put your feet up, because you’ve taken the feds for all they’ve got in terms of limited-amount energy credits.

If you didn’t take advantage already, you’re somewhat out of luck: The generous $1,500 program ended on Dec. 31, 2010. But at the last minute, the government added a suite of less-generous but still useful energy tax credits for heating and cooling systems and related energy-efficiency improvements. (more…)


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