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The Market is Back on its Natural Rhythm

While the numbers are off, the market is right on.

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?

Well, the official real estate market statistics are out, and although they’re not as robust as our pre-recession world, there are a lot of things going right with the housing market that make it a good time for you to buy or sell a home.

Some of those things that are going right:

The market is back to its natural rhythm (more…)


Moving Tips for a Smooth Transition

Whether it’s a bright new beginning or an emotional departure, failing to plan ahead and properly prepare can make moving difficult. Whether you’re relocating down the block or across the country, taking the right steps in advance can save time and energy when packing up your life and moving.

A new home is exciting, but the process of moving can be quite stressful. However, planning and preparation can significantly decrease your level of stress. It is possible to make the experience less hectic and more organized. The goal is to get happily settled into your new home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Consider these pieces of advice as you prepare for your big day:

  • Get organized. First, scour closets and storage spaces and organize items in three piles; sell, donate or move. Next, create room lists, for your future home, assigning the items you decide to keep to specific rooms. Finally, take an inventory of each room in your current home consisting of all of the items that need to be packed.
  • Notify all authorities. Give the post office, utility service providers, friends and family early warnings of your new address. The process of disconnecting and then restarting services can be time consuming, so generate a comprehensive checklist early on. (more…)

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity: ReStore Super Sale!

Here at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, we are so proud of the work we do for our local charities, including the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. The organization, itself, is so amazing in the work that it does to provide housing for people in need, and we couldn’t be happier to be affiliated with them. But did you know that in addition to volunteering and donating to Habitat, you can also do your part to help the organization by shopping at their ReStore?

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore recycles overstocked, discounted, new and used building materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. The items are sold at a fraction of the retail price to the public. The ReStore helps fund Habitat’s mission of building affordable homes and is staffed largely by volunteers.

Pretty cool, right? They’ve got a huge variety of items in the store and at such a huge discount – perfect for anyone looking to renovate, build up or just redecorate their home. And this Saturday, April 23rd, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating Earth Day with a HUGE sale on all items – everything in the store will be an additional 50% off! (more…)


SELLING 101: Tips for First-Timers

The process of selling your home in today’s market may seem daunting, especially for those who have outgrown their starter home and are ready to sell for the first time.  But, there are simple steps homeowners can take to put themselves in the best position to make the most of their first selling experience.

Selling a home can be an emotional rollercoaster if you don’t know where to start. Setting a timeline and engaging the right professionals at the right time can remove much of that stress and put you in the best position to sell your home quickly and at a satisfying price.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for first-time home sellers: (more…)


Top 10 Credit Do’s & Don’ts During the Loan Process

Did you know that most lenders pull your credit report a couple of times during the loan process? Keep in mind that a credit report is usually pulled prior to closing the loan, and if your credit scores have changed you may no longer qualify for the rate or program that you are attempting to get.

Avoid detrimental changes to your credit score by following these helpful tips that many make during the loan process: (more…)


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