More than just real estate

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

It’s the unofficial start to summer… even though it’s 55 degrees. BUT fear not! Right on cue, it looks like we’ll finally get some beautiful weather for the weekend! Perfect for backyard barbeques, outdoor sports and recreation and maybe an afternoon 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. (more…)

Rainy Day Home Maintenance Tips

Bob Dylan once sang “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Well, lately, we in Southeast Wisconsin don’t need a weatherman to tell us the conditions outside are less than favorable. On these overcast, cold and rainy days, it’s easy to curl up in bed and hope the sun will shine again, but why not use the rain as an excuse to maintain your home?

If the sun ever does decide to come out, by all means, enjoy it! But if you’re stuck inside yet another day, follow through with some of these rainy-day home maintenance tips: (more…)

Why Join CBRB’s Southeast Wisconsin Region

Do you find yourself stuck at your desk all day, staring down the clock, then bolting out the door once 5 o’clock hits? It may be time for a career change. Why not become a Realtor in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Southeast Wisconsin region? A career in real estate provides an unique opportunity to set your own goals, and at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, we pride ourselves on offering the best training, technology and tools to help you reach every goal you set for yourself as a Realtor on our team – and better yet, we have FUN while we’re at it!

Meet the managers of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Southeast Wisconsin offices – they’ll tell you just what you can expect as a Realtor in our region: unbeatable technology, knowledgeable staff and an office culture you’ll want to be a part of. What are you waiting for?

Diary of a First-Time Homebuyer: It’s Official!

Well, as of 2:30pm Thursday, it’s official: I’m a homeowner!!! And you know what? Closing wasn’t as painful as people lead me to believe. I sat in one room with my Realtor, Mortgage Advisor and a representative from our title company as we went through all the official forms and documents. Sure, my wrist got a workout from signing and initialing a couple dozen times, but it actually was a very quick, simple process! The forms were explained to me, I signed away, handed over my check covering closing costs (which was the hardest part of the whole process…) and received my house keys! The whole thing was over within 45 minutes. I’d prepared myself for two hours of industry jargon, signing about 200 forms and then leaving with a frazzled brain, but it was quick, painless and really exciting!

Immediately (and I mean, immediately) after closing, I rushed over to officially claim my new house – I couldn’t get there soon enough! After some minor fumbling with the locks (OK, I may have worked about 10 minutes or so to actually get inside…) I was in my new home for the first time as its official owner. It was a very surreal feeling – I still can’t believe it’s really mine, but I’m so excited to make it my own. I have absolutely no buyer’s remorse – and just standing in my backyard, grass under my toes, enjoying yesterday’s beautiful weather, I knew I had made the right choice. (more…)

The “Home Alone” House Hits the Market!

If you haven’t yet heard, the “Home Alone” house is up for sale for the first time since moviegoers watched Kevin McAllister litter the home in booby traps in order to defend it from those doomed “Wet Bandits.” For just $2.4 million dollars, you could own this iconic Winnetka, Illinois, home, listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent Marissa Hopkins.

In the film, the stately brick colonial was the “silver tuna” in the eyes of burglars Harry and Marv – and for good reason: The iconic home has 14-rooms, sits on a half-acre lot and features four bedrooms, 3.2 baths, a large screened-in porch with a chandelier and, of course, the staircase sledded down by Macaulay Culkin in John Hughes’ 1990 film.

Want to take a peek inside? The home won’t be open for touring, except to pre-qualified buyers. So in case you done have a couple million dollars on hand, take a look at this video and relive the “Home Alone” fun all over again. Or, visit the famous property’s very own listing page, here.

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