More than just real estate

The Home Divide

Whether you’re newlyweds, best friends or relatives, sharing a home purchase requires some extra work. From selecting a neighborhood to deciding how to use a spare room, navigating the world of homeownership in tandem must be done with compromise in mind.

While the idea of owning a home is very exciting, it can often seem overwhelming, especially for those who are new to the real estate process. Your Realtor can help by being that outside, third party who can direct you through the process of making the right decision.

When making a collaborative purchase, remember to:

  • Set a budget. Beyond basic income and the funds available for the down payment, there are a number of other financial elements to consider before setting a price range for the new home. Your lender will assess your debt, credit rating and other factors in getting you pre-approved. Let them assist you in breaking down your mortgage budget. (more…)

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Impress your family and friends around the table on Thursday 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. (more…)

Milwaukee’s Holiday Lights Festival Kick Off

Every year it seems like we begin celebrating the holidays earlier and earlier. Christmas and Hanukkah decorations pop up in stores often times before Halloween, and Christmas music hits the airwaves before Thanksgiving. If you’re one to fully embrace the holiday season no matter how early, tonight is the perfect time to jump start your holiday cheer at the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off at Downtown Milwaukee’s Pere Marquette Park. (more…)

Don’t Let Your Home Be a “Pet Peeve”

When it comes to selling a home, man’s best friend can quickly become a potential buyer’s pet peeve. When you’re selling a house, the family dog, cat or guinea pig can deter buyers from purchasing your home. Work with your Realtor to adequately prepare your home when pets are involved.

Sellers with pets don’t need to call on Dr. Doolittle, but should consider these points when dealing with their animals:

  • Don’t let your pet show your home. Even the nicest pets can make some buyers uncomfortable, so it’s best to remove animals from the home during a showing. If you can’t find a spot for Fido, keep him out of sight and under control.
  • Smell doesn’t sell. When your home is on the market, it’s important to keep it impeccably clean. Remove all dirty litter boxes and dog potty pads. The idea is to take away any evidence that the pet was even there, which includes all stains and animal hair that may cause allergic reactions. (more…)

“Fall Back” this Sunday

Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time (commonly mispronounced as “Daylight Savings Time,”) for the year, meaning we’ll all need to “fall back” and set our clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday (or Saturday night!).  Don’t forget to turn all your clocks and watches back one hour (cell phones and digital TV boxes should automatically set back on their own).

A few fun facts about Daylight Saving Time*:


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