Monthly articles, penned by our team members, highlight a wide range of topics from real estate information to current events in the area. Some stories may even be written just for laughs.                                      We invite you to visit our site each month to read Stapleton News & Views.

Olympia

Maureen's Musings, Oconomowoc|

Olympia Resort opened with great fanfare in 1974 with guests arriving in tuxedos for the men and flowing dresses for the ladies, some of which came from New York and other metropolitan areas as investors in the development. It was a grand hotel that offered several amenities that included an 18 hole golf course and ski hill (the dirt that created the hill came from a new highway they were building then, [...]

What is the attraction of Lake Country?

Buying a Home, First-Time Home Buyers, Lake Homes, Oconomowoc, Selling a Home|

Why are people moving to the Lake Country Area in droves?  There are several reasons…The Lake Country Area which includes the charming communities of Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, Merton, Nashotah, Chenequa, Okauchee, Oconomowoc, Summit, Lac La Belle and more, have an abundance of beautiful lakes.  There are approximately 25 of them in this immediate area.  There are also many parks and recreational places where you can hike, bike, golf and camp.  Lake Country [...]

Northcote on North Lake

Buying a Home, General, Lake Homes, Maureen's Musings|

It has been Stapleton Realty’s pleasure, and good fortune, to represent a number of fabulous properties for sale over our 40 years in business. But, I have to say, having the excitement of being able to market the Northcote Estate, nestled in Chenequa will be a highlight and delight beyond works. Steeped in history, the property on almost 15 private acres having 140 feet of prime sandy North Lake frontage, tennis court, [...]

Celebrating 40 Years

General, News, Oconomowoc|

Being forty years in the business is not just about experience, it is mostly about the relationships and the help we have been able to provide to the people we work with. In those years, we have created developments, listed many homes, businesses or land for our clients and helped them to find the same. Selling a property, especially a home, is about connecting the needs and lifestyle wants of our clients [...]

Confusing Home Buying/Selling Days

Buying a Home, News, Oconomowoc, Selling a Home|

It is attractive to think about selling your home today. Higher prices, low interest rates to buy something else, and bidding wars with multiple offers per sale, all make it look inviting. Before you pick up the phone to give us a call, there are some things you should know and consider. To begin down the road of selling today, you first have to know where you are going. Having a destination [...]

Start of Summer

General, Maureen's Musings|

Oconomowoc is enjoying a flurry of activity, especially now that nice weather is upon us.  Last Saturday the city was busy with the 5k/Half Marathon starting on Village Green and the start of the Summer Farmer’s Market in the parking lot across from Bank Five Nine. This Saturday there will literally be a “big splash” into Lac La Belle with the SOFA events that begin at the City Beach and go on [...]

Chapman Park

Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

Do you know about Chapman Park?  Coming this summer is a new park in the City of Oconomowoc dedicated to the life and accomplishments of Attorney Bill Chapman.  The 18 acre park is located on the southeast side of the City and features grassy pathways and a pond know by some as “Aunt Polly’s Washtub”. The first phase of the park, thanks to a generous donation by Pabst Farms, and supported by [...]

What is a Seller’s Market and how does it affect you?

Buying a Home, First-Time Home Buyers, General, Selling a Home|

Currently in the US, the majority of the housing market is a Seller’s market. Home prices are rising and inventory is tight, meaning there are not enough houses on the market for buyers. We also know that it is a seller’s market because the “DOM”, (days on the market), are very short, often less than 10 days.  In a lot of areas, the final sales price is exceeding the list price.Here are [...]

Spotlight on Oconomowoc

Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

A big thank-you goes out to the city crews who have been diligent about shoveling off the skating rink on Fowler Lake.  It has provided hours of fun and entertainment not only to skaters and hockey players but also those of us who get to watch them on a regular basis. It brings another element of liveliness to our downtown which in turn has created a center for activities, stores, restaurants, and [...]

Pre-Listing Repairs

General, News, Selling a Home|

  We all have a list of repair items around our houses that we have lived with for years and in most cases can be handled quickly and for little money. In most scenarios when you list your home the buyers will ask for the chance to have a home inspection conducted. This is where major defects can be found and sometimes those small things you have been living with will be [...]

Our Community

General, Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

The Oconomowoc Area Foundation was only a sparkle in our eyes when a group first met to discuss the needs of our community.  It is so very exciting to see how that little sparkle has grown to be a very bright showing spot above us.  It is easy to look around the beautiful area where live in and not see or think about the fact that there are people and places that [...]

How can we help you?

Buying a Home, First-Time Home Buyers, General, News, Selling a Home|

Q: Why use Stapleton to buy or sell your home? A: Our Realtors chose to work at Stapleton because it is a small agency with a deliberate focus on providing our clients with personal service. We have a Google 5 star rating because of this focus. Q: Is Stapleton exclusive in what they sell: Lake properties, price range or residential. A: Stapleton Realtors can help to sell homes on a lake or off-water, in any price range, and [...]

New Home, New Year

Buying a Home, General, News, Selling a Home|

It is the new year we had all been looking forward to! New year, new start for so many hopes, dreams, and ideas. After being in your home so much more than usual over the past “Covid Months”, you are thinking you need a different scene, it would be hard to blame you. Interest rates are staying low as we head into the spring market which makes it a good time to [...]

Imaginary

Maureen's Musings, Selling a Home|

We all know the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  But never is it truer than when you are selling or buying a home.  Stapleton Realty takes that saying to heart using photos when marketing a property.  Some of the periodicals we place ads with pictures are: Exclusively Yours, Lakeshore Living and MKElifestyle Magazines. In addition, we are in many of the local publications and newspapers such as the Lake [...]

Holiday Recipes

General|

From Judy: Holiday Cranberry Salad Dressing: ½ C sugar 1/3 C olive oil 2 tsp. of chopped green onion Dash of salt 1/3 C lemon juice 2 Tbls poppy seeds (Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.  This can be made ahead of time.) Salad: Mixture of Italian and red leaf lettuce 1 ½  C each apple and pear slices 2 C package of finely grated Mozzarella cheese 1 C craisins ¾ C [...]