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Olympia

2021-07-16T11:22:48-05:00July 16th, 2021|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, now known as I-94.)  For years, young and old alike came from Chicago and surrounding areas to learn how to ski, or refresh their skills, before going out to Aspen or Vail. The resort provided luxurious accommodations for weddings, and [...]

What is the attraction of Lake Country?

2021-07-16T11:19:54-05:00July 16th, 2021|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 provides a peaceful atmosphere that seems to be a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Milwaukee and Chicago. That being said, it is still a relatively easy commute to Milwaukee or Madison.  At Stapleton Realty, we’ve recently [...]

Northcote on North Lake

2021-07-06T16:55:00-05:00July 6th, 2021|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, pool, petanque court, guest house, and carriage house with living quarters, is the epic of style and comfort combined. It also comes with your very own 3+ acre vineyard – to see it is to fall in love. Come and put [...]

Celebrating 40 Years

2021-07-06T16:59:37-05:00July 6th, 2021|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 with the right fit for them. It is this experience that informs and guides our work to this day. While most of the Realtors at Stapleton Realty have not been here for all of those forty years, we benefit from [...]

Confusing Home Buying/Selling Days

2021-05-11T15:40:59-05:00May 11th, 2021|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 frees you from the worry of not being able to find another home in a limited inventory market. The trick to buying something else before you sell your home is having the ability to finance the purchase separate from the [...]

Start of Summer

2021-05-11T15:36:11-05:00May 11th, 2021|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 the whole day with music and a little something for everyone (all free to enjoy).  Stapleton Realty has always been a big supporter of our community and this week we had the first organizational meeting for the annual Boat Parade [...]

Chapman Park

2021-05-11T15:45:09-05:00April 20th, 2021|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 the City of Oconomowoc, showcases a bronze bust of Bill and short history of his contributions to our communities. The six small bronze plaques that you will find placed along the pathway of the park, offer a collective testament highlighting [...]

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

2021-05-11T15:43:10-05:00April 20th, 2021|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 a few factors that are contributing to a “Seller’s market”: Population growth- When there is an influx of people moving to a town or a specific area, the demand for housing usually exceeds the supply.  This is certainly true for [...]

Spotlight on Oconomowoc

2021-03-12T15:09:21-05:00March 12th, 2021|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 entertainment.  The spotlight is on downtown Oconomowoc. Let’s hope it keeps shining brightly for many years to come. Original Publication: The Enterprise, March 4th 2021 Photo Credit:  Downtown Oconomowoc Business District https://www.downtownoconomowoc.org/ https://www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/ https://www.visitoconomowoc.com/

Pre-Listing Repairs

2021-03-12T15:06:13-05:00March 12th, 2021|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 brought to the attention of the buyers. Taking care of small things shows buyers that you have maintained your property. Just a couple of examples to get you started… Deep clean all surfaces. Tighten bolts on toilets. Repair torn window [...]

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