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 [...]

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 [...]

How can we help you?

2021-03-12T14:58:59-05:00March 12th, 2021|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 have experience selling condos, vacant land or any other type of property you have to sell. Q:How should I choose a real estate company? A: Because this is a personal financial choice, you need a company in which you see a [...]

New Home, New Year

2021-01-19T15:37:02-05:00January 19th, 2021|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 buy. It also means that prices are up, so your home may be worth more than even a few months ago. Worth Exploring? Let us look closer. Selling your home today = more buyers because interest rates are low. More [...]

The Hub of the Home

2020-12-15T14:53:12-05:00December 15th, 2020|Buying a Home, General, Lake Homes, Selling a Home|

The Hub of the Home The kitchen is the hub of any home, a space that needs to be functional yet esthetically pleasing. Now more than ever, we are staying home, cooking more, and spending more time in our kitchens. It is the room listing agents describe in great detail…stunning granite countertops, gleaming stainless steel appliances, oversized islands, and custom walk-in pantries. Because renovating a kitchen can be a substantial financial undertaking, some sellers will make small updates just to freshen up the space.  Painting, changing out light fixtures, and adding a backsplash can breathe life into an outdated space. If your kitchen could have been featured in an episode of the Brady [...]

Life Transition Points and the Effect on the Housing Market

2020-11-17T13:42:02-05:00November 17th, 2020|Buying a Home, First-Time Home Buyers, General, News, Selling a Home|

This year, 2020, has offered us so many different challenges, but the housing market has stayed hot. How could that be? Record layoffs, unprecedented unemployment, stock market volatility and so on. The housing market has been hot: a low inventory of for sale homes, many people in the market to buy motivated by low interest rates and ability to move where they want to live while working remotely. If you could live anywhere and work from home, you might choose to live in an area with outdoor attractions, closer to your family, or perhaps where you grew up. A lot of what was for years, attractive about living in big cities, has [...]

Why Inspect?

2020-11-17T13:35:33-05:00September 11th, 2020|Buying a Home, First-Time Home Buyers, News|

The process of buying a home is nerve racking for many reasons. It is a large investment; it is the beginning of a lot of work to move from your old home and it is change. Worrying about what shape the home we are buying is in, is important, but most of us do not know enough about home conditions to evaluate our new purchase. Most realtors would suggest you hire a home inspector. Their job is to go through the home you are buying and to look for things that may be an added expense for you or may be dangerous. They are not there to evaluate the cosmetics of the [...]

Surviving in a Seller’s Market

2020-08-14T14:40:16-05:00August 14th, 2020|Buying a Home, News, Selling a Home|

What is the difference between a buyer’s and a seller’s market? As its name suggests, a buyer’s market is beneficial to the buyer and a seller’s market is beneficial to a seller. A buyer’s market is a market in which the supply is higher than the demand.  A seller’s market exists when the demand for homes exceeds the supply, or there are more buyers  looking  to purchase a home than there are homes available. The outcome  is  multiple offers on a single property which leads to a bidding war. If you are lucky enough to be experiencing a seller's market in your area, it is indeed a fabulous time to sell. Not [...]

I am a buyer looking for the perfect home, where do I begin?

2020-07-13T11:00:25-05:00July 13th, 2020|Buying a Home, First-Time Home Buyers|

I am a buyer looking for the perfect home, where do I begin? The process of buying a home is big and so is the financial investment. Choosing an agent is an important part of the process and should not happen by chance. Using the agent my cousin likes or who was at the open house may not end up being the right fit for you. When you need a new doctor, you go through the effort to take recommendations, look up reviews and hopefully conduct an interview appointment. The same attention to detail and need for a” good fit”, is true with a realtor.  Here are some things you should know [...]

Myths About Homeownership

2020-04-10T15:52:32-05:00July 10th, 2018|Buying a Home|

Lenders evaluate mortgage applications a lot differently today than they did even ten years ago and even more has changed in the last twenty years. What used to close the door to homeownership may not be a factor today. Here are some common homeownership myths: Myth: You need excellent credit to become a homeowner. Fact: You may still be able to buy a home with less-than-perfect credit. And remember, you can improve your credit over time. Myth: You need to put 20% down to buy a home. Fact: There are many types of mortgage products and programs that allow low and no down payments. But remember to factor in other costs such as closing [...]

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