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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Our Community

2021-03-12T15:06:46-05:00March 12th, 2021|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 need help. We began to prioritize who we could serve and what we could do, as a group, to make this part of our little world a better place to live, work and recreate in.  It didn't take long to [...]

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 [...]

Holiday Recipes

2020-12-15T15:04:36-05:00December 15th, 2020|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 cashews (This makes enough for about 6 people.) From Bonnie: Cranberry Nut Bread II - Allrecipes.com 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white sugar 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ cup butter 1 egg [...]

Happy Holidays from Stapleton Realty

2020-12-15T15:00:50-05:00December 15th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings|

It is out of care for all of you and our  greater community that we are going to pause our annual holiday party this year and hope to return to it next year in better times for such gatherings. In lieu of the party, we are going to be donating to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. We ask that you drop off  non-perishable food items or a monetary donation at our office (112 N Main Street). While being together always makes us feel better, we hope that this giving effort will bring us together in  feeling good for helping others. Raise a glass or two of the Old Fashion Punch we serve each [...]

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