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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 [...]

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  Painting, changing out light fixtures, and adding a backsplash can breathe life into an outdated space.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 [...]

Thankful

2020-11-17T13:49:24-05:00November 17th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings, News|

This year has seen an unprecedented change and disruption in the world and economy that none of us could have predicted. One thing that didn't change however is how incredibly thankful we at Stapleton Realty are to our buyers, sellers, and all the individuals that help us to be successful in our endeavors to do the best we can be in representing all of our Buyers and Sellers. We learned what it meant to be “Essential Workers” with video calls, virtual showings, safe practices, adjusting events, and pure resourcefulness to serve our clients.  In Lake Country, we saw residents and businesses supporting morale-encouraging new ways to adapt to unusual circumstances, and a general desire to [...]

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 [...]

Lake Are Free Clinic

2020-09-11T13:24:13-05:00September 11th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings, News|

Lake Area Free Clinic Photo credit: Lake Area Free Clinic and Ocreative https://www.lakeareafreeclinic.org/gala-event/ All bidding for the Gala will be done through Text2Bid.   Preview our Silent Auction items on this site beginning September 1. Silent Auction using Text2Bid begins on Saturday, September 5 at NOON Silent Auction ends Saturday, September 12 at 6:00 PM Live Auction begins September 12.  Join us on this website for the Live Event and have your mobile device ready for Text2Bid during the event. Note:  You will receive notification after 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2020 when "My Bill" is ready.  DONATE NOW Cash Donations are always needed and appreciated. Fund a Need Your contribution to "fund [...]

Staging MATTERS!

2020-04-10T15:52:37-05:00August 31st, 2018|General, Selling a Home|

This blog is created and borrowed from Michelle Birch, the Principal Interior Designer of Birch Design Theory, LLC. https://birchdesigntheory.com Things to consider for SELLING! Ever wonder what you needed to do to ensure a quick and easy sale of your home?  Besides getting a thorough market analysis and setting the price right at the beginning… Here’s  just a few personal tips for you to consider… CURB appeal MATTERS! It is true that some potential buyers loved your home when they saw it online---when you had the pictures all set to perfection on the web.  However, driving up, some buyers will literally drive right by a house that isn’t up to its full [...]