Selling a Home

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 [...]

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 [...]

Imaginary

2021-01-19T15:34:16-05:00January 19th, 2021|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 Country Now section of the Journal Sentinel, Oconomowoc Enterprise, Waukesha Freeman, as well as local School and Church Directories and Special Events boards and posters.  A simple photo of a home can peak someone’s interest enough to want them to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why use Stapleton versus another realtor, discount company or flat fee company?

2020-07-13T11:04:08-05:00April 10th, 2020|News, Selling a Home|

All financial decisions go exactly the way your parents told you when you were younger,” you get what you pay for!” If a company significantly reduces the fees for selling your home, they will need to make up for the loss of revenue with volume. With more listings, agents have less time to help you with the sale of your home. With less time, they will know each home less than they need to and will not be able to answer questions about your home. With many more homes listed, how much effort can a discount agent give to each sale and how committed will they be to you getting the [...]

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 [...]

Getting Your House Ready For a Showing

2020-04-10T15:52:05-05:00June 15th, 2018|Selling a Home|

It's a big decision to sell your home. When you want top-dollar and are facing several changes, time seems to become warp-speed—where everything gets a little fuzzy and the days blur together in anticipation. That's why we've developed this quick guide to get your house ready for a showing. In the Kitchen— Be sure all countertops are clear and "squeaky clean." Wipe down appliances. Make sure all dishes are in the dishwasher or cleaned and put away. The sink should be clear and clean. In the Bedrooms— Make up the beds, neatly and attractively, every morning. This is a job you don't want to have to do when you learn that the [...]