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DATE NIGHT IN THE FOX CITIES

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Ok, this is not your typical Real Estate blog post. On the other hand, if you are thinking about living in the Fox Cities, you might wonder what activities are available for adults. I see many Facebook posts asking about “Date Night” activities that don’t cost an arm and a leg. So, I thought I would share some of our favorite “date nights.

We like FREE, music, and the great outdoors. And the Fox Cities offers plenty of free music from June to September at all kinds of outside venues. Many of these are great for the adults and/or family friendly. And they all serve beer and wine if you want that option. As a matter of fact there are so many free outdoor music options that you could have a date night at least 5 days a week.

Last night we visited the lovely Hydro Park and soothed our souls as we listened to the beautiful voice of Janet Planet. It was relaxing and had plenty of space to stretch your legs. On Thursday nights, we are a mainstay at the Heid Summer Concert Series in Houdini Square. Staying downtown, the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel offers music in the courtyard on Wednesday nights. Also on Wednesday evening Shattuck Park in Neenah woos residents with a Summer Concert Series. If  you work in the evenings and have your days free, both Appleton and Neenah offer music during lunchtime. I’d certainly be amiss if I failed to mention the Mile of Music that draws huge crowds. You can enjoy all kinds of bands both indoors and out. There is music for all different tastes and ages.

Although it isn’t free, the Green Bay Botanical Gardens also offers a wide variety of music in a beautiful setting with a brand new amphitheater. The acoustics are fantastic and the gardens are every photographers’ dream.

Since our days are long and our nights are short during the summer there are plenty of hiking, boating, kayaking, and biking  opportunities for the outdoor enthusiasts among us. Appleton Memorial Park Gardens are also free and open to the public. Don’t forget the Trout Museum, as well as our history museums.

Obviously, “Date Night” does not have to consist of sitting in a bar or going out to an expensive restaurant. The Fox Cities has plenty of options that are free or inexpensive. Feel free to pack a picnic, take a walk, and soothe your soul with the music of the Fox Cities.

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The 3 Steps to Home Ownership

Stepping to Home Ownership

More and more millennials and the up and coming Gen Z’s dream of  home ownership. Unfortunately, many of the young people today carry large student debt. Home ownership is achievable by following these three simple steps.

  1. Learn to live on a budget. Know exactly where and how you are spending your money. It is so easy to budget with all of the free apps available today. Prioritize your spending, downsize what isn’t necessary, and know what sacrifices, such as stopping at the coffee shop and going out to eat, you are willing to make in order to pay off your debts and save money.
  2. Build your credit history. Stay on top of your student loan, car loan, and credit cards. Make sure to pay them off each month on time. If you don’t have any loans or a credit history, open a credit card, use it, and pay it off each month.
  3. Automate a down payment savings. Have a designated amount of money automatically deducted from your paycheck each month and deposited into a house fund account. Keep the account separate and don’t touch it until you are ready to purchase a home.

Although, there are loans available for no money down, it will be necessary to have available funds for closing costs and miscellaneous expenses such as inspections. A sizable down payment  with a good credit score can reduce the interest rate on the loan for your home purchase.

All good things in life, require a few sacrifices and work. Home ownership is achievable, you just need to take the proper steps to get there.