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.
The old adage, buying a home isn’t for the faint of heart, still holds true. No matter how much you prepare, make your lists, and visit neighborhoods, you still need to wait for the right home to come on the market. Even then, it may not become yours.
The inventory of homes for sale remains low with the number of potential Buyers high. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a house. Most importantly, you need to be prepared to make a strong offer when you do find the home for you and your family. Many sellers won’t even entertain an offer without a pre-approval letter, so meet with a local lender and have your letter in hand. It makes for a much stronger offer.
Be flexible. Flexibility also makes for a stronger offer. Asking the Seller when the best time for them to close and move might make your offer more attractive to them. Also, if you are looking for the typical 3 bedroom 2 bath home in a highly sought after neighborhood, change your search a bit. You might want to open yourself up to a home that needs a bit of renovation or is in a neighborhood that is up and coming. Expanding your horizons opens up new opportunities.
Lastly, be patient. Keep at it. It takes time to find your perfect home so don’t get discouraged. If you lose out on a home or two, it wasn’t meant to be. Speaking from personal experience, usually you end up with a better home than the ones you lost bids on. Be patient. It will happen!
I received a Facebook message from a young woman looking for help. She, her husband and grandmother were looking for a side by side duplex or home to rent where they could also have 2 more family members and 3 dogs join them. Oh, and one more caveat, they couldn’t spend more that $800-$850 a month.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t help them find a rental to fit their needs and explained that very few landlords allow four adults, 3 dogs, and a child. But, I was able to refer them to a lender who assisted then in qualifying for a WHEDA (Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority) loan even though their credit score wasn’t stellar and they didn’t have a down payment. Then we set out to find a house.
I met with the Buyers to assess their needs and wants, go through the buying process, and the Offer to Purchase so they would be able to move quickly as the homes in their price range are still flying off the shelf. We signed a Buyers Agency so I could represent them instead of the Seller. We looked at 5 houses and chose one.
The Buyers had their feet planted firmly on the ground and knew they were lucky to be buying a home and it wasn’t going to be perfect. After the offer was accepted we had an inspection and asked the Seller to fix some of the more serious issues. The Buyers still had some nerve racking hurdles to jump over due to some past credit issues. The lender, Jesse Wien from PRMG Mortgage and I worked hard to calm fraying nerves, answering the multiple phone calls and text messages we received from both Buyers on a daily basis.
Our reward was handing the Buyers the keys and welcoming them to their very own home, something they only dreamed about but didn’t think was possible.
If you are dreaming of becoming a homeowner, contact me at (920) 659-0556 or Susie@starservicerealty.com and we will work hard to help you achieve your dreams.Welcome Home to the Fox Valley!