Buy the House you need- Not the One of your Dreams


he house you Need and the one you Dream of are not always synonymous. But hopefully the home you need can also fulfill some of your dreams.

Case in point, from personal experience, the parameters of our last home purchases was based mostly on need. The last two houses we bought were for ease of living and didn’t really fulfill that many of our dreams. While both houses were nice, we knew we needed something that would allow us (me) the ease of getting around, knowing that I was looking at knee replacements in the near future. The first home, which we lived in for exactly 2 years , because we ended up moving out of town, was made to be ours with some painting, upgraded counters, and new lights. The second house, in which we currently reside, was brand new with some upgrades such as hardwood floors, a tile shower, and backsplash. The colors are not what we would have chosen, and we prefer solid surface counters but we will make do. Most importantly, our home allows for single floor living, has only a 2 step entry, wider hallways, and a walk-in shower.

What did we give up by having our needs met versus our dreams? In reality, not a lot. We still have a nice home although we would prefer one with more character. High on our dream list was a sunroom, which didn’t come with the house but we added, much to our delight.  We can create character if we choose but most importantly, we have a roof over our heads and it is easy to get around the house. It meets our needs.

Although as a Realtor, it is my job to make your dreams come true, I work hard to keep your feet firmly planted so your needs are fulfilled and dreams can follow. You want to buy a home for today and the tomorrows’ that follow. As in my case, if we followed our hearts, I wouldn’t have been able to navigate around my home following my recent knee replacement.

A young mother recently asked if she should buy the home she wants today or the one that will accommodate the children she plans on having in the next few years. It really depends on what she can afford today. If she can afford the home of the future,I’d say do it because with rising interest rates and home prices, it will cost more in the future. Generally, people only live in a home for 5-7 years. Today, Buyers are looking farther down the road. We commonly hear, “We want to buy our forever home.” If that is the case for you, than think about what your needs will be in the future and whether the house fulfills them or can easily be adapted later. We really need a roof over our heads to keep us warm and dry. Although the house may not be the home of your current dreams, when it is filled with love, family, and friends, your needs and dreams may become synonymous.


Purple, Passion, and a Prayer

Purple, Passion and a Prayer- Realtors® usually share horror stories with friends, clients, and associates. I personally do not have any horror stories in my back pocket but would like to share some success stories; thus the title Purple, Passion, and a Prayer.

I love purple, as do some of my past and present clients. I love purple flowers, pens, clothes, and have even decorated some former clients’ homes with various shades of purple and lavender. But, as a Stager® and Realtor®, I try to limit the purple passion.

A few years ago, I met with some Sellers relocating back to their hometown where I had recently lived. The Sellers, deeply religious people, met with several agents and wouldn’t commit to any until they prayed for an answer. I apparently was the answer to their prayers. The house was in great shape, including the VERY purple bathroom. After much discussion, persuasion, and the over -used term, “trust me,” I convinced Mrs. Seller to paint the bathroom a neutral color. When selling  home you are displaying it as a product on a shelf and want it to be as neutral as possible so the Buyers can visualize putting their own stamp and passion in the house.

My Sellers had a few other caveats; they wanted to stay so their children could complete camp but move before school started.

As I mentioned, I was the answer to their prayers. I sold the house on day 1 and was able to negotiate all their terms.

Staging a home to sell, even in a Sellers market, brings a higher price and a quicker sale. I’ve many more success stories in my arsenal to share including the pink teddy bear castle and the pink bathroom, six refrigerators, and papers piled to the ceiling home. Contact me at Susie@starservicerealty.com or (920) 659-0556 to hear more and find out how we can work together to sell your home more quickly and for top dollar.



“Setting the Stage for your Next Move” As a Realtor® in Madison, that was my slogan. As a Realtor® and professional Stager®, I feel it is very apropos. When you are getting ready to move, you want to make your home look like it is on the stage in a beauty pageant. Think about when you go shopping, the neat store with a beautiful display draws you in vs the store with items strewn about.  Of course, you do not want to overdo your decorating but rather have everything clean, repaired, touched and freshened up.

I was going to write an article about getting your home ready but then this one titled       8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home popped into my mailbox. Thus, I thought, why write a new article when someone has done it for me? I encourage you to read this article and contact me if you have any questions.

I also recommend adding a nice outdoor seating area that says welcome to our house. It makes people feel very comfortable.

If you or anyone you know is thinking of selling your home, please give me a call and we can discuss listing and staging your home so you can maximize on it’s potential and sell for more money. I’ve plenty of more tricks to welcome your home’s new owners.