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The Saga of the Happy New Homeowners

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!                                                 Tiffany Philllips and Kaen Kinnard

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Good- bye 70’s

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The temperatures dropped, corn and soybean harvest is in full swing with the geese enjoying the leftovers, the woolly caterpillars emerged, and it is time to pack away the sandals and shorts. I personally cringe at the falling temperatures and thoughts of the long winter ahead but also take joy in the changing colors of the trees, walking through the rustling leaves, and looking at everyone’s fall decor.

Octoberfest may have come and gone but our area offers a plethora of fall activities both for families and adults. I encourage you to take some time away from your fall clean-up and experience some of what our area has to offer. Buying your apples or pumpkins at the grocery store or Farmer’s Markets lacks the same experience and fun that picking your own at the pumpkin patch, corn maze, and apple orchard offers, especially if you have children. Although I must admit, even though we are empty nesters we still go to the apple orchards on a regular basis. We find the apples taste so much better when we pick our own, talk to the growers, and watch the small children running around experiencing nature and all that it has to offer. Click here for information on local pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and apple orchards.

Of course, picking apples and finding the perfect pumpkin are only a small portion of what you can experience in the Fox Valley in the fall. There are haunted houses, pumpkin carving contests, boo- fest, Halloween walks, trunk or treat activities, trick or treat, and other spoo-tacular activities.  Click here for more.

If celebrating Halloween isn’t your cup of tea and you prefer something a little more stout, the area offers many Brew, winery tours, and tastings. It is a great time to take a little road trip to visit a winery, or visit the 2nd Annual Craft Beer Walk in Downtown Appleton this Saturday, October 14. The following weekend you shop local as you take part in the 9th Annual Soup Walk.

Falling temperatures and leaves doesn’t mean it is time to stay home. Before you cuddle up in front of the fire take advantage of some of our areas best offerings. The Fox Valley offers something for everyone. Please comment and add your favorite fall activity in the area.

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If the Price is Right

We all say or think it, “if the price is right, then I would buy it.” That thinking aptly applies to Real Estate. If the property is priced correctly, then it sells. Today, I want to share a little story about the Right Price with you.

I recently approached someone who had listed their home with another agent, not once but twice, and it didn’t sell. The apprehensive Seller hadn’t changed anything about the house and the market remained hot for homes in that price range. I did a new market analysis laying out all of the statistics for the Seller plus gave a professional presentation outlining my aggressive marketing plan. The market analysis showed that while the market remains a Sellers market and homes tend to fly off the shelf so to speak, the previous agent listed the home for way too much money. It wasn’t priced right so it didn’t sell.

An overpriced home tends to sit on the market for a long time. It becomes both stagnant and stigmatized.  Buyers may like the home but won’t touch the price. Eventually, the Seller needs to take a price reduction which doesn’t look good. It makes Buyers wonder what is wrong with the home. Then, if they do make an offer, it is usually for even less than the price reduction. An overpriced home usually sells for less money than a properly priced home while taking longer to sell. Not only do Sellers end up losing money with an overpriced listing, they may also lose the next home they were hoping to buy, or be separated from family members longer than necessary due to a relocation.

In conclusion, the Right Price brought Buyers and the house went under contract after only 5 days on the market.  I also want to stress, that I refuse to buy a listing. I offer an aggressive marketing strategy, Staging, and the right price to sell a home. If the Seller wants to list for way more than I recommend, then I am not the correct real estate agent for them. An overpriced home hurts their bottom line and my reputation. If the Seller wants to list higher but not outrageously out of the range, then I will agree only if we can revisit the price within 2 – 3 weeks.

Are you thinking about selling your home or know someone who is, then contact me to discuss the Right Price.                                                                                                                                                                                            sold-2653844__340