Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cleaning up the outside of your home to sell



Homes that have a good curb appeal command higher prices. I’m not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding, I’m talking about maintenance and tasks you’d like to live with anyway. The way your house looks from the street says a lot about your home and goes a long way.

Wash the general dirt off the outside of your house. Washing your house can make a huge difference.  A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement. Don’t forget garage door and wash the windows inside and out.. 


Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch, which gives a rich feel to the yard. Put a crisp edge on garden beds, pull weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few geraniums in pots.
Green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover bare spots with seeds and sod, get rid of crab grass, and mow regularly


A splash of color goes a long way.  Plant some flowers, add some hanging baskets.

Nothing looks worse from the curb — and sets off subconscious alarms — like hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. Not only can these deferred maintenance items damage your home, but they can decrease the value of your house by 10%.
Here are some maintenance chores that will dramatically help the look of your house:
Refasten sagging gutters.
Repoint bricks that have lost their mortar.
Reseal cracked asphalt.
Straighten shutters.
Replace cracked windows.



 
Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.
I can  guide you  toward your next home.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Quick Tips for Selling Your Home


Focus on the Foyer
Most prospective buyers enter your home through the front door, so that's a prime spot to make some improvements. Apply a fresh coat of paint if it's looking dingy, eliminate or hide all clutter, and clean out the coat closet so that it looks more spacious. Then pick one thing that you could upgrade in this area. Add a new hanging light fixture or replace that painting or picture with a large mirror. Maybe it's time to replace that old bowl of potpourri with a simple, fresh floral arrangement or a stack of design books with an ornamental accessory on top. The look should be simple and sophisticated.

Go for the Odd Number
After you've edited your accessories, show them off the right way. Most interior decorators will tell you that odd-numbered groupings can be very effective. When organizing vignettes of accessories, vary the shape, color, and size and don't line them up. For example: Hang a large landscape above a table where there's a lamp and a plant, or groups of three. Less really is more.
 Expand Spaces Visually
Dark wall color can make a room look smaller, focus on lighter neutral tones. Float furniture (pushing it against the walls actually makes the room feel smaller) in logical conversational groupings, with enough space for people to move between pieces easily. Make sure large pieces of furniture don't block sight lines to a great view or a pretty focal point, such as a fireplace. Stagers suggest that rugs stop a foot or two from walls. A rug that's too big shrinks a room; if it's too small it just looks awkward. If your dining room is modest in size, take extra leaves out of your table and limit chairs to four.

 Dress the Set

What are those last-minute things you can do that make a difference? Make sure your fridge is clean and kitchen cupboards are organized. Throw away kitchen sponges and put away dirty dishtowels, mops and brooms. Place a floral arrangement on your dining room or kitchen table. Empty all wastebaskets and take out all garbage. Replace bar soap with liquid soap dispensers bathrooms, and put out clean, pretty towels. Make sure your doormats are clean and presentable. Sweep your front porch and sidewalk.

Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.

I can  guide you  toward your next home.

www.HomesWithStacey.com

See you at the closing!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Tips for Curb Appeal in Spring



Critique Your Property
Start treating your home like a commodity.  Take a look at it like a buyer would.  Walk out to the front of your house so that you can get a good look.  Find the best exterior features, find what buyers might think of the first impression and improve on it.  You should also be looking at the bad, and figuring out how to fix that.   The front of your house is important because it is the first thing the buyer sees.  Walk around your house to see if anything needs to be replaced or repaired.

Cleaning and Maintenance
Keeping the outside of your house clean and neat is the most important aspect of curb appeal. Clean up your yard, storing or getting rid of toys or other items that have been left out.  After the necessary work, clean the outside of your home.   If you see any exterior paint that is old or peeling , it would be worth a fresh coat of paint.

Lawn and Garden
Weed your lawn and flower beds.  Make sure to mow your grass, edge your sidewalk and driveway.  Give your flowerbeds a clean look.  Trim down any shrubs, and get rid of any dead plants or flowers.


Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.

I can  guide you  toward your next home.

www.HomesWithStacey.com

See you at the closing!
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Silver Lake Wisconsin

Silver lake is located just outside of Oconomowoc WI.



Silver Lake is a public 222 acre lake located in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County. It has a maximum depth of 40 – 60 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Located off Highway B (Valley Road )  The fish you will find in silver lake are large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, perch, bluegill and walleye.  The lake's water is very clear and you can see all the way to the sandy bottom.  There are not a lot of weeds in this lake so the best place to find fish are by the tall reeds, lily pads or were the DNR puts the fish cribs in front of the boat launch.  This is a good lake to take the kids and fish, swim, water ski or just hang out.






Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.
I can  guide you  toward your next home.
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Prairie Creek Ridge Subdivision



Prairie Creek Ridge Subdivision

Prairie Creek Ridge Subdivision is located in the heart of Lake Country, just off Hwy 67 with easy access to the highway.  This subdivision offers beautiful views and country charm, and close to shopping, and activities within the community.

·         Homes from low $300's
·         78 lots
·         Lots starting at $75,990
·         Professionally decorated model home
·         Fully improved lots
·         Sidewalks on both sides of the road
·         Lots with exposures and pond views
·         Close to Hwy 67 and I-94
·         Easy access to Hwy 16
·         Close to Okauchee Lake
·         Minutes from Oconomowoc Golf Club
·         Planned green space inside the subdivision
·         One Cul de Sac

·         Many corner lots

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Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.

I can  guide you  toward your next home.

www.HomesWithStacey.com

See you at the closing!
I have lived in Oconomowoc for the past 16 years and know the area well.  I am a good resource for your Real Estate and Community Needs. 
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Oconomowoc Market Update for February

Oconomowoc Market in a Minute





The Oconomowoc Real Estate Market:



23 homes sold;  9 were listed and sold by the same company, and 
14 were sold by co-brokes.
63 new listings.
27 pending listings.
 6 withdrawn listings.
0 canceled listings.
24 expired listings.
9  back on market listings.
25  extended listings.
277 current active listings.
The  Average home sold price  $288,911.00
The Average days on market     154

Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.

I can  guide you  toward your next home.

www.HomesWithStacey.com

See you at the closing!
I have lived in Oconomowoc for the past 16 years and know the area well.  I am a good resource for your Real Estate and Community Needs. 
#oconomowocrealtor 
#oconomowochousesforsale

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Waukesha Real Estate


Look for your next home in Waukesha WI  here!



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Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.

I can  guide you  toward your next home.

www.HomesWithStacey.com

See you at the closing!

It is my passion to help you with your Real Estate needs and will be with you every step of the way.
Do you know of someone looking to buy or sell a home?  Send them my way and I can help them as well.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Did you Think It Would Happen Again? Now is the Time to Buy!




Just two weeks ago, we posted an article discussing where mortgage interest rates may be heading over the next twelve months. We quoted projections from Fannie MaeFreddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association and the National Association of Realtors. Each predicted that rates would begin to rise slowly and steadily throughout 2016.
However, shaky economic news and a volatile stock market have actually caused rates to drop six out of the last seven weeks, and have remained at 3.65% for the past two weeks.





Rates have again fallen to historic lows yet many experts still expect them to increase in 2016. The only thing we know for sure is that, according to Freddie Mac, current rates are the best they have been since last April.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of buying your first home or moving up to your ultimate dream home, now is a great time to get a sensational rate on your mortgage.

I offer flexible Listing Packages.  The latest and greatest in technology including a 3D tour of your home. 


Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Realty Center  Guzanick@gmail.com,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.

I can  guide you  toward your next home.

www.HomesWithStacey.com

See you at the closing!

It is my passion to help you with your Real Estate needs and will be with you every step of the way.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Oconomowoc 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Home on 3.25 acres.

$267500 / 3br - Oconomowoc 100% Financing (Oconomowoc)

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Frank Lloyd Wright inspired 3BR/2.5BA home is tucked on 3.2ac of wonderfully wooded glacial carved kettle hills. Enjoy nature & beautiful scenery from the large back deck or enclosed screen porch. Warm up w/2 natural fireplaces. Open concept remodeled kitchen, dining, LR for easy entertaining. Let's not forget the 1st floor laundry & lower level walkout.

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