News from Wisconsin's Largest Home Seller™

The Ups and Downs of Mortgage Rates

As of today interest rates on a 30 year mortgage with no points is hovering around 3.875%.  You may wonder if that is a good rate. Revisiting the past can shed some light on this question. If we look back …
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Shorewest Welcomes Five Sales Associates in December

We’re pleased to welcome five sales associates who joined Shorewest, Realtors in December 2011. Brookfield/Waukesha Office (2212 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha)a Tom Breitlow Elmbrook/Wauwatosa Office (11622 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa) Wanda Lamon Mukwonago Office (1231 S. Rochester St., Suite 110, …
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Even the Naysayers Say Now Is the Time to Buy

Here’s a great blog from our friends at Keeping Current Matters. Business School professors Eli Beracha of East Carolina University and Ken H. Johnson of Florida International University have done extensive research on which makes more sense financially: to rent …
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The First Question You Should Ask Your Listing Agent

Here’s a great post from our friends at Keeping Current Matters. What is the most important thing a seller should look for when hiring a real estate agent to sell their house? We are often asked this question. Is it …
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Where Are the Generation Y Home Buyers?

Here’s a great article from our Friends at Keeping Current Matters. Many buyers are delaying a decision to purchase a home because of the volatility of the real estate market. There is no larger category exhibiting this behavior than those …
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Real Estate as a Hedge Against Inflation

Here’s a great article from our friends at Keeping Current Matters. We haven’t heard a lot about inflation recently. However, prices have started to creep upward over the last year. As examples, here are a few categories that increased from …
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Home Sales up in October as Median Prices Fall

MADISON, WI – For the fourth straight month, Wisconsin’s monthly home sales outpaced last year while median prices continued to fall, according to data released by the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA). Existing home sales increased 13.5 percent in October compared …
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In Today’s Market, You Need a Real Estate Expert

In today’s real estate market, it is easy to get confused. There seems to be an overabundance of information and much of it seems to be conflicting. As an example, we offer you two headlines that appeared within 24 hours …
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The Market is Always Better in Spring!

Sometimes the more you say something the more you believe it to be true. If numbers don’t lie then let’s take a look at what actually happens year after year. From the graph you can see that the inventory levels …
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The Price is the Same, but the Cost is Less

Check out this great post by our friends at Keeping Current Matters. There is more and more research coming out showing that it makes great financial sense to purchase a home today . Whether it be rent vs. buy ratios, …
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