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The State of the Market
A letter from Joseph A. Horning, President of Shorewest, REALTORS®

The beginning of the year is a time to pause and reflect on the success of the 2016 market and look forward to the continued growth of 2017. According to Freddie Mac, "The year 2016 was the best for housing since before the crash by nearly every measure - existing-home sales at their highest level in nine years, increased refinance and purchase activity due to near-record low interest rates for much of the year, and foreclosure and default rates at their lowest levels since before the recession..."
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Market Statistics
Learn what's happening in your market area by clicking on the county link. You'll find helpful information, including a year-to-year and quarterly comparisons of new listings, closed sales, median sales price, active listings and months of inventory.
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Rent Your Home for the U.S. Open!
Not planning on attending the U.S. Open? Cash in on the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills by renting your house during the event from June 15-18, 2017. The 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills will be the 117th playing of the championship, and it will be the first U.S. Open held in Wisconsin...
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Where Are All of the First Time Buyers?

Many first-time home buyers are Millennials, but we are seeing a large part of this generation hesitating to make the leap into homeownership. Which begs the question, why the hesitation?

Recent surveys have uncovered that potential buyers believe that you need at least a 10% down payment to purchase a home. This incorrect perception has resulted in many Millennials to renew rental agreements because they don't have a clear understanding of closing costs, or believe they lack the cash necessary to purchase a home...

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Want to Buy or Sell a Home? Now is the Time!
2016 was the year of low mortgage rate and also low inventory. The average for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.65% which is the lowest annual average ever recorded by Freddie Mac going back to 1971. Since then mortgage rates have slowly started creeping up in December and are projected to rise slightly throughout 2017. Currently rates are around 4.2% which is still extremely low for any home buyer...
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Keep Your Home Ready to Show with Five Simple Tips!
When selling your home your Shorewest, REALTOR® may bring prospective buyers by for a showing at any point. They will give you as much notice as possible but sometimes it may be short notice due to scheduling conflicts. This means that your home should be show-room ready to make a good impression without having to take hours to clean. Luckily we have five simple tips that will keep you sane while selling your home!
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Is Your Home Properly Insulated?
Home insulation is a very important function in your home. Insulation is designed to minimize heat transfer from your home and the outside weather. Whether it's warm air from your home battling the cold temperature during the winter months, or the heat outside trying to warm your cooler home during the summer months, a lack of insulation can send your energy bills soaring.
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New Campaign Aims To Help Parents Select Correct Car Seat

Keeping your children safe in a vehicle is something that every parent wants. Shorewest Insurance offers these great tips for selecting the proper car seats.

From rear-facing to forward-facing, convertible to all-in-one, selecting a child safety seat isn't exactly a paint by numbers process. There's a litany of choices, and the right one depends on a variety of variables, like child age, size and height, not to mention if the seat will even fit the car correctly...

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