Your Home – Residential Real Estate Council Newsletter

January/February 2018 issue of Your Home newsletter. Tips and trends for homeowners, buyers, and sellers. This issue includes:

  • The colors of 2018
  • 5 things buyers should never compromise on
  • Little things mean a lot

Click link below for the full issue. Brought to you by Jean Hedren, Your NW Wisconsin Realtor and member of the Residential Real Estate Council If this is your year to buy or sell real estate, call Jean Hedren at 218-590-6634. Or, email:




A complete guide to buying your NW Wisconsin dream lake home or cabin.

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This NW Wisconsin lake home or cabin buying guide includes the following 12 tips and resources:

  1. Getting started.
  2. Choosing the lake type that’s right for you.
  3. What is your preferred recreation?
  4. Your ideal cabin style.
  5. Lake frontage and shore land zoning.
  6. Beauty or price?
  7. How do critical habitat designations affect you?
  8. Viewing lake properties.
  9. Deciding where in NW Wisconsin?
  10. What to know about wells?
  11. What about septic systems?
  12. Writing an offer.

Thinking about buying your dream lake home or cabin this year? To get started, give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, email me at

Spectacular log home on clear Middle Kimball Lake. 3 private acres, Minong, WI

This spectacular 4 BR, 3 bath log home overlooks clear, deep Middle Kimball Lake. (The Kimball Chain of Lakes is located in northwest Wisconsin, west of Minong and not far from Nancy Lake, Gilmore Lake, and the Minong Flowage.) This lake home was custom-built on 3.07 private acres with 200’ of sand bottom lake frontage. It features two fireplaces, an indoor grill, a four-season sunroom, newer appliances, a rec room with a wet bar, and a two-car garage.
This classic up-north lake home has some unique special touches. One of the first things you’ll notice when you step inside: The custom hand-made stained-glass panels that run the full length of the main-level great room and dining room. Another unique touch, this one in the lower-level family room: a built-in indoor gas grill right next to the second fireplace. Perfect for grilling on a rainy October evening or a sunny January afternoon.
Please enjoy the video. To learn more, and to schedule a showing, just give me a call at (218) 590-6634. Or, you can reach me at

Property details: N13748 Coyote Dr, Minong, WI.

Preparing your home to sell. 12 tips to a quicker sale.

12 tips to a quicker home sale.

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  • Price your home right. A starting price that’s too high will simply take longer to sell and very likely at an even lower price. If the price is too high, many buyers and other Realtors will quickly move on to another property.
  • Great photos will help your property get noticed. Make sure the photographer knows how to take good interior and exterior photos.
  • Highlight the energy-efficient and money saving featuresof your home. Buyers want to know about the insulation and high-performance windows and doors.
  • Curb Appeal.You won’t have a second chance to make a good first impression. When everything in the front of the house is in perfect repair, buyers will think your house is obviously well cared for. 
  • Your front door can be your home’s focal point. Replace an old door with peeling paint or dated hardware with a new steel door. Or, salvage the door with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. Satin nickel, black, and bronze are the trends.
  • Wash windows inside and out and remove screens for added sparkle.
  • A garage can make a big impact. Replace or paint the door.
  • Don’t overlook the front porch. It’s an iconic symbol of American living. Stage a rocking chair or outdoor table and chairs.
  • Clean and declutter the interior. Make it easy for a buyer to envision their stuff in your home.
  • Be flexible on home showings. Be ready for short notice showings. Leave the house for any showing so the buyer will be able to freely move about the house and discuss pros and cons honestly.
  • Remove pets and their food dishes and toys. Not all buyers love animals.
  • Great property descriptions can really make a difference.

Selling a home in NW Wisconsin? Send me an email or give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, email me: I’ll be happy to provide a current price analysis to give you an idea of what your home will sell for in the current market.

Ready to make an offer on that dream lake cabin? Preapproval will strengthen your negotiating power

Preapproval: Strengthen your negotiating power

mortgage-loanA preapproval letter from your mortgage lender can be an important tool to strengthen your negotiating power. Sellers and listing agents tend to take offers more seriously when the buyer has been preapproved.

When you have found your dream home, and you are ready to make an offer, submitting a preapproval letter with the offer says you are a serious and committed buyer.

A preapproval letter is based on a preliminary review of your credit information and preapproves you up to a maximum loan amount. Because a preapproval includes a credit check, it’s more powerful than a prequalification letter, which only estimates your potential buying power.

With a preapproval letter, you can confidently shop for a home in your price range, and you are in a position to negotiate an offer – especially when there are multiple offers for the home you want.

As you prepare to make one of the biggest purchases of your life, a preapproval can ensure that you are in a loan program that meets your needs. Call Jean Hedren, Your Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor at 218-590-6634. Start your property search:

Inspect and maintain your septic system

A conventional septic system requires maintenance, inspection, and service every three years to ensure continued operation.

Most waterfront homeowners in NW Wisconsin utilize a conventional septic system. Not only is a properly functional system designed to protect their family’s health, but also to protect the surface and groundwater from contamination.

Conventional septic system diagram

Conventional septic system diagram

Steps to ensure a properly functioning septic system:

  • Pump or inspect your septic system every three years.
  • Divert surface water away from the drain field.
  • Avoid driving or parking on the drain field to prevent soil compaction.
  • Avoid obstructed drain lines by keeping roots of trees and shrubs away from the drain field pipes.
  • To prevent drain field clogs, avoid putting cooking grease, oils, coffee grounds, cigarettes, sanitary napkins, tampons, disposable diapers, paper towels down the drain or toilet.
  • Compost your vegetable scraps rather than using a garbage disposal.
  • Conserve water with low-flow toilets, faucets, and shower heads.

How do you know if your septic system is malfunctioning?

  • Sewage is backing up in the basement or drains.
  • Water is ponding or creating wet areas over the drain field.
  • Bright green grass over the drain field.
  • Dense aquatic plants along only your shore land.
  • Sewage odors.
  • Bacteria or nitrate in nearby well water.
  • Biodegradable dye flushed through your system can be detected in the lake.

7 home remodeling projects with highest returns

If you are thinking of selling your home and need to do a few updates first, The National Association of Realtors Remodeling Impact Report offers data on the seven projects worth doing that will result in the highest return on your remodeling dollars.

Upgraded landscaping and a new roof are report to have the highest return at 100% or even a little more.

If you would like a copy of the full report, please drop me an email.