Accepted offer. Home on Lake Nebagamon WI. 6977 Graves Rd.

Full property details: 6977 S Graves Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI
3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Master suite, rec room, gorgeous lake views. 173′ of level lake frontage on premier Lake Nebagamon. Half hour to Superior/Duluth.
Accepted offer.

 

Buying or selling real estate in Lake Nebagamon, WI? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, 218-590-6634. Or, email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Accepted offer Lower Eau Claire Lake home. 48675 Clearwater Road, Barnes WI

This beautiful northwest Wisconsin lake home in Barnes boasts one of the most stunning views on the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes.  It’s located on Lower Eau Claire Lake, not far from where the Eau Claire River enters Lower Eau Claire after leaving Middle Eau Claire Lake.

To see exactly where 48675 Clearwater Road is located, and to enjoy brief but spectacular drone footage of the home and its setting on the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes, just click on the video.

To learn more about this home, click Lower Eau Claire Lake Home.

Thinking of selling in Barnes, WI? Call Jean Hedren (that’s me) at (218) 590-6634.  E-mail: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

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For more drone videos, home tours, and video tours of the boating channels between the Eau Claire Lakes, check out my YouTube channel: YourNWWisconsinRealtor.

How to Prepare for House Hunting

Know that there’s no “right” time to buy.
If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price.

Don’t ask for too many opinions. 
It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be living in the home.

Accept that no house is ever perfect.
If it’s in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped. The kitchen may be perfect, but the roof needs repair. Make a list of your top priorities and focus in on things that are most important to you. Let the minor ones go. Also, accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will most likely pass.

Don’t try to be a killer negotiator.
Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price or refusing to budge may cost you the home you love. 

Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself that you forget about important issues such as noise level, access to amenities, and other aspects that also have a big impact on your quality of life. 

Plan ahead.
Don’t wait until you’ve found a home to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance, or consider a moving schedule. Being prepared will make your bid more attractive to sellers. 

Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation.
A home is still considered a great investment, but its most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live.

From the National Association of Realtors.

Ready to start your home search in NW Wisconsin? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634.

Accepted offer 11 days on this cabin cutie. Hayward, WI

Full details: N7951 Wolf Lane, Hayward, WI. Offered at $169,900. Now with accepted offer.

Charming newer Adirondack-style cabin in a lovely wooded setting with end-of-road privacy. Westerly lake views on quiet Devils Lake. Open floor plan with pine interior finish and floors. Screen porch and deck. Large loft and lower level family room offers additional sleeping space. Large family room, second bathroom, and laundry in lower level. Enjoy paddling and fishing on this lake with LM Bass and panfish per DNR. Only 20 min to Hayward.

Buying or selling real estate in NW Wisconsin? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634.

Six easy home improvements that add value to your home

1. Improve energy efficiency 

Boosting the attic insulation from R11 to R49 can lower heating and cooling costs up to $600 per year (according to Houselogic.com). If the existing insulation comes up just to the tops of the joists, then you may need to add insulation. If you can’t see the joists and the insulation is well above the tops of the joists, you’re probably okay.

2. Spruce up the exterior

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Projects that enhance curb appeal can offer the best bang for the buck. Basic efforts like power washing the home’s exterior, painting the front door, or adding landscaping improvements can be small investments that enhance curb appeal when selling a home. A well-manicured lawn, fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs also boost the curb appeal of any home. 

If your budget allows only one room renovation, go for the kitchen. Most studies have shown as many as 80% of homebuyers list the kitchen as their favorite room. Buyers may be more forgiving of other outdated areas with a newly updated kitchen. A minor kitchen face-lift could include painting cabinets or getting new cabinet doors, new appliances, upgrading countertops, or new cabinet hardware. 

3. Budget-friendly kitchen remodels

4. Bathroom remodel

Updating bathrooms can make a big impact. Studies have shown a minor bathroom remodel can provide a 102% return on investment, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make big upgrades. Re-grouting tile, replace caulk around the shower, tub, and toilet areas, replace the toilet, mirrors and fixtures can go a long way to improve the look of the bathroom.

5. A coat of paint

Painting the home interior is one of the most inexpensive updates you can make. New paint lightens rooms, hides visual defects, and simply makes a room feel fresh and clean.

6. Fix the flooring

New flooring can instantly brighten up the home, and makes a huge difference in how your house is perceived by buyers.

As Bill Gassett mentions in a related article Repairs That Give Home Sellers High Return on Investment, get a professional Realtor’s advice before pouring money into home remodeling.

Thinking of selling? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, 218-590-6634 for a free comprehensive market analysis of your property. 

10 steps to buying your dream home

Buying a home is without doubt the biggest financial commitment you’ll make. It isn’t just about dollars and cents, you are making an investment in your future.

Here are the important steps in the process. I’ll be here to help you every step of the way.

  1. Choose a Realtor® to assist you in the home buying process. The term Realtor® identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors®  and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
  2. Get Pre-Approved. It’s the key to increasing your negotiating power. Meet with a mortgage consultant and get pre-approved for a loan. Don’t confuse this with a pre-qualification which is simply an estimate of your potential buying power. A pre-approval is a preliminary review of your credit information and pre-approves you up to a maximum loan amount.
  3. Refine your focus. Discuss your housing needs, wish list, preferred location, and budget.  Searching and previewing your properties online will help to narrow down your choices. I can create an online search for you at www.JeanHedren.com  based on your specifications to help you narrow your choices.
  4. View properties. Once you find homes that meet your criteria, request a tour of several in person so you can be comfortable with what’s on the market. I can show any home, even those listed by another firm. Be realistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Make a list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.
  5. Make an offer. When you know you’ve found the right property, you may need to act quickly depending on the market conditions. Ask about current market conditions and  get advice about preparing your offer. Several points for negotiation should be included in your offer, including price, financing, terms, date of possession, inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The offer to purchase should also include a period of time to have appropriate inspections completed.
  6. Negotiate terms. Counter offers are common in real estate. Be prepared to be a little flexible on price, closing date, repairs, or other items.
  7. Get an inspection. This is your best chance to have the property’s systems and structure evaluated. In NW Wisconsin, it’s common to have three types of inspections: house, well, and septic system.
  8. The walk-through. Usually a day before closing, do a final walk-through of the house to make sure everything you thought was included in the purchase agreement has remained on the property.
  9. The closing. At the closing you will sign the mortgage loan documents and pay your closing costs. The seller will execute the deed to the property, and the closing agent will record the necessary instruments to give you legal ownership of the property. The keys will be handed to you and the house is yours!
  10. Move in.

Start your home search at www.JeanHedren.com. Call Jean at 218-590-6634 when you are ready to view properties.

How do I make sure my pipes don’t freeze or burst this winter?

Whether sub-zero temperatures have you bundled in layers or the wind chill doesn’t phase you, it’s important to understand the impact of freezing temperatures on your home.

Here are some insights you can use to prevent freezing pipes in your home — or to address the damage if the worst-case scenario occurs.

Key insights:

  • Pipes can freeze when temperatures are at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but there are ways to prevent it from happening in your home.
  • Spot a frozen pipe by looking for frost and other common indications of a freeze.
  • Know what to do — and act fast — if your pipes do burst this winter.

Why do pipes freeze and burst?

When winter rolls around and temperatures drop, the change in climate could impact your home. Pipes are more likely to freeze during winter months when the forecast is below freezing and the frozen pipes can cause water in the line to turn into ice.

And of course, water expands as it freezes, so the pressure that builds in icy pipes can result in a burst. If a pipeline bursts, serious and costly damage might occur — such as flooding, mold growth and water damage. However, you can take preventative measures to avoid frozen and bursting pipes in your home this winter.

How can I prevent freezing pipes this winter?

Protect your home from frozen pipes this winter by following these simple steps:

  • Keep your heat on, even if you’re leaving town, and don’t let the temperature in your house drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Seal any cracks in walls or floors.
  • Relieve potential pressure buildup by letting a faucet in the back of your home drip.
  • Promote air circulation by keeping the cabinets and doors that surround pipes open. (Be sure to remove anything dangerous from those areas if you have children.)
  • Add insulation (like a pipe sleeve or heat tape) to pipes that are exposed to extra cold.

Be sure to pay special attention to pipes that are located near cold exterior walls, out in the garage, down in the basement or up in the attic. These pipes may be more susceptible to freezing and bursting, as they’re likely located in unheated areas of the home.

Spot a frozen pipe before it bursts

It’s not uncommon that pipes freeze in the winter, even if you’ve covered all your bases to prevent it. Keep your eyes open for freezing pipes by staying alert for these common signs:

  • Reduced water flow from faucets and toilets
  • Frost-coated waterlines
  • Strange odors coming from the drain
  • Bulging pipes

These are telltale signs that a pipe could be frozen and at risk of bursting. If you notice one or more of these frozen pipe indications, it’s time to act quickly.

What can I do if my pipes do freeze or burst?

If you suspect a frozen pipe, you’ll want to take action before matters get worse. The American Red Cross suggests these pipe thawing methods:

  • Keep the faucet open and water running, which reduce the pressure in the short-term and will eventually cause the ice to thaw.
  • Warm pipes with a heating pad, hair dryer, portable space heater or towels soaked in hot water.
  • Check all other pipes for potential damage.

Catching a frozen pipe before it bursts will save you a lot of hassle, but it’s not always possible to identify a frozen pipe. Here’s what you can do if your pipe bursts:

  • Shut off your water supply to prevent excess damage.
  • Dry as much water as possible with a sponge, mop or towels.
  • Call a licensed plumber.
  • Speak with your insurance agent; your homeowners insurance policy may cover the cost of repairing the damage.

Key takeaways on frozen pipe prevention

Don’t let freezing pipes burst your winter spirit. Be aware of frozen pipes and do what you can to avoid potential damage by:

  • Prepping your home in advance to prevent frozen pipes
  • Keeping watch for the signs of icy pipes
  • Knowing the safest ways to react if a pipe freezes or bursts in your home

If you have a serious freeze, or you walk into your home to see Niagara Falls bursting out of your pipes, call a professional. An expert will be able to assess the situation and get your pipes running smoothly again.

And remember, if you have homeowners insurance, the damage from a pipe inside your home is typically covered in a standard policy. Be sure to get in touch with your insurance agent or company as soon as possible to check your coverage.

Buying or selling real estate in NW Wisconsin? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634.