Ready to downsize? Top features for downsizing home buyers.

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In addition to one level living, buyers look for these features:

  • Wider hallways that can accommodate walkers, wheelchairs or railings
  • An open floor plan
  • Carpet, rather than rugs (which tend to cause trip-ups)
  • At least one no-step entry into the house
  • Pull-down levers, rather than round doorknobs
  • A step-in shower, rather than a traditional bathtub
  • Pull-out kitchen drawers (rather than cabinets that make you bend and hunt)

About Jean Hedren Realtor. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, specializes in lake homes, cabins, and waterfront real estate in NW Wisconsin. View all posts by Jean.

Do’s and Don’ts for stopping phone scammers

This article offers several important tips for handling phone scammers.

 The Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation is awarded by the SRES® Council, a subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). 

About Jean Hedren Realtor. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, specializes in lake homes, cabins, and waterfront real estate in NW Wisconsin. View all posts by Jean.

Realtor Magazine: What to Expect from an Aging Population

Realtor Magazine full story: What to Expect from an Aging Population

By 2030, it is expected that a quarter of the U.S. population will be 50+. Affordable senior housing options or adapting current homes to meet accessibility needs of seniors.

Understanding the housing needs for this group will be crucial.

  • People are living longer and want an active lifestyle as long as possible.
  • Women are more likely to live alone.
  • High housing costs are a challenge.

What effect does the 50+ population have on the NW Wisconsin real estate market? Talk to Jean Hedren, a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES),  who has helped many 50+ buyers and sellers.

We’re ready for a townhouse in Texas—more than ready. But will we get more for our place if we wait another year or two?

We’re ready for a townhouse in Texas—more than ready. But will we get more for our place if we wait another year or two?

I’ve heard this question—or variations of it—literally hundreds of times. Even when sellers are more than ready to move on to the next stage of their lives, they still hope to time the market and end up with a little extra cash in their pockets. And who can blame them?

Answering their question honestly requires a frank, open conversation that isn’t always easy. Still, this reality check is an important one. It’s all about timing, and my answer involves two different kinds of timing. One can’t be predicted, and the other can’t be stopped.

The first part of my answer is that we can’t time the market, and we can’t predict the market. Maybe your home will sell for more a year from now, but maybe it will sell for less. And two or three years from now? Who knows? There are no guarantees.

To quote Yogi Berra,
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

If sellers have decided they’re ready to move on to the next stage of their lives, then I advise them to price their home so it will sell in the market we have now—not the market we wish we had. That doesn’t mean giving it away, but it does mean listening to what the numbers are telling us. With every seller, I base that part of our conversation on a thorough, fact-based analysis of what similar homes are selling for and what inventory is still out there. All those other homes are our competition.

The second, more difficult part of this conversation has to do with timing and uncertainty, too. When sellers have reached a certain age, their only certainty is that from here on, time will pass far too quickly. Potentially, extra funds from the sale of their home could make those remaining years more secure, more pleasant, and just plain more fun.

Although it’s good to be prudent, many sellers wait too long and miss out on those opportunities. I don’t want to dwell on this, so I’ll just say that over the years I’ve often worked with children, grandchildren, and other heirs to help settle the affairs of relatives who’d been in no hurry to sell. It’s been great working with those sellers, too.

So if you’re determined to stay in your current home as long as you possible can, then good for you. (That’s our plan, too.) But if you’ve already decided that it’s time for that townhouse in Texas, a condo in Florida, or simply a place in town that’s a little closer to health care, my advice is this: When it’s time, it’s time.

If you’re considering a major life transition of any sort, and if you’d like to know what your home is likely to sell for in our current market, call me today. I’ll do what I can to help make that transition easier. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty,

Just sold: 5 BR home in Gordon, WI. 9757 S Cosgrove Rd, Gordon, WI.

Just sold: 5 BR home for sale in Gordon, WI.

9757 S Cosgrove Rd, Gordon, WI.

List price – $185,000
Sell price – $179,500

This inviting, cheerful, and spacious 5+ bedroom home, with nearly 3000 sq ft of living space, is much larger than it looks from the front entrance to the home. There are abundant closets and large storage areas. Spotlessly clean and well-cared for, nestled in tall pines on 5.28 acres. 3-car garage with room for cars and all the toys. Lovely small gardens and landscaping. New outdoor jacuzzi is included. Easy access to Hwy 53 and 40-minute commute to Superior/Duluth. Just minutes to St Croix Flowage boat landings. More lakes and streams are nearby, as well as ATV/snowmobile trails, hunting, hiking, biking, and all the recreation activities in this great Gordon recreation country.

3 BR energy-efficient home, one-level living, 7 acres, on quiet W Twin Lake, Solon Springs, WI

3 BR energy-efficient home, one-level living, 7 acres, on quiet W Twin Lake, Solon Springs, WI

10740 E Warring Rd, Solon Springs, WI

Solon Springs, WI. Private, energy-efficient 3BR, 3BA home on 66-acre West Twin Lake. 479’ sand frontage, 7 acres. All on one level, with great spaces for casual entertaining both indoors and out. Playhouse, woodshed, and approx. 56’ x 48’ metal shed with heated, insulated workspace and room for RVs, boats, and more.

Quiet, privacy, and an unspoiled view of the lake from nearly every room. Most of the lake’s shoreline is public land that’s unlikely to ever be developed. No other homes are visible from your property, and there are only 4 other homes on the entire lake. A prime lake for swimming, birding, and wildlife watching.
Over 3,300 square feet of lakeside living, with great spaces for casual entertaining. Indoors there’s a breakfast nook, dining room, living room, family room, and billiards room. Outdoors you’ll find patios on both sides of the house, plus a patio and fire pit at lakeside. Dock included.
Newer, energy-efficient home built in 2001. Highly insulated, and heated through a combination of radiant in-floor heat, high-efficiency wood-burning fireplace, and thermal mass heaters. Super-insulated, off-peak water heater. Silent minisplit AC system. Maintenance-free siding. Heavy-duty, high-amperage electrical systems in both home and workshop.
Outbuildings include a large storage shed and more: You’ll have a playhouse for the kids or grandkids, a woodshed, and an approximately 56’ x 48’ metal shed with a heated, insulated workspace and room for RVs, boats, and more.

More about West Twin Lake: This quiet, 66-acre no-wake lake has a shoreline of 1.38 miles and a maximum depth of 5 feet. Its bottom and shoreline are almost 100% sand. Public access is from an unimproved landing on the opposite end of the lake that’s only suitable for small craft. According the DNR, the lake freezes some winters but does have a few panfish.
What this lake lacks in fishing it more than makes up for in swimming and wildlife watching. You’ll have your own private sandy beach with excellent swimming and no steep dropoffs. Because there’s so little activity on the lake, you’ll also see lots of birds and wildlife. From their dining-room table, the home’s present owners have seen trumpeter swans, eagles, loons, herons, deer, and bear.
Abundant recreational opportunities nearby: You’ll be within minutes of dozens more lakes and streams that are great for fishing, boating, waterskiing, paddling, or waterfowling. Of special note: you’ll be just down the road from world-class trout fishing or whitewater paddling on the legendary Bois Brule. Or, if you’re more in the mood for walleyes, pike, musky, or panfish, it’s only a few miles in other direction to the landing at Upper Saint Croix Lake.
Nearby are thousands of acres of public and paper company land open for hunting, hiking, birding, or berry-picking. You’ll also be close to the North Country Hiking Trail and numerous other trails that are great for hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or ATVing.
Conveniently located: Despite its secluded setting, this home is only 7 miles from Solon Springs and U.S. Highway 53. It’s within easy commuting distance of Superior, Duluth, Hayward, or Spooner, and it’s less than 2 hours from Eau Claire or 3 hours from the Twin Cities.

RISMedia: Recovery: Are we there yet?

Full story from RISMedia: Recovery: Are we there yet?

Modest growth in GDP and employment over the next two years. Investors typically move first in a recovering market, then first time buyers and move-up buyers.

Retire, move to Northwest Wisconsin, and stay active.

Maybe you’ve already been coming up here  to Northwestern Wisconsin for years.  It’s a great place to visit, but would you really want to live here?  What would you do all day?

Think again.  Most of our retired neighbors are constantly on the go; they’ve become active in the local lake associations, church groups, and volunteer organizations.  Yes, they fish, hunt, play golf, go out to dinner, and ride around on their pontoon boat.  But only when they have time.

If you’re thinking about retiring and moving north, don’t worry about being isolated and sitting by yourself looking at the lake all the time.  It won’t happen.

Except, of course, when you want it to happen.  Be sure and reserve some time for just sitting and watching the water and the wildlife.  Because the rest of the time, you’re going to be busy.

If you’re ready to find a lake home to retire to, visit my website