Beautiful Lower Eau Claire Lake home with accepted offer. 14088 E Sunny Shores Dr, Gordon, WI

Welcome to the sunny shores of Lower Eau Claire Lake. Beautiful, fully remodeled 2 bedroom lake home in a private 3+ acre wooded and landscaped setting with 175′ of lake frontage on this crystal clear lake. Includes restored mid-century guest cabin, boat house, 2-car garage with workshop. Accepted offer. Full property details: 14088 E Sunny Shores, Drive, Gordon, WI

Curious about this NW Wisconsin lake home or other Gordon WI real estate? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty. 218-590-6634. Or, email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Come home to this lovely 3 BR home on McKinley Lake. N7610 Island Lake Rd, Spooner WI.

Make this lovely 3 bedroom home your year round home or getaway. More than 2300 sq ft of living space, large kitchen, main level laundry, main level master suite, huge lakeside windows for great lake and wildlife viewing, attached and detached garages. McKinley Lake is a great fishing and boating lake. This home offers 225′ of sand bottom lake frontage and easy elevation. Minutes from Spooner and Trego, WI.

Property details: N7610 Island Lake Rd, Spooner, WI.

Interested in seeing this home? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor to schedule a showing. 218-590-6634. Or, email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com

Northwoods cabin cutie sold in 11 days. Hayward, WI

N7951 Wolf Lane, Hayward, WI. Sold 3/1/19. $164,900. 1 BR, 2 BA, 1408 sq ft. 5 acre lot, on quiet Devils Lake.

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.

“This photogenic cabin was a delight to photograph,” says photographer Al Cambronne.

Thinking of buying or selling real estate in NW Wisconsin? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634. Email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

NW Wisconsin Realtor achieves national recognition

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve just earned my official Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation from the National Association of Realtors, joining more than 25,000 real estate professionals across the globe who have earned the ABR® designation.  It was a little work, but it was totally worth it—for me and for you.

So what does it take to earn the ABR®designation, and how does me being an ABR®benefit you as a buyer?  Let me explain.  

The ABR®designation is only awarded to licensed real estate professionals who complete specialized training that gives them the edge in understanding a buyer’s perspective—and also in protecting and promoting their buyer-client’s interests.  In addition to completing certain courses, I also needed to document the long track record I already had in successfully representing buyers. 

So what’s in it for you?  As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I’m better equipped to:

  • Understand your specific needs and help you find the lake home or cabin that’s right for you.
  • Advise you in formulating your offer and help you develop an effective negotiating strategy.
  • Keep track of every detail throughout the transaction—to closing and beyond.

When you work with me, you can feel confident that you’ll receive the highest possible level of buyer representation services.  And that, in a nutshell, is what’s in it for you.

So while I also enjoy listing properties for sellers, I’m delighted to announce that I’m now officially an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®).  Whether you’re thinking of buying orselling, I’d love to hear from you.  Just give me a call at (218) 590-6634.

P.S. — Wondering how those other letters after my name might benefit you? Here’s the scoop:

CRS: The Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS) designation is a symbol of excellence in real estate. The highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers, CRS certification recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.

SRES: A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES) is a Realtor® who’s met certain educational requirements that help us better address the unique needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. By earning the SRES® designation, I’ve demonstrated the knowledge and expertise required to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions when they’re relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home or cabin. Given our current demographic trends here in NW WI (especially in our local lake home and cabin market), these skills benefit a large percentage of my buyers and sellers.

RSPS: The Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification is awarded to Realtors who complete additional CRS coursework related to the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, and/or vacation destinations. Since I specialize in northwest Wisconsin lake homes and cabins, this extra background in recreational properties and second homes benefits a large percentage of my buyers and sellers.

Sold Minong WI twin home on golf course. 7603 W Ostrom Rd, Minong, WI

Golf enthusiasts location with Black Bear Golf Course in back yard. All one-level 3 BR 2 BA home with open floor plan. Master suite with walk-in closet and generous bathroom. Close to dozens of lakes and ATV trails nearby. Minong is just minutes away; half hour to Hayward or Spooner for shopping, health care, restaurants.

Thinking of buying or selling real estate in NW Wisconsin? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634. Email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Someday it would be great to have a place up at the lake. Someday…

In all the years I’ve been in this business, no one has ever told me they wish they’d waited another ten or fifteen years to buy their lake home or cabin.

Sure, it’s good to be prudent. And hard-working couples, especially those with with young children, may not have a lot of extra time or money. Someday, after they’re retired and their children are grown and gone, they’ll have plenty of both.

But instead of waiting for someday, right now is a great time to begin building memories at your cabin or lake home. And at this stage of your life, there’s no need to skip directly to the luxury lake home where you plan to live out your retirement.

If you’re ready, I’d be glad to show you a couple of those dream lake homes; I’m listing a few of them right now. But I can also show you some surprisingly affordable alternatives. You might call them “starter cabins.”

Sure, you may need to make a few compromises. But when your kids grow up, they won’t remember that the kitchen in your cabin didn’t feature high-end stainless steel appliances. They’ll remember roasting marshmallows and making s’mores down at the campfire. They won’t remember that your cabin wasn’t on the biggest lake with the biggest muskies. They’ll remember the four-inch bluegills they caught from the end of your dock.

Maybe someday is today. And if this year is the year, it’s not too early to get started right now. Here’s why: It may take us a while to find the lake and the cabin that are just right for you. Figure a little negotiating before you have an accepted offer, and then typically about another 60 days until the actual closing can take place. This means that if you’d like to start enjoying weekends at your new cabin this summer, it may not make sense to launch your search in May or June.

To learn more about the cabins and lake homes for sale in NW Wisconsin, call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin  at 218-590-6634.

Buying a lake cabin – deciding where in NW Wisconsin?

Deciding where to buy a vacation home or retirement home in NW Wisconsin?  What you can learn from our dashes back to Minneapolis/St Paul, MN.

My husband and I moved to Northwest Wisconsin 16 years ago, when we were nowhere near ready to retire (we’re still not).  Our work has required both of us to make occasional trips back to the Twin Cities for meetings.  We also get down to the Cities now and then to visit relatives.  Even if your situation is different, there’s a lot you can learn from our dashes back to the city.

Elsewhere on my website, I’ve shared many great reasons to consider Northwest Wisconsin.  We have lots of great lakes, streams, trails, public land, and more.

To get here from Minneapolis/St Paul, we can head north on I-35, hang a right at Hinckley, and be in Minong before we know it.  From there, we’re almost home.  From the Twin Cities, it’s an easy 2.5 hours.

So if you’re looking for a vacation home or retirement home, then what do these occasional dashes to the city have to do with you?  Everything.  The same thresholds will still be there.  But they’ll instead determine how much enjoyment you get from your new cabin or lake home.  If your drive time is beyond a certain threshold, then there will probably be fewer weekends when you get away to your weekend getaway.

Planning to move up here for good when you retire?  Welcome to the neighborhood!

If places like Minong, Wascott, and Gordon aren’t yet on your radar, they should be.  Same with the Minong Flowage, St Croix Flowage, Whitefish Lake, and many other small to large lakes. Barnes and Solon Springs is just a bit farther and offer Upper St Croix Lake, and the Eau Claire chain of lakes. Under the lakes and rivers tab above, you can find out more about these lakes.

Please take a moment to explore my website and find out more about the lakes and rivers of Northwest Wisconsin.  Then drop me an email or give me a call at 218-590-6634.  I’d be glad to show you what’s available in our neighborhood.