Home buying tip: Viewing properties

Somewhere out there is the home of your dreams. You just have to find it.

One of the most exciting aspects of buying a home is looking at different properties in your price range. Seeing houses up close in various sizes, condition, and style is the best real estate education.

How many should you see? The number of homes to see will depend on your specific area or location, the local market, and your specific requirements. The key is to focus your time and efforts on suitable properties. Your Realtor will help by eliminating homes that don’t meet your criteria, and locating those that do.

Because of traveling time and distance, an optimum number of homes to see is 4-6. Those looking for a second home in NW Wisconsin may be traveling 2 – 3 hours to get to the area of interest. Your Realtor will help you plan the most efficient tour to suit your needs and time constraints. It’s a good idea to use google maps to become familiar with the size of NW Wisconsin.

What to expect. Your Realtor is happy to show you any homes on the market. 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.

Before:

  • Let your Realtor know which homes are of most interest in advance. The seller typically needs 24 hours notice, although some are flexible. Your Realtor also needs time to route the tour and prepare the property information packet.
  • Plan to spend 15-30 minutes at each property. A typical showing time is 30 minutes.
  • Wear shoes that slip off easily.
  • Try not to bring small children or other family members or friends. You’ll be better able to focus on the task without distractions.

During:

  • Pay attention to the home’s curb appeal, floor plan, and overall amenities.
  • Take notes, ask questions, and make comments that will help your Realtor understand what you like and don’t like.
  • Be considerate of the owners. Sometimes owners can be present at the showing.
  • Relax and enjoy the tour.

If you’re ready to purchase a house, or if you’d like expert help in deciding which type of home is right for you, reach out any time to get started. Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634.

The art of finding your dream home: Refine your focus.

Somewhere out there is the home of your dreams. You just have to find it.

We admit that in today’s market, the majority of homebuyers and sellers tend to focus on single-family homes. But condos and townhomes can also be a great fit for your family in the short-term or for the long haul.

Home type is important. Consider the difference of each space, and how they would work for you now versus in the next 10 years.

Think about your location priorities: What’s important to one homebuyer can be completely different from the next.

Home features are important, too! Narrow amenity options down by considering what you have now, and how you’d like to see that change.

When deciding what type of home is best for you, here are some questions to consider:

Do you want full control over updating the space? If you plan to knock down walls to create an open floor plan, or if you love to landscape, you might consider a single-family home. Condos and townhomes are usually managed by a homeowners’ association, or HOA, that could limit or regulate your interior and exterior modifications.

Is convenience a large factor in your decision? Although a condo or townhome can be regulated by an HOA, that’s not necessarily a negative thing. In addition to regulating the space, an HOA may provide amenities such as a pool, workout facility, security patrols or lawn service.

Location: How to decide on a city or neighborhood

Some people prefer to vacation in a relaxing rural cabin, while others want to be in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis. Similarly, everyone has different preferences of where they’d like to settle in to buy a home.

When deciding on a location, consider these factors:

  • School district
  • Commute time to work
  • Safety

Think about what matters most to you, and the type of life you want to live. Rank the list of above criteria in terms of importance, then be sure to follow that list as you consider different areas to live. Remember: While your goal may be to find a home that checks every box off your list, you may have to narrow down must-have items versus nice-to-have amenities.

Home features: Certain features are must-haves for buyers

Just as some location criteria are important to certain buyers, home features can be just as important to others. Do you want the ease of walking into a turnkey home that doesn’t need any new appliances or updates? Or are you excited by the potential of purchasing a fixer-upper that could require months (or even years) of renovations?

Be sure to think about the key features that you’d like to see in your home-to-be, including:

  • Number of bedrooms or bathrooms
  • Status of appliances, possibly with warranties
  • Wallpaper or paint
  • Flooring: Hardwood, carpet or tile
  • Washer and dryer in a dedicated laundry space

If you’re ready to purchase a house, or if you’d like expert help in deciding which type of home is right for you, reach out any time to get started. Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634.

Buyers closed on their Trego WI lake home. Welcome to the lake.

Welcome to your Up North Wisconsin lake home. Represented buyers on their recent South Twin Lake home purchase. They found a great lake and a lovely home.

Ready to make NW Wisconsin your home or up north getaway? Start your lake home search at www.JeanHedren.com. Learn more about the clear NW Wisconsin lakes at www.JeanHedrenRealtor.com. Call Jean Hedren, your Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor at 218-590-6634.

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.

Beautifully maintained Trego country home on 36 acres sold by Jean Hedren NW Wisconsin Realtor

Just sold this beautifully maintained 3 bedroom home on 36 acres in Trego, Wisconsin. So grateful to help this seller realize his dream of moving to another state.

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Matthews Lake home sold in 7 days. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin

End-of-road privacy on clear Matthews Lake. Beautifully maintained, Scandinavian-style cabin is nestled in the tall pines.  N10825 Miles Rd, Trego. $315,000. Closed 5/30/19.

Represented the sellers. Our services included professional real estate and drone photography by Al Cambronne. Be sure to click on the tabs above for more information.

Thinking of selling? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, 218-590-6634. www.JeanHedren.com.

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.

The art of finding your dream home: How to narrow down three important criteria

Key Insights

Home type: How to decide between a single-family home, condo or townhome

We admit that in today’s market, the majority of homebuyers and sellers tend to focus on single-family homes. But condos and townhomes can also be a great fit for your family in the short-term or for the long haul.

  • Home type is important. Consider the difference of each space, and how they would work for you now versus in the next 10 years.
  • Think about your location priorities: What’s important to one homebuyer can be completely different from the next.
  • Home features are important, too! Narrow amenity options down by considering what you have now, and how you’d like to see that change.

When deciding what type of home is best for you, here are some questions to consider:

Do you want full control over updating the space? If you plan to knock down walls to create an open floor plan, or if you love to landscape, you might consider a single-family home. Condos and townhomes are usually managed by a homeowners’ association, or HOA, that could limit or regulate your interior and exterior modifications.

Is convenience a large factor in your decision? Although a condo or townhome can be regulated by an HOA, that’s not necessarily a negative thing. In addition to regulating the space, an HOA may provide amenities such as a pool, workout facility, security patrols or lawn service.

So, if you’d like to relax after a long day of work (rather than worrying about setting up sprinklers to water the grass), a home such as a condo or townhome run by an HOA might be something to consider. Just keep in mind, the services from the HOA are not free. You’ll usually be required to pay monthly dues to your HOA.

Whether you decide on a single-family home, condo or townhome, remember — research from the National Association of REALTORS® shows that homebuyers are spending an average of 10 years in a home — so think not only of the home you want now, but also of the property that will suit you for the next several years.

Location: How to decide on a city or neighborhood

Some people prefer to vacation in a relaxing rural cabin, while others want to be in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis. Similarly, everyone has different preferences of where they’d like to settle in to buy a home.

When deciding on a location, consider these factors:

  • School district
  • Commute time to work
  • Safety

Think about what matters most to you, and the type of life you want to live. Rank the list of above criteria in terms of importance, then be sure to follow that list as you consider different areas to live. Remember: While your goal may be to find a home that checks every box off your list, you may have to narrow down must-have items versus nice-to-have amenities.

Home features: Certain features are must-haves for buyers

Just as some location criteria are important to certain buyers, home features can be just as important to others. Do you want the ease of walking into a turnkey home that doesn’t need any new appliances or updates? Or are you excited by the potential of purchasing a fixer-upper that could require months (or even years) of renovations?

Be sure to think about the key features that you’d like to see in your home-to-be, including:

  • Number of bedrooms or bathrooms
  • Status of appliances, possibly with warranties
  • Wallpaper or paint
  • Flooring: Hardwood, carpet or tile
  • Washer and dryer in a dedicated laundry space

Keep in mind that many requirements may stem from things you don’t currently like about your living situation — and that’s okay! There’s no better indication of what you need than knowing what isn’t working for you now.

Carefully consider what you have (or don’t have) now and generate a list of changes and upgrades you’ll need in your new space.

If you’re ready to purchase a house, or if you’d like expert help in deciding which type of home is right for you, reach out any time to get started. Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634.