Menomonee Falls, WI Real Estate News

By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455)
                        Menomonee Falls Real Estate Report By Kristin Johnston, Remax, ABR        Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI   My name is Kristin Johnston of Remax. My marketreport gives you the real estate activity for Menomonee Falls, WIfor the last 30 days. Please feel free to call me for any of your real estate needs, including an online market if you are a seller, or finding a home in Waukesha County. The following MLS information is for the last 30 days. Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI.   In the Menomonee Falls,Wisconsin Real Estate market 27 homes sold; 8 were list and sold by...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
I’ve seen a lot of excuses Sellers come up with to over price their homes for sale. I have seen people List their homes for sale and over price them, thinking they can take the Listing to the bank and use that as an alternative to an appraisal. This never works. I find out their motive when they call me and say they have to take it off the market to refinance their home. Instead of being honest and seeking advise, they run across some video on the Internet and think they found a magic bullet that is going to help them out smart the world. All they accomplish is wasting a great deal of my time, theirs and the Lender they are working with.   The most popular mind set Sellers fall into when over pricing their homes is thinking their home is the best on the market. In this case I offer to s...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
  Do quality pictures really help sell a listing faster by beining more qualified buyers? 
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
Real Estate Listing Sale in Menomonee Falls With A Donation From May 1 to May 31, 2013, List your Home for Sale and a donation of $200 will be made to the charity of your choice. You choose the charity. Listings are at near all time lows. Sales Prices have been on the rise for several months. There may not be a better time to List your home for sale. Here is the fine print: Only from Ez1Realty   Offer good only in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin Offer good from May 1 to May 31, 2013 Good only on homes with a tax assessment higher than $100,000 Minimum Listing term 3 months. (Donation good for the entire term of the Listing Contract) Subject to terms of Wisconsin WB-1 Listing Contract. Donation must be added to Listing Contract and Offer to Purcahse. Must be a registered Charity Call for deta...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
Did this ever happen to you? Take a buyer out, look at 40 plus homes. They find the perfect home. You call the Listing Agent to check the status, prepare a list of comps and paperwork for an offer, sit down with the buyer, explain the property has multiple offers, and receive the shock of the month when the buyer instructs you to offer a price 20% less than list price?   So what do you do?   Review the properties the buyer viewed, asking why they did not submit an offer.   Review the comps which for all practical intents and purposes should give us an idea of current market value.   Compare actual sold prices of comparable houses with the list price for the home they are bidding on.   Wait for reality to click in.     What do you do when the buyer comes back with a figure now 25% than l...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455)
    Menomonee Falls Real Estate Report By Kristin Johnston, Remax, ABR Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI   My name is Kristin Johnston of Remax. My marketreport gives you the real estate activity for Menomonee Falls, WIfor the last 30 days. Please feel free to call me for any of your real estate needs, including an online market if you are a seller, or finding a home in Waukesha County. The following MLS information is for the last 30 days from 3/13/13 to 4/13/13. Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI.   In the Menomonee Falls,Wisconsin Real Estate market 44 homes sold; 10 were list and sold by t...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455)
  Menomonee Falls Real Estate Report By Kristin Johnston, Remax, ABR Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI My name is Kristin Johnston of Remax. My market report gives you the real estate activity for Menomonee Falls, WI for the last 30 days. Please feel free to call me for any of your real estate needs, including an online market if you are a seller, or finding a home in Waukesha County. The following MLS information is for the last 30 days from 3/1/13 to 4/1/13. Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI.   In the Menomonee Falls,Wisconsin Real Estate market 38 homes sold; 8 were list and sold by the sa...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
March 12, 2013 – The 4-county Metropolitan Milwaukee housing market continued plowing through the winter in February, posting a 16.4% increase in sales over February 2012. There were 960 sales in February, the most for that month since 2007 (1,033), just before the Great Recession began; and marking the 20th month in a row of increased home sales. Click here to view the graph showing actual sales over the last 20 months. Note the higher level of sales in January and February 2013 compared to the same months in 2012, indicating a much stronger beginning to 2013. While the continued housing recovery is certainly welcome news, and hopes are that the trajectory of sales depicted in the graph above for 2012 follows into 2013, there is concern over the very low levels of inventory in the mar...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
This was the third time Jesus tried explaining scriptures about Himself. Did you ever have something on your heart, and no one would listen? Can you imagine what Jesus went through? Not only was Jesus running out of time while the disciples showed little progress, He also needed real support. Jesus was searching for a real friend who would be there in heart, soul and mind. Not just a friend jumping in at the last minute in a show of support, but one willing to sit down and listen. Jesus was showing His human side, and a side of God people do not want to admit exists. Time for a little break?  You can read the entire story and more on my web site about Bible study.   http://adventbiblestudy.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/mark-1032-45-jesus-tries-to-explain-prophecies-again/ Hope you enjoy and ...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
How many of you had this problem bidding on a foreclosure? Spend hours writing and submitting a bid, only to hear nothing back for weeks? The longest I had to wait was 6 weeks. I don’t care how low a bid is, it is not professional by any means to leave an offer sit for weeks, or not reply at all. I am surprised asset managers do not understand how the game is played. Investors like to bid low. That’s what they do. They can’t sleep at night thinking they could have saved a nickel.   In most cases, I receive a reply to an low offer in a couple of days. I try to convince Buyers to avoid this situation by coming as close to the list price, if not offering full price on the first offer. Over 2012 and 2013 the sequence on bidding has been the same. Find a property worth bidding on, call the l...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
Take a look at the short sale procedure from beginning to end. Discusses cautions to be exercised in both looking for a Real Estate Agent to list your home for a short sale as well as how to avoid Internet scams. A referral service is also available to help find a qualified listing agent in your area. Links to Short sale Help: http://www.ez1realty.net/1039711.html    
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
Learn the values and convenience of Free Automatic MLS Searches with E-Mail Updates.  Helps find and sell homes quicker.  Saves hours of time, eliminating the need to search Real Estate Internet sites for the home of your dreams.  Once you try it, you will say, "this is the way Real Estate should be,"   Link for Automatic MLS Searches for Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, and all surrounding areas in southeast Wisconsin.   http://www.ez1realty.net/304215.html    
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
This video looks into the intricate details of posting a listing on the Internet to reach the maximum amount of potential Buyers.  It makes a difference what pictures appear as well as quality, quantity, order, and detail.  Also the description.  Does the description catch the attention of the Buyer?  With the enormous competition in Real Estate, you cannot afford to over look a single detail.  How do you choose a qualified Real Estate Agent to list your home for sale?       
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
Having worked with a number of first time home buyers in Real Estate, the first question is often, where do I begin?   This video tells you where to begin and progress along the stages of home buying.    
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455)
Menomonee Falls Real Estate Report By Kristin Johnston, Remax, ABR        Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI My name is Kristin Johnston of Remax. My market report gives you the real estate activity for Menomonee Falls, WI for the last 30 days. Please feel free to call me for any of your real estate needs, including an online market if you are a seller, or finding a home in Waukesha County. The following MLS information is for the last 30 days from 12/26/12 to 1/26/13. Kristin Johnston Gives You The Real Estate Activity For Menomonee Falls, WI For the Last 30 Days: Real Estate In Waukesha County, WI.   In the Menomonee Falls,Wisconsin Real Estate market 27 homes sold; 8 were list and sold ...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
Just went to show a couple of properties. One was a 2100 square foot colonial built 1972, the other a 1700 square foot cape cod built 1939. Based on the pictures, the 1700 square foot cape cod looked huge compared to the 2100 square foot colonial. When we viewed the properties the buyers commented, "I thought this looked so much bigger and better on the pictures." It did. I told them before we set up the appointment. You see, I use the same lens, take the same type of pictures, arrange them in the same order as the Listing Agent for the 1700 cape cod. You have to do that to ensure the maximum amount of potential buyers view the property.   I'm not going to give away my little trade secrets, but the lens, angle of the picture, lighting, and sequence of the pictures all make a difference....
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
Many of the things that go wrong in Real Estate are caused by groundless rumors. I saw this happen at one closing, and made the decision to discuss this matter up front with all my sellers with investment properties. It is a simple matter of controlling the closing date.   One of the things that has always worked for me is my honesty with everyone involved in a transaction. This includes tenants. I tell them the buyer we are targeting and why. Most often we are expecting an investor to buy the property and many investors are looking for properties with reliable tenants. In other words, if you are a good tenant, the new owner is going to establish a working relationship with you to protect his interests as well as yours. A very simple concept.   On one closing I found out how bad rumors ...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
With all the things that could go wrong in Real Estate, it seems some people are working harder to make more go wrong. Let's face the facts, not every agent wants to get involved in a short sale. It does not take long to figure out too many things can and will go wrong on a short sale. The main problems seem to involve missing or late forms caused by Sellers taking weeks to respond. Some times problems are caused by listing agents with little or no short sale experience. With seminars and online videos available there seems to be no excuse for this. A checklist is also available on Zipforms.Even with an experienced listing agent putting the file together, making sure all the required forms are in on time and updated as required, we still rely on the efficiency and actions of the Seller'...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
I sold a house for a friend of mine, a lender I worked with for a number of years. You wouldn't expect this from a lender, but this is the issue that came up at closing.   The sale was a snap. We went over the market numbers, knew where we had to price the property for a quick sale, and the relocation service approved the sale price. Some times it is great working with relocation services. I have great luck working with them on the Listing side, but cannot figure out why they are such a pain to deal with when I am bringing in the Buyers.   Listed the property on Monday. By the following Monday we had 5 offers to choose from. The Seller did not overlook a detail when he prepared for showings. All the offers were within a few thousand, so the Seller picked the cleanest offer, with the Buy...
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By Dennis Herman, Dennis Herman
(Crossroads Real Estate LLC)
I live by a simple business philosophy, I treat people they way I expect to be treated. I don't pester people on the phone or with unwanted emails. I let them know I am available any time they have a question, and take care of business as soon as the matter comes up. Organization is the key to success. How can you beat organization for free? Here is how I do it.   I use Google for a number of office tasks. I prefer Thunderbird mail, and it may not be a bad idea to keep 2 sets of records, because for the time being there seems to be no way to sync Thunderbird and Gmail. The downfall is every new customer or client requires entry into three E-mail accounts. They of course have to be added to MLS, which will not sync to Gmail or Thunderbird. Gmail syncs to my phone and it is much easier to...
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