Saturday, January 30, 2016

Open House

Grand foyer w/open staircase, Alluring archways, Inlaid hardwood floors, Coffered ceilings, Gourmet kitchen w/granite counters, dbl ovens, Subzero & Wine fridge, Large dining, & office w/builtins. There is a 2nd floor laundry room to service the 3 large BR's and master with a sitting area. Finished lower level has a bar & entertaining area, billiards room & full bath. Theater room w/ all equipment, drop screen and speakers.

Amber Castonguay

Direct: 920-988-0048
Text: 920-988-0048
Fax: 866-211-2826

RE/MAX Realty Center
357 W Wisconsin Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Office: 262-567-2455

Friday, January 29, 2016

4 Bedroom 1.5 Bath Updated Home

 Only a transfer makes this home available The updated kitchen has new maple cabinets, new counter tops, SS appliances and hardwood floors. The spacious LR offers natural lighting and hardwood floors. Main bath boasts all new fixtures, tiled shower and floor. A half bath has been added to the upper level. Newer interior/ exterior doors. Beautiful lot for entertaining. Newer siding on the garage & newer garage door W/ EDO. All updates have been done in the past 2 years. All that's left to do is move in!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Can you become a FLIPPER?

What's the Deal with Flipped Homes?

Americans love their home improvement and design shows. With entire channels dedicated to DIY, home decor and design, and everything related to U.S. real estate, we love the possibilities that lie within the real estate market in America. One popular aspect of many shows and publications is home or house flipping. We hear a lot about flipping homes, but what does that really mean? Is it feasible for everyone? Are there risks? Should you buy a flipped home, and what questions should you ask if your property search lands on a potentially flipped property?
What is Flipping?
Flipping is a predominately U.S. term used to describe purchasing a property with the intent of quickly reselling it for profit. Most of the time, properties that are purchased with the intent to flip are those that are distressed, abandoned, or otherwise in need of repairs that make the property less desirable to other potential buyers. Flipping has become increasingly popular throughout the U.S. in the last decade, and many people have become successful real estate flippers with the vast and varied real estate markets throughout the United States.
 Can Anyone Flip a Property?
Many programs on television make house flipping look easily attainable to anyone and everyone. The fact remains that flipping a property is risky business that requires a large amount of work, experience, funding (preferably cash), excellent credit and a good understanding and almost intuitive knowledge of the real estate market. If you're interested in flipping properties, the best way to get started is by talking to someone who has experience and has had success in flipping real estate. There are many things to know about flipping real estate that should be addressed before the idea is even entertained.
What are the Risks of Flipping a Home?
There are risks with any kind of real estate investment, but inexperienced flippers can make a number of mistakes. There are a number of costs that come with flipping a property, and new flippers can make the mistake of not having enough money to cover the entire project – from the acquisition of the property, to the renovations, taxes, utilities and more. Another risk of flipping properties is time, or lack of time. Finding the right property can take months, and once you own the property there is a time commitment to renovations, commuting, inspections, and ultimately the marketing and selling of the property.
 Other risks that new flippers run into are not having enough knowledge about the real estate market and failing to purchase the right property for a flip; a lack of skills when it comes to working on the property and putting in the sweat equity (hard work) required to get it up to market standards; and ultimately lacking patience when it comes to the entire project as a whole.
 Should I Buy a Flipped Home?
Often, flipped homes have mostly cosmetic changes done in order to attract buyers and ultimately get the property sold. You might fall in love with fresh paint and brand new appliances, and generally speaking, most flipped homes attract many buyers because they have a smaller initial to-do list than other properties on the market. If you're looking at a property that could be a flip, be sure to ask these questions: What is the home's sale history? If the home recently sold for much less than its current asking price, it's possible it is a flip. Does the outside of the home match what's inside? If the exterior of the home is older, and the interior looks brand new, it's very possible someone is trying to flip the property. Information is your best friend when it comes to a flipped home, so getting the most information up front will help guide you toward pursuing the property or not.
 If you believe you're looking at a flipped home, consider asking the seller what changes have been made to the property, and check to see if any permits were issued for the work. Also, some buyers might be blinded by all the new interior cosmetic updates that they forget about the bones and foundation of the home. Regardless of whether a home is old or new, always hire an experienced and licensed inspector to check over the home to make sure you're getting the most for your money when it comes to buying a property.
Contact me if you are interested in becoming a FLIPPER!  Lisa Bear 262-893-5555 or

Selling Hartford, Wisconsin Homes

Monday, January 25, 2016

Welcome New Agents

These new agents may be new to our office, but they each come with years of experience!

Now or Later

I can help you determine what makes the most sense for YOU! 

Contact us to help you get a plan in place to buy a house, whether now or next year! 


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Paying rent does not make sense...

Real Estate Shines as an Investment in 2015

Real Estate Shines as an Investment in 2015 | Keeping Current Matters
A survey by The Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University reveals that when a family is buying a home they consider the financial benefits of homeownership along with the social benefits. The survey mentions things like:
  • Paying rent does not make sense
  • Homeownership provides a good financial opportunity
  • Owning a home helps you building family wealth
  • Buying a home is investing in your retirement
  • Home equity gives you something to borrow against
So how did homeownership match up against other investments in 2015? Here is a chart that compares its return on investment against precious metals and the stock market last year:
2015 Return on Investment | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Not only did homeownership offer all its social benefits. It also was a great investment financially.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


A parklike setting with 3 acres is the setting for this beautiful 4bedroom, 2.5 bath home. Home features include granite, HWF, inviting foyer, formal living room and dining room, family room with NF and wall of windows sunroom overlooking yard. Bathrooms all ceramic. Spacious Master suite w/HWF Detached extra heated garage/workshop with electrical and water. Included Home Warranty
Contact me at 262-893-5555 for a showing!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Free CMA - January

Do you know what your home is worth in todays market?

Mention this coupon when calling for a 
Free, no obligation analysis.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 brings two new agents to RE/MAX REALTY CENTER office

2016 welcomes two new faces to the office..... Cheryl Creydt has joined us, as has my brother Terry Bear. Both bring experience and a vast knowledge of the real estate industry!

Great additions to the office