Tips for Buying & Selling

First-Time Home Buyer Guide

The homebuying process can seem complicated, but if you take things step by step, you will soon be holding the keys to your new home!

STEPS TO BUYING A HOME

1.  Figure out how much you can afford
2.  Know your rights
3.  Shop for a loan/ lender
4.  Learn about home buying programs
5.  Shop for a home
6.  Make an offer
7.  Get a home inspection
8.  Shop for homeowners insurance
9.  Sign the papers

To view the Wisconsin Realtor's Association publication: 
First-Time Home Buyer's Guide, click on image to the right


 

Common First-Time HomeBuyer Mistakes

Check out common mistakes made by first-time homebuyers and prepare yourself for your big purchase!

 

 


 
Preparing Your Home For Sale

How to get your home in tip-top shape for showings it and what buyers will pay attention to. You only get one shot at a first impression with buyers so do it right.

 

 

 

VIDEO: Staging to Sell- Living Room Makeover

Practitioner Dede Banks tackles a living room with an identity crisis. See how she staged the room to sell.

 

 

VIDEO: Staging to Sell- Master Bdrm Room Makeover

The main objection most buyers would have with this master bedroom is the bright yellow paint. See how practitioner Mark Jak staged the room to make the bright color an attraction and not a distraction.

 

VIDEO: How Is Your Credit Score Determined?

How is your credit score? Many buyers do not realize that their credit score will be taken into consideration when it comes to purchasing a home. How is your credit score determined?  Take a peek at this quick video to see how you might rate. 

 
 

Understanding Real Estate Representation

You have choices when selecting representation in a real estate transaction. Here are 5 tips for understanding which type of legal relationship with a real estate professional is right for you.

 

Lender Checklist: Come Prepared for Your Mortgage

When you are shopping for a mortgage or pre-approval there are a few things your lender is going to need you to provide. Take a sneak peak at the items you will be expected to present to your mortgage lender for the loan approval process.

 

Offering Buyer Incentives

Looking for a way to make your home stand out above the rest? Seller Concessions offer you a unique way to attract potential buyers. Click here for more information on how offering an incentive to the buyer may be the way to go!

 

 

 

 

Post-Contract Pitfalls

Selling a home is like climbing Mount Everest – getting a signed contract is a great accomplishment, but that's only half the journey. The typical home sale today involves more than 20 steps after the initial contract is accepted to complete the transaction. Click here to view more about the process.

 

Radon Gas Information

Learn about Radon gas concerns directly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Click the image or the link above to view their site (will open in a new window).