Wisconsin Dells Real Estate News

Oct. 11, 2019

Preparing Your Home for Fall & Winter

 Preparing Your Home for Fall & WinterLiving in Wisconsin Dells in this beautiful state of Wisconsin, teaches us to prepare for extreme weather. In the Midwest the weather can be very extreme such as hot and humid during the summer and very cold and snowy in the winter. Preparing your home for this very probable extreme weather is a must.

Here are some helpful hints and tips to be ready for old man winter.

Make sure all windows and doors close and seal correctly to keep out the cold and windy drafts that could skyrocket your heating costs.

Have your furnace inspected before that snow flies. Replace or clean your furnace filter depending on what your furnace calls for.

Replace all batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Your home will be sealed up with the heat going daily.

If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, have it inspected and cleaned. Remember preventive maintenance will save you a bundle and also from a disaster.

Last thing is to clean out your gutters or have them cleaned. Ice dams and such can build up and cause roof leaks. Again basic maintenance can stop costly damage to your most valuable investment, your home.

Kimball Realtors LLC  serving Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton, Reedsburg and the surrounding areas. We love assisting home owners keep their home safe and secure for the extreme weather changes that happen often in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

Oct. 4, 2019

Is Now the right Time to Buy a Home?

Is Now the right Time to Buy a HomeAre you thinking about Buying a Home in Wisconsin Dells or the surrounding areas? If so, you must ask yourself one question, is now the right time?

More than likely you will be financing your home. This is a great time to Buy a Home with historic low rates. As of last week, the rates were about 3.5% for a fixed 30 year mortgage. This of course goes up depending on your credit score and the down payment.

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are wondering if now is the right time to pull the trigger and buy that home you wanted.

1)    Do I really want to own my own home. If yes, continue on.

2)    Can I afford the cost of purchasing the home and all fees that are associated with Buying. If yes, continue.

3)    Can I afford the monthly payment, including insurance and taxes? If so, please continue.

4)    Am I willing to take pride in homeownership and keep up with the regular maintenance inside and outside of the home?

 There are many factors with Buying a Home. If you need help to answer any Real Estate questions, contact us today. 608-477-3470

Kimball Realtors LLC loves helping Buyers Buy their first Home in Wisconsin Dells and the surrounding areas.

Posted in For Buyers, For Sellers
Sept. 27, 2019

Mortgage Rates and You

What do the mortgage rates mean to you when purchasing a Wisconsin Dells Home? For most people Buying a Home is the largest financial transaction they will make in their lives. It will end up being a large part of their nest egg for retirement.

Most people will need to get a mortgage to purchase a home. Mortgage rates have been in the news a lot lately. They are still at historic lows. The current 30 year fixed rate is at 3.42%. What this means for home buyers, is more home for their dollar. As interest rates increase, your mortgage payment may stay the same, but you will be paying more in interest than in principle.

An example of this would be: a 30 year fixed rate at 3.42% for a $200,000. Home with 5% down, would be $927 per month not including taxes or insurance.

Let’s say that rate went up just 1% and now your monthly payment would be $10036. A savings of over $1200 per year at the lower interest rate.

Be sure to talk to a qualified lender about all your financing options. Talk to Kimball Realtors LLC about Buying a Home after you have started the process with your lender.

We love helping Buyers buy Wisconsin Dells Real Estate.

Posted in For Buyers
Sept. 21, 2019

Buying a Condo in Wisconsin Dells

 Here are some tips for the Buying process when you are purchasing a condo.

Tip one: If you are financing this condo, make sure you talk to your lenders about the condo association. There are some financial institutions that will not lend on a condo complex that has a rental program. Be sure to be prepared for this challenge. A Conventional Loan is the most common for condos used as a vacation property.

Tip Two: If this is a cash offer, use this to your advantage to ask for a bit lower price. In our current market (Seller’s Market) this usually only gets you a thousand or two off the purchase price.

Tip Three: always insist on seeing the Executive Summary of the condo association. This will give you the basic rules and regulations. Many companies do not provide condos docs before an accepted offer, so be prepared for this.

Tip Four: contact a Realtor to assist you with the different nuances that you need to be prepared for. Buying a Condo is very different than buying a Home.

Contact us anytime to answer your questions about Buying a Condo or any other Real Estate related need.   608-477-3470

Kimball Realtors LLC love helping Buyers Buy Wisconsin Dells Real Estate.

 

 

 

Posted in Lake Delton
Sept. 13, 2019

Selling a Home in Wisconsin Dells?

Are you thinking about Selling your Home? In this blog post, I will give you some basic tips to prepare your home for sale.

First tip is to declutter and make your home look as big and as inviting as possible.

Second tip is to focus on the curb appeal. Clean up the front yard and paint and repair anything that might not be working. Drive up and see that it looks well kept and freshly painted.

Third tip is to freshen up the paint inside including all trim. Also, caulk anything that needs to be touched up such as bath tubs, showers. sinks etc.

Fourth tip is to make sure all switches and light bulbs are working. There is nothing worse to Buyers than to flick a switch and the bulb is burnt out or they think something is wrong with the switch itself.

Final tip is to talk to a Realtor about what your net proceeds from the sale of your home will be. They should be able give you an approximate idea of your closing costs and commissions. This will help determine the price at which to list your home.

If you are Selling a Home in Wisconsin Dells or the surrounding area, you can always contact us to answer any questions you may have or get your Home listed right away!

Kimball Realtors LLC loves helping Seller’s Sell their home so they can move onto the next chapter of their life.. Wisconsin Dells Real Estate is our specialty. Contact us today. 608-477-3470

 

 

Posted in For Sellers
Sept. 6, 2019

Buying a Home in Wisconsin Dells

Are you thinking about buying a Home? In this blog post, I will give you some basic tips to prepare yourself for the American Dream of homeownership.

First tip is to find out what your credit score is. Most programs need you to be at least 660 or higher to be able to purchase a home.

Second tip is to go to your bank or credit union and find out what you are approved for. They will tell you what the number is, for example: you are approved for up to $200,000.00 Never look for homes more than $215,000 as they will not go below $200,000.00 in most cases, especially since we are still in a Seller’s market.

Third tip is to know what your down payment is. Depending on the program, you may be required to put up to 20% of the purchase price as the down payment. However, talk to your lender, because there are programs that allow as little as 3% down. Keep in mind for anything less than 20%, you will be paying PMI ( Private Mortgage Insurance ) which will add to your monthly payment.

Fourth tip is to have money in your savings account to cover the Home Inspection, Earnest Money, Appraisal and other fees that the lender may charge you. You may be able to ask the Sellers for a credit to offset some of these fees. This is something you can talk to your Realtor about.

If you are Buying a Home in Wisconsin Dells or the surrounding area, you can always contact us to answer any questions you may have.

Kimball Realtors LLC loves helping Buyers find the home of their dreams. Wisconsin Dells Real Estate is our specialty. Contact us today. 608-477-3470

Aug. 28, 2019

Come to Tom Foolerys Adventure Park, the Lake Delton Property That Defines Fun

Lake Delton property owners have fun at Tom Foolerys.If the heat or the cold has ever kept you indoors at your Lake Delton property, then you need to read on, because we’re talking about Tom Foolerys Adventure Park, which is 100,000 square feet of fun. Ditch the sunscreen or the coat and go zip lining, play laser tag and much more. You can test your strength on the climbing walls or the ropes course. Have a blast on the mini golf course or the bowling alley. Gamers will get a kick out of the 250 arcade games, too. The roller coasters don’t disappoint, either. Kids and people living in Lake Delton who want a calm day will enjoy the carousel and the ferris wheel. Jam around on the go cart course. Maximum Foolocity is for the bravest--or craziest--visitors. Zoom 50 feet in the air, then you’ll go up, down, and all around, but you probably won’t be doing the hokey-pokey.

Everyone Living in Lake Delton Will Have a Blast on the Rides and Attractions

Does this sound like hungry work? Don’t worry! There’s plenty to eat. Head to Tina’s Cool Shack and pick out your favorite frozen yogurt flavor, then top it off with one of the scrumptious toppings. Volcano Lounge and Lanes is the place to go when you’re worn out from bowling. Adults will enjoy an ice cold beer or two, while kids have a soda. Grab a pizza or a sandwich, then get back to the fun. Rattler’s Cantina is in the middle of Tom Foolerys. Have a pizza, nachos, hot dogs, sandwich, or a snack. Kids will love the meals made specially for them. Adults can relax with a beer or glass of wine.

Lake Delton property owners have lots of ways to save on their fun times at Tom Foolerys Adventure Park. A day pass is $37.99 for visitors 42 inches tall and up or $16.99 for those shorter than 42 inches. Locals can come in Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after 4 p.m. and pay just $19.99 for a wristband. Plan your trip today! 

 

Posted in Lake Delton, News
Aug. 26, 2019

Go out to Eat Near Your Christmas Mountain Home at the Keg & Patio

 If you’re looking for somewhere fun to go near your Christmas Mountain home, check out the Keg & Patio. Whether you’re hungry, looking for a great beer or cocktail, love live music, or want to go ice skating, this is the place for you! Oh, yeah, the ice skating is open all year round. Regular ice skating hours are Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From December 26th through January 6th, the rink is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. General admission is $10 for an hour of skating and includes skates. For kids five and younger, it’s only $6. Planning a party? Keep the mess out of Christmas Mountain real estate and hold it at the rink.

The food at the Keg and Patio is great. They serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have one of the best breakfasts in the Dells. Enjoy an omelette or have a breakfast platter to get a protein-packed start to the day. If you come in for lunch, you can build your own burger or chicken sandwich. You can’t go wrong with a pizza, either. Friday is fish fry day. Choose between beer-battered, breaded, or broiled cod, served with coleslaw and your choice of french fries, potato salad, a baked potato, or a twice-baked potato. The Keg is a family friendly eatery, and kids can choose their favorites from a special kids’ menu.

Christmas Mountain Real Estate Owners Love the Drinks and Live Music, too

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten the drinks, either. The Keg has a long list of foreign and domestic beers on tap, along with a hard cider and a real root beer. There’s a good wine list, too. If you’re in the mood for something special, check out the selection of signature cocktails.

Christmas Mountain home owners who love live music should plan to come in on Friday and Saturdays, when local bands perform on the patio. Follow the Facebook page to keep up with special events and concerts. 

Visit the Keg & Patio to see a full menu and round up some friends to go for a meal and music soon. 

 

Posted in News, Wisconsin Dells
Aug. 21, 2019

Explore Wisconsin Dells Real Estate at Rock Arbor State Park

Go hiking on wild Wisconsin Dells real estate.Enjoy some fresh air and gorgeous scenery near your Wisconsin Dells real estate at Rocky Arbor State Park. The park is located only a mile and a half from Wisconsin Dells and is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The main gate closes after Labor Day, but visitors can park at the entrance and walk in the park. Just be sure to stop to purchase a vehicle admission sticker at the self-registration box that is located across from the park office. A single day admission sticker is $8 for residents, or consider purchasing an annual admission sticker for Wisconsin state parks and forests for just $28. This is a great option if you visit state parks often.

Wisconsin Dells Home Owners Go Hiking, Camping, and Trapping at the Park

Rocky Arbor State Park spans 244 acres and is a welcome escape from busy days at your Wisconsin Dells real estate. There are many wooded campsites, hiking trails, great picnic spots, and playground areas. Hunting and trapping are allowed only in open areas of the park during the timeframe established by Wisconsin state parks. Just be sure to look at the park hunting map to make sure that you stay 100 yards outside of the open areas of the park, including trails. Visit the park during the winter months for winter hiking and snowshoeing.

There are some amazing rock formations within Rocky Arbor State Park. The gorge consists of sandstone that is about 500 million years old. This sandstone was formed by rivers draining into shallow seas, which have since receded. A long time after this process happened, the Wisconsin River created the gorge, which formed what we see today. The river no longer flows here, but has changed course and now there is only a small stream that flows through the park. All who call Wisconsin Dells home are invited to read more about the flora and fauna of Rocky Arbor State Park, view camping information, and plan a visit. 

 

Posted in News, Wisconsin Dells
Aug. 19, 2019

Lake Delton Home Owners Enjoy the View and the Food at Ravina Bay Bar & Grill

Eat at Ravina Bay near your Lake Delton home.You own a Lake Delton home, so why not enjoy the gorgeous views of the lake while eating at Ravina Bay Bar and Grill? There’s even a dock for boats, so you can sail, motor, or row over from residential Lake Delton real estate. In addition to indoor seating, Ravina Bay Bar and Grill also has a huge patio overlooking the lake. During the season, you can see the Tommy Bartlett Ski Show, too. The restaurant is a great place to meet up with friends for a relaxing evening, sipping cocktails, watching the sun set over the lake, and eating a fabulous meal.

Sit on the Patio for Lake Side Views on Lake Delton Real Estate

The menu might sound like the typical fair you’d find in any pub or grill, but don’t be fooled. The cooks at Ravina Bay are turning out some astoundingly tasty dishes, prepared with skill and imagination. Order a plate of the steak fries or the pot roast mac and cheese, and your taste buds will be in heaven. There’s nothing like the fish tacos and a cold mojito at the end of a hot day. You can’t go wrong with a pulled pork sandwich, flatbread pizza or fresh salad, either. The Friday fish fry is not to be missed, either.

The weekend brunch will entice anyone out of their Lake Delton home. Get the weekend off to a good start with a mimosa or two. A spicy Bloody Mary is another excellent option. Then enjoy a plate of salmon eggs benedict, an omelette, pancakes, a breakfast burrito, or huevos rancheros.

Stop in at Ravina Bay Bar and Grill Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It’s open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. When ever you go, bring your appetite and good company. You’ll love the extensive menu and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home. 

 

Posted in Lake Delton, News