Wisconsin Dells Real Estate News

Nov. 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Kimball Realtors LLC in Wisconsin Dells

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all that you have and have accomplished so far in the year. This is the best reminder throughout the year to give gratitude and thanks for all that you have. Most of us know this as a family celebration with getting together with family and friends for this holiday.

Here is a little history about this holiday.

In the early 1600s, communities of settlers in both Massachusetts and Virginia came together to give thanks for their survival, for the fertility of their fields, and for their faith. The most widely known early Thanksgiving is that of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, who feasted for three days with the Wampanoag people in 1621.

Today, folks celebrate Thanksgiving for a multitude of reasons. For some, it remains a way to express gratitude for the harvest or to a higher power; for others, it’s a holiday built upon being with family and simply enjoying delicious food. 

In 1863, President Lincoln made a proclamation marking Thursday, November 26, 1863, as Thanksgiving. Lincoln’s proclamation harkened back to Washington’s, as he was also giving thanks to God following a bloody military confrontation. In this case, Lincoln was expressing gratitude to God and thanks to the Army for emerging successfully from the Battle of Gettysburg. He enumerated the blessings of the American people and called upon his countrymen to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” As of that year, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

Thanks to Almanac.com for some of the history provided.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season



Nov. 14, 2019

Hunting Season in Wisconsin Dells Area


One of the many passions of Wisconsinites is hunting. Especially around deer season during Thanksgiving time. I sure see a lot of blaze orange around the Wisconsin Dells area. If you are a hunter and love chasing White-Tail Deer, here are some helpful places to find those elusive little creatures.

Travel Wisconsin always delivers with great articles and insights. Another great website for hunting and outdoor activities is Step Outside.

Good luck hunting this season and please be safe. Also, if you are in the market to Buy or Sell a Home in Wisconsin Dells or the surrounding areas, give us a call at: 608-477-3470   Kimball Realtors LLC loves doing Wisconsin Dells Real Estate.


Oct. 31, 2019

Do you Love Boating, Fishing and Swimming?

If you are thinking about Buying a Home in Wisconsin Dells area, there is so much fun to be had on all the lakes and rivers nearby. I will start with what is right in Wisconsin Dells, The Wisconsin River.

The Dells of the Wisconsin River encompasses over 5 miles of Wisconsin River corridor with a spectacular gorge, cliffs, tributary canyons, and rock formations carved into Cambrian sandstone. Formed between 510-520 million years ago, some cliffs rise over one hundred feet above the water and have been shaped by the erosive processes of water and wind. 

Next is Lake Delton in the village of Lake Delton which most think of as Wisconsin Dells.

Lake Delton is a man-made freshwater lake in Sauk County in central Wisconsin. The lake was formed in 1927 by Wm. J. Newman from Chicago, to attract tourists to the area and became a popular attraction in the Wisconsin Dells following the economic recovery after the Great Depression. Resorts and tourist attractions line its banks. The lake is the site of Tommy Bartlett’s Water Show which features acrobatic water skiing.

There are also lakes such as, Devil’s Lake, Mirror Lake, Lake Redstone and Lake Wisconsin. All of these beautiful areas are within minutes of The Dells area. Contact Kimball Realtors LLC for any information about the area and local lakes and rivers. Wisconsin Dells Real Estate is our passion!    608-477-3470





Oct. 24, 2019

What Websites are the Best to Buy a Home?

What Websites are the Best to Buy a Home?

If you are Buying a Home, for example in the Wisconsin Dells area, what are the best websites to search for a home? Here is a list of the top 3 websites by monthly visits by the million.

#1 is Zillow.com and they get 36 million visits per month as of January, 2019.

#2 is Trulia.com and they get 23 million visits per month as of January, 2019.

#3 is Realtor.com and they get 18 million visits per month as of January, 2019.

We would love our Buyers to use our website: www.WisconsonDellsHomesForSale.com of course, but I am sure they would see Zillow and Realtor.com advertising on HGTV and other channels on TV. This is a good reminder if the buyer is looking for a home and then they see an add for either Zillow or Realtor, they often would grab their phone or tablet and take a quick look.

There are many options online for home search these days, but we would like to remind you that contacting a Realtor in the area where you are thinking of Buying is usually best. They know the area and can show you information about schools, parks, traffic, jobs etc.

Data provided by Statista.com

If you have questions about Buying a Home, contact Kimball Realtors LLC today at: 608-477-3470 or email LorreDeppe@KimballRealtors.com

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