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Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

“What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” From Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl To the father figures in your life - dads,...

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime is the perfect time for DIY projects around your home. Here are just a couple of fantastic ideas to get those creative juices flowing and upgrade your home. Inside – Even inside projects benefit from being able to open the windows for ventilation or take...

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients 1 whole beef tenderloin Sea Salt and pepper to taste Galic Powder (1-2 teaspoons) Olive Oil Teriyaki Sauce (we use Veri Veri Teriyaki found in the Asian aisle at Festival) Buns Foil-lined pan DirectionsThis can be made the day ahead to make meal prep easy...

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

This month, we focus on your living spaces under our theme BE Intentional. Giving each space a clear purpose can boost your quality of life. We understand this concept because we live in a 780 Sq Ft house with no basement. This fact surprises a lot of people since we...

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Depending on your climate, air quality, and use, a well-maintained air-conditioning unit could last between 10 and 20 years. HVAC technology, refrigerant, and efficiency have advanced quite a bit in the last decade, so if your unit is more than 10 years old, you may...

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Your mom is unparalleled. Your children’s mom is incomparable. Your stepmom, mother-in-law, foster mom, grandma, or aunt who is always there for you – each is one of a kind. And we celebrate each of them uniquely.Some will serve Mom breakfast in bed and finger-painted...

Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Dressing 9 tablespoons Honey 4 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3/8 teaspoon sesame oil (I use more because I love sesame) Salad 9 cups romaine lettuce ( I use a combination of spinach, romaine & spring mix) 6 cups...

Newsletter – May 2024

Newsletter – May 2024

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. John Harrigan Happy May! We are always excited for May to arrive. When our children were younger, the beginning of May signaled we had just a short time until the end of another school year and SUMMER was...

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

There are tons of checklists and moving company reviews to help you prepare for a move, but once the furniture and boxes make it into your new home, the moving help is done for the day, and everyone is exhausted, it can all feel a little overwhelming. We’ve prepared a...

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics:” There are several benefits to reducing plastics in our world – from production concerns to waste and recycling problems, from air pollution to ocean pollution, and economic disparity issues to workplace safety,...

Newsletter – April 2024

Newsletter – April 2024

An optimist is the human personification of spring. Susan J. Bissonette Our theme for the year is “Be Intentional.” In April we are focusing on support systems. Wade and I are blessed to have solid support systems coming from a diverse group of relationships. Through...

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Seek positive influences: Do you have existing relationships with people who uplift and inspire you? They provide encouragement, motivation, and valuable perspectives during challenging times. If you do nurture these relationships, invest time and effort into...

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

If longer days have you dreaming of a new garden plot, these three questions will help get you started. With just a little planning, your new garden will be looking great in no time. Why do you want this new garden bed?Do you want something pretty to look at from your...

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

The joy in a breath of fresh, clean, springtime air gets us in the mood for fresh, clean…everything. From the bright springtime colors in our wardrobes to cool, refreshing salads, pretty flowers, and baby birds, we crave the novelty and freshness of spring. A good...

Newsletter – March 2024

Newsletter – March 2024

Change your thoughts and you can change your world. Norman Vincent Peale Happy Winter…Spring…who knows what season it is with this crazy weather! Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. Check it out for some tips on becoming the best version of...

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of the most important project we'll ever work on: ourselves. Personal development is a continuous journey,...

Newsletter – February 2024

Newsletter – February 2024

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln BE INTENTIONAL is our theme for 2024. In February our focus is on FAMILY. Every year millions of Americans make the decision to move. The number one reason? The yearning...

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Ingredients Seasonings 12 pieces of chicken wings 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Salt to taste Breading 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon...

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollutants in your home can have an impact on your health, with symptoms ranging from eye, ear and nose irritation to headaches and dizziness. If you spend more time indoors over the winter, now might be a good time to have a quick look at the air quality...

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Make SomethingThere’s an endless list of hobbies and crafts to choose from. Warm up the kitchen with fresh bread or cookies, make-your-own pizza night, or an online cooking class. Join a book club, knit a hat, build a bookshelf, put together an old-school photo album,...

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon...

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

How about we all make a resolution this January to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand our worlds just a little bit more, and to share just a little bit more love? It’s no secret that most New Year’s resolutions relate to physical health – new diets, new...

Newsletter – January 2024

Newsletter – January 2024

Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. Michael Josephson Every year brings changes, some good, some not. Our theme for 2023 was “FINDING YOUR FINE” We came up with this theme due to the surgery on Annette’s foot. The...

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

I was given the Betty Crocker cookbook when I graduated from high school. I still use recipes out of it. This Chicken Pot Pie is one of our family favorites for cold winter days - enjoy! Ingredients 1/3 cup margarine, butter or chicken fat 1/3 cup all-purpose flour*...

Closet Reorganization

Closet Reorganization

Nothing says fresh new year like a fresh new closet. We know it’s easy to neglect your personal spaces while you take care of everything else, but an organized, enjoyable closet will help you feel ready to take on the day. With a little planning, you can give yourself...

Be Intentional in 2024

Be Intentional in 2024

Instead of making resolutions that might already have been forgotten, how about BEING INTENTIONAL to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand your world just a little bit more, and to share great memories? Being intentional about your life can lead to a fulfilling...

Camping With Children

Camping With Children

Camping is a lot of work. It requires equipment you don’t use on a daily basis. You have to plan what you will need and make sure you bring it along! You still have to keep children entertained (and safe), make meals and hand wash the dishes. Camping is also relaxing,...

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Clicking the “Contact Agent” button seems like a good idea, until it didn’t. You don’t necessarily get the listing agent when you click that button. I recommend finding an agent you know, like or trust. Give me a call today!

Explore The Doors

Explore The Doors

I became infatuated with doors the first time we visited Ireland. Ireland is filled with colorful and unique doors. I created my tag line “Opening New Doors” because of my love for doors. I think doors can add so much character and personality to a house. Doors have a...

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

I published this the first time in 2016. We still love it here! This is our first Christmas in the Little House! Given that the house is 780 Sq feet I was a little apprehensive about decorating. Would I even have room for a tree? Where would the tree go? Could I have...

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Today 70 percent of moms are working outside of the home, however there is more cultural pressure today to have the “picture perfect” Christmas. Family photographs in coordinated outfits for your Instagram followers.  Pinterest worthy, beautifully wrapped gifts...

Is It Time For a Move?

Is It Time For a Move?

This part of life can be callenging and fearful for those in need of transitioning to senior care. I have spent many years of my life working with the elderly and their families to help them downsize. My experience with my own mom gives me the compassion and...

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

The first summer we lived in The Little House we had good friends stay with us for a few days.  Even with the Annex we did not have enough beds for everyone.  We borrowed a 5th wheel camper from a friend.  It had a living room, master bed, two...

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

Ahhh…Retirement. We all want to get there. The point in our life when we don't have to punch a clock, we can roll out of bed when we feel like it…if we feel like it. We can do what we want when we'd like to do it. At least that's the dream.  The reality is...

The Little House On The Channel- 15 Overnight Guests

If you have read any of my other blogs about our Little House On The Channel you know we live in a 780 SF home without a basement.  My husband has joked over the years that I believe if I have 780 SF we should be able to have 780 people in our house!  One square...

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

We moved into our little house in April of 2016.  In December of that same year we not only had 2 additional adults stay for a week, but we also hosted a 2 and 4 year-old. As you may have heard we had one of the warmest Novembers on record. We had visions of...

Practice  Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Practice Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Aging can be a kick in the pants. It happens so gradually most of us don’t realize we’ve become “old,” until someone younger starts calling us “Sir” or “Mam” and it’s not out of respect. It’s true, even if you are healthy, fit and in shape, a 55-year-old is going to...

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Staying involved in the community helps people as they age. They are less likely to feel alone or develop depression. According to Help Guide International, volunteering has been proven to help seniors make new friends, lessen the symptoms of chronic diseases and...

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

What are your home-buying criteria?  In Real Estate you always hear location, location, location!  While location is important the truth of the matter is maybe location isn’t even in your top 10.   I like to use the slot machine analogy Think of how...

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do you know who Chip and Joanna are?  If you answered yes then it is possible you have thought how fun it might be to buy a fixer upper!  It is amazing the amount of work they can get done in 60 minutes.  That is of course with a crew of 20+ and someone else’s...

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The first home we sold we received an offer from the first buyer that looked at it, 24 hours after it went on the market. We were so excited!! Until we realized we needed to find a place to live! Panic set in! This was in the early 2000’s, so closing was scheduled for...

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

As a buyer you may be feeling panicked.  A house shows up on-line, you are sure it is “the one”.  You excitedly dial the number, you get a live voice, you ask if you can set up a showing and then you hear those very, very sad words:  “Sorry that house has an accepted...

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Strapped in, stomach churning due to anticipation. Your emotions range from excitement to fear. At times feeling that you cannot breath, then realizing you are holding your breath. You want to scream. You can hear the sound of grinding as the gears begin, slowly being...

Helping Seniors Move

Helping Seniors Move

Assisting others in a move? Moving someone else, helping him or her to downsize or preparing another’s home for sale can be difficult. Most typically this occurs when you are assisting elderly family/friends. And often it is during sad times. I feel it necessary to...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

When we purchased the Little House it was covered in brown; brown carpeting including the bathroom and kitchen; brown paneling, brown window coverings.  It was a rather dark and somewhat dreary looking place.  Our remodeling project required us to basically tear the...

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

My husband and I live in a 1-bedroom/1.5 bath 780 Square foot home on a lovely little channel across the street from a lake.  If you came to my house you would be surprised to see a very normal sized kitchen. Roughly 250 Square Feet (SF) of the 780 SF is devoted to...

Missing Jasper

Missing Jasper

Clarence and Myrtle have long since been retired, and the frigid weather of Wisconsin has seeped into their aching bones for far too long. With three adult kids living in Florida they decided it was time to put the house up for sale and head to the ocean. Today was...

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

Are You Using All of Your Square Footage? According to a heat map study shown in “Minimalism, A Documentary About Important Things” (Find at: minimalismfilm.com) Americans only use about 40% of our living spaces regularly. The map shows most of the activity in the...

The First Time is Special

The First Time is Special

Buying a house for the first time is very exciting.  I remember feeling like I had finally reached “real” adulthood.  I also remember feeling overwhelmed, confused and slightly freaked out! At the time my husband was working in the corporate world.  We were being...

Buying a House?  Writing the Offer

Buying a House? Writing the Offer

Thinking about buying a home? Click here for a some additional information.  (Thinking About Buying A Home?  ) You have found the one?  Now it is time to write the offer!   Are you a first time home buyer?  Maybe this  is not your first rodeo.  Whichever the case this...

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Recently I was on a trip with my adult son.  We had just started our walking adventure in an unknown city both carrying backpacks.  Almost immediately he realized my backpack was heavier than his, so he offered to switch packs with me.  He offered to carry my load...

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

Have I mentioned my house is 780 Square feet with 1 bedroom and 1½ baths?  Not a house most people would consider having overnight company.  Obviously, we are not most people.  We love to entertain and have family and friends spend the night so we needed to come up...

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting ready to put your home on the market?   De-cluttered and clean is a must.   But what do you do with all your stuff that you remove from your home but you don't want to get rid of?  Click here for my packing plan. This will allow you to tuck stuff away in your...

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

I originally posted this in April of 2017 If you have not read any of my other posts about “The Little House on The Channel” you would not know that my house is 780 Sq Feet.  Not a tiny house because those are typically under 400 Square feet, but small nonetheless.  ...

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Okay we all know that you can not downsize in just 10 minutes!  However, I think we often say I ONLY have 10 minutes so I will wait until I have more time.  The word ONLY is stopping you from starting. ONLY is a very powerful word.  It can be used to motivate people...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

I originally published this post in 2016.  I think more people are considering tidying up and downsizing with the popularity of Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.  She has great ideas that make it easy to start the process. We moved into our...

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time to Get Out of The Snow and Cold? Have you ever considered moving out of the Midwest?  Where would you move?  Would you go permanently or still spend part of the year here? A survey by Bankrate shows that half of people ages 50 to 64 would consider a move...

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

  No Joanna, Not Everything Needs Shiplap!!  As a Realtor I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HGTV.  LOVE the ideas, HATE the pressure it puts on home owners trying to sell.   Move this wall, paint everything white and add shiplap!!  If you have heard this...

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Furnace Duct Sealing Dave Stoinski of Best Informed Home Inspections, LLC shared the following tips. Sealing up your furnace ducts is a simple task that can save you money on your utility bill and make your house more comfortable. You don’t have to take my word for...

How To Determine List Price

How To Determine List Price

How much can you list your home for? There are a variety of factors that go into determining the value of your home in the current real estate market. Watch the short video for an overview of what the process looks like.

Annette’s Packing Plan

Annette’s Packing Plan

I have created this system to keep me organized and to make packing/unpacking as stress free as possible. Determine a number sequence for each room or area of your house. (ie: kitchen 100’s, family room 200’s, guest bathroom 300’s…) As you pack each room, record the...

What is an SRES®?

What is an SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help...

Thinking About Buying A Home?

Thinking About Buying A Home?

So you want to buy a home? Here is what you need to do! Meet with a Lender to determine how much house you can afford. If you don’t have a lender I can give you suggestions of trustworthy lenders.   Think about what you need/want in your new home.  I.E. Price range,...

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

The first step is to understand what the value of your home is in the current marketplace. Typically, I will set up an initial appointment so I can see your home in person.  Make a list of all the updates you have done to your home such as: mechanicals, windows,...

Buying A Home

Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

“What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” From Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl To the father figures in your life - dads,...

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime is the perfect time for DIY projects around your home. Here are just a couple of fantastic ideas to get those creative juices flowing and upgrade your home. Inside – Even inside projects benefit from being able to open the windows for ventilation or take...

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients 1 whole beef tenderloin Sea Salt and pepper to taste Galic Powder (1-2 teaspoons) Olive Oil Teriyaki Sauce (we use Veri Veri Teriyaki found in the Asian aisle at Festival) Buns Foil-lined pan DirectionsThis can be made the day ahead to make meal prep easy...

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

This month, we focus on your living spaces under our theme BE Intentional. Giving each space a clear purpose can boost your quality of life. We understand this concept because we live in a 780 Sq Ft house with no basement. This fact surprises a lot of people since we...

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Depending on your climate, air quality, and use, a well-maintained air-conditioning unit could last between 10 and 20 years. HVAC technology, refrigerant, and efficiency have advanced quite a bit in the last decade, so if your unit is more than 10 years old, you may...

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Your mom is unparalleled. Your children’s mom is incomparable. Your stepmom, mother-in-law, foster mom, grandma, or aunt who is always there for you – each is one of a kind. And we celebrate each of them uniquely.Some will serve Mom breakfast in bed and finger-painted...

Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Dressing 9 tablespoons Honey 4 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3/8 teaspoon sesame oil (I use more because I love sesame) Salad 9 cups romaine lettuce ( I use a combination of spinach, romaine & spring mix) 6 cups...

Newsletter – May 2024

Newsletter – May 2024

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. John Harrigan Happy May! We are always excited for May to arrive. When our children were younger, the beginning of May signaled we had just a short time until the end of another school year and SUMMER was...

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

There are tons of checklists and moving company reviews to help you prepare for a move, but once the furniture and boxes make it into your new home, the moving help is done for the day, and everyone is exhausted, it can all feel a little overwhelming. We’ve prepared a...

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics:” There are several benefits to reducing plastics in our world – from production concerns to waste and recycling problems, from air pollution to ocean pollution, and economic disparity issues to workplace safety,...

Newsletter – April 2024

Newsletter – April 2024

An optimist is the human personification of spring. Susan J. Bissonette Our theme for the year is “Be Intentional.” In April we are focusing on support systems. Wade and I are blessed to have solid support systems coming from a diverse group of relationships. Through...

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Seek positive influences: Do you have existing relationships with people who uplift and inspire you? They provide encouragement, motivation, and valuable perspectives during challenging times. If you do nurture these relationships, invest time and effort into...

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

If longer days have you dreaming of a new garden plot, these three questions will help get you started. With just a little planning, your new garden will be looking great in no time. Why do you want this new garden bed?Do you want something pretty to look at from your...

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

The joy in a breath of fresh, clean, springtime air gets us in the mood for fresh, clean…everything. From the bright springtime colors in our wardrobes to cool, refreshing salads, pretty flowers, and baby birds, we crave the novelty and freshness of spring. A good...

Newsletter – March 2024

Newsletter – March 2024

Change your thoughts and you can change your world. Norman Vincent Peale Happy Winter…Spring…who knows what season it is with this crazy weather! Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. Check it out for some tips on becoming the best version of...

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of the most important project we'll ever work on: ourselves. Personal development is a continuous journey,...

Newsletter – February 2024

Newsletter – February 2024

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln BE INTENTIONAL is our theme for 2024. In February our focus is on FAMILY. Every year millions of Americans make the decision to move. The number one reason? The yearning...

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Ingredients Seasonings 12 pieces of chicken wings 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Salt to taste Breading 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon...

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollutants in your home can have an impact on your health, with symptoms ranging from eye, ear and nose irritation to headaches and dizziness. If you spend more time indoors over the winter, now might be a good time to have a quick look at the air quality...

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Make SomethingThere’s an endless list of hobbies and crafts to choose from. Warm up the kitchen with fresh bread or cookies, make-your-own pizza night, or an online cooking class. Join a book club, knit a hat, build a bookshelf, put together an old-school photo album,...

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon...

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

How about we all make a resolution this January to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand our worlds just a little bit more, and to share just a little bit more love? It’s no secret that most New Year’s resolutions relate to physical health – new diets, new...

Newsletter – January 2024

Newsletter – January 2024

Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. Michael Josephson Every year brings changes, some good, some not. Our theme for 2023 was “FINDING YOUR FINE” We came up with this theme due to the surgery on Annette’s foot. The...

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

I was given the Betty Crocker cookbook when I graduated from high school. I still use recipes out of it. This Chicken Pot Pie is one of our family favorites for cold winter days - enjoy! Ingredients 1/3 cup margarine, butter or chicken fat 1/3 cup all-purpose flour*...

Closet Reorganization

Closet Reorganization

Nothing says fresh new year like a fresh new closet. We know it’s easy to neglect your personal spaces while you take care of everything else, but an organized, enjoyable closet will help you feel ready to take on the day. With a little planning, you can give yourself...

Be Intentional in 2024

Be Intentional in 2024

Instead of making resolutions that might already have been forgotten, how about BEING INTENTIONAL to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand your world just a little bit more, and to share great memories? Being intentional about your life can lead to a fulfilling...

Camping With Children

Camping With Children

Camping is a lot of work. It requires equipment you don’t use on a daily basis. You have to plan what you will need and make sure you bring it along! You still have to keep children entertained (and safe), make meals and hand wash the dishes. Camping is also relaxing,...

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Clicking the “Contact Agent” button seems like a good idea, until it didn’t. You don’t necessarily get the listing agent when you click that button. I recommend finding an agent you know, like or trust. Give me a call today!

Explore The Doors

Explore The Doors

I became infatuated with doors the first time we visited Ireland. Ireland is filled with colorful and unique doors. I created my tag line “Opening New Doors” because of my love for doors. I think doors can add so much character and personality to a house. Doors have a...

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

I published this the first time in 2016. We still love it here! This is our first Christmas in the Little House! Given that the house is 780 Sq feet I was a little apprehensive about decorating. Would I even have room for a tree? Where would the tree go? Could I have...

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Today 70 percent of moms are working outside of the home, however there is more cultural pressure today to have the “picture perfect” Christmas. Family photographs in coordinated outfits for your Instagram followers.  Pinterest worthy, beautifully wrapped gifts...

Is It Time For a Move?

Is It Time For a Move?

This part of life can be callenging and fearful for those in need of transitioning to senior care. I have spent many years of my life working with the elderly and their families to help them downsize. My experience with my own mom gives me the compassion and...

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

The first summer we lived in The Little House we had good friends stay with us for a few days.  Even with the Annex we did not have enough beds for everyone.  We borrowed a 5th wheel camper from a friend.  It had a living room, master bed, two...

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

Ahhh…Retirement. We all want to get there. The point in our life when we don't have to punch a clock, we can roll out of bed when we feel like it…if we feel like it. We can do what we want when we'd like to do it. At least that's the dream.  The reality is...

The Little House On The Channel- 15 Overnight Guests

If you have read any of my other blogs about our Little House On The Channel you know we live in a 780 SF home without a basement.  My husband has joked over the years that I believe if I have 780 SF we should be able to have 780 people in our house!  One square...

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

We moved into our little house in April of 2016.  In December of that same year we not only had 2 additional adults stay for a week, but we also hosted a 2 and 4 year-old. As you may have heard we had one of the warmest Novembers on record. We had visions of...

Practice  Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Practice Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Aging can be a kick in the pants. It happens so gradually most of us don’t realize we’ve become “old,” until someone younger starts calling us “Sir” or “Mam” and it’s not out of respect. It’s true, even if you are healthy, fit and in shape, a 55-year-old is going to...

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Staying involved in the community helps people as they age. They are less likely to feel alone or develop depression. According to Help Guide International, volunteering has been proven to help seniors make new friends, lessen the symptoms of chronic diseases and...

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

What are your home-buying criteria?  In Real Estate you always hear location, location, location!  While location is important the truth of the matter is maybe location isn’t even in your top 10.   I like to use the slot machine analogy Think of how...

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do you know who Chip and Joanna are?  If you answered yes then it is possible you have thought how fun it might be to buy a fixer upper!  It is amazing the amount of work they can get done in 60 minutes.  That is of course with a crew of 20+ and someone else’s...

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The first home we sold we received an offer from the first buyer that looked at it, 24 hours after it went on the market. We were so excited!! Until we realized we needed to find a place to live! Panic set in! This was in the early 2000’s, so closing was scheduled for...

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

As a buyer you may be feeling panicked.  A house shows up on-line, you are sure it is “the one”.  You excitedly dial the number, you get a live voice, you ask if you can set up a showing and then you hear those very, very sad words:  “Sorry that house has an accepted...

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Strapped in, stomach churning due to anticipation. Your emotions range from excitement to fear. At times feeling that you cannot breath, then realizing you are holding your breath. You want to scream. You can hear the sound of grinding as the gears begin, slowly being...

Helping Seniors Move

Helping Seniors Move

Assisting others in a move? Moving someone else, helping him or her to downsize or preparing another’s home for sale can be difficult. Most typically this occurs when you are assisting elderly family/friends. And often it is during sad times. I feel it necessary to...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

When we purchased the Little House it was covered in brown; brown carpeting including the bathroom and kitchen; brown paneling, brown window coverings.  It was a rather dark and somewhat dreary looking place.  Our remodeling project required us to basically tear the...

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

My husband and I live in a 1-bedroom/1.5 bath 780 Square foot home on a lovely little channel across the street from a lake.  If you came to my house you would be surprised to see a very normal sized kitchen. Roughly 250 Square Feet (SF) of the 780 SF is devoted to...

Missing Jasper

Missing Jasper

Clarence and Myrtle have long since been retired, and the frigid weather of Wisconsin has seeped into their aching bones for far too long. With three adult kids living in Florida they decided it was time to put the house up for sale and head to the ocean. Today was...

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

Are You Using All of Your Square Footage? According to a heat map study shown in “Minimalism, A Documentary About Important Things” (Find at: minimalismfilm.com) Americans only use about 40% of our living spaces regularly. The map shows most of the activity in the...

The First Time is Special

The First Time is Special

Buying a house for the first time is very exciting.  I remember feeling like I had finally reached “real” adulthood.  I also remember feeling overwhelmed, confused and slightly freaked out! At the time my husband was working in the corporate world.  We were being...

Buying a House?  Writing the Offer

Buying a House? Writing the Offer

Thinking about buying a home? Click here for a some additional information.  (Thinking About Buying A Home?  ) You have found the one?  Now it is time to write the offer!   Are you a first time home buyer?  Maybe this  is not your first rodeo.  Whichever the case this...

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Recently I was on a trip with my adult son.  We had just started our walking adventure in an unknown city both carrying backpacks.  Almost immediately he realized my backpack was heavier than his, so he offered to switch packs with me.  He offered to carry my load...

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

Have I mentioned my house is 780 Square feet with 1 bedroom and 1½ baths?  Not a house most people would consider having overnight company.  Obviously, we are not most people.  We love to entertain and have family and friends spend the night so we needed to come up...

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting ready to put your home on the market?   De-cluttered and clean is a must.   But what do you do with all your stuff that you remove from your home but you don't want to get rid of?  Click here for my packing plan. This will allow you to tuck stuff away in your...

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

I originally posted this in April of 2017 If you have not read any of my other posts about “The Little House on The Channel” you would not know that my house is 780 Sq Feet.  Not a tiny house because those are typically under 400 Square feet, but small nonetheless.  ...

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Okay we all know that you can not downsize in just 10 minutes!  However, I think we often say I ONLY have 10 minutes so I will wait until I have more time.  The word ONLY is stopping you from starting. ONLY is a very powerful word.  It can be used to motivate people...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

I originally published this post in 2016.  I think more people are considering tidying up and downsizing with the popularity of Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.  She has great ideas that make it easy to start the process. We moved into our...

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time to Get Out of The Snow and Cold? Have you ever considered moving out of the Midwest?  Where would you move?  Would you go permanently or still spend part of the year here? A survey by Bankrate shows that half of people ages 50 to 64 would consider a move...

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

  No Joanna, Not Everything Needs Shiplap!!  As a Realtor I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HGTV.  LOVE the ideas, HATE the pressure it puts on home owners trying to sell.   Move this wall, paint everything white and add shiplap!!  If you have heard this...

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Furnace Duct Sealing Dave Stoinski of Best Informed Home Inspections, LLC shared the following tips. Sealing up your furnace ducts is a simple task that can save you money on your utility bill and make your house more comfortable. You don’t have to take my word for...

How To Determine List Price

How To Determine List Price

How much can you list your home for? There are a variety of factors that go into determining the value of your home in the current real estate market. Watch the short video for an overview of what the process looks like.

Annette’s Packing Plan

Annette’s Packing Plan

I have created this system to keep me organized and to make packing/unpacking as stress free as possible. Determine a number sequence for each room or area of your house. (ie: kitchen 100’s, family room 200’s, guest bathroom 300’s…) As you pack each room, record the...

What is an SRES®?

What is an SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help...

Thinking About Buying A Home?

Thinking About Buying A Home?

So you want to buy a home? Here is what you need to do! Meet with a Lender to determine how much house you can afford. If you don’t have a lender I can give you suggestions of trustworthy lenders.   Think about what you need/want in your new home.  I.E. Price range,...

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

The first step is to understand what the value of your home is in the current marketplace. Typically, I will set up an initial appointment so I can see your home in person.  Make a list of all the updates you have done to your home such as: mechanicals, windows,...

Senior Real Estate Specialist

Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

“What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” From Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl To the father figures in your life - dads,...

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime is the perfect time for DIY projects around your home. Here are just a couple of fantastic ideas to get those creative juices flowing and upgrade your home. Inside – Even inside projects benefit from being able to open the windows for ventilation or take...

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients 1 whole beef tenderloin Sea Salt and pepper to taste Galic Powder (1-2 teaspoons) Olive Oil Teriyaki Sauce (we use Veri Veri Teriyaki found in the Asian aisle at Festival) Buns Foil-lined pan DirectionsThis can be made the day ahead to make meal prep easy...

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

This month, we focus on your living spaces under our theme BE Intentional. Giving each space a clear purpose can boost your quality of life. We understand this concept because we live in a 780 Sq Ft house with no basement. This fact surprises a lot of people since we...

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Depending on your climate, air quality, and use, a well-maintained air-conditioning unit could last between 10 and 20 years. HVAC technology, refrigerant, and efficiency have advanced quite a bit in the last decade, so if your unit is more than 10 years old, you may...

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Your mom is unparalleled. Your children’s mom is incomparable. Your stepmom, mother-in-law, foster mom, grandma, or aunt who is always there for you – each is one of a kind. And we celebrate each of them uniquely.Some will serve Mom breakfast in bed and finger-painted...

Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Dressing 9 tablespoons Honey 4 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3/8 teaspoon sesame oil (I use more because I love sesame) Salad 9 cups romaine lettuce ( I use a combination of spinach, romaine & spring mix) 6 cups...

Newsletter – May 2024

Newsletter – May 2024

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. John Harrigan Happy May! We are always excited for May to arrive. When our children were younger, the beginning of May signaled we had just a short time until the end of another school year and SUMMER was...

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

There are tons of checklists and moving company reviews to help you prepare for a move, but once the furniture and boxes make it into your new home, the moving help is done for the day, and everyone is exhausted, it can all feel a little overwhelming. We’ve prepared a...

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics:” There are several benefits to reducing plastics in our world – from production concerns to waste and recycling problems, from air pollution to ocean pollution, and economic disparity issues to workplace safety,...

Newsletter – April 2024

Newsletter – April 2024

An optimist is the human personification of spring. Susan J. Bissonette Our theme for the year is “Be Intentional.” In April we are focusing on support systems. Wade and I are blessed to have solid support systems coming from a diverse group of relationships. Through...

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Seek positive influences: Do you have existing relationships with people who uplift and inspire you? They provide encouragement, motivation, and valuable perspectives during challenging times. If you do nurture these relationships, invest time and effort into...

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

If longer days have you dreaming of a new garden plot, these three questions will help get you started. With just a little planning, your new garden will be looking great in no time. Why do you want this new garden bed?Do you want something pretty to look at from your...

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

The joy in a breath of fresh, clean, springtime air gets us in the mood for fresh, clean…everything. From the bright springtime colors in our wardrobes to cool, refreshing salads, pretty flowers, and baby birds, we crave the novelty and freshness of spring. A good...

Newsletter – March 2024

Newsletter – March 2024

Change your thoughts and you can change your world. Norman Vincent Peale Happy Winter…Spring…who knows what season it is with this crazy weather! Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. Check it out for some tips on becoming the best version of...

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of the most important project we'll ever work on: ourselves. Personal development is a continuous journey,...

Newsletter – February 2024

Newsletter – February 2024

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln BE INTENTIONAL is our theme for 2024. In February our focus is on FAMILY. Every year millions of Americans make the decision to move. The number one reason? The yearning...

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Ingredients Seasonings 12 pieces of chicken wings 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Salt to taste Breading 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon...

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollutants in your home can have an impact on your health, with symptoms ranging from eye, ear and nose irritation to headaches and dizziness. If you spend more time indoors over the winter, now might be a good time to have a quick look at the air quality...

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Make SomethingThere’s an endless list of hobbies and crafts to choose from. Warm up the kitchen with fresh bread or cookies, make-your-own pizza night, or an online cooking class. Join a book club, knit a hat, build a bookshelf, put together an old-school photo album,...

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon...

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

How about we all make a resolution this January to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand our worlds just a little bit more, and to share just a little bit more love? It’s no secret that most New Year’s resolutions relate to physical health – new diets, new...

Newsletter – January 2024

Newsletter – January 2024

Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. Michael Josephson Every year brings changes, some good, some not. Our theme for 2023 was “FINDING YOUR FINE” We came up with this theme due to the surgery on Annette’s foot. The...

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

I was given the Betty Crocker cookbook when I graduated from high school. I still use recipes out of it. This Chicken Pot Pie is one of our family favorites for cold winter days - enjoy! Ingredients 1/3 cup margarine, butter or chicken fat 1/3 cup all-purpose flour*...

Closet Reorganization

Closet Reorganization

Nothing says fresh new year like a fresh new closet. We know it’s easy to neglect your personal spaces while you take care of everything else, but an organized, enjoyable closet will help you feel ready to take on the day. With a little planning, you can give yourself...

Be Intentional in 2024

Be Intentional in 2024

Instead of making resolutions that might already have been forgotten, how about BEING INTENTIONAL to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand your world just a little bit more, and to share great memories? Being intentional about your life can lead to a fulfilling...

Camping With Children

Camping With Children

Camping is a lot of work. It requires equipment you don’t use on a daily basis. You have to plan what you will need and make sure you bring it along! You still have to keep children entertained (and safe), make meals and hand wash the dishes. Camping is also relaxing,...

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Clicking the “Contact Agent” button seems like a good idea, until it didn’t. You don’t necessarily get the listing agent when you click that button. I recommend finding an agent you know, like or trust. Give me a call today!

Explore The Doors

Explore The Doors

I became infatuated with doors the first time we visited Ireland. Ireland is filled with colorful and unique doors. I created my tag line “Opening New Doors” because of my love for doors. I think doors can add so much character and personality to a house. Doors have a...

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

I published this the first time in 2016. We still love it here! This is our first Christmas in the Little House! Given that the house is 780 Sq feet I was a little apprehensive about decorating. Would I even have room for a tree? Where would the tree go? Could I have...

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Today 70 percent of moms are working outside of the home, however there is more cultural pressure today to have the “picture perfect” Christmas. Family photographs in coordinated outfits for your Instagram followers.  Pinterest worthy, beautifully wrapped gifts...

Is It Time For a Move?

Is It Time For a Move?

This part of life can be callenging and fearful for those in need of transitioning to senior care. I have spent many years of my life working with the elderly and their families to help them downsize. My experience with my own mom gives me the compassion and...

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

The first summer we lived in The Little House we had good friends stay with us for a few days.  Even with the Annex we did not have enough beds for everyone.  We borrowed a 5th wheel camper from a friend.  It had a living room, master bed, two...

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

Ahhh…Retirement. We all want to get there. The point in our life when we don't have to punch a clock, we can roll out of bed when we feel like it…if we feel like it. We can do what we want when we'd like to do it. At least that's the dream.  The reality is...

The Little House On The Channel- 15 Overnight Guests

If you have read any of my other blogs about our Little House On The Channel you know we live in a 780 SF home without a basement.  My husband has joked over the years that I believe if I have 780 SF we should be able to have 780 people in our house!  One square...

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

We moved into our little house in April of 2016.  In December of that same year we not only had 2 additional adults stay for a week, but we also hosted a 2 and 4 year-old. As you may have heard we had one of the warmest Novembers on record. We had visions of...

Practice  Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Practice Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Aging can be a kick in the pants. It happens so gradually most of us don’t realize we’ve become “old,” until someone younger starts calling us “Sir” or “Mam” and it’s not out of respect. It’s true, even if you are healthy, fit and in shape, a 55-year-old is going to...

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Staying involved in the community helps people as they age. They are less likely to feel alone or develop depression. According to Help Guide International, volunteering has been proven to help seniors make new friends, lessen the symptoms of chronic diseases and...

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

What are your home-buying criteria?  In Real Estate you always hear location, location, location!  While location is important the truth of the matter is maybe location isn’t even in your top 10.   I like to use the slot machine analogy Think of how...

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do you know who Chip and Joanna are?  If you answered yes then it is possible you have thought how fun it might be to buy a fixer upper!  It is amazing the amount of work they can get done in 60 minutes.  That is of course with a crew of 20+ and someone else’s...

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The first home we sold we received an offer from the first buyer that looked at it, 24 hours after it went on the market. We were so excited!! Until we realized we needed to find a place to live! Panic set in! This was in the early 2000’s, so closing was scheduled for...

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

As a buyer you may be feeling panicked.  A house shows up on-line, you are sure it is “the one”.  You excitedly dial the number, you get a live voice, you ask if you can set up a showing and then you hear those very, very sad words:  “Sorry that house has an accepted...

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Strapped in, stomach churning due to anticipation. Your emotions range from excitement to fear. At times feeling that you cannot breath, then realizing you are holding your breath. You want to scream. You can hear the sound of grinding as the gears begin, slowly being...

Helping Seniors Move

Helping Seniors Move

Assisting others in a move? Moving someone else, helping him or her to downsize or preparing another’s home for sale can be difficult. Most typically this occurs when you are assisting elderly family/friends. And often it is during sad times. I feel it necessary to...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

When we purchased the Little House it was covered in brown; brown carpeting including the bathroom and kitchen; brown paneling, brown window coverings.  It was a rather dark and somewhat dreary looking place.  Our remodeling project required us to basically tear the...

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

My husband and I live in a 1-bedroom/1.5 bath 780 Square foot home on a lovely little channel across the street from a lake.  If you came to my house you would be surprised to see a very normal sized kitchen. Roughly 250 Square Feet (SF) of the 780 SF is devoted to...

Missing Jasper

Missing Jasper

Clarence and Myrtle have long since been retired, and the frigid weather of Wisconsin has seeped into their aching bones for far too long. With three adult kids living in Florida they decided it was time to put the house up for sale and head to the ocean. Today was...

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

Are You Using All of Your Square Footage? According to a heat map study shown in “Minimalism, A Documentary About Important Things” (Find at: minimalismfilm.com) Americans only use about 40% of our living spaces regularly. The map shows most of the activity in the...

The First Time is Special

The First Time is Special

Buying a house for the first time is very exciting.  I remember feeling like I had finally reached “real” adulthood.  I also remember feeling overwhelmed, confused and slightly freaked out! At the time my husband was working in the corporate world.  We were being...

Buying a House?  Writing the Offer

Buying a House? Writing the Offer

Thinking about buying a home? Click here for a some additional information.  (Thinking About Buying A Home?  ) You have found the one?  Now it is time to write the offer!   Are you a first time home buyer?  Maybe this  is not your first rodeo.  Whichever the case this...

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Recently I was on a trip with my adult son.  We had just started our walking adventure in an unknown city both carrying backpacks.  Almost immediately he realized my backpack was heavier than his, so he offered to switch packs with me.  He offered to carry my load...

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

Have I mentioned my house is 780 Square feet with 1 bedroom and 1½ baths?  Not a house most people would consider having overnight company.  Obviously, we are not most people.  We love to entertain and have family and friends spend the night so we needed to come up...

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting ready to put your home on the market?   De-cluttered and clean is a must.   But what do you do with all your stuff that you remove from your home but you don't want to get rid of?  Click here for my packing plan. This will allow you to tuck stuff away in your...

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

I originally posted this in April of 2017 If you have not read any of my other posts about “The Little House on The Channel” you would not know that my house is 780 Sq Feet.  Not a tiny house because those are typically under 400 Square feet, but small nonetheless.  ...

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Okay we all know that you can not downsize in just 10 minutes!  However, I think we often say I ONLY have 10 minutes so I will wait until I have more time.  The word ONLY is stopping you from starting. ONLY is a very powerful word.  It can be used to motivate people...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

I originally published this post in 2016.  I think more people are considering tidying up and downsizing with the popularity of Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.  She has great ideas that make it easy to start the process. We moved into our...

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time to Get Out of The Snow and Cold? Have you ever considered moving out of the Midwest?  Where would you move?  Would you go permanently or still spend part of the year here? A survey by Bankrate shows that half of people ages 50 to 64 would consider a move...

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

  No Joanna, Not Everything Needs Shiplap!!  As a Realtor I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HGTV.  LOVE the ideas, HATE the pressure it puts on home owners trying to sell.   Move this wall, paint everything white and add shiplap!!  If you have heard this...

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Furnace Duct Sealing Dave Stoinski of Best Informed Home Inspections, LLC shared the following tips. Sealing up your furnace ducts is a simple task that can save you money on your utility bill and make your house more comfortable. You don’t have to take my word for...

How To Determine List Price

How To Determine List Price

How much can you list your home for? There are a variety of factors that go into determining the value of your home in the current real estate market. Watch the short video for an overview of what the process looks like.

Annette’s Packing Plan

Annette’s Packing Plan

I have created this system to keep me organized and to make packing/unpacking as stress free as possible. Determine a number sequence for each room or area of your house. (ie: kitchen 100’s, family room 200’s, guest bathroom 300’s…) As you pack each room, record the...

What is an SRES®?

What is an SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help...

Thinking About Buying A Home?

Thinking About Buying A Home?

So you want to buy a home? Here is what you need to do! Meet with a Lender to determine how much house you can afford. If you don’t have a lender I can give you suggestions of trustworthy lenders.   Think about what you need/want in your new home.  I.E. Price range,...

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

The first step is to understand what the value of your home is in the current marketplace. Typically, I will set up an initial appointment so I can see your home in person.  Make a list of all the updates you have done to your home such as: mechanicals, windows,...

Wednesdays with Wade

Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

Fun with Dad this Father’s Day

“What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” From Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl To the father figures in your life - dads,...

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime DIY Ideas

Summertime is the perfect time for DIY projects around your home. Here are just a couple of fantastic ideas to get those creative juices flowing and upgrade your home. Inside – Even inside projects benefit from being able to open the windows for ventilation or take...

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Teriyaki Whole Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients 1 whole beef tenderloin Sea Salt and pepper to taste Galic Powder (1-2 teaspoons) Olive Oil Teriyaki Sauce (we use Veri Veri Teriyaki found in the Asian aisle at Festival) Buns Foil-lined pan DirectionsThis can be made the day ahead to make meal prep easy...

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

Be Intentional About Your Living Spaces

This month, we focus on your living spaces under our theme BE Intentional. Giving each space a clear purpose can boost your quality of life. We understand this concept because we live in a 780 Sq Ft house with no basement. This fact surprises a lot of people since we...

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Air Conditioning Repair and Replacement

Depending on your climate, air quality, and use, a well-maintained air-conditioning unit could last between 10 and 20 years. HVAC technology, refrigerant, and efficiency have advanced quite a bit in the last decade, so if your unit is more than 10 years old, you may...

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Planning the Perfect Mother’s Day

Your mom is unparalleled. Your children’s mom is incomparable. Your stepmom, mother-in-law, foster mom, grandma, or aunt who is always there for you – each is one of a kind. And we celebrate each of them uniquely.Some will serve Mom breakfast in bed and finger-painted...

Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Dressing 9 tablespoons Honey 4 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3/8 teaspoon sesame oil (I use more because I love sesame) Salad 9 cups romaine lettuce ( I use a combination of spinach, romaine & spring mix) 6 cups...

Newsletter – May 2024

Newsletter – May 2024

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. John Harrigan Happy May! We are always excited for May to arrive. When our children were younger, the beginning of May signaled we had just a short time until the end of another school year and SUMMER was...

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

There are tons of checklists and moving company reviews to help you prepare for a move, but once the furniture and boxes make it into your new home, the moving help is done for the day, and everyone is exhausted, it can all feel a little overwhelming. We’ve prepared a...

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

3 Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics:” There are several benefits to reducing plastics in our world – from production concerns to waste and recycling problems, from air pollution to ocean pollution, and economic disparity issues to workplace safety,...

Newsletter – April 2024

Newsletter – April 2024

An optimist is the human personification of spring. Susan J. Bissonette Our theme for the year is “Be Intentional.” In April we are focusing on support systems. Wade and I are blessed to have solid support systems coming from a diverse group of relationships. Through...

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Building and Maintaining Support Systems

Seek positive influences: Do you have existing relationships with people who uplift and inspire you? They provide encouragement, motivation, and valuable perspectives during challenging times. If you do nurture these relationships, invest time and effort into...

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

Dreaming of Your New Garden Plot

If longer days have you dreaming of a new garden plot, these three questions will help get you started. With just a little planning, your new garden will be looking great in no time. Why do you want this new garden bed?Do you want something pretty to look at from your...

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

12 Ideas for your Spring Cleaning List

The joy in a breath of fresh, clean, springtime air gets us in the mood for fresh, clean…everything. From the bright springtime colors in our wardrobes to cool, refreshing salads, pretty flowers, and baby birds, we crave the novelty and freshness of spring. A good...

Newsletter – March 2024

Newsletter – March 2024

Change your thoughts and you can change your world. Norman Vincent Peale Happy Winter…Spring…who knows what season it is with this crazy weather! Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. Check it out for some tips on becoming the best version of...

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Be Intentional About Personal Development

Our “Be Intentional” theme for March is personal development. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of the most important project we'll ever work on: ourselves. Personal development is a continuous journey,...

Newsletter – February 2024

Newsletter – February 2024

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln BE INTENTIONAL is our theme for 2024. In February our focus is on FAMILY. Every year millions of Americans make the decision to move. The number one reason? The yearning...

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Ingredients Seasonings 12 pieces of chicken wings 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Salt to taste Breading 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon...

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

A Quick Look at Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollutants in your home can have an impact on your health, with symptoms ranging from eye, ear and nose irritation to headaches and dizziness. If you spend more time indoors over the winter, now might be a good time to have a quick look at the air quality...

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Be Intentional – Connect with Family

Make SomethingThere’s an endless list of hobbies and crafts to choose from. Warm up the kitchen with fresh bread or cookies, make-your-own pizza night, or an online cooking class. Join a book club, knit a hat, build a bookshelf, put together an old-school photo album,...

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon...

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

A New Year’s Resolution to Truly Improve Your Life

How about we all make a resolution this January to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand our worlds just a little bit more, and to share just a little bit more love? It’s no secret that most New Year’s resolutions relate to physical health – new diets, new...

Newsletter – January 2024

Newsletter – January 2024

Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. Michael Josephson Every year brings changes, some good, some not. Our theme for 2023 was “FINDING YOUR FINE” We came up with this theme due to the surgery on Annette’s foot. The...

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

Chicken Pot Pie with Celery Seed Crust

I was given the Betty Crocker cookbook when I graduated from high school. I still use recipes out of it. This Chicken Pot Pie is one of our family favorites for cold winter days - enjoy! Ingredients 1/3 cup margarine, butter or chicken fat 1/3 cup all-purpose flour*...

Closet Reorganization

Closet Reorganization

Nothing says fresh new year like a fresh new closet. We know it’s easy to neglect your personal spaces while you take care of everything else, but an organized, enjoyable closet will help you feel ready to take on the day. With a little planning, you can give yourself...

Be Intentional in 2024

Be Intentional in 2024

Instead of making resolutions that might already have been forgotten, how about BEING INTENTIONAL to enjoy life just a little bit more, to expand your world just a little bit more, and to share great memories? Being intentional about your life can lead to a fulfilling...

Camping With Children

Camping With Children

Camping is a lot of work. It requires equipment you don’t use on a daily basis. You have to plan what you will need and make sure you bring it along! You still have to keep children entertained (and safe), make meals and hand wash the dishes. Camping is also relaxing,...

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Don’t Be An Online Button Pusher

Clicking the “Contact Agent” button seems like a good idea, until it didn’t. You don’t necessarily get the listing agent when you click that button. I recommend finding an agent you know, like or trust. Give me a call today!

Explore The Doors

Explore The Doors

I became infatuated with doors the first time we visited Ireland. Ireland is filled with colorful and unique doors. I created my tag line “Opening New Doors” because of my love for doors. I think doors can add so much character and personality to a house. Doors have a...

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

The Little House on the Channel – Christmas Edition

I published this the first time in 2016. We still love it here! This is our first Christmas in the Little House! Given that the house is 780 Sq feet I was a little apprehensive about decorating. Would I even have room for a tree? Where would the tree go? Could I have...

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Simplifying Your Holiday Season

Today 70 percent of moms are working outside of the home, however there is more cultural pressure today to have the “picture perfect” Christmas. Family photographs in coordinated outfits for your Instagram followers.  Pinterest worthy, beautifully wrapped gifts...

Is It Time For a Move?

Is It Time For a Move?

This part of life can be callenging and fearful for those in need of transitioning to senior care. I have spent many years of my life working with the elderly and their families to help them downsize. My experience with my own mom gives me the compassion and...

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

Little House On The Channel- The Sunset Trailer

The first summer we lived in The Little House we had good friends stay with us for a few days.  Even with the Annex we did not have enough beds for everyone.  We borrowed a 5th wheel camper from a friend.  It had a living room, master bed, two...

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

5 Ways Seniors Can Make Money in The Fox Cities

Ahhh…Retirement. We all want to get there. The point in our life when we don't have to punch a clock, we can roll out of bed when we feel like it…if we feel like it. We can do what we want when we'd like to do it. At least that's the dream.  The reality is...

The Little House On The Channel- 15 Overnight Guests

If you have read any of my other blogs about our Little House On The Channel you know we live in a 780 SF home without a basement.  My husband has joked over the years that I believe if I have 780 SF we should be able to have 780 people in our house!  One square...

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

The Little House on the Channel- Hosting Toddlers

We moved into our little house in April of 2016.  In December of that same year we not only had 2 additional adults stay for a week, but we also hosted a 2 and 4 year-old. As you may have heard we had one of the warmest Novembers on record. We had visions of...

Practice  Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Practice Self-Care and Get the Most Out of Life!

Aging can be a kick in the pants. It happens so gradually most of us don’t realize we’ve become “old,” until someone younger starts calling us “Sir” or “Mam” and it’s not out of respect. It’s true, even if you are healthy, fit and in shape, a 55-year-old is going to...

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Volunteering Can Increase Your Health and Wellness

Staying involved in the community helps people as they age. They are less likely to feel alone or develop depression. According to Help Guide International, volunteering has been proven to help seniors make new friends, lessen the symptoms of chronic diseases and...

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

Finding A House Can Feel Like Playing The Slots

What are your home-buying criteria?  In Real Estate you always hear location, location, location!  While location is important the truth of the matter is maybe location isn’t even in your top 10.   I like to use the slot machine analogy Think of how...

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do You Want a Fixer Upper?

Do you know who Chip and Joanna are?  If you answered yes then it is possible you have thought how fun it might be to buy a fixer upper!  It is amazing the amount of work they can get done in 60 minutes.  That is of course with a crew of 20+ and someone else’s...

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The first home we sold we received an offer from the first buyer that looked at it, 24 hours after it went on the market. We were so excited!! Until we realized we needed to find a place to live! Panic set in! This was in the early 2000’s, so closing was scheduled for...

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

Can’t Get Your Offer Accepted?

As a buyer you may be feeling panicked.  A house shows up on-line, you are sure it is “the one”.  You excitedly dial the number, you get a live voice, you ask if you can set up a showing and then you hear those very, very sad words:  “Sorry that house has an accepted...

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Strapped in, stomach churning due to anticipation. Your emotions range from excitement to fear. At times feeling that you cannot breath, then realizing you are holding your breath. You want to scream. You can hear the sound of grinding as the gears begin, slowly being...

Helping Seniors Move

Helping Seniors Move

Assisting others in a move? Moving someone else, helping him or her to downsize or preparing another’s home for sale can be difficult. Most typically this occurs when you are assisting elderly family/friends. And often it is during sad times. I feel it necessary to...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

The Little House On the Channel Pt 2- Remodeling

When we purchased the Little House it was covered in brown; brown carpeting including the bathroom and kitchen; brown paneling, brown window coverings.  It was a rather dark and somewhat dreary looking place.  Our remodeling project required us to basically tear the...

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

The Little House on the Channel Pt 3 -How Do you Live?

My husband and I live in a 1-bedroom/1.5 bath 780 Square foot home on a lovely little channel across the street from a lake.  If you came to my house you would be surprised to see a very normal sized kitchen. Roughly 250 Square Feet (SF) of the 780 SF is devoted to...

Missing Jasper

Missing Jasper

Clarence and Myrtle have long since been retired, and the frigid weather of Wisconsin has seeped into their aching bones for far too long. With three adult kids living in Florida they decided it was time to put the house up for sale and head to the ocean. Today was...

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

How Many Square Feet do You Need?

Are You Using All of Your Square Footage? According to a heat map study shown in “Minimalism, A Documentary About Important Things” (Find at: minimalismfilm.com) Americans only use about 40% of our living spaces regularly. The map shows most of the activity in the...

The First Time is Special

The First Time is Special

Buying a house for the first time is very exciting.  I remember feeling like I had finally reached “real” adulthood.  I also remember feeling overwhelmed, confused and slightly freaked out! At the time my husband was working in the corporate world.  We were being...

Buying a House?  Writing the Offer

Buying a House? Writing the Offer

Thinking about buying a home? Click here for a some additional information.  (Thinking About Buying A Home?  ) You have found the one?  Now it is time to write the offer!   Are you a first time home buyer?  Maybe this  is not your first rodeo.  Whichever the case this...

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Let’s Trade Backpacks-Helping Seniors Make The Move

Recently I was on a trip with my adult son.  We had just started our walking adventure in an unknown city both carrying backpacks.  Almost immediately he realized my backpack was heavier than his, so he offered to switch packs with me.  He offered to carry my load...

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

The Little House on the Channel- Overnight Guests

Have I mentioned my house is 780 Square feet with 1 bedroom and 1½ baths?  Not a house most people would consider having overnight company.  Obviously, we are not most people.  We love to entertain and have family and friends spend the night so we needed to come up...

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting ready to put your home on the market?   De-cluttered and clean is a must.   But what do you do with all your stuff that you remove from your home but you don't want to get rid of?  Click here for my packing plan. This will allow you to tuck stuff away in your...

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CHANNEL-AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY

I originally posted this in April of 2017 If you have not read any of my other posts about “The Little House on The Channel” you would not know that my house is 780 Sq Feet.  Not a tiny house because those are typically under 400 Square feet, but small nonetheless.  ...

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Okay we all know that you can not downsize in just 10 minutes!  However, I think we often say I ONLY have 10 minutes so I will wait until I have more time.  The word ONLY is stopping you from starting. ONLY is a very powerful word.  It can be used to motivate people...

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

The Little House On the Channel Pt 1-Downsizing To Fit In

I originally published this post in 2016.  I think more people are considering tidying up and downsizing with the popularity of Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.  She has great ideas that make it easy to start the process. We moved into our...

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time to Get Out of The Snow and Cold? Have you ever considered moving out of the Midwest?  Where would you move?  Would you go permanently or still spend part of the year here? A survey by Bankrate shows that half of people ages 50 to 64 would consider a move...

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

  No Joanna, Not Everything Needs Shiplap!!  As a Realtor I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HGTV.  LOVE the ideas, HATE the pressure it puts on home owners trying to sell.   Move this wall, paint everything white and add shiplap!!  If you have heard this...

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Make Your House Feel Warmer and Save Money

Furnace Duct Sealing Dave Stoinski of Best Informed Home Inspections, LLC shared the following tips. Sealing up your furnace ducts is a simple task that can save you money on your utility bill and make your house more comfortable. You don’t have to take my word for...

How To Determine List Price

How To Determine List Price

How much can you list your home for? There are a variety of factors that go into determining the value of your home in the current real estate market. Watch the short video for an overview of what the process looks like.

Annette’s Packing Plan

Annette’s Packing Plan

I have created this system to keep me organized and to make packing/unpacking as stress free as possible. Determine a number sequence for each room or area of your house. (ie: kitchen 100’s, family room 200’s, guest bathroom 300’s…) As you pack each room, record the...

What is an SRES®?

What is an SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help...

Thinking About Buying A Home?

Thinking About Buying A Home?

So you want to buy a home? Here is what you need to do! Meet with a Lender to determine how much house you can afford. If you don’t have a lender I can give you suggestions of trustworthy lenders.   Think about what you need/want in your new home.  I.E. Price range,...

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

The first step is to understand what the value of your home is in the current marketplace. Typically, I will set up an initial appointment so I can see your home in person.  Make a list of all the updates you have done to your home such as: mechanicals, windows,...

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8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

8 Post-Moving Day Tips for a Stress-Free Move

There are tons of checklists and moving company reviews to help you prepare for a move, but once the furniture and boxes make it into your new home, the moving help is done for the day, and everyone is exhausted, it can all feel a little overwhelming. We’ve prepared a...

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The Dreaded Multi-Move

The first home we sold we received an offer from the first buyer that looked at it, 24 hours after it went on the market. We were so excited!! Until we realized we needed to find a place to live! Panic set in! This was in the early 2000’s, so closing was scheduled for...

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Riding the Real Estate Roller Coaster

Strapped in, stomach churning due to anticipation. Your emotions range from excitement to fear. At times feeling that you cannot breath, then realizing you are holding your breath. You want to scream. You can hear the sound of grinding as the gears begin, slowly being...

Missing Jasper

Missing Jasper

Clarence and Myrtle have long since been retired, and the frigid weather of Wisconsin has seeped into their aching bones for far too long. With three adult kids living in Florida they decided it was time to put the house up for sale and head to the ocean. Today was...

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Getting ready to put your home on the market?   De-cluttered and clean is a must.   But what do you do with all your stuff that you remove from your home but you don't want to get rid of?  Click here for my packing plan. This will allow you to tuck stuff away in your...

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Downsizing in 10 Minutes! (per day)

Okay we all know that you can not downsize in just 10 minutes!  However, I think we often say I ONLY have 10 minutes so I will wait until I have more time.  The word ONLY is stopping you from starting. ONLY is a very powerful word.  It can be used to motivate people...

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time To Get Out Of The Snow?

Is It Time to Get Out of The Snow and Cold? Have you ever considered moving out of the Midwest?  Where would you move?  Would you go permanently or still spend part of the year here? A survey by Bankrate shows that half of people ages 50 to 64 would consider a move...

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

HGTV “Show Ready” Your Home For Sale- Yes or No?

  No Joanna, Not Everything Needs Shiplap!!  As a Realtor I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HGTV.  LOVE the ideas, HATE the pressure it puts on home owners trying to sell.   Move this wall, paint everything white and add shiplap!!  If you have heard this...

How To Determine List Price

How To Determine List Price

How much can you list your home for? There are a variety of factors that go into determining the value of your home in the current real estate market. Watch the short video for an overview of what the process looks like.

Annette’s Packing Plan

Annette’s Packing Plan

I have created this system to keep me organized and to make packing/unpacking as stress free as possible. Determine a number sequence for each room or area of your house. (ie: kitchen 100’s, family room 200’s, guest bathroom 300’s…) As you pack each room, record the...

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?

The first step is to understand what the value of your home is in the current marketplace. Typically, I will set up an initial appointment so I can see your home in person.  Make a list of all the updates you have done to your home such as: mechanicals, windows,...