Upcoming Ice Fishing Contests

We may not have a lot of snow for snowmobiling right now, but the conditions for ice fishing are great! There are a few upcoming ice fishing contests that might add a little fun and variety to your quest. If you’re feeling lucky you might catch a winning fish AND win a door prize! Check them out!

Saturday, January 31st from 10am – 3pm: Burlingame Lake, just East of Danbury on Lake 26 Road. Food and refreshments are served by the Danbury Area Lions Club and the Masons from the Frederic Masonic Lodge. All proceeds go toward a scholorship fund, community service and the ball park.

Saturday, February 7th from 10am – 2:30pm: Lower Webb Lake at the Oak Ridge Inn. This contest is sponsored by the Webb Lake Area Men’s Club and offers numerous door prizes and something special for kids who register to fish!

Saturday, February 14th from 9am – 2pm: Big Wood Lake. Sponsored by the American Legion, this contest offers some great fishing equipment as prizes along with cash prizes for the first 40 fish caught by kids. You’ll want to be an early bird with a pile of kids for this one!

Sharpen your hooks and play to win! – Wanda Boldon

Safe Storage and Disposal of Ashes

If you’re going to be burning wood in your fireplace – either for heat or ambiance, you want to be careful with how you manage the ashes after you have a fire. I have a brother in-law who nearly burned his rental house down after putting what he thought were “cool” ashes in a paper grocery bag and storing them in the screen porch for the evening. I know you’re shaking your head, and yes, he is a college graduate. But at the time, he felt certain that there was no heat energy left in the ashes, and was clearly wrong. Every year, numerous home and forest fires are caused by the improper disposal of ashes, so it’s worth a refresher course.

According to the Wisconsin DNR, ashes should be stored in a covered steel container on a non-flammable surface. Extreme care should be taken when you dispose your ashes outdoors and the ground isn’t snow covered. Ashes shouldn’t be dumped in wooded or grassy areas and it’s best to wait a week before dumping them. If the ground isn’t snow covered, you should dig a pit near an outside hose and water them down once you’ve dumped them in the pit.

If your ashes cause a fire, you are responsible for the costs of putting the fire out. I can think of more fun things to do with my money and I’m sure you can too. It’s better to be safe and keep your ash out of trouble! – Wanda Boldon

Properties for Sale with Great Fireplaces!

With many months of winter ahead of us, having a great fireplace to help soften the edges of reality is a wonderful thing! Let’s be honest – 25 degrees is still cold! I like reading in front of the fire and have recently begun to read recipe books for pleasure and inspiration. It makes for a cozy bit of leisure time.

This property on Sand Lake, near Minong has a brick wood burning fireplace that just begs for someone to open a book and sit for a spell. It even has a sauna to add a little variety to your winter life. Don’t worry, it has a wonderful sandy swimming area and a screen porch for summertime fun. Did I hear someone say “Ahhh”?

MLS# 880947 Sand Lake  $239,000

MLS# 880947 Sand Lake $239,000

Another fun thing to do in front of the fireplace is play games. I prefer the old school variety and love hearing someone say, “You sunk my battleship!” But there’s a new game that seems to have caught on with the Green Bay Packers players called Settlers of Catan. I haven’t played it yet, but could imagine they might enjoy playing in front of a roaring fire as well.

This fireplace at Point Lake offers plenty of room for several muscular people to get their game on. With more than 4 bedrooms and a 3 car garage, there are also plenty of places to park cars and rest your bones after the victory dances have been danced.

MLS# 879514 Point Lake  $255,000

MLS# 879514 Point Lake $255,000

The snow has been spotty this year, but there are certain areas that have more than others. So you can find a place to snowshoe and ski, it you put your mind to it. Just thinking about working up a sweat and then parking by the fireplace with a tasty beverage makes me want to strap on some skis!

It couldn’t be more easy on your post-workout body – flick the switch of this gas fireplace at South Twin Lake and sink into a chair. Don’t forget your beverage! If you need a little variety from this gorgeous natural stone, this property offers a brick wood burning fireplace as well. Don’t even get me started on the other bells and whistles. This place has it all!

MLS# 881885 South Twin Lake  $345,000

MLS# 881885 South Twin Lake $345,000

Hearth and home – words that warm the heart on the coldest of days. Memories of gathering with family and a radiating fireplace in the background are strong for many of us. Laughing, sharing life lessons, homework, story time and television time are all part of it.

This 5 bedroom home outside of Grantsburg offers a fireplace in a great room that will be the center of family life for years to come. With 10 acres and a large pole building for toys, there are a myriad of other family activities to be had that can build memories for a growing family.

MLS# 879417 Grantsburg Township $299,900

MLS# 879417 Grantsburg Township $299,900

If you’re interesting in seeing any of these properties, just give us a call or email us. We’re here to help (keep you warm)! – Wanda Boldon

2014 Market Review for Northwestern Wisconsin

Over the last two years, we’ve been hearing a lot about how the real estate markets in the urban areas of the upper Midwest have really taken off. Prices have risen and inventory is low. We have a daughter who is shopping for a home in Stevens Point right now who is experiencing this condition first-hand! Because of that, we find that people make assumptions about our real estate market and jump to the conclusion that we’re operating in the same kind of market. Our market area, being a recreational property market, behaves much differently and that assumption couldn’t be more wrong.

We just finished analyzing the year-end numbers for 2014 and have not only compared them with 2013, but also have a 19 year history to bring into focus. After sifting through and chewing on the results (Dave is our chief sifter and chewer), we have some conclusions that make us feel pretty good about what’s going on here.

Pricing: The average sale price for properties, whether on or off water, has remained virtually stable for the last two calendar years. For us, this is really good news! Seeing big swings in average pricing, whether it be up or down, creates conditions that may not be the best in the long run. We’re in this for the long haul and want to see stability. It’s a Midwestern thing.

Number of Properties Sold: There was a slight uptick in the number of properties sold, specifically in the waterfront category. It was just enough to make the graph line on the chart look like a smiley face!

Total Dollar Volume Sold: There was a slight uptick in this category as well, as one might assume after knowing more properties sold in 2014 versus 2013.

% of List: The average sold price versus list price for both years, whether it was on water or off water was 94%. How’s that for stable?

We don’t see this changing much for 2015 and look forward to helping our customers and clients reach their goals, with as much ease as possible! If you’re looking to sell, don’t kid yourself that your property value has jumped because of the stories you hear from the traditional housing markets in urban areas. If you’re looking to buy, don’t think that you’re going to secure your dream property with a lowball offer. That’s not the way the ball is bouncing right now! Happy New Year! – Wanda Boldon

Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend

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Bundle up and plan to spend some time in the great, fresh outdoors the weekend of January 17-18th. It’s the third year in a row that residents and non-residents can fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp. Of course, fishing regulations still apply! It’s a great opportunity to introduce yourself or a young person in your life to the joys of ice fishing. With all the new and advanced equipment available, it’s easier than ever to get started or you could keep it simple and just show up with a bucket and a fishing pole.

The DNR expects strong activity for Burnett and Washburn Counties and their fisheries biologists report that walleye and northern pike have been consistently biting in 5-15 feet of water and that bluegills, crappies, bass and perch are being caught in the more shallow lakes.

It’s time to sharpen your hooks! – Wanda Boldon

Wisconsin Trails: Update for Burnett County

Wisconsin is a great place to enjoy the trails all year around. There are plenty of great places to stay, so you can enjoy a fun and exhilarating adventure in nature, whether you own real estate here or not.

Here is the latest trail update from the Burnett County Forest and Parks Department:

ALL Frozen Ground ATV Winter Trails are OPEN!  Snowmobile trails remain CLOSED. All snow trails are currently CLOSED at this time.  We do not have enough snow cover to open our trails. The Frozen Ground ATV Trail System is OPEN!  Frozen Ground Trails are marked with GREEN blazers and are shown on the back of the snowmobile map. Only registered machines meeting the state definition of an ATV or UTV are allowed on this trail system.

Christmas Oysters Arrive in Siren, WI

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Having oysters on Christmas Eve is a long standing tradition for many families, across many cultures – especially in the form of oyster stew. But the team at Tesora Restaurant in Siren went one step further and brought in some fresh oysters for a Christmas party that was being hosted at their restaurant.

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Chef Jon Dykeman is an East Coast native and said he really enjoyed bringing in something that was so dear to his background for this party. It was a “first” for some on their staff, whom had never shucked fresh oysters before and co-owner, Holly Mangelsen also said it was a “first” for some of the party-goers. A few of them had fresh oysters for the first time in their lives!

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What a fun way to celebrate! Merry Christmas! -  Wanda Boldon

Homes for Sale in Danbury, WI

Whether you’re looking for a place to call your year around home or a cabin to get away from it all, the Danbury, WI area is a great location! We have some nice options available right now that can meet many of the criteria on your Wish List. Don’t worry if you haven’t told Santa. All you need to do is contact us and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect place! Ho! Ho! Ho!

882998 Ham Lake $269,900

882998 Ham Lake $269,900

This cabin on Ham Lake is in the “sweet spot” of our market. Yes, the location is great, but the price point is also right where a lot of lake cabin buyers want to be. The property delivers a lot for the price too! Ham Lake is an ideal recreation lake, with crystal clear water and sandy frontage and the lot…Did I mention the lot??? The “Wow” factor of the lot is definitely there, with mature pines and easy elevation. There is also a vacant lot for sale next to this cabin, in case you have a friend or family member you like well enough to have nearby.

882563 Webb Lake Township $105,000

882563 Webb Lake Township $105,000

If your New Year’s resolution is to find a property where you can earn some sweat equity, this is a great choice for you. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with an attached garage, which is what a lot of buyers are wanting in a year around home. It has great bone structure and is ready for someone to come in and do the “fun stuff”! But wait, there’s more! It’s sitting on 33 acres! Yes, it’s true! What a value!

877469  Swiss Township  $134,900

877469 Swiss Township $134,900

Ready to find a place where you don’t have to do any work or updating, a place where you can just exhale? This Swiss Township property is your match. It’s updated and ever-so comfortable inside. I would even go so far to say it’s adorable! With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, it could easily be a year around home or just a cabin where you can get away from it all. It’s near Lake 26 and all the trails, so once you’ve collected your energy, you can get outdoors and have some fun!

867704  Viking Hill   $139,000

867704 Viking Hill $139,000

I can’t believe how many people I’ve talked with who have vowed to improve their golf game in 2015. The golf course at Voyager Village is a great place to work on your game. It’s a favorite for so many golfers, with unique, wooded surrounds all throughout the course. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath chalet is just minutes from the club house and is in ideal condition for someone who wants to spend more time with their clubs and less time caulking sinks and laying tile.

880018 Dairyland Township $149,900

880018 Dairyland Township $149,900

Isn’t it time you’ve released your inner Daniel (or Danielle) Boone? If you’re itching to spend more time in the woods, this Dairyland Township property is waiting for you. Not only does it have 80 acres, where you can explore and hunt, but it’s also connected to Burnett County Forest. #getacompass! You can really get back to basics without having to strain yourself too much. The seasonal log cabin has air conditioning, the shower house has on-demand hot water and a nearby privy and the two deer stands are heated. Can you say “trophy buck”?

872777 Minerva Chain of Lakes $189,000

872777 Minerva Chain of Lakes $189,000

There’s a song out now called “Cool Kids” by Echosmith that makes me think of this property. How does that translate to lake property, you say? After spending almost 20 years with buyers looking at lake properties, I have a solid idea of the most popular lakes – the “cool kids”. The Minerva Chain of Lakes is definitely one of the most popular. If you have an itch, it’ll scratch it. Being able to boat between all of the lakes is an incredible experience that could easily fill a day’s worth of activity. There are ideal fishing environments, ideal swimming environments, ideal nature observation environments and ideal water sports environments. This year around lake cabin is ideal for another reason too – the pricing! Getting a place on the Minerva Chain for this price is a crazy, good thing. Run, don’t walk!

If you’d like to see any of these properties, give us a call or send us an email. We don’t care if you’re on the “naughty” or “nice” list and we’re here to help you, no matter the season! – Wanda Boldon

Christmas at the Fort in Danbury, WI

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It’s the final weekend of Christmas at the Fort, “A Northwoods Noel”. It’s a terrific, festive atmosphere and an annual favorite for adults and children that you won’t want to miss! You don’t need to go with children to enjoy yourself, but if you have one or a few children to take, you’ll be glad you did. Dress to be outdoors. You’ll want to see and do everything, including the horse drawn sleigh rides.

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Be sure to go with a hungry tummy. There are many great things available for sale to eat! Eat something while you’re there and then visit the bake sale for something to take home. The prices for food and activities are very nominal. Last weekend was a brimming success and this weekend will likely be the same! – Wanda Boldon

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Holiday Happenings in Wisconsin Lake Country!

“Holiday Fest” at A&H was a great success last weekend in spreading holiday cheer to many children who were in the area. Once Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived, all hands were on deck to make sure the Christmas wishes of all the children in attendance would be heard. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! – Wanda Boldon

A stylish arrival for Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus

A stylish arrival for Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus

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