It’s Open Season – for a Hunting Property

Fall hunting seasons are right around the corner! The time is right to make an appointment with a CENTURY 21 agent to find the perfect place for your sport. Here are a couple of options to get you in the mood!

This 19 acre property overlooks a small lake. (Did someone say “duck hunting”?) It has plenty of comfortable space for your crew, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The tuck under garage has been closed off and could be a storage room for your gear or a great place to process your deer.

Smith Lake, $175,000, MLS 904911

Smith Lake, $175,000, MLS 904911

If you want the ultimate hunting camp, this property on Webb Creek Drive is going to get you excited. It has 132 acres of prime hunting land and a 1200 square foot cabin that really sets the stage for a traditional hunting camp experience. The open floor plan gives you the flexibility to create sleeping, eating and recharging areas that are tailored to your needs. The current owners think a competitive game of pool is a good way to wind down and relax after a rigorous day of hunting!

Chicog Township, $260,000, MLS 901105

Chicog Township, $260,000, MLS 901105

Whether you’re looking for a full blown hunting camp or just a great piece of land, we have more nice options for you on our website at www.c21sandcounty.com. The hunt is on! It’s not too late to find and close on a property that’s right for you. – Wanda Boldon

Real Estate Market Update

Our Fall real estate market is underway! We’re seeing the signs of summer winding down, with more properties coming on the market and more buyers coming to look at the new inventory. The timing is “spot on”. We look to mid-August for the Fall frenzy to begin and this year is no exception!

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If you found that you didn’t use your property as much this year, it’s a great time to put it on the market. Make an appointment with a CENTURY 21 agent now, and we’d be happy and honored to include your property as a new listing on our weekly Property Tour!

The timing is also ideal if you’re a buyer. Our Fall inventory will become more plump over the next few weeks and there should be a nice variety of properties to choose from. But don’t wait to get the ball rolling. With recreational properties, often times buyers are looking to secure the same characteristics in a property. So you won’t be alone in trying to score the best property available! Connect now with a CENTURY 21 agent, and we can help you stay on top of the latest and greatest places to hang your hat.

In the meantime, be sure to squeeze all the pleasure you can out of our last few weeks of “true summer”. It’s everything it’s cracked up to be! Enjoy! – Wanda Boldon

How to Get a Higher Priced Offer

For every $1,000 of perceived defect, a buyer will ask for a $3,000-$5,000 reduction of the asking price. There are ways to pre-empt that from happening!

Before you put your property on the market, pause and ask your CENTURY 21 agent to do a walk-through with you. It’s a great opportunity to find areas where you can improve your odds of getting a higher offer.

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If you have spaces that you’d planned to improve, but didn’t get around to finishing the project, take the time to finish! It will be worth your while and will save a buyer from scratching their head during a showing, as they wonder what your “vision” was for the space.

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Perhaps there are areas in your home that don’t comply to current building codes or would be flagged by the buyer’s insurance company as “uninsurable”. Understand that those items may cost you more in the end than if you address them in advance.

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You may have areas of deferred maintenance, like a deck that needs a fresh coat of stain or a broken window that was never replaced. Most buyers don’t want to inherit those projects and will express that lack of desire by either offering a much lower price than would cost to actually do the fixes or by not even writing an offer at all!

Don’t risk getting a lower offer. Call a CENTURY 21 agent for help before it’s time to sell. We’re here to help you have a great real estate experience! – Wanda Boldon

Agent Property Tour by Boat

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This week we had an opportunity to tour a new listing by boat. It was a great way to review together what we know about the lake and a valuable perspective from which to see the new listing.

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Our Agent Property Tour is a weekly commitment by our Team to take a first-hand look at our newest listings. It’s the best way to be sharp on the positive attributes of a property and an important part of giving our sellers the best service and attention possible. It’s not uncommon for agents to contact buyers while we’re on Property Tour if they see something that’s a good match. Ho hum, just another day at the office! – Wanda Boldon

 

High Water Continues to Rise

After Mother Nature clobbered us with 11 inches of rain on the night of July 11th, we continue to get rain in between picture perfect days. It’s been a summer of many personalities! Just in the last 4 days, we had 2 ½ inches of extra rainfall. It’s creating levels of high water that many of us have never seen here. Water flows over the road in some areas and there are many patched and bolstered roads throughout our lakes area.

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The upside is the frogs and water fowl are having a ball! If you’re into kayaking or canoeing, this is your time to explore areas that would normally not be navigable. Take advantage of some new adventures! – Wanda Boldon

Frederic Farm is a Great CSA Choice!

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While pedaling away on my bike last winter in our home gym, I was delighted to learn about a local treasure from my favorite gym TV show, “Twin Cities Live”. They highlighted a handful of quality farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs and one of them was right here in our neck of the woods! The Burning River Farm is right outside of Lewis, WI and has been growing quality Certified Naturally Grown produce since 2007. I signed up for their CSA right away! They offer full, single and salad shares that can be picked up at the farm each week or they also have several drop sites throughout the Twin Cities including the Golden Fig in St. Paul, Lucia’s Restaurant in Minneapolis and the River Market Coop in Stillwater, to name a few.

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Being raised in an Iowa farm community, it’s heart-warming to drive out to a real, working farm and pick up our weekly share.

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Each week our box is brimming with fresh surprises. It feels a bit like Christmas! The early greens, including spinach and arugula gave us fresh salads. We’ve also received beautiful radishes, beet, baby carrots, onions and potatoes. And we’ve only just begun!

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If you’re not ready to dive right in, like I was, you can purchase their produce weekly at the Midtown Farmer’s Market, the Mill City Farmer’s Market and the Northeast Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. Your body with thank you for it! – Wanda Boldon

Flood Warning and State of Emergency Declared in Northwestern WI

The torrential rains that pounded our area on Monday have resulted in the Governor declaring a State of Emergency for eight Wisconsin counties, including Burnett and Washburn. Rain gauges overflowed as the storm built and some areas got up to 11 inches of rain. Roads are washed out, docks are underwater and boats are submerged as a result.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning in effect for the area until Friday at 1:45am. Our Rivers are expected to crest at 7:00pm tonight at record levels. The past record for the St. Croix River in Danbury was 8.7 feet. The River is expected to reach 11-13 feet.

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If you are traveling, check the website www.511wi.gov to check for road closures due to cresting water. Wisconsin Hwy 35 is closed at the bridge North of Danbury and many local roads are closed at this point as well. Drive with care and do not cross a road submerged by water. You don’t know what lies beneath! – Wanda Boldon

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Celebrating July 4th at the Lake

The weather was ideal for creating special holiday memories at the lake with family and friends this weekend!

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Making a fashion statement is one way to display your patriotism.

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Participating in a boat parade is another.

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Having a perfect summer weekend translates to increased email inquiries and more ringing phones for us. People who come to the lake as “guests” are bitten by the bug and start kicking around the idea of having a place of their own. They soon become “buyers”! If you’ve been bitten, we can help you scratch that itch! – Wanda Boldon

Fourth of July Celebrations in Siren, Webster and Danbury, WI

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Independence Day 2016 is right around the corner. You can tell by the uptick in brats and buns at the grocery store! The increase in traffic is a good give-away too!

After the potato salad and baked beans are prepared and the grass has been trimmed around the fire pit, be sure to add some out-and-about fun to your calendar. There are parades, bed races, fun runs and of course, fireworks displays to round out your weekend. Here are a few of the highlights.

Saturday, July 2

Danbury Days begins at 11:00 am with a parade, water fights, dunk tank, firetruck rides and a sawdust pile for the kids. There will be food and beverages at the firehall.

The free fireworks display in Webster start at dusk at the Fairgrounds.

Sunday, July 3

Street dance in Siren, featuring D’Boys Band on Main Street from 9:00 pm to 12:45 am. No charge.

Monday, July 4

The Freedom Five 5k Race begins at 8:00 am in Siren along with a pancake breakfast. Bed races at 10:00 am, followed by a Kiddie Parade and finally the Grand Parade at 11:30 am. The cookout in Crooked Lake Park begins at 3:00 pm. Music in the Park at 8:00 pm and fireworks display at dusk.

And then you rest! Have a fun and safe Fourth of July Up North! – Wanda Boldon

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Changes to Standards for Buildings Located Close to the Shoreline

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In 2015, the Wisconsin legislature passed Act 55, which changed the statewide standards for what can be done to structures that sit close to the shoreline. Part Three of a YouTube video series put together by the UW Extension explains the changes. If you own a nonconforming property, you should check it out. – Wanda Boldon https://youtu.be/1otUl3HsmUs