Camping on Your Lake Lot

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With more and more buyers looking at vacant lake lots, we’re fielding some recurring questions about what a person can do, once they get their hands on a special place to get away and enjoy. One of those topics has to do with camping.

Camping is a great way to get to know your spot – to understand what trees should be spared when it comes time to build, get a feel for the terrain and how a structure would relate to it. Plus, it’s just so darn exciting when you’re finally a member of “the club” that you want to plant your feet on the ground and stake your claim! “I have a place on the lake!”

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Go directly to the nearest camper dealer. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. The next step in building your empire is to pull a camper on your land holdings and bring in some juice. (The electric kind. What you keep in your cooler is your business!)

It only seems like the American way, that once you own a property that you can enjoy it in your own special way. Right? Well…well…it’s just not that easy. Sure, you can find countless examples in the area of people camping, even glamping on their lake lots. Some have been doing it for years! They just go about their merry business and no one around them seems to quibble about it. So, in practice, that may be the case. But if you’re a “go by the book” person or at least want to know the rules before you break them, be aware that it’s not a free-for-all when it comes to Shoreland Zoning.

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Here’s the gospel, according to the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance: “No camping unit shall be located within shoreland areas except in a permitted federal, state, town and county camp, a private campground or planned unit development, except that a camping unit may be placed on a private lot for not more than 30 days in any one calendar year without a land use permit for a private camping unit or a conditional permit…Camping units on private parcels cannot be issued a land use permit on parcels that have an existing dwelling or other structures for human habitation.”

If your wheels are turning with creative ideas on how to punch holes in and circumvent the aforementioned, you’re not alone. Just hold on to your “Get Out of Jail Free” card. – Wanda Boldon

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Today Up North

 

1This is what a “Top 10 Weather Day” looks like Up North!

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Are you one of the lucky ones who already own a property here?

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If not, now is the right time to get in touch with one of our professional CENTURY 21 Agents, who can help you find a special place Up North! We don’t charge any additional Buyer Fees and are ready to help you. There’s a place here with your name on it. Let’s find it together! – Wanda Boldon

 

Saved by Wild Water

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We’re anxiously awaiting the day we can officially declare “ice out”! It won’t be long. A fragile film of ice on the surface of our lakes is slowly sinking out of sight. It’s a more gentle, less dramatic transition than we typically experience. But it brings the excitement of all the things we like to do when the water is open – a sort of annual baptism!

It couldn’t be more appropriate, then, to welcome a special visitor to our area who has written and experienced the peace of being “saved” by wild water swimming. InaNewLight Gallery, just south of Webster will be holding an artist reception on April 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30pm for Andrew Fusek Peters, an English author and photographer who has devoted his professional career to capturing and celebrating the power of water to soothe our souls. For more information about this special guest and event, visit their Event page.

If you’ve driven by the Gallery and often wondered what it’s like inside, don’t hesitate to stop. Even if you can’t make it to one of their special events, it’s worth checking out. If you’re like me, you’ll find it almost spiritual inside.

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The work that’s being done there is so healing for the kids they touch.

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And if you can’t wrap your heart around that, you’re still likely to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful and creative artwork that’s displayed and available for sale.

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It’s no surprise to most of us, the healing properties that exist all around us in this special area we’ve chosen to call “home”. But it’s sometimes a surprise to find it extends beyond the obvious. – Wanda Boldon

Playing Outside The Sandbox

We live and work in a beautiful sandbox. It’s special and unique to any other place – and uniquely complex as well. After over 25 years of helping people buy and sell their “sand castles”, we’re a valuable resource for all things real estate…in OUR sandbox.

Over the past year or so, we’ve witnessed a cast of characters from outside the area attempt to play outside THEIR sandbox. Agents arrive, escorting wide-eyed buyers to one or two properties, never to return again to complete the mission. We’ve also watched as agents from hours away list properties for those who want to sell, only to provide minimal and incorrect information about the property and to collect marketing photos with a drone. It’s hard to watch when we know these buyers and sellers are having a less than great real estate experience.

We suspect that one reason people choose to work with an agent from outside the area is that they may know the person from a previous real estate transaction. They have a level of comfort and trust with that person. Another reason is the stereotype that an agent from the city may be more sophisticated and knowledgeable than the “jack pine savages” who live in the woods. Unfortunately, the irony of this reasoning surfaces after they’re too far along to change course.

One head-shaking, recent example comes from an interaction one of our CENTURY 21 agents had with an older couple who were ready to sell their long-term lake property. Come to find out, they owned two 100 foot parcels at one time, and were encouraged by a carpetbagger to survey the two parcels as one lot. The rationale was that the larger parcel would appeal more to buyers, because most people are looking for privacy. Shame on that ill-informed agent who would likely cost this trusting couple $100,000 in the end! Our CENTURY 21 agent is still trying to help unravel that mess.

Major assets, like real estate holdings are not child’s play. It’s worth the effort to slow down and find the right person to help you with your goals. Interview your potential agent so you can understand their experience, strengths and motives. Like a good sandbox experience, find someone who shares (their knowledge), plays fair and isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty for a good end result. And make sure they’re someone who doesn’t throw their shovel. – Wanda Boldon

We Love What We Do!

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Working as a Realtor in the Northwoods is a great opportunity to live “the good life.” We enjoy a variety of work experiences including time outdoors with our customers in a beautiful, natural setting along with a team-oriented environment in our iconic log office.

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We’re fortunate to have the sophisticated resources of CENTURY 21 – the most powerful and recognized real estate corporation in the world, and yet offer the care of a hands-on family owned and operated business with long-term dedication and success.

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Our goal is to provide wonderful customer experiences by being the real estate experts in our market area, taking a leadership role in helping our clients and customers reach their goals and by being the most effective real estate sales force in the area.

CENTURY 21 Sand County Services, Inc. is a place where you can learn from the best with one-on-one training, get support as you grow and become as successful as you’ve always dreamed!

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We’re always looking to add new agents to our Team and with over 25 successful years in this market, we have a wealth of knowledge to share with new agents. Why feel like this at work…

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…when you can feel like this?

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If you’re interested in a career in real estate, give us a call. We’d like to help you live “the good life” too! – Wanda Boldon

“I’m Looking for a Tear Down!”

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It’s a common request. But unfortunately, for the most part, that ship has sailed. Gone are the days when we had a selection of worn out and poorly cared for cabins that had seen better days. Our current property values are such, that most owners are on top of caring for their asset. If not, they generally have the good sense to sell it to a new owner who can continue the love and care of the property.

What’s the next option for buyers looking for a “value property” that they can groom over the years to meet their dreams? Undeveloped lake lots! Eliminate the hassle and cost of removing an old infrastructure and start from scratch with the site and view that turns your crank.

The market for vacant lake lots has been very soft since the recession. But the current inventory of lake cabins for sale is low enough, that we see a change on the horizon. To get what they want, we feel buyers will have the confidence to make the investment of their time to build from the ground up. Smart buyers will jump in now, while the pricing is still favorable. Here are a few great options that are ready for a long-term plan. Just click on the photos for more information!

If you’re looking to stay on the affordable side of the fence, and want to be on a larger lake with level elevation and great fishing, you can find it for only $65,000 on Clam Lake.

Clam Lake, MLS# 905147

Clam Lake, MLS# 905147

Another affordable option on a large lake with the additional benefit of clear, recreation water is this lot on Webb Lake for $69,000.

Webb Lake, MLS# 1504178

Webb Lake, MLS# 1504178

If a quiet, private setting is your scene and you want more land, you’ll have to scale down your expectations in lake size, but you’ll still get great water clarity and sandy swimming with this lot on Bass Lake for $99,000.

Bass Lake Swiss, MLS# 879042

Bass Lake Swiss, MLS# 879042

If you want it all and are ready to jump up and down like a kid while exclaiming, “goodie, goodie”, it’s available on Long Lake for $149,900. You get easy, sloped elevation to perfect sand swimming on a clear water recreation lake. You also get envious friends! – Wanda Boldon

Long Lake (Webb), MLS# 1503290

Long Lake (Webb), MLS# 1503290

 

Ideal Weather for Buyers

1This winter has been bi-polar for snow bunnies. But February has been fabulous for buyers who are itching to get out and look. The mild weather and lack of snow has given us a jump start on the Spring market and properties are moving. If you’re waiting to list your property or waiting to look at properties until “Spring” arrives, the green light is on. GO!

Get in touch with one of our experienced and friendly CENTURY 21 agents to jump in. It’s practically swim season. Just ask a goose! – Wanda Boldon

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Great Properties for Sale: Land Lovers

MLS# 901834 $89,000

MLS# 901834 $89,000

If you’re a land lover (or aspire to be one!), now is a great time to look for a special property to call your own. The ground is frozen, but the snow is not so deep that it would keep you from getting around in the woods easily. The leaves are down for good visibility and the bugs are…bugging someone else right now.

Owning a piece of acreage, where you can have some delicious privacy is a wonderful way to enjoy the Northwoods of Wisconsin. If you’re a sportsman, you already have a laundry list of things you’d like to do to for enjoyment. If you’re a nature lover, your list is a little different. If you’re just looking for a place where you can sing loud and giggle with your friends, you probably don’t use lists.

Everyone has a different definition of “fun”. But a common thread among land lovers is finding a place where you can escape the noise and responsibilities of the civilized world – a place where you can spread your wings. We have a few neat properties that would be great, no matter what your escapist goals may be. Allow yourself to take a look!

Unleash your inner Lewis and Clark at this 60 acre property with the Yellow River flowing through it. The land offers great access to the River from both banks and has big, mature trees throughout. Webster is the nearest fur-trading post, where you can stock up on bait for your fishing expeditions.

MLS# 901834 Yellow River $89,000

MLS# 901834 Yellow River $89,000

If your idea of camping includes running water and a flushing toilet, but you’d still like to “rough it” in a natural, wooded setting, you don’t need to apologize for wanting to smell nice. This property is outside of Siren and has all the creature comforts for the necessities of life, plus storage for your trail riding machines. This 17 acre escape will help you forget about your “to do” list at home. Go ahead, see how it feels!

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

This 25 acre parcel in Union Township is a great match for the land loving purist. Establish your own base camp, clear your own trails and stand back with the satisfaction of knowing that you did it all. Near world class fishing on Big and Little Yellow Lakes, ATV and snowmobile trails and State Forest Land, this property is an affordable way to have it all.

MLS# 891662 Union Township

MLS# 891662 Union Township

Yes, it’s winter, but there is fun to be had in all seasons in beautiful Northwestern Wisconsin. Let a friendly and professional CENTURY 21 agent help you find your fun! – Wanda Boldon

Just Say “Cheese” for the Holidays!


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You don’t have to be (or wear) a cheese head to appreciate beautifully crafted cheese. People from all over the country know about the treasure we have here – the Burnett Dairy. The staff at the Cheese Store has been working as fast as they can to fill orders coming from folks who aren’t lucky enough to live here and drool in front of the displays in person. I overheard one couple who were contemplating which varieties to take home and share with their family. He finally said, “You can’t make a wrong choice.” So right. Merry Christmas from The Dairy State! – Wanda Boldon

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Gift Idea for the Northwoods Enthusiast

Taken by Dr. John Ingalls near Falun, WI

Taken by Dr. John Ingalls near Falun, WI

Finding a unique gift that will delight someone can sometimes cause too much strain on your brain. You ask yourself: What don’t they have already? What would send the right message? What will fit my budget? (If that’s not a question on your list, then maybe you should run for office.) Once in a blue moon, you come up with something that makes you feel brilliant and at other times, you’re just glad you got something wrapped at all. It’s no wonder the holidays have a bit of stress that comes along for the ride. Well, that’s just not in the spirit of how we roll in the Northwoods. This is a place to get away from it all and feel great. So why don’t you let us ride in on a white horse and tame your tension? A great and unique gift idea is…a trail camera!

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A trail cam used to be something only a serious hunter would utilize. Now you see even casual outdoor enthusiasts using them. It’s a great way to enjoy some special wildlife moments, which is a fun activity for all ages and a good way to have a shared family experience. You don’t have to have a “trail” to use one either. Woodland animals are not shy about using all of the square footage that Mother Nature provides them. Just put one up in your driveway.

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One of the fringe benefits, we’ve come to find out, is they can act as a makeshift security camera. I once had a client who would arrive at the cabin each weekend, only to find an empty beer can perched in the planter near the front door. After he installed a trail cam, he discovered it was a calling card from a good buddy who had an “uncanny” sense of humor.

And wait there’s more! They’re not terribly expensive! Our work here is done. Ho, Ho, Ho! – Wanda Boldon