Great Property For Sale: 29008 W. Yellow River Road, Danbury, WI

We are honored to represent this beautiful new listing on the Yellow River with access to both Big and Little Yellow Lakes – about a 30 minute boat ride from the dock.

MLS# 1526160 Yellow River, $389,000

MLS# 1526160 Yellow River, $389,000

Yellow River, near Danbury, WI

Yellow River, near Danbury, WI

This year around log sided chalet has an expansive great room with lots of glass and a beautiful fireplace.

Great room with wood burning fireplace

Great room with wood burning fireplace

The kitchen has an open flow to both the great room and dining area, with lovely wood and tile flooring.

45The loft, above, is home to the owner’s bedroom suite – a spacious area with a pretty wood lofted ceiling and includes a full bath, walk-in closet and a large sitting area that could be used for hobbies or office space.

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When your friends and family arrive, there is plenty of space for them to unpack their bags and make themselves at home, with 3 additional bedrooms and a large room that could sleep extras or become a quiet space to get away from it all.

The large deck spills out from the great room and could hold a sizable dinner party, lots of potted plants and flowers – and even a portable bar! The fire pit is close enough to interact with any action that’s happening on the deck as well as the dock area.

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The wood fired sauna is a great place to warm up before a hard core session of yoga as well as a place to warm your bones after cross country skiing or snow mobiling.

Wood fired sauna

Wood fired sauna

Inside the sauna

Inside the sauna

The property has two stick built garages, both have cement floors and log siding that ties into the home. The largest was built in 2009 and has solar panels. What a great place to work on your sleds, store your boats and tell tall tales!

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When we asked the owners what they loved about the property, this is what they had to say…
“Home away from home, only 2 hours away from the Twin Cities, makes it easy to get away and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Yellow River or take advantage of the many area activities.  Great river activities, either relaxing on the ride down to the lake, kayaking or all day fishing. The cabin is great for families to gather to enjoy ‘Cabin Olympics’, including bean bags, ping pong, horseshoes, darts and maybe even a wager at the casino in Danbury.  Great location for walks, runs, bike rides, cross country skiing or ATV’s and sledding on the local trails.  Ending the day relaxing in the wood fired sauna or just enjoying the serenity from the covered deck!”

If this property looks like it could be YOUR home away from home…or the home you never want to leave, make an appointment with us to see it right away! ~ Wanda Boldon

What is Vintage vs. Dated?

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Determining whether your home has vintage versus dated style can be a fine line, and in many regards, much in the eye of the beholder. To that, some may say, “Who cares? It is what it is. My home is just like me – aging like a fine wine.”

That may be true. If that’s the case, we would call you and your home “classic”. If you think about defining “classic”, a few things come quickly to mind – Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress, the Ford Mustang and a Friday Night Fish Fry.

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But more likely the case for you AND your home, is that it’s not so cut and dried. Think about John Travolta’s bell-bottomed pants in “Saturday Night Fever”, Chrysler’s PT Cruiser and Jello salad – all interesting and unusual. A person could do something with each, in the right context, and if you felt like it. But they’re not for everyone.

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Such is the case with homes and cabins. In an area like ours, many properties have classic elements like knotty pine walls, stone fireplaces and log accents. These things have defined our Northwoods life for years and stood the test of time. But for those who dared to think outside the box, in the name of style when they built or made decorating choices, the jury is out. And who exactly IS the jury? It’s the buyer of your property. You will be judged. After the judgement, you will either be rewarded or penalized. Yes, we’re talking money now.

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Whether you’re thinking about buying or selling, this is a relevant topic. For sellers, it’s an opportunity to look at your property with fresh eyes and determine what can be changed or updated to help your property show beautifully. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of playing up the right features. Sometimes it’s a large renovation. Rely on a real estate professional to help you understand what makes sense for your property and the current market. They can help you make good choices so that you are ultimately rewarded in the end.

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If you’re a buyer, you can also rely on a real estate agent to help you envision the possibilities in a property. Depending on your end-game, skills and comfort level, you could do well by making some simple changes to a property that doesn’t really shine right now. We also often find buyers who are looking for a specific kind of lot in a specific kind of location. It can be frustrating to wait years and years for the right kind of lake home to come for sale on the right kind of lake. Try seeing things with different eyes and you may start to see some exciting possibilities.

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

The place where you dwell is ultimately a very personal space. It should feel good to YOU and suit the kind of environment that you choose. But when the place where you dwell becomes a marketable item, you have other things to consider. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to hear the truth. Once you know the truth, you can make decisions from a better place. ~ Wanda Boldon

Are We There Yet?

Picture this: You’re a couple of months away from kicking off your big season. The team is tuned up; playing sharp, healthy and looking good. You have a tingling in your bones that you just may have this game figured out. You could take it all the way. Maybe someday, someone will even come to you for lessons on how it’s all done. Then the phone rings. It’s the home office. They’re calling to tell you the team colors are changing and so is the logo. Everything needs to be turned and churned. And they tell you not to worry – you’re going to love it and that you will even thank them someday. Nausea rises. What’s this going to do to the team…and the FANS?

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Yup, that’s kind of how it felt when we received the word this winter; CENTURY 21, our trusty and beloved franchise was changing its logo and colors. They called it a rebranding and modernization of our brand’s image. At first knowledge, the blood drained out of our faces – just a little bit. Then we may have grumbled and said a few choice words – just a little bit. But then the more we let the news sink in, the more it began to grow on us. We might even thank the home office one day – just a little bit.

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20180806_091320And so, the turn and churn is underway. The new, more smart, sleek and sophisticated color palette along with the new C21 seal replace the old black and gold colors and logo. It’s not just symbolic, it’s a real opportunity for us to set a new bar, to shine through and to show what it means to be extraordinary real estate agents. It’s an exciting time for our brand and our firm and we accept the challenge: to be relentless, to defy mediocrity and deliver extraordinary experiences. It’s time for kickoff! ~ Wanda Boldon

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Trending: Property Condition & Disclosure

“Septics, Foundations and Flashing – Oh My!” The topic of property condition and disclosure is a hot button for buyers and sellers alike these days. We’re finding that the difference between having a great experience versus a not-so-great experience is very much connected to what’s behind the curtain!

If you’re a buyer looking at a property that someone else has owned and maintained, there can be a lot of mysteries. If you don’t have a lot of familiarity with how things work, especially with rural living, you need someone to help you understand what to look for. That kind of assurance can come from a qualified inspector as well as a real estate agent you trust. You can also refer to what the seller has disclosed in their Real Estate Condition Report.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

From a seller’s perspective, it may have been years since you’ve sold a property. You may not know how to prepare your property to sell or what kinds of things you should disclose. You too, need someone to help you understand what to look for and what to do. Likewise, that kind of assurance can come from a real estate agent you trust, a qualified inspector and your Real Estate Condition Report.

Are there code violations here?

Are there code violations here?

Inspections are an opportunity for buyers to get to know a property better. An inspector can share maintenance tips to keep a property in good shape. They can point out areas to keep an eye on and they also look for defects. In Wisconsin, it’s not a requirement to have your property inspected before you list it. But we have a recent example of two siblings who inherited the home where their parents lived. They never lived there and didn’t know much about the workings of the place. They chose to get an inspection, so that they could address any major issues (defects) before listing and so that they wouldn’t get blind-sided with problems down the road when a buyer was involved. It served them well. Their buyer had great confidence in the property, which resulted in good feelings on both sides when an Offer to Purchase came into play. Win-win.

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Is that dryer vent kosher?

The Wisconsin Realtors Association has released a new version of the Real Estate Condition Report, which we feel will be beneficial to both buyers and sellers. It’s much more specific so that sellers can understand areas of concern in advance and be clear about what they know. It’s also divided into categories so that buyers can easily zone in on areas that are important to them.

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How do I fix this?

Talk to your real estate agent. Tell them your concerns and ask them if they see anything that needs to be addressed. Review the Real Estate Condition Report with them and find out what items they feel may be defects and which items fall under the category of maintenance. (“My dog is missing a left foot” is a defect. “My dog needs his nails trimmed” is maintenance.) Your agent should have knowledge and resources to help you put your best foot forward, so that in the end, everyone can lock arms and skip down the yellow brick road together. There’s no place like home! ~ Wanda Boldon

How Quality Photography Leads to Happiness

Mud Hen Lake - Siren, WI

Mud Hen Lake – Siren, WI

When we discuss the real estate marketing process with Sellers, we explain to them that their “first showing” is online. Buyers thoroughly digest photos online before they contact us for a physical showing. Because of this, the photos we use to represent a property are critical to the success of everyone involved – Sellers and Buyers.

Ham Lake - Danbury, WI

Ham Lake – Danbury, WI

It makes us scratch our heads when we see new listings hit the MLS with poor photography. It’s kind of a public humiliation to everyone involved! So why does anyone let it happen? It takes work, timing and skill to beautifully represent a property. One can’t just hire a professional photographer and wash their hands of the process. If an agent is too busy to personally take and/or get involved with helping to achieve great images, the results show it.

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Crooked Lake – Siren, WI

At our firm, there are a few guidelines that we live by:

  • A head shot should be an exterior shot of the main dwelling. If you can’t show the outside of a dwelling in the head shot, it makes you wonder why…?
  • Efforts should be made to capture images on a picturesque day. If the weather isn’t cooperative, re-shoot when it is.
  • If the seasons change during the course of the listing, so should the photos.
  • Wide angle lenses should not be the “meat and potatoes” presentation of a property. They are for special effect only and should be used sparingly.
  • Drone photography is not appropriate for every property and should be left in the hands of a professional. Most drone shots done by amateurs (agents) in our area make it look like the woods around the property are lying down. (Sad.)

Real estate photography should flatter a property, but it should also paint a clear and realistic picture. Great photos attract the right Buyers. The right Buyers write better offers. Better offers lead to successful closings, where the Sellers and the Buyers are both happy. Happiness is all it’s cracked up to be! ~ Wanda Boldon

The Spring Market: We’re Here For YOU

Are you in? If so, here are some insider tips you need to know, whether you’re a BUYER or a SELLER, before you take the plunge.

BUYERS, where do you begin? Online, of course! Go to the site that will give you the best, most accurate information, the most photos and easiest interface. For our area, you can’t top the www.c21sandcounty.com site. Why? Not all companies belong to both the Northwestern Wisconsin MLS and the Twin Cities MLS simultaneously. Therefore, if you’re searching on a Twin Cities based web site or on one of the “big box” sites that miraculously knows everything and yet nothing, you’re missing out on properties. The CENTURY 21 Sand County Services site has a search function that was specifically designed for searches in Northwestern Wisconsin. It pulls complete information from all sources and then boils it down to an interface that helps you get what you want quickly. The map-based search of Northwestern Wisconsin is front and center, so you can quickly see what’s available. Then, you can narrow things down by property type, price range and even a specific lake. Once you find a list of properties that interest you, you can save them for later. You can also monitor new listings as they come on the market. The “new listings” feed is continuously updated so you won’t miss out on a thing!

Next, get an agent involved. Don’t settle for someone who merely has a license to show you property in Wisconsin. Choose someone who is a local expert. You will benefit by getting more complete detailed and background information about the properties you view and will have fewer surprises after the closing. If an agent has to drive over an hour to show you properties, they’re not local and there’s no way they can be experts!

BUYERS, when all is said and done, and you’re ready to go to closing, be aware of one other thing. There is a trend in the industry toward charging buyers a closing fee. Yes. That means your agent charges you a fee for the privilege of working with them. This fee is on top of the commission they’re earning from the sale. If this makes you froth up, you’re not alone. The CENTURY 21 Sand County Services Team does NOT charge a buyer closing fee. None. Not. Nada. We give you full service and nothing less, with no extra charges.

SELLERS, is it time to move on? It’s a very personal and potentially sensitive time, and you need help. Start by finding an agent who you trust and makes you feel comfortable. Listen to your gut on this. But also rely on referrals and previous customer feedback. Do an online search to find out more before you hand over the keys. On top of that, you want a knowledgeable agent who will lead and manage the whole process – someone who will stay in touch with you, someone who has a good rapport with other agents and someone who prepares you for what to expect. That’s not too much to ask.

Next, consider the company’s marketing package. Finding the right buyer for your property is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach. Every property is unique. Seller’s goals are unique. Look to your agent for innovative ideas to personalize the marketing of your property and of course, expect great photography and presentation.

Ask if the firm has dedicated support staff. Find out who will manage the ongoing listing details and who will contact you to coordinate showings.

Lastly, skip forward to the closing process. Does the firm have an in-house closer who prepares the closing documents, including your Deed, who is able to close cash transactions on any day, at any time and personally attends closing along with your agent?

WE DO. At CENTURY 21 Sand County Services, it is our goal to offer you all of this – whether you’re a BUYER or a SELLER. It’s our mission to defy mediocrity and deliver an extraordinary real estate experience. Let us show you! ~ Wanda Boldon

Team CENTURY 21 Sand County Services

Team CENTURY 21 Sand County Services

New Listings for Spring Buyers

The Spring buying season is underway and we’re just beginning to bring in some great new listings. Now is the time to look, if you want to be enjoying yourself when the weather turns. Just to remind you of how that looks, here are a couple new listings you can warm up to!

3649 Bay Drive $285,000

3649 Bay Drive $285,000

“Go jump in the lake!” This 4 bedroom (plus office!), 3 bath home has 3 acres of land and overlooks Loon/Cadotte Lakes. Dog lovers and kid protectors – this one has a fenced yard!

Quick and easy access to boating and fishing in the summer, trails and ice fishing in the winter.

Quick and easy access to boating and fishing in the summer, trails and ice fishing in the winter.

Attractive, low maintenance landscaping and a fire pit waiting for your coals.

Attractive, low maintenance landscaping and a fire pit waiting for your coals.

“Garcon!” This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 2 acres of lush woods and landscaped paradise has venues all over the place to share with others or to savor on your own. Table service, not included!

4521 Wilderness Way $214,900

4521 Wilderness Way $214,900

Grill-side dining, just steps from the screen house.

Grill-side dining, just steps from the screen house.

Overlooking the wood chip paths and pine forest.

Overlooking the wood chip paths and pine forest.

Let us know when you’d like to take a look and we’ll make arrangements to give you a personal tour! – Wanda Boldon

Inspections – Setting Your Expectations

 

i110An Offer to Purchase is more than a Buyer offering to purchase a property for a particular price. It’s a whole package of intentions, permissions and promises. Depending on the situation and the property being pursued, Buyers should weigh carefully how their package will be received by a Seller, if they truly are earnest in wanting to own the property. Because from the Seller’s side of the fence, they tuck themselves in bed at night and dream of getting an offer with few or no hurdles to clear – “cash, no contingencies”!

Hurdles (contingencies) can include financing, inspections and a myriad of other things. Getting a bank loan is pretty straight forward and understandable to most Sellers. They don’t generally think twice about how that happens. But inspections are one of those things that can instill a dribble of fear in a Seller. Ask a group of ten people about their experience with a home inspection and you’ll likely get at least a few horror stories.

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Some Buyers don’t feel the need to inspect. They either feel well informed because they have a personal skill set that allows them to “self-inspect”, they feel the property was priced appropriately for its condition and will take it “as is” or they want the Seller to look favorably on their offer and accept it without blinking. For everyone else – they just want to know that there isn’t something horrible lurking below the surface of what they’re about to buy.

But inspections don’t have to be spooky if everyone understands what to expect from the process. Those expectations should be set by the agents involved in the sale as well as the inspector who is hired to do the work. Agents should review the language in the Offer with the Buyer and Seller so that everyone is clear about the mission. Buyers should attend their inspections because it’s a great opportunity to learn about the “care and feeding” of their new treasure and a good inspector will teach and share as the process goes along.

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Anything can be negotiated in an Offer, but in our area, it’s customary for Buyers to pay for their inspections. The most common types we see here are home, well (with a safe water test) and septic inspections. What we’re looking for are significant defects. The biggest concerns are the things that bear the biggest price tag to fix like heat, roof, well and septic. It’s not a witch hunt to see how many puny things we can find wrong!

If everyone understands the purpose from the get-go, and you get the right inspector, inspections can be a fun and informative process! And hey, let’s face it – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen your reflection in a septic tank!  – Wanda Boldon

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Special Details Add Value

We meet special, funny, grateful, loving, giving, creative, industrious People every day in our work. The People are what drive us to work long hours and go the extra mile. When you like and appreciate the People, you do a lot to help them. It feels great to make them happy!

After the People, come the Properties. The Properties we encounter here are varied and unique. Each Property seems to have a soul, with something special about it. But there’s an argument to be made that Mother Nature is what “makes” most of the Properties in our market. The natural features and creatures associated with any given property are the things that bring buyers from far and wide.

Where Mother Nature leaves off, the People step in. They create homes and cabins to suit the location and their needs. When we come across a structure where thoughtful choices were made in the construction and stylish finishes top it off, we giggle, clap and jump up and down. (Well, I do.) These special details are what adds extra value to a property. We have a couple of great examples on the market right now.

This chalet style home on Johnson Lake is a treasure, by all counts. The log features throughout the home tie the interiors together seamlessly and creatively. In addition, the fieldstone featured in the landscaping along with the fieldstone fireplaces in the home marry the inside beautifully to the out.

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Switch gears to this traditionally styled home overlooking Birch Island Lake, where choices were made to add to its elegance like a stately covered porch, dormers in the roof line and a sweeping entrance to welcome you home.

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We’ve found that sellers who make the choice to add special details like these are rewarded when it comes time to sell. We think the buyers feel rewarded too! – Wanda Boldon

Letters to Sellers: A Human Experience

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We’ve experienced several instances this year, where buyers have felt compelled or moved to write a letter that accompanies their offer when it’s presented to the seller. The letters have a variety of sentiments about why they’ve chosen to pursue the property and offer a little bit about the buyer’s personal life and family. If a person chose to wear a cynical cap, the letters could potentially appear self-serving, as a way to butter up the seller, in a market that has become competitive. I don’t see anything wrong with that. But cap wearing isn’t really my style and I think there’s more to it. I think they’re expressing something deeper.

In our day-to-day work, helping buyers and sellers reach their goals, we develop a special relationship, where we become privy to personal information so we can help their hopes and dreams come to life. A recurring theme is the desire to spend more time with people who matter. In an age where we live with devices and tools that boost our productivity, but slowly reduce the quality and quantity of our actual human interaction, the quest for ways to get it back is strong.

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Our customers get it. They know what’s happening in their lives and they’re looking to fill the gap. This is what some are saying:

“When we reflect on our family and what we enjoy most, as well as what we want in our future, it’s the time spent together, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We know things will slow down a bit for the kids when High School ends, but most likely for a short time as they move into adulthood, college, marriage, kids, etc. We’ve been searching for a place that we can use for years upon years, as a place for family to gather and enjoy.”

“We have 4 children, and as they are growing up, we are realizing that our time with them is limited. We hope to purchase a lake home in order to spend more quality time together, while they are still living with us, but also when they are grown with families of their own.”

We are eager to have a cabin for our family to enjoy.  Our family is large – seven children. Next school year, four will be in college and two in high school.  We are looking forward to sharing special time with our children and, soon, we hope, grandchildren at a lake place.  We feel that your home would be a great place for all of us to enjoy.” 

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This essay from David Byrne, “Eliminating the Human” describes very thoughtfully how we got here and why we thirst for more human interaction. He summary says this:   “Our random accidents and odd behaviors are fun—they make life enjoyable. I’m wondering what we’re left with when there are fewer and fewer human interactions. Remove humans from the equation and we are less complete as people or as a society. “We” do not exist as isolated individuals—we as individuals are inhabitants of networks, we are relationships. That is how we prosper and thrive.”

Thankfully, this place, our area, is a vehicle for more human interaction. If you’d like to start exploring how it can help you prosper and thrive, we’d love to be a part of your journey…and one day, maybe even deliver a letter! – Wanda Boldon

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