Edgar, Wisconsin, Homes for Sale

Just Listed – 311 N 4th Avenue, Edgar


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Cozy home with great character & country feel with covered front & back porch, nice yard w / mature trees, new vinyl siding / new metal roof (2013), bright and open kitchen charming built-ins, included kitchen appliances, original refinished hardwood flooring throughout living / formal dining area, upper level bedrooms w / hardwood flooring, main level laundry room / mudroom area, charming woodwork / trim throughout,
updated 200 AMP electrical panel, and additional storage space in the unfinished basement.

Convenient location minutes from Hwy-29 and just a few blocks from Edgar High School, Edgar Elementary School, Edgar Lanes, Oak Street Park and more!

Contact Austin Solomon today (715) 212-4693 to schedule your showing!

 

Home Buyers

Six Questions to Ask Next Time You’re at an Open House


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An open house is an event hosted by a real estate where they allow walk-ins to tour a home that is for sale. The real estate agent often distributes information about the home and surrounding community during the tour and gives you the opportunity to explore the home. Many searching buyers explore open houses in neighborhoods they’re interested in to get a feel for the layout and structure of the home. If you’re new at touring opens, here are some key questions to ask that will help you make the most of your visit.

How long has this home been on the market?

The amount of time a home has been on the market indicates a few key elements concerning the price and marketability. If the home was just put on the market at a lower price, that may indicate the sellers are looking to sell quickly, making it more advantageous to put in an offer quickly. If the home has been on the market for a few months, the price may not match comparable home prices, therefor, may be a bit more stagnant. In either situation, talk to your Realtor about optimizing your offer for acceptance.

How many offers have been made on this home?

The number of offers on a home may impact your strategy when making an offer. If there are one or more offers on the table, consider meeting with your Realtor to determine the best way to reach offer acceptance Don’t let other offers intimidate you. Your ability to make an offer is the same as anyone else’s. In the event there are no offers on the table, you may have a higher opportunity to purchase at a lower price point.

What year was this home constructed?

Understanding the year the home was built will give you an understanding of the age of the internal home systems including cooling, heating, plumbing, etc. Unless explicitly stated, older homes often come with the original home systems.

What is the surrounding area like?

It’s important to consider the surrounding neighborhood, crime-levels, school districts, neighboring home appearances, etc. when buying a home because these indirectly affect the value of your potential home. Your Realtor should have an understanding of the area, as well as have additional resources for you to reference that will provide additional information.

Where are the lot lines?

In many residential areas, it can be difficult to determine the lot of the home. The Realtor at the open house should be able to provide you with an estimate of the home’s lot; however, in order to get exact measurements, a certified surveyor’s opinion would be required.

What are the property taxes?

Property tax will vary based on a number of factors that may or may not be apparent after walking through an open house. Your Realtor should have the previous years property tax valuations that will give you an estimate of the annual tax amount.

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Austin Solomon, Realtor | Coldwell Banker Action, Schofield, WI

Home Selling

Your Pets May Be Affecting Your Homes Marketability


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We all love our furry friends, but did you know they may be reducing your home’s marketability. Just over 63% of US households have at least one pet, leaving over one third of non-pet owners in the buying market. Non-pet owners are often allergic to pets or simply do not prefer the presence of pets in their home. The good news is you don’t need to get rid of your dog or cat for your home appeal to a non-pet owner. Here are some tips to help “de-pet” your home for your upcoming home sale.

  1. Deodorize

“Pet smell” is one of the most common first indications to touring buyers that a pet dwells at the home. For many non-pet owners, the shear smell of a previous animal may turn them away from even making an offer on a property they’re interested in. Invest in pet deodorizing products that can help eliminate the pet smell from your home. Depending on the circumstance, it may be worth a few hundred dollars to professional hire a cleaner who offers in pet deodorization service.

  1. Thoroughly Clean

Deep clean the interior of your home from top to bottom. Pet fur is another easy indicator a pet lives at the property even if there is little to no observable “pet smell”. Regardless of a pet’s presence, the cleanliness of a home greatly impacts the perception of the homes value. Consider focusing on the following areas which regularly indicate pets:

  • Flooring (carpet, hardwood, tile, etc.)
  • Ventilation systems (heating ducts, cold air returns, fans, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Walls
  • Dusting (counter tops, shelves, light fixtures, fans, etc.)
  • Glass doors/windows
  1. Repair Pet Damages

Pets often cause damage to atheistic features of your home over time; however, these damages are often minor and relatively inexpensive to repair. Maybe your cat always scratches the bottom of your laundry room door, or your dog chews on your table chairs. Regardless of your pet’s habit, pay attention to their actions and repair their damages. Here are a few areas to reflect:

  • Carpet
  • Screen doors
  • Blinds/curtains
  • Base boards
  1. Don’t Forget the Exterior

If you don’t already do so, walk around the yard and clean up all of your pet’s waste. Make sure this is especially well-cleaned in the front yard area. Buyers may cut through the front yard when coming to an open house or individual tour of the home. Stepping in doggy do-do may not only upset to potential buyer, but will easily indicate the presence of a family pet. Also, if you have a “digger”, make sure to fill in all of the holes in the yard!

  1. Box Up Pet Belongings

Temporarily box up all of your pet’s leashes, toys, and treats in a storage container. That way when you have planned buyer traffic you can easily load up your pet’s belongings and your pet during the showing.

  1. Take Your Pet During Buyer-Traffic

It is recommended to take your pet with you during a showing or open house. This may not always be possible depending on your schedule; however, a pet can be distracting during a showing and eradicate the purpose of the previous steps. Contact a neighbor or close friend before you put your house on the market and ask them to watch your pet during showings. You could also drop them off at a pet hotel as a temporary option as well.

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Austin Solomon, Realtor | Coldwell Banker Action, Schofield, WI

Home Buyers

New Homes Vs Pre-Existing Homes… What’s the Difference?


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So, you’re thinking about buying a home in Wisconsin. One question you make ask is what’s the difference between a buying a new home and a pre-existing home, and which choice is right for me? Many homebuyers consider both options when thinking about relocating or purchasing a home. Here are a few positives of both options!

Pros of Buying a New Home 

  • Low Replacement/Repair Costs: New homes are typically move-in ready and won’t come with many home projects. You won’t find yourself spending thousands of dollars on ‘fix-it-up’ projects after you move in. This includes aspects you may not even consider, like roofs, driveways, windows, trim, etc.
  • High Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency rules and regulations at the local, state and national level are always changing. New homes often have to meet greater energy efficiency standards than homes built in past decades. A new home may include energy efficient appliances and efficient insulation to help decrease your recurring, monthly energy expenses.
  • Safety Features: Along with increased efficiency regulations, new homes are also held to many safety standards. New homes often include added fire retardants in materials such as carpeting and insulation, providing added safety features.
  • High Resale Value: Your home won’t be considered “brand new” when you’re ready to sell; however, a home that is 5-8 years old often has a higher resale value than a home that is well-aged.

Pros of Buying a Pre-Existing Home

  • Lower Price: Pre-existing homes are often less expensive initially in comparison to a new home (especially if it is a custom project where you are required to purchase the home materials/labor, in addition to the parcel of land for building). Generally speaking, pre-existing homes are more affordable; however, the needed improvements are something to consider in addition to the price.
  • Project-Oriented: Pre-existing homes feature character and charm that may not be replicable in a new home. If you love do-it-yourself projects, a pre-existing home often offers renovation and rehab projects. These home projects are considered a hobby for many people and may increase the homes value down the road.
  • More Flexible Loan Options: Generally speaking, pre-existing homes have more flexible loan options available compared to new home purchases. Depending on the organization, a new home construction company may require a conventional loan, while pre-existing homes often accept private lending options.

As you’re thinking about buying a home, either new of pre-existing, talk with your Realtor to discuss your options. They may have additional expertise regarding the market and can help you navigate the home-buying process.

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Austin Solomon, Realtor | Coldwell Banker Action, Schofield, WI

 

Home Selling

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Look Worth More


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Put your best foot forward when selling your home. Here are a few helpful tips that may improve your home’s value before selling.

1. Temporarily remove outdated furniture

Although it may be important to you, at some point it becomes a distraction to your home. Temporarily removing your dated furniture can help rooms appear larger by simplifying the space. This can indirectly increase the perceived value of your home.

Hint: More is not better when it comes to furniture. Avoid overcrowding your room with too many furniture pieces or decor items, it can make the room feel smaller.

2. Update light fixtures

Old light fixtures can change the look of the spaces in your home. It’s important to updated outdated lights with vibrant bright lights that illuminate the space and create an ambiance that correlates with the color pallet and mood of each room.

3. Add some texture

Enhance your walls with narrow strips of molding called “picture framing”. This can give your walls a luxurious look and feel, while enhancing the rooms symmetry and perceived cleanliness.

4. Add a backsplash

Add a backsplash in your kitchen and bathrooms. Use that accent to tie in other accent items in the room, such as plant holders, decorative dishes, etc.

5. Amp up your entry

Spend some time enhance your walkway and exterior entrance to your home. This will dramatically increase your homes curb appeal.

As always, each home and selling situation is unique. Consult your Realtor to come up with the best plan for your needs and work together to prepare your home for selling. Have a question, contact Austin today!

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Austin Solomon, Realtor | Coldwell Banker Action, Schofield, WI