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Julie Press-Raese

Let's make a deal!!

Can you believe the deals out there?  If you have not paid attention you should spend a day with me!! There are homes for sale that have deep discounts.  Of course, some are not in as good of shape as others, but you will get a better price for that type of property.  If ever you've wanted to do some fixing up on a home....now is the time! I have a buyer who recently got accepted offers on 3 bedroom ranch style homes with 2 car garages and 2 baths. He got TWO homes for 95k!  Seriously!  Both in great locations...both needing some repair but great deals! It really is fun to help a buyer find the diamond in the rough so let me help you find one!!! Happy hunting! Julie Raese Century 21 Affiliated

Janesville Homes For Sale: 514 North Oakhill Ave Realtor Julie Press-Raese

Here is another great Janesville home for sale listing by Julie Press-Raese located at 514 North Oakhill Ave, Janesville, WI.  Nice location for this 3 bedroom home !! Master bedroom has patio doors leading to deck & fenced yard. Many updates in the past few years include concrete driveway, new furnace & central air. Basement has been professionally water proofed with warranty. Hardwood floors under carpets, except master bedroom. For additional details on this listing please visit this page. Be sure to check out my homepage at www.juliesellsjanesville.com and visit our facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/juliesellsjanesville

Bring home the trophy!

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious"   Vince Lombardi Yesterday Packer fans had a huge day!  We were able to beat the odds and bring the Lombardi trophy home to Green Bay!    Why does this seem to be such an important thing?  It was amazing to see the coverage of the super bowl on the entire day.  It seemed to be the real American thing! What can we take from this special day?  Even if you are not a Packer fan (which I can't imagine), there is so much to learn from this one day. What if we all acted and worked as if everyday were our Superbowl?  Can you imagine the accomplishments? I'm so proud of our team as well as all Americans!  We can really learn from this sporting event for our real life.  So go out there and win your Superbowl today and everyday!

Tables Turn in 2011 on Rent vs. Own

Tables Turn in 2011 on Rent vs. Own Rents have surged as home prices have dropped, which have prompted some to ponder whether homeownership is really worth it. Moody's Analytics data has suggested that it makes more financial sense to rent than buy in many U.S. cities, but Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi now says that is about to change. "By mid 2011 and certainly by end of 2011, buying will be superior to renting in most parts of the country," Zandi says.Home prices are expected to fall further, making more homes affordable, whereas rent prices are expected to continue to rise this year. The following are a few of the top cities where it makes more sense to buy than rent, according to Moody data. (Experts often recommend buying when the price-rent ratio is below 15 and rent when it's above 20.) ? Cleveland: 11.43? Pittsburgh, Pa.: 11.71? Detroit: 12.32? Phoenix: 12.35? Atlanta: 12.82? Tampa, Fla.: 13.08? Orlando, Fla.: 13.1? Cincinnati: 13.74? Las Vegas: 13.89Source: "Rent vs. Own Ratio to Flip in 2011?" Fortune (Jan. 4, 2011)

New Law Will Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors in All Homes

New Law Will Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors in All Homes

On March 10, 2010, Governor Doyle signed into law Senate Bill 415, legislation that requires all homes to have carbon monoxide detectors beginning on February 1, 2011. On February 1, 2011, Wisconsin's new carbon monoxide detector law will go into effect, requiring all homes to have a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, poisonous gas, which cannot be detected by human senses. Dubbed the "silent killer", carbon monoxide claims more than 2,000 lives each year and sends more than 40,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. alone. At high concentrations, carbon monoxide can be fatal within minutes. Twenty-three other states already have laws requiring carbon monoxide alarms in residential properties. This new law will expand the current carbon monoxide detector requirements to all one and two-family homes and parallels requirements for smoke alarms for ease of installation. Specifically, this new law will require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in the basement of the dwelling and on each floor level except the attic or storage area of both newly constructed and existing homes. For new construction, the alarms must be hard-wired in order to be current with national model safety codes. For existing homes, the alarms can be battery operated and can be multi purpose (smoke and carbon monoxide). Dwellings with no attached garages, no fireplaces and no fuel-burning fireplaces are exempted from this requirement. Similar to the smoke alarm law, the new carbon monoxide detector law does not have a fine or penalty associated with non-compliance. However, all home inspections will be required to check for carbon monoxide alarms.  If a carbon monoxide incident happens in your home without the detector your insurance may not cover the claim.  That would be a very scary thought.  Be smart and safe!

Cheers to the New Year!

?Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.? -Oprah Winfrey It's just about time to head back to work tomorrow!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and spent some quality time with the people who matter most to you!  As I write this blog, I'm trying to figure out where I may have went wrong last year.  I believe I have the same goals as I did last year at this time.   I'm not sure how I failed on my goals but life just happens. This year was a true challenge for many of us.  The economy was tough for many.  The real estate market was challenging for many.  Yet I was fortunate enough to have 56 closings for a total of around $7,500,000.  I am very blessed.  Thank you to those who were kind enough to help me with business! I lost a great friend to cancer this year.  She was only 51.  Cancer really does suck.  There's not too much more to say about that.  I just wish there would be some progress on the cure of this terrible disease. I was blessed with a grandson this year!  I was not ready to be a grandma, I can tell you!  But it is awesome!  It is impossible to be in a bad mood when you are holding a child in your arms!  It's like being a new parent, but so much better. Let's just take one day at a time and be successful with that!  Wishing you and your family a very healthy and prosperous New Year!  Remember what is important!

Baby it's cold!

Our first winter day below zero!  I had forgot how crisp and clean the air is at this temp! Remember though, that it is not safe to be out in the weather for extender periods of time. This is true for you as well as your pets!  But what about the people who are homeless this season? There seems to be more need than ever before.  Please think about sending a check to your local pantry or shelter to help those in need especially around the holidays.  You can make a difference!

Thanksgiving alone?

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  Chances are good that you are getting together with family and friends for a great, hot meal!  What about those with no family or friends around? What if you would call and ask just one person, who has no one to count on?  Would that not make your Thanksgiving? Would that make that person's Thanksgiving? I challenge you to try to find that someone who is dreading the up coming Holiday and invite them to join your festivities!  Report back!  I'd love to hear from you! Happy Selling! Julie Raese Century 21 Affiliated

It's a big circle back home!

I found out last week that my company merged with the other big hitter in the Rock County area to make one huge company that kicks butt in the market share of both Janesville and Rock County!  What does this mean for my buyers and sellers.  Just that we will have more to choose from and more systems in place to help.  I look forward to my new office mates arriving and getting settled in our office.  I also look forward to learning the new ropes of my new company. Change is in the air in this crazy economy...we may as well embrace it and forge on! My new company is Century 21 Affiliated which makes the Coldwell Banker franchise gone in Rock County! The funny thing is I started with Century 21 Affiliated 21 years ago...so I'm back home!

Be more understanding for those involved in the foreclosure mess.....

Today I had a call from the tenant, who occupies one of my listings. She was given notice that her family of 4 will need to evacuate the property by December 23, 2010 because the home was foreclosed as of September 23, 2010. I spent about 40 minutes talking to her about where she will take her family, especially during the holiday season and winter.  This seemed like terrible timing for her and her family. The owner of the home had told her that he had "saved" the house and that she should send him the rent as usual because he had bills to pay as well. I really feel sorry for everyone in these situations.  It's really tough to be caught in the middle of the foreclosure process no matter who you are, I  guess.  For those of you who don't have to deal with this, be happy.  For those of you who do, please have some compassion for all involved!  I'm not so sure it's not going to get worse before it gets better!

Are you going out to the expo today?

Forward Janesville presents the2010 Rock Regional Business Expo!
If you are in the Rock County area it would be wise of you to head over to the 2010 Rock Regional Business Expo!  There will be many opportunities for you to meet business people in our area. These are important functions for you to attend as a business person.  You need to support your local economy!  Plus it will be fun.  Hope to see you there!

Eastside Condo! Mint!

2423 Lucerne Dr $129,900.00
2423 Lucerne Dr, Janesville, WI 53545
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2 Bed, 2.0 Bath1081 SF Tour # 2326398 Open House: Sun Oct 171:00pm to 2:00pm
1 of 22 1607800$129,9002423 Lucerne Dr53545RockWI21081001081BlaneyHoliday Dr (by the mall) to S on Sumac to Lucerne000100100Lucerne Dr Condo Unit brick condo in mint condition on Janesville's eastside near all the shopping yet quiet !! Has private backyard that backs to the Kiwanis Park. So many updates - new flooring, bathroom fixtures, sink and vanity. New bath in lower level. New counters, sink faucets and lighting in kitchen. New outdoor lamp, brick patio overlooking backyard and park. New softener, new shed and new roof in 2008. This is a must see - so comfortable and ready for you to move in and enjoy. For more information, please contact:
JULIE RAESE Coldwell Banker Success JANESVILLE, WI608-756-4196608-751-1958 Cell608-756-0193 Fax
Information supplied by sellers. Deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

Great new listing this week!

2525 Cedar Pointe Dr $149,900.00
2525 Cedar Pointe Dr, Janesville, WI 53546
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3 Bed, 1.5 Bath1456 SF Tour # 2326436
Great location !! Almost 1/2 acre lot, fenced with mature trees. Roof, windows, doors, bath, siding and water heater all replaced. Hardwood floors in living room, dining room and hall. Large kitchen opens to dining room (or family room) with formal living room. Patio door opens to fenced yard. Wood burning stove in lower level for heating if desired. Home is in excellent condition with neutral and warm colors. For more information, please contact:
JULIE RAESE Coldwell Banker Success JANESVILLE, WI608-756-4196608-751-1958 Cell608-756-0193 Fax
Information supplied by sellers. Deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

Open house this Sunday!

2314 E Pine Tree Ct $319,900.00
2314 E Pine Tree Ct, Milton, WI 53563
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4 Bed, 3.5 Bath3300 SF Tour # 2162633
Quality built southern exposure with a view. Custom home on great location with tons of upgrades. Wonderful maple kitchen with ceramic floor. Huge pantry, island & bar opens to great room & dining. Exceptional views, 6 panel doors, master bedroom suite with jetted tub & WIC. Main floor or lower level laundry, 3 1/2 car garage. Walkout lower level to patio - enjoy mature landscaping & ponds. Huge family room, bedroom, bath & laundry. Impeccably kept & decorated. For more information, please contact:
JULIE RAESE Coldwell Banker Success JANESVILLE, WI608-756-4196608-751-1958 Cell608-756-0193 Fax
Information supplied by sellers. Deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

What a great day! Enjoy the Fall weather!!

Don't you just love Fall in Wisconsin?  It is so wonderful to see the changes coming! Our weather is very questionable most of the time as we never know what to expect.  Maybe that's how life is too!  Just when you think you have it figured out, it changes.  So, go out and enjoy this beautiful day and do something productive for someone else...and yourself. If you are not enjoying what you are doing, DO something else!  Life is too short!

Happy July 4th to all!

What a wonderful weekend it's going to be!  Time to enjoy your family and friends with picnics and parades and fireworks!  Take the time to think about how lucky we are to have our freedom.   What are you going to do to celebrate?  Make some memories!

My Monthly Update

Julie Raese Coldwell Banker Success SALES PERIOD: April 2010 TYPE         ACT      NEW     SLD        AVE$        DOM        % of LIST Jvl. Single Fam 642      152       86     $ 119,672     84              93 Jvl. Condo         64        14        2          87,000     154             87 Jvl. Multi-Fam    69        13        4          56,125      81             86 Rock Cty Res  1526      357     188       114,070      98 YTD Jvl. Single Fam             579     216    $ 116,309      96              91 Jvl. Condo                     47       10       97,070      122              92 Jvl Multi-Fam                 45       12       49,904      109              78 Rock County Res        1299      490     109,092      106 What's been going on in the Real Estate market? We had a large number of purchases at the end of the tax credit on April 30, 2010. Those need to close by June 30, 2010 for the buyer to take advantage of the tax credit. This credit did NOT get extended. Purchases are up from last year in volume. Coldwell Banker-Success is enjoying a 26.1% of the market share. I have closed over 3.5 million so far this year with an average sale of $141,500. It's been a very busy start to the year! New law passed requires all one and two family dwellings to have a carbon-monoxide detector in place by Jan 2011. If you do not have one in your home, it is a good idea to get one ahead of the coming law. It seems that every year someone loses their life because of a carbon-monoxide poisoning. Don't let it be your family. Have you had your home checked for Radon? Radon is a problem in about 50% of all homes in Rock County. If you have questions please give me a call or e-mail and I'll get you the info!


Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Specific Performance As An Available Remedy To Sellers When Buyers Breach the Contract Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in Ash Park, LLC v. Alexander & Bishop, Ltd., held in a unanimous decision that sellers of real estate may seek specific performance of the contract and interest on the purchase price without first pursuing other remedies when buyers breach the contract. In this case, Alexander & Bishop ("the Buyer") breached a contract to purchase a parcel of real estate from Ash Park, LLC, (the "Seller"). The circuit court granted summary judgment in favor of the Seller and ordered specific performance of the contract and also imposed interest on the purchase price from the time of the breach to the time of court's ruling. The Buyer claimed that the Seller was first required to pursue other legal remedies (e.g., a judicial sale of the property) before seeking specific performance of the contract. In addition, the Buyer argued that the Seller should not be entitled to interest on the purchase price or, in the alternative, should be required to attempt to sell the property to another party after the breach has occurred as a way to mitigate damages and offset any interest owed on the purchase price. The Supreme Court rejected these arguments and upheld the circuit court's decision to award specific performance of the contract and interest on the purchase price. Specifically, the court held: A seller may seek specific performance of the contract when the contract specifically provides that specific performance is an available remedy. A seller is not required to demonstrate that other remedies are inadequate as a prerequisite to an order for specific performance. Although a judicial sale and deficiency judgment may be a means of effectuating an award of specific performance, we conclude that this procedure is not mandatory. Rather, it depends on the facts and equities of the case. A seller does not have a duty to mitigate damages when a seller asks for interest in addition to specific performance. Because a duty to mitigate would be contrary to an award of specific performance and would pose practical difficulties for the non-breaching seller, the Court declined to require mitigation when a seller asks for interest in addition to specific performance. The WRA filed an amicus brief in this case arguing that sellers should be able to seek specific performance and interest when a buyer breaches the contract. This year, the WRA has filed briefs in 7 cases -- 5 cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1 case before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and 1 case before the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. So far, the WRA has received favorable rulings in 2 of these cases. For more information, please contact Tom Larson (tlarson@wra.org) at (608) 240-8254.

Southern Wisconsin Airfest!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! Looking for something fun to do with your family? Look no further! Southern Wisconsin AirFEST is proud to host TWO Jet Teams Memorial Day Weekend in 2010.  AirFEST is THE air show to visit this year, as they are the only civilian show in North America to host two jet teams - the USAF Thunderbirds and Canadian Forces Snowbirds.  Add to this lineup the always amazing US Army Golden Knights and the incredible Tin Stix and you'll undoubtedly witness one of the very best air shows in the world right here at Southern Wisconsin AirFEST! Here's the schedule: Friday Night Takeoff Party Gates Open at 5:00pmOpening Ceremony at 6:00pmRemembrance Table Ceremony (Vietnam Veterans of America, Rock County Chapter) Susan DacyF 18 Navy Demo Team Prop Aerobatic Demo Canadian Forces SnowBirds Skip Stewart Les Shockley (SuperShockwave Twin Engine Jet Truck) Rich's Incredible Pyro Golden Knights Twilight Balloon Glow Saturday and Sunday Gates Open at 9:00amOpening Ceremonies at 11:30amRemembrance Table Ceremony (Vietnam Veterans of America, Rock County Chapter) Golden Knights jump at 12:00noonNavy F-18 Single Ship Jet Demonstration Susan DacySuperShockwave Twin Engine Jet Truck Race with Skip Stewart Snowbirds Melissa PembertonThunderbirds

Fun at the Pitts

Party at the Pitts was a success!  Over 400 local business people got together to unite in a fundraiser for KANDU Industries!  Fun was had by all.  Great food, music and fireworks!  Hopefully this is an annual event as I believe the excitement will only grow!  Good job to those who planned and pulled off this grand event!

Party at the Pitts!

Have you heard?  KANDU is partying at Diane Hendricks' property on May 20th and all proceeds will benefit KANDU. Check out their website for event details and registration (www.kanduindustries.com). Funds will be used to support KANDU's mission and the following programs: Day Services/Memory Care, Return to Work, Supported Community Employment, Navigator Transition Program, Work Services, and more. Due to decreased public funding, KANDU has implemented a more broad based system of generating resources through its Fund Development activities. This event is just one example. Public funding used to represent 80% of our annual operating budget. Today, these funds represent less than 40%. Diane Hendricks' personal invitation message: Please join me in supporting a local organization that builds dignity, self-respect and independence for all people in Rock County, regardless of their mental or physical disadvantages. KANDU Industries has, for more than 45 years, provided meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities or disadvantages to meet their full potential. Funding sources continue to shrink. Now is a critical time for all of us to act and support our local families. Please help me invest in KANDU's critical programs by attending this outdoor event at The Pitts. All proceeds will benefit KANDU. So come, enjoy yourself, and make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Rock County. What a great opportunity to visit the Henrick's property.  I'm looking forward to spending the day as a volunteer then enjoying the dinner at night.  I encourage you to do the same!

Jobs in and Jobs out

The last of the GM workers have been notified to get to Ohio in a jiffy or loose all benefits.  They were give a total of 3 days to make this decision and to report to work in one week.  This has been a difficult time for many people and hopefully the last wave will accept their destiny and make the best of it.  The good news is they will have a job with benefits most likely better than what they will find if they stay.  The bad news is that we may have another batch of new homes on the market in an already large inventory of homes for sale.  What does that mean to buyers?  Well, I would guess it would be a good time to find a nice home in still a very nice area.  I know there are people moving into town to be hired in at the newly constructed hospital.  Good news for Janesville. If you were just thinking about making that move, this may be the best time!

Does anyone read the newspaper anymore?

Really! Internet or Newspaper?  That is the question.  After being in Real Estate for 21 years, I've seen a shift in how customers are finding their info, obviously!  So, I'm wondering what the future of the newspaper ad is going to be.  I question the buyers that come to my open house to find where they really found out about the open house?  What are you experiencing?  The cost of print advertising is so high that it almost is an eliminator right there. I guess I wouldn't mind paying the extra dollar if I thought it really was a worthwhile thing for a seller? The younger generation of buyers has never even read a newspaper.  That is really a weird thought. Is there a clear answer?  I wonder?

Open house Sunday!!

I'm getting reading to head out for 2 open houses today!  One is a great tri-level between Janesville and Evansville on 1 acre for $199,900.  The other is a great family home on 1/2 acre in Evansville with 3-4 bedrooms and a 2 car garage for $149,900.  Both are really nice homes in great locations...close to Madison and Janesville for a work commute! If you have the chance to head out to look at these today I'd be thrilled to see you!  If you can't see them today but would like more info, please call me at 608-751-1958! Have a wonderful Sunday!  Great weather finally! 4703 N LAURA DR-Janesville Open Today from 12-1 Listed at $199,900 124 N 3rd St-Evansville Open house today from 1:30-2:30 listed at $149,900

Squatters Moving Out Of West Side Home

Squatters Moving Out Of West Side Home Family Moved Into House Under Foreclosure Two Weeks Ago So another update!  The police arrived this morning and asked the family to move out.  A moving truck has been ordered and the family is moving.  No charges have been made. Just when I thought I had enough to do, I now will have to drive by my vacant listings to make sure no one has moved in! This is a crazy!

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  • Look at each room and see whether there are extra pieces of furniture that could be removed. The key to decluttering is less is more.
  • Declutter and stage the home All the ?little stuff? sellers have around their house, including collectibles and photos, should be put away.
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