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If you are looking to buy or sell a home, get all the information and the latest updates, tips, and tricks from The Roth Team- your professional Milwaukee Real Estate Agents.

Shorewest Greater Milwaukee Real Estate Podcast Mike Roth

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If you are looking to buy or sell a home, get all the information and the latest updates, tips, and tricks from The Roth Team- your professional Milwaukee Real Estate Agents.

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    Common Basement Concerns for Homebuyers & Homeowners

    Common Basement Concerns for Homebuyers & Homeowners

    What kind of issues should you look for in the basement? Chris Mancuso from Accurate Basement Repair is here to explain. I’m joined by Chris Mancuso [sp], the owner of Accurate Basement Repair. Chris has been in the basement repair business for over a decade and helped hundreds of customers all throughout eastern Wisconsin. Today, we’ll go over a few common questions buyers and homeowners alike have about their basements. As a buyer, what concerns should you look for in the basement? It’s important to look at the walls and the floor. You should also go outside the home to check on the grading, gutters, and downspouts. When you enter the basement, Chris recommends using a flashlight so that you can focus on each area of the basement. In the video above, the basement we’re in already has reinforcements installed. The previous owner must have put these in to deal with a structural issue. These steel columns were installed to hold the walls in place. You should look for any cracks, structural issues, and water intrusion. What kind of cracks should you be concerned about? Not all cracks are bad cracks. Almost every basement has some kind of crack in the wall. For example, there is a vertical crack in the wall in this basement. Chris says that this is a settlement crack from years ago, and that he didn’t see any recent movement that would affect the structure upstairs. As a homeowner, you should always have a professional come out to determine which cracks you should be concerned about. Common concerns would be any cracks that come off the window ledges and long, horizontal cracks. The cracks by the window could indicate that the wall is tilting inward, while long, horizontal cracks indicate bowing in the wall. Both of these issues have to be fixed, but they are each addressed a little differently. You should always have a professional come out to assess a crack in the basement. What is the acceptable standard for movement of a wall? What do you do to fix the wall if it is bowing beyond that standard? This year, the state of Wisconsin did issue a code for wall instructions. That is good news for buyers, as inspectors now have a code to look at. If there is cracking in the wall with less than an inch of displacement, you will need to install the vertical steel bars we mentioned earlier. If there is more than an inch of displacement, you’re also looking at excavation, wall strengthening, and reinforcements to repair the issue. Accurate Basement Repair can give you estimates and help you with all of these repairs. Why should you be concerned about water intrusion if you’ve never had water in the basement? There are a lot of preventative measures you can take to make sure that you never get water in your basement. You might not have noticed any water pooling anywhere, but if you are suffering from wet sock syndrome, there is some water in your basement. You should also look for efflorescence (or discoloration) on your basement walls. This could indicate a drain tile issue or a grading and downspout problem, as is the case with this property. Thanks to Chris for stopping by today. If you have any questions for him or if you would like him to inspect your basement, you can give him a call at 414-744-6900 or check out Accurate Basement Repair’s website [link]. As always, if you have any real estate questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

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    The 5 Benefits of Buying and Selling This Fall

    The 5 Benefits of Buying and Selling This Fall

    Today, I’d like to share five reasons why you might want to consider buying or selling now instead of waiting until spring. A lot of people have been asking me lately, “Should I sell now, or wait?” Predominantly, people tend to think that spring is the best time of year to sell. However, the fall can sometimes see more transactions than earlier months of the year. Today, I’d like to share five reasons why you might want to consider buying or selling now instead of waiting until spring. 1. Interest rates are low. Right now, you can get a fixed-rate mortgage for as little as 3% or 4%. We don’t know what the interest rates will be next year, so acting now may be your best option. We don’t know exactly what the future market holds, so acting now may be your best option. 2. Inventory is low. In most price ranges, there is at least a 10% to 15% decrease in the amount of inventory available. Sellers listing right now will benefit from the high demand that has been generated from this low supply. Currently, low inventory can be leveraged for better prices. Inventory in spring tends to increase by at least 15% to 20%. Why wait to sell only to face more competition? 3. Buyers are more serious. People who are shopping for homes at this time of year are very committed to doing so. The market’s current buyers are ready, willing, and able. 4. Transferee buyers are on the market now. If you wait until spring, you won’t be able to capture buyers who are transferring for jobs and must find a home before the end of the year. 5. There’s an upswing of prices. Currently, we’re running a cycle of upswings in prices. It is my belief that in a few months, this cycle will end and prices will stop going up. So, selling your home now while prices are still rising is a good idea. If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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    Should You Trust Zillow With Your Home’s Value?

    Should You Trust Zillow With Your Home’s Value?

    Zillow’s Zestimates can be deeply flawed when it comes to determining your home’s value. Here’s what you should do instead. I get a lot of questions from people asking me if they should trust the value that Zillow gave their home.  To answer that, let me share a few facts with you about Zillow. As a company, they started in 2006. Prior to that, they weren’t involved in the real estate market. Last time I checked, they haven’t sold any homes, either. Zillow is basically a company that collects whatever data they can find and then puts it into their website to determine home values. The one thing Zillow can’t account for is the upgrades or special features of your home. Think of it this way: has Zillow been in your home? Of course not. Zillow's estimates, called Zestimates, are determined by an algorithm based on comparable homes sales. In the greater Milwaukee metro area, Zestimates can be off by as much as 10% or more. Zillow even admitted that 46% of the time their Zestimates were off by at least 5% or more.  Zillow’s Zestimates can be off by as much as 10% or more. As you might’ve heard by now, a homeowner in Illinois actually filed a lawsuit against Zillow because they claimed their Zestimate harmed their home sale. This may yet turn into a class action lawsuit. Zillow knows they have a problem, and they’ve gone as far as offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can fix their algorithm.  In the 11 years since Zillow has been around, whenever I get calls from prospective buyers about homes they’ve found on Zillow, I’ve found that 35% of the time their information is inaccurate. Our website’s information, on the other hand, is 98% accurate.  Taking all of this into account, I wouldn’t put much credo into Zillow’s Zestimate. If you really want to know the value of your home, call a professional Realtor. We can physically look at your home and all of its upgrades and features to provide an accurate valuation.  If you have any questions about Zillow or you want to know the real value of your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

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    7 Keys to Winning a Multiple Offer Situation in Our Market

    7 Keys to Winning a Multiple Offer Situation in Our Market

    To win a multiple offer situation as a buyer in our Greater Milwaukee market, I have seven tips for you to follow. In our current market, if you see a home you like that’s a hot property in a favorable price range, there could be multiple offers for it.  If you find yourself in this situation and have to compete with other buyers, here are seven things you can do to make your offer the best of the bunch:  1. Make sure the seller knows you’re qualified. The best way to do this is to get a pre-approval letter (not a pre-qualification letter) from your lender and submit it along with your offer for at least the mortgage amount or higher.  2. Submit a large earnest money deposit. A normal deposit in today’s market is 1% of the purchase price, so make yours 2%, 3%, or even 5% of the purchase price. If your offer doesn’t get accepted, you’ll get that money back anyway.  3. Find out from your agent what’s important to the seller. Do they prefer an earlier or later closing date? Do they want certain items excluded from the sale? Your agent can find these things out by talking to the listing agent prior to you making your offer.  4. Give the seller time to move. I understand you want to move in as fast as possible, but normal closings take about 45 days, so if you’re expecting them to be out in 20 to 30 days, that’s unrealistic unless it’s a vacant property.  5. Consider shortening or waiving some of the contingencies you have. For example, instead of waiting two or three weeks to do a home inspection, do it within seven days. If you think the property is good enough as it is, consider waiving the inspection altogether. The fewer contingencies you bring, the better chance your offer has of being accepted.  6. Let the seller know you love their house. I suggest writing a brief letter to the seller outlining why you love their house and why they should pick you to be its buyer. And remember—be sincere.  Make your first offer your highest and best one. 7. Make a good offer. Make your highest and best offer now because you may not get countered. Excuse the listing price and have your agent do a comparative market analysis—sometimes properties are priced below market value, and you may have to offer thousands of dollars more to get that property.  If you have any questions about getting your next home in today’s competitive market, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to assist you.

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    Greater Milwaukee Area Market Update

    Greater Milwaukee Area Market Update

    Today I wanted to give you a market update on how the market has been doing the last seven months. Now that we’re into August, I thought I would take some time to give you a market update recapping the last seven months of this year. I’ve laid out the current statistics compared to this time last year below. If you’re thinking of selling, now is the time to do so. Number of homes available for sale is down by 12%Number of days on market decreased from 61 to 39 daysNumber of listings also decreased by 2%Number of homes sold is down 9%, mostly due to low inventoryMedian sales price has increased 5% to 6% in the metro areaMilwaukee County sales price is $160,000Waukesha County sales price is $308,000Washington County sales price is $255,000Ozaukee County sales price is $305,000Racine County sales price is $171,000 Inventory is low and prices are going up—so if you've been thinking of selling, now is the time to do so. Based on these statistics, we’re in a firm seller’s market in the metro area. For buyers, the interest rates are still low and you can find a great deal on a mortgage if you’re looking to buy. If you have any questions on the market or you’re looking to buy or sell a home, please give us a call. We’d be happy to help!

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    How to Get Rid of Harmful Radon Gas

    How to Get Rid of Harmful Radon Gas

    Radon gas can be very harmful. Here’s how to make sure the levels in your home are acceptable. Over 50% of the houses we sell have radon gas inspections done. Eric Clark from Lifetime Radon Solutions is here with us to talk a little bit about radon gas, what it is, and how you can treat it if the levels of radon in your home get too high.  Radon is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas. We know it’s there, but we don’t know it’s there. It’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from uranium in the soil and is concentrated in the home. The midwest is notorious for high levels of radon. Wisconsin is right up there. Radon can’t be seen or smelled, but it can be measured and it can have consequences. Behind smoking, radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Every house has radon, it’s just a matter of how much. The EPA recommends action for any radon levels above 4 pCi/L. A solution to a dangerous problem. Lifestyle Radon Solutions offers radon mitigation systems and they can install them in a number of ways. They draw the radon gas out from the home by creating a negative pressure that gets the gas out before it even enters the home. They guarantee that your radon levels will be below 4 pCi/L with one of their systems.The price range for one of these systems is anywhere from $845 to $1305.  So even if you have high radon levels in your home, it is fixable. If you have any questions for Eric about Lifestyle Radon Solutions and any of the services or products they offer, give him a call at (262)-955-7701. If you have any other real estate questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us anytime. We look forward to hearing from you.

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