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General Area in Milwaukee County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 25, 2014
Matthew Szymuszkiewicz answered:
Hope the information below helps this is per
Let me know if I can assist you further.

Matthew Szymuszkieiwcz
Shorewest Realtors

Florist Highlands is safer than 66% of the neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
The crime rate in Florist Highlands, Milwaukee is less than 1% of the cities in Wisconsin.
The estimated chance of being a victim of a crime in Florist Highlands is 1 in 21.
The estimated chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Florist Highlands is 1 in 124.
The estimated chance of being a victim of a property crime in Florist Highlands is 1 in 25.

Florist Highlands, Milwaukee crime information )Per Year)


Violent crime 810 (estimate) 999 281
Property crime 4,085 (estimate) 5,038 2,454
Total crime index 4,895 (estimate) 6,037 2,734
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Patrick Vandenberg answered:
Hello, Milwaukee is NOT within 35 minutes of Kenosha in Bad Weather......Check out Union Grove or Burlington. Western Kenosha County, Somers, Pleasant Prairie.
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Thu Jun 27, 2013
Melissa Musante answered:
Of course it depends on what you're looking for but I think one of the hottest up and comers right now is the Layton Blvd West Area which includes three different communities. Others have suggested Bay View, and the Heights, and these area GREAT Milwaukee neighborhoods, but they're pretty established and really popular and often tough to find a house at the right price point.
LBWN has a lot going for it but you can still get a home for a very low price. Here's a recent profile I did of this neighborhood for as one of my Creative Communities profiles:

The other place that's often overlooked is The Martin Drive Neighborhood. Here's my profile on that area:

If you'd like to go explore give me call! 414-305-2109
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Fri Jul 6, 2012
Betsy Head answered:
If you are getting a loan your lender would be the one to ask about closing costs. They will aslo have a representative present at closing to make sure the documents they need are signed properly. The seller should be responsible for providing title insurance. If you are not represented by a Realtor I would recommend you hire an attorney. ... more
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Sun Apr 15, 2012
Elwyn O Jarvis answered:
The Property: 5503 N. 91st Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a Short Sale transaction. There has been an accepted offer on that property pending since January 18, 2012. May I suggest speaking with David Neis Phone: (414) 333-3219 ... more
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Tue Mar 27, 2012
Kurt Danskin answered:
I have good news. You are our perfect clients. We specialize in helping people move into their new homes while their credit is being repaired and then purchase the home once they qualify for a FHA Loan.

You can see our current properties by visiting our website -

Feel free to call me at 262-925-8632 and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Dave Gerlach
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Mon Mar 19, 2012
Troy Miller answered:
If raising a family is your primary concern with your new home I would suggest you start by researching the area school systems. Many of the suburbs have very highly rated public schools and if you want to reside in the City itself there are several private school options. Once you narrow down what school system you would like your children to attend I would suggest you work with a licensed agent and have that agent represent you as a buyers agent. A buyers agent will put YOUR interests first, not the sellers and can provide a wealth of information about a home before putting pen to paper to draft an offer. A good buyers agent will find a home that fits both your needs and your budget!

Troy Miller, ABR, RNG
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Fri Sep 23, 2011
Phil Rotondo answered:
You should worry about missing an opportunity on a perfect home that's not a short sale.
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Fri Aug 5, 2011
Linda S. Cefalu answered:

Thanks for the help. That is what I was looking for. When I googled QR codes, I got a ton of links so little overwhelming. I'll check on your suggestions. And I am looking to use them in several different capacities. ... more
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Fri Mar 11, 2011
Bob Tarantino answered:
Good Morning!

In my opinion, the very best way to figure out where to live starts with figuring out work commute times. Draw a circle on a map which encompasses the maximum driving distance/time you can handle. Within the circle, you can then eliminate areas close to the freeway, train tracks, industrial parks, and/or other areas that you want to avoid. Once you've done that, plan on spending a day or two hanging out in and around the areas that interest you most and have housing that fits your budget. This way you can get a good feel for the demographics of the local population and specific characteristics of the neighborhoods. Once you've narrowed it down, call me or one of the other Realtors to help you find a great house.

As a side note, Badgerland Realtors offers a great 20% Buyer Rewards Program. You can use the money for whatever you want - but a lot of people use it to help with moving expenses.

Also, Badgerland can list your property for sale anywhere in the State of Wisconsin through our low-cost 3% at closing Full Service commission plan. Just let me know if we can help.

Bob Tarantino
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Sat Feb 26, 2011
Linda S. Cefalu answered:

Thanks for your response, but I have to tell you that my day is quite regimented and scheduled. However, when there in a position that you are putting in as many hours as possible and still have clients waiting, it's time to rethink what you're doing.

I'm seeking information from agents who have utilized the services of assistants and wondering how they handled it.
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Mon Mar 8, 2010
Scott Stauske answered:
So here is the question that every home buyer needs to ask themselves when making an offer: How did I come up with the price I am about to offer? While the market certainly has steadied a bit in the past 6 months (and in some cases actually showing an uptick in sell prices!) the list prices on homes can still be all over the place. Imagine making an offer of 30% off a list price that is on the higher side of what comparible properties are selling for instead of 30% off a list price that has already been reduced for attracting multiple offers. There is no way anyone can make a generalization about how much of a percentage can or should be taken off a list price as a basis for making an offer. Since a Realtor does not cost you anything if it is a bank-owned and MLS listed property, why wouldn't you ask a local Realtor who could represent your interests to do some work on your behalf and tell you what the potential worth of the property may be AND tell you a little bit more about the pros/cons of working in the REO (real estate owned=a.k.a. bank owned) property market. If you know what you want and are working with a knowledgeable Realtor, you may be able to secure a great deal. If not, you may get just a big headache. Since I am local, I would be happy to take the time to help you through the steps should you desire. By the way, 6-8 months in the marketplace is not necessarily a long-time on the only means that it was not priced low enough to attract a buyers attention. Remember, all real estate is judged on Value...and everyone has a different opinion on what that means to them. Call me at 414-418-8395 should you have additional questions/needs. ... more
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Tue Dec 15, 2009
Mo Daly answered:
I love Fox Point. I am still getting used to a place with no sidewalks as I was on the east side of Milwaukee for years. And no street lights to walk the dog by. That is not great at this time of year. That said, there are very good values in Fox Point. If you want a ranch home, mid century, there are plenty to look at in Fox Point and just over the boarder in Glendale. Municipal water and sewer is also a plus - I have buyers who dislike parts of Bayside for that reason. It is close to the city, you can get a larger lot and have some space between you and your neighbors. Great schools, easy access to the freeway and more. It is Tree City. Also taxes are lower in FP - at least for now. And the guys who pick up your garbage and wonderful! If you are a runner, there are loads of paths to take including the challenge of Beach Drive's hill or Doctor's Park. Hmmm. Guess I like it. ... more
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Wed Aug 13, 2008
Karen Wenzel, e-PRO answered:
There are so many great "neighborhoods", and it is very subjective based on what you are looking for. Besides, as a licensed Realtors, we are prohibited from making generalizations. What would be most helpful to you, is to join forces with a Realtor that you feel comfortable with, give them your criteria, home styles preferred, price range, etc.
Then they can find homes that meet your needs, maybe even look in several areas around the City or County. I always encourage my Buyers to drive through neighborhoods that they are considering prior to us actually looking at the home. They have even stopped and talked to people who were out and about - to get a feel for the area.
It will become apparent to you when you find a neighborhood you are comfortable with.
I wish you all the best!!
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Wed Dec 26, 2007
John answered:
Nadia, if you're able to show the home yourself then try listing it on a FSBO site ($300 or so to be in the MLS) or a site like Craigslist or Yahoo Real Estate. It is still a good idea to interview Realtors to get an idea of the market value of your home based on comps that have sold and to know a good Realtor in case you aren't able to sell it yourself. Ask the Realtors how many homes they've sold in the last 6mo, how many they currently have listed, and what their average listing price / close price is. A good strategy would be to list your condo yourself at 3% less than what the market price is. This way, you have an attractive price and are still able to pay a buyers agent if need be. Then use a real estate lawyer to review the offer and counter if necessary. Realtors are licensed but I prefer to have an actual lawyer help with contracts. Hope this helps.

Try FSBO first -- not to save money (although you probably will), but instead focus on selling quickly for the same net sales price for yourself. Read the article I linked to below, it compares FSBO listings in Madison, WI to Realtor listings. It was done by 3 independent economists, not economists paid by the Realtors Association.
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