September 2020 Housing Market

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What a year it has been. September 2020 showed continued strength in the real estate market, despite the pandemic. The MetroMLS released their ‘Monthly Indicators,’ this past week with positive news.

Strong buyer activity has continued into the fall, which is normally the start of the seasonal slowing of the housing market. With stronger buyer activity in the market this year and the continued constrained supply of homes for sale, speedy sales and multiple offers are likely to remain a common occurrence and will keep the housing market hot even when the weather is cooling.
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While mortgage rates remain near record lows, The Mortgage Bankers Association reports that lending standards are tightening, which makes it a bit more difficult for some buyers to qualify. At the same time, unemployment remains substantially higher than a year ago due to COVID-19. Despite all this, buyers are out in full force this fall, showing amazing resilience in the middle of
a pandemic.

Monthly Indicators by MetroMLS

In our hyper-local market, of Kenosha, Racine & Walworth Counties, all our numbers were up in September 2020, compared to September 2019. Increased median sales price, more new listings, and more sales. Below are the ‘Local Market Reports‘ by MetroMLS & ShowingTime.

Nationally, in regards to last month’s market, Realtor.com stated,

“Homes are sold at an increasingly fast pace when compared to last year, and prices remain at all-time-highs into September. Inventory continues to be constrained by stronger than normal buyer demand and little new inventory.”

September 2020 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report: Heightened Summer Housing Market Activity Spilling Over into Fall by Realtor.com

Overall, like last month, I’ve been on more showings and written more offers per buyer accepted offer, in September. I see new listing after new listing go under contract within days of hitting the market, later in the year than I am used to seeing, as well.

My message to all is to stay in tune with this evolving market. More jobs are going remote than ever before, which means more city-folk are moving country-side. This means competition and higher housing prices. Sellers: be aware that increased demand and bidding wars may lead to local buyers stepping out of the market soon. If demand decreases, prices will follow suit; if you want to list your home, do so before the holidays. Buyers: interest rates are still low, but you will need to be ready to act, and prepared to compete, when the right home hits the market. Get your pre-approval now, and check on the inventory in your local market often. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for an MLS search update.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Sources:

September 2020 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report: Heightened Summer Housing Market Activity Spilling Over into Fall by Realtor.com

Monthly Indicators by MetroMLS

Local Market Reports by MetroMLS & ShowingTime

August 2020 Housing Market Update

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The hot summer market continued to sizzle last month, in our hyper-local market, the state of Wisconsin, and Nationally.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®,

“Existing-home sales continued to climb in August, marking three consecutive months of positive sales gains, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Each of the four major regions experienced both month-over-month and year-over-year growth […]”

Existing Home Sales Report by National Association of REALTORS®

The MetroMLS echoed this positive message for the Metro-Milwaukee area, within which I reside and work, for last month.

“The housing and stock markets continue to be the leaders in the economy. In August, showings remained at strong levels while housing inventory remained limited, continuing the competitive bidding market we have seen in recent months. With the stock indexes at or near record highs as mortgage rates remain near record lows, signs point to a busy fall housing market.

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Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased by 12.4% to $281,080. Days on Market remained flat at 28 days. Buyers felt empowered as Months Supply of Inventory was up 20.8% to 2.9 months. As we look towards the fall, we usually see housing activity slow down as the back-to-school season begins. But, this year is far from normal. While uncertainty remains on what effects the upcoming elections and any seasonal resurgence of COVID-19 may have on the financial and housing markets, the healthy housing demand we see today will create significant tailwinds in the near term”

Monthly Indicators by MetroMLS

Finally, as far as market reports go, the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association had similar things to say in regards to August home sales, in our tri-county area of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties.

“According to the monthly WRA home sales report that was released on September 21 , a new three-month record for the most Wisconsin home sales ever was set in the months of June, July and August.

In Walworth County, the number of home sales in August 2020 was 4.1% lower than in August of last year, while the median home sale price increased by 7.9%. Through the first eight months of 2020, the number of home sales in Walworth County is down by 3.9% compared to the first eight months of last year, while the year-to-date median home sale price is up by 11.1%.

In Racine County, the number of home sales in August 2020 was 4.4% higher than in August of last year, while the median home sale price increased by 18.4%. Through the first eight months of 2020, the number of home sales in Racine County is down by 0.9% compared to the first eight months of last year, while the year-to-date median home sale price is up by 8.9%.

In Kenosha County, the number of home sales in August 2020 was 2.9% lower than in August of last year, while the median home sale price increased by 13.0%. Through the first eight months of 2020, the number of home sales in Kenosha County is down by 2.5% compared to the first eight months of last year, while the year-to-date median home sale price is up by 7.4%. […]

Wisconsin Housing Market Records Record Sales for Summer by Wisconsin REALTORS® Association

Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime

Why are we seeing positive things come out of a market in the midst of a pandemic? One of the major contributors is mortgage interest rates for home loans.

“The all-time low for mortgage rates was set in mid-September, averaging just 2.86%. With record-low mortgage rates, prospective home buyers can significantly decrease their borrowing costs.”

Mortgage Rates Edge Up, Still Near Record Lows by National Association of REALTORS®

Another noteworthy contributor to this uptick in the real estate market is our decreasing unemployment rate.

“In Walworth County, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.6% in July, to 5.4% in August. These figures compare favorably to the national unemployment rate, which was 8.4% in August […]”

The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development report

Overall, it has been one heck of a summer. Personally, I have experienced incredibly high buyer demand and frustratingly low inventory. This has resulted in many more offers written compared to offers accepted. More than once, I have had buyers be outbid by cash offers with a quick closing date more often than I am used to. It also meant I took the same buyer out on more showings than it usually takes to get them under contract. I’ve experienced many pre-listing appointments where the potential seller is “just curious,” and/or folks that want to “wait to see what happens,” with the market, the economy, and the country overall. Lastly, I’ve seen new listings go under contract within DAYS of hitting the market, and upwards of 10 showings the first day or two of listing.

All things considered, my message is very similar to last month. Buyers, if you are at all serious about purchasing a home, you must be ready to jump. Get your pre-approval ready to go, and check your MLS search frequently; when the right home comes onto the market, you will have to get in there ASAP or you’ll miss out. Sellers, the lack of inventory means when your home is listed, you better be ready to move; it is very likely that your home will sell quickly.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Sources:

Existing Home Sales Report by National Association of REALTORS®

Monthly Indicators by MetroMLS

Wisconsin Housing Market Records Record Sales for Summer by Wisconsin REALTORS® Association

Mortgage Rates Edge Up, Still Near Record Lows by National Association of REALTORS®

Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime

Mortgage Rates Edge Up, Still Near Record Lows by National Association of REALTORS®

The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development report

July 2020 Housing Market Update

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Wow! The July real estate market came in with a bang and left with a boom (and I don’t just mean the Independence Day fireworks, although those were astounding). If you thought we were setting ourselves up for failure, by comparing this year to last year, given the fact that 2019 was such a good year for real estate and the overall economy: you were wrong. The housing market in July 2020 was actually BETTER, year over year, in more ways than one!

The WRA recently published: July 2020 Home Sales Report: Record July Home Sales Push Prices Up. Specifically, stated, “Wisconsin’s existing home sales hit a new record for the month of July, which increased prices by double digits, according to the most recent monthly analysis of the state housing market by the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA). Sales of existing homes rose 7.6% in July relative to that same month in 2019, and the median price rose to $226,400, which is 10.4% higher than July 2019. On a year-to-date basis, sales are now only slightly lower than this time last year, with sales in the first seven months of 2020 just 1.9% below the same period of 2019, and prices are up 8.4% to $213,000.”

In this month’s edition of Market Reports, by Metro MLS, they elaborated on this trend.

Healthy buyer demand and constrained supply continue to be the story for much of the country.  Nationally, showing activity in July remained substantially higher than a year before and multiple offer situations are a frequent experience in many markets. With the inventory of homes for sale still constrained, a competitive market for buyers shows little sign of waning.

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While the number of unemployment insurance weekly initial claims have been far lower in recent weeks than their peak in March and April, more than 1 million new claims are still being filed each week and more 31 million were claiming benefits in all programs as of early July, compared to fewer than 2 million in July 2019. Despite this significant economic impact, home buyers remain extremely resilient. With mortgage rates remaining near record-low levels and home purchase mortgage applications up from a year ago, high buyer activity is expected to continue into the late summer and early fall market

Current as of August 10, 2020. All data from Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime

Specifically, when we look at the charts below for Kenosha, Racine & Walworth Counties, as well as the hyperlocal market within which I work mostly, Lake Geneva – Delavan – Williams Bay, you’ll see these jumps in productivity specifically. The tri-county area had more sales July 2020 compared to July 2019 across the board!!! Each individual county was still down in new listings, but my local market went up. Finally, aside from Kenosha County, median sales price also went up in the month of July.

What is this saying overall? I believe we are seeing an influx of city-folk moving out to their favorite rural vacation destination full-time, given how many businesses have switched to remote function. I do not see this trend lasting forever. Listen up Potential Sellers: this is the hottest sellers market in recent history and we do not know exactly how long it will last, but only that it will not last forever!!! Potential Buyers: interest rates are at historic lows! Again: we do not know for how long only that it will not be like this forever.

July has come to pass; enjoy summer while it lasts. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, as few and far between as they may seem.

My July bloomed with accepted offers, vegetables from my dad’s garden, and funny memes.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Sources:

July 2020 Home Sales Report: Record July Home Sales Push Prices Up

Metro MLS. Report © 2020

June 2020 Housing Market

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Here in Wisconsin, the month of June represents carefree summertime livin’: grilled food, festivals, long holiday weekends, and plenty of sunshine. June 2020, however, was marked by civil rights protests against police brutality, violence, job loss, business closures, and month FOUR of this COVID-19 plague. During difficult times, I hold on by committing myself to find the silver lining. More than ever, having a home to stay in, for safety’s sake, is of the utmost importance.

In an article by Matthew Speakman of Zillow called, “June Existing Home Sales: Making Up For Lost Time” the national statistics for the month of June were layed out:

June existing home sales rose 20.7% from May to 4.72 million (SAAR), according to the National Association of Realtors, the largest ever one-month increase in the series’ history. Sales were down 11.3% from June 2019.
The median existing-home price for all housing types in June was $295,300, up 3.5% from June 2019 ($285,400).
Total housing inventory at the end of June totaled 1.57 million units, up 1.3% from May and down 18.2% from one year ago.

By Matthew Speakman on Jul. 22, 2020

You read that correct: the percentage increase in home sales from May to June 2020 broke records. There were also more homes listed in June (compared to May 2020). In comparison to last year, the median sales price is higher, but there are less new listings. One might take this to mean that nationally, the real estate market is improving overall, and maybe the worst is behind us.

Locally, the metro-Milwaukee Multiple Listing Service said the following about the Southeastern Wisconsin June market in their Monthly Indicators:

“While much of the country was working on a phased reopening of the economy
in June, real estate activity continued to strengthen as well. Nationally, June
showing activity as tracked by ShowingTime was up notably from the COVID-19
depressed levels in recent months but was also up from June 2019, reflecting
pent-up demand by prospective home buyers.

[…] While buyer activity continues to be robust, seller activity continues to be a bit
softer, with fewer homes being listed for sale than a year ago. Many housing
experts believe sellers remain reluctant to list their homes due to continued
concerns over COVID-19, which was beginning to see a resurgence in June.
Until sellers regain confidence, housing inventory will continue to be constrained
during what is expected to be an active summer selling season.”

All data from Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime.

The local market analyses below are for the Counties of Racine, Kenosha & Walworth, plus one for the Lake Geneva – Delavan – Williams Bay Area. Personally working mainly in Walworth County, I have seen buyers demand skyrocket. Meanwhile, potential sellers are ‘waiting to see what happens.’ Not all of them, I had some new listings. At the start of this pandemic, several people told me they anticipated home values soon – which is incorrect. Clearly, they were wrong! As the basic business principal of supply-and-demand implies: with more demand (from buyers), prices (for homes/sellers) go up, not down.

Thinking of buying or investing in real estate? Call a lender asap. Work on your credit score even! At the end of the day, if a home is accurately priced and in decent shape, the home will go under contract fast.

Ready to sell your home? I would find a place you can stay before you list. An empty home always sells faster. Also, get your market analysis, even if you want to wait to sell, just for frame of reference.

Stay positive, stay healthy & reach out! ❤ , Annie Z.

June 2020 in photos


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Sources:

June 2020 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report: Key Housing Indicators Begin to Turn Around in May by Sabrina Speianu, Sr. Economic Research Analyst for Realtor.com

ShowingTime Showing Reports

Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime

June Existing Home Sales: Making Up For Lost Time Matthew Speakman Zillow

May 2020 Real Estate

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Southeastern Wisconsin on the Rebound

There are always two sides to a story. We have a global pandemic on our hands, but at least summer officially began today. There is no denying COVID-19 is still impacting our real estate market, but the latest stats indicate things are looking up. “Realtor.com®’s May housing data release reveals that the U.S. housing market likely reached its low point during mid-April, with constrained new listings and minimal price growth,” according to Sabrina Speianu, Sr. Economic Research Analyst for Realtor.com.

On Tuesday, our metro-Milwaukee Multiple Listing Service released their Monthly Indicators recapping last month’s market. Here’s what they had to say:

Market Reports: May 2020

While the effects of COVID-19 in the broader economy continue, real estate activity is beginning to recover across much of the country. According to
Freddie Mac, mortgage rates have been below 3.3 percent for more than four
weeks and are hovering near all-time lows, spurring strong interest by buyers
and lifting showing activity up 4% nationally versus a year ago in the final week
of May.
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Buyers have been quicker to return to the housing market in force than sellers,
who have been showing a bit more reluctance to list their homes than is typical
for this time of year. But trends are improving and as states and localities
continue to moderate their COVID-19 policies, real estate activity is expected to
continue to improve in the coming weeks.

Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime

As far as real estate in Southeastern Wisconsin goes, we’re still doing worse this year compared to last, but we’re better than last month. April 2020 market reports showed Walworth County was down 50.2% in new listings and 30.6% in closed sales, but up 9.4% in median sales price (compared to April 2019). Follow this link to see the April 2020 Real Estate post.

For the month of May, Walworth County went down 30% in new listings, 43.2% in closed sales, and 2.9% in median sales price. The fact that we had fewer closings, is a reflection of April’s drastic decrease in new listings – there were less homes available to be sold. The decrease in median sales price for the county surprises me, as I’ve seen more cases where properties go under contract for list price or higher, as the right-hand chart above shows (i.e., a 12.5% increase in median sales price for May 2020, compared to May 2019, in the Lake Geneva – Delavan – Williams Bay area).

The story here is a gradual trend upward. We have reason to believe a recovery is underway. Adding to this positive news, showings are up in my county, despite the global pandemic and less available inventory to view. According to ShowingTime, Walworth County had a total of 2,158 showings in May (2020), compared to 2,005 total showings in May of 2019.

You might be thinking, “MORE showings? How is that possible? And, what does this mean?

Personally, I have experienced a spike in demand from buyers in the past month and a half. I’m writing more offers, but facing more competition and not going to the closing table proportionally more often. I suppose there’s nothing like a quarantine to make people antsy and ready to move.

Able buyers: get your ducks in a row sooner rather than later. When the right home comes onto the market, you will need to act fast. In other words, call a lender, heck call two, and get your pre-approval done and out of the way. Also, be prepared for a potential bidding war. I have heard some say the COVID-19 crisis would cause home values/prices to plummet. I’m here to tell you this assumption is incorrect.

Potential sellers: do not miss this opportunity. We do not know how long the odds will stay in your favor. More showings combined with decreased inventory, means you’re statistically more likely to get an offer – and maybe more than one. Based on the principle of supply and demand, when demand is high, but supply is low, prices go up. Therefore, the current market is ideal for sellers right now more than ever.

Stay positive, stay healthy & reach out! ❤ , Annie Z.


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Sources:

May 2020 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report: Key Housing Indicators Begin to Turn Around in May by Sabrina Speianu, Sr. Economic Research Analyst for Realtor.com

ShowingTime Showing Reports

Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime

April 2020 Real Estate Housing Market Review: In the Thick of COVID-19

April 2020 Real Estate

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Housing Market Review: In the Thick of COVID-19

The following charts are ShowingTime’s Impact of COVID-9 to Real Estate Showings in Wisconsin & in North America. They reflect the physical activity of our market compared to that of the entire United States, this year compared to last. April was a hard hit month for the whole nation. The month of May seems to be off to a good start for both, but overall Wisconsin is trending more active than the overall country,right now.


Our low-point so far in this COVID-19 pandemic, appears to be April. The Metro-Milwaukee MLS (Multiple Listing Service) just released their monthly report: Market Reports: April 2020. The numbers don’t lie. In Walwoth County, new listings were down by 50.2%, and there were 30.6% less homes sold in April of 2020 compared to last year. The median sales price went up 9.4%, and days on market went down by 6%; however, that doesn’t make up for the lack of inventory and closings. April’s inactivity is reflective of the worldwide shutdown, no doubt.


I started out with the showingtime data because it is hopeful. The Safer at Home order was reversed by our supreme court here in Wisconsin, so businesses are opening back up for the first time in months. There are a handful of precautions in effect in real estate, from COVID-19 consent forms to gloves and masks. While I feel tense and anxious, I can only concentrate on my own actions. I will continue to work safely, and follow the CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and simply trust others do the same.

What if April 2020 is as bad as our market gets?

Stay positive, stay healthy & reach out! ❤ , Annie Z.


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Sources:

Metro Milwaukee MLS: Local Market Update © 2020

ShowingTime: The Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Showings

CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself

Safer at Home order was reversed

Weekly Update – Walworth Co

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Real Estate Market

Mid May, 2020

In the past week, I’ve had 2 closings, wrote 3 offers (1 was accepted), and scheduled 20 showings. Spring is definitely here! Sellers are accepting offers within days of listing their property’s on the market, as per usual this time of year.

…That being said, the elephant in the room remains… There is no way to avoid the trickle-down effect of Coronavirus on the housing market. Here are how showings have been effected in Walworth County, in a side by side comparison of the last 30 days compared to the same date range (4/13 to 5/13) last year, courtesy of ShowingTime.

Here is the Market Summary from the MLS for April 2020 vs. April 2019:

Despite less showings, home sales are only down 2.7% compared to last April. What’s significant here is the drop in new listings. You know what this means? Less Competition! We are still in a “sellers’ market.” There are simply not as many homes on the market as there are ready, willing and able buyers to purchase them. This has been the case for over a decade.

POTENTIAL SELLERS: When it comes to showings & property tours, seller’s can reduce risk of covid-19 exposure by:

  • 1) Leaving lights on so no one else has to touch switches.
  • 2) Require all visiting parties to sign a covid-19 disclosure release form before providing access information.
  • 3) Mandate gloves and masks to be worn by all visiting parties.       

Potential Home Buyers – If this quarantine has you hating your home, and you’re ready to move: fear not! There are options:

  • 1) Get a pre-approval FIRST! You don’t want to waste your time in a space you cannot afford.
  • 2) Get on an automatic MLS search that sends you homes that match your criteria as SOON as they hit the market.
  • 3) Take a Virtual Tour first, and THEN see it in person – with gloves and mask – before writing an offer.        try zoom or google duo

Follow these links to see the new listings and just sold properties:

Walworth County New Listings in Last 7 Days

Sold in Walworth Co in the Last 7 Days


OTHER INFO            

01. How long does coronavirus last on different surfaces? See CDC’s answer here.

02. WHAT YOU LISTEN TO MATTERS: My favorite podcast is “Afford Anything,” by Paula Pant. Her PSA Thursday episode on May 7th had an interesting synopsis of the current state of our national real estate market. Take a listen by following this link.

03. WI Business Owners: Here are the Reopen Guidelines for you!

I see recovery written all over the data coming out, what about you? Are my glasses too rose-tinted? I want to hear what YOU think! Reach out, let me know. Stay healthy… ❤ ALWAYS, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com


Sources:

©2020 ShowingTime

Copyright 2020 by Multiple Listing Service, Inc

Weekly Update – Walworth County Real Estate Market

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In the last 30 days, I’ve showed 41 properties. I have 2 closings on Friday, one of which is a co-listing of mine, the other is for a buyer. I have also written 2 offers, but neither made it under contract. Currently, according to the Metro-Milwauke Multiple Listing Service, there are 700 active single family and condominium homes listed in Walworth County; 164 of them are under contract, and 54 were just listed this week. Additionally, 33 homes and condos sold in the last 7 days, as well. According to ShowingTime, there were 339 showings scheduled this week, as compared to 301 showings last week.


Follow these links to see the new listings and just sold properties:

Walworth County New Listings in Last 7 Days

Sold in Last 7 Days


There’s no doubt things are picking up, as far as showings go; the problem that remains is lack of inventory. Buyer’s are out there – more than you would think. If you’re on the fence, I’m here to tell you the time has come! If you’re concerned about your safety, be aware that there are COVID-19 consent forms available, and you can require buyers and agents to wear gloves and masks. I have even been to a showing where I was told to wipe down anything the buyer touches with a lysol wipe – not a problem! If anything were ever a way to increase buyer demand, it’s quarantine. People are getting antsy.

Here’s a graphical breakdown of our showings, as well as a preview to the past month’s market summary, with a year over year comparison:

Like I said, clearly there are just less homes on the market (which makes sense, given everything that’s going on). In Walworth County, Active Listings are down 14.1%, and New Listings are down 15.3%. However, the number of closings/homes sold is only down 2.7%. What does this mean? It indicates buyers are still buying homes, despite there being less to chose from. We’ll see what the metro-MLS says when their Monthly Indicators report comes out in a few days.

Stay healthy ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com


Sources:

©2020 ShowingTime

Copyright 2020 by Multiple Listing Service, Inc

Weekly Update

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Market Check-In + Spring Maintenance Tasks

Friday, April 24th marked 30 full days under WI Governor Evers’ Safer At Home Order, where all non-essential businesses were forced to close their doors in alignment with our nation’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. While real estate is considered an essential business, there’s no denying we have been impacted.

The Impact of 30 Days of “Safer at Home” in Walworth County:

From March 25th to April 24th, 2020, there have been 892 showings in Walworth County. Last year, during the same time frame, there were 1,769 showings. That’s a 50% drop in the number of property showings. Granted this number includes all types of property showings (from condos and single-family homes to commercial property and vacant land). Here’s a graphical breakdown for more clarity:

That being said, week over week, things are looking up. This past week (4/18 – 4/24) we had 242 showings, where as the previous week (4/11 – 4/17) there were 190 showings. Since a property takes anywhere between 30 to 60 days or more to close after accepting an offer, the overall effect on home sales is yet to be determined. However, so far, closings have only dropped to 92% of last years levels. Last year there were 113 single family homes sold in Walworth County from March 25th to April 24th, 2019. This year, from March 25th to April 24th, 103 single family homes have sold. Follow this link to see the listings: Sold in the Last 30 Days


On April 16th, WI Gov. Evers extended the stay-at-home order to May 26th. With that in mind, I thought it would be a great time to offer some spring maintenance tasks and projects to tackle while folks are still stuck in the house.

Springtime Home Maintenance Tasks

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts
  • Pressure wash your siding
  • Inspect your roof & foundation – schedule repairs
  • Trim/Prune your bushes and shrubs
  • Schedule air conditioner cleaning
  • Clean your windows
  • Check for/repair holes in window screens
  • Reseal deck/porch
  • Paint your house – inside and out!
  • Switch out winter clothes for spring/summer clothes – don’t forget to make donation piles!
  • Spray insecticide along windows and doors, and remove bee hives!
  • Bonus Projects: Paint old tables, hang photos, add more greenery indoors!

Inspired by Spring Maintenance Checklist – More Than Cleaning by HomeAdvisor & Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist by Family Handyman (houzz)


Slowly but surely, things are improving. As long as we each continue to do our part to stay healthy, we will make it out of this. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything – groceries, vendor contacts, or even just someone to talk to. I’m here!!

I’m here if you need anything, just let me know!

Stay healthy ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


Sources:

Safer At Home Order

extended stay-at-home order

Spring Maintenance Checklist – More Than Cleaning by HomeAdvisor

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist by Family Handyman (houzz)

4 Weeks Later…

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The Psychological Effects of Quarantine

+ Charitable Mentions & Employment Opportunities

It has been four full weeks since the President announced COVID-19 was officially a pandemic disease infecting people around the globe (see video that aired on March 11, 2020 here). The word ‘quarantine’ has officially become part of my daily vernacular, and fear of the unknown has spread like wildfire. From the economy to our school systems and interpersonal relationships: everyone’s day-to-day life has been impacted in one way or another. There are those that argue the changes taking place will be for the better in the long run, but there is no denying the pain and hardship this pandemic has caused to the majority of people.

for those of you at home alone, reach out... 'this too shall pass...'
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As far as our nation goes, specifically, according to the New York Times,

“At least 316 million people in at least 42 states, three counties, nine cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are being urged to stay home.”

“…Wisconsin: About 5.8 million people”

See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home By Sarah MervoshDenise Lu and Vanessa Swales

I find myself obsessing over this virus’ short and long term psychological impact. After all, that was my major in college (graduated in 2009 from Marquette University). Specifically, I recall Erik Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development. According to this theory, personality is determined by how he or she deals with life’s many crises. We should all recognize, there is one guarantee in life: change. The way in which one assesses, and subsequently deals with, the inevitable changes of life over the ceaseless forward motion of time determines a person’s personality.

His theory helps illuminate and clarify how an individual meets and processes intrinsic change and, by inference, may contribute to an understanding about whether or not an individual is able to rise to the task of making change for him-/her self in the world.

The Nature of Change: Finding the predictable in the unpredictable by Abigail Brenner M.D. of Psychology Today

I’ve been watching the press conferences from the White House, taking vigorous notes while watching news on the stock market, and, obviously, I’m still active in the real estate market. Never before has the world been impacted like this, all at once. We’re all on the same playing field; everyone will look back and remember how they handled the Corona Virus Pandemic.


Memories of the months I spent analyzing psych research data, on behalf of Dr. Kristi Nielson, have resurfaced creating an insatiable hunger to hear how people are handling all of this, mentally and emotionally. My awesome nephew helped me create a google doc where I asked folks to tell me his/her three favorite and three least favorite things about the quarantine, anonymously. I wanted to point out a few, but I hope to get more responses (please feel free to submit your answers by following this link).

Least Favorite Things About Quarantine:

“This is very isolating for those with family issues or who depend on their friends for support.”

“Losing track of what day it is”

“craving routine & earning money”

“I do not have the patience to be a teacher”

Thank you for your honesty…

Favorite Things About Quarantine:

“More time with Online friends”

“I’m not the odd ball. Apparently my lifestyle has a name – quarantine!”

“Online school is a lot more student-led, and we can do things at our own pace.”

“seeing my coworkers MORE! due to virtual conference calls”

Submit your anonymous response here, and see what others are saying!

I sincerely hope you are being safe and staying healthy, during this uncertain time. Reach out if you need anything; I am here for you. I’d like to help in any way I can.

On that note, I’d like to point out some amazing local charities and opportunities that are rising up out of this disaster, in hopes it brings light to your day. Although we are physically separated, we are all in this together.

Charitable Mentions:

United Way of Walworth County

Eat Well, Support Local Restaurants: Lake Geneva Area Take-Out by Visit Lake Geneva

Distance Dining in Walworth County by Visit Walworth County

Buy Now, Spend Later: Lake Geneva Area Gift Card Directory by Visit Lake Geneva

Six Ways to Support Small Business From a Social Distance by Visit Walworth County

Charity Navigator: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

GoFundMe: COVID-19

Employment Opportunities:

Amazon Jobs: Wisconsin

Working at ALDI

Temporary Positions at Brunk Industries

National Retail Foundation: Job opportunities for workers displaced by COVID-19

Job Listings on Facebook


If there are any other organizations/opportunities that deserve a mention, please feel free to mention them below. Let’s finish this fight strong! And, again, please don’t hesitate to ask me for help – be it groceries, prescriptions, or just a phone call. I want to hear from you. I want to be there for you, in whatever way I can.

Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy Weekend in Wisco, across this great nation, and beautiful planet… ❤ , Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com



Sources:

President Trump Addresses the Nation

See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home By Sarah MervoshDenise Lu and Vanessa Swales

The Nature of Change: Finding the predictable in the unpredictable by Abigail Brenner M.D. (of Psychology Today)

United Way of Walworth County

Eat Well, Support Local Restaurants: Lake Geneva Area Take-Out by Visit Lake Geneva

Distance Dining in Walworth County by Visit Walworth County

Buy Now, Spend Later: Lake Geneva Area Gift Card Directory by Visit Lake Geneva

Six Ways to Support Small Business From a Social Distance by Visit Walworth County

Charity Navigator: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

GoFundMe: COVID-19

Amazon Jobs: Wisconsin

Working at ALDI

Temporary Positions at Brunk Industries

National Retail Foundation: Job opportunities for workers displaced by COVID-19

Job Listings on Facebook

The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Real Estate Practices

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Yesterday, Gov. Tony Evers issued an emergency order called “Safer at Home” in which Wisconsinites are instructed to remain at home with the intention to stop the spread of coronavirus, aka COVID-19, from 8:00 am Wednesday, March 25th until 8:00 am Friday, April 24th.

follow this link to read the full order by the Wisconsin Governor: Order #12: Safer At Home

Local businesses are to remain closed for the next 30 days, unless they’re considered an “essential service.” Thankfully real estate was declared essential, as were many businesses that support and serve our industry. However, the way we practice and participate in real estate transactions has transformed.

follow this link to see a full list of essential businesses here’s the full list of business allow to continue operations, although most with new restrictions, read the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation © 2020 article here

REALTORS® and their clients may still conduct the activities necessary to buy and sell real estate in Wisconsin during the time period covered by the order as long as they comply with the social distancing and other requirements in the order.

Michael Theo President & CEO of Wisconsin REALTORS® Association

Conversely, while I and my fellow realtors are allowed to work, we are NOT required to. This is a HIGHLY contagious, and sometimes deadly, virus. We must continue to work remotely (while accessible, if necessary, we cannot work out of our office), maintain social distancing from others (6+ feet), wear PPE when going to public places, wash your hands/use hand sanitizer.


Restrictions, Options & Opportunities for

Sellers and Buyers

Showings

Real estate agents are being told by all sources (“Safer at home,” the WRA, NAR, and brokerages) to do work from home (instead of office). There are no more open houses, but virtual showings/tours are highly encouraged. When we go do out, we’re still supposed to follow ‘social distancing,’ and CDC prevention guidelines.

Be aware: some sellers are being forced to self-quarantine: you must protect yourself as well. This virus can live on surfaces, and they may not know whether or not their COVID-19 positive.

Buyers:

If you have a pre-approval from a lender, and have a secure job (not at risk for losing your job), continue to look online. Any new listings are likely serious sellers, whether trying to cut losses in the stock market by selling second homes, or moving). Write contracts with deadlines pushed further out. VA and even some FHA buyers (with jobs in “essential businesses”) are very secure in that they are government vs. mortgage broker backed.

Please note: President Trump did not cut mortgage interest rates to 0%, but rather treasure rates.

Sellers:

You can require virtual tours only. Of course, you could also pull the property off of market until the pandemic ends. We’ve been told to do virtual open houses, and to not open the open house to the public.

Please note: if you do not want to sell your home, you could look into refinancing your home loan given the recent cut in interest rates (not mortgage rates). ** I have heard from a couple folks that it took longer than normal to hear back from their lender, the refinancing process may take some time. If you decide to refinance, lock in your rate.

Under Contract

If you’re currently under contract, expect delays from loan processors, home inspectors, loan appraisers, and even the title company (due to register of deeds closing). Lenders are still up and running, just working from home, writing pre-approvals using today’s interest rate (I’d give you that % but I am not a lender – regulation Z), however, market instability causes mortgage rates to constantly change, plus they’re overwhelmed with the sheer volume of people re-financing their existing home.


Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy weekend. Have a great Weekend in Wisco! ❤ , Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com



During this time of pandemic panic, it is crucial to stay properly informed. THE source of accurate information, prevention and treatment of the corona virus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


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Pre-Pandemic Status Market: February 2020

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The Metro-Milwaukee Multiple Listing Service gathers real estate stats for each month; they compile data points into graphs and highlight recent events to provide a comprehensive Local Market Update. The following is from their latest report, released Tuesday, March 10th***, regarding our hyper-local, Southeastern Wisconsin area for the month of February 2020.

***The Presidential Pandemic Address (regarding COVID-19) was Wednesday, March 11th

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“As we progressed through February, the actual and expected impacts of COVID-19 continued to grow, with concerns of economic impact reaching the stock market in the last week of the month. As the stock market declined, so did mortgage rates, offering a bad news-good news situation. While short term declines in the stock market can sting, borrowers who lock in today’s low rates will benefit significantly in the long term.

[…]

The recently released January ShowingTime Showing Index® saw a 20.2 percent year-over-year increase in showing traffic nationwide. All regions of the country were up double digits from the year before, with the Midwest Region up 15.7 percent and the West Region up 34.1 percent. As showing activity is a leading indicator for future home sales, the 2020 housing market is off to a strong start, though it will be important to watch the spread of COVID-19 and its potential impacts to the overall economy in the coming months.”

Monthly Indicators: February 2020, by Metro MLS Report © 2020 ShowingTime

Take a second and re-read that; I don’t think anyone truly could see how fast and vast the corona virus pandemonium would arrive. The following charts echo the positive trend we were riding:

Showings were up, more homes were coming onto the market, and median sales price continued to climb. When this virus hit pandemic status, Americans were told to stay home and jobs were lost. Our country has endured a massive blow over these past two weeks that has reverberated down to our local community and economy, including the real estate market.

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Now what? How are we faring so far??


It is definitely too early to tell. However, from March 1st to March 11th, a total of 76 single family homes were listed and 27 single family homes closed. Since then, from March 12th through March 23rd, only 54 single family homes have been listed, but 25 single family homes have still sold, regardless.

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February seems so long ago. I’ll be curious to see the pandemic’s overall impact on the real estate market, once it’s all over. Primarily, I just want an end to COVID-19! Don’t forget: be prepared, not scared. Stay home if you can, be safe if you can’t. We will bounce back!!

Sellers and Buyers: there are still options during this unprecedented time, stay tuned!

Upcoming Posts:

  1. Effects of Quarantine on Local Real Estate Market
    • Restrictions, Options & Opportunities for Sellers & Buyers
  2. Honorable Charity Mentions
  3. Home Décor Projects & Spring Cleaning

How are you doing? How has this virus infected your life and/or loved ones? Let me know how I can help. Shoot me a quick email here (anniezrealty@gmail.com) or give me a buzz (262-215-1982) and keep me posted, please.

Looking for a reliable source of market information, aside from real estate? Check out Paula Pant’s Afford Anything, with special coverage during this official Bear Market.

Let me know if you found this helpful in the comments below, or shoot me a message on my socials!

Stay safe & healthy ❤ , Annie Z.


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Data Sources: Market data from Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime.

Other Market Resource Suggestion: Paula Pant’s Afford Anything

Weekend in …

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Weekend in Wisco | March 22nd, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Last week’s edition of Weekend in Wisco! went live on a Friday, instead of a Thursday, for the first time. To even mention any local events would feel criminal now. As of this week, Weekend in Wisco! has been suspended until further notice, in light of COVID-19.

Rest assured, there are many things to discuss! Here are several blog posts in the works:

  1. February Market Report (Pre-Pandemic Presidential Address)
  2. Effects of Quarantine on Local Real Estate Market
    • Restrictions, Options & Opportunities for Sellers & Buyers
  3. Honorable Charity Mentions
  4. Home Décor Projects & Spring Cleaning

How are you doing? How has this virus infected your life and/or loved ones? Let me know how I can help. Shoot me a quick email here (anniezrealty@gmail.com) or give me a buzz (262-215-1982) and keep me posted, please.


My mind is racing, but I am physically still and tense. Repeating in my head is the mantra: be prepared, not scared. Since the day this went pandemic status (Wednesday, March 11th),  I’ve done several virtual tours, an in-person property tour (of 2 properties) with a mask and gloves on, and hand sanitizer in my pocket. I have even done one virtual open house! On the 2 occasions I had to go into public places, I wore gloves, and used the hand sanitizer afterward. As of today, I’m only using delivery or drive up services (i.e., instacart), and only for necessities.

Additionally, from this point forward, I will require showings to be virtual, or with no more than 2, established clients at a time, if I’m 100% sure everyone’s healthy. This may change soon, as more advice comes in from my brokerage, Keefe Real Estate (which has been absolutely amazing, taking our weekly meeting online, keeping communication open and staff working remotely) and fellow agents.

Eventually, Weekend in Wisco! will return, but until then I just want to urge you: don’t panic. Do your part: stay home if you can, be smart if you can’t. Make a to do list of stuff you have previously said you “don’t have the time to do.” Get a hold of your loved ones, long lost friends, distant relatives, neighbors and friends – now is the perfect opportunity to reach out in so many ways.

Stay healthy ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


During this time of pandemic panic, it is crucial to stay properly informed. THE source of accurate information, prevention and treatment of the corona virus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | March 12th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

The last few days of upset and out roar, with events being canceled all across the globe, and some countries enforcing quarantines, I’m reminded of the book (and movie) “Into the Wild.”

Happiness [is] only real when shared…

Christopher McCandless

Regardless of whether or not you get to see your favorite band live in concert, watch your favorite sports team play ball, or go on vacation, it is not about the places we go, but rather the people with which we share our lives. Remember: all of these actions are being taken to protect our loved ones.

If your plans are a ‘no-go’ this weekend, and you need to stay home, maybe call someone you haven’t talked to in a while! If you’re healthy, visit a friend or family member you’ve been meaning to catch up with. You could bake some cookies for your neighbor, write some thank you cards, read a book. There’s no shame in staying home to preserve the lives of those we love.


Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy weekend. Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Here’s the forecast for this weekend…

The following are some events I have found happening in Walworth County this weekend (please note, these events may or may not be canceled, please follow the links for confirmation).

Friday, March 13th  

Saturday, March 14th

Sunday, March 15th  

Multi-Day & St. Patrick’s Day Events:

Geneva Steam Convention March 13th, 14th & 15th @ Lake Lawn Resort (Delavan)

DanceScapes’20 March 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th @ Barnett Theatre (Whitewater)

2nd Annual St. Pawtricks Day Party 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday, March 17th @ Lolli Pup Resort (Delavan)

St.Patty’s Day Open House 4 to 6 pm Tuesday, March 17th @ Avant Cycle Café (Lake Geneva)


Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

Open Houses:


But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


During this time of pandemic panic, it is crucial to stay properly informed. THE source of accurate information, prevention and treatment of the corona virus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Other Things You CAN DO This Weekend, Instead:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Weekend in Wisco!

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Welcome! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Walworth County this weekend, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Weekend in Wisco | March 5th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Apparently, it’s spring already! Well, meteorological spring, at least! We’ve made it through another winter… Follow this link for the weather forecast.

Here are some great events I found in our neck of the woods for this weekend:

Friday, March 6th

  • 5 to 8 pm Eat, Drink and Shenanigans: Calling All Characters @ Monte Carlo Room (Elkhorn)
    • Dress as your favorite super hero, movie character, cartoon, historical figure, or athlete, and check out this annual event featuring more than a dozen vendors offering samples from local wineries, distilleries, breweries, upscale butcher chops, bakeries, gourmet food stores and more. Read article here…

Saturday, March 7th

Sunday, March 8th  


Side Notes:

The Best of Walworth County (2019): Fish Fry

For the other “Best of Walworth County” spots: follow this link

                      This event sells out every year!

                      February 27th through April 12th

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

Open Houses:


But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:

see last blog with moving tips


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Moving Tips

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Overall, this most recent moving experience was… not fun. My place was a complete disaster for two solid weeks. I couldn’t find things I needed when I needed them. My daily routine was thrown out of wack! That said, I do have some pointers for those of you about to, or wanting to, move.

Disclaimer: Just like Spring cleaning, things are about to get ugly… Accept the chaos as part of a bigger, better picture: onward and upward…

#1. Designate 3 Bins (or Bags): a) Trash b) Donate c) Keep

Tossing or giving away items you no longer want, use or need will lessen the time it tacks to UN-pack and settle into your new destination.

Ask yourself: If I saw (fill in the blank) in the store now, would I buy it?

#2. Pack up the decor first.

To decrease my resistance to packing, I tackled the obvious, first. I do believe that taking down the items you see daily will serve as a subconscious prime to your brain to keep pushing through the process. Think of the snowball effect. It’s ok to start small!

#3. Make piles before boxing.

In order to whittle down the sheer mass of stuff you have to move, put all like items together in one pile, gathered from all the rooms, together. For example, you may have a stack of small post-it notes in the office, a legal pad of paper in the kitchen drawer, and another stack of in-between sized notepads by your bedside. As you go through these rooms, you add the notepads to the notepad pile. This allows you to put the notepad you never use in the donation pile, because you now know you’ve got 2 other notepads for future use.

#4. Use boxes you can move!

Don’t stuff a box heavier than you can pick up and move. Yes, you may hire someone to do the actual moving, but I found it useful to move the finished boxes into one common area. Doing so allows you to clean emptied out rooms, once cleared.

#5. Label boxes by room. (&) #6. Don’t tape the boxes closed until you’re done.

Basically, I went through each room, making piles of keep/toss/donate, then loading the ‘keep’ items into (room-labeled) boxes, and then moved the completed (but unsealed) boxes into the front entrance. I went in the following room order (after taking down all wall decor): kitchen, linen closets, 2nd bedroom, master bedroom, office & bathroom (…and then garage, but I almost forgot it).


Side Note: Don’t bother taking your clothes off their hangers – wrap large garbage bags around the hung clothes, and tie the bag at the top. Add a rubber band around the hangers to make it easier to pick up and move. See photo below for example.


#7. Keep your daily toiletries and several days worth of clothes in a big bag or laundry basket; do not pack necessities!

Having your face wash, makeup, lotion, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, etc., will come in handy during the final days of packing, moving day, as well as the first day or two of unpacking. 

#8. Clean in a top-down direction (after move out is complete and before unpacking begins).

Dust falls down! Start with the ceilings (light fixtures/ceiling fans), then wipe down walls. Clean all cabinets, appliances, sinks, windows, railings, and counter-tops next. DON’T FORGET the outlets, light switches, and thermometers. Finally make sure to mop and vacuum the floors.

#9. Make a list of things you’ll need to do at your new location, but don’t wait to unpack.

Having a place to call your own is the cherry on top. There is a deadline for moving out, but not for moving in. Therefore, once you’re out of the old location, and into your new home, now is the time to catch up on sleep, and get back into your daily routine.

This is what stage I am in right now. While I wish I had a bunch of reveal photos to share, I am still proud of myself. I’ve have not done any decorating yet, however, I have unpacked the bare necessities, and that’s good enough for today. I’m was pretty banged up after that move… the hardest part is over, and I can finally catch my breath!


Here are a couple things that I think would’ve made the process easier:

A) Don’t buy bubble wrap – use packaging envelopes or anything soft you have to wrap dishes, plates, cups, etc. See photo below for example.

B) Don’t stop doing your yoga or meditation. I am still recovering from the disruption in my morning routine, and it has been over a week now.

C) To Prevent Injury : #1. Don’t Forget the Garage & #2. DO NOT KEEP items that will “sell quickly” at your old place, so you “don’t bother” the movers with items you’re not keeping.

I don’t think I incurred a concussion, but I did get an enormous goose egg AND a dozen or so big bruises. There wasn’t too much blood shed, but there were plenty of tears… and I even saw stars at one point! I fell down with a book cabinet and dropped a large table. I am technically fine, but my ego is/was a little wounded, for sure.


In the end, the outcome was worth the agony. Uprooting your home from one location to another is not easy! However, having a place to call your own is so gratifying. Hopefully, if you plan to move soon, you’ll find these tips useful.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any additional words of wisdom to add!!!

❤ always,

Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 

Weekend in Wisco!

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Welcome! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Walworth County this weekend, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | February 27th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Multi-Day Events:

                      Friday and Saturday ONLY

  • Stolen Sisters @ Crossman Gallery (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater)

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      February 27th through April 12th

                      This is the Last Weekend

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      Call for availability 800-225-5558

                      Purchase tickets ONLINE ONLY ß follow link– cannot purchase on site


Heat wave a comin’! Follow this link for the weather forecast.


Here are some great events I found in our neck of the woods for the weekend of Friday, February 28th through Sunday, March 1st

Friday, February 28th

  • Fish Fry Season has Arrived! Check out all the local establishments serving it up:
    • Pier 290 (Williams Bay)
    • The Waterfront @ the Abbey Resort (Fontana)
    • Popeyes (Lake Geneva)
    • Evergreen Country Club (Elkhorn)
    • Hawk’s View Country Club (Lake Geneva)
    • Lookout Bar @ Lake Lawn Resort (Delavan)
    • Ye Olde Hotel Bar & Restaurant (Lyons)

Saturday, February 29th

Sunday, March 1st

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

Open Houses:

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Weekend in Wisco!

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Welcome! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Walworth County this weekend, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Weekend in Wisco | February 20th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Here are some great events I found in our neck of the woods for the weekend of Friday, February 21st through Sunday, February 23rd … enjoy!

Multi-Day Events:

                      This weekend (Saturday & Sunday, February 22nd & 23rd) ONLY!!!

                      Ends Sunday, February 23rd!

  • Stolen Sisters @ Crossman Gallery (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater)

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      Ends Sunday, February 23rd!

                      This Weekend & Next Weekend – ONLY!

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      Call for availability 800-225-5558

                      Purchase tickets ONLINE ONLY ß follow link– cannot purchase on site

It is bitter cold outside today, but temperatures are supposed to go up tomorrow! Follow this link for the weather forecast.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • 10 AM – 4 PM LBA Home Improvement Expo 2020 @ Evergreen Country Club (Elkhorn)
    • ALSO open 10 AM – 4 PM on Saturday, February 22nd
  • 11 AM – 2 PM the 11th Annual Bridal Show @ Veterans Terrace (Burlington)
  • My birthday! No, I’m not throwing a party – but I will in fact be turning 33! My OCD loves multiples of 3 AND my lucky number is 11 ( 3 x 11 = 33), so I’m pretty pumped!

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules


Open Houses this weekend – extended area:


But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

January 2020 Local Market Update

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Southeastern Wisconsin

Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com

Our Metro-Milwaukee Area Multiple Listing Service gathers real estate stats for each month; they compile data points into graphs and highlight renown voices to provide a comprehensive Local Market Update. The following is from their latest report, released Tuesday, February 10th, regarding our hyper-local, Southeastern Wisconsin area for the month of January 2020.

10 K (Local) Market Research Reports by Multiple Listing Service Data Notes:

  • Single Family and Condominium property types only are used in all reports.
  • Monthly Supply of inventory: Instead of just the most recent month, they look at the average number of monthly pending sales from the last twelve months. This removes the effects of seasonality (i.e. there are way more sales in June than there are in December) and makes it easier to compare month-to-month numbers.

In their “Monthly Indicators,” the MLS is promoting an optimistic point of view for this year…

For 2020, The National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun sees good news for home prices. “National median home price growth is in no danger of falling due to inventory shortages and will rise by 4%,” the long term NAR economist predicts. He is also expecting the new-home construction market sales to increase 10%. Yun and others would like to see home builders bring more affordable units to market to help ease shortages and slow price gains in that segment.

We start off the year with continued low interest rates, low unemployment, and rising rents nationally. These factors should encourage healthy buyer demand and sets us up for a strong start to the 2020 housing market and a lot of optimism for the coming spring market.

Metro MLS Report © 2020 ShowingTime

Did you know?

2019 TOTAL SALES VOLUME INCREASED BY ~14%! (compared to 2018)*

ALSO: Walworth, Williams Bay and Genoa city saw a nearly 20% increase in median pricing; Lafayette saw a 53% increase in volume; Median Pricing and Ave Price Per Square Foot both increased, and days on market generally dropped*

Want more info?

For YOUR copy of the 2019 Market Update by Keefe Real Estate* email azambito@keeferealestate.com

* Copyright © 2020 Keefe Real Estate


January was clearly a hard month for my current area, Lake Geneva. That being said, I am positive for the year overall. If there ever was a time to sell, now is it; the seller’s market is very very strong. Don’t hesitate to reach out for a home valuation, my contact information is as follows!

Let me know if you found this helpful in the comments below, or shoot me a message on my socials!

❤ always, Annie Z.


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Data Source: All data from Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime.

Weekend in Wisco!

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Happy {almost} Valentine’s Day to you all! Whether you’re looking for something special to do with your significant other, or need an activity or two to shake the winter blues, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Weekend in Wisco | February 13th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate


Valentine’s-Day Themed Events:


Multi-Day Events:

The 7th Annual Sky Circus on Ice @ Lake Lawn Resort (on Delavan Lake) is this weekend (0nly)!!! Fri., Feb. 14th through Sun., Feb. 16th (follow link for each day’s activity schedule)

Elkhorn Mini Makers Faire 2020 @ Elkhorn High School (Elkhorn) is this weekend (only)!!!  Sat. & Sun., Feb. 15th & 16th

A Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Winter Carnival @ Pier 290 (Williams Bay) Fri./Sat./Sun. for 3 more weekends (follow link for this weekends list of family fun)


Here are this weekend’s local events that caught my eye; I’ll see you out and about!

Friday


Technically, it is still winter; I should have expected this snow, but thankfully the temperatures are supposed to go up this weekend. Follow this link for the weather forecast.


Saturday

Sunday


Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules



But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | February 6th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Mother Nature has put her own touches on the snow sculptures from last weekend’s Winterfest, but the original artwork was stunning (follow the link for photos)!


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Here’s what’s happening locally this weekend; I’ll see you out and about!

Just in case, Here is the forecast!

Friday

  • 4 PM on – Ice Castles @ Geneva National (Lake Geneva)

Please note: MUST PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME ONLY!

Saturday

Sunday

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

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Weekend in Wisco | January 30th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

The Snow Sculpting Has Begun!

Welcome to Lake Geneva’s 25th Annual WINTERFEST!

Follow link for daily event & activity highlights

I hope to see you all out and about at the following events this weekend. Bundle up (here is the forecast)!

Friday

Saturday

Sunday


Please Note: Shuttle Rides Available TO & FROM Winterfest Sat., Feb. 1st and Sun., Feb. 2nd 8 am – 8 pm


Sports Schedules:

NBA SCHEDULE

NFL SCHEDULE – superbowl 2/2

NHL SCHEDULE

Open Houses:

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

How Overall Economic Conditions Affect Our Housing Market

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Words from Experts:

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economics at the National Association of Realtors, recently spoke out about the overall economy and its impact on real estate with Keeping Current Matters (watch YouTube video here) at the 2019 Conference for the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Here are a few of his key points:

  1. The National Real Estate Market has improved, as evident by the overall increase in U.S. home sales year-over-year.
  2. Both mortgage and interest rates have continued to decrease, thereby prompting more buyers to apply for mortgages, by up to 10% year over year as of 10/2019.
  3. The housing shortage has caused an increase in home prices, however, that inventory is predicted to increase in 2020.
    1. He suggests, in order to expedite this process, we should urge our local government to reduce hurdles for building permits and zoning applications, and/or offer tax credits for low to mid range new home construction,
  4. The economy overall is in decent shape, with the unemployment rate down. However, the main risk, which could trickle down to the RE market, would be a full blown trade war.
  5. In his opinion, of all the economic sectors, the US housing market is one of the safest ones to invest in.

Goldman Sachs posted the following in regards to our current economy overall, that I feel is really pertinent:

Goldman Sachs Research forecasts steady U.S. GDP growth of 2.3%, driven by easier financial conditions, dissipating trade tensions, and continued strength in consumer spending. As the U.S. economy continues its longest expansion on record, many market participants continue to worry about recession. However, our economists forecast just a 20% chance of a U.S. recession in the next 12 months, compared with the consensus view of 33%.

© 2020 Goldman Sachs: U.S. Economic Outlook 2020: On Firmer Ground

Want a portal into the Multiple Service Listing (MLS), so you can see how our local market fares, for yourself? Send me your email, with “MLS Portal Request” as your subject, and I’ll set up a search for you without any obligation.

Relevant Market Interpretation

I believe in research-based decision making, not scaring people into action. The media loves fear tactics. I have heard repeatedly that the US Economy has been in this bull market “for too long” and a recession is “imminent.” But, technically speaking, there is no limit. I mean, What about Australia!? Australia holds the record for the longest bull market with 28+ YEARS!

In my opinion, financial decisions cause a great amount of stress. Facts, not emotions, should be utilized in such situations. Emotions are unpredictable, whereas facts remain the same, and are more reliable.

All decisions are ultimately YOURS to make. Only you decide who to listen to, and what you base your next move on. Overall, the experts are saying 2020 looks like it could be another good year, for the overall economy and the national housing market. Therefore, I’m optimistic, and I hope others are, as well.

Let me know what you think about the current economy and housing market! I’d love to hear from you! ❤ always, Annie Z.


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    

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Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | January 23rd, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

The snow we’ve had these last few days has been beautiful! That being said, please drive safely if you’re planning to drive this weekend. Here is the forecast! I added many more options of things to do this weekend, so enjoy! The following events sound like a lot of fun:

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Coming Up!!!

Sports Schedules:

NBA SCHEDULE

NFL SCHEDULE – superbowl 2/2

NHL SCHEDULE

Open Houses:

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! 🙂

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up To This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

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Weekend in Wisco | January 16th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Winter Festivus’ for the Rest-of-Us’!

Who’s excited for all the local winter festivities happening over the next month?! I sure am! Here are the events that peaked my interest for this weekend:

Friday

  1. Drink Wisconsinbly Brandy Old Fashioned Evening at the Delavan Lake Store & Lounge at 6 pm tomorrow will surely be a Wis-good-son time! (why does it sound like there’s a ‘g’ in Wisconsin when I say it? Too many cheese curds up my nostrils? I’m ok with it…)
  2. PNO at PTO (Parent’s Night Out at Privato in Williams Bay) looks pretty cool! If anyone checks this one out, let me know how it goes; this will be held tomorrow, Friday January 17th from 7 pm to 12 am.
  3. Check out the Lake Geneva House of Music’s Winter Concert Series: January Edition. Tomorrow’s concert, starting at 7 pm, will be featuring The Belle Weather of Sheboygan!

Saturday

  1. Ice Party Gone Wild! Hosted by Fontana Fire & Recue from 12 – 6 pm at the Abbey Yacht Club.
  2. I’m hosting an Open House from 12 -2 PM at 174 Third Ave., Fontana, WI 53125! See the final new construction, never occupied Row Home to hit the market!

Sunday

  1. Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Concert is set to perform at 3 pm at the Episcopal Church in Lake Geneva (with meet and greet at Avant, down the block, to follow)!
  2. Packers vs. 49ers Playoff Party at The End Zone Bar & Grill in Delavan sounds like fun, but I won’t be there! Due to the universally known Law of Sports Superstition***, I will be at my folks house (again, as I have been the last 2 games), eating the same pizza by Ol’ Man Zambo, sitting in the same spot on their couch and wearing the same outfit, so we win 😊. You’re welcome. ***I made this Law up

Artsy Folk: Gallery 223 has opened a new Winter Show Exhibit. Come take a look Jan 9th through February 23rd in Downtown Lake Geneva.

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 



Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

December 2019 Southeastern WI Market Update and Year in Review

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The Mero-Milwaukee Multiple Listing Service gathers the previous month’s active and sold data on the 10th of each month. Here’s what they’ve got to say about our current market conditions, with end-of-the-year data from December 2019…

Monthly Indicators

In 2019 home prices were up again in most markets. Buyer demand continues to be strong but with tepid seller activity still in many locations, total sales are lower than they would normally be in a more balanced market. While up from their recent lows a few months ago, mortgage rates end the year close to three quarters of a percent lower than a year ago, helping to improve affordability and offset rising home prices.

[…] With low mortgage rates, low unemployment, and continued wage growth, home buyer activity is expected to remain healthy into the new year. New construction has been on the rise in 2019 and is expected to continue into 2020, but many experts note that the country is still not building enough new units to quench demand. It remains to be seen whether existing homeowners will be enticed to sell by higher home prices, which could finally bring the overall housing market into greater balance.

Metro Milwaukee MLS

Next, let’s dive a little deeper into our market’s performance this past quarter…

Year in Review & Q4


Now, let’s see how our market has fared across all types of listings this year, compared to last.

Tri-County Area Breakdown

Walworth, Kenosha & Racine Counties – 2019 (vs. 2018)

In 2019, a total of 5,769 Single Family Homes were sold in the Tri-County Area, which is EXACTLY the same number of single family homes sold in 2018 (5,769).

  • Walworth County: 1,487 (2018: 1,479)
  • Kenosha County: 2,028 (2018: 2,020)
  • Racine County: 2,254 (2018: 2,297)

1,071 Condos sold in 2019 versus 1,033 Condos that sold in 2018.

  • Walworth County: 456 (2018: 407)
  • Kenosha County: 275 (2018: 270)
  • Racine County: 340 (2018: 356)

350 Multi-Family Homes (including Two-Family Homes) sold in 2019; 363 Multi-Family Homes were sold in 2018.

  • Walworth County: 30 (2018: 42)
  • Kenosha County: 110 (2018: 140)
  • Racine County: 210 (2018: 181)

523 Vacant Land Lots sold in 2019; 638 Vacant Land Lots were sold in 2018.

  • Walworth County: 212 (2018: 203)
  • Kenosha County: 167 (2018: 209)
  • Racine County: 144 (2018: 226)

In 2019, the number of Commercial Listings sold totaled 152. In 2018, that number was 192.

  • Walworth County: 60 (2018: 51)
  • Kenosha County: 43 (2018: 56)
  • Racine County: 49 (2018: 85)

Overall, homes are selling for more money in less time; this indicates we’re in an increasingly competitive, sellers’ market. In other words, there aren’t enough homes for buyers to choose from, creating an auction type atmosphere for real estate transactions.

*IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT SELLING YOUR HOME* now would be a good time to start packing. Serious sellers should strongly consider preemptively move out of your home, in order to market it as “move-in ready” (which most buyers want). Alternatively, if your home is unique, you may have to wait longer for that specific buyer or accept less than expected due to buyers’ concessions. In other words, a buyer may ask for more to be included or repaired prior to closing, if they’ve settled on your home out of necessity. Make note that new construction is still on the rise. Finally, please be aware of how long it has been a “sellers’ market,” and eventually (although, no one specifically knows when) the market will turn.

*IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT BUYING A HOME* start researching as soon as possible, be aware that you may have to wait longer than anticipated. If you aren’t not finding exactly what you’re looking for, don’t be afraid; you can always ask for certain things to be repaired (professionally) or for personal property (i.e., furniture) to be included in the asking price to sweeten the deal. Additionally, consider building a new construction home. If you’re looking for something very specific, you may need to have work done on a home you purchase in order to make it fit your needs (which, yes, may require lowering your max price point for your home search). Be aware of our (increasingly frequent) multiple-offer situation. In other words, have your pre-approval or proof of funds ready to go, sell your current home first (if you have to sell to buy), and prepare to offer your highest and best – which might be above asking price.


After reviewing these data points, I am excited for the 2020 market! I love my job, and I’d be happy to help you buy or sell this year. Please Note: I can also pull data for any combination of statistics seen above, so please do not hesitate to ask! Your home value has likely increased, if you bought a home 2 or more years ago. Simply ask, and I’ll swing by for a full market analysis; alternatively, if you are just curious, I can also give you a rough estimate of your updated home value based on market data.

I hope you found this helpful, and I’ll see you around!

❤ always, Annie Z.


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Data Source: Current as of January 10, 2020. All data from Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime.

Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | January 9th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Coming Up: Lake Geneva’s 25th Annual WINTERFEST

Which of these Winterfest events are you most excited for? Let me know!

Here are some cool things happening this weekend:

Friday

  1. Specialty Cocktail Tasting at the Abbey Resort’s 240 West in Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake from 5 to 7 pm on Fri., Jan 10th
  2. 90’s Throback Party at Thumb’s Up in Lake Geneva starting at 9 pm on Fri., Jan. 10th.

Saturday

  1. Rock the Barns: AC/DC Tribute *back by popular demand* at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn at 5 pm Sat., Jan. 11th
  2. RAR Live starting at 5 pm on Sat., Jan. 11th in Lake Geneva at Studio Winery.

Sunday

  1. Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Baker House in Lake Geneva from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm every Sunday, has been lauded by the USA TODAY as the area’s Most Beautiful Restaurant delivering Victorian grandeur overlooking scenic Lake Geneva. Unlimited Champagne, traditional breakfast delights, a broad array of lunch entrees, fresh salads and delicious desserts; reservations recommended.
  2. Catch the Chicago Boat Show RV & Sail Show at McCormick Place – South from Wed., Jan 8th through Sun., Jan. 12th.

ALERT: If you haven’t yet, be sure to reserve your the Igloo Experience before it’s too late! Located at the Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva, with a special appetizer and drink menu, Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am to 9 pm!



But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my faves… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! 🙂

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up To This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events


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To Do List for 2020

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Whether or not you have a New Year’s Resolution, starting a New Year, especially a new decade, is a great time to set up some positive goals for the upcoming years and your life overall. But: what should we be aiming for in 2020 and beyond?

Random Rant: There is no such thing as perfection, and ‘normal‘ is a statistical distribution of data, requiring a mathematical average of numbers unrepresentative of any one source.

I don’t want to be perfect OR ‘normal,’ do you?2020 feels different…

This new decade has me full of hope and hungry for positive change. I’ve made a list of actionable items that could benefit not only me, but also anyone that takes the time to read this! Here are 10 things to do this year to improve your life and the lives of those you love:

To Do List for 2020

  1. Write Thank You Cards – often!
  2. Complete Tim Ferriss’ 5-Minute Journal every morning
  3. Schedule Personal Tasks on a Paper Calendar, in Pencil. “If you erase, you must replace!!” Plans change, but things still need to get done! (from The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan)
  4. Set Up Seasonal Home Maintenance Task Auto Reminders at the Beginning of Each New Season – i.e., Spring cleaning, Summer pest proofing, Fall gutter cleaning, Winter frozen pipe prevention, etc. (here’s a good list to start with)
  5. Drink More Water
  6. Increase Your Savings Rate by 1% Every Month – by my FAVORITE podcast and blog, Afford Anything. Check out the latest episode/post called 26 Easy Moves to Improve Your Finances in 2020!
  7. Pick an Accountability Partner! Tell someone ELSE your goals for the next 1, 5 and 20 years, and ask him/her/them to check in with you – and offer to return the favor!
  8. Toss Possessions that No Longer Serve You! Thank you Marie Kondos for writing the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, helping me start this process!
  9. Go OUTSIDE and Enjoy Mother Earth at Least 30 Min Every Day!
  10. Take Responsibility for the Care of Other Living Things – be it a succulent or a dog, being the sole caretaker of another living organism, will help you focus on what’s most important: Life Itself.

HELPFUL TIP: Use the FULL year – 2020 – when dating checks or official documents. If you *don’t*, someone could fraudulently add whatever 2 numbers to the end of ’20’, backdating your document! i.e., 1/7/20 could be changed to 1/7/2010 and really make life messy!

Tip Curtesy of Mamma Z aka Patti Zurla, Office Manager and Assistant Managing Broker of Keefe Real Estate


What do you think?

Anything you’d add or elaborate on?

I want to know! Email me at azambito@keeferealestate.com


Hopefully you find this helpful, as we embark upon the next decade of this crazy ride we call life. At the end of the day, you only have yourself to answer to. Here’s to you and yours! Go after your dreams, fearlessly. Remember, no one said life would be easy…but I BELIEVE IN YOU!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com


Sources used:

Simply Psychology: What is a Normal Distribution in Statistics?

Tim Ferriss 5 Morning Rituals that Help Me Win the Day – Page 3 of 5

Discover Your One Thing Now, derived from The One Thing, by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

A Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist for Every Homeowner by Nationwide

26 Easy Moves to Improve Your Finances in 2020 by Paula Pant/Afford Anything

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondos

Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | January 2nd, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

HOLIDAY REOCCURRING EVENTS ENDING THIS WEEK:

  1. Parade of Trees Daily through Tues., Jan. 7th – Take a look at Lake Geneva Business Sponsored Christmas Trees and vote for your favorite one to win the People’s Choice Award!
  2. Santa Cause Cruise & Tree Festival – Nightly Cruises dock from Gage Marine in Williams Bay, through Sat., Jan., 4th ; The final Tree Festival will be held from 4 to 9 pm on Sat., Jan., 4th.
  3. Dancing Horses Christmas Show Holiday Extravaganza! Sat., Jan 4th at 1 and 7 pm, and Sun., Jan., 5th at 1 pm

Welcome to a new decade!

My 2020 Resolution: Tenacity, Fortitude & Vitality! What characteristics are you aspiring towards this decade? Tell me! I want to know… Email AZambito@KeefeRealEstate.com!

Here’s what I want to check out this upcoming weekend:

Friday

  • Karaoke Fri., Jan. 3rd at 9 pm at the Delavan Lake Store & Lounge in Delavan – every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month – you don’t have to sing, the regulars are incredible!

Saturday

  • Lake Geneva Kids Expo Sat., Jan., 4th from 10 am to 4 pm at Badger High School in Lake Geneva – Play Zones set up throughout the school, such as bounce houses, caricature paintings, games and more. Stop by the Main Stage for interactive shows, fairytale princess sing-a-longs, and fun demonstrations.

Sunday

  • Saturday Night Fever Sun., Jan. 5th at 10:30 am & 2:30 pm at Fort Atkinson’s Fireside Dinner Theater

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my faves… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! 🙂

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


My week in snapshots – Zambito family Christmas, fun crafts with the family on break from school, my first (on screen) youtube series, and tons of delicious food!


Real Estate FAQ: First Time Home Buyers

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Here’s the transcript, and a bonus note, from my latest series on YouTube.

Real Estate FAQ: First Time Home Buyers

Are you ready to buy your very first home? Stay tuned for the most frequently asked question by first-time home buyers and the answer to that question by me, Annie Zambito.


[Channel Description]: My name is Annie Zambito and I’m a Licensed Real Estate Agent for Keefe Real Estate out of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Welcome to Annie Z. Realty, here for your every real estate need.


So! First-time home buyers… The most frequently asked question by first-time home buyers is, obviously or maybe predictably: Where do I start? And the answer seems simple because we all learned it back in grade school. The ‘5 W’s and How.’ That’s: Who, What, When, Where How and Why. These are the questions that I would ask you when you ask me, “where do I begin?” Let me guide you along this process…

First and foremost: ‘Who?” Not only who are you, but who will be involved in the decision-making process. I strongly recommend a second set of eyes or second opinion by a friend, family member or mentor, someone to give you a little bit of backup it’s always a good idea. Okay so that’s ‘Who?’

Next is, ‘What?’ So this is the meat and potatoes of every real estate agent’s questions, right? How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? How many garage spaces, etc. That’s essential to know so that we can set up a Multiple Listing Service search for you. Ok so that’s ‘Who?’ and ‘What?’

Next is, ‘When?’ What is your timeline? When do you have to be out of your current situation? Whether that’s a lease, etc., you know, what is your timeline? Ok ‘Who?’ ‘What?’ ‘When?’

Next is: ‘Where?’ Not just what municipality, but what do you want to be closest to in proximity? Is it the gym? Is it the grocery store? Is it a school district? Is it your job? Where as far as proximity is very important when we are looking for properties. So we’ve done ‘Who?’ ‘What?’ ‘When?’ and ‘Where?’

And now it’s, ‘How?’ The how is the lender. If your cash, that’s your answer. If you’re not, how are you going to go about this purchase? Often the largest asset in someone’s portfolio is their home so you have to figure out how to pay for that, it is essential. I have a preferred lender contact I can share with you. This is a process that does not have to be so inundated with questions. Believe me when I say there are more options available to you as a first-time home buyer then you are aware of feel. Free to contact me reach out. I would be more than happy to give you my preferred lender contact information. Okay so we’ve done ‘Who?’ ‘What?’ ‘When?’ ‘Where?’ and ‘How?’

And, finally, last, but not least: ‘Why?’ What is the crux of the situation you’re in right now that makes you ready to buy your very first home?

That’s all I’ve got. ‘Who?’ ‘What?’ ‘When?’ ‘Where?’ ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’

We all know those questions. I highly suggest taking 5 to 10 minutes, sitting down and answering these questions for yourself. And then you call an agent. Of course, please feel free to call, text, email, reach out to me on my socials. I can help you by your very first home, I’d be honored to.

I hope this was helpful in the beginning steps of buying your very first home purchase. Please let me know in the comments below. Make sure to like this video and subscribe. Let me know also if you’ve got any other questions! Are you not a first-time home buyer? Do you have specific questions within the context of first-time home buying? I’ve been in business for a couple years now; I’d be more than happy to help you answer your questions. Thanks! See you next time…


DID YOU KNOW:

If you were once a homeowner, but have not owned a home for 3 or more years, you are RE-CLASSIFIED AS A FIRST TIME HOME BUYER?!

That’s right! You can be a ‘first time home buyerMORE THAN ONCE a lifetime!

Now you know!


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<3, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
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