The Milwaukee area is full of vibrant communities, each with its own distinct personality and culture. The Northshore area, located directly up the Lake Michigan shoreline from the bustling Downtown area, strikes a unique balance between peaceful, scenic living and high-energy city action. Two gems of this area, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, are full of a variety of people, places, and beautiful properties with tons of potential. If you’re in the market for a home in the Shorewood or Whitefish Bay areas, Bob Arnold is your full-service Milwaukee realtor. Let’s take a closer look at these two excellent areas: Shorewood Shorewood is an attractive, progressive, established community, and is a great option for those planning on moving to the North Shore. Shorewood is the first suburb north of Milwaukee. Shorewood residents enjoy a wonderful blend of quaint, quiet living and all the modern conveniences of the big city. There exists a high quality of life, while preserving diversity amongst different age groups, races, tastes, and backgrounds. Shorewood’s award-winning schools believe in maintaining a low student-teacher ratio to ensure that all children will succeed. Enjoy the beauty of Shorewood’s stately lakeside homes, the Village’s unique commercial strip with trendy shops and cafes, and the gorgeous beach and park. New condominiums that provide beautiful, carefree living in the village center and the diverse architectural styles of the historic homes give Shorewood the reputation of being truly unique. Whitefish Bay Come and experience this charming, exquisite, lakeside community that is rich in history! This Village of roughly 14,000 residents is filled with beautiful, architecturally diverse homes, stretched along the western bluffs of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee’s North Shore. The living is easy, with corner coffee shops, park-like streets, day spas, frequent block parties, and fabulous award-winning schools! There is no industry in Whitefish Bay so the quality of life is quiet and peaceful. School children are usually within blocks of their schools and many residents utilize the sidewalks to jog, run errands, or greet neighbors. Festivals and small-town special events bring neighbors together often- the Pumpkin Carving and Lighting Festival, and 4th of July Festival. The main streets are closed off for special events like the Professional Bicycle Race, Christmas Parade, 4th of July, and Homecoming Parade, and for bands to play in front of Sendiks, where you will see children and parents dancing together in the street. The Village of Whitefish Bay is waiting for you! Experience the Bob Arnold Difference! My commitment as your full-service Milwaukee realtor is to provide you with specialized real estate services to aid in your decision-making process. As a continual Multimillion Dollar producer, I use a professional, informative, non-pressure approach in working with my clients and customers. I am your personal Milwaukee Real Estate Consultant. Contact Me today at (414) 379-1101 or visit my website to see current listings.
Milwaukee Real Estate InvestmentCompetitive interest rates and declining inventory is bringing out more buyers/investors than ever before. Duplexes, 4 family’s, multifamily are all safe investments right now. There are more buyers interested in investment properties than ever before! While conventional loans for 2 family and multifamily are limited to 20-25% down, FHA owner occupied multifamily up to 4 family units are still available to finance with as little as 3.5-5% down for owner occupied. This is an unbelievable opportunity for investors new to the industry. Our lending guidelines change regularly and these opportunities and interest rates may not last for long. There is limited inventory and prices are going up. I did a search the other day for an investor in all of Waukesha County for duplexes and multifamily properties and only 45 properties were available in the whole county! Milwaukee County only had 156 multifamily properties with 127 of them being in the city of Milwaukee. Advantages 1) Great investment opportunity for future income 2) Low or no payments come from buyer as income from other units will usually generate most if not all of mortgage payment 3) Tax advantages 4) Great estate planning For more info or if you would like to set up a meeting to ask questions or discuss your interest in investing please let me know. Bob Arnold Realty Executives 414.379.1101 [email protected]
It has not been this busy since 2007. Honestly. I was looking over the WRA (Wisconsin Realtor Association) statistics on home sales and noticed sale in SE Wisconsin in January of 2007 were 1,370 and January of 2016 they were 1,347, That is the highest number of sale in January since 2007. February and March are following the same trend with the exception on March of 2015 out doing 2016 by 16 homes. The median price of a home in March of 2007 $182,000. March of 2016 it was $162,333. Not to make anyone feel bad but in March of 2011 it had dropped to $126,950. What does all this mean to you as a buyer or seller. Interest’s rates are still at one of the lowest points since early 2015. Prices are still relatively low, but and there is a big but, inventory is also at an all-time low. This puts the curve in the curve ball for buyers. It is very completive and multiple offers are almost standard. I spoke to my lender the other day and he said he is seeing more offers submitted for loans with over asking price then ever before. Buyer are getting frustrated, agents are getting stressed and lender right now are getting overwhelmed. Suggestions for you as an active buyer especial a new first time buyer. 1) Use a full service full time Real estate agent with experience and make sure you are on an auto search. 2) Use a qualified lender with a solid pre-approval (There are a number of Lenders we are having a lot of problems with) 3) Be prepared to move quickly, This is where 1 & 2 come into play and are very important to help you make a decision. How important is the agent? I cannot stress enough how important having a good agent working for you in this market is. Meet with them, talk with them, interview them, but make sure you are comfortable and the have time for you and will work for you. Here is a review from one of my past clients: “We can’t recommend him highly enough. Bob is the reason our offer on our home was accepted. He worked hard to get us into properties the day they came onto the market. Bob was available and willing to answer all of our questions, and as first time home buyers, we had many. He knows Milwaukee and the surrounding communities well. It put our mind at ease knowing we had a knowledgeable, experienced advocate on our side throughout the home buying process.” Brianna
In the last 2 weeks I have been involved with writing and receiving Offers to Purchase with interest rates of 3.857%, 3.5% and 3.75%. Yes, we are back in the 3%! For how long, we don't know. But for now, if you are serious about looking for a home or condo, take advantage of these outstanding interest rates! I understand the home buying process is still based on finding the right home and should not be rushed. A 5% (3.5% vs. 4%) change in interest rate on a $200,000 mortgage amount can mean a difference of $50.00 per month! Please let me know if I can help you not only with your search but also help you find a qualified lender to work with. When purchasing a home or condo it is important to set yourself up with a good team, Realtor and Lender. Finding these individuals can make all the difference in a smooth and successful transaction vs. a dysfunctional and frustrating transaction.
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January and February were very busy. January was actually one of the busiest I have ever had. This was partially because of mild January weather, but mainly because of the market. There is a large amount of active buyers due to GREAT interest rates. As the weather warms up, look out, the warm weather buyers come out in droves. NAR reports, “Despite concerns that harsh weather could lower buyer demand, pending home sales in January reached their highest level since August 2013.” Buyers in 2014 faced low inventory and that is continuing in 2015. This increased home prices and continues to do so. This may have closed some buyers out of the market price ranges. There were several key developments late last year that will likely result in more first-time buyers and other house hunters getting in the market in 2015. Again, results will be lower inventory and higher prices. The median existing-home price for all housing types in January was $199,600, which is 6.2 percent above January 2014. This marks the 35th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains. So what does all this mean? If you are serious about looking for a home and have not started ….START NOW!!!! Please call, text, or email me to help you get started. If you are serious, and looking to purchase, I will make a commitment to you, and we will find you the right home. Please see a few of my testimonials at: http://move2milwaukee.com/resource-center/testimonials
Year end Bargains? Yes! When it comes to real estate, this could be a December full of them. Not a bad thing for buyers!!! In the Metro Milwaukee area, December has always been a rough month for home owners that are thinking of selling – as a “what should I do?” month. They are thinking “it’s going to be a long winter in Milwaukee,” especially after the last few weeks of inclement weather. Sellers are facing taxes being due, home expenses are going up, outdoor work has been left unfinished and possible painting and concrete work hasn’t been completed because of the early cold season. These are all good things for a buyer, as these items could help with prices coming down or to negotiate when purchasing. It may not be the case with all listings, but the odds are in your favor. If a listing does come on the market at this time of year here in the Metro Milwaukee area, it is often because a seller truly needs to sell their home. Most often home owners that are not selling out of necessity will wait until after the New Year to list. After the first of the year it is a whole new market with new buyers. With January comes buyers with new goals to purchase a home. These are people that were not even thinking about buying a home in 2014. If you are one of those people considering beginning your home search, call me, Bob Arnold, to help you get started! After the first of the year the market gets very active, buyers are anxious, and sellers will start to push pricing up on new listings. This is due to a continually increasing market that has seen consistent growth over the last few years. The US Commerce department reported, for the third straight month, that October single family home sale prices increased. National single family homes sales are up 15.4 percent from last year at this same time. Looking for some help? Interested in sitting down and discuss the Milwaukee Real Estate market? Know a first time home buyer needing some assistance? Please have them contact myself, Bob Arnold or visit my web site www.Move2Milwaukee.com.
2014 has been a very wild ride so far. While home sales have been strong in the Metro Milwaukee area, lending issues and new guidelines have made it a very frustrating year over all. Some buyers have been spooked, even before Halloween. However, overall “Metropolitan Milwaukee home sales were up 3.6% in September from a year earlier.” Buyers are still seeing good value with the current market and interest rates continue to be very appealing. Rates hit a 16 month low a couple of weeks ago, landing at 3.85% for a very short period of time. Home owners are continuing to see some equity back in their homes, and are now considering selling. Inventory levels continue to stay low but, “September listings, up [slightly] 3.7% from 2013, continued their upward trend.” Nice homes that are priced well are selling fast and getting multiple offers. According to GMAR, in September “almost a third of residential sales in the metropolitan area occurred within 30 days, and well over 50% closed within 60 days.” Though interest rates were predicted to increase before the end of the year, world economic problems, as well as Global warfare and our sluggish economy are helping keep US interest rates from rising quickly. The end of the year market is always a good time to look at purchasing a home. I am starting to see end of year price reductions and impatient sellers. Sellers don’t like holding inventory through the winter. New listings are still coming on the market but are limited. I think we will continue to see price reductions by motivated sellers. Remember, most sellers are also buyers. With the many market evaluations I do on a daily basis, I have seen a rise in the average listing and sale prices from 2013 to 2014. MLS statistics show a steady increase from the beginning of 2013 moving forward. There has been a strong boost in 2014. Even bank owned properties have been increasing in listing price (now some are priced the same as or close to market price of regular listings). Bottom line – if you are even considering purchasing a home or condo in the Metro Milwaukee area NOW is the time to do it. Now puts you in the best negotiating position possible. I am a certified negotiation expert. This is the time that I can make a difference for you when purchasing a home. Feel free to contact me, Bob Arnold, a Milwaukee realtor with Realty Executives at Move2milwaukee.com or email me at [email protected]  Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, September Statistics  Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, September Statistics
Real Estate sales continue to improve in the Bay View area partially because of a lack of listing. The Bay View market lends itself to a very unique opportunity for sellers of almost all price ranges and property conditions, if marketed properly, to have active buyers looking to purchase. I am a market leader with Trulia and Zillow in Bay View as well as the 53207 zip code area and talk with over a dozen buyers weekly. Please call, text (414.379.1101) or email ([email protected]) me with any questions about your home or area market. Thank you!
It seem like time is speeding up sometime. As our year continues into April with May around the corner what happen to February and March. Buyers have been taking advantage of the market and interests but are soon to see changes. April 2014 GMAR reports that 1st quarter Home sales are down 10.2% from a year earlier, compared to 2013 in the 4-county Metropolitan Milwaukee real estate market. The slowdown for the first three-months of the year is being blamed on an exceptionally cold winter. While sale were down prices went up as inventor continues to stay low. Multiple offers are not uncommon with new listing especial if they are exceptions. In some areas, communities and price ranges properties with accepted offers and pending out number current listings. Sellers should not assume they will get whatever they ask for, and buyers should know the days of deep discounts are gone. When selling or purchasing, seeking a good full service Realtor will benefit both sides of the transition. Rising interest rates, warmer weather and the still strong demand for properties with number of buyer still in the pipe line should continue to make 2014 a very strong year. Price ranges will effect purchases as the strongest percentage of buyer is are 1st time or under 30+ buyers. The condo market has made its comeback as well with a need for condo listings downtown. Don’t be surprised to see some new condos either as conversions or new construction hit the market. I don’t think you will see the big large scale projects but smaller building or conversion sites. I am always available to discuss your change of address plans or evaluate the market for a property sale or purchase. Visit me www.move2milwaukee.com or call/text me 414-379-1101