Internet Safety

Just as the title implies, this section is focused on Internet Safety. What does a Real Estate Agent know about Internet Safety? When an agent grew up using computers since they were the size of a room and watched the computer age and internet progress to what we see today, you can see how that accumulated knowledge can be a benefit. Internet Safety is no joke. Internet Safety is not something you pay a fee and let someone handle for you. Internet Safety is like any other situation requiring any safety measures. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.

Internet attacks can and will come from anywhere. As a Real Estate Agent I depend on my name being all over the Internet. My contact information is out there for the world to see. I don’t hide behind forms, or layers of pages between me and my clients. I have to be there when people need answers, to make an offer, view a property, and a host of other issues. I can’t afford to hide from the world. So I tend to see just about every threat and scam in the world. I am one of the few pioneers left in the Internet world.

This section is geared to change with the times as the Internet changes before our eyes. Feel free to let us know about your experiences. Send me a message, or post a comment below. Make the world a safer place by sharing this section and related posts.

I’ll Tell You What You Want to Hear

The title sums up just about every business and sad to say, church in the era we are living in. Internet spying, or shall we call it, cyber demographics sets high standards. Companies collect information, then sell it to other companies so they can tell you what you want to hear. They do this to sell you want you don’t need. They do it everyday, and the sad part of it is, they are very successful at it. Business wants to keep one step ahead of, not just the general public, but the individual, and they are getting there.

On a mass scale, I’ve seen this happen in real estate. News releases shuffle the facts around just enough to make it look like listings are way down. That motivates agents to go out and get listings, more listings, and more listings. Listings drive the market. Control the listings and you control the market. Low and behold the truth finally came out in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Sales were off 52%. That means the market in 2017 had a total lack of buyers. It was a buyer’s market all along, but news releases told agents, it was a sellers market. We saw some of the largest increases in housing prices I’ve ever seen. Why? It was a lack of communication. Agents kept telling buyers, there was a lack of good homes for sale. The truth was, there was a greater lack of buyers to compete with, so take your time, make a sound, educated offer, and look for a great deal on a new home. There wasn’t a lot of competition out there for buyers to worry about, but statistics were presented to make people think, there was a lack of good, quality homes for sale.

As far as cyber demographics is concerned. People brainstorm ways to present just about every product to you in a personalized manner. It may be customized based on your internet browsing habits, an email you sent, and maybe even a phone call you made. Imagine that, people taking your phone conversations and turning them into a marketing tool aimed at you. Is it happening? If it isn’t, give it some time.

The fact of the matter is, businesses can spend less time designing and building quality products and stick more money into selling you whatever they have. They will develop a need in your life for whatever they have.

At the present time, we don’t know who to trust, who is spying on us, or how they will eventually use that information for, or against us. Cyber blackmail is not a new thing, and people will figure out how to acclimate your Internet browsing, emails, phone calls, and who knows what to — well blackmail people. Change a line or two, and the scammers have what they want, someone on the hook. What is next? We can only imagine. We do know, the government isn’t about to do anything about it. We are in our own in this world. Until we elect honest people who can run for reelection on what they’ve done, not on telling us what we want to hear a few days before the election. Come to think of it, telling people what they want to hear has been in politics long before the Internet was invented.

Local Events

Local Events is a collection of events in and around Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and other counties in the area. Some posts contain pictures of events. Other posts announce local events. Local Events also has information about museums, zoos, parts, gardens, and other points of interest. If you have something you want to post. Let me know and I can set up a link set on a content card. It looks like a large business card for the Internet. We can make this work. We are all professionals.

Facts on Zestimate

Here is a great article written by another Real Estate Agent who looked into that Zillow Estimate some people use. I prefer to use a half mile radius around the subject properly that shows all the SOLD units within the past few months, and the active units. Than it is only a matter of taking a look at the size of the properties, lot size, special features, condition based on the pictures, and the prices. That is accurate and up to date information. Not a guess formulated by outdated information and the best guess written by a computer programmer from who knows where. What do they really know about the local market you are selling or buying in?

This article contains some facts in Zextimate that may shock you. 

Real Estate Investing

Real Estate investing can have many faces. Some of them kind and inviting, and some faces are covered by masks. How do you know you are getting into the right investment for you?

Investing can be as simple as buying a duplex. Live in one half and rent out the other half to help pay the mortgage, taxes, maintenance, and other expenses, No matter what type of investment you pursue, there will be expenses. If you are profitable, there will always be taxes.

This is a simple page to introduce the concept of Real Estate Investing. Details for each type and phase of investing are covered in articles listed in the drop down menu. Here is a brief list of steps all Investors need to follow.

  • Determine your price range.
    • Include purchase price
    • Rehab and improvement costs
    • Taxes
    • Listing and closing costs
  • Determine the type of property.
    • Land
    • Rehab and resell
    • Rental property
    • Retail Property
  • Determine location
  • Network
    • Contractors
    • Real Estate Agents
    • Lenders
    • Attorney
    • City Contacts

Look at all the aspects of investing. Develop a plan. Write your plan out. Begin the networking process as soon as possible. Gather information. Information is power.

The drop down menu lists a number of articles for investors. You can also search this website. Share some of your stories, ideas, and suggestions.

Beware!! There are number of scams aimed at Real Estate Investors. We cover the most common scams in some of the articles here.

Ez1 Realty attempts to filter our advertising from known or suspected investment scams, and investment websites selling incomplete and misleading information. If you spot one of those ads, let us know and we will remove that advertisement.

Product Reviews

Life is more than Real Estate. We all buy products. We all want to make the right choices on every purchase. This section reviews a number of products based on actual experience The reviews are unbiased and in fact banned from many online store reviews who follow certain rules. These products range from rechargeable batteries, cell phone gadgets, tools, to suppliers and vendors. There are also reviews on computer programs centered on productivity. The articles are original and all are based off personal use and experience. The world is more than Real Estate. And Real Estate should take advantage of recent advancements in every field. Real Estate is all about homes, businesses, and people. Why not work to enhance all aspects of life?

I hope you enjoy this section. Use the search feature on this site if you don’t see what you are looking for. You can also check the category section on the side bar and located near the bottom of every page. Also feel free to leave your comments and suggestions.

Real Estate Sellers

What do you know about the Home Selling process? The Home Selling process is rather simple when you know the steps Sellers should follow. The basic steps for home sellers is not complicated. The Basic Steps to Sell your Real Estate are the same no matter what price range you are in.

  • Know the LOCAL market and current prices
  • Know what properties have in common and what the differences are
  • Prepare your property. Clean up is a must.
  • Negotiate and sign a Listing Contract
  • Pictures Sell Homes. Make sure your house features show up on the pictures.
  • Be flexible for showings
  • Review all Offers to Purchase
  • Negotiate Price and contingencies
  • Sign an Offer to Purchase
  • Show up for the Closing

Home Selling can be Ez when you know and follow all the basic steps. Issues crop up and experience tells us how to deal with all those issues. Wells, septic systems, adverse conditions, and other issues can and will effect the sale of a home. A long list of other issues have to be addressed for other Real Estate such as businesses, investments, rental units, industrial property, lots, and land. Ez1 Realty works with a great team of Title Companies, contractors, Internet affiliates, and other sources that streamline the Real Estate Sales process. It takes more than a Real Estate Agency to sell a property.

Each of those steps are covered in greater detail on articles in the Buyer Section of this website. This Website is designed so you can find information fast. Information is updated on a regular basis. So bookmark this site or sign up for E-mail updates.

The pull down in each category will feature the majority of information on the subject. Additional information can be found using the Search window, or Category Pull Down. If you have any ideas, questions, or suggestions, post a comment, or E-mail us directly.

No information is collected by Ez1 Realty or used for marketing. Other third party affiliates contributing to this website such as advertisers may apply cookies, and collect information. That is the Internet as usual.

Ez1 Realty is dedicated to making your home sale Ez. We pride ourselves on closing on time, keeping you updates, informed, and comfortable with the home selling process.

Real Estate Buyers

This section is dedicated to providing information to Real Estate Buyers. It doesn’t matter what price range you are in, you want to make the right decision when it comes to buying a new home or any Real Estate property. No one wants to make a mistake when it comes to a Real Estate purchase. But it happens every day.

The Home Buying process is rather simple when you follow the prescribed order.

  • Talk to a local Lender to get pre-qualified for a loan.
  • Talk to your Real Estate Agent and let them know what type of house you want, features, location, and other vital information.
  • View Houses
  • Check Market Value
  • Review any irregularities with the Lender
  • Write an Offer to Purchase
  • Negotiate price and contingencies
  • Submit paperwork to your Lender after an offer is accepted.
  • Go through the Lending processes
  • Final walk through before closing
  • Final closing

Each of those steps are covered in greater detail on articles in the Buyer Section of this website. This Website is designed so you can find information fast. Information is updated on a regular basis. So bookmark this site or sign up for E-mail updates.

The pull down in each category will feature the majority of information on the subject. Additional information can be found using the Search window, or Category Pull Down. If you have any ideas, questions, or suggestions, post a comment, or E-mail us directly.

No information is collected by Ez1 Realty or used for marketing. Other third party affiliates contributing to this website such as advertisers may apply cookies, and collect information. That is the Internet as usual.

Ez1 Realty is dedicated to making your home purchase Ez. We pride ourselves on closing on time, keeping you updates, informed, and comfortable with the home buying process.

Tornadoes in Waldo and Cascade

It seems we had a few tornadoes west of Sheboygan on August 28, 2018. I was visiting a friend looking out the garage door when it began pouring rain with little or no warning. It was coming down in buckets. The thing I remember is how the trees were all leaning to the north from the high winds. In a split second the wind shifted and the trees were lying down to the south. The high winds changed direction 180 degrees in a split second. Branches were flying around. Most of them seemed to be coming from the west while the trees in front of use were blowing to the south. After a few minutes the rain and winds let up. A brief walk outside revealed a number of items blown around and a few items in the yard that were not there before the storm.

Waldo Wisconsin had a number of trees down. Quite a few. Some of them were rather large trees with 8-12 inch diameter roots exposed. Heading east towards Sheboygan the damage was wide spread close to Highway 57, but lessened as we headed east. Heading west, Cascade Wisconsin seems to be hit the worse. Trees were down all over the place. There were few signs of damaged buildings.

The weather service reported as many as 19 tornadoes in the area. Some claim that is a record. Electricity was out for about 24 hours throughout Waldo. The electric company crews did a great job of restoring service.

Clean up is underway. I helped clean up about 6 trees. I did learn a few tricks about loading branches. If you start piling branches in a trailer with all the stems pointing out, it is much easier to unload. When the leaves are all pointing to the front, top leaves compress leaves on the bottom and you can pack more. When you get so high with branches they tend to begin to angle down. If you have a long trailer you are basically stacking the last few few vertical. Which allows you to pack a lot more branches.

Here is one trick I saw. Pack the first bundle of branches with all the sticks pointed out. When the trailer has a full width of branches, gather the stems and tie a long tow strap around them. This will allow you to pull out all the branches at once. Of course the dump had an excavator to pull out the branches and they all worked as a team to unload the truck. That should work for a small trailer with a few people to help load and unload.

I’ll have to add some pictures later. Here are some other stories.

    The Latest: Weather service says 19 tornadoes hit August 28

     Jackson tornado started at Cascades, touched down for 1.5 miles

 

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