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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Here is a short segment I want to work on. Family is important and one of the main reasons people look at buying a house. Family size and needs are some of the major considerations in looking for a house. So far I am adding a video of my kids. I’ll add more later. I hope this give you a few ideas of what you can do with your family. Trips and special events are also important. In the future I’ll post other pages with things to do around Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties. Keep your eyes peeled for them. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Selling a home here in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Cedar Grove, Elkhart Lake, Plymouth, West Bend, or any other area means a comprehensive plan must be in place. If you select me as your listing agent, I will:

  • Provide you with a free home valuation to help determine your home’s current market value.
  • Review comps in the area to show you what is happening in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Cedar Grove, Elkhart Lake, Plymouth, Menomonee Falls, Sussex, Lannon, Milwaukee,  Germantown, Brown Deer, and surrounding Sheboygan County, WI areas.
  • Point out obvious or potential issues with your property that may be a concern with inspectors, appraisers, and lenders. Prepare for possible questions and delays. 
  • Negotiate on your behalf to receive the most money for your property and home.
  • Network with other real estate professionals here in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Cedar Grove, Elkhart Lake, Plymouth, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, Brookfield, Germantown, Brown Deer, and surrounding Sheboygan County, WI areas as well as throughout other relevant areas to find the perfect buyer for your home.
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  • Utilize technology including my personal web site to showcase your property to other real estate agents along with potential home buyers.
  • Work with you through the complex paperwork and legal issues that can impact the sale of your home.
  • Represent you in a manner that is both professional and a little old fashion for this day and age.
  • Tailor the sale of your home according to its unique features.
  • Make certain you get all the paperwork required to sell your property on time, in the correct order, and you understand every step in the process.
  • Provide you copies of all the paperwork and forms.
  • Answer every question, or refer you to the correct professional source.
  • Answer my phone when you call, or call you back as soon as I am able to. 

I’m a little surprised I have to list some of those features today. But good, reliable service seems to be a thing of the past. I may be a little old fashion in some areas, but I’ve been using and designing uses for computers back when they were the size of a room. Computers are a tool, not a replacement for a personality. 


Home Buying. What are the steps? 

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Make a list of your needs and desires.  A new home should have everything you need and most of what you desire.

  • Begin your search early.  Keep up to date on current market conditions and price trends, interest rates and loan programs.
  • Know your limitations.  Don’t get involved with repairs and updates beyond your scope of experience and your budget.
  • Gather a team you know you can rely upon.  This will include a Real Estate Agent, a Lender and an Inspector.
  • What are your hopes and dreams in a new home.  What are the features you need most?  Is the kitchen the most important room?  What features will prompt you to buy, finished basement, 2 car garage, location, updates?  Let me know what you want, and I will find it for you.

Looking for the perfect home may be an experience of a life time.  It can have its up and downs.  Here are a couple of hints to keep the process is perspective.

Dennis Herman

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Wouldn’t it make sense to work with a local Real Estate Agent who lives, works, shops in Sheboygan and knows the market trends?  With all the factors effecting market prices an experienced, local Agent is the smart thing to do.
I do not specialize in finding the bargain basement deal of the century, but I am very good at finding the best value on the market when you need it.
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Fox Point, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Shorewood, Wawautosa, West Allis, Whitefish Bay, Cedar Grove, Butler, Elm Grove, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Sussex and other local areas.


How do I find out what my home or property is worth?

I hear that question a lot. What we want to do is look at similar properties in the same area. Simple right. It may sound simple, but don’t be fooled by computer generated reports concentrating on zip codes. Properties on the other side of a zip code, or city could have a far different value. Computers are great, but they have not seen your house, and only know what people put into them. Some things still need the human touch. In technical terms the report is called a CMA. The computer helps arrange the report, but the properties should not be chosen by a computer. That is where I come in, and often times separate myself from the pack.

The easiest way to receive free marketing information for your neighborhood. To receive a free Comprehensive Marketing Analysis (CMA) for your property simply call me and answer a few simple questions about your house. All I need is an address, number of bedrooms, baths, garage spaces, and I can look up the rest of the information. You should receive your information via E-mail within 48 hours. There is no obligation and your information will not be shared with any other parties. Free, quick, confidential and reliable information from your locally licensed Real Estate Broker.

The information you will receive compares properties within a 4 to 6 block radius from your home and will include active and sold listings available on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The details you provide and actual market conditions will determine how closely the comparable units are to your home.

In addition to single family homes, this free service is also available for duplexes, condos, multi family apartment buildings, and commercial property.

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Adell, Cascade, Cedar Grove, Elkhart Lake, Fond du Lac, Grafton, Kiel Ootsburg, Plymouth, Port Washington, Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Random Lake, Waldo, West Bend

Fox Point, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Shorewood, Wawautosa, West Allis, Whitefish Bay, Cedar Grove, Butler, Elm Grove, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Sussex and other local areas.