June 17, 2016

Local Event - 5th Annual Mason Jar Jamboree

5th Annual Mason Jar Jamboree


11:00am - 4:00pm

Mason Farm County Park (Dorothy Carnes Park East), W6509 Jones Lane, Fort Atkinson


Posted in Local Events
June 16, 2016

How to Simplify Home Buying in 5 Steps



Make the home buying process a little easier to navigate with the following steps:

1.    Seek a Reputable Real Estate Agent

An experienced agent will save you time, money, and stress.

2.    Know Your Credit Score

Don’t wait until you find a house to learn that your credit may not be good enough to secure the necessary mortgage. If there are any errors within your credit report get them fixed immediately.

3.    Get a Pre-Approval Letter

Once you find a mortgage that meets your needs, get a pre-approval letter from you lender. Getting pre-approved let’s sellers know you’re serious. Ask your Real Estate Agent for mortgage lender recommendations, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion.

4.    Assemble a Team

Ask your Real Estate Agent for recommendations of other resources you may need such as a home inspector, mortgage lender, and lawyer.

5.    Don’t Settle

Keep searching for the home that is best for your needs. This may be the largest purchase of your life, don’t settle for anything less than your dream home!

For more information on buying in a low inventory market, please contact Century 21 Affiliated at 920-563-4606 or Century 21 Affiliated.
June 10, 2016

Local Event - 2nd Annual Dairy Day at the "Moo"-seum


2nd Annual Dairy Day at the "Moo"-seum


11:00am - 2:00pm

Hoard Historical Museum 401 Whitewater Avenue Fort Atkinson, WI

Website: http://www.hoardmuseum.org

(920) 563-7769


Posted in Local Events
June 9, 2016

Trouble Spots for Water Damage in Your Home


water_damage_trouble_spots Your home is your sanctuary, but everyone has had issues with their home in the past. Whether scratched floors, faulty electrical wires or water damage, issues come up and it’s all part of being a homeowner. Here are a few trouble spots in your home that may be susceptible to water damage. The most logical place to start in your home, is where issues would be most problematic: the bathroom.

The bathroom has the single greatest chance of any area of your house to create the problem of water damage. There is generally a multiple of three factors in that one particular area because you have your bathtub/shower, sink and your toilet, all of which can be powder kegs for disaster. Your bathroom tub could have a small little crack in it that you may not realize. If could create far larger damage to the internal structure of the house through pooling underneath, which compromises the wood. Over time, your toilet can become weak and the bowl might snap off spilling large amounts of water everywhere. The sink in the bathroom may have a leaky pipe, which will inevitably lead to damage caused by water. Be aware of these potential problem areas and inspect them regularly. 

The kitchen is another prime example. A common denominator between the bathroom and kitchen is the sink. A leaky pipe at the kitchen sink is a problem, since it can create a bigger mess than one might expect. Another common issue is dishwasher overflow, when the dishwasher sealant goes and the water gushes outside. This is generally caused by the erosion of sealant over time caused by the acidities of the food we eat and the chemicals in the soap. The refrigerator, if it is attached to a water source, can cause water damage if the hoses are not connected properly or if it breaks. 

Another place in your house that may have issues with hoses is the laundry room. The washing machine can be overloaded with clothing and could tip over and spill water across the floor. The hoses on the back can deteriorate because they are made of rubber, and slowly, water could leach into it rotting them from the inside. The pipes that lead to the main line can leak and create more problems. 

The basement is already a damp area in your household, but it’s also the nerve center of many of your home's water-based functions. These functions include your water heater and the main water control for your house. If your water heater breaks, it can lead to a large mess in the basement area. Also, if your main bursts, not only will you have a problem with not having water in your home, you will also have a pool in the basement of your home. 

All homeowners, especially first-timers, should be aware of these potential problem spots and inspect these rooms and their pipes regularly. Preventing water damage before it occurs can save you many headaches down the line. 

Source: SI Restoration 

June 3, 2016

Relay For Life

Relay For Life


5:00pm - Midnight

Commons Park Friday, 100 N Main St, Lake Mills

Visit our webpage at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=67501


Posted in Local Events
May 23, 2016

Heroes Home Advantage Program!

May 20, 2016



Saturday, June 4th & Sunday, June 5th - 10am-1pm

Please join us for our Kickoff event promoting our new "Move For Hunger" program and benefit the Fort Atkinson Food Pantry.  Enjoy a Hot dog, chips and beverage for $3.00! Or individual items $1.00 each!

Food donations are welcome!

We are located at 913 Madison Ave, Fort Atkinson



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May 16, 2016

Research Says Home Design Influences Your Happiness

Feeling a bit down lately? Maybe you should take on a new home project. No, seriously! According to a new survey by the remodeling website Houzz, 87 percent of 6,000 respondents recently said that their home design influences their overall happiness.

Seventy-four percent of home owners credit a remodeling or redecorating job in the past two years for making them happier. Still, 51 percent of respondents who describe their home as “in need of work” say they’re happy at home.

They don’t suggest going out and spending your life savings on top of the line amenities. In fact, the two key home elements that respondents say have the power to make them happier at home were big windows and comfortable furniture, according to the survey.

However, not everyone finds sole comfort from putting their feet up and enjoying a nice view and abundant sunshine at home. The survey found that men are more than twice as likely to derive happiness from a big-screen TV as women (40 percent versus 17 percent).  Plus, the survey found that just the mere sound of a television is three times more likely to make men happy than women. Amazing.

Home owners say they’re happiest in rooms that are clean and organized and comfortable (with men showing more preference for comfort and women favoring rooms that are clean and tidy). Forty-two percent of respondents say they’re happiest in the living/family room, and 15 percent said they were happiest in the kitchen, according to the survey.

Home owners also link the company they with happiness at home. Forty-nine percent say they are happiest with just their immediate family in the house, while 29 percent say a home bursting with friends and family makes them happiest.

Overall, the time, effort, and love you put into your home, in turn, can reward you with happiness. After that, it’s up to you to just enjoy it.

Tell us: What about your home makes you happiest?

May 13, 2016

Local Event - Lake Mills Artisan/Farmer's Market

Lake Mills Artisan/Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday: 5/4/16-10/19/2016

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Commons Park, Lake Mills


Ph. 920-648-6721

Posted in Local Events
May 9, 2016

5 Tips for Creating an Outdoor Space

With Spring finally on the horizon, many homeowners are beginning to dream of warmer weather, and accompanying home improvement projects. Whether you want to up your home value for sale, or are just looking to luxuriate outdoors this year, you may be thinking about creating an outdoor living space.

“From outdoor sitting areas to full-on kitchens, outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular home additions,” says Dan Kruse, President of Century 21 Affiliated. Below are five tips for planning your ideal outdoor living space.

1. Tour similar spaces. If you think you want a livable outdoor space, visit other homes with similar spaces for ideas about what you would and wouldn't like. “Luckily, with Internet access being what it is these days, you can get thousands of ideas from the web,” explains Kruse. But you shouldn't stop there, Kruse notes. “Try and do in-person research as well.” Have a friend or neighbor with a covetable deck or bath house? Invite yourself over to check it out in detail.

2. Plan ahead. Take your time while planning your outdoor space, and think about how you can best compliment your interior design. Find the right contractor, if you're using one, and take time to consider the cost effectiveness of your materials. “You should never rush a building project,” says Kruse. “You will hardly ever be happy with the results.”

“How will your new deck affect your inside spaces?” Kruse asks. “From darkening a room with a covered deck, to changing the view of the yard from the bedroom, don't forget to figure out all of the logistics before you begin building,” says Kruse.

3. Think about water access. Outdoor living spaces need to be weatherized, winterized and water-proofed, Kruse reminds us. “This may seem like a no brainer, but if done wrong, it can lead to costly repairs down the road,” explains Kruse.

4. Bring in a professional. If you're new to landscaping and home design, bring in a professional to give you advice, even if it's just a one-time consultation. “A professional designer can give you advice about things you may be overlooking, so it's important to get that expert opinion before you finalize your plans or break ground,” Kruse notes.

5. Do your research. Are those deck railings you're interested in up to code in your county? What are the laws about open pool plans in your area? “As building codes vary by location, before you open your wallet, make sure your plans are up to code,” warns Kruse.

For more information on buying in a low inventory market, please contact any of our wonderful agents by clicking this link: Century 21 Affiliated or call our office at 920-563-4606.