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When looking for a space to upgrade in your home, the kitchen is always a safe bet for a great return. In 2018 homeowners are focusing on investing in new products, materials and technologies to make their kitchen easier to cook in and clean! If you are looking to stay on trend this year, here are the top five upgrades your kitchen needs!

  • “Smarten” up your kitchen. Today, many homeowners are looking to add technology into the kitchen to make their lives easier. Some add refrigerators with LCD screens that allow families to order groceries, build shopping lists or see what they have inside without opening the fridge door.
  • Easy-to-maintain finishes. Homeowners today are straying away from high-maintenance granite and marble countertops, wood floors and stainless steel appliances. Granite has been consistently falling out of favor over the last couple years and manufactured quartz has been gaining in popularity. Millennials especially are looking for low-maintenance options that are easier to clean and also cost-effective.
  • Bring out the color. The white color scheme has been dominating the kitchen sphere for a long time, but we’re finally starting to see homeowners bring back color to the space. The main reason is that an all-white kitchen is impractical in day-to-day living with trying to keep it clean. Warm neutrals are a safe bet when thinking about resale value while lavender is hot for 2018.
  • Integrate your appliances. Instead of having your microwave sit on top of your counter, many homeowners are building them in below the countertops to save on space and increase the aesthetic of their space.
  • New seating arrangements. 2018 is the year to create banquette seating in your kitchen. Unlike in the past, this seating option would only be for one-to-two sides of your table instead of engulfing it. It creates an updated and fresh outlook to an integral gathering space.

The kitchen has become a focal point of the house; it is time to treat it as such. Make life easier on yourself by adding some technology and change some of its features to make it more hospitality friendly. Your guests and family will notice the difference! Make sure to talk to your Shorewest, REALTOR® if you are thinking of selling your home soon, they will help you make the best decision for whether or not your project will give you the return upon investment.

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Happy National Homeowners Month! It is time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of owning a home. Using a REALTOR® makes it more affordable, attainable and sustainable for anyone looking to start on the homeownership journey. The dream of homeownership is not only possible but very real for anyone that wants to achieve it.  Owning a home is also an important milestone in one’s life. Core American values such as individuality, responsibility and self-reliance are key factors in owning a home. There are many benefits to homeownership such as:

  • Stability. Homeowners typically stay in their homes longer than renters, creating roots and community involvement.
  • Family. Owning a home is a wonderful environment to raise a family. Having a foundation and longevity in one place creates a bond between family and community.
  • Privacy. Having a space that is solely your own and able to surround yourself with comfort items and personal expression that enhance your life.
  • Neighborhood. Homeownership improves neighborhoods. Owners are very likely to improve their home and curb appeal and more likely to be a part of local affairs.
  • Wealth. Owning your own home and paying monthly mortgage payments creates equity, teaches responsibility and how to manage money.

The benefits of homeownership are great and can change your life for the better. Talk to one of our Shorewest, REALTORS® if you have questions or concerns. Our REALTORS® have been extensively trained and have the experience to help you on your journey to owning a home! #ShorewestRealtors #ShorewestTips #NationalHomeownersMonth

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The weather is (thankfully) finally warming up and with the temperature rising, many people are also seeing their utility bills rise with them. Here are 10 ways that you can temper this to prepare your home and bank statement for the summer ahead.

  1. Instead of using an irrigation timer, turn on your system when it needs it. An irrigation schedule is nice but also produces quite a bit of waste water.
  2. Use smart power strips. Make the conscious effort of turning off one power strip instead of unplugging each individual appliance at the end of the day.
  3. Use your ceiling fan to your advantage. In summer, run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise. This motion will help pull cold air up to the ceiling and will efficiently cool your home.
  4. Go green and buy a water cistern. A water cistern is a barrel that captures rain water and stores it for future use. It is exceptionally handy to keep up your garden, flower beds, and lawn when your area is experiencing a drought.
  5. Make the switch to LED bulbs. These bulbs tend to be a bit more expensive in the initial purchase but will save you energy and heat in the long run.
  6. Adjust your thermostat for the time of day. During the day, make sure to leave your thermostat at a higher temperature while you are not there and lower it at night and in the morning to be comfortable. A programmable thermostat will effortlessly control this for you.
  7. Keep your blinds closed during the day. By keeping your blinds closed during the day, it will reduce the amount of direct sunlight your home receives, thereby keeping your rooms cooler.
  8. Take the time to clean out your air filters and vents. Instead of closing your vents in rooms that you don’t use, keep them all open and give them a good cleaning. By closing some of your vents, you are causing your A/C system to work harder than it needs to.
  9. Service your HVAC system before it needs it. Avoid the nightmare of having a broken HVAC system in the dead heat of the summer by cleaning out filters and checking the outdoor unit for any damage.
  10. Do your laundry in cold water and make sure to have full loads. You will use the same amount of energy and water no matter how many clothes you have in your washer, make sure to fill it up!

Save your bank statement and yourself the stress of high summer energy bills by following these easy instructions! If you are looking for even more savings ideas, check out our Shorewest blog!

Source Credit: RISMedia’s Housecall

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Summer is a perfect time to enjoy fresh, seasonal produce from Wisconsin farms.  By visiting farmers markets, you can support the local economy and savor delicious produce that was picked directly before you take it home. See our list of southeastern Wisconsin farmers markets below to visit one located nearest to your home!

Which is your favorite farmers market? Do you have a favorite item to get? Enjoy the food, fun, friends and family that comes with participating in community events!

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Milwaukee is known for being the city of festivals and 2018 doesn’t disappoint! Mark these fun and friendly events in southeastern Wisconsin down on your calendar to join in! Please note that this is only a partial listing of some of the largest festivals in the area.

Milwaukee Highland Games

Date/place: June 1, Hart Park, Wauwatosa

Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday

Highlights: The Tribes of the Blue Rose will demonstrate the medieval arts of bow, ax and sword while athletes compete in traditional Scottish strongman events such as caber toss and hammer throw. Cricket equipment is available again this year. Watch the Massed Pipes and Drums, Dublin O’Shea, Steel Bonnets, and the Finn MacCools. So gather with the clan of your choice and enjoy a hearty meal of sausage rolls and meat pies, for a lively day of competition and Ceilidh.

Admission: $10 Adults; free for children age 12 and under; $3 off before 10 a.m. with a per–person donation of a nonperishable food item for the Second Harvest food bank of Milwaukee.

Information: www.milwaukeescottishfest.com

 

PrideFest

Date/place: June 7 – 10,

Highlights: Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running LGBTQ pride celebration returns to Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront festival park June 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2018. Join your friends, family and allies at Milwaukee Pride and show the world how to LIVE PROUD!

Admission: $13/single day admission, $39/ 4-day weekend pass

Information: http://pridefest.com/

 

Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

Date/place: June 11, on Locust St. between Humboldt Blvd. and Holton St., Milwaukee

Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Alderman Nik Kovak will fire the starter’s pistol at 11:30 a.m. for the 1.8 mile Beer Run/Walk which begins at the intersection of Booth and Locust streets, and includes four mandatory beer stops. Six outdoor stages provide a variety of local entertainment, with plenty of artists, vendors, food and beverages to discover along the streets of Riverwest.

Admission: Free

Information: locuststreetfestival.org

 

Tosa Tonight

Date/place: June 13 – August 29, Rotary Performance Pavilion, Wauwatosa

Hours: 6 p.m., most Wednesday nights of the summer

Highlights: Join your Tosa neighbors for evenings of fantastic music under the stars, featuring local, national and international talent. Your food and beverage purchases from our local sponsors help raise money for the ongoing non-profit operation of the Rotary Performance Pavilion – home of the Tosa Tonight Summer Concert Series. Music starts at 6 p.m. – Concerts are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled due to lightning or severe weather.

Admission: Free

Information: tosatonight.com

Polish Fest

Date/place: June 14 – 16, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: Polish Fest is a three–day celebration of Polish and Polish–American history, culture, tradition, entertainment and food. Fireworks return this year with “The Big Boomski” at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, as well as the very popular “50¢ Friday” with 50-cent admission from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, with $5 admission from 5:01 p.m. until 12 a.m. Smacznego!

Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the gate; seniors age 55 and older $10; free for children 15 and under with an adult admission.

Information: (414) 529–2140 or www.polishfest.org

 

Jazz in the Park

Date/place: June 21 – August 30, Cathedral Square, Milwaukee

Hours: Every Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m.

Highlights: Jazz in the Park is Milwaukee’s favorite free, outdoor, summer music series, featuring an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. Performers come from across town or across the country.

Admission: Free

Information:  easttown.com

 

Lakefront Festival Of Arts

Date/place: June 21 – 23, Art Museum Drive, on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: The festival continues its tradition of featuring original works by artists from around the country, and it is an ideal event for the whole family, with plenty of activities and performances to keep kids of all ages entertained. Enjoy a wine garden, a sculpture garden, live music and gourmet foods on a beautiful lakefront with friends.

Admission: $8 MAM members; $15 at the gate.

Information: (414) 224-3253 or lfoa.mam.org

 

Summer Soulstice Music Festival

Date/place: June 22, E. North Ave. and Murray Ave.

Hours: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Highlights: Enjoy three stages of local, original music, plus arts and crafts vendors, “creation stations” for visitors, dodge ball, bike polo tournament, food, beverages and more!

Admission: Free

Information: www.theeastside.org

 

HartFest

Date/place: June 22 – 23, Hart Park & Wauwatosa Rotary Pavillion

Highlights: The Shorewest Elmbrook/Wauwatosa Office is proud to be the presenting sponsor for HartFest! It was started to engage the Wauwatosa community in the spirit of giving to organizations that greatly impact the area. The HartFest weekend makes the Village of Wauwatosa come alive with events such as a Kids Area, Wauwatosa School of Music performance, Live Entertainment, Skateboard Demos, a Half Marathon, and a Martial Arts Demo with J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy.

Admission: Free

Information: http://www.hartfest.com/

 

Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

Date/place: June 22 – 23, Washington Ave., downtown Cedarburg

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: Red is the color of the weekend with strawberries in every form of edible deliciousness. Enjoy fresh strawberries by the quart, in desserts and as a drink. Take a stroll down Washington Avenue and enjoy live music and food booths, a merchants’ marketplace and family activities for all ages.

Admission: Free

Information: (888) 894–4001 or www.cedarburgfestivals.org

Summerfest

Date/place: June 26 – 30, July 2 – 7, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. daily

Highlights: The Violent Femmes and the Avett Brothers headline the Marcus Amphitheater on opening night, followed by the annual “Big Bang” fireworks. Other Marcus Amphitheater acts include: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, John Mayer, fun., Pitbull, Rush, Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, New Kids on the Block and Tim McGraw.

Admission: $15 general admission; $8 Tuesday – Friday before 4 p.m.; $5 for seniors age 60 and older, and children ages 3 to 10.

Information: www.summerfest.com

 

Bastille Days

Date/place: July 11 – 14, Cathedral Square Park area

Hours: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Thursday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: Enjoy a unique setting with impromptu street performers, roaming minstrels and a variety of interactive and musical entertainment. This popular French–themed celebration features an international array of French and Cajun cuisine, with plenty of delicacies within sight of the signature Eiffel Tower replica.

Admission: Free

Information: (414) 271–1416 or www.easttown.com

 

South Shore Frolic

Date/place: July 12 – 14, South Shore Park, Bay View

Hours: 4 – 10:30 p.m. Friday, 1 – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: The 64th annual Frolic returns with the “Atomic” fireworks display at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and smaller fireworks “burst” at 9:20 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy a delicious fish fry Friday with musical entertainment by the Boogie Men. The South Shore Frolic Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday on south Kinnickinnic Ave. followed by show band Cold Sweat & the Brew City Horns. Complete your weekend with a Sunday stroll to view the classic car show and the annual fine art and craft show “Frolics Festival of Arts.”

Admission: Free

Information: www.southshorefrolics.org

 

Festa Italiana

Date/place: July 19 – 21, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: Celebrate Milwaukee’s Italian heritage and grab a plate and make like an Italian with classic Festa favorites including rice balls, Italian sausage sandwiches, fried eggplant strips and cannoli, but don’t forget the vino! Enjoy wine tastings featuring wines of Italy and Napa, and drop by the Cucina Showcase for local and celebrity chefs’ demonstrations of their favorite Italian dishes. Check the Festa website for the announcement of a full listing of entertainment headliners.

Admission: $10 in advance, $13 at the gate

Information: (414) 223-2194 or www.festaitaliana.com

 

Port Washington Fish Day

Date/place: July 20, in the Harbor, Upper and Lower Lake Park areas of Port Washington

Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Highlights: A “Reely” Big Fish Day is this year’s theme and it will again feature the largest one–day outdoor fish fry with five stages of entertainment, a classic car show, carnival and the annual Fish Day Parade through town. Chicken strips and craft beer have been added to the menu this year. The festival concludes with fireworks on the lakefront at 9:30 p.m.

Admission: There is no charge to enter the Fish Day grounds, however to enter the Main Stage area you will need a Fish Day Button. $2 in advance; $3 on the grounds.

Information: www.portfishday.com

 

German Fest

Date/place: July 25 – 28, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 5 – 11 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, 12 – 10 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: Milwaukee’s original Haus Party returns with the party-rock band BIBA & die Butzemänner and the Austrian–pop band Die Lauser headlining this year’s entertainment. This year the German Fest Trachtenschau will feature a Tracht from Carinthia in the southeastern part of Austria with information on the folk customs from the Eastern Alps. Returning this year is the annual Soccer Tournament and the German Fest Stein Challenge for those who brew, organized by Beer Barons of Milwaukee.

Admission: $3 on Thursday only; $13 in advance, $15 at the gate; $8 seniors age 60 and older, children under 12 admitted free with an adult.

Information: (414) 464-9444 or www.germanfest.com

 

Brady Street Festival

Date/place: July 27, on Brady St., from Van Buren to Farwell

Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Highlights: Enjoy three stages of musical entertainment and a variety of vendors, including a local cheese tent, jewelry and pottery crafters, a vast array of food and of course, ice cold beer along a classic stretch of Milwaukee street life.

Admission: Free

Information: (414) 272-3978 or bradystreet.org

 

Taste of Lake Country

Date/place: July 27 – 28, Pewaukee’s Lakefront, W Wisconsin Ave.

Highlights: Shorewest is proud to be a sponsor of the Taste of Lake Country! Celebrating the food, music and art in Lake Country; sample the best of the area in one place with local restaurants selling signature food items, local musicians rocking out and local artists displaying their work.

Admission: Free

Information: http://tasteoflakecountry.com/

 

African World Festival

Date/place: Aug. 3 – 4, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Highlights: Celebrate African–American heritage and culture with a musical lineup that showcases rhythm and blues, gospel jazz and old school hip–hop. Explore the cultural village or sample a variety of ethnic foods and let the kids play in the Children’s Village.

Admission: TBA

Information: www.awfmke.com

 

State Fair

Date/place: Aug. 1 – 11, State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis

Hours: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Aug. 11.

Highlights: Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson perform as Heart on opening night of the Fair, which showcases Wisconsin agriculture. See hundreds of animals with a walk through the barns or settle down at any of the free stages scattered throughout the grounds. The Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage will feature a variety of musical headliners!

Admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors ages 60 and up; $6 children ages 6–11; free to children 5 and under.

Information: (800) 884-3247 or www.wistatefair.com

 

Waukesha BluesFest

Date/place: Aug. 9 – 10, Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield

Hours: 1 – 10:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday

Highlights: The James Hunter Six and Moreland & Arbuckle will headline this year’s “American Music and Art Festival,” which features a variety of national, regional and local musical acts performing traditional and contemporary blues, R&B, gospel and roots music. A juried art show complements the event, with draft beer specials and a selection of food from popular local restaurants.

Admission: At the gate single-day pass $20; two-day pass $35; special rates available for groups and advance sales.

Information: (800) 366-1961 or www.waukeshabluesfest.com

Irish Fest

Date/place: Aug. 15 – 18, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 5 – 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: The 2018 Festival Showcase is Nova Scotia, which is best known for its folk and traditionally based music, especially the music of Ireland and Scotland, which are considered part of Nova Scotia’s founding cultures. But Irish Fest is more than a musical festival, with plenty of family activities, sports and contests for all ages. Bring in school supplies (markers, notebooks, backpacks, etc.) for children served by Hope House and receive free entrance on Thursday.

Admission: $5 on Thursday only; $17 adults, $12 seniors age 60 and older, children 12 and under free.

Information: (414) 476-3378 or www.irishfest.com

 

Mexican Fiesta

Date/place: Aug. 23 – 25, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Highlights: Share in the history, art, music and authentic food of the Mexican/Hispanic community. View folk art by artisans from the states of Mexico displaying their art work and merchandise from each individual state. A full list of entertainment will be available on the Mexican Fiesta website at a later date.

Admission: $13 in advance; $15 at the gate; children 8 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Information: (414) 383-7066 or www.mexicanfiesta.org

 

Milwaukee Rally

Date/place: Aug. 28 – Sept. 2, at Harley Davidson dealer locations, Potawatomi Casino and the Harley Davidson Museum.

Hours: Dealer locations open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday.

Highlights: The annual Milwaukee Rally runs simultaneously with Harley’s 110th Anniversary celebration, which features custom bike shows, vendor malls, musical entertainment, specialty rides, street parties and rally activities at various dealer locations. The Maier Festival Park grounds feature more than 60 bands and headliners Toby Keith Aug. 29, Aerosmith Aug. 30, and Kid Rock Aug. 31. Check the Milwaukee Rally website for the complete list of weekend activities.

Admission: Variety of both free and ticketed events.

Information: www.milwaukeerally.com

 

Indian Summer Festival

Date/place: Sept. 6 – 8, Maier Festival Park

Hours: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday.

Information: (414) 604–1000 or www.indiansummer.org

 

TosaFest

Date/place: September 7 – 8, Rotary Park Ampitheater and Hart Park, Wauwatosa

Highlights: The purpose of TosaFest is to raise awareness of the village and to help revitalize it.  Enjoy music, food, events and activities! Each year, proceeds from TosaFest support community projects in the areas of education, safety and neighborhood improvement, to name a few.

Admission: Suggested $2 or 2 non-perishable food items to Tosa Cares

Information: https://tosafest.org/

 

Bay View Bash

Date/place: Sept. 15, between Potter and Clement on Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bay View, Milwaukee

Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Highlights: Established in 2004, the Bay View Bash is a community festival of food, art, music, crafts, books and community organizations. The Bash is the main funding source of the Bay View Community Fund Inc. All proceeds from the Bay View Bash are directly invested back into our city’s neighborhoods by donation who request funding for special projects. Additionally, the Bay View Bash partners with local composting group Kompost Kids to continue efforts in making the Bash a Zero Waste Festival.

Admission: TBD

Information: bayviewbash.org

 

Wine & Harvest Festival

Date/place: Sept. 15 – 16, historic downtown Cedarburg

Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Highlights: As the leaves begin to change and the fresh air turns brisk, the splendor of autumn is soon to be upon us! To kick-off this beautiful season, come and celebrate a sweet and savory weekend at the 46th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival in historic downtown Cedarburg! With the abundance of Wisconsin’s homegrown produce and artisan foods plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery, this free, family-oriented arts and crafts event is an absolute must for all fest-goers!

Admission: Free

Information: cedarburgfestival.org/wine-harvest-festival

 

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At some point, every driver in Wisconsin has to deal with rainy weather. But many don’t know what to do, so they just drive as they normally would. However, with slick roads, flooded streets and reduced visibility, this can be a recipe for disaster. In any weather, Shorewest Insurance is here for you! Our insurance agents will review your current auto insurance policies to ensure the right coverage plan for you in rain or sunshine. Follow these simple tips for safer rainy day travels:

  1. Stay visible. Turn on your headlights so you can see — and be seen — more easily.
  2. Be patient. Give yourself more time to get where you’re going, and give people more room. Increase your following distance two to three times.
  3. Expect slippery conditions. Rain often combines with oil and grease buildup to create slick roadways. Not to mention you can hydroplane — meaning your tires are riding on water instead of pavement — at speeds of as little as 35 mph. If it happens, slow down, gently apply your brakes and keep steering straight ahead.
  4. Check your car’s systems. How are your wipers? Do your blades need to be replaced? What about your defroster? Driving in the rain is hard enough; don’t do it with fogged-up windows, too.
  5. Inspect your tires. Are they inflated properly? Do you have enough tread? Put an upside-down penny into the tread. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, you probably need new tires.
  6. Never drive in flooded areas. In a flood, it won’t take much water to sweep you away, believe it or not — just 12 inches for a smaller car or 24 inches for almost any vehicle, according to the National Weather Service, which advises, “turn around, don’t drown.”
  7. Get – or stay – off the road. When conditions are really bad, pull over and take a break. Or, if you can, just stay home. You’ll probably be happier to stay out of the weather, anyway! And you’re certainly likely to be safer.

With a little extra care, you can help keep your car on the road and your rainy day blues to a minimum even while traveling in wet conditions. And, as always, if something does go wrong, we’re here to help guide you through it. Shorewest Insurance is here to ensure the right auto coverage plan for you. Shorewest Insurance Associates can also help you combine your home and auto insurance plans into one easily-manageable package! Contact us today at 262.797.6297 or request an insurance quote here!

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A letter from Joseph A. Horning, President of Shorewest, REALTORS®

Entering the second quarter of the year, we are in the midst of a very active, low inventory spring market. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Survey in March, 74% of people believe that now is a good time to sell, and 42% believe that strongly, while 68% of people believe that now is a good time to buy and 38% believe that strongly. Low inventory combined with low interest rates keeps us in the strong seller’s market that we’ve been in since September 2016.

As we head into the spring season, we can expect that inventory levels will start increasing, however slowly, as we are still well below where we were in 2017. Other economic factors are keeping housing demand where it is. The economy is healthy and statewide unemployment levels are sitting low, mortgage rates have increased little by little but they are historically still some of the lowest rates we’ve seen in years. These factors combined create a healthy interest in buying homes, but a more difficult time for buyers to close a deal.

While homes are selling quickly, it is key to have a real estate professional helping you every step of the way. When selling, a Shorewest, REALTOR® will negotiate pricing, orchestrate inspections, explain contingencies and take care of many other details. When you sell a home with Shorewest, you know that people will find your property within Shorewest’s expansive network of agents that brings buyers and properties together easily. Our exceptional sales associates list and sell more homes than any other company in Wisconsin.

When it is time to make a move – locally or globally – we appreciate the opportunity to serve as your trusted advisor.

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When it comes to Wisconsin real estate, no other company does more than Shorewest, REALTORS®. Since 1951, Shorewest has been Wisconsin’s Largest Home Seller™, selling and listing more homes than any one. Its dominating market share, community presence and years of experience assure buyers and sellers they’re getting the best when buying or selling their homes.

According to statistics from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Shorewest holds more than 20% market share in the greater Milwaukee area. That means Shorewest touches one out of every five buyers and sellers in the area. Its next closest competitor only holds 9% market share. When looking for a REALTOR® or company that knows your area, has a well known reputation and is known for having the most market share, look no further than Shorewest, REALTORS®.

As demonstrated in these graphs, you can see that Shorewest is truly the dominating force in Wisconsin real estate, selling and listing more homes. Shorewest is the leading force in the Metro Milwaukee area and will not only sell your home but also has the most houses in-network for you to choose from. More homes for sale means we attract more buyers, getting you the price your home demands with a fast and seamless sale. More people choose to list and sell their home with Shorewest!

To explain why market share is an important consideration for anyone looking to purchase or list a home, a quick refresher on what market share is will help. Market share is calculated by taking the company’s sales over a period of time and dividing it by the total sales of the industry over the same period.

Market share, community knowledge and experience are extremely important in today’s changing real estate market.Large market share attracts the most knowledgeable and talented agents in the market. More top agents in the communities we serve means we gather more information about the market to help buyers and sellers make better educated decisions. Top agents with years of experience combined with Shorewest’s years of experience mean you are getting the best of both worlds.

As a company we make sure this information is disseminated through weekly office meetings and is updated regularly. Every office has a non-selling Sales Director who is dedicated to making sure their agents have all of the support and information they need to make a stress-free transaction for our customers. Shorewest also can provide you with everything you need to support your homeownership. Using our family of companies’ resources, ranging from mortgage loan consultants with Wisconsin Mortgage Corporation to homeowner’s insurance with Shorewest Insurance. All the while streamlining this procedure, saving you money, time, and ultimately stress.Shorewest also continues to provide the most support by having the latest and greatest technology available for the public and also behind the scenes for the agents. With innovative services such as its 3D floor plans, marketing to drive traffic with billboards and TV commercials, competitive market analysis, home valuation, comprehensive internet site and apps for Apple IOS and Android devices and 24-hour interactive internet TV channel on Shorewest.tv, Shorewest leads in using technology to exceed customer service. Shorewest, REALTORS® also specializes in marketing fine homes. As a founding member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, it is a part of Luxury Portfolio International®, which provides the most comprehensive marketing program and network of luxury-tier properties throughout the world.

When looking for a real estate company to buy or sell your home that has top-of-the-line technology, resources, personnel and market share, look no further than Shorewest, REALTORS®.

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Learn what’s happening in your market area by clicking on your county link. You’ll find helpful information, including a year-to-year and quarterly comparisons of new listings, closed sales, median sales price, active listings and months of inventory.

Jump to: Brown CountyDodge CountyJefferson CountyKenosha CountyMilwaukee CountyOzaukee CountyRacine CountyRock CountySheboygan CountyWalworth CountyWashington CountyWaukesha County

 

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Whether you are looking to begin your real estate career or grow your existing real estate business, we have the tools, resources and people who can help you make your dreams a reality.

Committed to Family and Teamwork

From humble beginnings to today’s leadership, we’re proud of our 70 plus years of history leading Wisconsin’s real estate industry. As a third-generation company we understand the importance of family and community. We value giving back to the communities we serve, supporting our family of employees and agents with the tools they need, and offering unsurpassed customer service to our clients and customers. Shorewest provides an environment that allows our agents to thrive. We have the experience and commitment to make a difference in your career.Top Real Estate Workplace

Shorewest has been voted the Top Real Estate Workplace in Wisconsin for the last seven consecutive years. According to an independent survey of employees and sales associates, Shorewest has outranked all other companies based on working conditions, compensation, leadership, execution, career and direction of the company. Shorewest also received special recognition with a Top Training Award, which is presented for demonstrating outstanding scores for tools, resources and more that are provided to employees.

In-house Support

Our Leadership Team’s vast experience is dedicated to helping you grow your business. As a Shorewest sales associate, we want you to succeed while we provide the tools you need to generate more income. Shorewest handles details behind the scenes, so you can focus on what’s most important: your clients.

Branding to Grow Your Business

Who you are, combined with the power of the Shorewest brand, will allow you to grow your business your way. Use the Shorewest brand to strengthen your market reach and build trust with your clients. We are Shorewest, and you can be too!

Custom Marketing

Our team of creative professionals is ready to help you stand out with a custom marketing plan, social media branding and full-color quality printing produced in-house.

Education

Newly licensed agents attend our Success Track series to launch their career and currently active agents who join us have the opportunity to attend Pro-Start and learn all we have to offer. In addition to the initial education we offer continual programs include: Weekly Sales Meetings, Technology Classes, National Speakers, Peer Roundtables, Coaching Support and certification courses.

Technology

Shorewest’s market leading technology and tools allow you to work from home, the office, the coffee shop or anywhere. Our agent-centric app allows you to create what you need from wherever you are. Stop in any Shorewest office and work as if you are at home. We provide the tools and technology that allow you as an agent to focus on growing your business.Family of Companies

“According to the National Association of Realtors survey: 80% of Homebuyers prefer one-stop shopping” Today’s consumer values the one-stop real estate experience you can bring to your clients through the Shorewest Family of companies. All under our umbrella working together to provide exceptional service: Heritage Title Services, My Dwelling, Shorewest Insurance Associates and Wisconsin Mortgage Corporation.

Market Share Leader

As the dominating market leader, the Shorewest presence is everywhere. We sell as many homes as our next three competitors combined. The power of the Shorewest sign gives your clients the confidence they are looking for when choosing a real estate agent to represent them.

Locally Owned with Global Reach

Decisions are made here, allowing us to react faster to the market and stay ahead of the competition. Plus, through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®, the largest relocation networks in the world, we extend our reach to over 50 countries around the globe. You may be local but with Shorewest you have global connections.

Giving Back

Shorewest is dedicated to the communities we serve. From our internal Christmas is for Kids charity to reading programs, casual day fundraisers, parades, walks, blood drives, support of the Breast Cancer Showhouse, food drives, and countless other events and charitable contributions, we are rooted in our communities.

Recognition

Shorewest understands the hard work that goes into providing exceptional service and we recognize individual excellence. Our quarterly breakfast award events recognize monthly office leaders. Our President’s Club and Executive Club members get invited to special events celebrating their success as well as our all company awards celebration held each year. Each year we recognize an exemplary employee and sales associate who model our founder’s principals with the John A. Horning and Raymond A. Marotte awards.

Whatever your passion is, family, experiencing life, travel, giving back, balancing your schedule… you don’t need to choose between your work and your passion. With Shorewest, you’ll have the work/life balance to help you achieve your dreams and the incredible tools, resources and people to back you up! To learn more, head to joinshorewest.com!

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