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Real estate transactions are always unique. Each sale offers an opportunity to learn. Here’s a collection of thoughts, experiences, and lessons learned.

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Have You Read the Headlines?

They go something like this… “The 6% commission is gone” – CNN “How NAR settlement could lower home prices” – Fox News …and my favorite, “Real estate agents are going extinct” – Fortune At the heart of the kerfuffle is compensation.  I would argue that the Realtor compensation model is superior to others in similar […]

Thinking About Selling Your Home in 2024?

What are the next steps? Selling a home is a significant undertaking that involves careful planning. Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading, or relocating, taking the right steps can make the selling process smoother and more successful.  Of course, there are many considerations.  However, the first and most important step is to be emotionally ready.  Your home […]

Moving is Hard.

I’ll just come right out and say it, moving isn’t easy.  The thought of packing up years of accumulated possessions and putting them in box is daunting.  And that’s not the hardest part.  It’s what to do with family heirlooms, kids’ third grade artwork, and all your memories is what makes the process especially difficult.  We all know that […]

Learn More About Our Team

The Elsafy Team at Shorewest Realtors works with great care to help clients make sound and informed decisions in a dynamic real estate market. With a sharp understanding of the market, they provide expert guidance and personalized advice that helps families achieve their selling or buying goals with confidence. The foundation of every successful real […]

The Most Important Room

The Most Important Room Your home has lots of rooms. Each one serves a specific purpose. Some are private spaces like bedrooms.  Others are public spaces like the living room. Have you ever thought about which is the single most important room?  While its function hasn’t changed over the many decades since our homes were built, how […]

Katie Gnau Knows

By: Katie Gnau, Elsafy Team Job interviews, new babies, big kids leaving the nest, changing relationship status … if any of these feel familiar to you, you may be thinking about a home sale. Dealing with these life transitions is a big job. I can help to make it easier by managing the steps in […]

Spring Market in February?

February isn’t exactly springtime in Milwaukee.  But if you’re considering selling your home, now is precisely the time to think spring.  Sure, your grass will be greener, the trees will look prettier, and the gardens will start to come alive in May and June.  But it’s also the time when there’s a whole lot more competition.  The best outcomes […]

7 Places You Can’t Miss This Winter in Wisconsin

This snow has us thinking of all the ways we need to embrace our Wisconsin winter! Check out this article featured on Travel Wisconsin’s website:

Getting Ready to Move

Congratulations!  You sold your home.  Now comes the difficult task of packing and getting ready to move.  Where do you start?  Here’s some to advice to get you on your way.   Secure Movers Early If you’re going to employ the help of professional movers or rent a moving truck, then your first step is to secure them early.  These services […]

Frozen Pipes?

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, I thought I’d share a few tips for keeping your pipes flowing smoothly during the colder months.  To prevent pipes from freezing… 1. When freezing temps are forecasted, let cold water slowly drip through faucets served by exposed pipes. This is especially important if your kitchen sink […]