Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If you're planning to shop for a home in the next few weeks, here's an early spring buying season come-on that just might save you some money if you qualify.

Fannie Mae, the largest mortgage investor in the country, has a bulging portfolio of houses acquired through foreclosures nationwide. About 31,000 of these properties are listed on its HomePath (www.homepath.com) resale marketing site. To move them quickly out of inventory, Fannie temporarily is offering qualified owner-occupant purchasers — but not investors — cash incentives toward closing costs of 3.5% of the purchase price. But you have to submit your initial offer no later than March 31 and close by May 31.


Wisconsin Awards Celebration a BIG Success - Congrats to Christiane Berkel, 100% Club

Wisconsin Awards Celebration a BIG Success - Congrats to Christiane Berkel,  100% Club

100 % Club Members earn an income of between $100,000 and $250,000.

Chris has been a
licensed Real Estate Broker since 1984 servicing all of Washington, Waukesha and Eastern Dodge Counties. She has experience in all aspects of marketing rural and urban homes, farms, vacant land short sales, foreclosures and REO properties. 

A little history on Chris. . .
In 1979 Christiane Berkel said “Auf Wiedersehen” to good old Germany and started a new life in the United States. Her education in Germany gave Chris a solid base to work as a translator and administrative assistant for a commercial real estate company in Milwaukee. The ever changing world of real estate fascinated her.  Investment properties such as shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family housing formed the background of her early real estate experience. 

Since her childhood, when daydreaming of living in a beautiful castle, Chris has been fascinated by great architecture. Castles, Victorian mansions, historical buildings, loghomes and cottages.This lifelong fascination and her love for working with people culminated in her decision to become a real estate broker.

Chris and her husband Ken have raised four children and are the proud grandparents of Donovan, Isabelle and Maelee. (Another grandbaby will be arriving any day now)
Chris says "My job, the job of finding the right home, lot or investment property for a customer is most rewarding when the new owners are happy and excited."

Through the many years Chris has had many satisfied buyers and sellers that will confirm Chris Berkel’s excellence in service. First-time homebuyers and senior citizens can rely on her expertise when it comes to making major decisions.

CHRIS BERKEL is a dedicated, hardworking and charming person. . .and she will guarantee high performance and quality service in the sale and purchase of your castle.

Congrats on another good year Chris and continued success!
Prices are projected to appreciate by over 4% and interest rates are also expected to rise by as much as another full percentage point. If your family plans to move-up to a nicer or bigger home this year, it may make sense to move now rather than later.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Wisconsin Awards Celebration a BIG Success - Congrats to Jennifer Schuster-Yanke 100% Club

Wisconsin Awards Celebration a BIG Success - Congrats to Jennifer Schuster-Yanke 100% Club

100 % Club Members earn an income of between $100,000 and $250,000.

Jennifer has been serving the real estate needs of investors, families and individuals in Jefferson, Dodge, Waukesha and Washington County for 17 years.

Jennifer has been a resident of Watertown for 20 years and recently her and her husband have become empty nesters. Jennifer says "My son has been on his own for 2 years and talks about buying a house soon which I am very excited about and my daughter I am proud to say is persuing a medical career at college in Tennessee on a volleyball scholarship."

In her "spare time", which her husband will tell you is limited, they enjoy camping and spending time with their 3 rescue dogs.

A Banker recently stated that what's unique about Jennifer is that she still has the same dedication towards customers as she did in her 1st year.

Clients say the prompt, straight forward communication she provides is like no other agent!

In Jennifers words "I don't want to say real estate is all I know but it is all I have done as a career and I wouldn't change it for the world! I have been blessed to be involved in all things surrounding real estate like helping build 3 homes for my family growing up, helping run a family business, owning/managing several rental properties and flipping houses. This knowledge has allowed me to do more for my clients and customers than just sell them a home. I am always learning new things as the market changes, especially about the banking industry which is crucial for successful closings."

An incredible agent and person, Jennifer has said "The most important thing I need to say is without the support and trust from my clients I would not be where I am in life and I am extremely greatful."

Congrats on a good year Jennifer and continued success!