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For the Romantics:

Infinity’s Valentine Date Night

February 14th, 2017

This romantic experience at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, is the perfect way to celebrate a traditional Valentine’s Day. Couples will enjoy a full wine tasting for two, a bottle of wine, a local cheese and sausage plate and Chippewa Candy Shop truffles; then, at the end of the night, choose a pair of local, handcrafted earrings to take home from Casual Ore Formal.

For the Athletic:

9th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Hustle

February 11th, 2017 11am-5pm

Bike fanatics will love this fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day – a bike race around Lake Menomin. Registration begins at 11am at the Market Bar in Menomonie, with the race starting at 1:00pm sharp.

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When buying a house, you might wonder who all of the people you are working with (and those working behind the scenes) are and what exactly they are doing to help you close on your new house. Well, look no further! In this blog post, I’ve answered the who’s who of real estate!

  1. Buyer's Agent

    The buyer’s agent is a real estate agent that has the buyer’s best interests in mind. He or she helps the buyer find and look at houses that fit their needs and wants, narrows down their search, negotiates with the seller’s agent and advocates for the buyer throughout the entire home-buying process. Be careful here! If you are a buyer working with an agent but you do not have a buyer agency agreement in place with that agent, that agent might not be

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If you’re looking to purchase your first home in the coming months (or years!) you may be looking at ways to save money for that down payment. How much you need for a down payment will depend on a variety of factors including the price of the home and your credit score. However, a minimum down payment of 20 percent can save you a lot of money in the long run, as you won’t be required to pay private mortgage insurance. Whatever your down payment might be, here are a few tips to save some money for your dream home!

  1. Save your $5’s

    Your success at this will depend entirely on how often you use cash. So, if you’re swiping your card more than you’re seeing green, you might want to move on down the list. However, if you prefer to use cash, read on!

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Five Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Buildable Land

Building your own home can be truly beneficial – it’s the only way to decide the exact layout, style and size of your home, after all. There are a lot of risks associated with purchasing land to build on, however. Make sure you ask yourself the following questions before purchasing a property with the intent to build a home, and save yourself a lot of trouble!

  1. What are the zoning laws for the property?

    Certain properties are not right for building due to the zoning laws for the area. First, you’ll want to be sure that the property is in a residential area and not a commercial, industrial, environmental, historical or another are where building a home might be prohibited. Second, you’ll

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Four New Year's Resolutions for Chippewa Valley Homeowners

With the New Year, comes new goals and resolutions. Some are hitting the gym in hopes of shedding a few pounds or building more muscle. Others are resolving to get out of credit card debt, advance in their career or spend more time with their kids at home. All of these are wonderful goals, but if you are looking for a resolution to better yourself as a homeowner, look no further! Read on to learn about four New Year’s resolutions homeowners might want to make this year.

  1. Go Green

    Look for ways to cut your energy use this year. Switch out your lightbulbs for LED which are much more efficient and last longer than incandescent or florescent bulbs. Make sure you always turn off the

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Protect Your Home this Winter

Whether you’re getting ready to put your Chippewa Valley house on the market, you’re still searching for the perfect buyer, or you just moved into your dream home, you need to prepare your home for the winter cold and snow that is upon us. You may think that because you are no longer living in your home, you don’t have anything to worry about with the winter weather; or you may assume that the previous owners of your home already took care of the winter preparations. Regardless of your situation, you’ll be better off if you double check that your home is protected from common winter woes.

Water Pipe Damage

Did you know that the number one source of home damage in the winter is due to frozen pipes? An average

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Staging Your Chippewa Valley Home this Winter

Eau Claire home staging in winter

Once the snow starts to fall, the home staging game changes in the Chippewa Valley. Gone are the days of keeping the grass cut and the flower beds pruned, but that doesn’t mean it is time to check out until the snow melts. Follow these tips to stage your home and make a sale this winter!

  1. Curb Appeal Still Counts

    Though you won’t have as much work to do outside as you do in the summer months, you still need to make sure the snow is cleared from any driveways or paths to the home. Make sure to plow the driveway after every major snowstorm, and shovel all sidewalks every few days or as needed. Be sure to apply salt to the sidewalks to keep visitors safe from slips and falls, as well. Depending on

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Chippewa Valley Santa Sightings

Are you looking for an opportunity to have your child get in a little face time with Santa this holiday season? We’ve got you covered! Below is a list of the places and times you might see the jolly guy around the valley this December.

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Rutledge Charity Building

Santa will be at the Rutledge Charity Building on Saturdays from 11-3pm until Christmas. Bring your camera and snag a pic of your kid and St. Nick!

Chippewa Falls Area Senior Center

Enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 10th from 8-11am. Breakfast is $6/person, and each 5x7 photo with Santa is also $6.

Green Oasis Gardens

Get your picture with Santa in the warm Green Oasis Gardens greenhouse, and enjoy free

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Best 10-month period since 2005

Eau Claire County Real Estate Trends

There were 114 homes sold in Eau Claire County in October 2016, down 4% from October 2015. Median price in Eau Claire County increased by about 14%, from $150,000 to $171,750. Average Days-on-Market, or DOM (the average time it takes to receive an accepted offer) in Eau Claire was 122 days, a bit below the board average of 161 days.

The number of homes sold in Eau Claire county so far in 2016 is still 11% lower than 2015, perhaps resulting from buyers not being able to find houses they like! Sold homes (114) are still nearly keeping up with new listings (130), as the chart below shows…so it is unlikely inventory will be replenished until spring.

Chippewa County Real

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Four Reasons Winter is the Perfect Time to Sell Your House in the Chippewa Valley

You might not want to think about it, but winter will be here soon. The snow, the cold and everything that comes with it is right around the corner. If you’ve been thinking about waiting to list your house until spring, you may want to think about it again. Here are four reasons you may want to consider listing your house in the winter:

  1. The Market is Less Saturated

    Since everyone else is waiting to list until spring, the market is way less saturated in the winter. Just because there are less homes on the market, however, does not mean that there aren’t still buyers searching for one. And with less homes to choose from, yours is sure to get a lot of attention. If

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