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March Newsletter

March  2013


Is spring ever going to arrive? I look outside and feel very discouraged! But by next week we should have double digit temps (be still my beating heart, a tropical heat wave for WI) and we can spring ahead with Daylight Saving Time. Maybe we will see warm weather by June!!!

In spite of the weather, we have been productive! Accepted offers, new listings and deals that are very close! These are all good things. We worked on a Relay For Life committee and helped raise $554.00 for Cancer Research. We have several more events coming up for Relay.  Always a wonderful cause and we are happy to participate. At Fields of Real Estate, we believe in giving back. We also were involved in our Manitowoc Board of Realtor's Rosethorn House Library. This is a beautiful old music conservatory in Manitowoc that was purchased by a generous donor as a shelter for homeless people. We helped shop for furnishings and decorated the gorgeous library. It will serve as a restful place to read, relax, and use the Laptops and as a quiet place for children to do home work. We sincerely hope the residents will find homes, jobs and a better life. This is another worthwhile project.

We are using Kris's new home, close to our office, as a model and invite you to stop in and see the innovative ideas and new building techniques used. It is a Craftsman style ranch with a finished egress basement and 5 car garage. I know every man out there would love that!!!

Our lots in Duck Creek Estates offer fantastic building sites with tree, ponds, creek side frontage and scenic views. The developer is offering some “cannot be beat specials”! Please call us for details.

Our featured listing this month is a 12 unit apartment building in Embarrass, WI (near Clintonville). It offers a common room for gatherings, a fully equipped community kitchen, and private bath for guests, plus a covered Patio, pretty grounds and ample parking. Laundry facilities with just purchased front loading machines make the chore of doing your wash seem easy and effortless. It is immaculate! It has been inspected and appraised and has had the roof and windows recently redone. The cash flow is amazing and the asking price is only $349,900. It is really a giveaway price. Plus it is fully rented. Call Judy for more details or a showing. 

Along with the warmer weather come chores we need to do to keep our homes in good condition. Here are some of the most important ones to do.


Once spring has sprung, take some time to give your home a check-up along with its annual spring-cleaning. Adding these home maintenance tips to your routine can help your house operate more efficiently.

Outside The House

Check The A/C

Have a qualified HVAC contractor? Best to use one that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Have him come & give your air-conditioning system a tune-up. To help lower your energy bills, do this every year to ensure the system is running at its manufacturer-rated efficiency. Also make sure to inspect your system's condensate drain hose, especially if you live in a humid climate. This hose could become clogged with algae and sediment, and your contractor may charge you more to clean it out. Avoid this extra cost by checking the hose periodically yourself. Use a wet-vac to suction any blockage out from it.

Roofs And Gutters

The hot summer sun can quickly damage a roof shingles, so you may want to call a contractor if you haven't inspected your roof in several years. Clean out the leaves and other debris that have collected in them. Then check to see if the gutters are safely attached and haven't sprung any leaks. Also, make sure that downspouts direct water away from the house's foundation, to prevent a potential basement flood.

Right The Foundation

For further basement flood protection, inspect the foundation around your house before the spring rains. Look for cracks or imperfections, and seal them or call a contractor if necessary. Also, look for low areas in the yard near the foundation that might pool water during a heavy rain. Level these yard depressions by filling them with compacted soil. Tend to any other “ponding” areas around the yard, too, because after a hard rain, standing water can develop. These puddles can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Seal The Deck

If you have a patio deck, inspect the wood for stains, discolorations, or warping. If you find any, consider resealing the deck. To verify that your old application still works, pour some water onto the dry deck and check to see that it beads up. Most deck-sealer manufacturers recommend resealing annually, but if there are no immediate problems worth addressing, you can likely wait until the following spring to reseal. Check for any sharp edges, splintered wood, or rotting wood. Also, look for rusting nails or any nails that are coming out or weakening their connections. And be sure to check the railings and stairs to make sure they are secure and not wobbly.

Ready The Soil

Spring is the season to prepare for new growth in your garden. Rake beds of leaves and other leftover winter debris. Use a hoe to churn and loosen the soil, and mix in compost for nutrients. If you'll be planting new seeds, follow the instructions provided on the seed packet for the best results.

Inside The House

The Water Heater

Look around the base of your water heater for evidence of leaks. The average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years. If your water heater is over 5 years old, it should be checked monthly for any leakage or rusting at the bottom. If water leakage or rust is found, the water heater should be replaced. If you live in an area with particularly hard water, you may need to drain your water heater because of the sediment buildup in the tank.

The Basement And Attic

Does your attic or basement smell musty? If you have an attic, check it for leaks from the roof. Inspect the underside of the roof and the insulation closely for any discoloration, deterioration or dirt stains, as the leaking water might have dried up.

Check the basement walls, floor, and trim for water stains or any signs of seepage through the foundation. While you’re down there, keep a close eye on your sump pump, making sure it is still in good working order, and has a battery backup in place if necessary. 

When you have done all this, sit back and get ready to enjoy the spring/summer time.

These are great things to do if you are selling too to make sure no surprises creep up at inspection time. If you are buying, your inspector will check for all of the same things...BUT he will not rake the garden or ready the soil!!


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia


Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
John Wayne

We are offering some great incentives for March. We hope you keep Fields of Real Estate in mind whether you are buying, selling, building or just need advised. Advice is always free and we are more than happy to answer real estate questions. Not only do we handle resident homes, land, lots and second homes, we do an extensive commercial real estate business as well. We can help with any need, be it 1031 exchanges, cash deals, creative financing or whatever suits your situation.

Call about our March incentives.

Til next time, stay warm, think spring and call us for any real estate need!

Enjoy the rest of the month and call us for ANY real estate need or question. We are here to help!!!



Fields of Real Estate Sales & Construction
N2657 County Rd N
Appleton, WI 54913
Office (920) 358-9003  Fax (920) 687-0358
Kris' Cell (920) 707-3002
Judy's Cell (920) 242-0423
Contact us for more details!