Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Market for Vacation Homes Is on the Rise

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

“The strength of second-home sales paints a stark contrast to the overall housing market, which is expected to worsen in 2011.”

“According to the National Association of Realtors, one in 10 real-estate transactions in 2009 was for the purchase of a vacation home.”

From U.S. News on The Wall Street Journal Online, including specific comment on regional Wisconsin vacation home market.  Read full articles here:  WSJ – Market for Vacation Homes Is on the Rise

Another New State Park in Marinette County

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

It wasn’t too long ago that, outside of Door County, northeastern Wisconsin didn’t have any large state parks;  large in the sense of major acreage.  Now Marinette County will be home to another new state park.  First, Marinette County became the land of Governor Thompson State Park along the shores of the Peshtigo River (Reference), and with the addition of The Menominee River State Park and Recreation Area the state of Wisconsin will nearly triple its investment in protected river lands in northeast Wisconsin.

Please see WI DNR News Release for a brief write up.

Menominee River Park Property Map

Menominee River Park Property Map

Menominee River Fishing

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Northeast Wisconsin’s Menominee River is home to a diverse and robust fishery, including Walleye, Northern Pike and Sturgeon,  but when you’re fishing with Mike Mladenik the big attraction is Smallmouth Bass.  Here’s a recent article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Outdoors section on  Menominee River Smallmouth

Menominee River Fishing

Menominee River Fishing

A Cautionary Tale Concerning Sheriff’s Auctions

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Out of our many weekly inquiries about buying vacation property in Northeast Wisconsin there are always a few people who ask about foreclosure property and distressed real estate sales.  Here’s a good example of the old adage, ‘If it’s too good to be true . . .

From the Kenosha News:  ‘A small piece of lakefront property in Kenosha County started off as a mutually agreed-upon solution to a debt between two Chicago parties.

Wisconsin Real Estate Market Shows Stability

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

It’s official, from the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue:

“Recreational and waterfront properties in many Wisconsin communities, often undeveloped land, remain stable overall.”

Read the official press release and follow the links to Wisconsin Equalized Property Values here:
Wisconsin Real Estate Values PDF

Now’s a good time to buy cabins and hunting property at low prices

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  “. . . there are bargains in Wisconsin now on recreational land.”

Read the original article here: JS Online

Ag-Rural Land Remains A Sound Investment

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

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Ag-Rural Land Remains A Sound Investment

The recent economic turbulence that has placed the Dow Jones Industrial average and global financial markets in turmoil has investors understandably skittish. With the value of their stock portfolios declining, Americans with discretionary cash are looking for alternatives.

Often overlooked is agricultural land. With one exception — that being the farm crisis of the early 1980s — rural land values have increased steadily since the 1950s. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rural land values rose 13.5 percent nationwide during the previous decade alone, while dollars invested in the S&P 500 produced no gain after accounting for inflation (E.S. Browning, “Stocks Tarnished by Lost Decade,” Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2008). (more…)

200 Miles of Brats

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

You know summer has finally arrived in Wisconsin when the wind carries the fragrant smell of freshly cut lawns, and brats on the grill.  For those of you not familiar with this Wisconsin delicacy, a brat (rhymes with hot) is a German style sausage served on a bun, a bratwurst.

This past weekend at the World’s Largest Brat Fest, held annually in Madison,  189,432 bratwursts were consumed, a Brat Fest record.  That amounts to 37,886 pounds of brats, or over 200 miles of brats if ‘linked’ (pun intended) end to end.

On your next drive up north just imagine a line of brats strung down the center-line guiding you home.

Read the full story here:

Slain Illinois Cougar Came from Wisconsin

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

There have long been unsubstantiated rumors of cougar sightings in Wisconsin, ‘bar talk’ as the grapevine is know in these parts, but now it is a proven fact. Sadly, our only cougar crossed the border into Illinois where he met his demise. Too bad he didn’t take a left at McHenry and head up north.

Here’s a link to the article:,0,4441738.story

Here’s an interesting take on the ‘cougar-cide’:

And, for some real good info about cougars in Wisconsin browse around the excellent WI DNR site:

If and when you get up this way we can’t promise you’ll witness your own cougar sighting, but we’ll give you a good shot at seeing eagles, deer, porcupines, otters, muskrat . . .


Sad News: ‘Chicken Dance’ King Dies

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

If you’ve ever experienced a classic Wisconsin wedding you’ve either witnessed or participated in a polka known as the ‘Chicken Dance’.  While this dance is often seen in other parts of the country, the Chicken Dance is a mandatory ritual of getting hitched in Wisconsin.

If you ever get invited to a wedding in Wisconsin here’s how it goes: (more…)