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Real Estate

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The Price of Paradise

Door County is a beautiful and popular vacation spot for Wisconsinites. But the recession’s ugly impact hit all areas, no matter how lovely the setting. Between...
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Period of Adjustment

A broken dishwasher used to be a great excuse for homeowners to remodel a whole kitchen. Not anymore. Now, says remodeler David Pekel, a broken dishwasher means...
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Vanishing Village

Off Highway 175 in rural Richfield, some 25 miles northwest of Downtown Milwaukee, sits 114 acres of largely unused land. The plan was to create a walkable haml...
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Small Times

The economy has dealt serious blows to metro Milwaukee’s homebuilding market – but no knockout punch. Smart builders have adjusted, changing quickly to stay in ...
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Common Cents

Never was wisdom more needed than in this grim economy. Although some real estate maxims stand the test of time, others are being revised, revamped or even repl...
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Dead on Arrival

Once upon a time, the Downtown alderman was king of Milwaukee development. For 15 years, that area had been booming, driven by the explosion of new condos. But ...
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Good Stock

In the 1990s, when exaggerated gables and McMansions ruled the day, the ranch-style home seemed doomed to extinction. Now, thanks to the baby boomers contemplat...
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Gourmet Home

  Wisconsin’s answer to Julia Child, organic cooking pioneer and design maven Madame Liane C. Kuony, died in April of 2005. But the contents of her F...
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Appraisal Hell

It used to be so simple. Your bank or real estate agent would call a trusted local appraiser who would estimate your home’s value. And that was it. Deal cl...
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Homemade Energy

Joseph Pabst is an urban pioneer. Long before the Obama administration began contemplating the equivalent of a gas-guzzler tax for homes in summer 2009, Pabst w...
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Ugly Ducklings

Steve Vanden Noven knows his work doesn’t have the best public image. “When I first started in this business,” he recalls, “people would say, ‘What do you do, ...