Insider Real Estate

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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, ...
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Digital Deals

Heads up,Ixonia homeowners: An eager buyer is looking for a $200,000, three-bedroom house in your town. Thanks to Becky Brand’s Twittering, the 600-plus people...
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Life Underwater

But Milwaukeeans are more likely to be high and dry. The four-county metro area’s median price was down 4.9 percent last year, but that followed a 2.8 percent g...
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Let’s Make a Deal

When the former mansion of Sheboygan coal magnate John P. Reiss failed to sell last year, the owners put it on the auction block. The nine-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom...
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Senior Power

It’s only a littlesuburban ranch house, barely changed over its 40 years. But it’s the house where Lauretta Zeh lived for decades – and where she built memories...