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buying a home in door county

8 Steps to Purchasing Property

  1. Deciding to Buy. Purchasing a home or property is the single most important financial decision many people will make. We understand that you are not just making a transaction, but that your home truly embodies your life, family and dreams.
  2. Choosing an experienced agent. Now is the time to engage with a real estate professional who can guide you. We will spend time with you to help you discern what you want and need in a home, and help you embark on your search.
  3. Securing financing. At True North, we work with several local lenders whom we trust to provide you with excellent financing for your purchase. Your lender will verify your income, run a credit check, analyze your assets and determine how much money you can borrow. Once you are pre-approved for a loan, the search begins in earnest.
  4. Finding your home. This is the most exciting part of the process. At True North, we keep in close contact with you and work diligently to match you with available properties that align with your lifestyle, usage and finances.
  5. Making an offer. Your agent will help you get to know the local market, find comparable listings and ultimately analyze the listing price of the property you love in order to decide on an appropriate offer, which includes price and other variables. We negotiate on your behalf to obtain the best possible agreement for the property you desire.
  6. Due Diligence. Through facilitating an inspection and further analyzing the property, your agent will help you understand any challenges or required improvements to your home. This part of the process can hold surprises, but our goal is to help ensure that your purchase is transparent, and any shortfalls of the property are fully disclosed and addressed.
  7. Insurance, appraisal and survey. Before closing, you need to secure homeowner’s insurance. Your lender will also require an appraisal that will determine if the home is worth the contract price. You may also be required to obtain a survey of the property. Your True North agent will work with your lender to coordinate the necessary steps.
  8. Closing. During the weeks before closing, your lender will work to finalize your loan. This is a critical time for remaining in contact with your agent and lender, and refrain from any major spending without approval from your loan officer. On closing day, you will meet with a title company where a title agent will review all the documents needing your signature to finalize your purchase. Your True North agent will act as your advocate throughout this process, ensuring that all paperwork reflects the proper agreements. Once the funds have been released, you are “funded” and your home/property is yours. Time to celebrate!

Buyer Representation

It is in both a buyer’s and a broker’s best interest to formalize the buyer-broker relationship through a Buyer Agency Agreement. Here’s why:

  1. Clear expectations. An agreement with a True North professional as your buyer agent is based on mutual consent and satisfaction. We will provide a clear written outline of our obligations to you, as well as what we expect from you, the buyer. As in any agreement, if a buyer agent isn’t living up to your expectations, you may cancel the agreement.
  2. Strong advocacy. Working with one agent (as opposed to several listing agents) benefits you as your agent knows you and what you are seeking and is contractually bound to negotiate for your best interest. Empowered by the agency relationship, your buyer agent may also seek out unlisted properties on your behalf.
  3. Avoid disputes. Confusion can arise when a buyer indicates interest to more than one selling agent. To avoid disagreement on commissions and other transactions, work with one buyer agent who represents you.

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    12747 Hwy 42

    Gills Rock, WI 54210

    Harbour Real Estate Group LLC
    Parking LotParking(s)
    18Picture(s)
    3,494Sqft
    Visits:3
    The Shoreline Restaurant is a Door County icon, known for its food, ambiance, and the most amazing sunsets. The owners who have operated this highly successful business for over 30 years are retiring and offering a "turn-key" restaurant to you. 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, a waiting line out the door and sales history to prove it, are added advantages to this purchase.
    $795,000

    10891 N Spring Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    26Picture(s)
    1,300Sqft
    Visits:10
    Very nice 3 bedroom ranch home on a quiet side street on the north end of Sister Bay. Just a block away and an easy to walk to Marina Park and Sister Bay's vibrant downtown district and a block off of the busy highway. This lovely home would make an excellent primary home or potentially a great rental property, there are no restrictive covenants.
    $495,000

    1451 Egg Harbor Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    1,264Sqft
    Visits:13
    Great opportunity to own a home and your business on Egg Harbor Rd. Near Walmart and Kwik Trip. Includes large heated workshop with bathroom. 3 bedroom home has a new furnace, AC, radon mitigation system, and water heater. Huge traffic visibility. Listed under MLS #139048 for commercial.
    $400,000

    9311 Gibraltar Bluff Rd

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    True North Real Estate LLC
    4Bedroom(s)
    4Bathroom(s)
    58Picture(s)
    3,721Sqft
    Visits:56
    This stunning waterview home perched on the bluff in Fish Creek has been reinvented with a nearly 1800 sq.ft. addition in 2021. The craftsman home boasts a new first-floor primary suite with spacious bathroom, walk-in closet, and private deck; a bright and airy greatroom w/ 10-ft ceiling and walls of west-facing windows; and an upstairs media room, bunk room and full bath.
    $1,850,000Sold for $1,775,000 on 01/26/23

    10506 Hwy 57

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    ERA Starr Realty-North
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    CommonParking(s)
    22Picture(s)
    1,155Sqft
    Visits:27
    Fully furnished and tastefully decorated third floor unit at Scandinavian Lodge in Sister Bay. New countertops. This unit is only 1 of 4 units with 1,155 sq ft of living space, 44% larger than a standard unit! Scandinavian Lodge is one of the few hotel condos in Door County that allow unrestricted use by owner.
    $235,000

    835 S Duluth Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Harbour Real Estate Group LLC
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    23Picture(s)
    1,090Sqft
    Visits:36
    Property can be used as single family residence, short-term or long-term rental, work/live. Possibly convert garage to a rental unit to have two rentals or add a couple bedrooms and a bath to make a 3 bed/2 bath. Floor plans are available. Contact an agent to get a list of permitted uses. Be sure to view the virtual walkthrough.
    $249,900

    835 S Duluth Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Harbour Real Estate Group LLC
    1-10 SpacesParking(s)
    23Picture(s)
    2,071Sqft
    Visits:28
    Prime opportunity to own commercial real estate on the West Side of Sturgeon Bay in an area of high growth. The property directly to the north, at the intersection of State Hwy 42/57 and S. Duluth Ave (County Road S), currently has a 5,600 sq.ft. building under construction which will house a standalone Starbucks, AT&T and a Door County Medical Center express clinic.
    $249,900

    3154 Larson Ln

    Ephraim, WI 54211

    True North Real Estate LLC
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    53Picture(s)
    1,300Sqft
    Visits:397
    Amazing opportunity awaits to own this historic, charming, and conveniently located home in Ephraim! Built in 1924, the home has been carefully and tastefully renovated over the last 5 years creating the perfect move in ready vacation or year round home. The upstairs office offers a multitude of uses from 3rd bedroom to kids playroom.
    $499,900

    10774 Cedar Rd

    Luxemburg, WI 54217

    ERA Starr Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    20Picture(s)
    1,296Sqft
    Visits:84
    40 acres of hardwoods - great for hunting or just enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Need storage? There's a 3 car detached 40 x 40 garage with partially finished area in the back. The 42 x 62 pole building has an insulated and heated area great for storing boats, equipment or for hobbies. Home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and offers beautiful wooded views.
    $595,000

    4920 Landmark Cir

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    ERA Starr Realty
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    762Sqft
    Visits:30
    A popular offering of a two-bed, one bath woodview unit now available in the Harbor Building. Unit has tile floors, granite counter tops, new cabinetry with all contents and furnishings included. Owner has been renting this unit independently. This end unit has easy access to the parking lot.
    $169,000

    S Oaks Cr

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    2 Car GarageParking(s)
    23Picture(s)
    1,980Sqft
    Visits:30
    The Northstar II design at The Oaks -- custom built by Vans. Construction has commenced on this terrific location. Act now to make your own finishing selections. This beautiful site is is situated in a private and wooded setting.
    $529,900

    S Oaks Cr

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    2 Car GarageParking(s)
    23Picture(s)
    1,980Sqft
    Visits:66
    The Northstar II design at The Oaks -- custom built by Vans. Construction has commenced on this terrific location. Act now to make your own finishing selections. This beautiful site is is situated in a private and wooded setting.
    $529,900
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    Active w/ Bump: This property has an accepted offer contingent upon the buyer clearing a specific requirement.  The seller might have the opportunity to move a secondary offer into primary position by "bumping" the primary buyer.