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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.

available listings

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    2361 Lake Michigan Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    EXP Realty LLC
    Your Door County Dream awaits! This remarkable opportunity boasts 3 cabins and approximately 105' of sandy beach shoreline on the 1.22-acre parcel. With the Sturgeon Bay lighthouse in the distance about 3000' feet away, the views of Lake Michigan simply do not get any better! The cabins have collectively generated $80k annually in short-term rental income consistently over the past few years.

    2248 Maple Dr

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    Location! Location! Location! This is very close to all that downtown Sister Bay has to offer. Home features a walk-out basement, the potential to add a deck off of the first floor, and beautiful hardwood hickory floors on most of the first floor. Public Sewer and water! Lovely private backyard with lots of potential.
    $429,900Sold for $418,000 on 09/30/22

    416 Quincy St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Great starter home located on Sturgeon Bay's east side. Area in basement could be a third bedroom.
    $150,000Sold for $150,000 on 09/30/22

    11012 Liberty Park Circle East

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Professional Realty of Door County
    Build your dream home at Liberty Park Bluff and enjoy westerly water views from this beautifully wooded homesite. Ideally located in a quiet setting, yet just a short drive to downtown Sister Bay. The homesite is served by municipal sewer and water, and underground electric service and cable. Buyer is responsible for impact fee, hook up for utilities, and architectural review fee of $500.

    649 N 4th Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Welcome Home Realty
    Cute 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a large yard and a 2 stall detached garage close to downtown Sturgeon Bay. Perfect as a starter home or rental. The home is being sold "as is" and is in need of some TLC. Furnace replaced in 2019 and hot water heater in 2020.

    6992 County Rd J

    Forestville, WI 54213

    Action Realty
    Property sells "AS IS" & has several buildings (barn, home, silo & 2 outbuildings) that are considered to be in disrepair & have NO value. This listing includes 4 parcels (0100026262533A with 38.70 acres, 0100026262533B with .360 acres, 0100026262532 with 40 acres & 0100026262523 with 40 acres) & the above tax amount reflects all 4 parcels.

    4920 Landmark Cir

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    First Weber DC
    Beautiful one-bedroom condo at The Landmark Resort! This wood view unit is currently in the rental program with great rental history!! Updated kitchen with newer cabinetry and appliances. Convenient location to the outdoor, heated pool with panoramic water views. Enjoy condo ownership with unlimited occupancy, or continue in the rental program to offset expenses. RCI memberships available.
    $99,900Sold for $99,500 on 09/30/22

    8371 Island View Rd

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    CB Real Estate Group Fish Creek
    Some of the most amazing views in all of Door County could be yours. Perched above Whitecliff Rd for sweeping panoramic westerly views of sunsets, Chambers, Hat, Horseshoe, & Green Islands, and the lights of Michigan. This spacious home is designed to be practical and cozy for two while providing space for many family and friends to visit.

    122 S Fulton Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Cozy ranch home with four bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Two living areas. Well maintained - move right in!.

    4220 Hidden Harbor Ln

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    Arbor Crowne Properties
    Assigned ParkingParking(s)
    Overlooking the marina and private island of Hidden Harbor, this exceptional end unit condo in the heart of Fish Creek is a rare offering. Stylish, classic & upscale define this prime condo with a stone wood burning fireplace in the vaulted living room. An unparalleled end unit creates an open & bright space.

    10691 Woodcrest Ct

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    True North Real Estate LLC
    1 Car GarageParking(s)
    Well cared for unit with wooded views. This three-bedroom unit offers a spacious floor plan featuring an open living, dining, and kitchen area. Door County fieldstone wood-burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Woodcrest Village offers nice amenities and is located within walking distance to all Sister Bay activities.

    4286 Harbor School Rd

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    Here is your chance to own a part of Door County! Handicap accessible unit. This unit has a large great room. Rare den/second bedroom off of the kitchen. Loft area for the kids or extra storage. This unit has had many updates: New furnace in 2020, bathroom remodel w/walk-in shower, range, awesome fire pit and fresh paint. Outside this unit are two covered porches.
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    Active w/ Contingency: This property has an accepted offer. There are contingencies, but the seller is confident the buyer will close.
    Active w/ Contingency - Still showing: This property has an accepted offer with contingencies and the seller is seeking a secondary offer in the event the primary buyer doesn't close.
    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.