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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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    3664 Claflin Park Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Action Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    60Picture(s)
    2,040Sqft
    Visits:16
    With over 5.5 acres of bay waterfront, this property gives you complete privacy and space to entertain family & friends. The land pier allows you to bring your boat right to the shore with plenty of water depth to add additional docks. The property is protected in the Bay of Little Sturgeon, but close to the big waters of the Bay of Green Bay.
    $799,000

    11313 Beechwood Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    22Picture(s)
    1,336Sqft
    Visits:17
    Contemporary well maintained home in a lovely wooded setting. Skylights make the house nice and bright. Recent updates include: new air conditioner in 2021, furnace new in 2014, new hot water heater in 2019, garage added in 2018 (see attached list) Nice sun porch off the master bedroom thru sliding glass doors. Gas fireplace makes this home very cozy on chilly nights.
    $375,000

    120 S Hudson Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Action Realty
    5Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    21Picture(s)
    2,442Sqft
    Visits:13
    An excellent investment opportunity awaits you in Sturgeon Bay's West Side. Sitting on a one parcel lot is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with a separate duplex in the back. Currently home and both units are rented with consistent monthly cash flow. All leases end 2-1-2023. House has had major upgrades and rear duplex has been completely renovated.
    $249,000

    4920 Landmark Cir

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    CommonParking(s)
    29Picture(s)
    551Sqft
    Visits:5
    SPECTACULAR PANORAMIC WATER VIEW - one of the best that you will find at the Landmark Resort. This tastefully decorated unit is in Landmark's Rental Company with all required updates. Located on the main level & conveniently located near the lobby. Turn-key opportunity with the ability to participate in RCI. Enjoy all the benefits of ownership as well as income to offset expenses.
    $119,000Sold for $150,000 on 06/24/22

    6042 Gordon Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    1Picture(s)
    1,317Sqft
    Visits:10
    Ranch home with three bedrooms and one bath. Home has a full basement with a partially finished family room with wood stove. Large lot with mature trees. Large deck, central air. Close to town yet country living.
    $199,900Sold for $190,000 on 06/24/22

    10841 Birchwood Dr

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    5Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    30Picture(s)
    3,680Sqft
    Visits:12
    This spacious and inviting home, tucked into the woods, is just a few blocks from downtown Sister Bay and its beach, marina, shopping & dining. This property is an absolutely ideal vacation getaway or year-round home.
    $599,900

    6564 Hwy 57

    Jacksonport, WI 54202

    CB Real Estate Group Fish Creek
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    1,839Sqft
    Visits:34
    Newer single level home on 145 feet of sand beach. This property has a great STR history with bookings into Fall of this year (limited showings but ask for virtual showing link). The wonderful property is offered fully furnished and ready to move into or rent. Open floor plan with vaulted celings, LVP flooring, and lots of windows.
    $750,000

    1161-5 Hwy 42

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    5Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    43Picture(s)
    2,500Sqft
    Visits:11
    Includes Tax Parcel 0180213322821C and 0180213322821D (1161 & 1165 Hwy 42). A unique opportunity to purchase 2 homes in Northern Door that encompasses just under 9 acres. A large metal storage building is also included for your toys. So many possibilities are available with this property and there is room to grow. Both homes currently have tenants with active leases.
    $659,000

    2215 Scandia Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    1,850Sqft
    Visits:17
    Absolutely stunning 3 bedroom ranch just a block from downtown Sister Bay. Every inch of this home has been painstakingly and beautifully remodeled over the past decade: hardwood floors, granite countertops and high end cabinetry, Spacious, newer family room with a large bank of window overlooking the back yard and woods.
    $495,000

    Lot 22 Sugar Creek Dr

    Brussels, WI 54204

    Todd Wiese Homeselling System, Inc
    17Picture(s)
    1.86Acre
    Visits:20
    Buildable 1.86 wooded setting offering a bluff location for your dream home to take advantage of the spectacular sunset views of the Bay. Extra deep parcel offers 145' of Green Bay shorefront. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac for privacy with easement access in place. Located within minutes to the public boat launch at Chaudoirs Dock. Restrictive covenants in place to protect your investment.
    $164,900

    4368 Madeline Ln

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Sarkis & Associates
    3Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    2 Car GarageParking(s)
    35Picture(s)
    2,118Sqft
    Visits:21
    Beautiful townhouse 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, full basement, oversized garages, bonus room, updated kitchen and baths. Most furnishings included. Conveniently located just minutes to shopping, parks and boat launch. The perennial garden adds to the ambiance with golf course and orchard views.
    $449,900

    TBD Gunnlaugsson Dr

    Washington Island, WI 54246

    Kellstrom Ray Washington Island
    4Picture(s)
    1.52Acre
    Visits:24
    Beautiful wooded lot in the desirable Southpoint Association. This ample size lot is wooded for privacy. Being part of the Southpoint Association you have deeded access to over 2200 ft of gorgeous south facing waterfront, great for non motorized boating, swimming and picnicking. There are green spaces around many of the lots in this Association.
    $29,900
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