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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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    310 Misere Rd

    Forestville, WI 54213

    ERA Starr Realty
    Wait until you see what this property has to offer. On the outside it's an attractive 1 1/2 story Belgian brick home with a concrete porch and lots of fancy metalwork. The mound system, installed in 2012, allows for three bedrooms. Inside you'll find 3098 square feet of gross living area, 1 and 1/2 baths, plus plenty of extra rooms, too.

    E Center Rd

    Forestville, WI 54213

    ERA Starr Realty
    Door County property owner's dream! Hunt and live on the same land! This property has approximately 41 acres of mixed woods, wetlands and buildable area with creek meandering through the back of the property. Large trophy bucks and other small wildlife on the land. Deer stands included. Food plots already planted. Conveniently located just minutes to Sturgeon Bay, Algoma or Green Bay.

    101 S Lansing Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    The view! Beautiful home overlooking the west side of Sturgeon Bay. Includes a water view from the third floor 2-bedroom suite along with 5 additional bedrooms each with attached bath. This Victorian home was built in 1902 and features original woodwork, large doors, lead glass windows and large staircase. Separate entrance to living quarters above the attached 2 car garage. Upgraded mechanicals.

    Hwy 42/57

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Looking for conveniently located farmland? Discover this 34.5 acre parcel located just north of Sturgeon Bay in the Town of Sevastopol, near the intersection of Highway 42/57. Zoned Countryside (CS). Countryside zoned land may be divisible in up to three 10+ acre lots.

    3217 Squaw Island Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Enjoy Door County sunsets on 209' of waterfront located in Little Sturgeon area! Private .32 acre property with no immediate neighbors. Property includes a 40' dock, perfect location for swimming, kayaking, tubing, boating and fishing.

    28 Alabama St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Located in Lama Wamah lagoon, this spacious 3 bedroom, 3 bath home awaits its new owners. Bright and sunny views create a peaceful environment to call your home. Fantastic Northwesterly views of the lagoon and bay. Third bath is 8 x 9 and includes a sauna. 150' dock graces the backyard space, 23 x 45 oversized garage and back patio faces the protected lagoon.
    $499,000Sold for $460,000 on 12/10/21

    4151 Fox Hollow Ct

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    True North Real Estate LLC
    Bring your house plans to this single-family homesite condominium unit in historic downtown Fish Creek, known as Fox Hollow. Walk or drive up Hill Street two blocks from the Alexander Nobel House Museum and everything downtown Fish Creek has to offer.

    Valley View Tr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    DON'T drive to the golf course! Instead, build your dream home on Tee One of the Idlewild Golf Course on a level building site in the Idlewild Valley subdivision. Quiet, private area just minutes from Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay activities and public beaches and water access. Protective covenants in place to protect your investment. Build your Door County home here.

    Hwy 42

    Gills Rock, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    Beautiful wooded lot that's only 1/4 mile from the quaint village of Gills Rock. Walk to the waterfront, coffee shop, restaurants, shopping, parks and museum from this convenient location. Gorgeous mix of trees - many mature hardwoods, birch and conifers. Wind your driveway through the woods and site your new home to enjoy the pretty woodlands. This lot perked for a mound septic system.
    $29,500Sold for $29,500 on 12/03/21

    Lot W Cedar Dr

    Forestville, WI 54213

    ERA Starr Realty
    WOW! This 5.17 acre heavily wooded lot couldn't be much better. Here you'll discover the seclusion, peace and quiet for which you've been yearning. Located near the end of West Cedar Drive, just across the road, lies an unimproved easement to the Mill Pond. Imagine, relaxing for hours in your kayak or fishing for those big catches.

    Lot Happy Valley Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Private lot with a waterview when you build your Door County home. Secluded enough in the country yet minutes from all the Sturgeon Bay shopping, and services. Sevastopol school district. A good location, easy access to the highway north or south.

    Lot 1 Bay Shore Heights Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Beautiful wooded lot with panoramic waterviews of the bay. Near Stone Quarry County Park. Short distance from Sturgeon Bay. Seller is related to listing agent. * Only part of original tax parcel is offered for sale. Tax amount reflects total parcel.
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