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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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    3997 Hwy 42/57

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Fish Creek
    9Picture(s)
    7.50Acre
    Visits:113
    Nice 7.5 acre tract with commercial potential (Property next door and across the street are zoned commercial). Frontage on Hwy 42/57 and Old Highway Road. Big Creek runs through the back of the property. Pretty property with nice homesite. Street address is for location purposes only. Sold as-is.
    $59,900Sold for $55,000 on 12/10/21

    511 N 4th Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    True North Real Estate LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    50Picture(s)
    1,556Sqft
    Visits:387
    Move into the heart of Sturgeon Bay! Fantastic, older home with charm and character: hardwood floors, high ceilings, cozy front porch, and expansive back deck. Three bedrooms and a full bath (with w/d hookups) on second floor; half bath, living/dining, and kitchen on first floor.
    $174,900Sold for $182,000 on 12/10/21

    1217 Utah St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    25Picture(s)
    1,248Sqft
    Visits:161
    This 1970 Wausau modular home is located in a quiet community on a double city lot. Features include 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, all one level with a 2 car attached garage. Hot water heat. The nicely fenced in backyard offers views of the Bay of Sturgeon Bay. Newer roof within the past 10 years.
    $155,000Sold for $155,000 on 12/10/21

    4169 Bay Shore Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    5Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    22Picture(s)
    3,115Sqft
    Visits:267
    Beautiful waterfront property located on prestigious Bay Shore Drive. This spacious five bedroom home is flooded with natural light from skylights, cathedral ceiling, open concept and double patio doors facing the waters of Green Bay.
    $825,000Sold for $825,000 on 12/10/21

    Hwy 42

    Gills Rock, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    15Picture(s)
    1Acre
    Visits:188
    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

    11150 Old Stage Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    63Picture(s)
    2,000Sqft
    Visits:291
    ACCEPTED OFFER. Down a rolling driveway next to a meandering Door County stone fence--that's where you'll find this custom-built, stylish modern farmhouse on 20 acres of meadow & woods. All of the living is on one level, with 28 foot ceilings and walls of windows that allow for ample natural light and peaceful views of prairie, gardens & forest.
    $699,900Sold for $820,000 on 12/10/21

    TBD McIntosh Way

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    1Picture(s)
    0.70Acre
    Visits:160
    Beautiful lot on Door County's only private golf course.
    $40,000Sold for $40,000 on 12/07/21

    6576 Hwy 57

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    17Picture(s)
    1,100Sqft
    Visits:233
    Single level home on Lake Michigan. Shore protection in place and easy access to the water if a stair system is installed (see agent for details). Sandy lake bed. Spacious deck off the waterside of the home. Great room with beamed ceiling, large windows to the water, sliding glass door to the deck, and of course an impressive Door County stone fireplace.
    $479,000Sold for $479,000 on 12/09/21

    TBD Hemlock Dr

    Washington Island, WI 54246

    Gordons North Star Realty, LLC
    4Picture(s)
    2.11Acre
    Visits:128
    This nicely wooded inland lot includes two shore access lots and seasonal water views! Camp or build your dream home.
    $24,000Sold for $24,000 on 12/03/21

    4940 Landmark Cir

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    16Picture(s)
    819Sqft
    Visits:265
    The Landmark Resort and all the amenities it has to offer can be yours when you purchase this 2 Bedroom 2 Bath wood view unit. Privacy abounds with the location and convenience to everything. Great for rentals all year. This unit is up to date with all the requirements to be in The Landmark rental.
    $136,900Sold for $135,000 on 12/07/21

    TBD Forestview Rd

    Washington Island, WI 54246

    Kellstrom Ray Washington Island
    4Picture(s)
    5Acre
    Visits:82
    Beautiful wooded property on the Northeast side of Washington Island. Close to beautiful Jackson Harbor and all that has to offer. This is a newly developed area in Buckridge Estates that is in the process of working out the easements to get to the parcels. 4 other parcels of various sizes are also available for sale. Purchase one 5 acre lot or all of them totaling 40 acres.
    $35,000Sold for $25,000 on 12/03/21

    TBD Forestview Rd

    Washington Island, WI 54246

    Kellstrom Ray Washington Island
    4Picture(s)
    5Acre
    Visits:90
    Beautiful wooded property on the Northeast side of Washington Island. Close to beautiful Jackson Harbor and all that has to offer. This is a newly developed area in Buckridge Estates that is in the process of working out the easements to get to the parcels. 4 other parcels of various sizes are also available for sale. Purchase one 5 acre lot or all of them totaling 40 acres.
    $35,000Sold for $25,000 on 12/03/21
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