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Minocqua Snowmobile Trails

by Adam Redman

With 65 inches of annual snowfall, the Minocqua area is a winter wonderland. The weather combined with the stunning natural setting and love for recreation has made Northern Wisconsin one of the best places for snowmobiling! You will find more than 1,600 miles of professionally cared for trails in our local area. Ride over 1,300 glacial lakes and through 233,000 acreas of forested land. Enjoy the numerous trailside amenities along your route. Grab a bite to eat at one of the fabulous local eateries, relax at one of the resorts, and find all the supplies you could possibly need right on the trails. Check out the trail systems maintained by the local snowmobile clubs to plan your snowmobile rides this winter!


Oneida County Snowmobile Trail System


Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System

Tips for Selling Your Northern Wisconsin Home this Winter!

by Adam Redman

Although winter might seem like an odd time to sell your Northern Wisconsin home, the limited competition allows you to garner more attention from potential homebuyers! There are many ways to highlight your home during the winter months. Create a cozy, warm environment and have your home sold faster than you can imagine! Here are 9 tips for winter selling success!


1. Clean your Entryway. Your entryway is the first thing homebuyers see inside your home. This spot can get especially messy in the winter. Keep your boots and winter gear tucked away in a closet.

2. Make it Cozy. Add a warm touch to each room. Place area rugs, throws, and pillows in warm hues throughout the house. Since winter days tend to be dark, make sure that all lights are on to keep the house looking bright and welcoming.

3. Light a Fire. Whether you have a wood or gas burning fireplace, start a fire before each showing. Only do this if you have properly cleaned your fireplace beforehand! Don't have a fireplace? Add candles or seasonal scents to create a similar warm effect.

4. Emphasize Entertaining. Winter time goes hand in hand with holiday parties. Show homebuyers how great your home functions for gatherings in the kitchen, dining room, and other major rooms by laying out treats and flowers.

5. Decorate for the Holidays. Tis the season so add some holiday decor to your home. But, keep it simple! Avoid cluttering your home with decorations. Also, keep it neutral since homebuyers might celebrate different holidays and you want them to be able to envision themselves in your home.

6. Focus on Winter Rooms. There are some rooms in your home that will be utilized especially in the winter, such as playrooms, heated toolsheds, and more. Remove clutter from these rooms and make sure they are highlighted during showings.

7. Showcase Outdoor Spaces. Winters in Northern Wisconsin might be cold but you live here because you enjoy spending time outdoors in all the seasons. If you have a covered porch or other outdoor room, keep the space furnished and livable.

8. Remove Snow and Ice. Avoid slips and falls! Clear all pathways and driveways clear of snow and ice so homebuyers can easily and safely explore your property.

9. Highlight your Garden. Your garden and outdoor landscape might be hidden by snow but add structural details, such as planters and rock walls, to showcase the potential of your yard all year round.


 

Interested in Selling your Northern Wisconsin home? Give the Redman Realty Group a call today!

Reference: Huffington Post

Kickoff the Holidays in Minocqua!

by Adam Redman

It's time to kickoff the holiday season with Christmas in Minocqua! After celebrating Thanksgiving with your family, head to beautiful downtown Minocqua on Saturday, November 25th, to start your Christmas festivities! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving by horse drawn carriage to celebrate with the community. Enjoy spectacular holiday displays, fun family activities, delicious seasonal treats, beautiful carols, and so much more. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list at the incredible local stores downtown; many of which will be offering special discounts and activities throughout the day for Small Business Saturday. Do not miss out on all the merriment! Come to Christmas in Minocqua this weekend!


Schedule Of Events

10:00 am 4:00 pm 

Noon 2:00 pm

  • Christmas Music from WRJO Downtown

Noon – 4:00 pm

  • Special Holiday Opening of Minocqua Museum

  • Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides from Veteran's Park

  • Roasted Chestnuts Downtown

1:00 pm 4:00 pm

  • Visit with Santa in Gaslight Square Shoppes

  • Children’s Crafts in Gaslight Square Shoppes

  • Holiday Campfire and Hot Chocolate in Veteran's Park

2:00 pm 5:00 pm

  • Live Reindeer in Veterans Park

5:00 pm

  • Town Christmas Tree Lighting


Redman Realty Group wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and festive start to the holiday season!

Staging Benefits When Selling Your Home!

by Adam Redman

Selling your Northern Wisconsin home? Congrats! Now that you have made that decision, it is time to get your home ready to be listed. One important but often overlooked step in this process is staging. Many sellers question the purpose of staging and if there are truly benefits to doing it. We are here to take guesswork out for you! Check out these findings from the National Association of REALTORS® and get ready to reap the benefits of staging your home to sell!



1. Staging helps create a great first impressions and sets your home apart from the crowd. In fact, staged homes were viewed by online viewers 40% more than non-staged homes.

2. It is important that buyers can visualize themselves living in the home. Staging helps to do this through removing personal items, decluttering, and showing how to utilize the space.

3. Staging has a great ROI. Overall, the value of staged homes increased by 1 to 5%, and in some cases, even more!

4. Your home will not sit on the market as long. 39% of realtors representing sellers saw staged homes spend less DOM then unstaged homes.

5. It is important that every area of your home looks its best. Be sure to do a thorough cleaning throughout. It is not necessary to stage every single room in your home. NAR found that the most important rooms to stage were the Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, and Master Bedroom.



Consider hiring a professional stager who will best know how to highlight your homes amazing amenities and maximize the space. For additional Staging or other Sellers Tips, contact the Redman Realty Group.

Honoring Veterans in Northern Wisconsin!

by Adam Redman

Veteran's Day is Saturday, November 11th! Come celebrate and honor our nation's veterans throughout the communities in Northern Wisconsin. It is important to thank all of the brave men and women who have dedicated themselves to serving the United States and protecting our freedoms. Honor their sacrifices by attending these great community events.

 

Veterans Day Program

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Veteran’s Park (Downtown Minocqua)

Come to this great annual ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 89.

 

Paint It! Pottery Shops Veterans Day Thanks & Celebration

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Paint It! Pottery Shop (8116 Hwy 51 South, Minocqua)

Relax and get creative at the Paint It! Pottery Shop. The Studio Fee is covered for anyone with a Military ID. This covers your ceramic piece, glaze, and firing. Add some beautiful decor to your home and have fun on Veteran's Day.

 

Veteran’s Day Soup and Sandwich Lunch

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Rhinelander Masonic Lodge (23 East Davenport Street, Rhinelander)

This meal is free to all veterans and their families. There is a free-will donation at the door for all other community members. Enjoy Big Band style music by the Rhinelander Community Band while you eat. There will also be a raffle for great prizes during the event.

 

Veterans Day Dinner

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Camp Jorn (28 Red Feather Road, Manitowish Waters)

Enjoy a delicious chicken or pork dinner. Tickets cost $15 for veterans, $20 for adults, and $10 for children (ages 10 & under). All proceeds benefit the Wilderness Veterans Memorial Flame Foundation. They can be purchased at the door or in advance at Dietz's in Manitowish Waters, McGanns Wine Bar in Boulder Junction, and Northwoods Serenity in Presque Isle.


Redman Realty Group extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the Veterans who have served in our Armed Forces!

Easy Ways to Winterize Your Northern Wisconsin Home!

by Adam Redman

Northern Wisconsin saw our first snowfall of the season this past weekend! That means winter is just around the corner! Get your Northern Wisconsin area home ready for the season! Keep your family warm and cozy all winter long and save on energy costs by following these simple tips to winterize your home!

  • Change Furnace Filters | During heating season, clean or replace your furnace filter once a month. Dirty filters increase energy demand by reducing airflow. Switch to a permanent filter to cut back on waste and time. Install a genuine HEPA filter that removes at least 99.97% of airborne particles, which cause irritation and illness.

  • Give Your Heating System a Tune-Up | Save up to 5% on heating costs by keeping your furnace adjusted, clean, and lubricated. Have a qualified technician check your system now before they get even busier as the season progresses.

  • Upgrade to an Efficient Furnace | If your home has an old furnace, upgrade to an Energy Star-certified furnace. This can save you 50% on heating costs and improve your home's value. Be sure to take advantage of federal tax credits for new furnaces.

  • Mind That Thermostat | Be sure to turn down the heat every time you leave the house. Make this process easy and convenient by installing a programmable thermostat.

  • Run Fans in Reverse | Modern ceiling fans can reverse the direction of the blades in order to circulate warm air through the house. By running clockwise, the fan pushes air pooled near the ceiling back down into the living space. This can cut your heating costs up to 10%.

  • Put Up Some Plastic | Head to your local hardware store for a a window insulation kit. This helps add an additional buffer against cold air. You can help hold in even more heat by hiring a professional to install a high-tech "low-e" film to the window glass.

  • Dodge the Draft(s) | Drafts in your home can waste 5 to 30% of your home's energy use, according to the US Department of Energy. Add draft snakes under doors. Use caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows. Check around particularly drafty areas, such as along the foundation, corners, around pipes and wires, and around the chimney.

  • Install Storm Doors and Windows | To really reduce drafts, installing a storm doors and windows. Look for Energy Star-certified models.

  • Winterize Your A/C and Water Lines | Remove water from all hoses and pipes. Turn off exterior water spigots as well as the water shutoff valve on your A/C. Make sure to seal any water leaks around your home.

  • Insulate Your Pipes | Reduce your hot water costs by insulating the pipes. See which pipes are warm to the touch and fasten pre-slit pipe foam around them. Insulating your pipes also reduces the risk of them freezing, which can lead to costly damage if they burst.

  • Turn Down Your Water Heater | Hot showers are great in the winter but many water heaters are set to a higher temperature than is necessary. Reduce your water heating costs by lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

  • Boost Insulation | Help heat stay in your house by adding more insulation between walls, on the attic floor, and the basement ceiling.

  • Seal Those Ducts | Your duct system can also cause hot air to escape. Since the ducts are located deeper inside your home, you will need to hire a professional to test the system and fix any problems they find.

  • Use an Energy Monitor | Find out where and how your home uses energy by installing an energy monitor. This will measure your home's electrical usage in real time and help you discover areas where you can save!


Trick or Treating in Northern Wisconsin

by Adam Redman

Halloween is right around the corner! Northern Wisconsin will soon be filled with adorable and spooky trick or treaters! Whether you are looking for some great neighborhood trick or treating or a fun experience in one of the beautiful downtown areas, there are great options for you. Don't see your community listed? Check with the city or with your local lake association to find out trick or treating hours for your community.  


Manitowish Waters

Saturday, October 28th

Downtown | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Rhinelander

Saturday, October 28th

Downtown | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 31st

Throughout Town | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Boulder Junction

Saturday, October 28th

Downtown | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Lac du Flambeau

Tuesday, October 31st

Throughout Town | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Minocqua

Tuesday, October 31st

Downtown | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Throughout Town | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Get your home ready for trick or treating! Here are 5 simple steps to make your home inviting and safe for your Halloween guests!


  • Make it safe! Ensure that there is a clear path to your front door by removing all debris from walkways as well as any tripping hazards from your yard.

  • Let there be light! Not only does your front porch light let trick or treaters know that you have candy for them but it also makes sure that they can see their way safely.

  • Create a festive, welcoming front porch! Add some great Halloween and/or fall decor to your front porch for some added cheer! All the season is all about frightening delights consider keeping your decor friendly for all ages.

  • Keep pets away. Your pets are going to be curious about all of the visitors coming to the front door. Even if they are well behaved, keep them securely away from the front door to avoid frightening any of the children.

  • Stock up on candy! Make sure you have an abundance of candy so every trick or treater gets some goodies when they ring your bell!


Redman Realty Group wishes everyone a safe and fun Halloween!  

Halloween & Fall Fun in Northern Wisconsin!

by Adam Redman

Get in the spirit of the season throughout Northern Wisconsin!!! Whether you are looking for some autumnal fun or some Halloween scares, there is a great event planned just for you in one of our local communities. Check out our recommendations for awesome community events taking place this October!


YMCA Not-So-Scary Halloween Trail

Date: Friday, October 20th

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Stoney Pines Trail (2003 Winnebago Street, Rhinelander)

Cost: FREE!

Stroll the beautiful mile long trail behind the YMCA for some Halloween fun in the woods. The trail has been decorated by local community groups and businesses and volunteers will be out along it handing out candy to trick or treaters. Dress in your favorite costume, grab your candy bag, and enjoy this great event for the whole family.

 


Fall Fest 2017

Date: Saturday, October 21st

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Hanson’s Garden Village (2660 County Highway G, Rhinelander)

Cost: $7 per person

Help support great local community and school groups and enjoy some autumnal fun at Hanson's Garden Village's annual fall event. Check out all the incredible activities offered, including petting zoo, corn and straw bale mazes, scarecrow contest, tractor hay rides, pumpkin bowling, apple slingshot, games and crafts, live music, pumpkin patch, and so much more!

 


Northwoods Wildlife Center 5th Annual Open House

Date: Saturday, October 21st

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Northwoods Wildlife Center (8683 South Blumenstein Road, Minocqua)

Cost: $5 recommended donation

Enjoy the beauty of the season and crisp fall air at this great open house celebration. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Meet the center's animals, paint a pumpkin, roast marshmallows by the campfire, and warm up with some hot cocoa or cider. Be sure to enter the annual raffle drawing to win a handcrafted wooden canoe.

 


Lawdogs Lair Haunted House

Dates: Saturday, October 21st | Friday, October 27th | Saturday, October 28th | Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: The Gaslight Square (415 Oneida Street, Minocqua)

Cost: $10 per adult | $5 per child (ages 13 & under)

Prepare to scream within this 10,000 square foot house of terror filled with all your Halloween favorites and some additional eerie surprises. Proceeds benefit the LUHS world language department.

 


Itsy Bitsy Spider Children's Halloween Social

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Sloan Community Center

Cost: FREE!

Your children will love this fun Halloween event. Dress them in their favorite costume so they can join in the parade. There will be crafts, a coloring contest, games, snacks, and more. Afterwards, enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the town from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

 

 

Trick or Treat Downtown

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Downtown Rhinelander

Cost: FREE!

Head to beautiful downtown Rhinelander for some great trick-or-treating at participating businesses.

 


Does your family practice fire prevention safety tips?  Have you developed an escape plan in the event of a home fire?

This is National Fire Prevention Week and the best time to make sure your family understands all the safety precautions and what to do in a home fire.

1. Test all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors in your home to ensure they are in good working order.  Batteries should be replaced in these devices on an annual basis.

2. Ensure your house numbers or fire lane is clearly marked and visible at all times.

3. Create an escape plan with your family;  include every room and all windows & doors.

4. Review two areas of exit from all rooms.

5. Make sure all windows and doors are easily opened and are free of clutter and obstacles.

6. Choose an outside meeting place for all family members once they are out of your home.

7. Practice this fire evacuation drill with all family members, including meeting at your outside destination.

8. Have a plan in place as to who is responsible for evacuating family pets.

9. Keep a highly visible posted list of all emergency numbers and make sure everyone knows where it is located.

10. Keep fireplaces & woodburning stoves free from clutter and debris.

 

Fire Prevention Checklist

 

CREATE YOUR FAMILY HOME ESCAPE PLAN BELOW:

 

Home Fire Escape Plan

For additional Fire Prevention Tips and Family Activity Drills, visit the National Fire Prevention Association.

Lighten Up Your Northern Wisconsin Home!

by Adam Redman

Fall and winter in Northern Wisconsin is undoubtedly beautiful. However, the shorter days can sometimes make your home look gloomy in the evening hours. Brigthen up your home and keep it looking airy and fresh for the remainder of the year! Follow these 5 steps to lighten up your home and feel like you are living inside a winter winterland!


White Paint. You want to keep some of the rustic charm of your home to match life in the northwoods. However, consider adding some white paint to certain rooms throughout the house to freshen them up and make them appear larger. Two coats of white paint on walls, wood paneling, or hardwood floors will instantly freshen up the space.

 

Declutter. Time to go through your home and really evaluate what you need lying out on surfaces. Minimize the amount of stuff that you just have sitting out. Opening up surfaces and creating smooth lines help to lighten spaces. Buy storage pieces that also doubles as functional furniture.

 

Mirrors. Instantly open up your space by adding mirrors. Consider wall mirrors, mirrored back splashes, and glass top furniture or mirrored accessories.

 

Light Linens. Use breezy curtains and crisp white throws and blankets to feel like you are living in a cloud.

 

Some Color. To keep your home looking to sterile with all that white, add subtle shades of blue and gray throughout your decor.

 

 

For more homeowner and home selling tips, visit our website at http://www.redmanrealtygroup.com/.

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