Jeff & Cathy Talk Welcome Neighbor Oregon WI

Moving to a new town can be tough. Knowing where to shop, who to talk to about activities or services, or where to look for local amenities can be overwhelming when you add it on top of your physical relocation.

Since we love showing off our town of Oregon, WI we thought we should introduce you to our local expert Cathy Grender, the Welcome Neighbor Lady.

Cathy offers a FREE service for people new to town to catch everyone up to speed on all they need to know about our great community.

See what Cathy has to say:

1:20: The visit

2:12: Absolutely FREE

2:38: The more we support Oregon the better Oregon is going to be

3:27: The BEST thing

https://www.WelcomeNeighborOregon.com

February 2019 Newsletter: Market Update | Legacy Academy | March Madness

Is there a market slowdown? Hardly! Dane County finished 2018 with the 3rd most sales of all-time and our team is out to our fastest first quarter we have ever had. Things are moving in our area, and homes are definitely selling. We still have inventory issues with an extremely low number of homes available. While we saw an uptick in inventory this fall we’ve seen the winter put us back in a deep hole. Things look to remain a fairly strong market for home sellers, while smart and well prepared buyers can still do well in this year’s market. Want an update on Oregon’s housing market? See below for this month’s local stats.
 
Legacy Academy client event: The date for our next event is set. Our Legacy Academy event will be Sunday, April 7th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We would love for you to join us!
 
Madness: March Madness is almost here! That means both spring weather and one of the best times of the year for sports. Join our bracket challenge by tuning in to TheMinterTeam.com/NCAA once brackets are released and you could win a $50 gift card to the Great Dane.
Please join us for an afternoon of fun at Legacy Academy!
 
Space is limited so please RSVP using the link below and then mark your calendars. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

 

JOIN THE MINTER TEAM TOURNAMENT CHALLENGE!

Join us for this years Tournament Challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Great Dane.

Once brackets have been released, you may enter your bracket by visiting us at: TheMinterTeam.com/NCAA

 

 

Each month we will be featuring a business or person that helps make our community a better place. This month, Jeff talked with Chef Dave Heide at Charlie’s on Main in Oregon.

Since February is the month of love, we thought this would be a great time to introduce you to our favorite date night restaurant and Chef Dave. Charlie’s on Main offers a low key environment, great food, talented bartenders, and a unique speakeasy…if you can find it.
 
See what Dave has to say:
0:43: The inspiration behind Charlie’s on Main
1:15: What sets Charlie’s apart?
1:40: Community support
1:58: $2 cheese curds?!
2:37: Dave makes fun of Jeff’s preparation strategy
2:54: Eminem
 

 

2926 Richardson St, Fitchburg

$375,000

4 Beds | 3 Baths | Tons of Updates!

145 Prairie Grass Rd, Oregon

$219,000

3 Beds | 3.5 Baths | Private Entrance & Garage

116 S Franklin St, Stoughton

$175,000

2 Beds | 1.5 Baths | Original wide woodwork & flooring from 1900

312 W Cook St, Portage

$165,000

3 Beds | 1.5 Baths | Old world charm with modern touches

Jeff & Dave Talk Charlie’s on Main

February is the month of love and with Valentines Day just around the corner we thought this would be a great time to introduce you to our favorite date night restaurant with Chef Dave Heide at Charlie’s On Main.

Charlie’s On Main offers a low key environment, great food, talented bartenders, and a unique speakeasy…if you can find it.

See what Dave has to say:
0:43: The inspiration behind Charlie’s on Main
1:15: What sets Charlie’s apart?
1:40: Community support
1:58: $2 cheese curds?!
2:37: Dave makes fun of Jeff‘s preparation strategy
2:54: Eminem

January 2019 Newsletter: Market Update | Resolution vs Vision | Save the Dates

“How’s the market?” That’s a question we hear year round, but we certainly hear it more often with the turn of a new year.

Overall most people expect the 2019 market to be similar to the markets of 2018 and 2017. The last two years have been extremely heavy seller’s markets due to high demand and low supply, although we expect to see a small shift this year as inventory begins to rise.

With low interest rates it still makes a lot of sense to buy today instead of waiting for a “better” market in the future. A $300,000 home this year could cost an extra $100/month next year due to rate increases and appreciation. For more information on how rates affect your purchase power check out our old blog post “The Right Time to Sell“.

Key market stats:
-The 8,002 single family and condo sales in Dane County during 2018 make it the 3rd highest sales year ever trailing only 2016 (8,085) and 2017 (8,079)
-Dane County prices are up roughly 5% over the last year
-Rates are higher than they’ve been, but still extremely low. As of January 10th the 4.45% rate on a 30 year fixed mortgage was the lowest since mid-April.

Statistics show that roughly 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Despite this low success rate we continue to challenge ourselves each year by banking on that one thing that we want to change.

Each year Jeff takes a different approach to setting resolutions by writing his vision for the year to come. To learn more about his process in creating a successful year click HERE.

 

Each month we will be featuring a business or person that helps make our community a better place. This month, Jeff talks with Coach Jimmy Brooks of Primal Strength & Fitness.

Primal has a culture unlike anything you’ll find in the big box centers while offering opportunities for everyone in your household.
 
See what Jimmy has to say:
0:52: Jimmy comes back to life
1:44: Why “family” is the Primal culture
2:08: Hardcore powerlifting gym?
2:33: “If you can walk, you can lift. Get in here, let’s go”
2:41: Why Jimmy works so well with young athletes
3:15: Primal Power-Kids
3:45: The beard
 
Save the Dates
Mark your calendars…We have two client events coming up and we’d love for you to join us!

**More details to follow as we get closer to the event dates**

2926 Richardson St, Fitchburg

$375,000

4 Beds | 3 Baths | Tons of Updates!

 

145 Prairie Grass Rd, Oregon

$219,000

3 Beds | 3.5 Baths | Private Entrance & Garage

 

Jeff & Jimmy Talk Primal Strength & Fitness

January is a month where many are still working through New Year’s resolutions with many people focused on health and fitness.

We thought this would be a great time to introduce you to Coach Jimmy Brooks at Primal Strength and Fitness LLC. Primal has a culture unlike anything you’ll find in the big box centers while offering opportunities for everyone in your household.

See what Jimmy has to say:
0:52: Jimmy comes back to life
1:44: Why “family” is the Primal culture
2:08: Hardcore powerlifting gym?
2:33: “If you can walk, you can lift. Get in here, let’s go”
2:41: Why Jimmy works so well with young athletes 
3:15: Primal Power-Kids
3:45: The beard

Earth Day 2018 Madison, WI Area Events

Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day –  A day to celebrate the natural beauty of our planet and remind us of what we can do to help keep it healthy.  If you’re looking for events to honor our planet and get outside after our long winter, we have put together a list of some of our area’s Earth Day events.

 

 

 

Sunday, April 22nd

9 AM – 5 PMEarth Day Kid’s at Jada’s Garden & Greenhouse in Blue Mounds – For just $5 per child you can stop in at any time to plant veggies in peat pots and paint a garden rock.

12:30 – 3:30 PMEarth Day & Party for the Planet at Henry Vilas Zoo – Partnered with MG&E for tons of family-friendly activities.

1 PM – 3:30 PM – UW Arboretum’s Earth Day Among Woodland Wildflowers Walk and Earth Day Family Nature Program – Meet at the visitor center at 1 PM for the walk and indoor activities start at 2:30 PM

 

Saturday, April 21st

10 AM – 11:30 AMLand Steward Work Day at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to help restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands

10 AM – 5 PM – Sustainable Stoughton’s 2nd Annual Earth Day Expo – A free, family friendly event that offers food, workshops, crafts, and more!

11 AM – 12 PMSeedballs at the Madison Children’s Museum -Kids will be able to make their own seedballs from clay, soil, and seeds to gain an understanding of the cycles and processes of plants.

12 PM – 4 PM – Habitat ReStore’s Spring Celebration – At their East location they will host a kid’s build & garden project plus a gardening workshop at 1 PM about worms.

2 PM – 5 PM – Quarry Hill Park’s Earth Day Event in Fitchburg – Help plant trees and enjoy delicious treats from area food carts.

 

This list just scratches the surface of our community’s events and we’d love to hear from you if we think we should add something to our list.  Feel free to email them to annanorth@realtyexecutives.com.

We hope you have a wonderful Earth Day and get out to enjoy the beautiful weather we will have this weekend!

7 Tips & Tricks for Starting Seeds Indoors

It’s April, which means that you can now start many of your produce seeds indoors to get a jump start on your veggie garden.  Growing produce from seeds isn’t just a great way to save money compared to buying ready-to-plant seedlings from a garden store, but it is also super rewarding!

Before you get your hands dirty, take time to review the planting schedule to see when you can start your seeds indoors and when they should be transplanted outside.  Once you have an ideal timeline planned out, it’s time for the fun part!  Below are 7 tips & tricks to help make your indoor seedlings a success.

  1. Use seed starting mix. Purchase a  quality seed starting mix that will help your seeds grow into healthy and strong seedlings. Pre-moisten before putting in seeds. Fill your containers about 3/4 full with seed starting mix.  You can also mix in a little cinnamon as it prevents fungus and helps prevent dampening off.
  2. Give them plenty of light. Place your seeds under grow lights or near a window to ensure they get plenty of sunshine. 12-16 hours of light is needed by seeds for the best growth.
  3. Keep soil well-watered. Keep soil moist but not drenched.  Overwatering can lead to mold growth.  To ensure that you aren’t drowning your new seeds, try using a misting spray bottle instead of watering can. Let your soil dry out just a bit between waterings.
  4. Repot in larger containers. When the seedlings get their second pair of leaves, they will need to be repotted into large contrainers.  Prepare the larger pots with a potting mix that includes plenty of compost. Move the seedlings carefully to the new containers and water well. Keep pots out of direct sun for a few days.
  5. Gradually introduce to outdoors. Hardening off will slowly adjust your seedlings to the outdoors and give them the best chance to flourish. About two weeks prior to replanting outside take your plants outdoors under cover- the shade of a tree is good spot. Leave them out for a couple hours and then bring them back inside. This will help them get used to the sun, wind, rain, and other conditions gradually.
  6. Plant extra seeds. Plant more than you think you will need to make up for the seeds that don’t sprout or mature. You can also start seeds every 6 weeks so you have a continual supply of seedlings ready to plant, this will keep your garden producing for much longer.
  7. Follow packet instructions- Certain seed types need specific care and instructions.  Some seeds may need to be soaked,scratched, or chilled before planting.  Some may need their container covered with a top or plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect.  Read your seed packet before planting for best results

Love Oregon Part 9 – Headquarters Bar & Restaurant

Happy Monday! ?? We would like to present you with our last, but definitely not least, featured business in our Love Oregon series….. Headquarters Bar and Restaurant​!

? Jamie wanted to open a business where the community could come together & kick back and HQ does exactly that! They offer a ton of different activities and events for all ages year round and they really do care about our community. Listen in to hear what love means to Jamie, what he likes most about the Oregon community, and what project they are currently working on with the village to better our amazing town.

✅ Visit our FB page & find this video to find out how you can be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift card to HQ which was kindly donated by Jamie himself!

Love Oregon Part 8 – The Chocolate Caper

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! If you haven’t already, we recommend stopping into our seventh featured business in our Love Oregon series, The Chocolate Caper, to get some sweet treats for your sweetheart!

Dan talks about some of the great things that the Oregon community has to offer and what love means to him. Tune in to hear more!

For any last minute Valentine’s Day gift shoppers, we will be giving away a $20 gift card to The Chocolate Caper. To enter, visit our FB page(www.facebook.com/theminterteam) and find this video with more information! #loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 7 – Oregon Bike and Skate

? Even though there is snow on the ground we are thinking SPRING! And when we think of spring, we think of being outdoors and going on bike rides which is why our sixth feature business in our Love Oregon series is Oregon Bike and Skate!

??‍♂️ When you visit Oregon Bike and Skate, you will be welcomed with a friendly smile and helpful, knowledgeable staff! Scott is a huge part of the Oregon Community and you can listen in now to see why he loves it so much and also what love means to him.

To be entered to win a FREE bike tune-up courtesy of Scott at OBS, visit our Facebook page, find this video along with the instructions on how to enter the drawing!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 6 – Ofroyo

Happy Friday! Today would be a good day to stop by our 5th featured business in our Love Oregon Series to get a sweet start on the weekend…. Ofroyo!

Tina & Randy are all about the Oregon community and wanted to have a place where family & friends can gather, enjoy a tasty but healthy treat, and spend quality time together. Listen in as they tell us what love means to them, why they love Oregon, and their special promotions for this month!

We will be giving away a$20 Ofroyo gift card to share with your loved one or family. To be entered into the drawing visit our FB page and find this video for further instructions! www.facebook.com/theminterteam

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 5 – The Zone

 With a strong emphasis on community, being your best possible self, and lifting others up, we thought it was fitting for Zone Training and Fitness to be a featured business in our Love Oregon series!

 We chatted with Megan, The Zone’s manager, about what she thinks love is, what she loves about the community, as well as programs that they have going on.

To be entered to win a 5-class pack AND a free admission to Girl Strong in the summer, visit our Facebook page, find this video along with the instructions on how to enter the drawing!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 4 – Be Adventurous

After this past weekend’s ❄️❄️ and the bitter cold weather we have been having this week, we can’t help but dream of somewhere warm and tropical?️,which leads us to introducing our third featured business in our Love Oregon series….

⛩️ Be Adventurous Travel! ⛩️ It will easy to see why we picked this wonderful company to help represent our love for Oregon once you visit their website and read the short post on their homepage about the importance of making a difference in our community, random acts of kindness, and helping make others’ dream a reality.

We will be giving away a $70 gift certificate to Be Adventurous Travel that can be used to go towards service fees when you book your next dream vacation with them!

???? To qualify, visit our Facebook page, find this video along with the instructions on how to enter the drawing!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 3 – Charlie’s on Main

? For our second featured Oregon business we bring you to Charlie’s On Main and we will be giving away a $50 gift card!

?‍? Listen in as Chef Dave tells us what love means to him, what he loves about our community, and a little bit about their Valentine’s Day specials!

Visit our FB page (The Minter Team) and find this video to learn how you can be entered to win a $50 gift card to Charlie’s on Main!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

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