Northeast Wisconsin Blog Posts





Matter of House Discusses Title Work with Andrew Horan- Owner of Closing and Title Services


Matter of House Discusses Pluming with Kevin Kussow- Master Plumber


Matter of House Talks FHA with Robert Millay @ Metropolitan Home Mortgage



What You Need to Know About Buying in a Seller's Market


Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Buyer's Agent



So You Want to Purchase a HUD Home?


Tips for Going Through Open Houses


Lending Doesn't Have to be Difficult... Find Out Why

April 10, 2018

Curb Appeal @ Its Finest

Curb Appeal @ Its Finest



I don't think it has to be said but the first impression at the house begins when a buyer pulls up. What are some qualities you want a buyer to think of when they pull up to your home? Write these down. Then physically go outside and look at your home. Do they match? Do any of the Realtors you interviewed see your home in this way? If not, then you have some adjusting to do. You can do this an easy way by asking the realtors for suggestions about the curb appeal and see what comes of it. While you may be off base with what the real first impression is of your home, you may not need to do anything about it. 


Have you driven by those houses with so many plants and sooo many things in the yard that it's uncomfortable to look at? Those are the homes we are talking about right now. You will not make your money back if you go too far and most buyers want simple and easy, if the landscaping looks like it will need a lot of maintenance then it will potentially rule your home off their list at first site. 


If you have flags or mementos outside make sure they are in good taste and done right. There are rules to how flags are presented. Did you know that? (Here are flag rules) Garden gnomes freak people out and most don't understand the lawn jockeys. You are better off to not have them.


Keep the lawn neat and organized. The lawn should be short but not burnt. I see this all too often here in northeast Wisconsin. A few tips are below:    

          1. You should only cut 1/3 off the top of the grass. This keeps it growing and green.

          2. Make sure you have a sharp blade. While I sharpen twice a season you may only need to do it once.

          3. Trim trees up to 6' (please remember this isn't a definitive guide to plants, shrubbery and botanicals. Always consult a resource if you have questions)

          4. Two weeks prior to listing go get some good weed killer and hit everything that offends your eyesight (please read all directions on bottle)


If you have a unique property or something special (i.e. Pool) find a way to showcase it. This is where your realtor should shine! They need to have a plan to feature your unique property. Ask them about it and discuss openly. Sometimes this is as simple as getting the right photo of your home or bringing in someone to do 3D imaging such as Matterport.


-Dylan A. B. Diersen

 First Weber, Inc

Dylan has been quoted on by national new outlets and has multiple designations recognized by the National Association of Realtors. Also, he has consistently helped more and more people achieve their real estate goals by increasing service. You can see more blog posts at or keep in touch on Facebook at


Posted in Blog Posts
March 13, 2018

Pets Are Your Worst Enemy


Pets Are Your Worst Enemy

(when selling a home)


I honestly hate to say it as I love my Great Dane Charlie, however pets help sell a home less often than it rains in the Gobi. You should keep in mind a few things. 

       We all love our pets but.... you never know a buyer’s mind set or if they are allergic. If you have pets it is suggested to have your carpets cleaned prior to listing and changing the air filter in your furnace. (a little pro tip here: if you hit that new filter with Febreze it will make the home smell wonderful) These two items will help greatly. Not to shame your pets but you need to hide their existence from all potential buyers if possible. You can only do so much therefore if getting your pets out of the home is unrealistic you should come up with a showing schedule and plan with your realtor. I do recommend 2 key things:

            1. Take them with you

            2. Put all toys/dishes/leashes/food away

     If they do pick up on the fact that you have pets they will see you as a seller in a better light and as a better owner than other sellers, so you can't go wrong here. In 1996 my family was relocating from Yuma overseas as my Dad is a Marine. With six cats getting them out of the home wasn’t an easy process at all. The Jeep had all six kennels in the back and everyone was assigned a cat. When we were leaving for a showing we all grabbed a cat, put them in the kennel in the Jeep and we were off. This for us worked quite well.

     I think it goes without saying but if you do have a dog you need to make sure there are no dog bombs in the yard for showings. (especially after the snow thaws…) Also, don't forget to change or at least scoop the litter box before showings.


One final note, if you do have to keep the pet at home make sure they are kept in a kennel and in the lower level of the home out of the way. Your agent should be notifying potential buyers agents that there is a dog in the home so they aren't startled and they can prepare their buyers.



-Dylan A. B. Diersen

 First Weber, Inc

Dylan has been quoted on by national new outlets and has multiple designations recognized by the National Association of Realtors. Also, he has consistently helped more and more people achieve their real estate goals by increasing service. You can see more blog posts at or keep in touch on Facebook at



Posted in Blog Posts
Feb. 26, 2018

Why Hire A Buyer's Agent in a Booming Market

Why Hire A Buyer's Agent in a Booming Market


Do you want to over pay? There is no easier way to pay more than you should than to call up the listing agent in a seller’s market and expect to get a deal. While a seller’s agent will be fair and honest, there is an allowance for puffery and giving you market conditions that might be scary. So if you want to most certainly over pay for y our next property when in a booming market, don’t hire a buyer’s agent. Also, your buyer’s agent should be discussing value and running numbers to ensure the home is worth what the seller is asking or you are offering.


Could you use a little help in finding your next dream property? I think we all could. A proper buyer’s agent will sit down with you to discuss your needs, wants and discuss the reality of the current market and how it will play into your search. The buyer’s agent will be keeping your needs and wants in the back of their mind to ensure they can find your next dream home. Like a bid dog, they are always hunting.


So you have found the perfect home? How do you make it yours? Maybe there is a seller’s market and multiple offers. Do you know what to do? Your buyer’s agent is your trusted advisor. They know the ins and outs of the entire process and can help make good decisions in negotiating. In some cases they will negotiate for you before you even know you are negotiating.


Hiring a buyer’s agent is never a bad idea. It may cost you some cash, but in the end if you get that property in the area you want to be, it will be money well spent. Ask questions and interview a few people before making a decision, that will ensure you hire someone you trust.

-Dylan A. B. Diersen

 First Weber, Inc

Dylan has been quoted on by national new outlets and has multiple designations recognized by the National Association of Realtors. Also, he has consistently helped more and more people achieve their real estate goals by increasing service. You can see more blog posts at or keep in touch on Facebook at

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Jan. 16, 2018

9 Mistakes That Will Ensure You Never See an Offer on Your Home

9 Mistakes That Will Ensure You Never See an Offer on Your Home


When staging your home, you are trying to accomplish a few things. One is to show potential buyers that you are attentive and keep your home clean. The second is to appeal to the broadest possible market of buyer (think absolute middle of bell curve). Often I see sellers doing certain things that just turn off buyers all together and most are very simple.


Number 1. Leaving toilet seats up. This is so petty it seems to be silly, but it never fails that when the seat is up, buyers look at it funny. Also, for photos, it is an absolute must that the seat and lid be down! It sticks out like a sore thumb and no matter what we do to tell buyers “look at the house, not the seller’s stuff” they do anyway.


Number 2. Not decluttering the kitchen. Everyone’s kitchen is cluttered, I mean it is probably the most heavily used room in the house and super important (we all have to eat, right?). Take a moment and put everything in drawers, the oven or even the dishwasher just to declutter for both photos and showings. Nobody wants to see your dirty dishes either.


This actually applies to the bathroom as well. Clear the counters except for soap and hand towel. Don’t forget to put the bowl cleaner and plunger under the cabinet. Pro tip- don’t leave magazines out….


Number 3. Not leaving lights on in the home. This is not always doable, but if you try it should be happening 98% of the time. Spend the money to use the electricity as this makes your home much easier to show and stands out to buyers, especially when it’s dark.


Number 4. Clearing magnets from the fridge. If your REALTOR doesn’t remind you of this task you should probably reconsider your relationship. Seriously nothing sticks out more to buyers when looking at photos or when physically in your kitchen. Just put them in a large envelope and break them out first thing after you get to your new home.


Number 5. Don’t over stage your home. Sounds silly right? Well it happens a lot. There is a fine line between having furniture in the home that makes sense and having so little in the home that it looks like a college kid is adding furniture item by item as his girlfriend forces him to mature. Either clear the home and make it look vacant or pull items with the layout, photos and showings in mind. Your REALTOR and photographer should be able to advise on this.


Number 6. Not mowing the yard. I hate that I even have to say this; but your yard should be mown. If your home is for sale I recommend every 4-5 days in the warmer months. The crisp lines and fresh smell show buyers you are serious about selling as well as increasing curb appeal. This is well worth the effort. Have you seen an over grown yard that’s for sale? It devalues a property immediately.


Number 7. Not vacuuming the home. It may sound a little OCD but the more often you vacuum before showings the better the feedback will be and the better your home will show. Those little lines tell buyers you care and that you are serious (not to mention clean). So why not take the 15 minutes to do it? Especially for photos. The new high definition photos will show these online and it is huge to buyers.


Number 8. Not washing windows or cleaning heating/cooling vents. This is an absolute must right before listing. If you don’t have pets this is probably a one-time thing (depending on the market) for your listing time frame. Just do it. Make a game out of it for the kids or however you do this but make sure you don’t forget. If you do, it tells buyers you are dirty and don’t care. Pro tip- get the ceiling fan blades as well.


Number 9. Forgetting to put away personal items. This is easy. Nothing personal should be out in the open. Are you reading a book? Put it away. Do you have back massager? Put it in the closet. Do you have your favorite marital aid out? Don’t! Put it in the side table like everyone else. Everything should be put away to help facilitate the buyer looking at your home and not your stuff.


These are my nine tipsm(and maybe more that I didn’t count) that will lead to great success for sellers and buyers. By that I mean sellers will sell and buyers will feel good about the home they are purchasing. There are others you can probably toss in to more thoroughly complete my list but I think they all add up to the same thing or fall under another category. The goal as mentioned before is to fit into the middle of the bell curve for marketability and to show buyer prospects that the home is ready for sale.


Dylan A. B. Diersen
First Weber, Inc.


Dylan has been quoted on by national news outlets and has multiple

designations recognized by the National Association of Realtors. Also, he has

consistently helped more people achieve their real estate goals by increasing

service. You can see more blog posts at or keep in


touch on Facebook at

Posted in Blog Posts
Dec. 11, 2017

Five Quickest Ways to Ruin Your Real Estate Deal

Five Best Ways to Ruin Your Real Estate Deal

Want to ruin a real estate deal? Try these on for size! After 5 years in real estate I have seen (hopefully) the craziest things from people. These are the best of the best ways. 

The best one in my humble opinion is to miss deadlines or constantly be requesting for extensions, sellers typically have a few remedies for this. If you miss a deadline a seller or buyer could decide that the deal is voidable and try to get out of the deal. If you are constantly trying to get extensions they will see this a ploy of some sort and probably only give you one or two chances. 


Of course lying to other parties is not good either. You potentially open yourself up to liability and worsen your negotiating power down the road if you are ever found out.


Number three kind of follows the first one but I find it helpful to mention: don’t forget to setup inspections that are your responsibility. This is a buyer and seller issue. This will cause delays and put you in a poor negotiating position at any point during the transaction.

A failure to disclose is almost guaranteed to ruin the deal you just put together. People are going to find out no matter what. A home inspector will find the knob and tube wiring and the lender will find out if you lied about being employed. It is literally their job….


Finally don’t be stubborn! Be reasonably reasonable. So many times I see people dig their heals in on every issue. They can’t be all be classified as the worst issues so pick and choose your battels accordingly.


-Dylan A. B. Diersen


First Weber, Inc


Dylan has been quoted on by national new outlets and has multiple
designations recognized by the National Association of Realtors. Also, he has
consistently helped more and more people achieve their real estate goals by increasing
service. You can see more blog posts at or keep in
touch on Facebook at
Posted in Blog Posts
Aug. 3, 2015

Inspections: How many can I have?

One of the most important clauses you can put into your offer to purchase is the home inspection clause but many people do not think about the many other types of inspections you can have.


For example: is there a pool? maybe you want a qualified pool company to give it a once over.


Other Inspections to consider:

Roof (while home inspectors will look at this, they aren't experts and if the roof is very suspect this may be helpful)
Lead Based Paint (LBP)
Heating and air conditioning


Basically anything can be inspected. If there is anything that concerns you there is no reason not to have it checked out. Simply have your REALTOR put it in your offer when you sit down to write it. You will likely have to pay for it, unless you are lucky enough to talk the sellers into paying, but the money spent will be well worth its weight in gold if something is truly wrong. Also, if a seller will agree, you can have as many inspections you can fit in the offer to purchase.



Conversely, if you are a seller and you want to get ahead of the game, there is a great way to do so. Have you own home inspection done and make it public for anyone looking to purchase it. This is a great way to add value for a buyer (basically you would potentially save them $300) and for you to save money by allowing you to fix items of concern on your own or to have it done before a buyer makes an offer allowing you to make more money.


Inspections allow you to learn a lot about a home and the function of the mechanical components. So don't be afraid to have what you need looked at. The home is the largest purchase most people will make.

Posted in Blog Posts
March 31, 2015

How Does My Realtor Get Paid??

As a consumer, you deserve to know

how your REALTOR gets paid. For sellers, this is simple. You pay a commission to your agent at the closing table. It's great for you because you get results and then you pay for services after you and the agent have met your goals.


For buyers, it gets a little tricky. Most of the time in our area (the Fox Valley) the seller pays the buyer's REALTOR out of the commission they pay their listing agent. Basically, that commission the listing agent took in gets split.

There are other options, as a buyer you have the right to hire your agent through the use of a buyer agency contract and pay them on your own.

Also, some buyer's agents do charge a minimal fee up front as part of the signing bonus. Often they will pull from seller concessions for this.

I hope this helps.

Posted in Blog Posts
March 31, 2015

What You Should Do Before Making an Offer

I thought about what a buyer should

do as they go through a home. If you like a home and are considering putting an offer in. You should take a moment and do this one thing:


Go to the front door of the home, open the door and look out. Do you like the neighborhood and how it looks? Can you see yourself living here for 5years? 10?


If you are satisfied and excited, proceed with writing an offer. Happy Buying!

Posted in Blog Posts
March 31, 2015

4 Quick Tips for Getting Your Home Ready

I've gotten the question recently about

what can or should be done to help get a home ready for market. This got me thinking, I should write them down. So here are 5 easy ideas that will immediately improve your homes show- ability and there for increase the value of your home.

1. Replace or clean carpet- there is nothing that deters a buyer more than looking at old/worn out carpet

2. Fresh coat of paint- inside and/or out goes a long way to making pictures pop

3. Update landscaping- will increase curb appeal and tell buyers you care about your home

4. A solid deep clean- is absolutely necessary. Pay for it if you hate cleaning

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