Randy & Family

The Game Didn’t Matter!

With the recent end of the college basketball season, I smiled as I listened to the national sports broadcasters lament that the TV ratings this year were nowhere close to what the ratings had been just last year for the Wisconsin-Duke NCAA championship game.

So let me take you back a moment, and remind you that the ratings were so high a year ago because a Kentucky team came into the NCAA tournament with an unbeaten record — until they played and lost to our Wisconsin Badgers.  And that victory over Kentucky propelled the Badgers, for the second year in a row, into the national championship game.

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“I Gotta Guy!”

I know that just that headline brings smiles to many of you!  Over the years, whenever someone has pointed out a problem in a home, I almost routinely reply:  “I gotta guy!”  And after nearly three decades of home sales, I truly do have a guy – or woman – for every issue!

When you’re in business as long as I’ve been, you learn very quickly who the people are that you trust, that will treat your clients fairly and that are skilled at what they do.

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Window Cleaning

Clean Windows, Clear Impression

NOTE:  I’m delighted to bring you this timely article on window and gutter cleaning and power washing—as spring cleaning seems to be on everyone’s mind right now.  This article is from a good friend, Dylan Dresen, the General Manager of Clear Vision Cleaning, LLC, a local family-run company that I have used personally.  They are awesome!  And read to the end to find out about a money-saving deal just for you! Then call or email Dylan at 608-516-1172.

—Randy Lenz, Broker/Owner, NextHome Metro Group

It only takes a matter of seconds for a first impression to be formed. When you arrive at a residence, what’s the first thing you see? The physical appearance of the house, right? First impressions are huge! Whether it’s the house itself or the property the house sits on, first impressions are formed and not easily changed. When it comes to buying, selling, or maintaining a house, appearance is key.

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Austin Adler - Life Insurance & Homeownership

Life Insurance & Homeownership

NOTE: Austin Adler is a Financial Services Professional with MassMutual Financial Group, specializing in life and long term disability insurance. Austin takes the confusion out of insurance!  He’s a good friend and someone I respect greatly.  He provides some “must know” info below.  Check it out, then give Austin a call at 608-828-4327 or send him a note at austinadler@financialguide.com!

—Randy Lenz, Broker/Owner, NextHome Metro Group

By Austin Adler, MassMutual Financial Group

Life insurance and home ownership may seem like they don’t belong on the same plate, but the reality is they go together just like peas and carrots. The truth is, when you go through the processes and commitment of buying a home, life insurance inevitably comes up as part of your asset protection. It’s not surprising for first-time home buyers to not carry any life insurance whatsoever.  “Why do I need life insurance?  If something happens to me I don’t really care what the next day looks like.”  This statement can be frequently heard from first-timers before they settle down to buy a home.

Debt changes everything.

Every year families lose homes when the person who paid the mortgage is no longer around and life insurance is just one way to help make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

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Mortgage Pre-Approval with Rob Miller | Providence Home Lending

Why Mortgage Pre-Approval is Important

NOTE:  Rob Miller is a lender who cares deeply about his clients and is available when you need him—not when it’s convenient for him!  Rob is there for you on weekdays, weeknights and weekends; whenever YOU want to buy a home!  He takes great pride in education within his field, and has a special dedication to loan programs for veterans. He shares some great advice on preapproval letters below!

—Randy Lenz, Broker/Owner, NextHome Metro Group

By Rob Miller, MLOP, Providence Home Lending

What is mortgage pre-approval and why is it important?

This is a popular question. The short answer is that pre-approval puts you on the right path to buying your home. Knowing your financial situation and strengths before you go house-hunting and propose offers will get you on your way to success.

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Estate Planning with Horn & Johnsen SC

Estate Planning Considerations for Homeowners

NOTE: Attorney Dera Johnsen-Tracy is a highly respected and nationally known speaker on estate planning. She sees the big picture, and then puts those pieces together for her clients. Her office is conveniently located on Madison’s West Side, and there is no charge for her initial consultation with you. We highly recommend Dera!

—Randy Lenz, Broker/Owner, NextHome Metro Group

By Dera Johnsen-Tracy, Horn & Johnsen SC

Regardless of your age or financial circumstances, everyone needs an estate plan.  For the benefit of your loved ones, you should have at least the following basic estate planning documents in place:

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