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Why should I test my well?

by Connie Erickson
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Why should I test my well ?


As one of Wisconsin's 900,000 private well owners or private well water consumers, you probably use ground water for doing your family's laundry, drinking, cooking, bathing and watering your garden. Municipalities are required to test their water supplies regularly to ensure the water is safe to drink. Since there is no requirement to test a private well except for bacteria when it is first drilled or the pump is changed, you are responsible for making sure your water is safe.

Most private wells provide a clean, safe supply of water ; however, contaminants can pollute private wells, and unfortunately you cannot see, smell, or taste most of them. Consequently, you should test your water on a regular basis. The decision on what to test your water for should be based on the types of land uses near your well.

There are many tests that can be performed. The most common tests in the Door County area are Coliform Bacteria, E-coli Bacteria, Lead, Arsenic and Nitrate. It is very important to realize that comprehensive water testing once a year should be as important as changing the batteries in your smoke detector. Here is a little known fact. In 1994 a Wisconsin survey found 23% of all wells tested were positive for Coliform Bacteria and 2.4% tested positive for E.coli. This survey was statewide.

Keep your water safe. Maintain your well and pressure system as you would any other part of your home and property. There is nothing more important than safe drinking water. Lots of questions ? If you or have questions, feel free to contact me. I can answer most of the questions. Further, I can make site visits to advise home owners on how to feel confident that they have a system that is compliant and operating correctly.

Robert Larsen
Master Plumber 226224

DNR. Licensed Pump Installer 4328

I would like to acknowledge the Wisconsin DNR. Bureau of Drinking and Groundwater for contributing to this blog.

Robert Larsen is one of my recommended vendors.  For more information on well water testing, septic testing or any plumbing issues, you can contact Robert at:

Englebert Larsen Plumbing and Pump Service
920.743.4261 - 920.868.2488

[email protected]



Mistaking Re-Financing Appraisals for Market Value

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Mistaking Re-Financing Appraisals for the Market Value

Unfortunately, a re-finance appraisal may have been stated at an untruthfully high price.  Often, lenders estimate the value of your property to be higher than it actually is in order to encourage re-financing.  The market value of your property could actually be lower.  Your best bet is to ask your REALTOR for the most recent information regarding property sales in your community.  This will give you an up-to-date and factually accurate estimate of your property value.


Changing Door County Commercial Real Estate Trend

by Connie Erickson
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Door County's commercial real estate trend is changing. Over my 28 years selling Door County real estate, I have had the opportunity to sell 67 Door County businesses. Over that time, the average market time for a Door County business was 1 to 3 years (according to our Door County MLS statistics covering 550 sq. miles) and there was an average of 30 to 32 business sales per year with the highest years having 41 and 47 commercial sales. Over the past couple of years, commercial sales are down to approximately 20 sales per year with an average time on market of up to 6 years.

This is vital information. If you have a commercial property that you want/need to sell, you need to be prepared.  You need to price competitively to be one of the 20 sales…or you’ll be chasing the market down.  Chasing the market down ultimately will net you less money than pricing realistically now.


Fire and Ice Festival in Sturgeon Bay

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Location: Citywide in Sturgeon Bay
Dates: 02/17/2012 - 02/19/2012

Winter in downtown Sturgeon Bay is enchanting. The 'Fire and Ice' Festivals brings in professionals who magically turn blocks of snow and ice into beautiful works of art! 



PRICE: A fact that determines whether your house sits or sells!

by Connie Erickson
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The best chance for selling your property is within the first 7 weeks. Studies show that the longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller will net. It is very important to price your property at a competitive market value at the signing of the employment agreement.

The market is so competitive that even over pricing by a few thousand dollars could mean that your house will not sell. Your first offer is usually your best offer.

Here are 8 reasons for pricing your property at market value in the beginning to net you the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time:

An overpriced home:

  • Minimizes offers
  • Lowers agent response
  • Limits qualified buyers
  • Lowers showings
  • Lowers prospects
  • Limits financing
  • Wastes advertising dollars
  • Nets less for the seller.


Washington Island Fishing Derby

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Location: Washington Island

February 11 - 19 2012

Plan a winter excursion to Washington Island and enjoy a week filled with fun! The derby includes a week-long fishing competition with prizes, annual chili cook-off, and music. You'll enjoy the island's winter wonderland!



Door County Market Report for January 2012

by Connie Erickson
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Here's a quick look at the over-all market stats for the first month of 2012:

In the first month of 2012, our Door County Multiple Listing Service posted 26 sales. Of the twenty-six, 13 were property sales in Northern Door County. 

These 13 sales shake out like this...

  • Commercial Properties - 1 sale at $150K
  • Residential Waterfront - 1 sale at $300K
  • Residential Inland - 5 sales at an average sale price of $262K
  • Residential Inland with Water View - 1 sale at $650K
  • There were 5 Vacant Inland (lot) sales.  Of the 5, one was a Vacant Lot with Water View that sold for $290K.  The remaining 4 lots had an average sale price of $46K.



by Connie Erickson
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I was recently reminded of the importance of communication in a transaction between the Buyer and their REALTOR (and Seller and their REALTOR). We had an accepted Offer to Purchase.  The Buyers were working through another REALTOR and I was working with the Sellers.  Throughout the negotiations and then after the Offer was accepted, it was apparent that there was very little, if any, communication between the Buyers and their REALTOR  The deal ultimately fell apart because of the Buyer’s lack of understanding of the Offer process.  I felt these Buyers really wanted the property, but were left in the dark when it came to procedures.

It is SOOOO IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR REALTOR.  The REALTOR is there to guide you through the transaction.  Most people do not buy and sell real estate every day.  I DO!  Because I do, I can help you through the maze of writing the Offer, negotiations, inspections, financing, appraisals, zoning, offer deadlines, etc.



Wisconsin Cheese

by Connie Erickson
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Jim and Katie Pionkoski, Wisconsin Cheese Specialists own Wisconsin Cheese Masters.Com. Their store is located in the Harbor Ridge Winery log building at 4692 Rainbow Ridge Court in Egg Harbor. If you LOVE cheese...YOU HAVE TO VISIT THEIR SHOP! They have an awesome selection of Artisan and Farmstead cheeses...over 90 varieties! You can also order on-line. MORE INFORMATION HERE!


Snowshoe Hikes at The Ridges

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At The Ridges in Baileys Harbor

02/10/2012 - 02/11/2012


You'll enjoy the beauty of The Ridges in winter! The snowshoe hikes are accompanied by a Ridges naturalist and cover the cultural and natural history of the ridges and swales. Some snowshoes are available at the site. The cost is $5/person and $5 extra to rent snow shoes. Starts at 1:00.



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Po Box 340 - 4027 Main Street
Fish Creek WI 54212
Office: 920-868-2075
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