Home Buyer FAQ

Time for the BIG Move

So you want to look for the house of your dreams. If it is in the country, Crossroads Real Estate is the Broker you want to work with. Looking for a nice sized house on a few acres with maybe an extra garage, or a large pole building to house your business or hobby? That’s what we look for at Crossroads Real Estate. The countryside is full of properties like that in all price ranges.

Gathering the Facts

What’s holding you back? The commute time? You can check Google Maps to get an idea of the daily commute time and distance. Worried about paying extra for gas? Compare the prices and taxes on houses inside and near the city limits to those outside the major circle most people live in. Tax savings may not pay for all your gas, but it can offset the cost to an acceptable degree.

What about the job? If you work for an employer who allows you to work at home on certain occasions, you have it made. If not, here are a few ideas to consider.

The trick is to buy the house of your dreams while you are working for the same employer a number of years. Creditors like to see applicants with a long work history with the same employer. It makes the lender feel safe. But what about after you secure the mortgage and the house of your dreams? Then look for a new job.

How do you know you will be able to find local employers? You have to get out of the big city and explore the country side. The major growth in America over the past few years has been in and around small towns. Take a look at them. They sure don’t look like the same small towns a few years ago. Major companies have moved in. Not just the Walmarts and McDonalds. There are many more companies to choose from.

What are the advantages of working in a small town? If you do your research, you just may find a selection of small, family owned businesses to choose from. In the big city the big corporations are overflowing with departments that didn’t exist a few years ago. Those new departments and mangers love to track pert near everything. That requires a mountain of paperwork. You know those reports. You spend more time filling out reports than on the actual task at hand. In the real world we call that pressure. Small family owned businesses don’t have those departments or reports. They are looking for skilled people like you who just want to get the job done and do it to the best of your ability. They would love to hire a skilled worker like you who focuses on the task at hand and knows how to do their job. Finally you can get the best of both worlds.

How do you find employers like that? I’ve put together a few simple packages with links you can follow. I’ve done the footwork for you. All you need to do is choose a location, get pre-qualified for a home loan, and let me help you find the perfect place. Now for a quick run down on some of the most poplar and growing locations in Wisconsin. But first, here are a few of the best sites to search job openings. But remember, you may want to consider getting the house first, and then continue the job hunt.

The Job Hunt

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Indeed is one of the best job hunting sites. Their layout is nice, easy to navigate, and with all job sites, you can set up your custom search and get email updates. The problem is, they will send you emails everyday. And you will see the same employers offering the same jobs over and over again. You may want to take a look at some of the employer ratings and comments.


Glassdoor for Employers

Glassdoor is another job site. Glassdoor also has custom searches with email updates. The problems is, many of the jobs are outside your personal search criteria.


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Carrier Builder is another site I looked into and used. Like Glassdoor, they offer custom searches and many of the emails are beyond the scope of the search criteria.


Those sites will give you an idea of the available jobs and may be the best place to begin your search for jobs in the area you choose. At least you will get an idea of job opportunities in and around the community you choose. If you prefer to do additional research, you can check out a few more websites that contain growth predictions, home prices, and other community information.

Information on Local Communities

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American Registry will give you information on the largest employers per county.


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American Fact Finder will give you information on average income, housing, education, and other details.


GMAR, the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors will give you information on housing statistics.


Whatever you are looking for, information is on the Internet. All it takes is a bit of research. I can’t promise you the perfect job in the perfect community, but leaving no stone unturned leaves you with the satisfaction of trying to accomplish what few people put into motion. And we do learn from our experiences. Our learning curve makes us more valuable on the work site. Living in a house gives you ideas on what to look for in the next house, how to remodel the one you are in, or how to build the house of your dreams if you choose to take that route. Experience is the best teacher. And it leaves you with something to pass along to other people.

Frequently Asked Questions Real Estate


Advantages of a Real Estate Agent Search

This video shows a few of the advantages of having a Real Estate Agent or Broker search the current market for you. We have hundreds of different options to choose from to narrow the search for your new home down to what you want, and help you determine the value of your current house.

This service is free. Go to the search option on CrossRoadsRE.net to send in a request. Or give me a call to get your personalized search on the road. Why not use the latest and best technology to your advantage?

Property Search Options only on Crossroads Real Estate

Out with the NEW and in with the OLD

Although computers can and will be a useful tool in the Real Estate Industry, they are not and never will be as reliable as we’d like them to be. After working on a few innovative ideas on a new website with a number of companies, I decided to place those ideas on the back burner for a while and go back to a more traditional way of searching new homes and properties. In the old days Real Estate Agents went through catalogs of homes for sale, made a list, a few copies on the copy machine, made a few phone calls to set up showing appointments, and hit the road. The computer has made some of those tasks easier. For the most part computers are – garbage in – garbage out. There’s no secret about that. We’ll use the cost effective, reliable features on the computer and let the update gods play with the rest of those features we reality don’t need.

I’m sure you filled out forms before, hit the submit, and watched a little dial float around wondering if the request or message would ever go through. I can’t guarantee that won’t happen here. Sorry if it does.

You always have the choice to call me. 414-426-1784

We can do business the old fashion way.

As a side note. I looked at other sites for ideas. Everyone likes to use those drop down menus. After sleeping on it, I woke up and wondered why. Those drop downs have always been a little restrictive. They are also a little insulting. Everyone I work with are capable of filling in a number and comment. So here is a what I refer to as my simple form. Let me know what you think.


Option 2

If you prefer to search properties on your own, here is a link to a search page. I know a lot of people like to window shop the Internet. You can click the link below and that will take you to my personal MLS search site. Which seems to be lacking in a few areas. So I sat down to think of what to do. There is no contact button, or showing request button…. But what do you expect after all the money I spent on it. Of course there are upgrades I can pay for and I’ll get someones idea of how to search for a new home. But the cost of those sites is always going up and up. The costs are ridiculous. And I would have to pass those costs over to sellers who list their properties with me. I try to avoid that. My dad always told me to work smarter and not harder. So here is the plan.

  • Click on the picture or link and a new window will open.
  • Use those new fan dangled pull downs to find homes and properties as close to the one you are looking for. There is also an option to search on a map.
  • When you find something you are interested in do the following.
  • You can highlight or double click on the MLS number or address.
  • Right click your mouse and COPY.
  • Click back to the tab here.
  • Paste the MLS number or Address in the side bar on the right.
  • When your done click the SEND button.

I’ll call you as soon as I can.

Or you can call be with the address of MLS number. I still use an old fashion pen and paper.


Link to the Crossroads Real Estate Search Page

If your web browser is set to default security, you will get a message saying that site does not exist. That is because the local MLS does not provide a secure site at this time. I’m working on that. In the mean time, you can either set up your browser for less secure browsing. I wouldn’t do that. Or you can copy and paste the following link into your address bar.