All Posts (11)

Sort by

Welcome-to-Wisconsin-300x225.jpg?width=300The Wisconsin housing statistics are in for July of 2014. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors® Association (WRA) had to say:

Wisconsin’s existing homes sales fell in July even as median prices continued to rise. Home sales fell 2.4 percent in July 2014 compared to the same month last year, and median prices rose 2.4 percent to $158,700 over that same period according to the most recent housing market report released by the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA).

Although sales fell short of the last year’s levels, it’s important to remember that 2013 was a very strong year for home sales in the state,” said Steve Lane, chairman of the WRA board of directors. “Sales were down 7.6 percent for the first five months of 2014 before they bounced back in June, raising 5.7 percent above June 2013. For July home sales to be close to last year’s strong showing indicates the current market is solid.” Lane said. He noted that with the exception of last year, this has been the strongest eight-month period since 2007.

Below are the number of Home Sales and Median House Prices for the state of Wisconsin, Rock County, and Dane County. These stats include Janesville and Madison. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions pertaining to these figures. This month showed a decrease in the number of home sales statewide and in Dane County, but a sharp increase in home prices! Rock County remains one of the better recovery stories with significant increases in both price and home sales

Thinking of purchasing a home before prices or rates rise any further? I'd be happy to show you any homes currently listed for sale. Feel free to visit either site below:

Real Estate Listings in Janesville, WI 

Real Estate Listings in Madison, WI.

Now might be the right time to sell your Wisconsin home. Feel free to take a look at our cutting edge Rock Realty Marketing Plan! If you would like some insight into how much your home is currently worth, I would be happy to provide you with a report that gives a close estimate to what your home might sell for in your current local Wisconsin real estate market. Click below:

What's My Wisconsin Home Worth?

Has your home value fallen below what you currently owe? Have you experienced a hardship like divorce or job loss? A short sale may be right for your situation. Visit our page for more information.

Wisconsin Short Sales

Housing Statistics for the State of Wisconsin:

July 2014
Home Sales: 7,302
Median Home Price: $158,350

July 2013
Home Sales: 7,418

Median Home Price: $155,000

Housing Statistics for Dane County, WI:

July 2014
Home Sales: 882

Median Home Price: $234,450

July 2013
Home Sales: 952

Median Home Price: $213,500

Housing Statistics for Rock County, WI:

July 2014
Home Sales: 195

Median Home Price: $129,900

July 2013
Home Sales: 175

Median Home Price: $108,000

View my report from last month. Wisconsin June 2014 Housing Statistics

Read more…

Clinton Wisconsin Homes for Sale 53525

Over 2600 square feet on third acre in Clinton, WI

511 Wagner Dr, Clinton, WI 53525


Year Built: 1995
Sq Footage: 2676 sqft.
Bedrooms: 3 Beds
Bathrooms: 3 Baths
Floors: 1
Parking: 2 Garage
Laundry: In Unit
Lot Size: 0.32 Acres
Property Type: Single Family House


Spacious 3 bedroom ranch with open floor plan. Living room features a vaulted ceiling and wood burning fireplace. Office and hot tub in finished lower level. Price well below assessed value. Possible Short Sale.

Rock County Real Estate Listings


Contact info: 
Michael Collins
Rock Realty

Read more…

My clients were denied a loan mod back in January and were suggested by Ocwen to find a shortsale agent and list their home for sale. So that's what they did, they contacted me and we listed their home. My clients accepted an offer and we emailed it to the bank along with the RMA and all corresponding documents to initiate the shortsale in March. I was told it would be 45-60 days for the review process and I was given an appt. with the "relationship manager" for end of May. In our first conversation, she confirmed all documents were in and under review, scheduled another appt. for two weeks later, said the file had to first go through a govt. budget and finance review to proceed. Secondly it would have to go through another loan mod review (even though it was just denied for loan mod) and then proceed to the shortsale review, it was going to take some time. So we talked every two weeks on our scheduled appts and in between I would call the bank to see if there were any updates. Last month they wanted updated bank statements and paychecks so I emailed right away. Last week, I was told the review was just about complete and that I should have the HUD  90045 by this week. In our scheduled appt, the relationship manager said she had a "surprise to tell me", that my clients were approved for a LOAN MOD! Apparently, FHA guidelines have changed and they now qualify. Well, my client's are all packed, ready to move! We have an ALL CASH buyer, who has waited ever so patiently, ready to close escrow! LOAN MOD? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!! I asked what were their options, and she said if they don't do the loan mod, the bank will foreclose, no option for shortsale! I'm shocked, I was told I would have a HUD 90045 today and instead got a Loan Mod Approval! Where do I go for help? Any suggestions?

Read more…

Signs That You are Ready to Be a Home Seller

Selling your HomeMost people easily recognize when the time is right to buy their very first home. They are tired of their current situation and the appeal of getting their own place is too enticing to resist. However, the signs are not quite so easy to notice when it is time to sell the home. Some home owners have a long, drawn out inner debate before coming to the conclusion that they need to sell and move to another place. Here are some ways that you can know the time has come for you to sell your current home.

The Attachment to the Home is Gone

Many people hang on to a home for far too long because they are emotionally connected to the home. The nursery where they brought home their first born, the hallway where a baby took its first steps and other sentimental memories make it tough to part ways with a home. However, if the idea of selling the home brings about a feeling more of relief and not sadness then you are emotionally ready to move on.

A New Plan Has Developed

If you have already picked out another home, or decided what the next home should look like and what features are necessary, then you are ready to move on. Knowing where you wish to live and what the house should look like is a huge step in getting ready to sell your current home and move to a new place. This type of preparation is typically very motivating for most people and helps them to get everything in order for the move.

Your Finances are In Order

Getting ready to purchase that first home is quite an experience for most people. Monitoring credit scores, reducing debt and keeping all payments up to date while saving up a nest egg takes time and discipline. However, once those habits are in place it is easier to maintain a solid credit score. Also, if you have been in the home for any length of time it is likely that there is built up equity which can be used as a down payment on the next home. All of these factors make it simpler to sell a home and be in the right financial position to purchase another home.

It is Time to Move On

Lots of people have come to the realization that they need to change jobs, end a personal relationship or sell some of their long held items. When the thought occurs to you that you would be OK with the idea of getting rid of your house, then the time has come to move on to a new place.

Sell your home for top dollar, by putting it in front of the largest online pool of buyers! Check out the Rock Realty Marketing Plan.

Read more…

Economic Stabilization Project

I recently had a Realtor forward a short sale contract to my office where the Buyer is Economic Stabilization Project. I have never heard of this before and saw some posts on here from 2012. Has anyone has any interaction with them since. I am a little nervous about moving forward with the short sale for the clients as I have not really been able to get much information on the company.

Any information anyone has is greatly appreciated.  

Read more…


I have a client who purchased her home with a BOA financing. A year later she applied for a home equity again thru BOA. BOA sold the home equity to Ameristar. Simple enough, BOA is the primary, Ameristar is the secondary. Well no, apparently when she applied for the home equity, BOA somehow made that the primary making the primary secondary. Now she is doing a short sale. How do I figure this out for sure?

Read more…

Short sale difference

Does anyone know if there is a way to find out if a bank will waive the difference on a balance owed from a short sale? Are there any banks that absolutely will not waive it and send a client a 1099?

Read more…

Rock Realty Client Testimonials

"Mike is simply the best Real Estate agent I have ever dealt with!!!He sold my house in such a short time which is what I needed to move quickly..I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home..very honest and caring person..Explained everything to me so that I could understand exactly what I would need..He went above and beyond in my Real Estate closing.....always got back to me immediately with any questions I was asking...super person!! He takes care of his PEOPLE! Which is hard to find today!! Thanks again Mike...I really appreciate all your hard work!! Definitely referring you to all I know!"

Cindy J. (Janesville, WI 53545)
Rock Realty Home Seller Client

Rock Realty Client Testimonials

Thanks for the compliments, and Congratulations Cindy on the sale of your home! Congrats to Michael Collins on another successful Rock Realty closing!

Are you considering purchasing property in the Janesville Wisconsin area? Click below to start your home search!

Janesville, WI Real Estate

Read more…

Short sale and divorce

I have a divorced couple doing a short sale. They are both very cooperative. Banks aren't. The wife went back to her maiden name and banks will not accept her authorization with her signature under the maiden name. I can get her to sign in her maiden name but will her docs such as filed taxes and pay stubs be an issue. I already have buyers who really want this home.

Read more…

Disputing valuation with Freddie Mac

I have a buyer who has been trying to buy a short sale property for the longest time. He wants this house. It has foundation issues. We gave an engineers report to the listing agent. Cost to repair is $75,000+. House was listed at $157,000 bank wants $154,000 plus they want a promissory note from the seller for $18,000. Is this legal? Also, I asked the agent to file a dispute with Freddie Mac, it's been almost 2 weeks. How long does it take Freddie Mac to reply?

Read more…

We want to help get homeowners get their money back who were charged upfront for a loan modification review in California. If you know anyone who falls into this category and who would like to try to get their money back please let me know as I can get them free assistance in this matter.


Read more…

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives

********************************** like buttons ************************