13 INSTA-FALL PHOTOS

13 beautifulInsta-fallPhotos

Not all things this hallows eve need to be spooky. In fact, some of the best photos in the area come during this time of year! So many beautiful and exciting things to do in Lake Geneva don’t all just revolve around Lake Geneva summers. The fall season in Lake Geneva allows many a traveler the opportunity to wander and to admire the beautiful scenery around them! So we jumped onto our social media page wanted to see what Lake Geneva visitors and locals have been up to this happy harvest season and we were not disappointed. Here are our top 13 Instagram favorites from around the area this season!

IMG_9523 IMG_9524 IMG_9525 IMG_9526 IMG_9527 IMG_9529 IMG_9530 IMG_9532 IMG_9533 IMG_9534 IMG_9535 IMG_9536

2016 TRICK or TREAT SCHEDULE (Walworth County)

TRICK or Treat

It’s that time of year… DING, DONG! Trick or treat! Little monsters, princesses and all sorts of costumed creatures will be roaming the streets of Walworth County looking for a delicious bite to eat! If you’re among the society of all Hallows Eve attendees have we saved the first treat for YOU… A list of ALL the times and places around Walworth County to take your favorite little children out to play! Happy Halloween everyone…

TOWN   |    TIME

Bloomfield/Pell Lake 10/31/2016 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Burlington 10/31/2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm x

Darien 10/31/2016 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm x

Delavan 10/31/2016 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm x

Delavan Township 10/30/2016 12:00 pm – 3 pm x

East Troy 10/31/2016 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm x

Elkhorn 10/31/2016 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm x

Fontana 10/31/2016 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Geneva Township 10/31/2016 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Genoa City 10/31/2016 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm x

Lake Geneva 10/31/2016 4 :00 pm – 7:00 pm x

Linn Township 10/31/2016 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lyons Township 10/29/2016 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mukwonago 10/30/2016 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sharon 10/31/2016 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Walworth 10/31/2016 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Whitewater 10/31/2016 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Williams Bay 10/31/2016 5 :00 pm – 7:00 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK OUT

www.KeefeRealEstate.com

A Celebration of Community: THIS ONE’S FOR YOU.

2

 

The second annual Keefe Kares Celebration is only a week away and businesses around the community are excited to give their contribution to the event! And while we’d like to take full credit for their support, we have to be honest and say that we know it is because we all share in one true passion behind what we do: Giving back to the community.

That’s right as much as this party looks like it is for us, it is truly our way of giving back to you because we understand that without you we wouldn’t be able to be apart of these charities and have the privilege of recognizing them for what they do in the community. While the Keefe Kares Annual Celebration has some amazing and exciting attributes (pig roast, exciting auction items, and an amazing location) the heartbeat of the event is devoted to bringing awareness to organizations who have given their lives to solving many local issues we may not always be aware of. And we think that’s pretty amazing!

If you agree with us and our cause, take an hour or two on Friday September 30th (5:30 PM – 8 PM) and see what amazing things are happening in the community for yourselves. For just $10 you get live music, a delicious dinner, and of course an amazing atmosphere but what’s most important is that you can experience where Keefe Real Estate’s heart truly lies: IN THE RESTORATION & CONNECTION of our beautiful COMMUNITY.

Like we said, our name may be on the event but this one is truly for the you guys. Our community.

The Fabulous Fall Celebration on September 30 is also sponsored by local community business leaders Southeastern Title, First Business Bank, First National Bank, Hogs and Kisses, Hummel Builders, Lakes Area Home Inspectors, PJ Electric and Stebnitz Builders, along with other local businesses among auction and raffle donors featured that night.

For more information about the Keefe Kares Fall Celebration at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, or the Keefe Kares foundation in general, please contact Katrina Lubinski at 262-348-3215

TO BUY TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT Click KEEFE EVENT

Keefe Kares’ Fabulous Fall Celebration honors Open Arms Free Clinic for Service to the Community

Dude

Keefe Kares, the charitable branch of Keefe Real Estate, invites the public to share in a Fabulous Fall Celebration at the Walworth County Fairgrounds on Friday, September 30, starting at 5:30pm.  At only $10 a ticket, the night is a community fun-raiser and fund-raiser both. Tickets can be purchased at https://keefekaresannualcelebration.eventbrite.com or 262-348-3215.

Keefe Kares is a 501c3 foundation which distributed $31,000 to more than twenty community charities across three counties last year.  The Fabulous Fall Celebration will feature a Pig Roast, Live Music, Live and Silent Auctions and Raffle – and also honor Elkhorn’s Open Arms Free Clinic.

According to Keefe’s President, Tom Keefe, “Our goal with the Celebration is to raise additional funds for local organizations and drive awareness to the invaluable work they provide our community.”

He added, “This year we decided to spotlight Open Arms as our honoree for the needed services they are providing for people of all ages in our communities.”

Housed in an impressive modern medical facility just south of downtown Elkhorn on Highway 67, Open Arms provides free medical services to people of all ages and backgrounds who fall through the gaps of medical care in local communities, throughout two counties.

Recalled Keefe, “When my wife and I returned to the area a few years ago, she volunteered at Open Arms while job searching. Through her, I got to know about the organization and the people who were building it, and it was clear from early on that it would have a significant impact on an underserved population of our community.“

According to Open Arms Executive Director Sara Nichols,  “As a private non-profit, our work is supported totally by individual donations and grants.  In supporting us as they have, Keefe Kares is also supporting the countless volunteer hours provided us by local doctors, dentists and other medical professionals who selflessly serve our now 700-hundred-plus clients with much-needed medical care and counsel.”

Keefe Real Estate’s marketing department has developed a tribute video on Open Arms that will be played at the benefit as part of the tribute to this year’s board-selected honoree.

In addition to the grant made Open Arms, rolling-grant gifts of $250-5,000 were also made by the Keefe Kares board in 2015 to the following local 501c3 organizations of service excellence: The Sharing Center, TLC/Transitional Living Center, Aquanuts Adaptive Aquatics Program, Delavan Food Pantry, Lake Geneva Food Pantry, Elkhorn Food Pantry, Big Foot Food Pantry, East Troy Food Pantry, Treehouse, Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol, Special Olympics, United Way, VIP Services, Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter,  Walworth County Alliance for Children, Lake Geneva Conservancy, Love, Inc., Association for Prevention of Family Violence, Whitewater Food Pantry, Kenosha Food Pantry.  More groups will join the Keefe Kares honor roll for 2016.

Tom Keefe said, “My father started a matching gifts program at Keefe Real Estate many years ago, and this new program is an extension of his goal of giving back to our community.  With Keefe Kares, I firmly believe that every check we can give to such worthy local charities is an investment in our collective future as community members.”

Money raised by the Foundation for Keefe Kares comes from several sources.  Nearly 70 percent of the donations come from individual agents and staff, many of whom have contributions auto-deducted from every commission or paycheck throughout the year. Many work volunteer hours in the community, too.  Their financial contributions are further matched by Keefe Real Estate. Headquartered in Lake Geneva with seven offices regionally, the locally-owned and operated brokerage is nearing its 75th year of service in Southeastern Wisconsin.

The Fabulous Fall Celebration on September 30 is also sponsored by local community business leaders Southeastern Title, First Business Bank, First National Bank, Hogs and Kisses, Hummel Builders, Lakes Area Home Inspectors, PJ Electric and Stebnitz Builders, along with other local businesses among auction and raffle donors featured that night.

For more information about the Keefe Kares Fall Celebration at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, or the Keefe Kares foundation in general, please contact Katrina Lubinski at 262-348-3215

APPLES TO APPLES!

FOR DELICIOUS APPLE PICKINGTHIS FALL

There are so many things to do in and near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Apple picking is a big deal in Walworth County. We have listed the top 5 apple picking locations for you and your family to go to while you are in Lake Geneva this fall.

Applefest_Train_980x400-980x600

1. The Apple Barn & Orchard Winery Elkhorn, Wisconsin

“At the Apple Barn fresh picked apples are available in our seasonal orchard store, fresh picked off the trees or on Saturday and Sunday you can venture out to the orchard.  Pick from over 14 different varieties of apples including the rich new Ginger Gold, the crisp and juicy Autumn Gala, and finally the sweet-sour taste of our new Jona Gold!”

Fall Hours
Store, Bakery & Winery
Tue. – Sat. 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Screen Shot 2016-09-12 at 10.08.38 AM

2. AppleTreow Winery & Distillery Burlington, Wisconsin

“We use lots of different kinds of apples and pears in our products.  Some modern.  Some heirloom – no longer grown for stores. We make a range of styles: sparkling, draft, still/table, and fortified/dessert.  Within a style, we lean to the dry end – but also have some medium-sweet offerings.”

Fall Hours

M, W, Thurs, Friday, Sunday 12- 5 PM

Tuesday – CLOSED

Saturday 10 – 5

Edwards-Orchard

3. Edwards Apple Orchard

Winnebago, IL

“Located in Winnebago, IL, Edwards Apple Orchard West has become a popular destination for families to come and experience the sites and smells of Fall. Our highlights include:

  • Apple Cider Donuts
  • 18 varieties of apples
  • Freshly made Apple Cider
  • Pick-ur-own Pumpkins starting September 23rd
  • Pick-ur-own Apples now available
  • Free children’s play area
  • Homemade Caramel Apples
  • 100 year old renovated dairy barn with wonderful gift items on display “

OPEN DAY from 9AM – 6 PM

royaloakwedding-1

4. Royal Oak Farm Orchard,

Harvard, IL

“Our u-pick apple orchard, located in Northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun & entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. We have over 16,000 apple trees and over 30 varieties of apples with new varieties being planted each spring. We also grow late summer Sugar Cube Melons as well as pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and winter squash.  And we have the country’s only apple tree maze, Amaze ‘N Apples, where you can wonder through 1.5 miles of trails with 9 varieties of apples!”

Fall Hours:

Monday – Thursday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM*

Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

IMAG0731

5. Harvest Time Orchard

“At Harvest Time, you can usually pick your own fruit when it is in season. Sometimes, if the  weather is not cooperating, we will not have the orchards open for picking. If you are planning to visit us specifically to pick your own fruit, we recommend that you call first. If we run out of fruit to pick, the orchard will close but the Red Barn, Donut Shop, and more may still be open. Call to be sure we still have something to pick!”

Fall Hours:

Most Saturdays & Sundays: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

 

5 WALWORTH COUNTY FAIR MUST-DOs!

It’s that time of the year… the hot summer weather is easing its way out the door and welcoming in the new found happiness that only fall can bring. Orchards, long drives in the country, and of course the occasional camel apple are just a few of the hundreds reasons why Walworth County is one of the best places to live… but nothing means fall like the good ol’ annual arrival the Walworth County Fair!

Here at Keefe Real Estate, we take our county and fair very seriously. So we’ve decided to help you skip a few of the lines and discover what truly makes the fair worth going to! Here is our top 5 list of County Fair must-dos… And why everyone loves going there so much!

 

OC-Fair-Food-Zuchinni

1) THE FOOD. Cheese Curds, Turkey Legs, confessions of a Crab Shack junkie… But it doesn’t stop there. What about our sweet toothed visitors! Cream Puffs, Elephant Ears, fun at the Funnel Cake Stand… You won’t believe your eyes – or your tastebuds. Better prepare your tummy for some serious flavor when you attend this wonderful event.

img_2624(1)

2) THE BANDS. Crowds in the stands and hands in the air. The Walworth County Fair is known for bringing some of the best artist and bands back on our beautiful Wisconsin soil. This year bands like Skillet and Scottie McCreery take the stand … get your glow stick and camera phones out and be ready to ROCK!

A-night-at-the-fair

3) THE FERRIS WHEEL (& of course the other rides). Grab the hand of someone special and take a seat on the center piece of the fair grounds: The Ferris Wheel. Standing over 500 ft tall this spin cycle is bound to give you the best seat in town. Look over the fair grounds and the entire county while you munch on some colorful cotton candy. The view from the top is always great – and you can get on this ride for less than $5!

Scotish-Highlanders-8-832x536

4) ANIMAL BARNS.  Hay you! Let your hands and your emotions run wild as you enter tent after tent of furry and friendly creatures. Bunnies, cows, and sheep – oh my! But Dorothy would not soon want to leave this area, the list of crowd-ready animals goes on and on and they are waiting to see and be seen.

2013-Demo-Derby

5) The DEMOLITION DERBY. Woah! No drivers licenses needed at this roller coaster event. Watch the chaos as the contestants start their shabby & shaded engines and get ready to give their cars the final ride of their lives. One of those things that you wonder why it gets your blood going but it truly does. Cheer with crowds of other demo-believers and watch to see who will be the last Sudan standing…

Of course, all that being said – you should go and figure out your 5 favorite reasons to go! We’d love to hear them.! Until then, for more information about events, admission and times check out their website.

For more information about Keefe Real Estate – check out OUR WEBSITE!

Keefe Real Estate Welcomes New Director of Vacation Rentals!

  McClayton, Garner

My name is Garner McClayton, and I am honored and privileged to join Keefe & Associates, Inc. as the new Director of Keefe Vacation Rentals.  I have been coming to the Lake Geneva area for over three decades with my family, enjoying the lake and the lake lifestyle, and I am thrilled to be calling such a wonderful place my new home!

  I began a career in residential real estate with the firm of Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate in Vail, CO.  While at Slifer, I was involved in sales totaling over $250 million dollars, which included projects such as the sale and development of the Four Seasons Condominiums, the Lodge Chalet Townhomes and the Arrabelle at Vail Square.  After five successful years of working in Vail, I returned to Chicago to be closer to family and friends, as well as Lake Geneva, and began working in commercial real estate for the John Buck Company before transitioning into residential management with Sudler Property Management in 2010.Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 10.39.30 AM

I am looking forward to taking over as the Director of Keefe Vacation Rentals and plan to hit the ground running.  I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of our owners and clients, and encourage all of you to contact me day or night should you have any questions!

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 11.54.15 AM

  

GARNER
MCCLAYTON
888.999.4492 wwww.keeferentals.com


WRA REAL ESTATE UPDATE 2016

REAL ESTATE UPDATE FROM OUR FRIENDS at the Wisconsin Realtors Association!

Room

Wisconsin’s housing market in the first half of 2016 was the strongest since before the Great Recession, according to the most recent analysis of the state existing home market conducted by the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA). Home sales in the first six months of this year were up 5.5 percent over the first half of 2015 and median prices were 4.5 percent higher than the first half of last year, at $162,000 in 2016 compared to $155,000 in 2015. Comparing just the month of June, home sales were up 3.4 percent this year over last and prices were 3.8 percent higher in 2016.

“June is typically our strongest month for sales and the market this year continues to be impressive,” said K.C. Maurer, WRA board chairman. June is the traditional start to summer and in a typical year, about 11.5 percent of the annual sales in the state are closed in that month alone. “Wisconsin saw more sales closed in June of 2016 than in any month since before 2005,” said Maurer. Equally impressive, he noted 2016 had the strongest second quarter and first half home sales since 2005. “Homes are moving quickly,” noted Maurer. “The average time on the market fell to 86 days in June, which is very fast.” The last time days on the market were that low was August of 2005. The lowest level was just 81 days in June of that year. “With homes selling this quickly, buyers need to have their financing lined up so they can move quickly when opportunities present themselves,” Maurer said.

Every region saw its sales grow in the first half of the year compared to the first six months of 2015 with the pace of growth ranging from just under 3 percent to 7.2 percent. For the month of June, sales were up relative to June of last year in every region except the West, where they dropped 5.4 percent. The drop in the West is partly due to the fact that the West region was coming off of two very strong years where June sales had grown 40.8 percent over the 2013 to 2015 period. “For the West region to be close to last year’s sales volume still reflects a very strong market in that region,” said Maurer.

The median price in the state increased 3.8 percent to $174,900 in June 2016, again compared to June of last year, which represents the highest June median price since before 2005. “The last time we saw June prices hit $170,000 was 2007, just before the recession began,” said WRA President and CEO Michael Theo. “Home prices have been rising since the spring of 2012. Our prices are 23.2 percent higher than where they were in June of 2012, clearly outpacing inflation over that period,” said Theo. Inflation as measured by the growth in the Consumer Price Index grew about 15.5 percent between June 2012 and May of this year.

“Our tight inventories have fueled the upward pressure on prices,” said Theo. The state had just 46,550 homes available for sale in June, which given the average monthly sales over the past 12 months, represents just 7.1 months of available supply. This is far below peak inventory levels which stood at over 72,000 in August of 2010. The supply of homes for sale is now 13.9 percent below the levels of one year ago. “We would have seen stronger sales in many areas of the state had there been more homes to buy,” he said. The North, Central and Northeast regions have ample supply at between 8.1 and 14.7 months, but markets are much tighter in the other three regions (Southeast, South Central and West) where they range between 5.2 and 6.2 months of available homes. “It’s important to remember that even given these trends, housing affordability remains high, supported in part by excellent opportunities in the mortgage market,” said Theo. Mortgage rates sat at 3.57 percent on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in June. “An experienced REALTOR® can still help you find a great home even in this tight market, but buyers need to be prepared to move quickly because good opportunities don’t sit on the market very long,” said Theo.

 

To Find out More about Why this is an excellent time to buy or sell a home please contact us at 262.248.4492 and we will connect you with one of our real estate experts. 

To find out more about the WRA check out their website at https://www.wra.org,,

Lake Shore Sport Court: Encouraging Sportsmanship in Wisconsin

By Lara Henerson

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 12.46.05 PMThis is exactly what happened to local builder John Engerman three years ago, when he observed a void in the outdoor multi-sport and game court industry in the South Eastern Wisconsin area. As a sports enthusiast and the father of three young children, having a large and active family was important to him. John believes that a backyard court has the power to bring families together, create memories and form bonds. Most of all, they are a great teaching tool for the principles of sportsmanship, which translate to many other aspects of life, aiding in the development of strong values. In short, lessons learned on the court can translate into success later in life. With children experiencing the undeniable trend towards more sedentary indoor activities, such as television and computer games, Engerman was able to pinpoint the paramount importance of encouraging kids to: “Get off the computer and go out and play!” That’s why Engerman decided to bring Sport Court to Wisconsin, and take control of their regional sales distribution in the area, in the form of Lake Shore Sport Court.

Sport Court is the world’s largest manufacturer and installer of modular sports flooring, and they have installed over two thousand courts in this area alone. They are either endorsed by or affiliated with an impressive amount of international sports organizations, including FIBA, the Olympics, and the NBA, just to name a few. Furthermore, Sports Court has a zero waste policy, which means that they use environmentally sound processes in the construction of their courts, reducing landfill and aiding in the development of recycled building materials. And their credibility and professionalism is off the charts, thanks to their large network of builders, who have 19 years of experience apiece, on average.

Thanks to Lake Shore Sport Court, families and fitness facilities alike now have easy access to a well-reputed provider of sports flooring. Products range from basketball courts to in-home gyms, and also include dance floors and yoga studios. They even provide a wide variety of custom color combinations and the option to include your sport team’s logo or family crest, painted right on the court. And they don’t just look good; Sport Court National has a whole team of extremely qualified engineers, who are continuously testing and improving their products, thus ensuring the best performance from young and old champions alike, in the safest of conditions. Hence their fifteen year warrantee.

Sport Court is perfect for any family or facility that wants the versatility of a variety of activities in one court. Tennis, Futsal, Volleyball, Tetherball, Yoga… you name it, it can be done on a Sport Court. And the best part is that they are not limited by size, since they can be custom installed in any space between 25×45 feet and 45×80 feet. Each court is low maintenance, easily installed, and has the highest possible safety ratings. When you chose Lake Shore Sport Courts, it’s a win-win situation for all.

 

 

Marketing Lifestyles and Properties Since 1943 | Keefe Real Estate