Enjoy a relaxing New Year’s Eve with the Geneva Inn. Indulge in a luxurious six-course menu, celebrate with a midnight champagne toast and stay the night in one of The Geneva Inn’s beautiful rooms. Full package details below:
We have some information on the upcoming and current road construction projects in downtown Lake Geneva per the City of Lake Geneva Street Department.
In regards to the project on Hwy 50 from the Water Department up the hill to St. Francis, the road will not be being shut down nor closed to thru traffic at any time. The signs directing you to find an alternative route are there just to help alleviate some traffic from the road during construction time but 90% of the work being done will be done on the side of the road, not on the roadway itself. When it’s time to pave the new lane, the plan is to work overnight again not causing any major road closings during peak travel times. Once the work is complete there will be 2 lanes with one center turn lane.
The other project that has caused some disturbance is on South Lake Shore Dr. between Stone Manor and Maytag Point. This road work being done is for a water main and they expect the work to be complete by the end of June. It is advised to use caution when traveling this road, especially headed southbound, as there are some rough spots and deep potholes.
Valentine’s Day in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is always a great time. Looking for fun things to do in Lake Geneva during this time? Look no more. Thanks to www.visitlakegeneva.com Keefe Real Estate has all the details of items you need to make your Valentine’s Weekend in Lake Geneva everything you are looking for. (Oh, and it’s a three day weekend too!)
FROM VISIT LAKE GENEVA!
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (Valentine’s Special) – Package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe lake king guestroom, $100 dining credit, hand-made chocolate truffles delivered to your room, and a 20% discount on full price spa services.
Hampton Inn (Sweetheart Package) – Package includes two night stay, $50 gift certificate to Charley O’s or Pier 290, a bottle of champagne & chocolates in your room upon arrival, and their on the house Hot Breakfast.
Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva (Valentine’s Day Package) – Package includes one night stay, box of chocolates, $50 dining certificate to Sprecher’s, and continental breakfast.
Lake Lawn Resort (Valentine’s Sweetheart Getaway with Couples Massage) – Package includes two nights lodging in a Lakewood or Lodges Single King or Double Queen guest room, one 50-minute Couples Massage in the new Calladora Spa, and Valentines Sweetheart dinner in the Frontier Restaurant.
The Abbey Resort (Date Night Package) – Package includes overnight stay, admission to the Avani Spa, fitness center, & all aerobics classes, Avani Spa gift, nightly turndown service, in-room movie, champagne & truffles delivered to your room, and a complimentary appetizer with dinner at Fontana Grill or The Waterfront.
While you’re in the area, check out one of the local wineries – like Staller Estate Winery & Northleaf Winery – or any one of the great local theaters. Even if an overnight stay is not in your budget, you can enjoy a romantic night out at a great local restaurant. For details on these attractions & more specials, visit us online at www.visitwalworthcounty.com or call 800-395-8687!
Keefe Real Estate is having a company wide Open House Extravaganza this weekend!
Saturday & Sunday (July 19-20) we have put together an open house event that will have you grabbing your keys and heading out on tour. Our real estate agents have planned 72 open houses this weekend. Whether you’re looking for a home in Elkhorn, Delavan, Lake Geneva, Paddock Lake, Williams Bay, Fontana, Wheatland or Walworth, we’ve set up a time to open the home to public tour.
If you have not yet connected with a real estate agent, our agents will be happy to assist you with your search. For a full list of properties on tour as well as the exact times of the open houses, click here to visit our open house listings.
We look forward to answering your questions and helping you to find the perfect home. For a guided tour, use our “Live Chat” feature on our website or call our office and speak to one of our Realtors.
If you’ve watched HGTV for hours on end, or you’ve followed real estate websites you continue to hear the gurus talking about how important your curb appeal is.
Well, we’ve got news for you… Curb Appeal IS a really, REALLY big deal!
It is especially true when you’re trying to sell your home in Southeastern Wisconsin. Real Estate involves more than sticking a sign in the ground and hoping the right buyer drives past at the perfect time and writes you an out of this world offer. Truth: Real estate doesn’t work that way. It takes planning and work to get your home ready to list and then marketed to the fullest. With that said, we want to help you with a few tips to help your curb appeal so the buyers will follow through and request a showing to see more!
1. Maintain the roof, chimney & gutters! Make sure you don’t have any missing shingles and that the roof isn’t at the end of it’s life. The same can be said for your chimney, no missing bricks and if any of the mortar is loose, have a chimney professional come out and tuck-point it. With gutters, make sure they are cleaned out (we don’t want to see last years acorns growing into trees out of your gutters.)
2. Maintain your windows & trim! We all hear about spring and fall cleaning. Well the time is now, when you’re planning on listing your Wisconsin home for sale to wash all your windows, inside & out. Let the light in and showcase the home you are so proud of better. You’ll also want to make sure that all the exterior trim is in good condition. If you’re seeing peeling paint, buyers are thinking “needs too much work” even if you’ve completely renovated your entire kitchen, baths and family room inside.
3. Get the grime off! While it may have been very low on your priority list (if even on the list at all) now is a good time to have the exterior of your home power washed. It’ll show how nice your siding or brick exterior is. It’ll also get rid of any unsavory mildew that has potentially sprouted on the North side of your home that doesn’t get the sun.
4. Make your entrance welcoming! Now would be the perfect time to update your front door. Install something as nice as you can afford. Buyers appreciate a high end door that features a window or transom windows on either side. While you’re working around the door, pick up some classy new house numbers that are easy to see from the road and look polished. Lighting is also a major contributor to curb appeal. Make sure your yard light is in tune with your entry, whether it be a porch, or along your driveway.
5. Upgrade your mailbox! With so many options on the market these days, a cheap, dented metal mailbox will give the wrong impression about your home. Sometimes, neighborhoods have a uniform look and you’ll want to comply with what the standards are. Take a visit to your local home improvement store to see what options would look best when you’re looking at your home from the street as buyers will be doing.
By spending the time to get your Southeastern Wisconsin home polished and ready before you list it for sale, you’ll be pleased to see the buyers being more committed and writing you a stronger offer. What is a “minor repair” in your eyes as a homeowner, spells $$ to buyers. And unless you are selling your home as a fixer upper, buyers want to get the best value for a home in excellent condition that they can move into immediately with their family!
If you aren’t sure which projects are most important to help your home show better and sell higher, get a professional opinion from a Realtor. We see houses everyday, 365 days a year for a living. We know what buyers are looking for, what they expect and what’s unacceptable to them.
Call one of our local offices toll free (800) 690-2292 or start a Live Chat right here on our website. With Keefe Real Estate being the largest, most successful real estate company in Walworth County, we have the most experience and are happy to help you sell your home successfully!
Making the decision to sell your Wisconsin home is a big commitment.
Along with finishing those last projects on the infinite “honey do” list, it’s important you get your home in showing condition. What does this mean for you, especially if you’re listing your home over the holidays?
First, regardless of the time of year, it’s important to sort through your mementos and personal possessions and simplify around your home. Take the photos and kids drawings off the refrigerator for the time being. We know how special they are to you, but to a buyer, those little things distract them from seeing your rooms as a whole and envisioning their furniture and family living there.
With the holidays around the corner, there’s so many options for decor. Some will enhance your home’s natural beauty. Others will make your home look cluttered and less appealing.
Here’s a few do’s & don’ts to make sure your Wisconsin home glows when a buyer walks through the door:
1. Do utilize natural greenery in your floral arrangements. For Thanksgiving, using small gourds, dried Indian corn, and pine cones or acorns can bring the outside in and really dress up the centerpiece on your dining room table. For Christmas, a floating candle and cranberries floating in a clear glass bowl make for an elegant, finishing touch.
2. Do keep your Christmas Tree simple. Keeping your lights and ornaments simple allows the buyer to visualize your room as a warm, family-friendly environment to celebrate future holidays with their children and grandchildren. Skip the hand-strung popcorn this year for sake of simplicity and elegance around your tree.
3. Do utilize white lights to create a soft glow both inside and out. Decorating your front porch railing with soft, white lights helps make the entrance to your home feel warm and it allows Realtors and buyers showing your home after 4 p.m. better visibility as the sun is setting earlier and earlier.
And because we think it’s really, really important that your home look great and sell for top dollar, here’s a bonus tip!
4. Don’t decorate your yard with crazy blow up lawn ornaments. Blow up ornaments are great for car dealerships trying to get attention, but not so much for your home when you’re listing it for sale over the holidays. They block the view of your home from the road and look cluttered during the day while they are crumpled on the ground, not blown up. So keep those stored for this holiday season!
Everybody’s home is different and your home is sure to have really amazing, special features that buyers will love. To make the best of your exposure when listing your home, share what you love about your home with your Realtor allowing them to showcase that feature and help potential buyers fall in love like you did!
For more great tips on selling your home over the holidays, decorating ideas and real estate tips follow Keefe Real Estate on social media! We’d love to answer your questions and share your great holiday photos of your home!
With Halloween right around the corner, we wanted to share the local trick or treat times as well as a few tips to help keep our kids safe and make sure everybody has a great time!
Trick-or-treating starts on the weekend of October 26-27 in several communities around the area. Other communities have trick-or-treating on the 31st. It’s a good time to remind kids that before they eat any of their candy, as parents we need to inspect it, making sure there’s been nothing tampered with.
Also, it’s a good reminder for homeowners that if you want kids to trick or treat at your house, turn your yard light on. Even if it’s a Sunday afternoon, it’ll help parents distinguish those people that are home and wanting trick-or-treaters to stop. If your kids are older, make sure they are always using the buddy system, never letting anybody go out by themselves. And always schedule a meeting place and time to make sure everybody checks back in after a fun day. If you’re trick-0r-treating during the dark, add a few glow in the dark bracelets, necklaces or carry a flashlight for better visibility. And of course, make sure everybody has good walking shoes on!
Trick-or-Treating Times in Walworth County & Beyond:
Lake Geneva Trick-or-Treating – Sunday, October 27th from 1-4 p.m.
Lake Geneva Museum – Special Trick-or-treating – Sunday October 27th from 12-1 p.m.
Williams Bay Trick-or-Treating & Hot Dog Party – Sunday, October 27th from 2-5 pm with a Hot Dog Halloween Party immediately following at Williams Bay Elementary School.
Town of Geneva Trick-or-Treating – Sunday, October 27th from 2-6 pm.
Delavan Trick-or-Treating, Halloween Party & Spook House -Thursday, October 31st, from 4-6 p.m.
Walworth Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 4-6 pm.
Fontana Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 4-7 pm.
Elkhorn Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 5-7 pm.
East Troy Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 5-7:30 pm.
Burlington Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Here’s hoping you have a safe & fun Halloween with your kids!
With 7 offices in Southeastern Wisconsin, Keefe Real Estate is the premier real estate company to help your family find their perfect dream home! While you’re out trick-or-treating with the family, use the Keefe Real Estate App for your Android or iPhone to find out all about homes for sale in your neighborhood!
If you’re planning to visit Wisconsin in the next several weeks, you’ll be delighted to know there’s so many things to do around the area for you and your family to enjoy.
September and October are fantastic months to visit Lake Geneva, Delavan Lake or Lauderdale Lakes. There’s several festivals and events happening in the area that your family can all participate in.
Weekend of September 14-15
Taste of Lake Geneva – Saturday, September 14th. Downtown Lake Geneva is the place to be as several of our local chefs and restaurateurs come together to line the streets and present to you the 4th Annual Taste of Lake Geneva! There will be a variety of local cuisine and culinary delights to tantalize your taste buds to keep you wanting to come back for more!
Delavan Scarecrow Fest – The 13th Annual Scarecrow Fest is Saturday, September 14th in downtown Delavan. Everyone is invited to this community-wide, family-oriented event that will showcase dressed and decorated Scarecrows throughout historic downtown Delavan, and beyond. Around Labor Day you will begin to see Scarecrows popping up on the light poles in downtown Delavan. All the scarecrows will be tagged and ballots will be printed. The public will pick their favorite scarecrows, and a winner is crowned. Throughout the month of September, Downtown Delavan will have “Scarecrows on Parade”.
Tri-Rock Triathalon – Saturday, September 14th, 6:30 a.m. in Williams Bay, WI. The 2nd Annual TriRock Lake Geneva takes place in the fall and is the end of the season triathlon in the Midwest. This popular event sold out last year and was a great event to see. Watch world-class athletes swim, bike and run through the finish line! Spectators are welcome!
Black Point Tour with Book Launch & Boat Tour – Sunday September 15th - Sponsored by the Cornerstone Shoppe & Gallery, this incredible event benefits Walworth County Alliance for Children and Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn. You can purchase tickets in advance at: http://cornerstoneshop.eventbrite.com/ Enjoy light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres aboard Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s Steam Yacht Louise, followed by a tour of the historic Black Point Mansion. Cornerstone Shoppe will also accept donations to benefit the Walworth County Alliance for Children and the Open Arms Free Clinic.
Walworth County Visitors Bureau Annual Golf Outing – September 17th – Everyone is invited to join in for a day of fun at Grand Geneva’s Brute Golf Course! This scramble will be a truly spectacular golf experience, as well as an opportunity to meet new people within the Visitors Bureau and throughout Walworth County! Rain or shine… rain checks provided by Grand Geneva Resort for future golf. Cost is $75 per person / $300 for a foursome plus lunch dinner options. Visit the WCVB website for more info and to register: http://www.visitwalworthcounty.com/golf-outing.cfm
Weekend of September 21-22
Walk to End Alzheimers – Saturday, Sept. 21st – Library Park, Lake Geneva – The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. To register click here to visit their website.
Pearce’s Fall Festival – September 22, On the Corner of Hwy F & North Walworth Rd. 9:30-5:30 The Annual Fall Farm Festival – Live music from 10:30-4:30, Helicopter rides from 10-5 for a bird’s eye view of the area, Free cooked hot buttered sweet corn, grilled brats and BBQ’d meats, kettle corn and much more. There will be plenty to do – hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn maze and the jumping bales. Also The Haunt – Haunted House and Haunted hayride will be opening Friday, Sept. 20.
Weekend of September 28-29
Lake Geneva Hope Walk – Saturday, September 28 at Library Park – The Hope Walk started when a group of women all realized they knew someone very close that had suffered from breast cancer. They decided to create a fundraiser to help less financially able women in their fight against breast cancer. Each year the Hope Walk has grown to include more and more individuals that come from all over to join in the walk and the fight against breast cancer. This year proceeds go to the Aurora Health Care Breast Treatment Assistance Program. This program helps educate women and defrays medical expenses for uninsured and under-insured women for mammograms. Join the movement at: http://lakegenevahopewalk.com/
Antique & Classic Boat Show – September, 27-29, 2013 at The Abbey Resort in Fontana. The Geneva Lakes Boat Show is an annual event held in the Abbey Resort’s harbor, presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. The Show will feature classic and vintage boats from all over the country. Browse these pages for a sampling of participating boats from the past few years. Boats are on display Saturday and Sunday and viewing is free to the public. A boat parade is also scheduled for Saturday.
October Event’s to look forward to:
Walworth County Clean Sweep – October 4 – 5, 2013. The 2013 Walworth County “Clean Sweep” Program is dedicated to the collection and proper disposal of household hazardous waste items and pharmaceuticals. Friday, October 4th from 3-6 p.m. there will be a collection in the City of Lake Geneva Street Dept. Garage (1065 Carey St., Lake Geneva (use the entrance on County Road H) Saturday, October 5th 8:00 a.m. – noon – Walworth County Public Works Dept. W4097 County Road NN, Elkhorn.
Oktoberfest Lake Geneva – October 12 – 13th -Downtown Lake Geneva. Family Fall Festival includes music magic and the Great Pumpkin Giveaway. Food and craft booths restaurant and shopping specials wagon rides Pony rides Bouncy Castle and much more!! Make this a memorable weekend for all ages! Free Shuttle. Pick up/Drop off locations: Parking at Petco (Hwy 50 & Edwards Blvd. across from Keefe Real Estate) & drop off/pickup at Downtown Mill Creek Hotel On Center St. Sat. 10am-7pm., Sun. , 10am – 7pm. Running continuously approximately every 20 minutes.
Elkhorn Oktoberfest – October 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Veteran’s Park, Downtown Elkhorn – Walk around to see the many crafters and vendors, classic car show and kids activities. Hungry? Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or chili cook-off, then wash it all down with something from our Wine & Beer Tasting tent while you enjoy all the different live entertainment acts. This event continues to grow as we will again close a block of Wisconsin Street for the large main stage hosting live bands, our chili cook off as well as other food vendors. Think we can top ourselves this year? You’ll just have to come and see for yourself! Bring the family and join us for our biggest event of the year.
If you’re planning a vacation this fall in Southeastern Wisconsin, we’re here to help you find the perfect vacation rental. We have homes, townhouses, condominiums with lake frontage, lake access and golf course frontage to name a few. Call and talk with our team at Keefe Resort Rentals to help you find the perfect getaway this fall. We’re expecting the colors to change near the end of September or early October, so you still have time to secure your vacation rental! You can reach us at: (262)248-1735. We look forward to turning your fall vacation dreams into a reality!
We just received a message from the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol and wanted to share it with you.
“Things are starting to pick up on the lake. Our crew members are working hard to keep things safe, and we have already recorded 3 pull-out rescues at the beaches. In addition, our boat crews rescued 6 people from the recent triathlon event at Big Foot Beach last weekend. Training has been intense, and our crew members are ready for the upcoming busy July 4th week.The photo attached is from one of our recent Boat Safety Classes in which two Wisconsin DNR wardens attended to surprise Brigid Cashman with an award for 30 years of teaching Boat Safety Classes. Brigid has certified over 3000 students during that time, and has helped to make Geneva Lake a safer environment for boating. Congratulations to Brigid.”
The Water Safety Patrol has a tremendous task of keeping Geneva Lake safe for boaters, swimmers, skiers and all of us that use the lake for fun in the summer months. They train and staff all the lifeguards on the public beaches around the lake. You’ll see the WSP boats patrolling waters from Williams Bay to Fontana, Lake Geneva and everything in between. For a full list of boat safety classes, swim lessons and water conditions visit their website: http://www.watersafetypatrol.org/
Pick up the Summer Issue of our Lake & Country Magazine for a full, feature story about the Water Safety Patrol. They are a dedicated group of men & women committed to keeping our lake safe. For that, we are extremely grateful!
As we head into another incredible holiday, we want to wish you and your family a safe and happy 4th of July! Southeastern Wisconsin is sure to be busy with families having fun, vacationing and celebrating the freedoms we have. Be smart on the water and make sure your kids and grandchildren are safe!
This year was the first time Keefe Real Estate participated in the Lake Geneva Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive.
As a huge testament to how supportive our local community is, this year the Salvation Army was able to raise over $18,000 thanks to the volunteer bell ringers at Piggly Wiggly and Walmart. In total over 300 community members volunteered their time to ring the bells and collect donations from shoppers this holiday season. “Need has no season” and the Red Kettle campaign is the one biggest fundraisers of the year that the Salvation Army collections donations.
Keefe Real Estate agents and staff volunteered Sunday prior to Christmas. We posted a note on our Facebook page letting our fans know we’d be out there and all are welcome to stop by and say hello. Thanks to everybody that came out to see us and make donations, we were second only to the Lake Geneva Lions Club in the amount of donations we raised with over $1,100 dollars in one day! (We were only $2.26 shy of first place!) That speaks volumes to how generous our community is and how so many people opened their hearts this Christmas to help those in need.
Special thanks to Jim Elliott for bringing this opportunity to Keefe so we could volunteer our time and help out. We heard from many agents that volunteered to be bell ringers, just how special it was to see so many people giving. Especially the joy on the young children’s faces when they came running up to drop in a few coins (or they asked their parents for a dollar to donate.) It’s these lessons that we share as a community that will make our community stronger. As the saying goes, “It takes a whole village!” We look forward to participating in the Red Kettle Drive for many years to come!
“Keefe Real Estate brokers and staff do not just work in Walworth, Kenosha & Racine counties, but we are an active part of the communities. One of the many ways we give back is through the support of local & national organizations and events with both our time and finances.”
Marketing Lifestyles and Properties Since 1943 | Keefe Real Estate