John Reuter – Featured Agent

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“John and Lindsay are doing a lot more than just something right.  They work tireless to make the live to make the lives of others better” – We are proud to have been featured in Featured Agent Magazine

For more information on the John Reuter and The Reuter Team please contact us at 608-834-3341 or by e-mail john@thereuterteam.com

Foundation Provides $5,000 Grant to Help Injured Veterans

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As the local Homes for Heroes affiliate in Sun Prairie, Deforest, Madison, and surrounding communities we are proud to support programs such as Operation Family Fund that provides assistance to Veteran’s to help them fight the fight at home after they get back from war.  Learn more about the most recent grant awarded by clicking here.  If you know a non-profit that helps Veteran’s, Police Officers, Firefighters, Medical Professionals, or Teachers and would like to nominate them for the Homes for Heroes $5,000 please contact John Reuter at 608-834-3341 (Office Direct) or by e-mail john@thereuterteam.com

Hero Network Expands Again!

At The Reuter Team we are always looking for ways to expand our Hero Savings Network so that our Heroes get the biggest bang for the buck and get the best service available.  We are proud to announce Wisconsin Radon Solution has joined our Hero savings network.  Wisconsin Radon Solutions is the premier Radon installation company in Dane County and surrounding areas.

If you are looking to test your home for Radon, have a Radon Mitigation system installed, or have questions about Radon give Lance of Wisconsin Radon Solutions a call at (608) 279-7853.  24176962_1753255128310090_791544711053360937_n.jpg

Searching for your dream home? We have the perfect tool for you…

Lets_start_your_new_home_search_-_squareWhen searching for a home in a tough market you need to be one step a head of the competition.  With Home Scout by The Reuter Team, we directly connect to you to the MLS so you are literally searching like a Realtor.  With Home Scout their are no ads and your information is never sold or given to anyone.  It’s a double bonus and guess what?  Their is more!  You can view school district ratings, schedule showings, mortgage information, and even find the closest coffee shop or gas station.  It’s amazing!   All you gotta do is follow the link for Home Scout and start searching today!  If you have any questions please contact me.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!   We hope everyone is enjoying our first dusting of snow.   If you are driving remember to make sure you have enough distance between you and the car in front of you.  The light snow dusting like the one we just got cause more accidents than the heavy snow storms.

If you are staying in and keeping warm take a break and view some of the current homes on the market.  Home Scout is the perfect and most secure way to search for homes.  Your information is never sold and it’s the most accurate search app available.   Check it by Clicking Here

W5534 Gema Drive Pardeeville Wi

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The Reuter Team is proud to present W5534 Gema Drive in Pardeeville! Come check it Sunday December 9th from 11-1.

Property Info
Status:Active
MLS #:1819080
Price:$ 279,900
Beds:4
Baths:3 Baths (2 F, 1 H)
Type:Single Family
Size:3,044 ft²
Lot Size:25,700 ft² (0.59 acres)
Features
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, over 3000 sqft
  • Large 3 car garage w/ basement access
  • Amazing 4 season room w/wet bar
  • Large Lot w/ water views!
  • 1 Year Home Warranty Inc.
Remarks

When you walk into this home you will know you found your forever home! The main level of the home is spacious and features a 2 story foyer, updated kitchen w/ newer SS appliances, desk, pantry, great rm w/gas fireplace and built in shelves, formal dining, and 4 season bonus room w/wet bar. 2nd Floor has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Master Bdrm has amazing on-suite with jetted tub, stand up shower, and large walk-in closet. LL has large rec room, tons of storage and access to the over-sized 3 car garage. Take a step outside and enjoy the hot tub or built in fire pit!

For more information visit www.5534GemaDr.com

Burglaries are on the Rise…Take These Preventative Steps to Keep your Family and Home safe!

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Throughout Dane County we have seen a significant increase in the amount of ‘break-ins’ or thefts in homes during the past few weeks.  No community has been untouched, and it has affected many homeowners.  Think about your home.  Where would you break in if you were a criminal?  Do you have to “break-in” or do you leave your windows, doors, vehicles unlocked at night?  What windows or sliding doors are at ground level that can be broken?  Can you see your home?  Do you leave outside lights on?  Many of the thefts are just opportunities waiting to happen.   Check these Quick Facts and follow our tips below to keep your family and your home safe this holiday season.

Facts about Burglary

  • Burglars Tend to avoid homes with security systems
  • Most Burglaries happen between 10:00-3:00
  • Majority are commitment by people who live within 2 miles of your home
  • Most Burglaries happen in less than 10 minutes (snatch and grab)
  • 30% occur through unlocked doors and windows
  • 34% of burglars enter through the front door
  • First Room for burglars – Master Bedroom
  • 30% of homeowners are home during the burglary!

Lockup

doorlockMany Police Departments are focusing on “Nightly Lockup”.  The majority of burglaries occur between 10:00-3:00 and 30 percent happen when homeowners are home. Don’t you think you would want to take preventive measures all day long?   We suggest practicing the following all day, every day.

 

  • Keep exterior doors and windows locked, including the door from the garage to the home
  • Make sure garage door is closed
  • Lock all vehicles parked outside

349582846f000191We admit that we get a little annoyed by constantly locking and unlocking doors. Consider smart locks.  Most smart locks can auto-lock after you enter the home, can be controlled from a smart phone, and have a keypad for easy entry.

Lighting

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Which home would you break into?

Make sure to leave exterior lights on at night especially around windows and doors.  If leaving the lights on will keep you awake or if you are worried about your electric bill, consider motion activated lights. Here are a few examples of Motion Activated Lights.

Packages

best_70b1b5ad9d4af5d5f5f1_Package_Thief_-_credit_PWay_Police_Dept_Facebook_pgWe all love online shopping because it is super easy and convenient.  It is also very easy for neighbors and people driving by to see all the goodies you just had delivered to your home.  For now, there is not much you can do to prevent someone from walking up to the porch and taking your package.  Of course, being home and bringing the package in as soon as it is delivered is ideal, but we all know that is not always possible.   If you are not going to be home, ask a neighbor to pick up and hold your packages for you.  Consider installing a security camera or Ring® doorbell to catch thieves (see cameras for more options).

Gifts

packagetheftAs burglars scope out homes they look for opportunities.  Leaving Christmas Presents below your tree that burglars can see through a window is an incident waiting to happen.   Move your tree out of window view or close your clients/curtains.

Don’t advertise your expensive gifts to your neighbors and people driving by.  What do we mean by that?  We all have seen the big T.V. boxes next to a garage container or on the side of someone’s house.   Break down the -box and stick in the container.

Security Systems

541754-abode-home-security-starter-kit60% of burglars said they would not break into a home that has a security system.  The majority of burglars will go running for the hills as soon as they hear the blaring siren, but that also means they have successfully made it into your home.  Security Systems have come down in price and many can be self-installed without a professional.  If you don’t want to spend the money on a security system you can still, make it seem like you have one by buying stickers and sign posts from ADT or other alarm companies.

Security Cameras

Package theftFor many when they think of Security Cameras they think of a big expensive elaborate system.  Just like Security Systems camera prices have come down and they are relatively easy to install.  For instance, Arlo has a Security Camera system that is wireless and operates off Wi-Fi.  The system can be watched live or can be setup to send alerts/10 second clips of when motion is detected.  Placing Security cameras on the exterior of your home is not only an excellent deterrent, but also can help Law Enforcement catch the criminals.  The Ring® doorbell is also a great option.  Get notifications when someone is at your door and the ability to speak to them without having to open the door.

Going on Vacation or Leaving Town

getty_167167350_9706479704500183_94071If you are going on vacation or leaving town make sure to have someone pick up your mail and plan for someone to shovel your sidewalks and driveway.  12 inches of snow in the driveway a week after a good snow is a clear indication that nobody is home!  If you have a security system and cameras you can monitor your home while you are gone, but it’s a good idea to ask a neighbor to keep an eye out or ask the local Police Department to do checks on your home.

 

Everything all together…

We have given lots of recommendations to help deter, detect, and prevent criminals from entering your home, but nothing can 100% guarantee that your home will not be broken into.  As always, we recommend calling 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious or if you have an emergency.

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Thinking about selling?  Contact us at 608-834-3341 or e-mail us at john@thereuterteam.com for your free no obligation Market Analysis.

Buying?  Download our FREE mobile app that directly connects to the MLS by clicking here.

 

John Reuter is your local Homes for Heroes affiliate and licensed Realtor with Home Buyers Marketing II Inc.

Sun Prairie Fire Truck Parade

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One of our favorite family traditions is going downtown Sun Prairie for the Sun Prairie Fire Department Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting.  The night started with holiday dancing (Fusion Dance) and musical performances by the Sun Prairie Community Band and Chorus, and they were even volunteers handing out cookies!  The Grinch made appearance in the Fire Truck Parade (Top Left Photo), but that didn’t stop the parade as it went off without any glitches. The parade showcased Fire Trucks from Marshall, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, and a few private fire engines owned by enthusiasts.  After the parade, Santa arrived in Sun Prairie’s new Ladder 1 Truck and lit the Christmas tree!

If you didn’t get a chance to go this year we strongly recommend you put it on your calendar of must do things for next year’s holidays.