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Congratulations on Closing!

Congratulations to Pam and Oscar for closing yesterday! They trusted Imagine Home Lending handle another home loan! We appreciate your return business so much! Imagine Home Lending - Doug Milkowski teamed up with Liz Todd- Realtor, KPR Brokers and Heidi Milkowski to ensure a smooth closing for these two!

Congratulations and many thanks!
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Explore La Crosse!

Whether you’ve settled down and purchased your home or are currently renting in the beautiful driftless region, chances are we spend far more time at work than at play.

It’s chilly outside; here’s a list of ways you can shake off the cabin fever and connect with your community!

Treat yourself or your valentine to a steak dinner at Fayze’s. Their Thursday special includes a 6 oz sirloin, two sides, and homemade bread for $9.99!

Bundle up and head over to Norskedalen Nature and heritage center for a snowshoe hike! Explore the beautiful trails by candlelight. Bring your own snow shoes, or rent them when you arrive.

Learn to decorate cake pops that look like unicorns! Unleash your creativity and enjoy some sweets. Great activity for kids or adults.

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Participate in a Mississippi River tradition: Friday Fish Fry! We suggest Blue Moon Restaurant in Onalaska. You can never go wrong by kicking your weekend off with a local fish fry.

Take a little trip up north for a Golden Eagle Viewing Field Trip. Perhaps you’ll spot a bald and golden eagle! This is a great way for older children and/or adults to spend the day learning about the beautiful natural habitats in the driftless region.

Settle down with a Sunday morning brunch at Creekside!

Though the whether outside is still frightful, don’t be shy! Get out there and experience the benefits of living in Coulee region.

Keeping Your Home Insurance Company Happy

Make Your Home Insurance Company Happier

Make Your Home Disaster Resistant

Homeowners insurance is something a buyer has to secure before the sale of the home can be completed. Mortgage lenders will require what is referred to as a binder. The binder spells out the address of the home being insured, the authorized users on the policy, and every detail of what the insurance policy covers.

Lenders may require you to include specific coverage on your homeowners policy. For example, if a home is located in a floodplain your lender will require flood insurance.

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The most common homeowners insurance policies will cover fire, windstorm, hail, smoke, explosion, vehicle collision, and theft. The common homeowners policies don’t extend coverage to flood, earthquakes, power failure, neglect, or intentional damage.

Though states don’t require homeowners insurance, most mortgage lenders do. Your lender wants to protect their investment. Even if you’re in an area where you aren’t likely to experience a tornado, it’s still unwise to take chances on a property that you’ve invested so much into.

Just like health insurance, we all hope we don’t need to use it. However, we can rest easy knowing that if ever an accident were to occur it won’t completely wreck out financial circumstances or financial future. Just like health insurance, homeowners insurance can seem like a costly monthly expense.

Fret not, future homeowner. Imagine Home Lending has a few tricks and tips on how to keep your home insurance company happy (read: earn discounts on your home insurance policy).

Loyalty Perks: A lot of insurance companies offer discounts to customers that choose to use multiple services. Using the same company for home, auto, and life insurance could save you some big bucks!

Benefits of Being A First Time Homeowner: Some companies choose to extend a congratulatory discount to those who are purchasing their first home.

Choose your deductible wisely: If you live in an area where hurricanes, heavy wind, or hailstorm are a matter of “when” more than a matter of “if”, than it may be wise to choose a lower deductible with a higher monthly premium.

However, if you live in an area with low risk of natural disaster or crime, one could choose to pay a higher deductible with a lower monthly payment.

If the homeowner never ends up actually having to pay the deductible (let’s cross our fingers that they don’t!), then a lower monthly payment will save the homeowner money.

Safety First: Most insurance companies offer discounts if the homeowner purchases a home security system. Typically, the insurance company will affiliate with one specific home security company, so you may only be able to receive a discount if you choose to do business with their affiliate security company.

As well, updating any smoke detectors, CO2 detectors, and fire extinguishers may earn the homeowner some brownie points in the form of discounts!

Automatic and Virtual: Auto-pay and Paperless Billing are excellent, easy, effort-free ways to receive discounts. Ask about programs or rewards like these when you’re cost-comparing.

Tobacco Free Home: Cigarette smoking increases the risk for property damage due to fire. Any sort of fire prevention measures will usually qualify you for policy discounts. If you have a smoke-free home, ask about these rewards.

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The last tip we have to offer is to make sure you listen as they explain the extent of coverage that each company is quoting you. After a few attempts at getting quotes, or being coll-called, it’s easy to get complacent. However, the fine print really does matter under these circumstances. If you have any questions about insuring your home, your realtor or lender are great resources to turn towards!


Realtors That Rock

Realtors that we love having on our team:

Dustin Monsebroten

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We want to take some time to thank a Realtor that rocks!

Dustin Monsebroten is a Keller Williams Realtor out of Fargo, North Dakota. His clients and co-workers describe him as fun, relatable, knowledgeable, patient, helpful, and responsive. He’s a guy that gets the job done, and will make you laugh during the process.



We asked him why he loves being a Realtor; he explained, “What I love about being a realtor in Fargo is being plugged into the community, networking with like-minded business professionals, and helping people achieve the American Dream: homeownership! I love what I do and have a lot of fun with my clients.”



He works closely with Brady Pederson, Regional Manager of our Fargo branch, so we asked Dustin to explain why it’s important to work with a quality lender. Dustin shares, “Choosing a great lender is every bit as important as having an experienced realtor..I tell all my clients, those are the 2 most important links to a smooth transaction. I pride myself on Education & Communication through the process of buying a home, and strongly recommend that my buyers use a lender that will do the same. I've been extremely impressed with Imagine Home Lending and would recommend them to anyone looking at buying a home...More importantly, my clients that used them would as well.”


We’re so happy to have great team members that work with us to help our clients’ dreams come true. You rock, Dustin!

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Looking for your next home?

Contact Dustin at

701-595-1961

dustinm@kw.com
















Fall finances

 

Whether we like it or not, Summer is winding down and Fall is rolling in. Parents are getting back into the organized routine of the school year, which means the day to day function of the entire house is a little more streamlined. The kids shouldn’t be the only ones getting their ducks in a row, right?

Imagine Home Lending a few tips to get your finances in shape this fall. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the market for a new home or not, now is as good a time as any to get your fiscal matters in good order.

Determine a monthly budget. Start where you are. Identify the costs attributed to what you need, how much income you have, and how much you’re tucking away for savings. Then, determine your goal budget. Where can you remove excess spending? Do you have a monthly savings goal?

One tool we love is mint. Mint is an online money manager that tells you exactly where your money is coming from and exactly where your money is going. Mint makes it easy by auto important data from linked bank accounts. That information is translated for you into graphs and percentages that let you know how much money you're splurging on Starbucks every month.

It also offers helpful tools like protection against fraud by setting up alerts for unusual spending, credit report tracking, etc.

To get a clear picture of your current financial climate, have a system in place. It can be mint or you can go with an old-fashioned spreadsheet. It’s easy to let your spending go off the deep end with all the summertime fun in the sun. Let’s take the season change as an opportunity to see if our financial habits are aligned with our financial goals.

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Manage your auto-pays, and set up paperless if you haven’t already. Because honestly. Who checks snail mail anymore? When you do, what percentage of it goes straight to the recycling bin?

If I had a dollar for every time my bank or internet provider sent me an envelope that said Important, open upon receiving…. I’d be a much wealthier woman. It’s easy for bills to get overlooked when they come in snail mail. So let’s go paperless! Paperless allows you to view your bills in an email, which is something you’re more than likely checking more than once per day.

I’d also assume that you have a few auto-pay accounts set up already, but what about the less obvious ones? Service providers, like doctors, that you don’t see very often probably don’t have an auto-pay system set up. However, most health care professionals offer online portals that will send you electronic notification of any bills that are available to be paid. Check with your health care providers about paperless billing to save you an overdue collections account.

Check your debt to income ratio. How much are you making compared to your monthly expenditures and debts? The mantra here is, "check yourself before you wreck yourself."

Again, it’s easy to let spending get a little out of control when left unregulated. Sometimes just getting a look at the bigger picture is enough motivation to shape up.

Declutter documents. It’s always good to keep original copies of important documents. It may come in handy to scan them and create a digital copy for backup as well.

Take some time to organize, label, and store the documents that you want/need to keep physical copies of. Keep them somewhere safe, somewhere dry, and somewhere the dog can’t get to them.

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It’s bitter to admit Summer is ending. It’s even more unpleasant to realize how many weekends you have remaining until holiday shopping needs to be taken care of. Use this transitional season to get your finances organized. You don’t have to wait for new years to start a savings goal. You don’t have to wait until you’re applying for a mortgage to know what your credit score is.

What are your favorite tips and tricks to organizing your finances? Share it with us!

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