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The Countryside is coming alive with color in Waukesha and Washington Counties,in Wisconsin

The Countryside is coming alive with color in Waukesha and Washington County,Wisconsin (edit/delete)

Another wonderful  Sunday in my area of Wisconsin. My son and I go to service at the Jerusalem Presbyterian church with all it's charm; large stain glass windows, large ceilings, open area, old world charm, and a real sense of meaning and fulfillment follows that keeps this man in perspective of what really is important in life, it's fragility, and for me, this is something that my son and I can do because it keeps us level to the Earth. Every week our wonderful Pastor gives a sermon on something that hits home. She truly has a talent for bringing out the best in people. Perhaps that was why Ronald Reagan was such a great speaker. He wrote about how much attending the service at his Presbyterian service was part of his life. Upon entering, in between, and leaving I surely now know that smiles are contagious, and what peace feels like. It would seem what I used to think was very important purely takes a back seat to what is now. Spiritual nourishment at it's best. 

My son Spencer is always very polite and attentive when we go, and as all go deeds should not go without being rewarded. I always ask him what he would like to do after wards. He truly does deserve intrinsic rewards and not the voids of punishment that would have sociological roots as well.

"Well, Dad I tell you, I think we should get something to eat and go see a movie" says Spencer. From there we take a drive to the cheese factory so he can get some fresh curds, and then on to the movie theater.

Driving down the road at this time of year brings a sense of serenity that often cannot be explained. When you see the awe and wonder of what Mother nature can produce and enjoy it for a hour at a time it truly is peaceful as well.

 The trees change on a daily basis, and every turn allows another beautiful landscape to appear, and just when you think it does not get any better, it does. It just is splendid in all it's majestic wonder.

The countryside is alive. An individual I have a lot of respect for in activerain and as an individual, said it best when she said " I love fall, but in a way it is bittersweet" I thought about that for the longest time as I looked at the trees and countryside and Elizabeth, you are absolutely right. It is a reminder of what is to come, and what we can look forward to one day again.

 

  

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

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The warm days of summer are fewer. What would Wisconsin be without pumpkin stands in Fall?

It is at this time of year that my business seems to pick up big time. Whether it is investors getting ready to invest before years end, people driving through areas where they enjoy the leaves changing colors, or whatever reason, it seems to correlate with this time of year.

It is also interesting to see all the Pumpkin stands and farms getting set for pumpkin sales. It is a time of year where kids go through a pumpkin path and picking their favorite pumpkin. Some how it still seems strange to me to give a kid a knife and tell the child to go at the pumpkin. I asked my son last year "Why does the pumpkin always have to look sad or mean?

Whatever the reason may be Wisconsin is starting to change shades, colors, and the morning dew is that more prevalent as the ladies walk out of the barns in the morning and assume their positions in the fields.

I still find it very pleasant to drive by dairy farms and see a large number of cows laying down with the Countryside as the backdrop.

 

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Looking for a Realtor that will work with passion and sheer determination to make sure you are absolutely happy with a home purchase, or a sale? I am the person, and my name is Tom Braatz.

I give you my word that I will work with every once of energy I may have to find you that special Lake Residence, home, business, or whatever your needs would be. give me a call at 262-377-1459, email me at tom@tombraatz.com and let's roll up our sleeves, get a game plan, and make your dreams come true!

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Buying and Selling: Intuition leads to Destiny, and a science of application

I will never be able to control your intuitive thoughts ( simply put, your gut feelings), but if I could I would ask you get away from all the chicken little syndromes that are out there. If you believe in something and think about it enough, it will happen. This applies whether it is good or bad. I was reading my email from Bob Proctor ( www.Bobproctor.com ) this morning, and just about everyday Bob hits a chord in me. He also made a pretty good movie called The Secret. Every once in a while I google "the secret" and watch the 20 minute condenced version. It may sure be simple but it works for me. I was beating my head against a rock trying to get things down for closings at the end of the month and it dawned on me that I better snap out of it fast.

I have done it so many times that I knew that it was all symantics and that I was literally talking myself into something that was not going to happen, nor would I allow it to happen. Instead of doing or thinking something that was not productive I was not listening to my intuition, that being my gut feelings.

 

The same thing can apply to the science of getting rich. People can get this wrong. The original author Wallace Wattles was at about as low as you could get in the 1880's and decided he had an attitude problem. He was right. He had allowed himself to be constantly miserable, down, and talked himself into failure. People can spend a life time on talking themselves out of things before they even get going. I know I sure did at one time. Not any more.

Wallace Delois Wattles (1860 - 1911) was an American author. A pioneer success writer, he remains personally somewhat obscure, but his writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

Wattles' best known work is a 1910 book called The Science of Getting Rich in which he explained how to become wealthy.

 

It is hard to have inner peace at all times, but I am happy having it on a more rugular basis. The market is what it is. There is business out there but we have to take a step back and do the things that successful people do, and not what the unsuccessful do. It is all attitude. Sure, we work harder now, but think how refined we will work with a great market again. I actually find it refreshing working with all the charming buyers I have in addition to selling properties. I have a blast talking to people rather than being a machine on a phone for three to four hours a day. I encourage you to sign up for Bob Proctors thought of the day on his website www.Bobproctor.com . If you get a chance watch this as well.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b1GKGWJbE8

 Sincerely

Tom Braatz

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What do you say. Is it that time of year already? Applefest in Waukesha, Wisconsin


Well I believe it is that time of year again in Wisconsin when apples are everywhere and we do our best to honor them. I tend to agree with my son Spencer that they are best featured when in pie form. An art form that consumes you, or we consume.

Saturday we are off to Applefest, and as I try to get rid of this cold I know I am going on Hayrides, eating until the cows come home, and seeing all the nice smiling faces that say Tom "Have you been effected by gravity; you look different"

I reply with absolute sincerity, "Yep, it's all this wonderful apple food that makes me as thin as I am today"

 

 

Retzer Nature Center's Apple Harvest Festival

 

Saturday, September 22, 2007

9am to 5pm

Delicious food; apple pie baking contest (entries by 10:30am, judging at 11); apple cider; arts and crafts 9am-5; orchard tours with Johnny Appleseed 10:15am, 12:15 and 2:15; heirloom apples; apple experts; hayrides 11am to 3pm; scarecrow lane (262-896-8007 to reserve a spot); folk concert- Apple Jam 10am-12; Tom Pease 2:30-4:30; silent auction 9-4; raffle drawing at 4pm (queen size quilt); children's activities; adventures in the autumn sky every half hour 9:30-4:30-$2/$1. $5 per car admission to Festival.

Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha

Call 262-896-8007
 
 
 
I think the dentist said an apple a day, and not an apple pie a day. I have to rimind my son of that.
 
 
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Re/Max
 
 

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A big eye opener at the Charles Horwitz Planetarium, Waukesha,Wisconsin


Charles Z Horwitz Planetarium


  My son was asking me how old the universe was and I told him scientists used to think about twenty billion years, but with the use of the hubble telescope and measuring Capella and Procyon stars they narrowed it down to about thirteen to fourteen billion. He then asked me what is was like back then and I just look at him and tell him I was not around. He thought I was older than dirt before and now this really puts a new twist on things.

The Charles Horwitz planetarium is located in the Retzer nature center and it is truly a gem. I have always been fascinated with Astronomy and this is just up our alley. nebulas,fusion reactions and energy, quasars, black holes, and more.Nothing better than a Super Nova ( not a Chevy or Oasis song) to light up the Universe.This beautiful place is ran by the Waukesha School district.

http://www.waukesha.k12.wi.us/planet/

Saturday, September 22, 2007

9am to 5pm

The planetarium theater comes alive with the skies over Waukesha and the dazzling stories of your favorite constellations.

 
AM showtimes: 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, and 11:30. Noon;
PM showtimes: 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4 and 4:30pm.

Tickets available in the lobby. Please arrive early.


School and public programs presented through the summer.

$2 adults; $1 children under 12 or senior citizens over 55.

Horwitz Planetarium in Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha

Call 262-548-7801

 

Try a visit to the Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium at Retzer Nature Center. Without leaving your seats, you will be transported beyond city lights to the wonders of the skies above. Programs begin with a brief tour of the current evening sky, which includes the location of the moon, visible planets and constellations. There are also seasonal programs available.

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Re/Max

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When things move a little slower I think of what puts things in perspective.


It is a beautiful day in Wisconsin and I can feel fall coming in slowly. Often I get wrapped up in listening to others commenting about a market, and sometimes I must confess, I can create a self defeating prophecy as well.

It tends to only last a moment and then I realize that this Industry requires switching gears and turning our direction in other avenues to avoid putting our eggs in one basket.

There is know better time to buy a home or building if you have the money. The rates are phenomenal, and the prices of properties could not be better.

I have always been a Broker that could list, and at times I often would maintain 60 or so listings at a time.

Granted, they have offers coming in on them quite fast, and it was necessary to always build your Inventory.

Not so much today; I really like the customers and clients I work with to find a home or other types of properties.

It allows me to really enjoy someones company on a more personal level, and it brings me great satisfaction when I am shaking their hand at closing.

How do I get rid of any self defeating prophecy fast? That's easy.

I just think of my son and am grateful that he is healthy and safe.

Granted, he is now thirteen, 5'9" and about 160 pounds, but he is still my little guy. I still miss going to the beach on Washington Island with him when he was only seven or so, however, those memories are what make me a motivated Broker.

He can't really throw a spiral quite yet, and he does not get into the hockey games, but he has a personality that is different, and has enthusiasm which rubs off on his Dad exponentially.

Life; it is what it is. Make the most of it!

 

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Re/Max

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It is a beautiful day in Wisconsin and I can feel fall coming in slowly. Often I get wrapped up in listening to others commenting about a market, and sometimes I must confess, I can create a self defeating prophecy as well.

It tends to only last a moment and then I realize that this Industry requires switching gears and turning our direction in other avenues to avoid putting our eggs in one basket.

There is know better time to buy a home or building if you have the money. The rates are phenomenal, and the prices of properties could not be better.

I have always been a Broker that could list, and at times I often would maintain 60 or so listings at a time.

Granted, they have offers coming in on them quite fast, and it was necessary to always build your Inventory.

Not so much today; I really like the customers and clients I work with to find a home or other types of properties.

It allows me to really enjoy someones company on a more personal level, and it brings me great satisfaction when I am shaking their hand at closing.

How do I get rid of any self defeating prophecy fast? That's easy.

I just think of my son and am grateful that he is healthy and safe.

Granted, he is now thirteen, 5'9" and about 160 pounds, but he is still my little guy. I still miss going to the beach on Washington Island with him when he was only seven or so, however, those memories are what make me a motivated Broker.

He can't really throw a spiral quite yet, and he does not get into the hockey games, but he has a personality that is different, and has enthusiasm which rubs off on his Dad exponentially.

Life; it is what it is. Make the most of it!

 

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Re/Max

Please, if you are looking to puchase a property call me or email me for a Buyer package, and Real Estate toolkit. I would be honored to help you!

 

 

 

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Wisconsin Commerial Real Estate markets in good shape in reference to Fed adjustments, and Wall Street (edit/delete)

 

 

 

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A few updates to the news from late last night.  Lehman Brothers announced it would declare bankruptcy; AIG announced it would seek a $40 billion loan from the Federal Reserve; and Bank of America said it would acquire Merrill Lynch in a $50 billion stock deal.

The Federal Reserve also announced several changes to its liquidity facilities despite its weekend script that it would not directly support the purchase of any failing institutions.  The Federal Reserve will:


        Broaden the collateral accepted at the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF) by allowing the pledging of corporate equities,

        Broaden the collateral accepted at the Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF) to all investment grade securities and increase
        the size of the TSLF to $150 billion from $125 billion,

        Ease the rules associated with section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act, which sets limits on transactions between banks and their
        affiliated broker-dealer arms to allow banks to provide funding to the broker dealer affiliates for any asset typically funded in the tri-party repo market.

Summary:  The bond market has continued its steady push higher since late July, pushing yields mostly downward.  The 2-year Treasury was down 0.10% and the 5-year Treasury was down 0.04%. The 10-year Treasury sold off a bit, leaving yields up 0.02%.  While there is certainly plenty of negative news allowing the on-going rally in government bonds considering on-going concerns in the financial sector, GSEs and housing, not to mention the stories of dollar strength, oil weakness and inflation.  Nonetheless, the Treasury market seems to be trading on the current market news, not underlying risks.  No doubt the week's drama regarding Lehman Brothers and the volatility of the equity market was far more relevant to bond traders than the economic news.

Tuesday brings the next meeting of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee.  While the futures market continues to project no change in the target rate, the likelihood of an increase has been replaced by the bias for a cut in rates by the end of the year.  Now, 14% of the market expects a cut in rates on Tuesday, compared to an 18% chance for an increase a month ago.  For the December meeting the futures market is currently split between no-change and a 0.25% cut in rates.

In terms of economic news, retail sales ended up being the biggest report of last week.  The market had expected a 0.2% positive reading, but had to contend with a negative read of 0.3% as the end of summer tax incentives faded.  Excluding autos, retails sales were negative 0.7% month over month.  The only news that offset the decrease in the retail sales reading was the fact that oil continues to fall.  For the first time since April, oil futures traded as low as $99.99 a barrel, almost a third less than their intraday record of $147.27 on July 11. Overall the marked seemed to shrug off forecasts regarding Hurricane Ike's potential effect on the Texas coast.  

Washington Mutual also remained under pressure this week, having lost a third of its market value.  The firm is reported to be considering branch sales in various states, including New York and Illinois to improve its capital position.  

Last week's biggest event was clearly the Treasury's announcement on Sunday regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Both entities are now under conservatorship and control of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Treasury has committed to purchase $100 billion in senior preferred stock of each company in return for 79.9% ownership, periodic planned purchases of agency mortgage securities are expected to begin soon, and each company can now draw on a new credit facility at the New York Fed priced at Libor + 0.50%.  The result was a  staggering tightening in mortgage spreads on Monday where they decreased as much as 0.50%.  Consumer mortgage rates have dropped significantly as well, dropping below 6% for the first time in months.

This week is a busy one.  Today we'll get the second major inflation report.  After Friday's on expectation core producer price index, the August consumer price index is expected to provide some evidence of easing inflationary pressures, particularly in the energy sector.  Tuesday, the FOMC is widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged at 2.0%.  There may be some minor changes in the statement as well, perhaps even a change in the bias.  

The week also provides several reports on housing, which includes the weekly mortgage applications where the market might seem some evidence of the impact the drop in mortgage rates after the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  We'll also see July housing starts and the September NAHB survey.  There is a bunch of manufacturing sector data, including industrial product, the New York Empire Survey and the Philadelphia Fed Survey.  Expectations are that there has been a minor contraction in activity.

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Life is not measured br how many breaths we take, but rather the moments that take our breath away!

Date: Sep. 14, 2008
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te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

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te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

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te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of moments that takes our breath away

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Re/Max

www.tombraatz.com  www.buyingvip.com  www.facebook.com  www.linkedin.com  www.naymz.com www.zoominfo.com www.ecademy.com www.perfectnetworker.com www.trulia.com 262-377-1459 or email meat tom@tombraatz.com

 

te: Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but rather by the moments that takes our breath away

have seen mu share of everyone one that has a reason to be down lately. I know the market is hard but it hurts to see other Realtors saying to themselves that this day sucks before it even gets going. Talk about a need for better attitude.

My heart goes out to families that have been victims of sub prime greed or perhaps they have been laided off, or lost their job.

In a year of record profits I am still trying to figure out how gas went from under $1.85 per gallon to only 18 months later it being about $4.34 per gallon. That's just plain nuts.

If the economy has ever needed help and gets it, and if everyone could just smile a little bit more some times perhaps that would be a start.

When I think of the chaos, the deals we work on for a year and they fall apart, the individuals that have hot and cold personalities, or the ones that always think of them selves, I have a solution that grounds me, and pretty fast.

I put everything down and I pick up a picture of my beautiful son. Perhaps I would look at pictures that took me back in time to remember loved ones that are now enjoying their much deserved rest, or my farm pictures.

I think of the value of what I can count on, and who makes me smile, and allows me to look up to them.

I really believe that it will all get better, but there is no reason to push fast forward. Once you have lost that day, that hour, that minute, that second you have lost it forever, and it just went by.

So as we enter arenas of uncertainly, or endure what we do only five times harder we still have our memories, or comforts, or elements that allow us to be happy.

 

 

 

 

Sussex, , ,

Traveling east of the Town of Merton, and the Town of Lisbon, and north of the Town of Pewaukee is a place rich in history, and is one of the best kept secrets in waukesha County. This place is known as the Village of Sussex.

For years Sussex was a quiet sleeper little town. The secret is out of the bag and people are discovering how beutiful this Village is, and all it has to offer visitors and residents. 

 

The Village of Sussex was incorporated in 1924 from the hamlets (towns) of Sussex (1842, some say 1837) and Templeton (1886).  The Village is generally small town in nature, yet over the yearas there are numerous subdivisions, and now  a unique 221-acre  industrial park. 

 Look for a Broker that truly wants to make a difference in your life? One that wants to get to know you, wants to be your Realtor for life, and will always put you first? My name is Tom Braatz, or RE/MAX Realty Center, and I would like to take a moment out and invite you to pick up the phone and call me if I can point you in the right direction, help you buying or selkling, or if you just wanted to say hello to a man that knows Waukesha and Milwaukee County better than the back of his hand. I care, and I want to help you. You can always call me at 262-377-1459, my mobile, my email is tom@tombraatz.com or tombraatz@remax.net . My websites are www.tombraatz.com or www.buyingvip.com . My blog is www.activerain.com/tommybraatz . I network on www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com www.ecademy.com www.naymz.com www.congoo.com  www.zing.com www.spock.com  www.zoominfo.com  www.pulse.com www.plaxo.com and I look forward you seeing you at closing!!!

Sincerely

Tom Braatz 

RE/MAX Realty Center

 

 



nd the Town of Lisbon, and north of the Town of Pewaukee is a place rich in history, and is one of the best kept secrets in waukesha County. This place is known as the Village of Sussex.

For years Sussex was a quiet sleeper little town. The secret is out of the bag and people are discovering how beutiful this Village is, and all it has to offer visitors and residents. 

 

The Village of Sussex was incorporated in 1924 from the hamlets (towns) of Sussex (1842, some say 1837) and Templeton (1886).  The Village is generally small town in nature, yet over the yearas there are numerous subdivisions, and now  a unique 221-acre  industrial park. 

 Look for a Broker that truly wants to make a difference in your life? One that wants to get to know you, wants to be your Realtor for life, and will always put you first? My name is Tom Braatz, or RE/MAX Realty Center, and I would like to take a moment out and invite you to pick up the phone and call me if I can point you in the right direction, help you buying or selkling, or if you just wanted to say hello to a man that knows Waukesha and Milwaukee County better than the back of his hand. I care, and I want to help you. You can always call me at 262-377-1459, my mobile, my email is tom@tombraatz.com or tombraatz@remax.net . My websites are www.tombraatz.com or www.buyingvip.com . My blog is www.activerain.com/tommybraatz . I network on www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com www.ecademy.com www.naymz.com www.congoo.com  www.zing.com www.spock.com  www.zoominfo.com  www.pulse.com www.plaxo.com and I look forward you seeing you at closing!!!

Sincerely

Tom Braatz 

RE/MAX Realty Center

 

 

Traveling east of the Town of Merton, and the Town of Lisbon, and north of the Town of Pewaukee is a place rich in history, and is one of the best kept secrets in waukesha County. This place is known as the Village of Sussex.

For years Sussex was a quiet sleeper little town. The secret is out of the bag and people are discovering how beutiful this Village is, and all it has to offer visitors and residents. 

 

The Village of Sussex was incorporated in 1924 from the hamlets (towns) of Sussex (1842, some say 1837) and Templeton (1886).  The Village is generally small town in nature, yet over the yearas there are numerous subdivisions, and now  a unique 221-acre  industrial park. 

 Look for a Broker that truly wants to make a difference in your life? One that wants to get to know you, wants to be your Realtor for life, and will always put you first? My name is Tom Braatz, or RE/MAX Realty Center, and I would like to take a moment out and invite you to pick up the phone and call me if I can point you in the right direction, help you buying or selkling, or if you just wanted to say hello to a man that knows Waukesha and Milwaukee County better than the back of his hand. I care, and I want to help you. You can always call me at 262-377-1459, my mobile, my email is tom@tombraatz.com or tombraatz@remax.net . My websites are www.tombraatz.com or www.buyingvip.com . My blog is www.activerain.com/tommybraatz . I network on www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com www.ecademy.com www.naymz.com www.congoo.com  www.zing.com www.spock.com  www.zoominfo.com  www.pulse.com www.plaxo.com and I look forward you seeing you at closing!!!

Sincerely

Tom Braatz 

RE/MAX Realty Center

 

 

Traveling east of the Town of Merton, and the Town of Lisbon, and north of the Town of Pewaukee is a place rich in history, and is one of the best kept secrets in waukesha County. This place is known as the Village of Sussex.

For years Sussex was a quiet sleeper little town. The secret is out of the bag and people are discovering how beutiful this Village is, and all it has to offer visitors and residents. 

 

The Village of Sussex was incorporated in 1924 from the hamlets (towns) of Sussex (1842, some say 1837) and Templeton (1886).  The Village is generally small town in nature, yet over the yearas there are numerous subdivisions, and now  a unique 221-acre  industrial park. 

 Look for a Broker that truly wants to make a difference in your life? One that wants to get to know you, wants to be your Realtor for life, and will always put you first? My name is Tom Braatz, or RE/MAX Realty Center, and I would like to take a moment out and invite you to pick up the phone and call me if I can point you in the right direction, help you buying or selkling, or if you just wanted to say hello to a man that knows Waukesha and Milwaukee County better than the back of his hand. I care, and I want to help you. You can always call me at 262-377-1459, my mobile, my email is tom@tombraatz.com or tombraatz@remax.net . My websites are www.tombraatz.com or www.buyingvip.com . My blog is www.activerain.com/tommybraatz . I network on www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com www.ecademy.com www.naymz.com www.congoo.com  www.zing.com www.spock.com  www.zoominfo.com  www.pulse.com www.plaxo.com and I look forward you seeing you at closing!!!

Sincerely

Tom Braatz 

RE/MAX Realty Center

 

 

Traveling east of the Town of Merton, and the Town of Lisbon, and north of the Town of Pewaukee is a place rich in history, and is one of the best kept secrets in waukesha County. This place is known as the Village of Sussex.

For years Sussex was a quiet sleeper little town. The secret is out of the bag and people are discovering how beutiful this Village is, and all it has to offer visitors and residents. 

 

The Village of Sussex was incorporated in 1924 from the hamlets (towns) of Sussex (1842, some say 1837) and Templeton (1886).  The Village is generally small town in nature, yet over the yearas there are numerous subdivisions, and now  a unique 221-acre  industrial park. 

 Look for a Broker that truly wants to make a difference in your life? One that wants to get to know you, wants to be your Realtor for life, and will always put you first? My name is Tom Braatz, or RE/MAX Realty Center, and I would like to take a moment out and invite you to pick up the phone and call me if I can point you in the right direction, help you buying or selkling, or if you just wanted to say hello to a man that knows Waukesha and Milwaukee County better than the back of his hand. I care, and I want to help you. You can always call me at 262-377-1459, my mobile, my email is tom@tombraatz.com or tombraatz@remax.net . My websites are www.tombraatz.com or www.buyingvip.com . My blog is www.activerain.com/tommybraatz . I network on www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com www.ecademy.com www.naymz.com www.congoo.com  www.zing.com www.spock.com  www.zoominfo.com  www.pulse.com www.plaxo.com and I look forward you seeing you at closing!!!

Sincerely

Tom Braatz 

RE/MAX Realty Center

 

 

Traveling east of the Town of Merton, and the Town of Lisbon, and north of the Town of Pewaukee is a place rich in history, and is one of the best kept secrets in waukesha County. This place is known as the Village of Sussex.

For years Sussex was a quiet sleeper little town. The secret is out of the bag and people are discovering how beutiful this Village is, and all it has to offer visitors and residents. 

 

The Village of Sussex was incorporated in 1924 from the hamlets (towns) of Sussex (1842, some say 1837) and Templeton (1886).  The Village is generally small town in nature, yet over the yearas there are numerous subdivisions, and now  a unique 221-acre  industrial park. 

 Look for a Broker that truly wants to make a difference in your life? One that wants to get to know you, wants to be your Realtor for life, and will always put you first? My name is Tom Braatz, or RE/MAX Realty Center, and I would like to take a moment out and invite you to pick up the phone and call me if I can point you in the right direction, help you buying or selkling, or if you just wanted to say hello to a man that knows Waukesha and Milwaukee County better than the back of his hand. I care, and I want to help you. You can always call me at 262-377-1459, my mobile, my email is tom@tombraatz.com or tombraatz@remax.net . My websites are www.tombraatz.com or www.buyingvip.com . My blog is www.activerain.com/tommybraatz . I network on www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com www.ecademy.com www.naymz.com www.congoo.com  www.zing.com www.spock.com  www.zoominfo.com  www.pulse.com www.plaxo.com and I look forward you seeing you at closing!!!

Sincerely

Tom Braatz 

RE/MAX Realty Center

 


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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Located in the heart of the Lake country

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. A serene and beautiful City in the Lake Country. A Gem of a community (edit/delete)

 

Walking down Main Street or Armour Street, you are greeted by many famous names. You get a feeling that people really liked it here. Wrigley had a mansion, the owner of Montgomery Ward had a 23 room, 20 bath mansion on the Lake. It is just the time to come and let Tom Braatz show you what a beautiful city is really is.

 

 

One can take a drive trough the City of Oconomowoc, located in Western WaukeshaCounty and be amazed how beautiful homes sit on Pristine Lakes, and the Lakes surround this beautiful city. Full of History, and loaded with charm, Oconomowoc is truly a magnificent city to visit, and to work and live in.

 

 

The pioneering and developing of Oconomowoc began in 1837 when the first white man, Charles Sheldon, came to this area to build his log cabin. He found that the Pottawatomie Indians had already laid the foundation of what they called Coo-No-Mo-Wauk (where the waters meet, or river of lakes) which in time would become Oconomowoc.

As the town grew and word of its beauty and natural wealth spread, tradesmen began to arrive. One such early settler was a young man named John S. Rockwell. He built his griss mill, owned the first store and hotel, and denoted sites to all the churches. He started the fire department, the library, the elementary school, and more.

Fueled by its growing reputation, Oconomowoc entered a new era marked by the title "Newport of the West." This started in 1870 and continued into the 1930s. Lured by Oconomowoc's great beauty, families of wealth from Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee crowded its Lake shores with palatial country mansions and lavished landscapes. At one time, Lake Road was referred to as "Presidents Avenue" since Taft, Grant, Cleveland, Coolidge,McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt had visited and enjoyed Draper Hall and the hospitality of its wealthy residents.

Today the summer mansions are year round homes, and the largely intact, late 19th century downtown and many stately historic houses are reminders of those years. Historic walking tours are available.

This truly is a very beautiful city, and can be enjoyed by all.

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Looking for a Realtor that will work with passion and sheer determination to make sure you are absolutely happy with a home purchase, or a sale? I am the person, and my name is Tom Braatz.

I give you my word that I will work with every once of energy I may have to find you that special Lake Residence, home, business, or whatever your needs would be. give me a call at 262-377-1459, email me at tom@tombraatz.comand be sure to read and subscribe to my blog  www.activerain.com/tommybraatz and it can also be reached through my website www.tombraatz.com

tom@tombraatz.com  tombraatz@remax.net  www.activerain.com/tommybraatz  www.LinkedIn.com   www.ecademy.com  www.tombraatz.com 262-377-1459 www.localism.comthen Wisconsin, then Waukesha County. 

                     I want to be your Realtor for life, and I look forward to seeing you at your closing!!

 

nomowoc, Wisconsin. A serene and beautiful City in the Lake Country. A Gem of a community (edit/delete)

 

Walking down Main Street or Armour Street, you are greeted by many famous names. You get a feeling that people really liked it here. Wrigley had a mansion, the owner of Montgomery Ward had a 23 room, 20 bath mansion on the Lake. It is just the time to come and let Tom Braatz show you what a beautiful city is really is.

 

 

One can take a drive trough the City of Oconomowoc, located in Western WaukeshaCounty and be amazed how beautiful homes sit on Pristine Lakes, and the Lakes surround this beautiful city. Full of History, and loaded with charm, Oconomowoc is truly a magnificent city to visit, and to work and live in.

 

 

The pioneering and developing of Oconomowoc began in 1837 when the first white man, Charles Sheldon, came to this area to build his log cabin. He found that the Pottawatomie Indians had already laid the foundation of what they called Coo-No-Mo-Wauk (where the waters meet, or river of lakes) which in time would become Oconomowoc.

As the town grew and word of its beauty and natural wealth spread, tradesmen began to arrive. One such early settler was a young man named John S. Rockwell. He built his griss mill, owned the first store and hotel, and denoted sites to all the churches. He started the fire department, the library, the elementary school, and more.

Fueled by its growing reputation, Oconomowoc entered a new era marked by the title "Newport of the West." This started in 1870 and continued into the 1930s. Lured by Oconomowoc's great beauty, families of wealth from Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee crowded its Lake shores with palatial country mansions and lavished landscapes. At one time, Lake Road was referred to as "Presidents Avenue" since Taft, Grant, Cleveland, Coolidge,McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt had visited and enjoyed Draper Hall and the hospitality of its wealthy residents.

Today the summer mansions are year round homes, and the largely intact, late 19th century downtown and many stately historic houses are reminders of those years. Historic walking tours are available.

This truly is a very beautiful city, and can be enjoyed by all.

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Looking for a Realtor that will work with passion and sheer determination to make sure you are absolutely happy with a home purchase, or a sale? I am the person, and my name is Tom Braatz.

I give you my word that I will work with every once of energy I may have to find you that special Lake Residence, home, business, or whatever your needs would be. give me a call at 262-377-1459, email me at tom@tombraatz.comand be sure to read and subscribe to my blog  www.activerain.com/tommybraatz and it can also be reached through my website www.tombraatz.com

tom@tombraatz.com  tombraatz@remax.net  www.activerain.com/tommybraatz  www.LinkedIn.com   www.ecademy.com  www.tombraatz.com 262-377-1459 www.localism.comthen Wisconsin, then Waukesha County. 

                     I want to be your Realtor for life, and I look forward to seeing you at your closing!!

 

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Waukesha Wisconsin. A gem of a City and famous for many reasons

magnificent City of Waukesha , Wisconsin. Famous for very many reasons (edit/delete)

Waukesha County, Wisconsin. A lot of beautiful History: The City of Waukesha (edit/delete)

Years ago this City was resort City. People would come from miles around just to put their feet in the Fox river, have a mud bath at the Moor Downs mud baths, and the City was renowned for it's natural springs. It was deemed "Spring City"

Resorts were plentiful. There is a large bible college that used to house a famous resort on the corner of Arcadian and Hartwell. One really would have a hard time imagining the beauty that was Frame park. A beautiful park on the Fox river that had outstanding floral gardens, trelleses, ponds with fish, and views that were nothing short of amazing.

The city of Waukesha had numurous parks that had Spring houses in them. Perhaps this is what made the Fox Head brewery or Roxo soda company have such great products.Springs were abundant in Waukesha and as a resort town and spa city it was renowned for it's medicinal purpoeses and healing sources.

Waukesha is also the home of Les Paul. Les Paul is famous for developing the solid body guitar, and the first electric guitar. Music has changed for evr because of this man,and many of the World'smost famous musicians would attest to that fact.

The City of Waukesha is truly a beautiful City.

 

Looking for a pair of Brokers that truly knows this City like the back of their hand? Looking for  Brokers that work with passion, care, and gives you every bit of their effort to make you Happy? My name is Tom Braatz, and my partner Glenn Shong would like the job. Please feel free to call us at 262-377-1459, tom@tombraatz.com www.activerain.com/tommybraatz www.localism.com then Wisconsin, Waukesha County, then "about" Also call Glenn at 262-490-2787 orGlenn@glennshong.com  

 

magnificent City of Waukesha , Wisconsin. Famous for very many reasons (edit/delete)

Waukesha County, Wisconsin. A lot of beautiful History: The City of Waukesha (edit/delete)

Years ago this City was resort City. People would come from miles around just to put their feet in the Fox river, have a mud bath at the Moor Downs mud baths, and the City was renowned for it's natural springs. It was deemed "Spring City"

Resorts were plentiful. There is a large bible college that used to house a famous resort on the corner of Arcadian and Hartwell. One really would have a hard time imagining the beauty that was Frame park. A beautiful park on the Fox river that had outstanding floral gardens, trelleses, ponds with fish, and views that were nothing short of amazing.

The city of Waukesha had numurous parks that had Spring houses in them. Perhaps this is what made the Fox Head brewery or Roxo soda company have such great products.Springs were abundant in Waukesha and as a resort town and spa city it was renowned for it's medicinal purpoeses and healing sources.

Waukesha is also the home of Les Paul. Les Paul is famous for developing the solid body guitar, and the first electric guitar. Music has changed for evr because of this man,and many of the World'smost famous musicians would attest to that fact.

The City of Waukesha is truly a beautiful City.

 

Looking for a pair of Brokers that truly knows this City like the back of their hand? Looking for  Brokers that work with passion, care, and gives you every bit of their effort to make you Happy? My name is Tom Braatz, and my partner Glenn Shong would like the job. Please feel free to call us at 262-377-1459, tom@tombraatz.com www.activerain.com/tommybraatz www.localism.com then Wisconsin, Waukesha County, then "about" Also call Glenn at 262-490-2787 orGlenn@glennshong.com  

 


  

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Wisconsin Festivals

Date: Jun. 24, 2007
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Well,

Summer is officially here, and with it brings the many festivals and Fairs right at every ones fingertips.

As I write this post there is a big festival going on in Cedarburg, Wisconsin called 'Strawberry Fest". Last week in Burlington it was 'Chocolate Fest". Every week shines with a new  helping a Parrish, a municipality, or cause.

One of the largest is upon us  as of June 28Th with that being Summerfest. A Million people having fun listening to great music.

Throw in the almighty county fair each weekend somewhere in the state, and of course the Grand Daddy of them all being the Wisconsin State Fair in August, at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in West Allis.

The third weekend of June brings the Worlds largest fish fry in Port Washington with it being called Fish Days. The county fair in Ozaukee starts around this time, and expands to the Waukesha County Fair, and all coinciding.

IF that were not enough of entertaining and enjoyment it starts all over with all the Fall festivals such as Harvest fest in Cedarburg, Oconomowoc, and more.

Wisconsin offers a vacationer everything. Camping, Boating, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Hiking, and more...

go to www.travelwisconsin.com, or www.wistravel.com

Hoping everyone takes time out to enjoy such a beautiful state.

Tom Braatz

Re/Max Realty Center

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Well, I will BEE. The peacefulness of Bees

Date: Jun. 17, 2007
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Hello,

The other day I went to help my friend John look at a commercial listing and his seller and I got to talking about farming, life, and I mentioned to him that I had went into bee keeping. He replied to me "Tom, I think it is amazing how people really do not understand the importance of Bees" He was absolutely right.

People tend to put bees in one large class of their own, along with Wasps, flies, and mosquitoes. People tend to think that if they all fly, they sting, and they will be nasty. Not true.

For the record I know that Wasps, flies, beetles, and others serve a purpose pollinating or keeping bugs of the plants, but I have to be honest, I really am not a huge fan of wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and mosquitoes ( or as I would refer to them "Dracula's niece's") and yes, they are annoying. I do like bumble bees and such, but I do believe that honey bees are in a class and World of their own.

After an incident in 2004 that i wound up getting completely septic, and relying on a ventilator to breath for me, I woke up out of that mess and thought about what great hobbies I could get into to bounce back.

I did what anyone would do, I got into beekeeping, and somewhat by accident.

I decided that since I had the farm I would get into bees because i had done some research on them. They would be great to pollinate everything in sight, they would produce honey, puprous and wax, and overall it would be kind of cool.

I showed up to help the man I learned from wearing my Hawaiian shirt. Clearly, I did not do enough research. Bees can identify bright objects and flowers. I might add they took to me immediately. The man I learned from was brilliant, and an excellent teacher. I really admired his passion for what he did. He pointed me in the right direction and I learned. I also loved his honey roasted popcorn as well.

Sure, I thought to myself  "How is this honey going to affect my blood sugar?" The Art outweighed the conditions.

Upon learning to wear all white clothes it got easier. I learned how to maintain the colonies, the supers, keep the mites out of the colony, pull the honey, extract it, take care of the workers, the drones, and the Queen. That Queen had it made; she had 1000's of Bees that wanted nothing more than to keep her happy. I invite anyone to read up more on such a great and misconceived hobby.

Bees go way back in history folks, way back. If I am not mistaken honey is the only food that will not spoil at all. It crystallizes, but it does not spoil.

This was something, and it i something that any one can do. If you live in an apartment and had a balcony you could have a colony of only a couple supers and racks. It really is something how the bees just want to go about their daily events, and they left me alone. A bee will travel up to 7-10 miles to find the fields, the flowers, the trees they need in order to do their job.

It is fascinating, yet there is a sad side to this as well.

If you ever wonder how all those fields look so wonderful, or the carpets of natural flowering ever become so spectacular, it wasn't because a group of Botanists got together and fertilize the Earth at given times. They got a lot of help from Mother Nature. Bees are absolutely fascinating, and they can be a wonderful, peaceful   and rewarding hobby. the cost is not that great, and common sense is the key. They can maintain themselves all winter with a little help. You do not have to go out to the country and be in the middle of a farmers field to put your colony or colonies.

You could put a very small project in your yard, and give your flower beds and yard some much needed. They will keep certain animals away just do to the fact that nothing likes to be tormented. Please take a look around you and look at the splendor that is in your focus.

The said part of this story is  that sometimes we look at the Eco system , the plants, and we tend to think that everything is self sufficient. Not true. Honey bees are diminishing at an alarming rate. Environment, pesticides, waves of energy, pollution, and more threaten one of the most important things that often is over looked. Pollination is crucial.  

I would love to see if others have discovered this, or what their thoughts may be.

My friend sent me a link from Canada on how we can help the Pollinators, please take a look at:

http://www.seeds.ca/proj/poll/index.php?k=5

I must get to my Real Estate pollination now,

Sincerely,

Tom Braatz

 

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Wisconsin Weather

Date: Jun. 3, 2007
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Weather is unpredictable in Wisconsin

Would you want it any other way?  Wisconsin has the ability to have some magnificent weather. The state offers a beautiful array of land as well as water scape's. I personally find it pleasant to put my dog in the car ( he's going to go anyway ) and take a long trip to the cheese factory. I know, cheese factory. No I did not forget to turn off the tractor.

The State offers many levels of tourism, with attractions for young and old, as well as adventurous and ambitious.

I really get kind of bored with constant repetition. The art of knowing exactly what the temperature and climate will always be. It is not uncommon to have an 80 degree day ( Fahrenheit ) and the next day it being 65.

The summers are beautiful, but the winters are just as beautiful. One minute you can be in a major city with 40 and 50 story buildings, and a half hour later being looking at the Holsteins and Guernseys in the field.

People that have been to Wisconsin will tell you about the snow.

We are prepared for it here. I have been to states that literally close down if they have a snow emergency.

Summer is upon us, and I for one am going to enjoy it for everything it has to offer.

Regards

Tom Braatz

Re/Max Realty Center

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A market on the rise.

Date: May. 29, 2007
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Hello,

Talking to my lender and chief Investor they say that rates are on their way up. We knew it was coming.

We live in competitive times. The rates we see now are not anything close to what we used to see. At least in my eyes.

As we see a good stock opportunity and say to ourselves " I should get some of that before it goes too high" so is the real Estate rates.

Properties are affordable, and rates are good.

In the South eastern part of Wisconsin buyers have great choices.

Welcome to a great spring market!

Tom Braatz

Re/Max Realty Center

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Memorial Day.walking in the dark ( tom braatz blogging )

Date: May. 28, 2007
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I would like to extend a very warm Thank You to the individuals and wonderful people that are pointing out ( leading by example ) the wonderful and quite joy that comes with Blogging.

Years ago when we went to College we learned machine language, Basic, FORTRAN, Pascal languages in class. This was usually after your Qua native Analysis class, or Calculus class ( calculators-I believe these are going to go somewhere.) We would write our programs.

Then came the advent of Software, and Software everywhere.

Time went by, things got easy, and at the same time, they became complex.

My business grew, I would start another company, that would grow, and I would by a franchise.

The  art of delegation was setting in; not just by simplicity, but also by need  and fear.

Although my sales abilities became very tuned, and I learned the mistakes that come with years, and some of them were learned very hard.

I used to think time management and quality were one in the same; was I ever mistaken.

Then came the years when one could write a check. Checks for Coaches, checks for websites, checks for every type of system and everything. What I lost track of was how much fun, need, and over good feeling that came with being "hands on", and now have eyes that cannot be closed due to my new awakening.

I have been alot of places, and I mean of lots of places in this World. It never ceases to amaze me of how genuine, caring, and friendly the people are in the Midwest.

I am a complex person, but really a simple one as well.

I started out to change the World as I knew it, and after years of viewing it has finally sunk in that life really is what you make it. I am the same person as anyone else in enjoying great food, but I am also the one that has enjoyed "begging strips" with my dog Search dog Lars when we were out training and did not have anything else.

Anyone that knows me will tell you that "that guy really thinks that dog is something, you think that guy thinks his dog is something special." They were, and are right. I have came to the pure truth that dogs are not only smarter than people give them credit for, but are really the ones that we look up to for our needs.

In the month of March in 2004 I did not feel good. Things happen fast. It's funny, on my way out I had enough energy to call my ex wife ( I hate that term but I guess that is what it is. A very nice person, and an honest person )

I woke up some time in April from a septic coma. The ventilator ripped my throat apart. I believe that something before I went down got into my system when I was with Lars, and for all purposes, that was it. It took sometime to bounce back, but one really does find out who their friends are. My ex wife took my dog and made sure at any costs or need that my dog Lars had a home.

My son Spencer ( probably my greatest achievement in life ) must have drove him nuts.

When I hang out with Spencer now Lars is right next to him.The begging strips are in the past, but the Pizza, Gyros, hamburgers have replaced them. Not for Spencer, but Lars.  My son is a vegetarian. A 13 year old vegetarian. He has taught me that cheese pizza is good, and ice cream is on the top of the food chain, along with peanut butter cups and such. Not good for my blood sugar. Why is it that when we are younger we can eat anything? The pizza has always taste good.

Now I can look back and see what was, and should have been, my first obligations. It has all changed now. My son  is a great little man ( they grew them big on that side of the family ), when I have the chance to sit down and chat with his Mom and him there is Lars.

Whether it is sitting in my home with my dog Lars, or we are sitting up in our boat on Washington Island, the scene really has not changed. Sure we go to nursing homes and hospitals now rather than hang out with Police and Fireman, but my dog has allowed me to see what was taught to me. He leads by example. He is loved, he has a personality, and in his way he has shaped me.

Having a dog is kind of like having a drivers license; it is not given, but rather it is a privilege. and a  great privilege.

It hurts when I see some poor deserving dog being mistreated or ignored. It should never have to be that way. Granted, my suits may have dog hair on them but I like it that way. In thought it came to me that everything happens for a reason. My dog happened to me. I love him dearly. I would be one guy selling Real Estate and going home to an empty home without him. Although most of my clients and customers all know him. He has changed their lives. At my age it still brings a tear to my eye when someone that is closer to 80 years of age, and lives in a home with others that does not have the chance to experience what I can. The older woman will bet the head on this 120 pound dog and say " You are a nice boy ", or the older man that is in a wheel chair from war injuries looks down the hall and sells " there's my buddy Lars" Does anyone else feel the pride that I feel for my canine friend? I move just to give him more room at night. Everyday I start my day giving a big beautiful shepherd with 6 inch ears a big kiss on his nose.

It wouls seem I have drifted from my initial blog start. I am sure I will get angle to this new art. Tag concepts and such have me sitting in a chair sweating, but I will get it down. 

I am truly fortunate, and as I enjoy this Memorial day with my big hairy buddy I cannot forget the price that great, selfish less men and women have payed, some ultimately, so I can have the peace of sitting here writing knowing that I may never hold a candle to the dear commitment that allows me my freedom, my country, my thoughts.

"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life." RONALD REAGAN

Happy Memorial Day to everyone,

Tom Braatz

Re/Max Realty Center

www.buyingvip.com, www.tombraatz.com, www.myhomevaluesource.com 

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