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Sold Twice In Less Than 90 Days

This beautiful 4 year old Round Lake home just sold for a second time in December. This 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath home is situated on .62 acres on Round Lake Road and faces south for beautiful views.

This 4600 plus square foot home with 90 feet of sand bottom frontage on Round Lake sold almost immediately after having sold in July 2017.

This property currently has a tax assessment of $1,038,200 and was listed for $1,695,000.

These sellers were represented by Steve Huhta of RE/MAX Lyons Real Estate for both transactions.

Waupaca Chain O Lakes Round Lake Sold

All Waterfront Homes Owners Should Have one of These

How I made my 45 year old furnace a "Smart Furnace" and at the same time got a "Freeze Alarm."

Every winter, as a realtor, I hear of waterfront home owners who have huge water damage caused by heating issues which resulted in their water pipes freezing and breaking while the homeowner was away. And yes, sometimes the damage is huge, resulting in massive headaches and weeks or even months where the house is not usable.

Well, here is one inexpensive solution, that we just put into our own waterfront home: A smart thermostat:
waupaca chain o lakes Ecobee

We installed this Ecobee smart thermostat, which connects to our WiFi. This allows the thermostat to send us “notifications” if our home’s temperature drops below a certain trigger point. So yes, you could consider this thermostat a “freeze alarm” for our home.

Our furnace is very old, which probably means it is unreliable. When we go to Phoenix for Christmas this year, this fairly in expensive device will tell us if our old furnace is not up to the challenge of keeping our pipes warm.

This smart thermostat was purchased for $149 and then, Wisconsin Focus on Energy sent us a rebate check for $75 as these units save lots of energy.

Besides being a “freeze alarm,” we have our Ecobee smart thermostat programed with “home” and “away” temperature settings as well as a night time lower the heat setting. And, we can control this high-tech unit from our smart phones and computer.

Friday night we went out for a fish fry with friends, forgot to hit the “away” button on the thermostat so, I punched up the Ecobee phone app and told the unit we were “away” so the app lowered our temperature to 66 (from 69) degrees. As we headed home, we told the Ecobee phone app to pump up the heat to our “home” setting and wa-la, our home was nice and toasty warm when we arrived.

For an extra fee, the Ecobee thermostat can be outfitted with remote sensors that can tell the thermostat when no one is home so, it can automatically lower the temperature to the units preset “away” temperature. We have not installed the sensors – yet.

This unit was easy to install and program. Ya, I did all the work myself, with just one call to the support line.

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Mcrossen Lake House Sells Quickly

This Mcrossen Lake 2 bedroom 1 bath year round home with perfect hard sand lake bottom frontage sold in less than 60 days after being listed for $469,900. Obviously chain properties in this price range are going fast!

At the time of the sale this property had a tax assessment of $329,400.


This home sold back in 2012 when it was listed for $349,000.

Seller was represented by Steve Huhta of RE/MAX Lyons Real Estate and the buyer was represented by the same agency.

Surveying the Waupaca Chain’s Vegetation

Vegatative survey 2

These folks got a great day to be out in a boat “working” on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes. According to the ladies doing this project, they work for a private company hired by the Chain District to do a vegetative plant assessment. We will probably hear the results at the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes District’s Annual Meeting, Saturday, August 12, 2017; 9 a.m. at the Marden Memorial Center Wisconsin Veterans Home, King