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2016 Waupaca Chain Property Sales Were hot, Hot – HOT

The number of Waupaca Chain O' Lakes property transactions for 2016 is way up from 2015 while inventory of Chain properties for sale is way, Way, WAY down. Obviously, 2016 was and 2017 should be a great time to be a Chain property seller as buyers may now be struggling to find multiple choices. And, many Chain properties that had been on the market for a long period, finally sold last year or at the start of 2017.
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As you can see form the chart below, 31 properties on the Chain sold last year compared to 21 sales in 2015 – a 41% increase. And, back in 2007, the last year before the real estate recession, 15 properties on the Chain sold.
Waupaca Chain O Lakes Sold properties

In mid-March 2017, there are only 23 properties for sale on the Chain which compares to 54 properties listed at the middle of the recession. And, of the 23 currently for sale, three are over $1,000,000 and three more are currently “under contract” waiting to close. So, the “average” Chain buyer only has 17 total properties to look at.

Prior to the big “sold” wave in 2016 and after the recession years, there were usually about 30 to 35 homes on the Chain for sale at any given time. The new reality: “Inventory is Crazy Low”.

Today, both Chain buyers and sellers might have the same question: Are prices going up on waterfront properties?

This is a hard one to answer analytically! But, here are some thoughts:

In mid 2014 a very nice Chain property sold in the lower $800,000 range and then, just sold again in 2016 in the higher $800,000s. At the other end of the value range, a nice year-round house on Bass Lake, which sold in the mid $200,000 range in 2012, changed owners for in the mid $300,000 range in 2016. Clearly, these sales show “analytically” that prices are moving up, which would be logical, given that inventory is crazy low and the number of transactions is way up.

It is also interesting, “analytically,” to look at the number of properties that sold in 2016 and, so far in 2017, that were on the market for a very long time. However, a few of these properties – that had been on the market for a long period, sold way under their “fair market” assessed valuation.


A Chain year around home on Bass Lake sold in the high $300,000 range and had an assessed fair market value of $636,500. The property had been on the market 2010 and was offered at $810,000 back then.

A Taylor Lake cottage near the boat landing that was on the market since 2008, finally sold last year in the lower $200,000 range but, had an assessment of $238,000.

Conversely, a property on Rainbow Lake sold rather quickly last year for just slightly over $1,000,000 and had an assessed fair market value of just $586,000.
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The graph above shows rather clearly and “analytically” that values on the lower end of Chain property values are rising. Lesser expensive Chain homes appear to be rising in value as more of them are selling higher than their assessed fair market value now, than in the past.

Higher value homes on the Chain have consistently sold above their assessed fair market value and continue to do so as illustrated below.
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And now, the final testament regarding how Chain properties are selling: Back in the real estate recession days, very, very few waterfront houses sold prior to the ice going out. As of NCAA March Madness time, three Chain houses have new owners so far in 2017 while 3 more are under contract now waiting to close.
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Casino Channel – Icy Deal

Just saw a snowshoe hiker drop a foot through the ice and into the COLD water of Limekiln Lake, the North side of the Casino Channel so, be careful there…
And, a local “celebrity” dropped an ATV thru the the ice in the Casino channel earlier this winter and had to get “hooked” out of the water.

Chain Boat Patrol Citations Down in 2016

The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol provides boating law enforcement on Waupaca County’s rivers, lakes and streams.  On the Chain O Lakes, scheduled patrol began on Memorial Day Weekend and continued through Labor Day Weekend. 

Waupaca County Sheriff’s Water Patrol Sergeant Bryan Stelzner shared some of this year’s numbers specific to the Chain O Lakes for the summer of 2016.

A total of 589.5 water patrol hours were logged resulting in 34 citations, 88 written and 337 verbal warnings.  Three Operating While Intoxicated citations were performed.  Stelzner says these numbers were all down from previous years, perhaps suggesting that their presence is making a difference with boater behavior on the Chain.


The most numerous call-in complaints were skiing after hours and boats pulling tubers in slow no wake zones.  The most common reason for pulling over boaters were speed in slow no wake zones, after hours skiing and tubing, and unreadable registration decals or numbers.

Special patrols were done for the Long Lake party, July 3rd fireworks and Chain Skiers water ski shows.

Sergeant Stelzner would also like to mention that people using paddleboards and kayaks are required to have a personal flotation device the same as any boat. They seem to encounter many who do not know this requirement.

The Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Officers utilize four boats used for carrying out their duties.  The whole program is subsidized in part by the Department of Natural Resources along with Waupaca County and corresponding townships. The two Chain O Lakes boats owned by the Townships of Dayton and Farmington are Crestliners, including a new one this past summer to replace the aged Alumacraft boat.  They were also provided a personal watercraft from Yamaha and Green Lake Powersports for patrol use on the chain, wolf river and other lakes throughout the county. These crafts are also outfitted with lifesaving and emergency medical equipment.

Water Patrol Officers are responsible for patrol, enforcement, emergency response, assisting boaters in need, accident investigation and assisting in search and rescue on the Wolf River; Chain O Lakes and all other lakes (126 total) covering almost 6,500 acres as well as all other rivers and streams within Waupaca County.  They also assist neighboring counties when needed during emergencies.

Waupaca’s Strongwood Homes Completes Miner Lake Cottage Remodel

Contractor – Strongwood Log & Timber Homes just completed this remodeling project on Miner Lake – Waupaca Chain O' Lakes.  Yes, Strongwood does more than build nice log homes!  In fact, a few years prior to this cottage redo, Strongwood built the owner of this cottage, a bigger and even better home right next door.

Strongwood's owner Thad, knows his way to E Miner Drive as he currently has another nice home going up in the same neighborhood.

Steve Huhta, REMAX Lyons R-E helped start this project by assisting the current owner as she made an unsolicited offer to purchase this cottage.

War on Water

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Plainfield, WI — Many crops in this vast, sandy swath of the state would shrivel without water from thousands of high-capacity wells.

So would a multibillion-dollar industry that produces fresh potatoes, cans of green beans and bags of Doritos.

“Basically, you’d have range land,” said Ken Williams, a University of Wisconsin Extension agriculture agent in Waushara County. “It would look more or less like something you’d see out West.”

But in a state with an abundance of water, there are growing concerns about the ecological effects of irrigation and the exponential growth of large wells.

Read the whole story here: JS Online – War over water in the land of plenty [2509 more words]


Storm Hits Waupaca Chain

Becker Marine's sign had seen better days before the storm blew through on the evening of Tuesday, September 6th.  The storm whipped through the Waupaca Chain O' Lakes area around 5:30pm with torrential rain and heavy winds.  The result- many downed trees and branches, hundreds of residents without power and a new sign surely on its for Bruce.  But, Jeff at the Wheel House did real well, as those Chainers with no power poured in to fill up.


Rainbow Lake Cottage Sells on Rainbow Lake – Waupaca Chain

This 857 Sq Ft seasonal cottage, on Rainbow Drive – Rainbow lake on the Waupaca Chain – with two bedrooms and one full bath, listed in April of this year, sold recently.

It was listed for $449,000 and had a tax assessed fair market value of $333,200 at the time of the sale.

The property has 66 feet of firm lake bottom frontage.

For a complete list of all Waupaca area waterfront homes for sale and that have sold – with selling prices please visit www.WaupacaWaterfront.com

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