Greetings from Calumet County of Northeast Wisconsin

Greetings from Calumet County of Northeast Wisconsin during this month of June, and what a great month it has been!

June is National Dairy month, and in Wisconsin being a retired dairy farmer and very proud of our dairy industry I would like to share some very interesting facts. TheWisconsin dairy industry has a $26.5 billion impact on the state’s economy. To put that in perspective, citrus accounts for $9.3 billion inFlorida and potatoes account for $2.7 billion in Idaho. With such ahuge asset it’s no wonder whyWisconsin is America’s Dairyland!There are currently 1.2 million dairy cows in Wisconsin and of that total there are 30,000 dairy cows in Calumet County which produce over $123 million in milk sales. Calumet County ranks 12th in the state out of 72 counties and 56th in the nation out of 2,038 counties that produce milk! So… next time you can, “Go Hug A Farmer,”especially during this June Dairy Month!

To carry this even further, each year Calumet County has a“Sundae on the Farm” and this years host farm is Grand View Dairy Farm located @ N9339 Brant-St. John Road / Brillion, Wisconsin. Hosted by the Schmidt family; this dairy farm was started in 1917 by John & Mary Schmidt and they milked 14 cows.Today this operation has 1200 cows & 980 head of young stock. I am sure this is a very impressive operation and all folks, young and old are invited and can see how the dairy industry has changed! This event held this Sunday, June 29th from 11am – 3 pm. If you’ve never been to a “Sundae on the Farm,” it is an experience you & your children will never forget!

Besides having school out, and swimming pools opened; there have been numerous graduation celebrations, fishing tournaments, baseball games, and all kinds of summer activities getting up and running. June you might say is the month to “kick-off” Summer!Whatever your pleasure, summer is a special time of the year! Junealso celebrates Father’s Day and also my Father’s birthday. What a“Rock” of a man! My Father was a pretty special individual always instilling in me never to give up! Pat, my older brother, also has a birthday in June and he seems to always “Push On” and take & accept whatever “life” puts in his path!

 

The month of June also marks Flag Day on the 14th and the memorable D-Day on the 6th that took the life’s of at least 9,387 troops during World War II. The turning point of that crucial conflict so I am adding an attached documentary w/video’s.

With regards to the Real Estate World, mortgage rates are at June 2013 levels; an 11-month low except for a brief dip in October.The conflict in Ukraine as well as less-than-stellar economic reports at home are putting downward pressure on rates. Existing home sales continued to lag behind 2013 levels but median prices rose by a solid margin in Wisconsin. May home sales dropped 6.9 percent compared to the May 2013 volume of sales. In contrast, median prices increased over the same period, rising 3.8 percent to $150,000. Some analysts still predict 2014 to be an extremely strongyear for the housing industry and here in Northeast Wisconsin we continue to slowly improve. With interest rates still at a very good rate;“now” is the time to buy or sell.

Whether you have a home, cottage, farm, land, vacation or investment property, I and the Jim Hooyman Team are committed to your complete satisfaction.We will gain your respect and confidence in today’s competitive market; simply put: “When You Succeed – We Succeed!” Perhaps you are, or you may know of someone looking tobuy or sell, possibly a friend, colleague, neighbor, or business associate. You can rest assured we will do our very best to answer all needs, and “That You Can Count On!”

This newsletter has several areas below that feature inserts for Market News, Featured Listings, recent Listing Activity, & other productive information. I hope you take time to enjoy, browse, and perhaps learn; of course any questions, comments, or concerns please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or two. Your input is always valued and wanted, and I look forward in hearing back from you!

Thank You!

Enjoy Life, & God Bless Us All!