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I am a licensed Realtor and DIY home makeover-er with a background in teaching everyone from 6-12, university students, and adult professionals.

I am here to empower YOU to make your design a reality! I teach you how to make the best financial and aesthetic moves for the scope of your project. We will maximize your ROI. Even if you aren't planning on selling your home, think of the equity you will gain in a short time!

Becca McLagen

Probably best to contextualize this question. If you’ve been reading along, you know that we are exploring the real estate journeys of different buyer & seller archetypes. Up first: The Eastwoods (read more about them here). They want wide-open spaces. They want to move to the country and start the homestead of their dreams as […]

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Should I Build a House?

Real Estate, Uncategorized

December 15, 2022

Probably best to contextualize this question. If you’ve been reading along, you know that we are exploring the real estate journeys of different buyer & seller archetypes. Up first: The Eastwoods (read more about them here). They want wide-open spaces. They want to move to the country and start the homestead of their dreams as […]

architecture building construction daylight

Should I Build a House?

Real Estate, Uncategorized

December 15, 2022

That is the question. Not only do I hear this often in my role as Realtor, but it’s the same question my husband and I kick around. The answer, as it so often tends to be, is it depends. Let’s try a case study. Case Study #1: Dreaming of More Space Meet the Eastwoods. They […]

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Should I Build, Buy, or Renovate?

Real Estate, Uncategorized

December 3, 2022

That is the question. Not only do I hear this often in my role as Realtor, but it’s the same question my husband and I kick around. The answer, as it so often tends to be, is it depends. Let’s try a case study. Case Study #1: Dreaming of More Space Meet the Eastwoods. They […]

black and white house under thick clouds

Should I Build, Buy, or Renovate?

Real Estate, Uncategorized

December 3, 2022

I’ve been where you are now. I’m ready to sell this home, this place is too small, I know my family needs something different, and [insert all other reasons to move]. It’s an exciting time! It can also be stressful. As homeowners looking to move on, we must balance our budget, timeline, and all the […]

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Are You Ready to Sell Your Home? Take the Quiz!

Real Estate, Uncategorized

January 28, 2022

I’ve been where you are now. I’m ready to sell this home, this place is too small, I know my family needs something different, and [insert all other reasons to move]. It’s an exciting time! It can also be stressful. As homeowners looking to move on, we must balance our budget, timeline, and all the […]

woman in white long sleeve shirt holding white ceramic mug

Are You Ready to Sell Your Home? Take the Quiz!

Real Estate, Uncategorized

January 28, 2022

  Camp Miller Kitchen Renovation Series Part 2 I write this next installment as I sit in my finished, renovated kitchen. I have a hot latte in front of me because we have the appliances to make this possible. I had scrambled eggs earlier from the stovetop. These small moments feel like major accomplishments.  If […]

Camp Miller kitchen before

Our DIY Kitchen Remodel (Part II)

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials

December 18, 2021

  Camp Miller Kitchen Renovation Series Part 2 I write this next installment as I sit in my finished, renovated kitchen. I have a hot latte in front of me because we have the appliances to make this possible. I had scrambled eggs earlier from the stovetop. These small moments feel like major accomplishments.  If […]

Camp Miller kitchen before

Our DIY Kitchen Remodel (Part II)

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials

December 18, 2021

You know that giant pile of money you’ve been sitting on that’s collecting dust, waiting to be put to use in your brand new kitchen? Yeah, me neither. The far more common scenario is this: 1) you have a vision for your kitchen remodel, and 2) you have limited time and money. That’s the situation […]

Finished Camp Miller Kitchen

16 DIY Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials

December 11, 2021

You know that giant pile of money you’ve been sitting on that’s collecting dust, waiting to be put to use in your brand new kitchen? Yeah, me neither. The far more common scenario is this: 1) you have a vision for your kitchen remodel, and 2) you have limited time and money. That’s the situation […]

Finished Camp Miller Kitchen

16 DIY Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials

December 11, 2021

Camp Miller Kitchen Renovation Series Part 1 There’s an old adage (I’m not sure where I heard it, or if it’s old, or if it’s an actual adage), that goes something like this: ‘Whatever your renovation timeline is, double it.’ The DIY kitchen remodel at Camp Miller is no exception. When Matt and I bought […]

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Our DIY Kitchen Remodel

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials, Personal

December 5, 2021

Camp Miller Kitchen Renovation Series Part 1 There’s an old adage (I’m not sure where I heard it, or if it’s old, or if it’s an actual adage), that goes something like this: ‘Whatever your renovation timeline is, double it.’ The DIY kitchen remodel at Camp Miller is no exception. When Matt and I bought […]

Before photos of Camp Miller

Our DIY Kitchen Remodel

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials, Personal

December 5, 2021

If you’ve been following our crazy adventure, you already know that this past year just about killed us. I mean it. There have been so many times when we questioned if buying Camp Miller, our vacation rental cabin, was worth it. But now I’m sitting in the kitchen of our renovated cabin, writing this post, […]

Camp Miller Sign

After Renovations: Our First Year as Vacation Rental Hosts

Camp Miller, Investing, Personal, Real Estate

November 13, 2021

If you’ve been following our crazy adventure, you already know that this past year just about killed us. I mean it. There have been so many times when we questioned if buying Camp Miller, our vacation rental cabin, was worth it. But now I’m sitting in the kitchen of our renovated cabin, writing this post, […]

Camp Miller Sign

After Renovations: Our First Year as Vacation Rental Hosts

Camp Miller, Investing, Personal, Real Estate

November 13, 2021

The DIY Hallway Wainscoting Project DIY design projects can be tricky. I constantly find myself designing around these questions: Can I do this project on my own? Will I have to learn a new skill? How much money do I have? How much time do I have? The answer to these four questions shapes my […]

The DIY Hallway Wainscoting Project

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials, Project Portfolio

March 14, 2021

The DIY Hallway Wainscoting Project DIY design projects can be tricky. I constantly find myself designing around these questions: Can I do this project on my own? Will I have to learn a new skill? How much money do I have? How much time do I have? The answer to these four questions shapes my […]

The DIY Hallway Wainscoting Project

Camp Miller, DIY Tutorials, Project Portfolio

March 14, 2021

3 Steps to Buying a Home in a Hot Market The million-dollar question these days is: how in the heck do you buy a house in a hot seller’s market? Admittedly, the obstacles appear daunting. In many places, and particularly here in the Fox Valley, we sit stoutly in a seller’s market. Prices are rising, […]

3 Steps to Buying a Home in a Hot Market

Real Estate

February 18, 2021

3 Steps to Buying a Home in a Hot Market The million-dollar question these days is: how in the heck do you buy a house in a hot seller’s market? Admittedly, the obstacles appear daunting. In many places, and particularly here in the Fox Valley, we sit stoutly in a seller’s market. Prices are rising, […]

3 Steps to Buying a Home in a Hot Market

Real Estate

February 18, 2021

A Clear Prayer: How Having a Vision Led Us to Camp Miller   At the recommendation of a friend, I’m reading a book called “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. It’s about the power of circling things in prayer- be it your family members, the vision of a $1,000,000 check, or a prime piece of […]

A Clear Prayer: How We Found Camp Miller

Camp Miller

January 22, 2021

A Clear Prayer: How Having a Vision Led Us to Camp Miller   At the recommendation of a friend, I’m reading a book called “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. It’s about the power of circling things in prayer- be it your family members, the vision of a $1,000,000 check, or a prime piece of […]

A Clear Prayer: How We Found Camp Miller

Camp Miller

January 22, 2021

How to Buy a House in a Hot Market

I know, I know. You might be thinking it's entirely out of the realm of possibility for you to buy your dream home (let alone any acceptable home) in a hot market. 
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