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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 […]

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

Real Estate, Uncategorized

January 28, 2022

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, […]

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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

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

Looking to Buy a House in a Hot Market? Competition in this area is fierce! Especially for starter & young family homes. If you want to buy a house, it’s time to find a Realtor. Here’s why. 1) You’ll get an accurate pool of listings. Sites like Zillow and Realtor.com can muddy the waters for […]

Why Use a Realtor?

Real Estate

October 23, 2020

Looking to Buy a House in a Hot Market? Competition in this area is fierce! Especially for starter & young family homes. If you want to buy a house, it’s time to find a Realtor. Here’s why. 1) You’ll get an accurate pool of listings. Sites like Zillow and Realtor.com can muddy the waters for […]

Why Use a Realtor?

Real Estate

October 23, 2020

First-Time Buyer? How to Ease Your Troubled Mind Ok, first-time buyer… here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your first home. 1) It’s OK to celebrate the small victories. I see each of the following as a step towards closing: An accepted offer (yay!), buyer and seller agreeing to certain improvements […]

Uneasy About Your First Home Purchase?

Real Estate

April 12, 2020

First-Time Buyer? How to Ease Your Troubled Mind Ok, first-time buyer… here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your first home. 1) It’s OK to celebrate the small victories. I see each of the following as a step towards closing: An accepted offer (yay!), buyer and seller agreeing to certain improvements […]

Uneasy About Your First Home Purchase?

Real Estate

April 12, 2020

  We Flipped Our First House— Here’s How   I have spent years obsessively watching shows about home renovation. Hometown, Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, Grand Designs, Income Property, Property Brothers, House Hunters Renovation, Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Stone House Revival, oh my god all the things. The amount of life I’ve exchanged for this kind of […]

A Year’s Salary With One House Flip

Investing, Project Portfolio, Real Estate

June 26, 2019

  We Flipped Our First House— Here’s How   I have spent years obsessively watching shows about home renovation. Hometown, Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, Grand Designs, Income Property, Property Brothers, House Hunters Renovation, Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Stone House Revival, oh my god all the things. The amount of life I’ve exchanged for this kind of […]

A Year’s Salary With One House Flip

Investing, Project Portfolio, Real Estate

June 26, 2019

Find a Realtor and lender before falling in love with a home Looking to buy a house? Know that it isn’t always an easy process. In this age of “do everything yourself to save a dime,” more buyers are shopping on their own before building a team of local experts. Here’s why that’s not your […]

Do This First When Looking to Buy a House

Real Estate

March 9, 2019

Find a Realtor and lender before falling in love with a home Looking to buy a house? Know that it isn’t always an easy process. In this age of “do everything yourself to save a dime,” more buyers are shopping on their own before building a team of local experts. Here’s why that’s not your […]

Do This First When Looking to Buy a House

Real Estate

March 9, 2019

What it Actually Costs to Own a Home Raise your hand if you googled “mortgage calculator” to estimate your monthly house payments? Everyone? Yeah, me too. A common misconception, especially among first-time buyers, is that the mortgage is your total house payment. In actuality, the mortgage is only one cost to budget for when looking […]

What Does it Actually Cost to Own a Home?

Real Estate

March 9, 2019

What it Actually Costs to Own a Home Raise your hand if you googled “mortgage calculator” to estimate your monthly house payments? Everyone? Yeah, me too. A common misconception, especially among first-time buyers, is that the mortgage is your total house payment. In actuality, the mortgage is only one cost to budget for when looking […]

What Does it Actually Cost to Own a Home?

Real Estate

March 9, 2019

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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