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First Weber and its logo are trademarks owned by First Weber Group, Inc., (First Weber). First Weber has granted the right to use these trademarks to First Weber Group, Inc. Southeastern Wisconsin (FWGSEW), First Weber Group Northern Wisconsin, LLC. (FWGNW), First Weber Group Southern Wisconsin, LLC, and First Weber Group Northeast Wisconsin, LLC (FWGNE). First Weber, FWGNW, and FWGNE are separate legal entities with corporate offices located at 5250 E. Terrace Drive, Suite I, Madison, Wisconsin 53718. FWGSEW and First Weber Group Southern Wisconsin, LLC, are separate legal entities with corporate offices located at 611 N. Barker Road, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045. Schwab Realty, Ltd., operates under licensure with First Weber. First Weber Group Illinois, LLC is licensed for brokerage in Illinois and DBA/First Weber Group Michigan operates with licensure in Michigan.

Notice To All Buyers And Sellers

The purpose of this notice is to acquaint prospective real estate buyers and sellers with some common or suggested practices within the real estate industry and to alert prospective real estate buyers and sellers to some issues which may be important to different types of real estate transactions. This notice also provides an authorization for Broker to contact Buyers/Sellers with information about prospective real estate transactions and affiliate services per State and Federal telemarketing laws.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/FAIR HOUSING All associates of First Weber Group are committed to give equal service to all as provided by law. Buyers/Sellers are advised that local, state, and federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination by Broker.

LEGAL AND TAX ADVICE State law prohibits real estate licensees from giving legal or tax advice. Real estate agents may explain and assist with approved contract form provisions and procedures, consistent with their licensure, but cannot be expected or understood to provide legal or tax advice. First Weber Group recommends all parties have independent legal counsel for legal questions or legal disputes, and consult a tax attorney or accountant regarding tax issues in any given situation or transaction, including questions about any governmental tax credit, stimulus, or related programs. First Weber Group does not provide mortgage assistance relief service. In “short-sale” transactions, First Weber Group agents may assist with logistics or contacts with lender(s) to facilitate a short-sale, but are not responsible for negotiating payoffs, loan modifications, or issues relating to deficiencies. Persons requiring advice or assistance on such issues should contact an attorney, other qualified professional debt-relief service, and/or contact the lender directly.

MLS (Multiple Listing Service) First Weber Group is associated with various MLS services. Information supplied through the MLS services is provided by sellers, listing brokers, and other parties, and may not have been verified. First Weber Group assumes information in the MLS is current but does not guarantee or assume responsibility for its accuracy. Information in the MLS services, if concerning subjects material to Buyers, must be independently verified by Buyers. Subjects such as number of bedrooms, school district, type of electrical service, insulation, etc., should also be verified by Buyers.

SQUARE FOOTAGE/FINISHED SPACES/MEASUREMENTS Buyers acknowledge that land, building, or room dimensions, square footage of finished or unfinished floor space measurements, or acreage figures, are often only approximations, based upon rounding of measurements, various formulas used to calculate area totals, or may be information provided by third-parties, such as municipal assessment or tax information, and that the different sources may vary. If the size or dimensions of any particular part of the property, finished or unfinished square footage, or acreage is material to Buyers’ decision to purchase, Buyers understand they must independently verify the sizes, dimensions, square footage or acreage. Broker does not warrant the accuracy of any measurements or figures, or number of usable bedrooms. Buyers should not rely upon unverified information supplied by Broker or others.

FINANCING Broker may recommend a financial institution or other lender for Buyers to consider when Buyers are in need of a mortgage, and Broker may assist in obtaining prequalification or preapproval for a loan, but Broker is not responsible for determining the type or terms of the mortgage. Buyers should compare rates and programs. Choice of lender and type of mortgage are at Buyers’ discretion. (See Notice of Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure)

TITLE INSURANCE/ABSTRACT Broker recommends Buyers obtain title insurance on all property purchases. If not provided by the Seller, Broker recommends Buyers purchase an owners policy and a GAP endorsement in all transactions. First Weber Group has affiliation with several title companies. (See Notice of Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure). Parties should compare rates and policies at their discretion. Title companies can assist in obtaining information (e.g., mortgage payoffs, tax prorations, etc.), and prepare closing statements. Questions about title insurance, gap insurance, exceptions to title coverage, review of settlement statements, or other title issues may be answered by the title company and/or independent counsel.

HOME WARRANTY Broker recommends parties consider a home warranty program. A home warranty may be purchased by Seller to provide coverage prior to closing and for one year from closing, or by Buyers upon closing, to cover one year from closing. Coverage is dependent upon the program selected and limited to the policy terms of the home warranty. No coverage on mobile homes. (See Notice of Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure.)

FEDERAL LEAD BASED PAINT (LBP) DISCLOSURE Federal law requires Sellers/landlords of most residential housing built before 1978 to disclose the presence of known LBP, to provide any records or reports about LBP in the housing, and to provide Buyers/tenants with a federally-approved lead hazard information pamphlet. http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadprot.htm. Offers/leases must contain disclosures and acknowledgments. The regulations do not require testing for LBP or removal of such paint or hazards; but Buyers have the right to include a contingency allowing for inspection for LBP.

ASBESTOS, LEAD, RADON GAS, MOLD AND LEAD BASED PAINT, ETC. Buyers/Sellers are aware that public information sources indicate that asbestos, vermiculite, lead in drinking water, radium, radon gas, mold, lead based paint, and other toxic substances and chemicals within a structure or in soils or water supplies can cause serious health hazards. First Weber Group recommends that Buyers/Sellers have the property thoroughly inspected and tested by professionally qualified inspectors or testers addressing the presence of these and other substances or potential hazards of concern to Buyers.

ELECTRIC SERVICE: Parties are aware if a property has tube or aluminum wiring or the electrical service uses fuses or is less than 100 amps, lender and insurance companies may require the service be upgraded to no less than 100 amp circuit breaker service and may require tube or aluminum wiring be replaced with wiring consistent with current codes. Certain breaker boxes, e.g. Federal Pacific, are a safety concern to many inspectors.

SMOKE DETECTORS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS Owners are responsible for compliance with any smoke or carbon monoxide detector regulations as may be imposed by any applicable laws. Buyers should contact the state, county, or local municipal authorities with any questions.

TESTING If Buyers desire the “testing” of any substance, drinking water, soils, air, or other elements on the property, a testing contingency must be specifically added for that purpose in the Offer to Purchase. NOTE: Sellers’ authorization for inspections does not authorize testing of the property.

INSPECTION Buyers are responsible for performing a reasonably vigilant inspection and confirming if the property is satisfactory for Buyers’ purpose. Buyers may not be able to hold Sellers or Broker liable for failure to disclose defects that are readily observable. First Weber Group recommends that Buyers have the property being purchased thoroughly inspected by a professionally qualified inspector (e.g., State of Wisconsin registered Home Inspector and/or licensed professional engineer). Inspection(s) should cover all material features of the property, including structural, mechanical, heating, electrical, plumbing, wells, septic systems, etc., and may require specialized inspectors or professionals.

THIRD PARTY PROFESSIONALS Broker, Broker’s agents, or Broker’s Concierge service may recommend names of various lenders, contractors, inspectors, inspection and/or testing companies, surveyors, contractors, attorneys, and other third party professionals for Buyers’ or Sellers’ consideration. Buyers and Sellers understand that they remain responsible for selection of any such third party professionals, comparison of prices and services, and are responsible for determining whether any third party professionals have the adequate expertise and are sufficiently qualified to render the desired services. Buyers and Sellers understand that the Broker does not perform inspections, tests, surveys, and other such activities, and that the Broker does not ensure the quality of service of third parties and is not responsible for the actions of third party professionals utilized by Buyers or Sellers.

NOTE: Material adverse facts made known to Broker must be disclosed, but Broker does not warrant the condition of the property being purchased.

Broker is not responsible for maintenance or conditions on a property. Owners/sellers are responsible for all maintenance, including preventive and seasonal maintenance, e.g., winterization of vacant properties, ice and snow-removal, and safety and security on their property.

SEX OFFENDER DISCLOSURE Notice: You may obtain information about the sex offender registry and persons registered with the registry by contacting the Wisconsin Department of Corrections on the Internet at http://www.widocoffenders.org or by phone at 877-234-0085 or (608) 240-5830.

LAND USE RESTRICTIONS, REGULATIONS, BEDROOMS, AND NONCONFORMING USES Buyers/Sellers are aware many different laws, regulations and land use restrictions, may apply to the property, including zoning and subdivision laws, building codes, restrictions on nonconforming properties and uses, as well as deed restrictions, restrictive covenants, subdivision regulations, and homeowners’ association rules, and may affect the use and value of property. For instance, non-conforming properties or uses may restrict Buyers’ ability to build, rebuild, remodel, replace, or enlarge an existing structure, and may restrict Buyers’ use of an existing structure or property. Buyers should contact the state, county, or local municipal authorities regarding any potential non-conforming structure or use as well as deed restrictions, restrictive covenants, or subdivision regulations, to verify suitability to Buyer and Buyers’ intended use of the property. Buyers are also advised to confirm ability to utilize the property as intended, including, for instance, confirming the number of usable bedrooms, by consulting the municipal assessor and/or building inspector, if material to Buyer’s decision to purchase the property.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES, SCHOOL DISTRICTS, PARKS, ETC. Buyers are aware that various community amenities, such as a particular school district, or proximity to parks, green spaces, conservancy districts, access to cable and other such services, and other community attributes and facilities, may be material to their purchase of a given property. Buyers are also aware that school districts may change and the existence and usage of parks, green spaces, conservancy districts, and other community attributes and facilities may change. If such community features and amenities are material to Buyers, Buyers acknowledge and understand that they must verify all such information directly with the municipality, school district, or other community entities involved.

AREA CONDITIONS Properties are affected by existing and proposed developments, public projects, and construction in the area surrounding the property. If such existing or future conditions of the area or neighboring properties are of concern to Buyer, Buyer should thoroughly investigate the surrounding areas, prior to writing an Offer, and should contact state and local municipal officials regarding any proposed development or projects as may be known. Buyers should also consult the appropriate governmental or private authorities regarding information about any natural features in the area material to Buyer. For example, for waterfront property it is recommended Buyers contact the DNR and local governmental officials about lake and river information and topics such as boating, docks and piers, usage regulations, stocking, invasive species, access rights, and shoreland zoning.

FLOOD PLAINS/WETLANDS Buyers are aware flood plain and wetland maps often lack detail, are difficult to interpret, may not be accurate, and require a surveyor or other professional to interpret. Site elevations may need to be verified. Designations may change and rates may increase. If material, Buyers should consult Buyers’ lender and appropriate government officials about applicability of any map designation and about insurance requirements and rates.

SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICTS AND POWTS If all or part of the property is in a special purpose district, such as a sanitary district, drainage district, or lake district, contact the applicable authorities to identify what restrictions and potential assessments may apply. Property in a sanitary district may be subject to taxes, special assessments, or other charges for sewer planning or construction, user fees, and related costs. Property in a drainage district may be subject to special assessments and other requirements as imposed within the district. Property served by septic, or “private onsite wastewater treatment systems” (POWTS), is subject to state and local regulation. Some counties require a maintenance plan and may impose notification or inspection or testing requirements upon transfer of ownership. Replacing a POWTS may require a different type of system be installed.

USE-VALUE ASSESSMENTS/MANAGED FOREST LAND/CONSERVATION RESERVE/FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAMS: Buyers of rural, agricultural, forest, vacant, cropland, or similar property, should inquire with Sellers and governmental authorities if the property is subject to conservation, farmland, environmental or other land use programs, agreements, or restrictions affecting use and taxation of the property, what restrictions apply, and whether any penalties, assessments, or payback obligations are pending, deferred, or will accrue upon change in use or transfer of the property. Under Wis. Stats.§ 70.32(2r)(use-value assessment) Sellers must disclose if some or all of the land sold is subject to use-value assessment, if a conversion charge has been assessed, or deferred. Change of use of agricultural or other property subject to use-value taxation may subject Buyers/Owners to substantial penalties. If any portion of a property being sold is subject to the Managed Forest Law, the Seller must provide disclosure as required under Wis. Stats.§ 710.12, and potential buyers should contact the DNR Division of Forestry, or visit http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/. For property subject to the Conservation Reserve Program, contact the state Farm Service Agency office, or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/. For property in a farmland preservation zoning district, or under a Farmland Preservation Agreement, contact Agricultural Resource Management within Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, or visit http://www.datcp.state.wi.us/. For property subject to shoreland zoning ordinances, Buyer should contact the county zoning office and visit http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/ to identify any existing mitigation plans, and check any applicable city, town or village regulations for additional restrictions, if any. NOTE: Some land programs impose fees, penalties or costs for change of use or early termination. Buyer/Seller should consult each program and address whether the parties intend a program will be continued, and who would be responsible upon termination.

INSURANCE/INSURABILITY Buyers/Sellers are aware that homeowners insurance carriers may decline to insure certain properties or certain Buyers. Buyers/Sellers understand that Broker is not an insurance expert and cannot guarantee insurability of any particular properties or Buyers. Broker recommends Buyers consult Buyers’ insurance agent or insurance company before committing to purchase, to confirm Buyers’ insurability and insurability of the property by Buyers. If insurability is or may be a concern, a contingency may be included in the offer to purchase to allow verification of insurability.

First Weber Group Insurance Services, LLC is an independent insurance agency, partly owned by First Weber Group, providing homeowners and other insurance products. Buyer contact and property information may be forwarded to First Weber Group Insurance Services to provide a complimentary insurance quotation. Buyers should compare quotations and possible discounts. Note: First Weber Group provides your real estate services, but is not responsible for securing or advising about insurance. (See Notice of Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure.)

MLS AND CO-BROKERAGE COMPENSATION POLICY Co-brokerage compensation is offered to provide incentive to subagent and buying-side brokers. The amount of the offering is posted in the MLS and may be subject to applicable brokerage agreements or policy letters. The co-brokerage offering is referenced in each listing, and may vary by listing, office or region. Listing clients may view any policy letter applicable to a given transaction upon written request. First Weber Group’s base commission structure is composed of a percentage of purchase price, and may include by region a transaction fee, as additional commission, charged by First Weber Group for listing and buyer agency transactions.

BUYER AGENCY NOTICE Buyers represented by a Buyer’s Agent may often write offers requesting that their Buyer’s Agency fee be paid from Sellers’ proceeds at closing. Should the Buyers’ Agency fee be greater than the amount of commission offered for co-brokerage, it is recommended that the Seller calculate Seller’s net proceeds, and if necessary, consider a counteroffer at a price sufficient to retain Sellers’ desired net proceeds and accommodate Buyers’ agency fee. This may also apply under Dual Agency or Designated Agency where Sellers’ and Buyer’s agents are both First Weber agents.

TELEMARKETING AND E-MAIL LAWS To facilitate Broker’s services, Buyers/Sellers hereby permit First Weber Group, its agents and affiliates, to contact Buyers/Sellers, by telephone, e-mail or fax, if applicable, with real estate and sales information related to presently contemplated or prospective real estate transactions and related services or products. Buyer/Seller requests, but does not require, Broker, Broker’s Concierge and/or affiliates to contact Buyer/Seller regarding any such goods and services. This authorization may be altered or withdrawn at any time in writing to Broker.

AFFILIATED BUSINESS ARRANGEMENT DISCLOSURE NOTICE

This is to give you notice First Weber Group and its affiliated companies of First Weber Group Southeastern Wisconsin, First Weber Group Northern Wisconsin, and First Weber Group Northeast Wisconsin, First Weber Group Southern Wisconsin and/or shareholders or owners of First Weber Group or those entities, have a business relationship with Universal Home Protection, LLC (40% ownership); Shelter Mortgage Company, LLC (50% ownership); County Land & Title, Inc. (20% ownership); Land Title and Closing Services, LLC (20% ownership); Northwoods Title and Closing Services, LLC (30%); Point Title, LLC (100% ownership); Preferred Title, LLC (40% ownership); Priority Title Corporation (100%); Wisconsin River Title Consultants, LLC (50% ownership); Dependable Title of Wisconsin, LLC (31% ownership); Wood County Title, LLC (40%); and First Weber Group Insurance Services, LLC (50%); and Schmitt Title, LLC (52.6% ownership, together with Schwab Realty, Ltd.). Because of these relationships and ownership interests, referrals may provide First Weber Group, or one or more of its affiliated First Weber entities, and/or shareholders or owners of one or more of the identified entities a financial or other benefit.

Service Provider Estimated Charges
Universal Home Protection, LLC $425 to $1,000 depending on size, price, and number of units.
Shelter Mortgage Company, LLC $295 to $2,500 depending on the price of the house being sold, the amount of mortgage, loan-to-value of the mortgage, down payment, other factors.*
County Land & Title, Inc.
Dependable Title of Wisconsin, LLC
Land Title and Closing Services, LLC
Northwoods Title & Closing Services, LLC
Point Title, LLC
Preferred Title, LLC
Priority Title Corporation
Schmitt Title, LLC
Wisconsin River Title Consultants, LLC
Wood County Title, LLC
$375 to $5,000**
First Weber Group Insurance Services, LLC $1.50 to $7.50 per thousand, annual premium, depending upon insurability, value/amount of property/risk insured. Quotation provided on information submitted. Application and procurement of insurance depends upon insurability of applicant and/or property and other underwriting limitations.***

* Total fees may vary depending upon type of loan, buyer’s loan profile, prepayment penalty or mortgage insurance, if any, and type of property.

** $375 for first $15,000 of value, $3 per additional $1000, for next $85,000, $2 per additional $1000 for next $400,000, and $1 per additional $1000 value for next $500,000, and decreasing rate thereafter. Specific schedules of rates beyond those outlined obtained from the title insurance company and/or as filed with the State of Wisconsin for specific underwriters. Closing fees vary from county to county/company to company, but an approximation of various charges would include, closing fees for buyers may be $800 or more. Deed preparation is typically between $50 to $150. Special assessment or municipal services verifications typically range between $50 and $100. Wire and express fees typically range from $25 to $50. Gap Endorsement can range from $75 to $300. 90%-80% reissue rate available with prior title or abstract surrender.

*** First Weber Group Insurance Services, LLC is a licensed insurance agency and may contact you to provide a quotation for home and/or auto insurance. First Weber Group Insurance Services, LLC is affiliated with First Weber, but operates separately. First Weber and its real estate agents cannot determine insurability or provide specific insurance advice. First Weber and its agents do not take applications for insurance and cannot bind or guarantee any insurance.

NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL AFFILIATED BUSINESS The prospective Buyer/Seller understands that some shareholders of First Weber Group have a financial interest in Princeton Custom Homes (including its subsidiaries) and Norwood Custom Homes (including its subsidiaries). Additionally, some shareholders of First Weber Group may have financial interest in certain subdivision developments from time to time with additional disclosures by these shareholders required to be made at the time of purchase.

You are NOT required to use the listed service providers as a condition for your purchase, sale, or refinance of the subject property. THERE ARE FREQUENTLY OTHER SETTLEMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS AVAILABLE WITH SIMILAR SERVICES. YOU ARE FREE TO SHOP AROUND TO DETERMINE THAT YOU ARE RECEIVING THE BEST SERVICES AND THE BEST RATE FOR THESE SERVICES.

INFORMATION REQUESTS

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LINKED WEBSITES

First Weber’s website, and the individual websites of many of our First Weber agents, provide links to other websites outside First Weber. These linked websites are provided for the convenience of potential clients and customers and are for informational purposes only. First Weber is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the content or information provided on or through those linked websites. We encourage all users, when they leave our website, or those of our agents, to read the consumer notices or terms of use of any linked sites. Persons accessing linked websites should independently verify any information provided on or through those websites, and should address any questions about those websites, or about information presented on those websites, to the producers or hosts of those websites.

AGENT WEBSITES

You may access personalized agent websites from the agent’s homepage: www.agentname.firstweber.com.

BUILDERS, LENDERS, AND VENDORS

You may access contact information and certain websites of First Weber’s “Preferred Builders,” by accessing First Weber’s Builders’ Marketplace on this site. You may also access First Weber’s Preferred Vendor program contact information and certain websites of specific lenders and venders through First Weber’s Concierge services. For specific community, school, and other information about a specific area, you are encouraged to contact a First Weber office in that area, and to view any links to community, school, and recreation information for that area which may be available through this site.

(Revised 11/13)

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