Education is the Key to your New Home
My name is Tara Hansen. I’m a professional real estate agent with experience working with the intricacies of educating my clients on the buying and/or selling process, making sure all options are discussed but letting the client make choices that are right for them. As a former teacher I firmly believe being educated is the foundation of making good decisions. I make sure that my clients have a thorough understanding of the buying and selling process as well as current market trends so that they can make sound decisions with their largest investment…a place to call home. Whether buying or selling, I treat all of my clients with honesty and integrity throughout the transaction and beyond.
Outside of work, my husband of 23 years and I enjoy watching our two youngest children participate in sports (football, wrestling, and track) at Appleton North. Our oldest is a student at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Our household is rounded out with our dog Summer, a chihuahua terrier mix, and our cat Lily. I also enjoy reading, yoga, boating, worshiping at Faith Lutheran Church and exploring different area supper clubs with good friends. I am very engaged in the Appleton schools parent organizations and even donate a portion of my commission to the schools when I close a transaction with a school district employee.
I don’t sell houses; I find the right home. Let me find it for you!
What clients are saying:
Being from out of state, Tara did several virtual showings for us and was a great tour guide. We even put an offer on one of the houses, but it wasn’t accepted. She was great at communicating with us and making sure everything ran smoothly.
Tara went above and beyond. I was still recovering from foot surgery when it was time for out house hunting trip. Tara located crutches for me to use when we were here for our house hunting trip and ran by a local store to pick up another home health care item for me to use while we were here. Knowing that those two items were taken care of prior to our flight from GA to WI was reassuring to me.
Hopefully we won’t move for a long time, but if we did, we would use Tara again. This is our 5th move in 15 years and my husband and I both agreed that Tara is the best realtor we’ve ever used. -Luis and Lori (buyer)
Tara is the best! She was always there for us at every step of the process. She understood our family’s needs, and she went above and beyond to find our dream home. We cannot recommend Tara highly enough!-Kyle and Ashley Siegrist (buyer/new construction)
Tara Hansen was referred to me by a lifelong friend! Sale of the property met with unforeseen circumstances and Tara did a fantastic job working through the difficulties we faced. Tara was very empathetic, professional, courteous, and prompt throughout the entire process. We appreciate all her hard work and dedication as we were working through several family tragedies at the same time. -Marc Quaintance (buyer and seller)
Location is the reason why this village in Outagamie and Brown counties is growing rapidly in population, commercial ventures and industry. It is along the Fox River, midway between Appleton and Green Bay.
Location: State 96, three miles east of Kaukauna.
Major attractions: Fox River, Royal Scott Golf Course.
The area’s newest village is growing rapidly because of its location on the shore of Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park, golf courses and quiet, rural setting.
Location: State 55 and 114 on the east shore of Lake Winnebago.
Information: Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce
The town retains much of its rural atmosphere as it has been able to manage urban sprawl so far. A boundary agreement with the City of Neenah will allow orderly development in the future.
Location: South and west of the City of Neenah.
Major attractions: Mahler Park, Quarry Quest site, portion of County CB off-road trail
Information: Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
Neenah was an early center of industry because of its location on Lake Winnebago and the Fox River pioneering in milling grain and the lumber industry. The paper industry became a major part of the community, which has a diverse retail and professional business. Theda Clark Medical Center is one of many institutions made possible through community-minded residents.
Location: West shore of Lake Winnebago, several accesses off U.S. 41.
The Village of Fox Crossing, between Appleton and Menasha, is in the heart of several transportation corridors. It is an urban town with a diverse economy of retail, commercial, service and industrial businesses.
Location: West of Little Lake Butte des Morts, along Fox River, with access from State 441, U.S. 10 and County CB.
Menasha shares much of its history with Neenah as the other half of the Twin Cities. Historic photos and artifacts tell the history of the Fox River and the construction of the bridge in the Tayco Street Bridge Tower Museum at Tayco and Main streets. The Polish Connection, the local name for State 441 over Lake Butte des Morts, says a lot about Menasha’s heritage.
Location: Northwest shore of Lake Winnebago. Several accesses off U.S. 41, also U.S. 10, State 47 and 114.
Dutch heritage is proudly exhibited in Little Chute, which got its name from the French explorers who named it “La Petite Chute,” or Little Falls. The Fox River forms a scenic FOX CITIES PROFILE backdrop for Little Chute, which continues to grow its economic base with commercial and industrial development. It is the area’s largest village.
Location: Outagamie County N south off U.S. 41, it stretches from Appleton to Kaukauna along State 96 north of the Fox River.
Major attractions: Doyle Park and waterslide, Heesakker Park, Legion Park, Van Lieshout Park; Cheese Festival.
Information: littlechutewi.org I Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce
Kimberly has at least two distinctions. It is the only land-locked municipality in the area and it is home to the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame. The Fox River prevents the village from expanding north, while Combined Locks and a border agreement keeps it from expanding south.
Location: South of the Fox River and Little Chute and east of Appleton. Access on County N from U.S. 41 off County CE.
The “Electric City” is one of Wisconsin’s oldest communities, settled in the late 1600s by trappers, merchants and missionaries traveling up the Fox River. Jean Nicolet made the trip up the Fox in search of a water passage to the Orient. The falls made Kaukauna a natural stop for travelers and later would be a boon to hydropower, which lends its name to the city.
Location: East end of the Fox Cities at U.S. 41 and State 55.
Rural farms in this town situated west and north of the Fox Cities are quickly being replaced by subdivisions, commercial development and industrial parks. It ranks as one of the fastest growing residential areas in the state.
Location: West and north of Appleton, State 96 and 15 off U.S. 41, W. College Avenue.
Freedom was established 150 years ago. The unincorporated area is a mixture of large farms and new housing development.
Location: North of Appleton, Little Chute and Kaukauna on State 55 at County E and S.
Combined Locks, along the Fox River, is a quiet, picturesque community with a solid industrial base and residential development. The village has expanded south of County CE.
Location: Between Kimberly and Kaukauna south of the Fox River, Combined Locks is accessible off County Roads N, CE, Z, K and HH.
Major attractions: Blaese Park, Lindberg Park, Memorial Park, Van Zeeland Park.
Information: Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce
Appleton is at the hub of the Fox Cities and its largest community. The history of the city mirrors that of Lawrence University as the two grew up simultaneously. Lawrence University was chartered in 1847 and a main benefactor was Samuel Appleton. In appreciation, his name was given to the community. Appleton’s downtown area, bolstered by the new Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, is a center for entertainment, recreation and diverse commercial and professional businesses.
Location: North of Lake Winnebago
This unincorporated area is the fastest-growing residential area in the Fox Cities. Situated in two towns (Town of Harrison and Town of Buchanan) and two counties (Outagamie and Calumet), growth depends on the Darboy Sanitary District. The commercial district is developing to serve the large residential population.
Location: East of Appleton and south of Kimberly, Combined Locks and Kaukauna around County N, K and KK.
Population: Town of Buchanan, 6,725; Town of Harrison, 7,389, more than 7,500 of these people live in the Darboy Sanitary District.