Our Approach

On behalf of our entire team at 1st Choice Properties, we would like to again congratulate you on your recent home purchase! We pride ourselves on being available before, during, and after every home sale for our clients. So, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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Thank you for your time and your trust in 1st Choice Properties!

Our Team

(262) 492-4744

Chad Schmidt


Chad is a lifelong resident of Racine County. After graduating from Waterford High School Chad decided to follow his passion for business and real estate. In 2006 he joined the Wisconsin Association of Realtors and started working for his uncle’s Real Estate firm. Since then Chad has managed his family’s business and started a business of his own.

Chad’s persistence and dedication come from years of experience in customer service. He puts the needs of his clients and customers first, offering his distinctive personal care, from start to finish.

Whether you are buying your first home or looking to test the market, Chad will work hard to find the perfect house for you! Through 1st Choice Properties, Chad uses both his knowledge and proven marketing tools to provide you with next level service.

  • Free market analysis
  • Direct mailings sent to your neighborhood and/or a targeted area
  • Open houses for prospective buyers and  brokers
  • Newspaper & online advertising

Buying or selling a house can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be, contact Chad today and allow him to make buying and selling a pleasurable experience

(262) 939-8084



Tracy Young has been helping buyers and sellers with their home purchases and sales since 2003.

Tracy draws upon her past experience as a Customer Service Manager and her degree in Business and Communication to help her clients through the home buying and selling process, from start to a successful closing. Her past clients have the confidence to refer their family and friends to her.

While Tracy is the top lake property agent for Waterford /Tichigan Lake, she helps clients throughout the five SE Wisconsin counties.

Tracy thanks her clients for helping her earn awards such as Platinum, Million Dollar, Hall of Fame, and 5-Star to name a few.

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, call Tracy Young

(414) 315-4340

Laura Halbach


Laura brings 18 plus years of experience as a Broker/Sales Associate to 1st Choice Properties. She has extensive knowledge and experience in buying and selling Residential, Commercial, and Investment Properties.

Laura credits her parents for her strong work ethic. She has personally developed a subdivision, bought, and sold numerous residential and commercial properties. She does enjoy her remodeling projects! If you are looking for a well-respected Realtor and you need a strong negotiator, then Laura’s your person.


Risa Nelson


Risa has lived in the Tichigan Lake and Waterford Woods areas for more than 15 years.  As a past and current owner of various types of properties, she brings her experience in buying and selling along with an extensive list of quality local contractors to help prepare your property for listing or make updates to your new purchase.

In the local community, Risa serves in the following capacities:

  • Town of Waterford Planning Commissioner since 2015
  • Board of Trustees Member, Community United Methodist Church since 2019
  • Secretary of Tichigan Snowmobile Club since 2010
  • Active with many other local charitable clubs and events including VFW

Contact her to draw on more than 10 years’ experience in the utility industry, 15 years with Business Communication and her degrees in Communication/Advertising and Economics to help you through the home buying and selling processes.