• Market Update – February 2020

    Home Sales Home sales fell off significantly for the month of January, though if we look at historical data it seems to be pretty typical of this time period. This time of year is generally the “calm before the storm” as home sales ramp up heading towards the busy Spring and Summer markets. Inventory Inventory in Dane County has eased slightly over this time last year, but is still hovering around the two month mark. With inventory tight, the market favors sellers, and buyers should be prepared to write competitive offers if they want to snag the right home for them. Home Prices The average sale price of homes in…

  • What is Hygge?

      Most people have seen it, few people can pronounce it. So what, exactly, is this winter-time theme that everyone keeps creating Pinterest boards for? Spoiler alert – it’s not actually something that you can buy. HYGGE ORIGINS Pronounced “hue-guh”, Hygge is a Danish word that is defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”. It’s the epitome of relaxed warmth and happiness… not a pair of fuzzy socks or an overpriced blanket. Some people have likened it to the feeling you get while drinking a warm cup of coffee on a quiet morning, or the cozy happiness of being snuggled…

  • NOT Home For The Holidays? Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

      Sometimes, going “home” for the holidays means leaving your own home empty for a period of time. With the number of people who travel over the holidays, it’s a prime time for would-be thieves to take advantage of your absence. Follow these tips to keep your most valuable asset safe while you’re away. SAFETY FIRST The risk of a break-in is only one consideration if you’ll be traveling in the upcoming weeks. Fire safety is a big concern during the holiday season. Dried out Christmas Trees make great kindling for fires – so make sure that yours is well away from heat registers or radiators, and unplug any lights…

  • Market Update – December 2019

    Home Sales Home sales for the month of November maintained the slower pace that we expect from our fall market, but are up ever so slightly from last month. There were 359 new homes listed for sale over the last 30 days. Of those new homes listed, 161 of them were 3 bedroom single family homes – typically the most sought after homes in our market. The average days on market for a sold home is 48, so homes are still moving relatively quickly. Inventory Inventory in Dane County remains tight, favoring sellers, but has increased slightly over this time last year. There were 359 new homes added to our…

  • Cold Weather Home Maintenance Tips

      Winter in Southern Wisconsin seems to have arrived with a bang this year, and our homes are working overtime to shield us from the elements. Make sure you’re taking precautions to keep you and your home safe while we weather winters worst (and dream of Spring). Safety First! Space Heaters – Make sure you have a newer model with an auto-shut off button on the bottom to prevent fires if it is tipped over by a pet or child. Keep space heaters a safe distance from furniture, drapes, or other flammable materials, and do not run them near water (like the bath tub). Never leave a running space heater unattended. Generators…