• 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…

  • Community Spotlight: Middleton, WI

      Known as “The Good Neighbor City”, Middleton, WI has grown into an award winning and thriving community despite its humble agricultural beginnings. Originally established by the construction of a railroad and shipping depot in 1856, Middleton officially incorporated as a village in 1905, and become a city in 1963. Today, the remnants of Middleton’s past have been replaced with a charming and vibrant downtown area and numerous residential and business developments. Money© magazine has consistently ranked Middleton as one of the best 100 places to live in America and almost 90% of its current residents rate Middleton as a safe community that they enjoy living in. Middleton is also…

  • Market Update – November 2019

    Home Sales Home sales for the past month are down slightly from last year, but with 663 homes listed for sale in October, just under 86% of homes listed are selling. Single family homes with 4+ bedrooms are the most frequently expired, with an average “unsold” list price of $403,631. This isn’t that surprising, since the market for more modest homes will always attract a larger percentage of buyers. Average days on market for a sold him is still hovering around the 30 day mark. Inventory Our months of supply climbed slightly last month, but still trends in favor of sellers. That’s not to say that buyers have no negotiating…

  • Haunted History in Madison

      When you think of “Haunted Towns” Madison, WI might not be on the top of your list. It turns out though, that Madison has a pretty interesting history, with some spooky and mysterious ghost stories to go along with it. The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. The downtown location of the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co, located at 123 E Doty St, has many reported ghostly encounters. The former location of the Fess Hotel, which stood for 130 years and stabled horses in its basement, may be the source of many present day encounters. From pool cues falling from the wall by themselves, to in-house phone lines…

  • Staging Tips to Get Your Home Sold This Fall

      If you’re selling your home this Fall, you’re likely aware that home sales start to slow down this time of year. Any edge that you can get over your competition will matter, and that’s where staging comes in. Buyers want to “connect” with a home when they see it for the first time. Staging can help you create that connection and get more offers on the table. Start at the curb… Everyone’s heard the term “curb appeal” before, but very few sellers understand the importance of it. Your home’s appearance from the outside is the first impression that buyers will get when they see your home. If you have…

  • Market Update – October 2019

    Home Sales The number of homes sold this past month has dropped off considerably as the market slows heading into the fall and winter months. Still, home sales for September this year have slightly exceeded the number sold last year. During the month of August, there were 810 new homes listed for sale and 718 new homes were listed for sale in September. Given that 817 homes were sold in August, and only 595 homes were sold in September, buyers will have a bit more to choose from if they start their home search during the Fall months.   Inventory Inventory of single-family and condo homes in Dane County improved…

  • Market Update: September 2019

    Home Sales The number of home sales has trended slightly downward over the summer months. This is typical of our market and can result in better odds for buyers who missed out during the fast-paced and highly competitive spring/early summer months. Overall, there were slightly fewer homes sold over the past three months this year, than in 2018. The month of July is the exception, with equal numbers this year and last. Inventory Inventory in Dane County continues to hover around the “2 months of supply” mark. This is well below the average of 6 months of supply typically seen in balanced markets and indicates a continued seller’s market in…

  • Summer to Fall: Get the Most Out of Your Outdoor Space

      In Wisconsin, we learn to enjoy every moment we have in our outdoor spaces before the inevitable snow flies. As the nights get cooler and the leaves start to turn, many people start packing up their outdoor furniture in preparation for “hibernation”. There’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had in our outdoor entertaining spaces though – aside from grilling out for the big game. Here are some tips to get the most out of your deck, patio, or back yard this Fall season.   Think cozy… Fall is for s’mores and sipping hot cider – or for having some warm cocktails with friends. These things go best with…

  • Don’t Let These Common Myths Keep You From Buying a Home

      There are many misconceptions about the home buying process that keep first-time buyers from entering the market. Fortunately, they are often just that – misconceptions. Let’s explore some of the more common myths surrounding the home buying process that keep many first time buyers on the sidelines.   You need perfect credit to qualify for a mortgage… This might have been true many years ago, but the introduction of government-backed loans and more forgiving underwriting practices have opened homeownership up to more prospective borrowers. Consider FHA loans, which are mortgage loans backed by the federal government. FHA loans are available to borrowers with credit scores as low as 500.…

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Nakoma

      When it comes to desirable Madison, WI neighborhoods, Nakoma tops most home buyer lists. With a great near-west location, lush tree-lined streets, and some of the finest examples of architecture in Madison, it’s easy to see why. It’s hard to imagine Nakoma as a “country suburb”, but that’s exactly how it got its start in 1915. As cars became more accessible to average families, and they were willing to move further from the city center, suburbs like Nakoma grew in popularity. Nakoma’s developers took additional steps to ensure comfortable and convenient living for new residents, like creating Madison’s first private bus line. This gave residents a quick and easy…