• Buying a Home? Watch Out of These Costly Mistakes

    Buying a home to build equity, provide security, and accumulate generational wealth? Yes, please!  Letting lifestyle creep (and too many streaming subscriptions) erode your financial cushion and derail your path to homeownership? That’s gonna be a hard pass.  Fact is, some homeownership costs are non-negotiable – mortgage, property taxes, and insurance. But there are also home expenses that are completely unnecessary — ones that can be mitigated, managed, and minimized.  Here are 3 ways to help you steer clear of frivolous expenditures.  1) Pick your neighborhood wisely.  Not all corners of town treat your wallet the same. Be confident and explore emerging neighborhoods for wallet-friendly options when home hunting. 2)…

  • Fall Maintenance Checklist

    Hello October!  This is the month of Fall Festivals, visits to the pumpkin patch, apple picking and haunted houses. It’s also the month to prepare your house for winter before the snow flies! Here are ten fall maintenace tips to do this month so when the weather turns, you can curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace without a worry! Happy October!  What project did I forget??

  • Cash is King

    Cash is king, right?? Right! But there is more than one “kind” of cash. Earlier this year, several mortgage companies began allowing their clients to write cash offers, which has propelled many buyers to the top of the offers received pile. Here’s how it works: 👉 The mortgage company vets the clients to determine if they qualify for the cash program. This includes looking at their debt-to-income ratio, down payment, salaries, etc. 👉 If the buyers qualify, the mortgage company will supply a letter to submit with the offer indicating the offer is a cash offer. 👉 There is often fee for this cash offer service, some mortgage companies refund…

  • Market Update

    And so it continues…. Houses and condos in Dane County are selling at a rapid pace, especially those priced well and in good condition. 580 homes sold in May 2023 compared to 435 sales in April of this year. The price increased slightly, too.The average sale price in May was $476,183 compared to $471,748 in April. And the average days on the market decreased from April to May, too from 24 days in April to only 18 days in May. So, basically, property continues to sell for more money in less time. If you are considering selling your homes, there is still time to take advantage of this unprecedented time.…

  • Boom, Bang, Kaboom!

    Remember when you were a kid on the 4th of July? Laying on a blanket in the grass anticipating dusk for the fireworks to begin was pure joy! Maybe you had some snacks. Perhaps there were friends and neighbors gathered with you. You may have had sparklers and snakes (remember those?) to keep you occupied until the fireworks display began. When those first fireworks shot into the sky and exploded, you could feel the boom in your chest. The most recent one was always your favorite! The vibrant hues sparkle and swirl, creating a kaleidoscope of colors and light. No matter how many times you’ve witnessed fireworks, they never fail…

  • The Wonder of Paint!

    🏡✨ Are you ready to embark on a color-filled adventure that will transform your living space from drab to fab? It can happen with the stroke of a brush. 🎨 Oh, the wonders that a simple coat of paint can do! It’s like giving your space a dazzling makeover without hiring an army of fairy godmothers. The beauty of painting a room goes beyond its visual appeal. It has the power to influence moods, too. Feeling stressed? How about a serene shade of blue that whispers tranquility into every nook and cranny? Need a burst of energy? Look no further than a vibrant splash of yellow that will bring sunshine…

  • It’s Bike Week in Madison

    It’s bike week in Madison! June 3rd-10th is the week we celebrate biking. And Madison has some of the best biking trails around. Want to bike through nature? Try a trip through the Arboretum. Urban biking? The southwest bike trail takes you through neighborhoods and parts of campus to the Monona Bay. Want a longer loop? How about the Lake Loop around Lake Monona. With events planned for the whole week such as Bacon Cheddar Waffles & Lattes at the Capitol City Path at Dickninson St. at 7 a.m. on Tuesday June 6th at 7 a.m. or the Pop-up Popsicle Stop at on the Southwest Bike Patch at Crazylegs Plaza…

  • Why Are There No Houses For Sale?

    If you’ve been on the hunt for a house in Madison, Wisconsin, you might have noticed something strange—the scarcity of available homes. It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack! So why are there so few houses for sale in Madison? There are a few reasons, some dating back 20 years! In 2011, there were more than 30,000 permits issued for building new single family houses in the Madison area. In 2022, that number was just over 11,000 permits issued. With a thriving economy and a steady stream of people moving in, it’s no wonder there’s a shortage of houses. The city boasts prestigious educational institutions and a…

  • Spring Fever!

    What Realtor goes on vacation in spring??  Well, this one does! It was an amazing time and I’m just grateful for a beautiful week away with my family and friends.  We had a ball and once again, it was such a great reminder how much we all need to get away without a million scheduled activities and just focus on being together.  We laughed, we played, we toured, we ate seafood and hung out on the beach and by the pool.   And now it’s time to come home and as sad as that makes me, I’m also feeling relaxed,  rejuvenated, and excited to enter the coming warm months – it is…

  • Home Sales Update

    Get ready to strap on your property helmets, because the real estate market is heating up! With record-breaking sales and skyrocketing prices, it’s time to buckle in and take a wild ride through the latest market update. Before we look ahead, let’s look back at what happened in February 2023. *There were 302 home sales in February compared to 272 sales in January. A slight uptick. *The average sales price dropped a bit, from $429,654 in January to $415,262 in February. *The average days on market when up a few days, from 32 days on the market in January to 39 days on the market in February. Much of these…