Real Estate Blog

 

On Friday, I posted had a post about Zillow being like WebMD and it got me thinking about how easy it can be with the influx of new technology and web based solutions to think you can buy or sell a home. It isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. With every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry. 

We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by

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The warm nights are starting to turn cool and on some trees the leafs are ever so slightly beginning to turn.  As the ice cream drips down the cone in your kids hand standing on the lawn of the Capital, you are yearning for the days of quiet and school to begin. I remember the days I would beg to go school shopping so I could have the latest Trapper Keeper or the cool colored folders. I know my mom would tear her hair out especially with 3 kids grabbing things in all different directions.  I'm happy to say we only added a few grey hairs every year she had to shop with us. ;)   

I've got you covered on how to make this less stressful and enjoy that last bit of summer. 

When does your school begin? 

You might be sitting pool side right now

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If you’re preparing to sell your home, curb appeal should be a priority. When someone is walking by or coming to your open house, the outside of your home is the first thing they will see. First Impressions Matter!  If there is no curb appeal, potential buyers may never even set foot in your home. Instead of ignoring your home’s outdoor appearance, consider making some budget-friendly changes that can add appeal to your home without breaking the bank. 

1. Landscape Your Walkway

Create a smooth transition from the street to your front door. A clear path will allow a potential buyer’s eye to look straight to your home, rather than stopping to concentrate on unkept landscaping. Clean your walkway, weed your landscape, trim back over grown

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Newlyweds are saying "I do" to each other, and they equate to over half of first-time home buyers that are also saying "I do" to their dream homes. It makes sense! When you put two hearts together, the time comes to find a home to nourish that love. A home that brings two of your places together, and makes it one. If you and your spouse are ready to fall in love with the perfect house together, here are five tips to make sure the process goes smoothly and that you come prepared.

1. YOUR WEDDING BUDGET: 

Your wedding is a one-time event that shouldn't be less than what you'd imagine. It is a beautiful time to put all of your dream pieces together. However, it is best to sit down and find out ways you can shift the budget to help with

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Welcome back! As the dog days of summer drag along you or your children are looking for some new ideas on things to do. Lets take a look this week at state parks within in 1 hour of Madison.  We are so lucky to have so many county and state parks near by. Did you know that there are 9 state parks located within 1 hour of Madison and a total of 46 in the state?  Each park has a variety of different things to offer.  

Did you know what the oldest state park is in WI? Unfortunately, it is not located within an hour of us but Interstate State Park is the oldest and located in St Croix Falls, WI. It was established in Wisconsin in 1900. It is also a joint collaboration with Minnesota has 1300 acres and 1200 miles of trails. 

Now if you don't feel you

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Small Wooden House, Tiny House, Architecture   

Granny Flats, also know across the country as an accessory dwelling unit or ADU. 

ADUs are self-contained living areas usually located on the grounds of a single-family home. An ADU can be detached, or it can be attached to the other dwelling. They are sometimes called a granny flats/pods because it is a popular way for families to house their aging parents. ADUs have many different names across the country. 

Other names for Accessory Dwelling Units

 In-Law suites

  Laneway houses

  Secondary dwelling units

Garage unit 

 Carriage home

  Bonus unit

  Tiny house 

-ADUs can be tiny houses but not all tiny house can be ADUs.  They are like mini versions of full-size house with a foundation, unlike some tiny houses that are

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Have you recently received a job offer from a company out of state? Have you received a promotion and now have to move your family to a new city? Is your company relocating you? Putting distance in the equation of home buying can be a daunting task.  This can be especially hard for the significant other who may have to handle multiple items - finding a job, finding the new home, and listing the current one  - while you are getting acclimated with the new job.  While it can feel like a lot, know that IT IS possible to find your new home from afar. It wont be easy but when you find a great agent and use the steps below it can take a ton of the stress out of the process.

 

1. Begin Your Research

Knowing what is in your neighborhood is

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Sun is out with temperatures on the rise. It is finally starting to look like summer. While the corn in most places won't be knee high by the 4th of July we still have you covered for all your 4th of July firework needs.   If you're like my 5 year old and my 3 year old anything that you can make sparkle or pop they want to see. Lets get into all of the area wide family fun and fireworks happening for your 4th of July festivities. 

Shake The Lake

June 29th 5pm-Finale

One of Dane County's largest display of fireworks hosted by Festival Foods in the heart of downtown Madison. While the firework display doesn't begin until 10pm they have you covered with the iHeart Radio Rooftop Party. A rock music stage that features, The Family Business,

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iBuyer programs are on the rise. Before you commit, here are some things you should know about how they work.

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Quite a few of our clients have asked us recently what the deal is with iBuyers. Therefore, I thought it would be important to address the topic today. iBuyers are basically companies that will give you an instant cash offer on your house in order for you to close in just days  if that’s what you need . Zillow and Homelight have both seen some success with this. 

Now the question comes: is selling your home with an iBuyer a good idea? Honestly, it depends on your situation. People who sell their houses with an iBuyer typically end

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Do you know if your insurance will cover damage to your home and/or belongings in case of water backup?  


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If you're not sure, it's possible your homeowner policy would fail you if your drains or sewage system backed up. In order to be paid out on damage due to water backup, you typically need to opt in specifically for that coverage.

So, what exactly does water backup coverage entail

According to Allstate, water backup coverage is an add-on to homeowners insurance that will help pay for water damage arising from a backed up drain, sewer, or sump pump. If any furniture gets damaged or you need to hire a company to come remove the water for you, this should cover it. Unfortunately, because it's an add-on, many

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