Finding the right home is a serious process. Just like any other long term commitment, you’ve likely spent a great deal of time finding a home that you love and can picture yourself spending your life in. So what happens when you think you’ve found the right one but the seller rejects your offer? Here are 3 ways to deal with losing out on the home you had your heart set on.

1. Don’t obsess over the seller.

It is natural to want to know why your offer was rejected and you may want to start to ask questions about the seller’s motives. You could spend all your time doing that research, instead of continuing your search for a home. It may be difficult, but moving on is your best option. You will never know how a stranger is thinking, so rather than…

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It's time to start packing those moving boxes... You may have done it a few times before and are remembering how difficult it was then. This time it's different; you have kid(s).  Your mind is going in 1,000 different directions and now you have to think of them too. How will this affect them? Here are few tips to make moving with kids less stressful and make a smoother transition. 

1. House Hunt 

After you have accepted your position or narrowed down where you want to live, bring the kids. Show them your favorite homes and tell them what you like about each home. Let them pick out their potential  bedrooms. Letting your kids pick out their bedrooms gives them a feeling that they are in control in an uncontrollable time. Ask your child or…

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A short work week is coming to an end and, if you are like me, you are wondering...what am I/we doing this weekend? Lets be real...realtors don't get weekends but we can dream right!? With the slight chill in the morning air you are probably thinking of pumpkin patches and apple orchards, but there is more than that happening in the area this weekend. Grab your fall drink of choice and head out to one of these events. 


Badger Game Day

Badgers take on Central Michigan on Saturday at 2:30pm in their home opener at Camp Randall Stadium. It's going to be a gorgeous day with temps around 72 degrees at kickoff. Both teams have won their first games of the season but nothing can beat being a Badger and being at home in front of all your fans to…

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For some this weekend is the unofficial start to fall. Everyone is getting their last minute Labor Day cookout and pool parties in before schools go back in session on Tuesday. Despite the fact that Fall doesn't actually start until September 21st, girls and guys alike are already off to Starbucks getting their PSL fix and making everything as pumpkin as possible.  While you might be thinking of corn mazes, and cooler nights by the fire, it's never too soon to keep up with the maintenance on your home.   Here are a few tips to keep your neighbors jealous and maintaining your home this month. 

  • Inspect Interior & Exterior Door Hardware; Fix Squeaky Handles & Loose Doorknobs 

  • Check For Frayed Cords & Wires & Replace As Needed

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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.


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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