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COMING SOON!

 

3B/2.5B nestled into a cul-de-sac on Madison's Westside. 

 

Snuggle up next to your brick flanked fireplace just in time for cold weather.

Watch the snow fall from the comfort of your all-season sun room.

Easily flip the unfinished basement into a family room.

Just a mile from Westside shopping and restaurants.


 

Contact us for more details:

608.729.7351

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Today I'd like to help in formulating your “blueprint” for buying and/or selling your home this winter.

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Though most people don't realize it, winter is actually a great time to buy and/or sell a home. 

 

In terms of buying: inventory will creep up relative to demand, and due to the colder weather and snow, not as many buyers will be out. If you're willing to brave the weather, it's likely you'll find a bargain at this time of year. Since there isn't as much competition at this time of the year, you won't need to rush through getting an offer written in fear of getting yours in too late.

Another plus for buyers is that you’ll find that

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You’re in the market to buy a new home...

but you want to make sure you don’t have an insanely long commute to work. It can get expensive and exhausting having a 30-minute drive to and from your daily destinations, plus the time that gets added on because of the imminent rush hour traffic you’ll (at least occasionally) get stuck in. If you’re planning on moving to a new city, or even neighborhood, traffic at different times of the day in that area is most likely foreign to you. 


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Shaun Garrity 

If you can relate to any of the above, you’re not alone. An article by the National Association of REALTORS® says that 64% of homebuyers bought a home based on the convenience factor in relation to their work place. Over 1/5 of

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Nowadays, everyone is either looking to develop the next best app, or download it.

Recently, I discovered an app that I had no idea existed until I was fully emerged in the world of real estate. The app is called Nextdoor and it's social media for you and your neighbors.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Thomas Hawk

I'm sure some people will read this and think, whatever happened to the good old days, where if you wanted to meet your neighbors, you'd go outside and rake the leaves or check the mail. My answer is this: technology is the future and the future is now. As much as a lot of you may not want to accept it, we're headed towards robotic world domination. Most people spend so much time on their phones, they aren't staying up to date with what's

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With holiday music playing on the radio and decorations throwing up all over the aisles of department stores, I think it's safe to say the holiday season has begun. 


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Cat Bauer.

The holidays are a time where we tend to get side-tracked with all of the busyness of buying gifts, planning for events, etc. all while attempting to balance our normal daily routines and work life. We often forget to take time to stop and smell the firs. A lot of people I talk to use the excuse "Well, I don't have any extra money to spend on enjoying the holiday season." For those of you who can second the aforementioned belief, I'm here to tell you that one of my favorite holiday past times costs little to no money at all: 

As a kid, my dad

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This Thanksgiving, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to the people who make our business possible and our lives a lot easier.

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The leaves are changing color, the holidays are coming up quickly, and Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Therefore, our team decided it's the perfect time to think about what we're thankful for. We agreed that we're all thankful for you

We can’t say how much we appreciate your continued support.

We hope that you get to enjoy Thanksgiving and the holidays with the people you love, delicious food, and great conversation.

From our team to your family: Happy Thanksgiving!

Otherwise, if you have any questions for me,

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Who doesn't love an enormous Thanksgiving feast?

Thanksgiving is one of the few (if not the only) days of the year that you should only feel guilty if you don't have at least three heaping plates of food. However, can you imagine being the host of Thanksgiving and having to provide a meal, like the one below that Flickr user st.steele made for her family, for your entire group of loved ones?

In my family, we each try to bring one food item. This is so the hostest (with the mostest) doesn't have to worry about making fifteen different dishes when she's already in charge of preparing the turkey, cleaning the entire house, breaking out the good china and napkins, and washing a week's worth of dishes at the end of it all.

I usually have a few

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If you're reading this right now, you should be aware that there are people who are much less fortunate than you. You probably have some sort of Thanksgiving tradition where you go to a select family member's house and gorge on a ridiculous amount of carbs and then sit around and reminisce about the Thanksgivings of year's past.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Johnny

However, not everyone gets that opportunity. Some people don't have anywhere to go for the holidays or don't have any money to get food on the table for their families. If you're anything like me, then this probably pulls on your heartstrings a little. However, do not fret: there are plenty of ways you can help make Thanksgiving possible for these individuals and families! Here are just a

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I've seen countless blog posts and articles discussing the "Rent vs. Buy" debate.

Some of those write-ups take the side of home buying, while others claim renting is the more advantageous route to take. However, after reading numerous pieces and chatting with several friends on both sides, I've found that the "better" choice depends entirely on the person making the decision. So are you going to enter the red door below and continue renting or will you open the blue door and purchase your first home?

Keep reading to find out which choice is better for you. 

Photo courtesy of Flickr account Tim Franklin Photography

 

According to a 2016 PEW Research Center Survey, 75 million US household heads are homeowners, while 43.3 million are renters.

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Dryer fires happen more frequently than most people know. Therefore, I'd like to share a simple remedy to prevent them from occurring. 

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Each year, there are approximately 15,000 fires directly attributed to clothes dryers. The largest source of these fires? Lint build up in dryer ducts.

Lint tends to build up in dryers and their ducts over time, especially if you're not maintaining them. If your clothes need an extra cycle to dry or if something smells like it's burning, it’s probably time to get your dryer and exhaust ducts cleaned out.

For our dryer at home, my family uses a local company in Madison called Dirty Ducts. They charge

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