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If you're wondering what's happening in the real estate markets for both Madison, WI and Dane County, you're in the right place. Read on for today's market update.

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At the moment, we're in a seller's market, as we have been for quite some time. In the greater Madison area, there's currently less than one month’s supply of homes available for sale. In Dane County, there's a little less than 1.5 months of supply.

Some of you may ask, how does a seller's market affect property values? 

Generally speaking, a low supply of homes for sale puts upward pressure on pricing. However, since it's still early in the year, most sellers haven’t

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How do you decompress?

Do you house a stress ball in your desk drawer? Do you head out to the woods and let nature soothe you? Or, do you throw on your favorite song, like me, and sing/dance it out? Better yet, put me in a music venue with a crowd of people who are all in that room for (ultimately) the same reason, and that show can make every stress in my mind disappear for approximately three hours.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Julie, Dave & Family


Music lovers / de-stressers are lucky to live in Madison.

Not only do we constantly have new and awesome bands coming to town, but we have multiple venues to choose from that reside in the city. 

Because the next few months will likely continue to be the arctic freeze that the past month has

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For those of you who are unaware, one of the biggest money makers for both chocolate companies and florists is next week: Valentine's Day, or as some of my friends like to call it, Singles Awareness Day.

Disclaimer for the latter: Singles Awareness Day is actually February 15th. Don't worry my single friends, there's an entire day dedicated to celebrating you. 


Photo courtesy of yours truly

Whatever you like to refer to it as, it's a week to celebrate and appreciate the ones you love. If you're anything like me, when you celebrate, there should be copious amounts of good food involved.

Lucky for us Dane County dwellers, there are a ton of really great restaurants to choose from for an occasion as so.

If you'd like to learn more about the

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This Sunday, February 3rd is the event that sports' lovers, advertising majors, Adam Levine enthusiasts, and chip dip fanatics have all been waiting for: Super Bowl Sunday.


Whether your favorite team is playing or you're just in it for the hilarious commercials, Sunday is a day to kick back in front of the TV and relax.

Here in Wisconsin, the past week has literally (actually) been a polar vortex. Many of you, myself included, are experiencing cabin fever. However, have no fear: this weekend a heat wave is heading our way! That's right, temperatures above 0 degrees which means it will be safe, yet again, to leave the house. Therefore, this year's Super Bowl may be an out-of-the-house event for us polar vortexees. 

In Dane County, most of the

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Calling All Coffee Lovers:


If you haven't already, it's time for you to move to Madison, WI. Not only do we have amazing fish fry options (as seen in last week's blog) but we also have delicious, frothy, flavorful caffeine on caffeine on CAFFEINE.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Rafael Saldaña
 

I typically try to take coffee from home to work in order to save money and time. However, when I forget to set up Mr. Coffee the night before, chaos undoubtedly ensues the next morning. That's why it's nice to know the local coffee shops that are on the way to work and that know how to make quality coffee without skimping on the caffeine levels.

So whether you run out of time to make your own coffee, or just want a froofy beverage made by a professional

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If you're a Wisconsin native (or have lived here long enough), then you know that attending a Fish Fry on a Friday night is a natural part of life. 

If you've only been in Wisconsin for a short time or just so happened to take an accidental detour to our beautiful country, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about.

Whichever person you are, I can almost guarantee you that it will benefit your happiness and stomach to continue reading.

A fish fry is an event where many different types of fish are thrown into some batter and deep fried, then served on a plate with coleslaw, potato pancakes, and/or other delectable, comfort food sides. If you're someone who's looking out for his/her health, your fish fry may be baked, sans breading.

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The other day, I was reading up on homes that are entirely made up of smart gadgets. The lights turn on by themselves, the garage door can be closed from miles away, different gadgets speak to you as you enter rooms...

It honestly reminds me of that movie on Disney Channel from when I was younger and it makes me slightly uncomfortable (if you've seen it, you know why).


Photo credit to Disney

This got me thinking, I wonder what smart technology is out there that I don't know about. This one simple, pondering thought sent me on a hilarious research mission that I'm now excitedly sharing with you. Read on to hear about the weirdest smart technology you never knew you needed.

 

Quirky Egg Minder

If this isn't the fanciest egg tray you've

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Have you been trying to figure out how you can lower your energy bill during the winter season? If so, read on for some tips.

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As you probably already know, winter time is when energy bills can get pretty expensive, but following these eight simple tips will help you cut some of the cost:

1. Switch out your furnace filter. This is something many of us forget to do as often as we should. Taking the time to complete this easy assignment won't only make a huge difference in your heating bills, but it will also positively affect efficiency and life span of your furnace.

2. Check to make sure your cold air returns aren’t blocked. You'll also

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Let's start off by saying, Happy 2019! 

To say 2018 was a great year would be an understatement.

We had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people, some clients, some vendors. So thank you all for making our 2018 a wonderful one! 

Our team agreed that our favorite parts of the year were the times when we were able to help save our buyers and sellers money. Therefore, we wanted to take some time at the beginning of 2019 to share our top eight savings of 2018. 

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#1

In August, we helped some friends buy a home in Middleton.

List price: $2.3 million
Sale price: $1.9 million
Savings: 17.39% off list price

Though we don't have a photo of the happy homebuyers, I don't think anyone would be upset with those

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Happy (almost) 2019, everyone!

I hope you all got to spend the past week of holiday festivities with loved ones and are looking forward to celebrating the end of yet another fabulous year. Even though winter hasn't really kicked in yet, AKA we haven't gotten any snow to stick, it's still fairly cold outside. In addition to the unfriendly temperatures, it's drab, dreary, and snow-less in Madison at the moment. I don't know about you, but I do NOT want to be outdoors when it looks like this (current mood outside my front window):


Photo courtesy of me

For the majority of my friends, this ugly weather means looking for ways to stay busy and entertained indoors. Though I'm definitely a winter lover, I prefer my cold weather to be paired with flaky

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