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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?  

Photo courtesy of GotCredit

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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One of the perks of being in real estate is that, after seeing your fair share of houses, you learn what works in a home and what doesn't. 


Sure, the above photos are pretty obvious. And any Kathy on the street may know she wants a colonial style home with a swimming pool in the backyard. However, only a true real estate guru (salesperson, broker, or avid Pinterester) knows they want snow white, slow close cabinetry, with gainsboro grey accents, black farmhouse cabinet pull handles, and black marble countertops in their kitchen. 

That being said, we thought it might be fun to interview a few of the ladies in the office to see what their dream home looks like. And let me tell you, based on the small amount of hesitation that occurred in

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Happy almost June, everyone! 

June is probably my favorite month of the year. Why, you ask?
1. It's my birthday month and who can truly say they don't like their birthday?
2. It's the beginning of summer! I'm not a huge fan of super hot weather, but I do love an excuse to get out and hike, and what better excuse is there than the beginning of warm weather? 
3. It's the beginning of 90+ days of constant outdoor events! There's nothing like gathering with a crowd of sweaty people, drinking cold beverages, and jamming out to some good music. 

If you're on the same page as me with #3, then grab a pencil so you can get some of this summer's hottest events on your calendar! 


Hozier at the Sylvee

When: Saturday, June 1st; doors open at 7:00PM

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I'm not sure what the exact statistic is but a large portion of people in the United States have forgotten what the true meaning of Memorial Day is. Many (if not most) people know it as a day off of work to go boating, barbecue, and snag all those awesome sales. I'm not saying you can't do those things on Memorial Day, but make sure you keep in mind why your boss has told you to stay away from your workplace for the day:

To remember those we've loved and lost while they were actively serving in the military.

In America, we began observing this day after over 620,000 soldiers were killed in the Civil War; that's more soldiers than were killed in both World Wars combined.


That being said, in order to honor the memories of our fallen heroes,

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Summer is finally on the horizon! 

I don't know about you, but I spent most of my winter inside cozy restaurants, eating comfort food, enjoying the warmth of the indoors. Now that warm weather is actually here, however, I want to be outside, soaking up as many rays of sunshine as possible; if you've seen my pasty skin, you understand why.

Therefore, I've come upon quite the conundrum: how can I avoid skipping precious hours of daylight to do my favorite thing, EAT? Some may see this problem and feel defeated. I, however, see it as an easily overcome challenge: food trucks!

When I lived in the tiny town of Leadville, Colorado (roughly 2500 residents at the time), we had one food truck to service the whole town; that's a generous food

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As a kid, my absolute favorite thing to do was sit in my tree house that my dad built for me, and dream up a million different lives.

Honestly, if I had one in my current backyard, I'd probably be doing the same thing today. An even better alternative, in my opinion, would just be living in a house in a tree full time.

Well, if you're ambitious and passionate enough, you can make a dream like this (see below) happen.

Roberto Nickson

If you're not that ambitious but are a dreamer, then it may be time to turn to Airbnb. Here are just a few tree houses that are available for rent through Airbnb.

Please note: tree houses are built in trees. Bugs live in trees. Wild animals live near/in trees. Despite the fact that these are "tranquil" or

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I'll be honest with you, the idea of buying a home used to scare me nearly to death. A decision so big, where I'm virtually spending my entire savings account, that's finalized with a quick signature...not my idea of a stress-free day. 

Image courtesy of Flickr user Grant Source

However, after being in real estate and working through transactions with my team, I've taken a step back from the ledge.

The home buying process isn't as scary as I once thought, as long as you have these two things: 

1. A fabulous real estate agent who is willing to listen to your wants and needs, can provide you with a list of on-market homes that fit your needs (so long as there are some), negotiate to get you the best price, and isn't just in it for the close and

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You know what that means? A whole new month of Madison events!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and you should be out exploring! Read on to hear about what I find to be the coolest events that we have going on in Madison and Dane County for the month of May, 2019.


Garding Against Cancer Third Annual Signature Event

When: Saturday, May 4th from 5:30-10:30PM
Where: Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715
How much: $175.00 / ticket - get your tickets here.
What: Support cancer research by throwing on your grass skirt and lei for a tropical themed reception and silent auction. The Carbone Cancer Center at UW Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health is hosting with over 50 additional families, businesses, and

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So recently, we got this pretty awesome new feature on our website.

It's called Get Local and it's seriously the only tool you'll ever need when determining if a specific home's location is right for you. 

Before I explain the cool-ness of this feature, let me tell you how to get there.

1. Click here to go to our website's main page.

2. Type in the property address you're inquiring into, click 'Find Your Home', then select the correct home

3. Once you've read through the description of what makes that home great in itself, scroll down almost entirely to the bottom of the page (it'll be at the end of that home's details).

4. When you're here, you can search for directions from your workplace, favorite coffee shop, current location, etc. to

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