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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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Post a photo of your home to win a $100 gift card!

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In case you haven't heard by now: The Madison Neighborhoods Team is hosting a holiday decorating competition! If you've spent some time making your home look merry and bright this year, we’d love to see it.

Entering is as simple as posting a photo of your home’s exterior (decorations and all) to our team’s Facebook or Instagram by noon on December 20.

 

If you’ve made your home look merry and bright, we’d love to see it.

 

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And don’t forget to tag us at Madison Neighborhoods so we don’t miss your entry! The entry with the best decorated house wins $100 gift card to

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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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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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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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Winter will be here before we know it! Today I'd would like to discuss with you the different things you should be doing to prepare your home for the cold weather ahead.

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My wife and I recently put a list together of what we should be doing to prepare our home for the winter that's rapidly approaching. We decided to make a set schedule of items so that we know what to do every year in the fall. Here are a few of the things that are on our list: 

  • Removing our hoses from outside faucets. If you leave the hose on the faucet and water collects in the hose, it can freeze and cause your pipes to burst inside or outside your house. Keep in mind
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Today I have six points to consider when selling your home to avoid turning off potential buyers.

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There are plenty of things and situations that can turn a potential buyer off of a property. In order to help my home sellers, I have made a list of the top six things that may deter buyers.

1. Damp or wet marks. Almost anyone walking into a home will be put off if they see damp marks on the ceiling or a sign of moisture on the walls or carpet.

2. Odors. Well over half of the buyers I've worked with say that they dislike smells like cigarette smoke, pet odors, and dampness.

3. Dull lighting. If it's dark in a home, more than half of

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Autumn is one of the best times of year in Wisconsin. I'd like to provide you with some resources to help you find the best places and times to see the lovely foliage.

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This year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel mentioned that the colors will be changing a bit sooner than normal. That being said, fall is just around the corner, so read below for a couple of resources on where to find the best colors in the state! 

Travel Wisconsin is our favorite resource; it provides real time peak foliage in the state with it's live map. This year, the peak season is mid-to-late September in Northern Wisconsin, late September to mid-October in

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School districts often play a big role in determining home values in certain areas, which means homebuyers need to do their research about this topic before buying.

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When you're buying a house, you should always make an educated decision (no pun intended).

School districts play an extremely important role in your home's future value. We're fortunate here in Dane County because we have a lot of great schools. That being said, there are some school districts people commonly choose over others.

One good example is the city of Fitchburg, where similar neighborhoods have people who send their children to different schools. One area’s

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Unfortunately, scams happen in the real estate world too. Here are four common ones that you need to avoid.

 

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While the majority of people are good and honest, a few bad apples always try to take advantage of others. The real estate market is no different.

Here are four common real estate scams that you need to be aware of so that you don't fall prey to one:

1. The mortgage closing scam. This scam starts when hackers gain access to a party of the transaction's email account and try to divert the purchasing funds of one of their clients. If you happen to be in the process of closing on a home and you get weird emails asking you to

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