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Is your home safe from radon? According to our guest, Jerin Zander, there is about a 50% chance that it isn’t.

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With me today is Jerin Zander from Zander Solutions, the area’s expert on radon gas and the remediation of it.

 

Our first question is, “What is radon gas and where does it come from?”

 

Radon gas is produced from the radioactive decay of the element uranium, which can be found naturally in the ground. It can seep into your home through the cracks underneath your basement and accumulate in your home. Because radon is an odorless and tasteless gas, you will not know whether you have it unless you test for it.

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What are the biggest mistakes you can make when listing your home? There are six in particular that you need to avoid.   Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale.  

When listing a home in today's Dane County market, sellers need to be careful to avoid certain mistakes. Today I'd like to share six particular listing blunders to stay away from when you sell.

 

1. Overpricing your house. In a market like ours, homes are selling above their list price. However, it's still good to know the market value of your home and price it at or near that value if you want to create a bidding war for it.

 

2. Limiting the availability of your house for showings. You need to live

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As we move through the spring market, demand continues to surpass supply in Dane County. If you’re a seller, now is the time to put your home on the market.

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What’s the latest news from our Dane County spring market?

As we've discussed previously, spring is always the hottest time for real estate, and this year is no different. We expect March, April, and May to be the three hottest months for real estate in terms of accepted offers. June will be the hottest month in terms of closed sales, but the accepted offers leading to those sales are occurring now.

Looking back on January, February, and March, our first quarter market was

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If you’re going to buy a house, there may be a few costs involved that might come unexpected to you.

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There are some costs of buying a property that you might not be factoring in when it comes time to buy your own property. Today, I’m going to go through a few of them with you to make you a more informed buyer who won’t get caught off guard.

1. The cost of the home inspection. An inspection is necessary to make sure there aren’t any hidden issues with the property. An inspection typically costs a few hundred dollars—$400 to $500 is a good planning range to get a good inspector. The inspection is also a good time to have your home

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If you’re saving for a down payment, there are a number of changes you can make that will help save you more money and faster. Today, I’ve got five tips to share with you.

 

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The days of putting 20% down for a home purchase are long gone. According to data collected by the National Association of Realtors, 60% of homeowners financed their home purchase with a down payment of 6% or less within the last year.

Nationally, the average home price is about $258,000. This means the average down payment is about $15,000.

That being said, I’d like to go over five easy ways to help you save for your down payment.

1. Skip

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If you’re a buyer, you shouldn’t necessarily be worried about rising interest rates. If you’re a seller, however, now is the time to get top dollar for your home.

 

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Interest rates have finally started to rise. In fact, for the first time since last summer, they’ve increased to more than 4% for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Today, they’re at 4.5% for most of the lenders we work with.

We’re in for quite a competitive stretch in the housing market. By the end of last year, we had fewer than 1,000 active listings here in Dane County. Right now, we have 848 condos and single family homes for sale without accepted offers.

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What happens once your offer is accepted on your new house? Before you start celebrating, there are a few steps you have to take prior to sitting at the closing table.

Typically, transactions in our market are financed by a lender or bank. As a result, most transactions close in about 45 days.


After your offer is accepted, one of the first things you need to do is to make sure that you apply for a mortgage. If you were previously pre-approved before your homesearch, then we have probably already had contact with your lender, so we can send your documentation directly to them.

Normally, it will take 30 to 35 days

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Today, I’ll be sharing four simple, inexpensive bathroom upgrades that can add a lot of value before you list.

 

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If you're planning to sell you home in the next year, I have some simple and inexpensive upgrades you may want to make before you list.

1. Flooring and color schemes. There are plenty of options out there for vinyl flooring today. Between wood plank patterns, tile patterns, and many more, there’s a lot to choose from. Additionally, this project is one you can easily do yourself. When it comes to color schemes, I highly recommend keeping things toned down. Tan or light blue are great, soothing

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2018 is almost here. Do you want to know how our market is expected to change?
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What’s happening in our market right now? What can we expect from the market in 2018?

First, let’s start off with the number of homes that are currently available in the Madison area. Currently, there's less than 1.5 months of supply in terms of both condos and single-family homes.  What does this mean you may ask? This means we’re in a seller’s market at the moment (brief explanation: a balanced market is about 6 months of available homes at the rate of sale using the average of the past 12 months. In a "balanced" market supply and

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I'd love to share seven tips that you can use to prepare your home for sale in the winter months.

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Today, let's chat about seven things you can use to make sure you're ready for your wintertime sale.

1. Make sure your home is well-lit in the evening. Days are getting shorter and buyers will still likely be out looking after dark, so having good lighting will keep your home from looking gloomy and dingy. Turn your inside and outside lights on before a showing; if you won't be home, ask your realtor to do it for you. A lot of sellers use compact fluorescent lighting; these require a warm-up period before they

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