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Halloween is just around the corner. To make sure your night is full of treats and not tricks, I’ve got five key tips to prepare yourself and your home.   Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale.

 


Today I’d like to share five quick tips on how to prepare yourself and your home for the holiday right around the corner: Halloween.

1. Decorate the front of your home for trick-or-treaters. Decorating your porch or door will help let kids and their parents know that you’re giving out treats.

2. Make sure your property is well lit. Optimizing your lighting will make sure that people remain safe when they're approaching and on your property. You don’t

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Here are seven reasons why buying a home is a smarter idea than you might think it is. Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale.

 


Several people have been asking me about the benefits of being a homeowner lately. If you’re currently paying rent and have been for a while now, I'd like to make you aware of the specific benefits that home buying offers. Here are seven of them:

1. You're paying your own mortgage—not somebody else’s. When you pay rent, you're helping your landlord line his/her pockets and paying off his/her mortgage. When you buy your own home, you’re paying your own mortgage and benefiting from any equity it receives.

2. It isn't as

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Some home selling mistakes are more common than others. Here's how to avoid six of the most common of those mistakes.

 

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There are plenty of potential mistakes you can make when selling your home. We see sellers make these rookie mistakes over and over. We don’t want that to happen to you. Here are six of the most common mistakes we see home sellers make and how you can avoid them when it's time to sell your home.

1. Overpricing the home. Even in a market like we’re in right now where properties are moving quickly, properties that are priced at market value are the ones that are selling over list price and over

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Finding the right neighborhood for you can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a list of five steps that will make the process fun and stress-free. Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale.

 


When the time comes to move, it can be a difficult and overwhelming process choosing a new neighborhood, especially if you are relocating to a brand-new area. These five simple steps will make that process simpler and stress-free.

1. Google is your friend: Simply searching what is important to you like “best places to live in Madison, Wisconsin” or "Best neighborhoods in..." will give you plenty of lists that point out the different features of any

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If you're currently interested in buying or selling a home, you're probably wondering: what's going on in the real estate market right now? Inventory is tight and prices are on the rise, but all hope is not lost for buying a home. Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale.

 

What's going on in the market here in Dane County?

Interest rates are still bouncing around near historic lows and we're still short on inventory, so sellers continue to have a big advantage with median home prices skyrocketing. The number of sales has decreased due to the low inventory; April and May saw the fewest same-month home sales we've seen since 2014 and was also

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Try these methods to make your offer to purchase a home stand out.

 

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If you want to buy a home in this highly competitive market, how can you make your offer stand out? You need to cater to what's important to the seller. Here are three things that can help you do that:

1. Limiting your contingencies: A lot of contingencies don't actually cost that much. For example, you might want to have a radon test (and you probably should at some point), but even if radon levels are high in a home you want to buy, it most likely won’t cost very much to fix later on. Don't let contingencies that you can test for later

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I recently had a couple of clients whose Zestimate on their home was $681,000. However, it showed that same property had sold for $215,000 two years prior. Apparently, my clients had sold another property two years ago for that price, but it was nowhere near it and had nothing to do with their current home. For some reason, the tax information that Zillow obtained was applied to the information it had on their current home, which I assume greatly affected the current Zestimate.

So how accurate are Zestimates?

Zillow reports that the median Zestimate is off by about 5% of what a home sells for.  So, for my

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If you want to get your home sold quickly and for the most amount of money, then I can help you do just that with these three tips.

1. The first is don’t wait. Get your home on the market immediately. Late March, early April, and May are when most of the Accepted Offers in our market occur. I know you’ve probably heard that June is the best month for getting properties sold, but that’s only because those are the offers that were accepted from now through May that close in June.

Now that we're approaching Spring and Summer months, most people want to find a house now and want to get closed as soon as school gets out.

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What was the Dane County real estate market like in 2016? What can we expect for the rest of 2017?

In 2016, we set a new record for the all-time number of sales for single-family homes as well as single-family condos, finishing the year with 8,073 sales. December was also a record month with 17% higher sales than December 2015.

The best part? We accomplished this with a restricted amount of inventory. That restricted inventory put pressure on prices which resulted in an increase in the median sales price of about $13,000. At the end of 2016, we had a supply of 1.78 months of homes and condos. This was 25% less than

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Today I'd like to point out some misconceptions that you may have as a homebuyer.

Why is now a good time to be in the market as a buyer?

    1. Seasonality of pricing. During the spring and summer months, the median price is traditionally higher than during the winter. According to both Dane County data and data from the National Association of Realtors, you’re likely to pay less for a home during the winter versus any other time of the year.
    2. Less competition. There are fewer buyers in the market at this time of the year that you'll have to compete against. When sellers have fewer buyers looking at their home, you’re
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