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On Saturday, we celebrated Armed Forces Day across the country. Here in Wisconsin, home to nearly 900,000 U.S. veterans, the day was noted with a Harley-Davidson Support the Troops Ride, military displays, a 21-gun salute and Echo Taps and more. A couple hours north of Madison, Fort McCoy held an open house celebration.

California’s attorney general Kamala Harris sums it up when she said “We owe our vets the support and benefits they earned while wearing a uniform.” We all know about the shoddy medical support these men and women have been subjected to. What may come as a surprise to you, however, is how few of our nation’s heroes understand the home loan benefit to which they are entitled.

Of our 21,369,602 military veterans, only 2.4 percent

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A couple of weeks ago we discussed ways to remain in Madison after you retire and, as promised, this week we’re going to help you find a neighborhood in Madison.   

While experts are quick to designate cities as ideal retirement havens, narrowing down your choice of neighborhood will be a bit more challenging. Thankfully, we have you covered here, and we’ve categorized them according to what our older clients say they’re looking for.

I don’t want to live around old folks

“I’m retired, not dead,” is a common refrain we hear and we get it. The last thing most 60-somethings want is to be put out to pasture, doing arts and crafts in a community room at a senior center. So, ok, check out Sunset Village. Yes, there is a senior center in the area

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Did you know that Anna Jarvis, the woman who lobbied so hard for Mother’s Day to become a holiday, eventually tried to have it rescinded? In fact, from the day that retail hijacked the holiday (which happened almost immediately upon its inception) until the day she died she protested it, even getting arrested a couple of times.

Sadly, like most of our holidays, retail still dictates what gifts we receive on Mother’s Day. That candy-flowers-card routine isn’t exactly what we want, but retailers have everyone thinking it is.

Well, they’re wrong. In fact, a RetailMeNot survey of a few years ago proves that what Moms want, they rarely get. So, skip the retail-inspired lists of the must-give gift this Mother’s Day and read on for some ideas about

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There is so much going on this month in Madison, what with Mother's Day, Memorial Day and the Kentucky Derby. Circle some dates and enjoy May in Madison!

Through May 7, 2017

Madison Craft Beer Week

Each year at this time we celebrate Mad City’s craft beer culture. The celebration brings beer lovers from all over the state to attend beer dinners, brewery parties, beer walks and more. Get details on all the events online at


May 4

Fitchburg Farmers Market

You know that spring is well underway when the Fitchburg Farmers Market opens for the season. Starting today and every Thursday through October 26, you can shop for your favorite locally-grown goodies at the Agora Pavilion (5511 E. Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg). The

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In 2015, the Huffington Post gave us “5 Reasons Madison, Wisconsin May Be The World’s Best Place To Retire.” Forbes named us number one on its list of “25 Best Cities For An Active Retirement,” in 2011. AARP puts Madison as the best medium-sized city on its list of “The Most Livable Places at 50+” and CNN Money claims that Mad City is the best choice of their “5 best cities to grow older in.”

And, no, we haven’t taken a job with the Madison Booster Club (if there is one), we just wholeheartedly agree that Wisconsin offers retirees a dream “forever vacation.” Whether you’re just now considering taking down the shingle or you’ve already stepped into retirement, Madison is one of the best places in the country to live.

But, can you afford to

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Ah, if only there were summer camps for grownups -- kids just don’t get how lucky they are! It’s time to get the young ones enrolled so they can be kept busy and having fun this summer. Although this list doesn’t include all Madison summer camps for kids, we feel it’s a pretty well-rounded list.

Art Summer Camps in Madison

Monroe Street Art Center Art Camp

2526 Monroe St., Madison

(608) 232-1510

Three camps, segregated by age: 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 14.


Educational Summer Camps in Madison

Ceos of Tomorrow

316 W. Washington Avenue, Suite 675, Madison

(608) 298-6949

Offering two programs for kids in grades 4 through 8. “The curriculum used in each workshop has been aligned to math, literacy, entrepreneurship, and

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Sunday is Easter and if you’re just now making plans for brunch, you’d best be getting a move on. Some of the more popular Madison eateries are selling out quickly so choose a spot from our list and give them a call. We queried our clients, friends and families about their favorite Easter brunch spots and you’ll find the results below.

Granite City Food & Brewery

Granite City is serving brunch from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Carved prime rib, Grand Marnier® glazed ham, salmon béarnaise, pasta, turkey and more will be offered, as will a custom omelet bar. You’ll pay $23.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids age six to 12 and those younger than five eat free.

72 W Towne Mall

(608) 829-0700


The Edgewater’s Easter brunch in The

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woman riding a bike in a park

No doubt you’ve heard it repeatedly: your home may be the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. Sadly, most homebuyers don’t keep that in mind during the purchase process. Instead, it is all about emotions -- the sexy staircase, the über-cool kitchen and the to-die-for flooring. Seldom are we asked how to know if a home will hold its value, what factors into determining a home’s future value and how to shop for a home that will eventually make the buyer money.

While the answers to these questions are complex, some predictors of future value are obvious:

  • Location
  • Age
  • Size
  • Layout
  • Condition
  • Upgrades
  • Market variables

One must dig deep into even these obvious factors to find the “nuggets” of needed information. For

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Ah, spring is finally in the still-somewhat-nippy air and April’s Madison entertainment calendar proves it. Sure, we're headed for some April showers this month, but don't let that stop you from getting out and enjoying some of this month's amazing events. 

April 1

Spring Fling

We LOVE free events, especially when they’re family-oriented and this one is a must-attend. On April 1 (no fooling!) the Crowne Plaza (4402 E. Washington Ave. in Madison) hosts the Spring Fling, a day full of shopping for crafts from more than 50 vendors. You’ll find jewelry, makeup, body products and more. Parking is free too and you’ll receive a free carnation, be entered in free gift bag and spa/massage raffles too. This event happens from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and

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A couple of weeks ago we featured three stunning Madison country clubs and the homes that surround them. As promised, here’s part two. If you long to live on or near a golf course in Madison, read on.

Bishops Bay Country Club

Named among Wisconsin’s Top 10 Private Golf and Country Clubs, Bishops Bay in Middleton should be at or near the top of the list for avid golfers seeking a new home. Actually, anyone that longs for the rolling green vistas a golf course provides would do well to look at homes for sale near Bishops Bay Country Club.

Bishops Bay opened in 1995, offering golf with a backdrop of spectacular views of both the capitol and Lake Mendota. The 18-hole course features 7,160 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. But

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