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Many agents and their clients take the electronic signing of documents for granted when carrying out real estate transactions. But for those who might balk at the idea for whatever reason, we urge you to read the list of advantages below and consider using electronic signing in the course of your next real estate transaction. 

 

It's All or Nothing

1.) Did you know that in Wisconsin, if you don't consent to exchanging documents electronically with your Madison Realtor, no other parties in your real estate transaction will be permitted to exchange documents electronically? Sounds kind of unreasonable but it's true. In Wisconsin, all parties must consent to the exchange of electronic documents within the same transaction or no one can do so.

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Buying a brand new spec home can be both exciting and, let’s face it, a little overwhelming! If you’re lucky enough to get in on the action early enough in the process however, you might have an opportunity to further customize your new home to your liking, even adding elements like a bar or a finished basement with extra bedroom and bathroom to your project. But even if you’re not planning to go further than what the builder is proposing, it’s still important to know what questions to ask your Realtor so they can coordinate with the builder.

The flip side of this lucky scenario however, is that there can be a lot of open questions, a lot of decisions to make—and a whole lot of details to keep track of. The list below should help you organize your

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One of the best features of living in Dane County is the easy access to Madison’s glorious chain of lakes: Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Kegonsa, and Lake Waubesa. While anyone can enjoy a day on the water, not everyone looking to buy on the lake is familiar with what questions to ask. There’s not only a lot to know about each of Madison’s lakes and about Madison lake living in general, each home or lake condo is unique vis a vis its location and orientation on the lake, not to mention its individual history and features. Below are the 30 most common questions we hear every year from buyers on the hunt for their dream lakefront home or condo in the Madison area:

  1. Is this a year-round home or a vacation home?
  2. Is the property in a flood zone?
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A buyer's final walk-through should be a joyful time, a chance to view the home they're buying with a fresh perspective, full of possibilities for making that home their own following the final closing. It’s also a good opportunity for sellers to prepare their home for new owners taking over so sellers can feel good about transferring the title to the new owners without loose ends or problems popping up prior to (or after) the closing. Here are a few tips for buyers and sellers to ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to what to expect with the final walk-through. Note that once a real estate transaction has closed in the state of Wisconsin it is no longer possible for Realtors to get involved in disputes of any kind. The law says

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If you’re actively looking to buy a home in the Madison WI real estate market, you’re probably aware that it’s been a seller’s market for over a decade now. We know it’s easy to get discouraged because we know about buyers who have bid on our listings and lost out...for the third, fourth, or even the sixth time (true story). We feel fortunate that the clients we represent have never been put through a situation like that (also true). That said, it’s important to have a conversation with your Realtor about what it takes to compete in the event you pursue a home and a bidding war ensues. While Madison area inventory is not expected to miraculously improve anytime soon, there are a number of constructive ways to structure your offer that will…
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Privacy for homeowners has encountered a new frontier: privacy is no longer limited to visual and audio encroachments, no longer merely susceptible to just telescoping cameras and audio bugs, but due to the hyperconnected Internet world now available in almost all residential neighborhoods (in fact “good internet” is now almost as sought after as “clean water”), residential neighborhoods are vulnerable to a whole new source of transgressions against their personal privacy. Who are these transgressors and what do they want from us?

These new intruders are no longer interested in spotting you in your skivvies. They’re not even attempting to tape your conversations. This new breed of intruders wants to mine the little bits and pieces of data that

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Okay, I admit it. I love New Years! Hope rekindles, the calendar turns yet again, and it’s a perfect opportunity to “start over”. If nothing else, that fresh start is typically accompanied by a new Inbox entitled “2020” that, by definition, informs me by its empty status that I’m all caught up with my To Do list even though that clearly won’t last more than a day. Looking into the vast expanse of the 12 months that lie ahead, I’m excited and invigorated at the prospect of a brand new year and all the promise that it holds: friends and acquaintances old and new, each with varying motivations and circumstances for wanting to buy and/or sell real estate, and the unique challenges and opportunities involved with each one. 

 

Sooo, as my email Inbox

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August 1

Concerts on the Square

It’s the last of the Concerts on the Square for the season - and one you don’t want to miss. This installment plays to the tune of “Music of the New World” and features the singing of baritone, Jubilant Sykes. Blankets can be laid on the Capitol lawns from 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and you can learn more at wisconsinchamberorchestra.org.

 

August 1 to 5

2018 Reebok CrossFit Games

Want to see what “fit” really means? You’ll definitely want to check out this year’s CrossFit Games, held over five days at Alliant Energy Center. This year’s event features 50 percent more seating than last year, but you’ll still want to book soon. Get your ticket and full schedule information

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July 3 to 4

Monona Community Festival

Get out to Winnequah Park for some family fun with the kids carnival at the Monona Community Festival  - or, have a blast on your own with all the food, music, and art you can take in over this two-day event. At the very least, you may want to make out for the fireworks on the 4th. Learn more about the events at mononafestival.com.

 

July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 26, 28, 31  

Madison Mallards Games

Baseball is just part of an American summer and you can catch plenty of action without spending a fortune when you head out to the Duckpond for a Mallards match. July holds a variety of daytime and evening games to match your schedule and tickets begin at just $8 for a single game. Get

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June 1 to 3

Festa Italia

Indulge in your favorite Italian foods while the kids participate in games, face painting, and shows. It’s all happening over at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg. It’s just $3 to get in. Doors are open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Get all the details at fitchburgchamber.com.

 

June 1 to 10

Isthmus Jazz Festival

This year’s Jazz Fest spans a full 10 days and you’re going to love the lineup. Ticket prices vary (though some are free to attend), as do the locations, so you’ll need to plan your itinerary carefully. Luckily, you’ll find all the details you need at isthmusjazzfestival.com.

 

June 2

Parks & Trails Unite Festival

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