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Pride of Ownership evident in this Near West Side Home for Sale!

You’re not alone if you wish you could find an affordable, good-sized, walkable, bikeable home on the near West Side of Madison! Well, you've come to the right place! Check out this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath national folk/farmhouse in University Park neighborhood across from Shorewood Hills just behind Whole Foods! This charming vintage 2-story is clean and move-in ready. It features a formal living room and formal dining room, and kitchen with full suite of appliances including gas stove and full-sized dishwasher. There are sliding glass doors off the dining room that lead to a spacious back deck and private fenced-in yard with included hot tub and rebuilt 1.5 car garage! This charming

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house puzzle

After more than a decade of strong seller markets, many people have faced the unenviable situation where they have to sell a home before they can buy a replacement home. In other words, they need the proceeds of their current home in order to move forward on a replacement property. In such competitive seller markets however, it's worth pondering some of the potential outcomes, good and bad, to thoroughly evaluate one's options. It’s a bit of a catch-22: how do you buy a home if you have to sell your current home first? What happens if you sell your current home and can’t land a replacement property in time? As you can imagine, there are lot of ways this scenario can play itself out depending on the circumstances and flexibility (financial or

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It’s one thing to have a general understanding of the overall home buying process, however it’s another to have a solid grasp of the information that’s needed for your Realtor to draft an offer to purchase on the home or condo you want to buy in Wisconsin. If you’re like many people who are serious about the home-buying process, you’ll want to think carefully about the decisions that factor into what’s needed to draft an offer to purchase. Apart from the all-important question of how much to offer (which is going to depend on the latest comps plus current market conditions), here are ten basic questions Realtors need answered in order move forward on drafting an offer on a home or condo in the Madison WI real estate market:

 

Who Is Buying This

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Capitol

Let’s face it—downtown Madison is not the cheapest place to live! But for those who can afford it, it’s an enviable lifestyle with seemingly endless choices for food, drink, shopping, entertainment, lakes, parks, and more—all within walking distance of some of Madison’s premier downtown condo developments!

Here are the top ten reasons we consistently hear from our clients who want to relocate to downtown Madison or who have already relocated to Wisconsin’s beautiful downtown:

1. You're at the heart of where it's all happening on Madison's beautiful isthmus!

2. Spectacular, sparkling, beautiful Lake Monona & Lake Mendota. Need I say more?!

3. Easy access to great venues like The Overture Center, The Orpheum Theatre, Monona Terrace & the

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pen and paper

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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