I just wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a very Happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I hope that you're soaking up this special day with your family and friends if you're fortunate enough to be with them today. I also wanted to let you know how very grateful and appreciative I am for all the friendship, love, and support you've shown us this year at Lake & City Homes Realty. I have been so very touched by the many stories you've shared with us and the trust you've placed in us to assist you in achieving your real estate goals. We know it's not easy to buy and sell property while juggling work, family, and life's many challenges so as our way of saying THANK YOU and showing our gratitude, here is our gift to you for this Thanksgiving…

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You may or may not like the song or even the band (seriously though, who doesn't like R.E.M.?), but we're sure you're gonna love our new MLS data feed!

Starting today, instead of new property listings hitting our site every 24 hours, they're going to hit our site every three hours. That's right, LakeandCityHomes.com now receives data (new listings, photos, price updates, etc) from the South Central WI MLS every three hours rather than once a day! How do you like that frequency?!

Why is that important, you might be asking yourself? Simply put, if you're looking to buy a property in a popular neighborhood or sought-after area, you're going to have some stiff competition, even in a buyer's market. But now that the listings on our website are updated…

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executive-style ranch on Madison's West SideAt Lake & City Homes Realty we're all about finding homes that fit your lifestyle. So if you're looking for executive-style living, you should check out our newest listing at 3510 Field Crest Way located just off McKee Rd on Madison's beautiful West Side.

What's executive-style living? While it can mean different things to different people, here's a brief compilation of some of the descriptives we've been hearing:

"A newer, single-family home with an open floor plan layout that includes a Master suite and plenty of living space on the main floor for entertaining, coupled with a beautifully landscaped yard in a unique setting within a mature, established neighborhood with convenient access to shops, entertainment, dining, and recreational activities."…

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I'm pleased to announce that after two weeks of enduring a steep learning curve for video editing, a variety of technical issues and glitches, and a fair degree of performance anxiety, I'm finally ready to kick off our new monthly housing update! It's dubbed The Madison Market Update because it's focused on the residential Madison WI real estate market.

In today's premier edition of the Madison Market Update you'll find highlights of the Madison housing market year-to-date with comparisons to last year using measures such as sales volume, average prices, average days on market and more. The Madison Market Update will be updated monthly and you'll have access to all the charts and graphs discussed in each edition via our Madison Market Statistics page…

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On November 6, 2009, President Obama signed a bill to extend the tax credit for first-time homebuyers (FTHBs) through June 30, 2010. The bill also opens up opportunities for others who are not buying a home for the first time. In response to the many questions I've been getting, I've put together the tax credit overview below so you can bring the new tax credit into focus and learn what may mean to you.

Who Gets What?

First-Time Homebuyers (FTHBs): First-time homebuyers (that is, people who have not owned a homewithin the last three years) may be eligible for the tax credit. The credit forFTHBs is 10% of the purchase price of the home, with a maximum available creditof $8,000.

Single taxpayers and married couples filing a joint return may…

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