Judging by how packed September’s event calendar is, we’re trying to eke out every last drop of Summer, 2016.

September 3 and 4

A Taste of Madison

If it’s Labor Day Weekend, it’s time for A Taste of Madison. Now in its 33rd year, it’s your chance to enjoy bargain-priced menu items from more than 80 local caterers and restaurants. The two date fete also offers three stages, hosting live music all weekend. Who needs to travel on Labor Day Weekend? A Taste of Madison runs from Saturday (2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.) and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., in Downtown Madison. Find details online at tasteofmadison.com.

September 10

Ironkids Fun Run

This is Ironman Wisconsin weekend and one of the events is set aside especially for kids – age 3…

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There was a time, not too long ago, when we counselled our luxury home listing clients to be prepared for a long, slow trip to the closing table. Much has changed in this niche of the Madison real estate market over the past year and now, when asked how long the home will take to sell, we answer with “It depends.”

Don’t get us wrong, although the high-end property owners who took our advice last fall and listed their homes for sale did so during a seller’s market, since then, conditions have changed and, since July, demand for these properties has declined slightly. Nationwide, more than 40 percent of luxury listings experienced a price reduction, according to Altos Research.

It’s still a good time to sell your Madison luxury home, but it’s…

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According to a recent ranking of the 100 largest cities and their park systems, Madison sits at number 10 in the nation. The Trust for Public Land was impressed with Madison’s 6,358 acres of parkland, sure, but they really like the fact that, regardless of age or income, access to our city parks is shared pretty much equally by all.

How about some fun Madison park trivia to impress your friends with at your next get together?

  • The median size of a Madison park is 4.7 acres
  • There are 7.3 playgrounds per 10,000 Madison residents
  • We have 4.2 dog parks per 10,000 residents
  • The oldest municipal park in Madison is Orton, which was established in 1850
  • Our largest park is Cherokee Marsh, with 1,299 acres
  • The most popular park (the most…

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Young couple and baby

Aside from the basics of decent price, desirable location and the home’s condition, have you stopped to consider what else a Madison homebuyer may be looking for? Better yet – what type of buyer your particular home appeals to? This is important information because it allows you to stage your home to subtly appeal to that buyer.

A good way to come up with the answer to this is by using buyer demographics. For instance, younger cell phone shoppers will head straight for the latest, most innovative smart phones, while older folks generally just want something that has a screen with big fonts and the capability to place a basic phone call. It’s the same with houses; younger and older homebuyers have their preferences as well.

Be aware that although…

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Hey, welcome to August, 2016! There’s a lot going on in Mad City this month – so much that it was a bit challenging to narrow it down. Check out just some of the fun August events in Madison.

August 1

Million Dollar Shootout

It’s time for the 20th Annual Million Dollar Shootout Charity Golf Outing, held at Maple Bluff Country Club (500 Kensington Dr. in Madison). A benefit for the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, the 18-hole scramble offers all a chance to win $1 million! Register your foursome online here. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the shot gun start an hour later. After, stay for the awards dinner and raffle. Questions? Call 608-232-3410

August 1 to August 29


The Friends of Monona Library are holding…

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