Yippee! The South Central Wisconsin MLS board completed its compliance on our new site yesterday (in very short order, I might add) and Real Estate Webmasters' development server login prompt was removed from our site this morning. So as of today, we have liftoff my friends and it is official: www.LakeAndCityHomes.com is now live!

Over the past few days we've added over one hundred popular searches and almost 150 pages of unique content relating to Dane County homes and the Greater Madison Area real estate market (with much more content to come!). We're anticipating that many of the popular searches we've created will become favorites with site visitors. We want to make it a snap for you to find the homes that fit your lifestyle in the areas you're targeting. That's why we've tried to create quick searches by lifestyle, by community, by neighborhood and other specialized searches. Examples include "Lakefront homes", Luxury homes, and "Downtown condos", as well as "Golf Communities", Dog-friendly condos, and Walkable homes just to name a few.

We've also created shortcuts for some of Madison's most popular neighborhoods such as Nakoma, Sunset Village and Shorewood Hills, as well as Monona, Maple Bluff and Middleton Hills. If you don't see a shortcut you want, feel free to suggest it or try searching another way. We've got oodles of options for searching! You can search by City, Subdivision, School, Zip Code, MLS number, or even using our interactive Map Search. We think you're gonna love it! What's more: if you register on the site you can set up and save your own searches, save your favorite listings, and even exchange messages to us via your personal message system - all without leaving the site!

We're excited about all the new tools we're delivering in our first release of lakeandcityhomes.com! We hope you'll take the time to blast off with us and send us your feedback. We aim to please and like to think we're aiming high, but we know we can't be the very best real estate website in Dane County without your comments, feedback and suggestions! Feel free to comment on our blog, call us at (563) BUY-SOLD (563-289-7653) or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Congratulations on the new venture. You site looks outstanding and finally a blog that is well written. Let me be the first to congratulate you...

Posted by Nick on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 at 7:13pm

Excellent site. The search is easy to use, navigation is easy and intuitive and The map with roll overs is really cool. Some seriously fancy digs!

Posted by Skip Evans on Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at 10:56am

Congratulations!!! The site looks great, and is extremely well thought out and easy to use. I'm a fan of the map with rollovers as well; it is SO helpful to buyers who know the area they're interested in, but not necessarily the street names. Good luck with your new venture!

Posted by Jodi Fisher on Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at 1:01pm

Congrats, Jolenta! Your site looks fabulous, with thoughful tools that will help the end-user find just what they're looking for in Madison WI. I'm astounded that you've pulled it off while simultaneously starting a new brokerage. As one Realtor to another, my hat is off to you! Hope I have the opportunity to send business from Colorado your way soon ...

Posted by Kathie Shandro on Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at 5:31pm

The more I explore your website I realize how well thought-out and well-defined it is to achieve both "excitement" about doing business with you and how informative it is. You and whomever put it together did a very good job of achieving something out of the ordinary. The website...it works without being cute or simplistic, but is intriguing and makes me want to continue to visit to see what’s new...

Posted by Nick on Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at 7:52pm

Congratulations, Jo! Everything looks great; all the hard work certainly has paid off on the front-end! See you soon... love (your bro),


Posted by Gerard on Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 8:24am

Congratulations on your new company and the new website. Everything looks great!

Posted by Joe Luther on Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 2:15pm

Jolenta, the website looks fantastic !! This site is very informative and well designed. I also enjoy using the maps and saving my searches. Anyone interested in real estate in Madison and the surrounding area needs to visit this site. Great job !!

Posted by Rob Gaddis on Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 8:57pm

The site is really functional and multi-featured. Way better than any realty site I've seen. Way to go!

Posted by Eric Tadsen on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 9:53am


Congratulations on launching such a fantastic real estate web site. Not only is the site extremely attractive, it is also extremely easy to navigate. Your site contains everything one would need if interested in buying or selling property, and I am looking forward to spreading the word about your new business! Outstanding!!

Posted by Pete Jones on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 6:00pm

Jolenta, well done and congratulations on launching your own brokerage - it looks like you have been established for years! The functionality, look, and feel of your web site is outstanding - the best-of-the-best. The wealth of real-time information and resources will make your site the go-to place for "all things real estate". Your demonstrated commitment to service and results for your clients will ensure your success. Best of luck.

Posted by Paul Alwin on Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 8:43pm

WOW!!! Jolenta, this is the best real estate website I have EVER seen for the Madison, WI and surrounding area. Finally, the buyers in your area have the tools to make an educated decision regarding their home or land purchase. When an agent goes to this extent to be the best on the web, I can only imagine how great the customer service is. Congratulations. What a website.

Posted by Todd Covington on Monday, April 13th, 2009 at 5:42pm

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