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Spring Market – Buyers Are Competing Again, How Can You Win?

It’s that time again… the spring real estate market has begun (back in February). I had a hunch it was going to be a very active spring, but I thought it would be a little calmer than last year. I was wrong. Buyer’s started coming out of the woodwork in February, even among the -30 Read More

Verona Home Sales Statistics – October 2015

It was a strong summer for Verona housing, but it was somewhat week for the higher end homes. However, September  and especially October turned that around! October posted a $100,000 increase in average price over the same time period last year! That is not to say the market went up that much, the Verona market is Read More

Home Buyer Fees and Expenses

We often get many questions from first time home buyers about what kind of expenses they can expect when they purchase their first home. Of course, every situation is different and the numbers are dependent on the services and providers chosen, but here’s a good budgetary summary of what you can expect. Upfront Costs: Earnest Read More

How Radon Can Affect Your Home

In the last several years Radon testing has become more common when buying or selling a home, but many buyers and sellers don’t know anything about it. It sometimes catches a buyer off guard when we ask if they want a Radon testing contingency; or a seller maybe hesitant to accept an offer with a Read More

How To Knock Out Your Opponent When There Are Competing Offers

    In the current housing market, competing offers are not uncommon. We’ve had to turn away some very strong offers on our listings because other offers have better terms. We’ve also worked with several buyers who have recently had to compete for the home they really want. Here’s a few tips to help your Read More

Dane County Housing Statistics – Things Are Looking Up

Almost 6 months ago I posted that I thought we were transitioning towards a seller’s market. It turns out, I was right. I don’t think I’ve posted much since then about market statistics (or even informational blogs).  Why, because we’ve been swamped, and these statistics will show you that. According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association Read More

Choosing a Lender

Your lender will be one of the most important people involved in your real estate transaction choosing them wisely is important. Just like agents, not all people within one organization operate the same. One loan officer at your bank may be horrible to work with and another may be great. I always suggest people start Read More

How Does A Buyers Agent Get Paid?

Many first time home buyers stay away from buyer’s agents because they think it will cost them money. Well, the opposite is really true; a buyer’s agent will likely save you money. How, you ask? Well, most often the buyer doesn’t pay the agent, and the buyer gets the benefits of an agent’s knowledge, expertise, Read More

Benefits of A Buyers Agent

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the home buying process and picking a real estate agent. Although, I never really explained why you should have a buyer’s agent. There are tons of benefits to using a buyers agent! They will: Talk through your financials and recommend a mortgage lender who will work well for Read More

Ditching The Credit Cards

Since moving recently, we’ve been working on getting our address updated every time we get a piece of forwarded mail. It came to the credit cards and we decided, “why update the address, let’s just close them!” I know, I know, many of you are probably thinking closing your credit card accounts will hurt your credit score, Read More

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