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Buyer Love Letters – Do They Work? Are they Legal and Ethical?

Among the home buyer bidding wars “love letters” from home buyers quickly gained popularity. A love letter is a letter in which a buyer often tells a seller a little bit about themselves. They might also try to sway the emotions of a seller by saying something ab0ut how they envision their family at the home for Read More

30% of home sales are cash! How?

The number of cash home sales is up to an unbelievable 30%. This is just another reason it is tough to compete as a buyer in this housing market. This leaves many buyers wondering, I saved 10%-20% down I thought I was doing great, how are so many people have that much cash? The truth Read More

Should I wait to buy a home because prices are high?

I get this question all the time from first time home buyers. Or I hear, “I’m just going to wait until the market turns down, then I’ll buy”. Nobody wants to buy at the peak of a market and everybody wants a good deal, but is there really logic to waiting? To answer this question, I Read More

How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse When Buying a Home.

There is nothing we want more than happy clients after a transaction is complete. It’s a great feeling when we know a client made the right choice and we are confident they’ll be happy in their new home for a long time. However, it’s unnerving when we have cautioned a buyer, and they still make Read More

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

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