• Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

    The Holiday Season is not typically your first choice when it comes to choosing a time to put your home on the market. However, sometimes other circumstances dictate when you have to sell your home, like moving for a job. Some people actually see the benefit of selling their home during the holidays – competition is usually lower, for example. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself putting your home on the market this Holiday season, here are some tips to achieve and quick and stress-free sale. Scale Back Your Holiday Decorating If you typically go all out when decking your halls, consider keeping it simple if you’re trying to…

  • Are “Energy Vampires” Draining Your Bank Account?

    The term “vampire appliances” refers to appliances that continue to draw energy passively, even when they are not in use. These appliances are not just a seasonal concern – items like computers, small kitchen appliances, and cable boxes will draw energy all year long. This can add up to hundreds of dollars each year on your energy bills, and wasted energy. Learn how to identify these “energy vampires” below and prevent them from draining your bank account. In the Kitchen Most of us have small appliances in our kitchens. Toasters, coffee makers, blenders, and counter-top ovens (like pizza or toaster ovens) are common. Since you use these appliances on a…

  • Home Updates That Will Stand the Test of Time

    Any major home improvement project requires planning and thought. Design, budget, timeframe for completion, and opting for “DIY” or choosing a contractor are common considerations. Something you might not consider (but should) is the update’s “universal appeal” down the road. At some point, you will likely sell your home and move to a new one. Potential buyers of your current home might not share your enthusiasm for uniquely colored walls, or a bold and trendy kitchen design. If you can’t get a good return on the investment into your home, it might not be a wise choice. Read on to learn about designs that will be appealing to a broad…

  • Fall 2020 Market Update

    Typically, we expect to see the housing market cool off along with the weather this time of year. That’s not the case this year though! We are seeing a strong seller’s market continue into the Fall months, outpacing the same time period last year. Despite the challenges that Covid has thrown our way, home sales (and prices) continue to climb. Home sales increased almost 26% percent over this time last year. Home prices increased almost 10% percent over this time last year. Surprisingly, there were more homes listed for sale during the last 2 months than the same time period last year, but higher home sales negated any possible inventory…

  • Smart Home Tech for Less Than $100

    Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular as people turn to technology to save time, stay organized, stay safe, and even save money on their home’s energy and maintenance costs. Here are some helpful time and money saving gadgets to upgrade your home – and they all cost less than $100! Echo Dot – Alexa on a Budget The Echo Dot will give you all of the benefits of an Alexa assistant, in a compact size. The Echo Dot also comes with a compact price tag – normally $49.99, Amazon has a deal running right now, allowing you to snag one for only $29.99. Whether you need help maintaining a grocery…

  • Optimize Your Work From Home Space

    Working from home has become the reality for many people across the country as COVID continues to alter the ways we work and live. For some, working from home might be a welcome change – no commute, no dress code, and no fluorescent office lighting. For others, the relative isolation and potential productivity killing distractions can be a deal breaker. Whichever camp you’re in, there are things you can do to stay productive and salvage your sanity while working from home. Make your space work for you… Whether you have a separate room or home office that you can use for your workspace, or you’re working in the corner of…

  • Tips for Virtual Learning Success

    COVID-19 has changed the way we work, learn, and live our lives. This school year is no exception, and many kids are heading back to a virtual classroom instead of a physical one. For those that suffered through technology glitches and organizational nightmares this Spring, Fall should (hopefully) be a little smoother. School districts and teachers have had time to plan this year/semester out more thoroughly and adapt curriculum, instead of scrambling to roll with the changes on short notice. Even with better planning, virtual learning can present challenges to students and parents alike. Here are some tips to help you navigate (and maybe avoid) any hurdles. Get Organized… Both…

  • Outdoor Summer Recreation in the Madison Area

    The Madison area is well known for its many opportunities to get active outdoors. From parks, to boating, biking, or hiking – there’s something for everyone! The City of Madison as even been recognized as the second best city for parks (2016) by Livability.com, and awarded “Platinum Level” as a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. There is no shortage of outdoor activities in the Madison area, but check out some of our favorites below. Bonus – outdoor activities are among the safest options during COVID! University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum With 1,200 acres of prairies, savannas, wetlands, and Lake Wingra shoreline, the Arboretum is a wonderful place…

  • Summer Home Maintenance Tips

    The warm summer months area here, along with heat waves, storms, insects/pests, and other nuisances that threaten the integrity of your home. Read on for helpful tips to keep your home in great shape all season long. Prioritize Energy Efficiency Summer cooling bills can climb quickly with the outdoor temperatures. Make sure your home is optimized to use the least amount of energy while keeping you and your family comfortable inside. Consider sun and UV blocking window film that applies to the inside of windows quickly and easily. There is no adhesive or mess to deal with, since they apply by “static cling”, and can easily be removed when no…

  • Market Update – June 2020

    Home Sales Home sales were down about 25% from this time last year. This is not at all surprising, given the continuing COVID-19 situation and tighter housing inventory. Only 651 homes (condo and single family) sold in Dane County the past month, compared to 871 homes in the same categories last year. Inventory Inventory has hovered around the 2 month mark, and we are still in what is considered a “seller’s market”. Inventory for May 2019 was 2 months of supply, while this past month saw inventory levels of 2.39 months of supply. Home Prices The average sold price of single family and condo homes in Dane County was $343,303…