Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Home Grown Flowers

Turning leaves are what comes to mind for most people as Autumn settles in.  But Fall is also a wonderful time to enjoy the remaining flowers of the season.  Burgundy and gold mums and Black-eyed Susan's are in abundance this time of year, as well as bright-colored branches from native shrubs.

A wonderful, local source for bouquets, centerpieces or to dress up an upcoming event is Home Grown Flowers in Madison.  The owner, Caroline (a client of mine!), prides herself on unique arrangements where Mother Nature and local availability determine what flowers to use.  This philosophy allows Caroline to create wild, natural-looking arrangements that are anything but ordinary.  So committed to finding just the right foliage to use, Caroline has been know to tromp through the woods or knock on a strangers door to provide her clients with just the right arrangement.  She also partners with local growers for annual flowers and blooms she doesn't grow in her own half- acre garden.

Inspired by nature, a love of beautiful plants and the unique combinations that can be created and a desire to make each of her clients' events or occasions special make Home Grown Flowers a truly wonderful place for your next flower decorating needs.  You won't be disappointed!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Three Keys to Selling a House

While the calendar still says summer, the start of school and the shortening daylight remind us that Fall is here.  While the hustle and bustle of the spring season house-selling season has passed, fall can be an excellent time to make your move. Fewer homes on the market can actually help make for a faster sale….and it is well known throughout the real estate industry that the homes that sell fastest, sell closest to the asking price.
That said, there are three items which remain static as to importance in selling irrespective of the time of year. These are:
1. Proper Pricing. This is the most important step to realizing a successful sale. Via the Internet, we all have access today to more real estate information and data than has ever been available in the past. Locating the information is the easy part. Interpreting that data is the challenging part. I would suggest that while part science, pricing is also an art.  It is also the part  I work hard to get right.  And Dane County clients of Restaino & Associates, the company I work for, enjoy the highest average sale price of any of the top 10 full service real estate companies in the South Central Wisconsin MLS*.
2. Marketing. Having a good story to tell is only part of the equation. Getting your message out to potential buyers is another critical piece of the puzzle. The RestainoHomes.com  website is kept in a state of constant upgrade not only to improve visual aesthetics for physical users, but also to improve digital desirability in the eyes of the search engines to keep your message at the top of the charts.
3. Great Pictures. With over 90% of home buyers having their first interaction with your home via a smart phone, I-pad surface or even an (old fashioned) computer terminal, having pictures taken from the right angle with the right equipment is a prerequisite of gaining a buyer’s interest early on. Photos help sell houses and at the very least, get people in the door.  Identifying the right shot from the right angle with the right lighting to show your home at its very best, is an integral step in the process.
If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, either this fall or in the spring, its not too early to 
contact me to get started. I'd be happy to give you an up to the minute report on the local real estate market to help you and your family get where you want to be, when you want to be there. Thank you for your confidence and trust: current, past and future.

*Source SCWMLS 1/1/2014 - 8/31/2014 sales as reported 9/2/2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Meaning of Labor


As another Labor Day has come and gone, I am reminded that for many, Labor Day is a last hurrah to the end of summer; a final long weekend before the beginning of another school year.  But in actuality, Labor Day is so much more.

I have clients who embody the meaning of Labor Day.  They do not belong to a Union nor do they labor in a factory, but their labor is no less worthy.  He is a contractor who is the epitome of perfection.  He listens.  He is meticulous to details and the work he performs with his hands is always a delight to his clients.  I have, and will continue to, refer him to friends and clients.  His work is excellent!

She labors in another way.  She works with people to get the results they want, need and require from heath care providers. She listens. She reacts. She gets results for her clients.  She cares.

I recently sold the house that belonged to these people.  It was a wonderful home that included acreage which would require a special buyer. These clients wanted to move closer to town for their two daughters.  Admirable reasoning.  They were patient, welcomed advice and …did I say patient?  The house sold.

They were kind enough to include me on the purchase of their new home, although they had found the property on their own.  The transaction was uncomplicated and they have since moved in. Although they have found some issues, post closing, there have been no complaints.  No nasty e-mails.  No mean phone calls.  No “I wish …” comments.  Truly upstanding people.

So as another Labor Day has passed, I am humbled to have helped these clients who work hard every day, don’t complain about what they can’t change and work hard to change the things they can.  They work for their two daughters, to make a wonderful life that they will cherish.  And they work to one day retire to own another piece of property in the country to enjoy and relax.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tribute to Robin

It seems the whole nation has been in mourning over the untimely and unfortunate passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams.  I was one of them.  It saddened me that someone who was so funny and entertaining to others, was truly hurting.

Wingra Boats feels the same way.  To pay tribute to this extremely talented man, they will be showing Mrs. Doubtfire during their final Free Movie Night of the season on Wednesday August 27th beginning at dusk (roughly 8 p.m.).

Bring a blanket and settle in to see one of Robin Williams' finest performances with a story that touches our hearts.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

July Home Sales

How did homes in your neighborhood sell in the last month?  Most areas on the near west side had healthy sales, with prices inching up.  It will be interesting to watch what happens as we head into the 4th quarter of the year. Below are the sales for July 2014.


July Home sales


3725 Ross St

$329,000

07/17/2014

2819 Chamberlain Ave

$325,000

07/17/2014

36 Glenway St

$449,000

07/16/2014

10 S Meadow Ln

$270,100

07/16/2014

2926 Bluff St

$237,000

07/15/2014

3821 Euclid Ave

$406,000

07/14/2014

314 N Segoe Rd Unit 101

$140,000

07/11/2014

3618 Cross St

$140,000

07/11/2014

4025 Mineral Point Rd

$305,000

07/10/2014

614 Odell St

$349,000

07/10/2014

601 Gilmore St

$343,600

07/10/2014

2639 Mason St

$322,000

07/10/2014

2518 Commonwealth Ave

$296,000

07/10/2014

514 Presidential Ln

$235,000

07/09/2014

3521 Lucia Crst

$255,227 *

07/09/2014

1922 Regent St

$508,000

07/09/2014

862 Woodrow St

$213,900

07/08/2014

4933 Marathon Dr

$243,000

07/08/2014

105 Shepard Ter

$215,000

07/08/2014

114 S Whitney Way

$274,000

07/08/2014

501 S Segoe Rd

$165,000

07/08/2014

4505 Woods End

$325,000

07/08/2014

4814 Holiday Dr

$253,000

07/08/2014

2253 West Lawn Ave

$419,700

07/07/2014

4833 Woodburn Dr

$232,000

07/07/2014

506 N Meadow Ln

$216,000

07/02/2014

2218 West Lawn Ave

$615,000

07/02/2014

340 N Allen St Apt 9

$160,000

07/02/2014

4820 Hillview Ter

$225,000

07/01/2014

4718 Keating Ter

$235,900

07/01/2014

625 N Segoe Rd Unit 308

$315,000

07/01/2014

2533 Van Hise Ave

$470,000

07/01/2014

4009 Paunack Ave

$296,000

07/01/2014

18 S Midvale Blvd

$300,000

06/30/2014

3527 Gregory St

$231,000

06/30/2014

2310 Keyes Ave

$315,000

06/30/2014

2305 Keyes Ave

$386,150

06/30/2014

450 Orchard Dr

$100,000

06/30/2014

2830 Barlow St

$224,000

06/30/2014

455 Presidential Ln

$214,900

06/27/2014

2222 Monroe St

$373,430

06/27/2014

5013 Tokay Blvd

$245,000

06/27/2014

466 Clifden Dr

$267,000

06/27/2014

601 N Segoe Rd Apt 402

$175,000

06/27/2014

4118 Winnemac Ave

$225,000

06/27/2014