Wednesday, April 27, 2016

March 2016 Home Sales

Here they are!  The home sales for the near West Side of Madison for early March, 2016.  Crazy Real Estate market this year!  Give me a call to find out what your house is worth!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

REAL ESTATE MARKET LOOKS TO KEEP SPRINGING AHEAD

Traditionally, sellers have waited until late spring to list a property. This year could very likely be different though, because of the mild winter. In 2016, we have seen an upswing in sellers listing before the late-spring curve which has increased their exposure to buyers in the market. And numbers don't lie. In February, total existing-home sales nationally came in at 5.08 million. That's a 2.2% increase over last year because sellers listed early.

When all is said, this spring seems like a perfect opportunity to assist both buyers and sellers reap the benefits of working with a real estate professional in the current super low interest rate environment. And by now, you have heard that the Madison Real Estate Market is CRAZY!  Low inventory, Seller's market, lots of Buyer's, multiple offers, you get the picture.  Probably best to work with a professional who can help navigate the process whether you are buying or selling.  Give me a call, I'm happy to help!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Shred Those Documents!

Warm weather means spring cleaning! Get rid of all those papers and documents at one of these upcoming local shredding events in April. 

The following Shred Events are free to the public, but are limited in quantity per person to up to three small boxes or five paper grocery bags or fifty pounds of paper. Paper products only (except for rubber bands, staples, and paper clips, which do not need to be removed). 

No three-ring binders, hanging file folders, credit cards, plastics, media items (CDs, tapes, x-rays, etc.), photos, or other on-paper products.

Saturday, April 16th
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
McFarland State Bank
5990 Highway 51, McFarland
**McFarland State Bank will also
be collecting food pantry donations.
www.msbonline.com

Friday, April 22nd
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Union Bank & Trust
Energy Fair at the School
320 Fair Street, Evansville
www.ub-t.com

Saturday, April 23rd
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
City of Fitchburg
Shred Event
Marketplace Drive, behind Oak Bank

Saturday, April 30th
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Better Business Bureau &
SVA Certified Public Accountants
1221 John Q. Hammons Dr., Madison
www.bbb.org
www.sva.com

Saturday, April 30th
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
SVA Certified Public Accountants &
Better Business Bureau
In the Warner Park parking lot.
Enter from N. Sherman Ave
www.sva.com
www.bbb.org

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mid-Town Police Station Update

It's well known that the Madison Police Department is planning a mid-town police station on Mineral Point Rd. in the former site of the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.

To hear more about the project, join Madison Police Department representatives and project architects at a neighborhood meeting on Thursday April 14th at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church located at 401 S. Owen Dr.

Preliminary plans will be available for review and area residents will receive an overview of the project and have an opportunity to ask questions.

This is a great time to see what it's all about and provide input.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Green Living

Do you have cold and drafty rooms in your home? Mold, moisture or ventilation issues in your home? Is your energy bill high in comparison to the size of your home? An energy audit will provide you a clear road map of what is going on in your home in terms of energy loss.

Green Madison is building a grassroots, community-based effort to significantly reduce Madison’s energy use. Madison is one of 50 cities competing to win the Georgetown $5 million energy prize. Green Madison isproviding a financial incentive for Madison homeowners to have an energy audit during this competition.

Over the past several months Green Madison has hosted energy house parties in every Madison neighborhood. The energy house party format is fairly simple. The host offers his or her home as a platform for educating neighbors and friends about energy efficiency concepts. As a thank you for their efforts, hosts receive a free comprehensive energy audit. By taking an energy tour of the home, these parties show homeowners how even the most basic energy saving technologies, such as insulation, can significantly cut household energy use.

In an effort to win the Georgetown prize, Green Madison is looking to sign up more people to host house parties or have an energy audit. If you have considered having a home energy audit, but couldn’t fit it into your schedule, this is time to do it. Contact jen.rubin@greenmadison.org or check out http://greenmadison.org/ if you want to learn more.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

January/February 2016 Home Sales



Well, Spring has arrived and with it a crazy Real Estate Market.  Houses on the near West Side of Madison are selling quickly, many with competing offers.  Inventory is still very tight and it's a seller's market.  That is clear from the number of homes that have sold in January and early February; fewer than in recent months.  Another indicator of the low inventory.

If you are thinking of selling, now is a great time to get your house on the market!

Below are sales in January and early February, 2016.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Millennials Buying!

It would benefit all of us to prepare for a new wave of homeowners. Yes, the Millennials are coming and indicators suggest they're ready to buy. 

Older Millennials (ages 25-34) could potentially claim up to a third of for-sale housing in 2016, which nationally may mean up to 2 million home purchases by this demographic alone. To help these folks in the process, Restaino & Associates has an extensive video series. On our website, we offer one minute videos on a wide range of topics from banking terms to understanding mortgage rates and dozens of topics in between. Whether you are a "seasoned" buyer or seller or new to the process, these videos are designed to educate and create peace of mind as you navigate the busy real estate wave expected this spring.

2016 will be a fantastic year for buyers, sellers, mortgage professionals and anyone else invested in the Madison area real estate market. As always, I am here to assist you on any and every level.