Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What's on your condo checklist?

What's on your checklist?  Hardwood floors? Check! Wood burning fireplace? Check! Open kitchen layout? Check! Vaulted ceilings? Check!  This condo has all of these plus a lower level bonus space for a woodworking shop, workout space or hobby room.

Conveniently located to the Beltline with easy access to east Madison, west Madison or downtown.  Just steps away from a city park to toss the Frisbee or walk the dog. Come check it out!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


What a crazy winter we've had! A full week of 60- degree days in the middle of February including record highs over 70 degrees at one point! That's utterly unheard of. Most of us enjoyed the reprieve from the typical frigid temperatures that Wisconsinites are used to enduring around Valentine's Day. That said, while many were enjoying the heat, others who enjoy the cold and snow missed outdoor activities like snowmobiling and skiing. What is great for some can concurrently be disappointing to others.

The same can be said of South Central Wisconsin's housing market. The South Central Wisconsin MLS reported 256 Dane County homes sold and closed in January of 2017 at an average price of $291,166. The number of reported sales are down from January 2016, during which time 292 homes were sold, however average sale prices increased by nearly 4% to $280,666. As these numbers illustrate, while home sellers are thrilled, buyers might instead be experiencing a certain sense of frustration. Inventory is down, sales are happening fast, and with Seller's currently in control, Buyers have to act extremely quickly. In many situations, Buyers find themselves in competition with numerous other offers on a listing that has only been on the market for a few hours.

As we've all noted for some time now, home inventory is down. Recently released MLS statistics show the lowest inventory levels in Dane County since those records began being kept with prospects for a shift in the supply/demand imbalance not appearing to be in the foreseeable future. A jump in new home construction starts would help ease the problem however, this appears unlikely due to a shortage of both construction workers and lots prepped for development. Additionally, new homes tend to be on the high end of the price spectrum while the highest demand for homes is at the entry level for first-time buyers.

Low home inventory will remain a concern for a while yet, as even more buyers enter the market as spring appoaches. Especially when one factors in the Federal Reserve’s stated intent of raising interest rates several times this year. Telegraphing that type of adjustment will only heighten buyer's desire to purchase quickly and close before higher rates price them out of the market.

2017 will be a great year for home sellers, however extra care, attention and compassion will be the order of the day for buyers.  As always, I am here to assist you on any and every level. Happy spring!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March into Spring

March is one of those months I never really know what to do with.  It's not really winter anymore, but it's not spring yet either.  In recent years, I have pushed the envelope so it feels more like spring than winter.  Here are a few things that help me March into Spring:

Daylight Savings Time:  Hurrah!!  Finally after dark evenings, we will be treated to more sunlight...always a good thing in my life.  Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday March 11th before going to bed.  Spring ahead!

Spring Flower Show at Olbrich Gardens: Get a taste of spring at the Olbrich Spring Flower Show March 11th-26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  Using a culinary theme, the horticulture staff cooked up something special to give visitors a delicious taste of spring. 

What's on the menu? Creatively constructed representations of culinary delights using an array of dried plant materials. Furniture, antique kitchen cabinetry, cookbooks, and "plant-able" ware were sourced through collaborations with local businesses and private collectors to create each dining vignette. Featured in the center as the heart of the show: a kitchen display, where the magic of every dining experience begins!

Beekeeping for Beginners:  For those with no experience in beekeeping, the class will touch on everything you need to know to get started, including:

  • Elementary bee biology
  • What about the neighbors?
  • What to do about swarming.
  • Equipment and protective gear.
  • Harvesting the honey and tips on selling.

A lecture-style class with props, pollen tasting, honey sampling and plenty of time for questions.

Classes are held from 9 am - 4 pm. at the Lyman Anderson Agricultural & Conservation Center, 5201 Fenwick Dr. in Madison.  Cost is $50.  Contact Jeanne Hansen for more information,  jeanniealabeannie@yahoo.com

Hope these ideas help you March into Spring, too!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Midvale Heights Charmer

 It's the perfect little ranch! Snuggled on a quiet street in Midvale Heights this darling charmer is close to everything! Walk or bike to Sequoya Commons, Hilldale, parks, coffee shops and restaurants. 

The house boasts hardwood floors, large updated eat-in kitchen, cozy lower level family room, and a wonderful covered patio to enjoy the large fenced backyard. Adorable backyard garden shed, too! Garden space? Yep! Fire pit? You bet!  Space for chickens? Of course!  It is Perfect!  To see more, call me for a private showing at 608.333.4406.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

December 2016 Home Sales

2017 was a wonderful year in the Real Estate world. Seller's sold and buyer's who were savvy and on top of the happenings of the market got what the wanted, too.

Now a full two months into the new year, and it's again shaping up to be a crazy year.  If you are thinking of selling this year, better get going!  To whet your selling appetite, take a look at what sold on the near west side of Madison in December 2016.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tiny House Revolution

When I was very young, I lived in a “tiny house”.  In those days, they were called trailers.  The tiny houses of today are nothing like the trailers of yesterday.  Today’s tiny house can be as small as 140 square feet and are often outfitted with all the amenities of homes much larger. 

If you are like me, you have seen the television shows and the new articles about this newest trend in housing.  What surprises me is how popular they have become.

Not long ago, I listed a “tiny house”, but it wasn’t the typical tiny houses we see in the media.  This one was built in 1928 and is a whopping 652 square feet of character and charm (see my post from Dec. 22, 2016).  I’m not surprised that this house sold; it is cute as a button.  What intrigued me is the number of people who were interested in buying it!  I could have sold that house five times!  We had multiple offers and I had three phones calls after the accepted offer from buyer’s who wanted me to contact them if the transaction didn’t come together.  And this was all happening in late December, not typically a strong season for Real Estate sales.

Not that long ago, McMansions were the trend.  The bigger the better and the more bells and whistles the more popular they were.  It seems that trend may have reversed itself, at least for some people.

It will be interesting to watch the tiny house revolution to see where it goes. They are certainly a far cry from my trailer days!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Spread the Love - Random Acts of Kindness Week

We could all use a little love.  And sometimes the smallest gestures have the biggest impact on someone’s day.

February 12-18th is Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Take some time during the week to make someone’s day a little brighter.   Here are a few ideas that take little time or money:

  • Pay it forward by buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you at the coffee shop. 
  • Return someone’s shopping cart. 
  • Hold the door for someone.
  • Say “please” and “thank you”.
  • Buy the crossing guard a cup of Hot Chocolate.
  • Wave at Police Officers and Firefighters.
  • Put a note in your kid’s lunchbox or tuck a note into the pocket of your significant other.
  • Let someone cut in line at the grocery store.

For more ideas and to get inspired, visit the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

I’ll be out there spreading the love.  Let me know how it goes for you!