Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Get Your Summer On!

What crazy summer weather we have had!  It’s been hot and humid, cool and rainy, and windy.  On one of those windy days, my husband and I thought it would be a good idea to go for a Stand Up Paddle on Lake Wingra.  It wasn’t that windy!

We loaded the truck, changed into appropriate SUP attire and headed for the lake.  Well, it was a bit windier at Wingra Park than it was at home, but there were lots of people on the water, so how bad could it be?

With the boards in the water, off we went.  Well, off I tried to go!  My plan was to paddle beyond the boat piers since the water was calmer beyond the piers.  So I paddled, and paddled, and paddled…to no avail.  The piers were not getting any closer and I was standing on the board, my full body acting as a sail blowing me backward. 

My husband was behind me hollering some mumbo jumbo that I couldn’t decipher.  As I turned to tell him just that, the wind came up and caught my “sail”; in the water I went.  The paddle skirted off in one direction and the board skimmed under the pier in the other direction.  I’m flailing in the water with me feet tangled in seaweed trying to recover the paddle and board. 

I was able to recover both, regain my composure and get back on the board.  And actually, the water felt rather refreshing!  I was done for the day, but what a great way to get my summer on!  As we get ready for the longest day of the year, how do you plan to get your summer on?  Here are some ideas:

Make Music Madison: Make Music Madison is an annual free citywide, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. Initiated in 2013 as Madison’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration, we join over 700 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Madison turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.  Coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Madison will fill their locations with song.

Dinner and a Swim: Friday June 23rd, enjoy a warm summer evening with a dip in the pool and a selection of tasty food truck options!  Admission to the Goodman Pool is free from 6-8pm!
Barks For Parks: In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Dane County Dog Parks, Wisconsin Brewing Company is hosting the "Barks for Parks!" celebration at their facility in Verona. This afternoon of fun will include live music (featuring The Oak Street Ramblers) and entertainment for both two- and four-legged friends and family. Food will be available for purchase at the event. First 200 people to arrive at the event get a free goody bag! Proceeds from this celebration will support Dane County Dog Parks.

Midwest Log Rolling Championships: On the weekend of July 1st and 2nd, the greatest lumberjacks and Jills in the United States will compete in Madison, Wisconsin in the water events of log rolling and boom running at Madison's beautiful Wingra Park.  The event is a fundraiser to raise money awareness for the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Who's Buying? Who's Selling?

I am not telling you anything new when I mentioned the craziness of the Real Estate market in Madison and around the state, for that matter.  But who are these buyer's?  The chart below shows exactly who they are by generation.  It's not a big surprise that Millennials lead the pack.  They know what they want, they are patient and they have disposable income.

The chart also paints a picture of who is selling in today's market.  The largest segment of Seller's are Baby Boomers, many who are looking to downsize or at the very least want one-level living.

This is interesting and valuable information for Buyer's and Seller's.  If you are thinking of selling now or in the future, give me a call. I'm happy to help you find your next home, too!  I'm here to help!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

West Side Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern nestled in a quiet, convenient neighborhood adjacent to city park and public space. It has an open kitchen and living/dining space with views of the park on two sides of the home. Huge windows with great light! Two bedrooms (originally three and could be converted back), one bath, wood burning fireplace, two decks and a patio. If you enjoy entertaining, this is the perfect place. Full, unfinished lower level with loads of potential for future living space. Close to shopping busline, bike path and of course, the park!

Don't wait!  This one will be gone quickly!  Give a call or send me an email if you'd like more information.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


It should come as no surprise that home inventory remains quite low and markets extremely tight. This has been a nationwide trend for roughly two years now and Wisconsin is certainly no exception. However, in a twisted sense of logic, home sales across the country kept increasing from year to year. It seemed unprecedented with few signs of changing. That is until this past April, 2017.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), April's existing home sales fell as compared to April, 2016. Sales declined 2.3 percent nationally, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million units. In Wisconsin, sales fell by 10.7 percent from the same time last year. News of this even surprised economists, who were predicting a much slighter drop, closer to the 1.1 percent range.

The year-to-year decrease in sales for one month is not a potential indicator that there may be trouble ahead. In March of this year, sales soared over the same period in 2016 despite the shortage of homes on the market. The surge of sales in March simply means the inventory just got a little tighter leaving prospective buyers even more stymied by the lack of available properties.

In all, this means now is the perfect time for potential sellers to list their homes. In Wisconsin, the limited inventory pushed median sale prices in April to $171,000, up 6.9 percent from April 2016. (In the greater Dane Country area, the median sale price saw a 5.1 percent increase to $200,000 over the same period last year.)

Another positive way to look at the dip in April's sales is to realize that despite the percentage decline, April's sales pace was the fourth highest in the past year. High consumer confidence and low mortgage interest rates are continuing to attract more and more buyers. Potential sellers should be reminded of these statistics as a motivator to add their homes to the inventory pool.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Westmorland Colonial!

This adorable colonial in Westmorland was on the market 2 days!  TWO DAYS!!! 

In the heart of one of Madison's most family friendly neighborhoods, this home has a lot going for it; hardwood floors, living room fireplace, great light, kitchen with solid surface counter tops and all new stainless steel kitchen appliances.  Add a charming sunroom that spills onto a large deck with views of the beautifully landscaped, fully fenced backyard, three bedrooms, two full baths and a finished LL family room.  What more could you ask for! It is close to Sequoya Commons, parks, schools, bike path and Hilldale, too.

I guess it's no surprise that the first day this house was available for viewing, there were 14 showings and we had an offer by noon.  Two more offers drifted in over the next 24 hours and by the end of day two on the market, the house had an accepted offer.

It is unreal!  Seller's are super excited; buyer's are thrilled!  If you are thinking of selling your home, this could be you!  Call me to schedule a time to meet and chat 333-4406.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Home Sales

The Real Estate market is HOT, HOT, HOT!  It's been some time since I posted home sales on the near west side of Madison and I must say it's usually the post that receives the most interest!  I get it!  Everyone wants to know what their neighbor's home sold for, or what that cute little house around the corner fetched.  

Well, prices are increasing as multiple Buyer's bid on limited inventory. It's a seller's market!
If I can be of assistance, I'm happy to help!

Spring 2017 Home Sales