Wednesday, December 16, 2015

October 2015 Home Sales

Here they are...the long awaited home sales on the near west side for October 2015.  While activity has slowed somewhat, buyers are still out like crazy!  If you are considering selling, now would be a good time to start planning for 2016!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Home Buying Process-In a Nutshell!

The home-buying process is long and can be confusing, even to those that have gone through it before.  Take a look at this graphic, “The Road to Homeownership”.  It's a simplified, illustrated guide to the home-buying process.  As always, I'm happy to help guide you along the way!


Friday, December 4, 2015

Are There Drawbacks to Owning an Old House?

Old houses, we love them and we hate them!  

If you live on the near west side of Madison, (between the Capitol and the Westmorland neighborhood), the houses were built between the early 1900's and about 1945.  That is considered "old" in human-years.  You certainly can't beat the character and charm of an old house, but there can be drawbacks.  Old, drafty windows; "sketchy" foundations; and cracking plaster, to name a few.  And then there's the plumbing! The list could be long. 

If you live in an old house, or aspire to, here's a great article on things to think about.  An old house can be wonderful! But it's important to do your research.

It's also wise to engage a good Realtor who is familiar with older homes and the neighborhoods that contain them.  Of course, a good inspector who is familiar with older homes is a bonus, too!