Monday, September 11, 2017

A Poem as Lovely as a Tree...

I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a Tree...

Those are the opening words of a poem entitled "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer.  Those words, the entire poem in fact, are part of a larger piece of artwork lovingly knitted by the owner of a house in Westmorland on Madison's west side.

For several years, the tree in the parkway near the street was dressed in a "tree sweater", also knit by the homeowner.  Walkers, bikers, joggers and all sorts of passersby would stop and photograph and admire the artwork.

Recently, the old, worn and faded sweater was removed and a new glorious and brilliant replacement was wrapped around the tree trunk and branches.  It offers the owner a bit of brightness on cold and dreary winter days.  It offers the same to those who wander by and see the loviless that is is.  One admirer said it was as if the artist is filling the hearts of all who pass by.

What a wonderful thing! I couldn't agree more.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fall is in the Air

Another summer is winding down and the distinct scent of fall will soon permeate the air. 

Unlike the change of seasons, though, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of change in store for Wisconsin’s real estate market. If we take a look back at what the market reports show for this past July in Dane County, we’ll see that housing inventory remained exceedingly low. Because of the lack of homes listed, July of 2017 had fewer sales than in 2016. In fact, sales for July dropped for the second year in a row, down 5 percent from 2016 and 7.5 percent compared to 2015. 

However, the average home price has surged in July, up 5.9 percent to $329,000 compared to 2016. For a few years now it’s been the same story: low supply and high demand continues to drive prices up throughout the state. People are indeed still looking, buying and moving.

So summer may be coming to a close, but it's certainly not the end of the Real Estate buying and selling season in Madison.  I'd be happy to help if you are considering purchasing a new home or selling your current one...or both!