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Monthly Archives: October 2014

    Choosing a Madison, Wisconsin Real Estate Agent: No Trick-or-Treat Grab Bag!

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 30, 2014

    When your house is about to go on the market, or you are preparing to find the perfect area home, choosing the right Madison, Wisconsin real estate agent shouldn’t be a blind Trick-or-Treat grab bag. You deserve to come up with a full-size candy bar—not a walnut! The right choice can make all the difference... Read More

    Selling an Madison, Wisconsin Home for Sale—When it’s Haunted!

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 29, 2014

    Regardless of whether you believe in “hauntings” or not, a frightening past can affect how potential buyers react to a home for sale in Madison, Wisconsin. Depending on timing, an agent may or may not be obligated to explain that a death or other dramatic event took place in the house—or that the current owners... Read More

    Advance Home Inspection: a Heads-Up When Selling Your Home

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 25, 2014

    If you are currently selling your Madison, Wisconsin home, you may already find yourself playing the waiting game. It’s a normal course of affairs in most real estate markets—but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. You’ve got decisions to make, moving deadlines to order, but everything goes into limbo while you await the completion... Read More

    Sump Pump Awareness—Part of Real Estate Maintenance

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 23, 2014

    If your piece of Madison, Wisconsin real estate is nobly situated atop a commanding hilltop, you probably won’t run into the issues discussed here because gravity works on your behalf when it comes to plumbing. On the flatter elevations, many of us must deal with sumps and sump pumps. For the uninitiated, sump pumps are... Read More

    Don’t Fall in Love with a Madison, Wisconsin House (at Least Not Too Soon!)

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 22, 2014

    Sparks are flying. Your imagination has become hot and heavy. It’s true love. You’ve fallen hard–for a Madison, Wisconsin house! Buying a Madison, Wisconsin house is serious business. It’s not only where you’ll be hanging your hat: it’s also a great investment. So when you find the one that’s the total knockout you were hoping... Read More

    Photos Make (or Break) Madison, Wisconsin Home Listing Successes

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 21, 2014

    Your Madison, Wisconsin home listing is, hands-down, the most likely place prospective buyers will get their first glimpse of the home you are selling. Most serious prospects will go online as an early step in the process of winnowing candidate properties by area, asking price, number of bedrooms, etc.—so the photos in your home listing... Read More

    For Buyers and Sellers, a Backgrounder on Madison, Wisconsin Comparables

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 18, 2014

    Establishing the asking price for a Madison, Wisconsin home may not quite qualify as science fiction, but it can be a bit of an adventure in time and space—at least when it comes to establishing the Madison, Wisconsin comparables. The logic behind valuing a property by looking at recent Madison, Wisconsin comparable sales—the Madison, Wisconsin... Read More

    Eye-Catching Photos Influence Home Sales in Madison, Wisconsin

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 16, 2014

    When it comes to home sales, looks do matter. Once a home comes onto the market, how soon it moves can depend on its location, design, quality of construction—not to mention how well it’s been maintained, the neighborhood, school district…it’s the sum of at least a dozen contributing factors. But when it comes to Madison,... Read More

    Are Drones the Next Big Thing in Madison, Wisconsin Real Estate?

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 15, 2014

    When you hear the word “drone,” you’re more likely to think military target than Madison, Wisconsin residential listing. But drones could be the Next Big Thing in real estate photography—that is, if they don’t run afoul of the law. Technically known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), drones have swooped and dived into the public consciousness... Read More

    Predicting Madison, Wisconsin Home Sales Using a Familiar Rule of Thumb

    By Jennifer Stauter | October 14, 2014

    The volume of Madison, Wisconsin home sales this fall will depend on more than just the number and quality of listings—though they do seem to be stacking up fairly well. Predictions are always less than reliable, but when a major benchmark is met for real estate activity on the national scene, it can be a... Read More

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