Madison WI Real Estate Blog

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

It's time to dust off the drapes and open those windows because spring is in the air! As you eagerly await summer there are lots of things you can get a head start on around your home. This way when summer comes around you can spend your days relaxing instead of tackling your overdue spring cleaning list. Here are a few helpful ways to get the started:

Clean Around Your Air Conditioning Compressor and Make sure it gets Sufficient Air Flow
If you need to schedule maintenance on it so you get the longest life out of your cooling system. Make sure filters are changed at least once each season. There's nothing worse than a dysfunctional air conditioner when those hot summer days roll around.

Check Screen Doors and Windows

Thoroughly check your screens to make sure they are free from holes and tears.

Test Your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Since these usually sit dormant it may be easy to forget to replace the batteries and make sure they are still in proper working order.

Vacuum Your Bathroom Vent Covers

Dirt and grime can easily build up in vents and filters when they go unchecked. To ensure the most air circulation in your home make sure to clean them out.

Inspect Your Roof

Winter can take a great toll on the roof that we don't even see. Instead of jumping on the roof try looking at it through a telescope or binoculars. If needed call a proper professional for any repairs.

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This Month in Real Estate: February 2016

According to the The South Central Wisconsin MLS sales continued strong in the month of February after a record start in January. Although the 331 sales are 4.4% lower than last year, year-to-date sales are keeping pace with 2015, which almost set records.

New listings are increasing slightly for the month and the year. However robust sales are keeping the active inventory scarce and it has dropped 22.5% compared to February 2015. Currently there is only 2.16 months supply of active inventory as compared to 3.13 in 2015 and 3.57 months in 2014. In a balanced market there are generally 6 months of active inventory between buyers and sellers.

Since the demand is high and inventory is low, median sale prices continue to rise. Dane County median sales price increased 5.4% over 2015. The median sales price currently stands at $233,000 compared to 222,500 for the previous 12 month period, which is an increase of 4.7%.

Due to the favorable weather the spring market began early for 2016. Interest rates remain low standing at 3.86% which is slightly lower than 3.86% last year.

For information about current market conditions, or to discuss the right time for you to buy or sell a house, contact Josh Lavik & Associates at 608-620-4234

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The Spring Market is Here!

Josh Lavik & Associates is keeping busy as the market picks up for spring! With the low available inventory of only 2.4 months, homes are selling quick. Check out Josh talk about the spring market and all the great listings we have.

If you're thinking of selling your home now is definitely the time! Not all real estate agents are the same so when picking one to sell your home choose carefully. We have the team to get your home sold Faster for More Money. Our 126 point marketing plan has proven successful with several of our current listings.

Ready to take the next steps? Contact us today to receive your FREE home analysis!

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Welcome Julie!!

Welcome Julie, the newest addition to our growing team! She will be taking on the role of transaction coordinator as we get into the busy spring season of real estate. A little about her...

Learning is a lifelong endeavor; one that Julie takes seriously in her daily approach to life. Julie enjoys working with people and strives to meet the highest of service expectations in every customer interaction she has. Julie has a degree in business, a strong work ethic, an eye for detail, and is always customer focused. Julie’s motto for life is “shoot for the moon, even if you don’t make it you will land among the stars”. When Julie is not working or attending classes she enjoys spending time with her husband, two teen aged daughters, and her cat, as well as cooking, reading, and gardening.

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