Madison WI Real Estate Blog

Managing Big Changes: Moving, Marriage, and Relaxation...

Moving is hard work. I know this because I moved recently and it was a lot of hard work. Last September I got married and combined our two households into a single residence in Stoughton. We lived there for a while and then decided to move into Madison in order to be more centrally located. This seemed like a reasonable thing to do. It was my opportunity to take my own advice that I typically give my clients. Selling one house and moving into another proved to be a little more difficult than I imagined.

Selling Challenges

As we prepared to sell our home, we did what most people do. We cleaned like mad and fixed up every little thing we possibly could, within reason. Cleaning seemed to be the most difficult with two cats and a dog. Then of course, there was the challenge of dealing with the dog during showings. Our lab puppy is only two years old and loves to jump up on people. Surely, that would have to go out during any showings. Then of course, there's the pricing game. I've heard this most recently when some Realtors say, "it's a beauty contest and a price war in today's market." Last quarter, there were 625 single family sales in Dane county. Obviously, homes are selling, it just depends on which ones. Our goal was to be one of the 40 to 50% of the listings that actually sell. We thought long and hard about price and condition of our home in order to command a reasonable offer. We ended up making a few price adjustments from our first day on the market, but then received an offer within about six weeks of going on the market. Wow, now we had an accepted offer but did not have a new home picked out yet. I thought to myself, "yikes! They want to close in a month." Time to get packing.

Moving to Madison

My wife and I love downtown Madison. In fact, when considering a move, that's pretty much the area we focused on. We wanted to be somewhere close to the capitol, on the near east, or near west sides of...