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Top Madison Area Festivals for July 2017

Festivals throughout the summer are a huge social gathering in Madison, Wisconsin. With so many choices, it can be hard to decide which ones to go to and which ones to skip. Here's a look at some of the top choices for July 2017.

Lodi Agricultural Fair - July 6th to 9th

Held at the Fairgrounds in Lodi, Wisconsin, this fun event will include softball, music, raffles, a demolition derby, horse pulls, carnival rides and so much more. It's a great choice for the entire family.

Art Fair Off the Square - July 8th and 9th

The Monona Terrace Community and Convention center in Madison will host the Art Fair Off the Square event. This two-day event will show off about 140 different Wisconsin artists with plenty of food and fun. Check out the art and enjoy the unexpected at this popular event.

Mount Horeb Art Fair - July 15th and 16th

Another art event found in Downtown Mount Horeb, the Mount Horeb Art Fair provides all types of beautiful art along the historic Main Street. It will include plenty of food, a silent auction, music, raffles and plenty of fun for everybody.

Dane County Fair - July 19th to 23rd

One of the premier events of the summer, the Dane County Fair will be held at the Alliant Energy Center. This family-friendly event includes plenty of fun rides, nightly concerts, animals, excellent food and so much more. It's the place to go this July and one event you won't want to miss.

Midwest Fire Fest - July 22nd and 23rd

A unique event held in Cambridge, Wisconsin, the Midwest Fire Fest will include plenty of art forged in...

Top Madison, Wisconsin Area Place for Fireworks

The 4th of July is nearly here and that means it's time for fireworks! Finding the best place to go for fireworks isn't always easy, but there are some great events throughout Dane County you can enjoy this year. All of the events listed below include fireworks, which will start around 9:20pm.

Monona Community Festival - July 3rd and 4th

This annual event helps to celebrate Independence Day the right way. It will include plenty of fun with great food, live music and all kinds of activities. The festival includes a Car Show, Keg Toss Tournament, Art Fair, Hole-in-One Contest, Wisconsin Wife Carrying Championship Race and even a Carnival.

Of course, fireworks will be a part of the event on the 4th of July. They will be held on Tuesday night and will start right around 9:20pm. This event will be held at Winnequah Park in Monona, Wisconsin.

Shorewood Hills 4th of July Celebration - July 3rd and 4th

Another huge event happening near Madison, the Shorewood Hills 4th of July Celebration will start on July 3rd at 8:30pm with the Independence Day Dance. This event will include DJs laying great music with refreshments and it is family-friendly. On Tuesday, the celebration will continue with the "Tri-It" Triathlon, a Softball Game, a Bake Sale, the Village Art Fair, a Parade, plenty of games, Waterfights and a Family Picnic. Of course, the event will also close with fireworks beginning at dusk. This celebration will be held at the Blackhawk Country Club.

WaunaBoom!! - July 4th

Held in Waunakee, Wisconsin, this event will provide plenty of fun for the 4th of July. It will...

Millennials Love Madison & The Midwest

Madison, along with other cities in the Midwest have started to attract a large number of millennial homebuyers. The affordability and large number of amenities are two of the main reasons this area of the county has become popular for millennials. While retirees may be looking to escape to a  warmer climate, younger generations love Madison because of the many things it has to offer, especially the five awesome lakes.

In addition, millennials tend to enjoy college towns. Madison is at the top of the list for college towns followed by Omaha, Minneapolis, Columbus and Des Moines. These areas tend to be very popular for millennial homebuyers throughout the Midwestern area of the United States.

More than Lakes and Universities

Madison, Wisconsin isn't just a city with universities and lakes, however. Millennials love these two cool features, but, they also love the zoo, Monona Terrace, the farmer's markets, Olbrich Gardens, the incredible trails and the many other attractions found throughout. Of course, there are plenty of sports to both play and watch and the restaurants are rather amazing, too. In fact, Madison has been named as a top foodie destination in the past, which lines up with what millennials seek.

With 2017 expected to see about one-third of the homebuyers from the millennial generation, it shouldn't be surprising they are flocking to Madison and other Midwestern cities. Many are returning to their alma mater...

WI57 | The Real Estate News | Josh Lavik | Keller Williams | 6/14/2017

In the latest episode of the The Real Estate News, Josh Lavik covers a few great condos in the Downtown Madison area and one in Fitchburg. Josh also covers a few of the benefits of living in a condo, along with the current real estate market.

With the competitive buyers market currently going on throughout Madison, Wisconsin, many buyers are getting beat out by multiple offers. This certainly makes finding and buying the right new homes or condo challenging. Now is the time to sell. If you're looking to buy or sell in Madison, Contact our team and let us help you get your home sold for the best price possible.


How to Properly Photograph Your Home Before Listing it

When it's time to sell your Madison area home, you need the right real estate agent. In addition, you need the best possible pictures for the online listings. If you don't have good pictures, it will be hard for any real estate agent to really do their job and get your home sold.

Usually, your real estate agent will provide some advice for taking the pictures. Some will take the pictures for you or recommend a good professional. If you have the ability to use a professional with experience in real estate pictures, this may be the best way to go. However, if you will be taking your own pictures, here are a few tips to help you get the best pictures possible.

Pay Attention to the Camera Angle

If you have a tripod, it may come in handy when taking pictures of your home for your listing. You want to make sure you have good camera angles and a steady surface can certainly help. Keep the camera level when you take the picture to ensure potential buyers can see your home from a good angle.

Get a Picture from the Curb

You've already created the best curb appeal you can with new landscaping, maybe a little paint and other quick fixes. Now, you need a great picture of that curb appeal for potential buyers to see. Make sure you get the best picture possible and get all the unnecessary things out of the ay first. Remove bikes, garbage cans, toys, cars and anything else distracting.

Keep Decorations to a Minimum

Staging your home properly before the pictures is a huge plus. If you won't be staging, make sure you eliminate any unnecessary items. Get rid of any old holiday decor or anything that makes your home look too personal. Then, when you take the pictures, it will help to show your audience the home as a bit of...

Dane County New Construction Condo Projects

Madison has seen the condo lifestyle grow over the past few years with millennials looking for their first home and baby boomers looking for maintenance-free living. Condominiums fit with many lifestyles and provide a more affordable option compared to single-family homes.

Over the past few years, the market in Madison has changed quite a bit. Condo sales have become very competitive, which has spurred plenty of new construction projects. Here's a look at some of the best new construction condos found throughout Dane County.

Condo Projects in Madison

Madison has five new condo projects to choose from, which include:

  • Villas at Secret Places - Zoned for the McFarland School District with a Madison address, this project provides many three bedroom/two bathroom units with prices starting under $300K.
  • Hawks Woods - Found in the Far West areas of Madison, this condo project is selling quickly. These are ranch-style condos starting around $300K.
  • Starliner Condominiums - Found on East Mifflin Street, some excellent spaces are found here. The project includes 43 condos with prices starting around $300K and going up to about $500K.
  • Bentley Green - High-end condos in the Far West area of Madison, these condos are close to Hawks Landing Golf Club.

Hawks Reserve - Another project found near Hawks Landing Golf Club, these condos are upscale choices starting at prices lower than $300K.

Condos in Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie has two condo projects, which are Pleasant Meadows and Simply Home Condominiums....

5 Great Ways to Honor Dad for Father's Day

Father's Day is coming up very quickly. If you're looking for some great ideas for dad this year, here are five in Madison to honor dad on his special day.

Fishing with Dad

If you and your dad love to fish, head to Lake Mendota, Lake Monona or one of the other area lakes. You'll find plenty of great places to enjoy the fresh air, get some sunshine and catch some great fish. Rent a boat or fish form the land and you're sure to find the time to catch up with dad and have plenty of fun.

Historic Tours

If your dad loves history, head to the Wisconsin Historical Museum or one of the many other area museums. Touring one of the Madison area museums will allow you and dad time to talk, discover something new and learn about the history of the area.

Brewery Tours

There are several great breweries found around Madison, WI. If you and dad love to share a beer together, enjoy one of the Hop Head Tours or head to the Capital Brewery for a tour. The Hop Head Tours are held on Sundays and will let you discover a few great breweries as you take the time to learn about the process of brewing beer. Of course, you'll get to enjoy some samples, too.

Take Dad Golfing

Choose one of the many great golf courses throughout Madison and hit the links. Vitense Golfland provides...

Upcoming Summer Festivals Near Madison, WI

Plenty of festivals happen every year throughout the Madison area. In fact, for many residents, the summer is their favorite time of year because of the many events. While the abundance of outdoor fun may have you excited, the upcoming festivals near Madison, Wisconsin might just put you over the edge.

If you're looking for something fun, you have plenty of great options. Parades, festivals, food, live entertainment and more are on deck this summer. Here's a quick look at some of the top upcoming summer festivals near Madison.

Waterfront Festival - June 10th & 11th

Coming up right around the corner, the Waterfront Festival is a great way to get your summer started. It will be held at Yahara Place Park on the northern shore of Lake Monona. This festival will include plenty of fun with a goal of raising funds for MNA through sponsorship, concessions and donations.

4th Annual Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest – June 24th

An adult event for those 21 and older, the Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest is a huge event with plenty of fun. It will feature Jones Dairy Farm serving up Bacon-infused appetizers, entrees, drinks, desserts, soups and dips. Along with the bacon, there will be hundreds of craft beers on hand and so much more. The festival covers about eight acres of space with activities, such as Ladder Ball, Bag Toss, Volleyball and more.

Oregon Summer Fest – June 22nd to 25th

Held at Kiser Firemen's Park in Oregon, WI, this festival will help to raise money for the Oregon area Chamber of Commerce. It's a fun filled event with plenty of activities all centered around the community with a focus on four areas: Promote, Inform, Connect and Advocate.

WaunaFest 2017 - July 27th to 29th


April 2017 Market Recap

A lack of supply with strong market demand continues for 2017 in April throughout Dane County. Even with low interest rates, positive job reports, stronger demand from buyers and high consumer confidence ratings, sales of condominiums and single family homes have not reached their potential due to a lack of inventory. Dane County continues to see an active inventory of less than two months, which makes five months in a row now.

Six months of active inventory usually means the market is very balanced between sellers and buyers. However, with only 1,070 active listings at the end of April, the inventory is lower than it has been in Dane County since 1997, according to the South Central Wisconsin MLS Report.. April saw 663 sales in Dane County, which was 12% lower than the same month las year when buyers had 35% more listings to choose from.

While listings are down, the monthly median sales price is up. For the 20th time in the last 21 months, the median sales price went up. It's 6.4% higher over the past 12 months and reached $250K.

Active listings continue to be the problem with only 980 new listings in Dane County for April 2017 compared to 1,085 for April 2016 and 1,156 for April 2015. The lack of listings has caused the number of sales to drop, as well.

Now is the time for anybody looking to sell a house or condo to get it listed. Dane County is a seller's market with a lack of inventory causing prices to go up and plenty of properties are getting multiple offers. Buyers are waiting, so don't hesitate if you've been thinking about selling.