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Having a Good Agent on Your Side

In this competitive real estate market it's important to have a good agent on your side and with our team you get the best! In our latest Real Estate News video Josh breaks down the dynamic of our team and how we provide you a better real estate experience.

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This Month in Real Estate: June 2016

The first half of 2016's results are in and home sales in Dane County continue to keep pace with the near record results of 2015. Year-to-date there have been 4,014 sales reported compared to the 4,039 sales last year. It looks like we are on track for some record breaking results in 2016 according to the South Central Wisconsin MLS.

Entering the second half of the year, mortgage interest rates continue to remain low. As reported by Freddie Mac, rates on July 7th stood at 3.41% which is down from 4.04% at this time last year. The record low still stands at 3.31% in November 2012.

There are so many amazing advantages to being either a buyer or seller in this market. Ready to make the next step? Contact the professionals at Josh Lavik & Associates at 608-620-4234 or visit our website.


Benefits of Using a Real Estate Agent

For buyers and sellers of real estate, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind to ensure that your best interests are protected during a transaction. One such consideration should be choosing a real estate agent over for sale by owner. While many people think that the process can be streamlined by self-representation (i.e. “for sale by owner”), working with a real estate agent often proves to be advantageous. Consider the following benefits of working with a real estate agent:

A Professional’s Insight on Market Value

Whether you are buying or selling, a real estate agent can advise you regarding the right price of a home, and whether or not a home’s listing price is reflective of its true market value. If selling, a real estate agent will provide you with an idea of what other properties in your area are selling for, and the best price point depending on your needs (i.e. do you need to make a quick sale, are you willing to hold on to the property a little longer to make more money, etc.). If you are buying, your real estate agent will inform you as to whether or not a home you are considering is fairly priced. Real estate agents understand market trends, something that you may not understand on your own.

Mitigating Errors

All real estate transactions are accompanied by loads of paperwork and responsibilities for both the buyer and the seller, such as the duty to fully inspect a property before signing on the dotted line. When filling out documents or composing them, errors can be hard to avoid without the help of a professional. From disclosure documents to inspection lists and more, the fine print can be difficult to make sense of. Not only can a real estate agent assist you in avoiding any legal documentation errors, but also in understanding the loan process, what to do if there are any title defects, your duty to disclose certain facts about the property (or to have...

July Home Care Tips

Summer is in full swing and July is a great time to get all of those outdoor projects taken care of. It's a great excuse to step outside and enjoy some summer sun because we know too soon it will be gone. Now that the excitement of the 4th is over it's time to dive back into your monthly home care. So what's on the agenda for this month?

  • Extend the life of your driveway and paths.
  • Attend to small cracks and chips before they grow.
  • Increase shade in the backyard.
  • July can get pretty hot and you want to be prepared to comfortably spend time outside. Put up a canopy or an umbrella to cool off.
  • Cut energy costs.
  • During the day keep your windows and shades drawn to maintain cooler indoor temperatures because exposed windows will heat up your home. 
  • Trim back shrubbery around walls and remove tree limbs from the roof.
  • Remove any yard debris as needed, keeping branches or other clippings around can attract insects. 
  • Test all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Replace batteries as needed to make sure all of your safety devices are in working order.