Madison WI Real Estate Blog

Fitchburg: A Very Bike-Friendly Place to Live

If you're looking to relocate to the Madison, WI area or you've been looking for a new community within the area, Fitchburg may be the right fit. It's a healthy, vibrant city to live in with plenty of biking options. This bike-friendly place to live provides a little bit of everything for those enjoying getting around on two wheels.

Fitchburg was actually designated by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community. They only give this designation out to communities committed to improving the area conditions for biking, along with providing education in the area for those looking to enjoy cycling. The city was only one of eight in the state to get this designation.

Fitchburg is not only bike-friendly, but it's also very healthy, which is a huge part of the biking culture. If you love to ride your bike, Fitchburg may be the right place for you to live.

Biking in Fitchburg

Outside of the normal riding down the street in your new Fitchburg neighborhood, there are several ways to enjoy biking in Fitchburg. Some of the best bike trials in the entire state of Wisconsin run through Fitchburg. It's also home to three local bike paths and three state trails.

Trails and Paths to Enjoy in Fitchburg

With plenty of places to bike in Fitchburg, you can enjoy it as a hobby or a way to get around. Some of the most...

WI57 | The Real Estate News | Josh Lavik | Keller Williams | 8/16/2017

In the recent episode of Real Estate News, Josh Lavik discusses the inventory shortage causing a seller's market currently. He also discusses how single-family homes on the lake have gone up in value over the past five years.

It's certainly the time to sell, but if you're looking to buy a condo our team can help. Contact us today if you need help buying or selling a property in the Madison area.

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How to Have Proper Home Buyer Etiquette

While etiquette often sounds like it's just a stuffy term for rules, there's more to it than just following a few rules. It's not just what to wear and how to use your utensils at some fancy dinner party. When you're buying a house, it's important to have proper etiquette.

There are several things you want to make sure you do to ensure basic etiquette is a part of the equation. Here are some of the top etiquette tips for homebuyers to follow.

Leave the Kids and Pets at Home

When you're going to look at home, you don't want to take the kids or pets, especially if you're attending an open house. It's too easy for children to end up playing on the furniture or backyard swing set, which isn't theirs. In addition, you could be dealing with a complete meltdown if your child falls in love with the home, but it's not the right one.

Pets are simply not a good idea when home shopping. They could break something or cause an issue while you're looking at the home. Unless you're taking a service animal with you, leave the dog at home.

If you do become serious about a house or your offer has been accepted, it's time to take the kids to see the home, but not any sooner.

Don't House Hunt with a Group

Outside of your real estate agent and the decision makers, nobody else needs to be with you when you're house hunting. Too many opinions can make for a horrible day or at least one that isn't nearly as much fun. You may think taking a friend or relative with you is a good idea, but they are not the one that ultimately has to make the decision. Be careful who you shop with and limit it to only agents and decision makers.

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Free Things to do Before Summer is Over

It won't be long before it's time to start thinking about the winter activities you love in Madison. However, summer isn't over yet and there are still plenty of fun and free things to do around Madison. Here are some of the top options to enjoy before the summer comes to a close.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

You can explore the Arboretum for free year-round. However, in the summer, you'll be able to enjoy the wonderful areas without worrying as much about the weather. The Arboretum features 1,200 acres of wonderful gardens, woodlands, prairies, wetlands and so much more. You can even bring your bike and enjoy the 20 miles of trails for hiking and biking. Once winter rolls around, the trails will become the place for snowshoeing and skiing, but for now, get out and enjoy this great attraction while the weather is warm.

Monona Terrace

The rooftop concerts are free throughout the summer and provide a great activity to enjoy before the summer ends.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

You can enjoy the Olbrich Botanical Gardens for free all throughout the year. It's one of only four places in North American with a Thai Pavilion. In addition, there are about 16 acres of wonderful gardens to explore.

Bolz Conservatory

Another great place to discover during the summer, the Bolz Conservatory is free on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. You can enjoy the huge glass pyramid, the indoor gardens, the beautiful waterfalls, plenty of flowers and plants, along with the many birds found throughout.

Area Lakes

Of course, the many wonderful lakes found all throughout the Madison area are great for the summer. You can get the boat out a few more time before summer ends or just head to the lake for a swim. With more...

WI57 | The Real Estate News | Josh Lavik | Keller Williams | 7/19/2017

In the recent episode of Real Estate News, Josh Lavik discusses a few hot properties hitting the market. He also talks about the advice his team gave to a seller, which helped the seller make more from the deal. 

If you're looking to sell your property in Madison and you want to take our advice, as this recent seller did, contact our team today. We can help you get that home sold for more. 

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Answering a Couple Common Madison Real Estate Questions

Every real estate market is different. Some cities don't have four seasons like Madison, Wisconsin does and others may have a longer summer compared to the winter. In addition, some markets are very hot and favor buyers, while others are very hot and favor sellers.

If you're looking to buy or sell in Madison, you may have questions. Well, we have answers. Below you'll find answers to a few common questions about Madison real estate. If you have additional questions, just contact our team and we will be happy to help.

How long will my Madison home sit on the market before selling?

Commonly, sellers want to know how long it will take to get their home sold. This question comes up because they may be shopping for a new home or they may need to sell quickly. While the answer may change from one season to another and from one year to the next, right now, it's a seller's market, which usually means homes are selling faster than normal.

There are too many variable to put an exact number of days on it or even give a range. The list price will make a huge difference and so will how the home has been prepared. It's best to speak to an agent to find out how long they think it will take to sell your home with the current state of the market.

Which time of year is best for selling my home?

The media used to tell everybody that spring was the best time to sell. This was pretty correct, but the media also likes to say winter is a horrible time to sell, which is dead wrong.

In fact, during the winter, sales don't really fall as much as you might think. They only fall...

A Closer Look at Parkwood Hills

A great location in Madison, Parkwood Hills is a neighborhood offering a little bit of everything. It's close to parks, schools, shopping options, dining options and so much more. If you're looking for a good neighborhood to call home in Madison, WI, Parkwood Hills should be at the top of your list.

The Neighborhood Vibe

With parks, a community center, a pool and four schools nearby, it's a very active community. Many of the residents walk to the attractions and schools. It's not uncommon to find residents at the West Towne Mall, either. It's right around the corner and includes plenty of shopping and dining options.

Everglade Park is found near the community, which offers a great place for the entire family. Many residents enjoy going for bike rides, walking their dogs and the many nearby activities.

The Amenities

One of the biggest draws, at least in the summer is the Parkcrest Swim and Tennis Club. It's found nearby and features swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness classes, trivia nights and basketball courts.

Along with the club, there's a playground at the John Muir Elementary School and Everglades Park also offer a playground. Everglades Park has soccer fields and provides the home for a few great events throughout the year.

Another park found in Parkwood Hills is called Owen Conservation Park. It has more than 3 miles of trails and provides a great choice for hiking and skiing. The park covers more than 100 acres and offers a great place for many outdoor...