Posted by Josh Lavik on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:37 PMBy Josh Lavik / September 29, 2016Comment
New Listings in Madison WI - 3529 Dennett Dr
Introducing: Charm & Charisma! There are plenty of things to love about this desirable home in the Atwood neighborhood. Renovations include a refinished master bathroom with a cast iron tub and updated kitchen with new countertops & oak cabinets. Other updates include refinished wood floors, new paint throughout the entire house, light fixtures and new garage siding. The full bath on the main floor features a sauna where you can relax after a long day. Call today to set up a showing and make this lovely home your own.
Posted by Josh Lavik on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:40 AMBy Josh Lavik / September 28, 2016Comment
In the latest episode of the real estate news, Josh Lavik tells us about the shortage of home inventory and shows us some great homes that might be a good fit for those considering a move up. Inventory is very low in Dane county at only 2.3 months, which is lower than last year at this time at only 3 months of inventory. Typically around 6 months is considered a balanced market.
Need a home to trade up into? Consider N9584 Carla Dr in Exeter (between Belleville and Oregon). Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and nearly 4000 square feet on a 1.5 acre lot. Tons of updates and in excellent condition.
Thinking of downsizing to a smaller home? Now is the time! If you are considering a move into a condo, apartment, or assisted living place, now is a perfect time to get top dollar for your current home. Median home values are up 6.5% compared to this time last year.
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Posted by Katelyn Son on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 2:00 PMBy Katelyn Son / September 19, 2016Comment
After a sharp drop in home sales in July, according to the South Central Multiple Listings System August sales rebounded. Sales throughout the South central MLS were up for the month and the 854 reported sales are 15.2% more than last year.
2016 sales in Dane county are projecting to reach an estimated 7,824 - making it the third highest year on record. This is behind 2005 with 7,981 sales and 2015 with 7,936. New listings in Dane county were at 877 in August compared to 790 in August 2015. Year to date listings however trail 2015 by 3.5%. Active inventory currently sits at 2.35 months, under the supply in 2015 when it was 3.27 months. Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.
Mortgage rates continue to stand at historic lows. Freddie Mac reported the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.5%. With job growth the economy continues to improve and expectations are positive.
Thinking of buying or selling? Now is the time to contact Josh Lavik & Associates! We've helped many clients, whether your looking to upgrade or downsize our team is skilled at navigating you through your transaction with as little stress as possible. Give us a call at 608-620-4234 or contact us!
Posted by Benjamin Ehinger on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:06 PMBy Benjamin Ehinger / September 12, 2016Comment
Are you feeling cramped in your current home? Or perhaps you have too much space now that you're kids are off to school. Whatever situation you find yourself in we can help! We have experience in both upgrading and downsizing your current home. Watch Josh's latest Real Estate News video and then give the professionals a call! 608-620-4234
Ready to take the next steps? If you're wanting to sell or looking to buy, we're ready to help you with all your real estate needs. Contact us by giving us a call at 608-620-4234 or visit our website.
Posted by Benjamin Ehinger on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 8:13 PMBy Benjamin Ehinger / September 6, 2016Comment
With the kids back to school, summer has officially come to a close and fall is in the air. It's time to bring the out the flannel sheets as cooler weather approaches. It's important now to get your house in order as you'll be spending a lot more time indoors. Here are a few things you can get done around the house to prepare for fall:
Refresh your bedroom for fall.
Take your flannel sheets and cozy blankets out of storage even if you don't need them quite yet. You'll be happy to have them around when the nights start to get chilly. Take the time to rotate your mattress, launder your mattress pad and clean out the dust bunnies from under the bed.
Have the chimney and furnace inspected.
Make sure you're home is ready to take on the cooler weather by having a professional look at both your fireplace and heating system. It's been awhile since you've used them so before winter gets here make sure they're cleaned and ready.
Clean and organize.
Don't just save cleaning for spring. Vacuum and mop floors, clean rugs and wipe surfaces throughout the house. As you clean also set aside things to give away while you go through shelves and cabinets.
Swap out home accessories.
Keep your home feeling current by tweaking a few details each season. Swap out throw pillows, add cozy blankets and decorate with seasonal produce.
Remove window AC units.
Remember to drain them, clean or change the filters before storing them for next year. Tape any hardware to the unit so it doesn't get lost in the meantime.
Hang heavier window treatments.
Thicker window coverings can help your home retain heat - saving money on energy bills. If you use blinds, layer curtains on top.
Add weather stripping.
Adding weather stripping is a simple way to stop drafts around windows and doors.