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As the leaves begin to change and a crispness fills the air, many people might think it's time to pack away their real estate dreams until the next spring market rolls around. However, savvy buyers and sellers know that autumn can be an ideal time to make a move in the real estate market. In this blog post, we'll explore some compelling reasons why you should consider buying and selling in the fall market.

  1. Less Competition: One of the most significant advantages of the fall real estate market is the reduced competition. With the majority of buyers and sellers opting for the spring and summer months, the fall market offers a less crowded playing field. 
  2. Serious Buyers and Sellers: Fall attracts a more focused and motivated group of buyers…

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Jonathan at the corn festivalWhen it comes to celebrating culture and community, the Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival's first annual Culture Fest, sponsored by myself, Husky Homes, and Briarpatch Youth Services, was an event to remember. This family-friendly extravaganza brought together music, speakers, awards, and a vibrant sense of unity that left everyone in attendance with lasting memories.

Music That Moved the Crowd

One of the highlights of the Culture Fest was the incredible music provided by DJ Terrance Thompson. His beats and rhythms kept the crowd dancing and grooving all day long. From timeless classics to the latest hits, DJ Terrance Thompson knew how to set the mood and keep the energy high throughout the festival.

An Unforgettable Performance by The Goddess…

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If you own a home in the greater South Central Wisconsin area, you are very fortunate to have reaped the benefits of the unprecedented price appreciation from over the past few years. In Dane county, we’ve seen the median home price consistently increase by 5-10% every year – some of the most desirable neighborhoods and properties have had prices increase by +15%! This pushes up the estimated valuation of the surrounding, comparable homes, simultaneously increasing home equity for the homeowners.

It’s been a humbling experience to help first home buyers purchase a home with 3-5% down, and then re-sell that home 2-5 years later with more than enough equity to leverage to purchase their next, more expensive home with over 20% down. Local homebuyers are…

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Mortgage Rates: Past, Present, and Possible Future

If you’re hoping to buy a home this year, you’re probably paying close attention to mortgage rates. Since mortgage rates impact what you can afford when you take out a home loan – and affordability is a challenge today – it’s a good time to look at the big picture of where mortgage rates have been historically compared to where they are now. Beyond that, it’s important to understand their relationship with inflation for insights into where mortgage rates might go in the near future.

Giving Context to the Sticker Shock

Freddie Mac has been tracking the 30-year fixed mortgage rate since April of 1971. Every week, they release the results of their Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which averages…

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Expert Home Price Forecasts Revised Up for 2023

Toward the end of last year, there were a number of headlines saying home prices were going to fall substantially in 2023. That led to a lot of fear and questions about whether there was going to be a repeat of the housing crash that happened back in 2008. But the headlines got it wrong.

While there was a slight home price correction after the sky-high price appreciation during the ‘unicorn’ years, nationally, home prices didn’t come crashing down. If anything, prices were a lot more resilient than many people expected.

Let's take a look at some of the expert forecasts from late last year stacked against their most recent forecasts to show that even the experts recognize they were overly…

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In a world of streaming and Amazon Prime, we have gotten used to instant gratification.

So it's no wonder some first time home buyers hesitate before investing in real estate.

"I mean, aren't things really expensive right now?"

"Shouldn't I wait until interest rates go down?"

"My rent is about the same as my mortgage payment would be and I don't have to fix any broken appliances."

I get it. Instant, short term, quick wins are very tempting (and in a lot of cases, great options!)

But homeownership isn't a short game. It's not a shortcut to wealth. It's a long game.

You may not feel "wealthy" six months in...2 years in...or even 5 years in. But over time your home value will most likely appreciate significantly.

In fact,…

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Building equity in your home is important for increasing its value over time. Here are ten improvements you can consider to help build equity:

  1. Kitchen Renovation: Upgrading your kitchen can significantly increase your home's value. Focus on modern appliances, quality countertops, and stylish cabinetry.
  2. Bathroom Remodel: Renovating bathrooms, especially the master bath, can offer a good return on investment. Consider adding updated fixtures, tiling, and improving overall aesthetics.

  3. Curb Appeal: First impressions matter. Enhance your home's exterior by improving landscaping, adding a fresh coat of paint, and maintaining the overall appearance.

  4. Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Install energy-efficient windows, insulation, and…

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How To Know If You’re Ready to Buy a Home

If you’re trying to decide if you’re ready to buy a home, there’s probably a lot on your mind. You’re thinking about your finances, today’s mortgage rates and home prices, the limited supply of homes for sale, and more. And, you’re juggling how all of those things will impact the choice you’ll make.

While housing market conditions are definitely a factor in your decision, your own life and your finances may be even more important. As an article from NerdWallet says:

“Housing market trends give important context. But whether this is a good time to buy a house also depends on your financial situation, life goals and readiness to become a homeowner.”

Instead of trying to time the market, it may help…

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Pricing Your House Right Still Matters Today

While this isn’t the frenzied market we saw during the ‘unicorn’ years, homes that are priced right are still selling quickly and seeing multiple offers right now. That’s because the number of homes for sale is still so low. Data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows 76% of homes sold within a month and the average saw 3.5 offers in June.

To set yourself up to see advantages like these, you need to rely on an agent. Only an agent has the expertise needed to find the right asking price for your house. Here’s what’s at stake if that price isn’t accurate for today’s market value.

The price you set for your house sends a message to potential buyers.

Price it too low and you might…

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BerriesThe phrase “Dog Days of Summer” comes from the Romans who were tracking the rise of the star Sirius at dawn. It was also the hottest portion of summer and seemingly most unbearable. History lesson aside, there is an ironic silver lining. Sirius is the brightest star besides the Sun in our solar system. Sirius is there at our hottest moments shining bright and leading the way throughout the day. 
This star represents the entrepreneurs in our communities who are grinding and growing everyday despite the conditions. In addition to preparing for the fall, school starting, ending of vacation season and the pending white fluffiness, these pillars of the community are adding new ideas to their business. Here is an example of a local company following the lead of…

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