Husky Homes Blog

New Construction Broker NoteThe new construction home market in the greater Madison area is thriving, offering abundant opportunities to bring your dream home to life at various price points across diverse communities. With a persistent shortage of inventory spanning over a decade, homebuilders are actively bridging the gap, presenting hopeful homebuyers with enticing ownership prospects.

In select areas, the entry point for new construction homes may begin in the mid $300s, particularly on the outskirts of Dane County and extending into neighboring communities like Edgerton and Belleville. These competitive price ranges cater to buyers with specific budgets who prefer to avoid or are unable to engage in the competitive landscape of existing inventory.

When delving into new…

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For Gen Z in Madison, Wisconsin, the dream of homeownership faces a unique set of challenges. While historically low interest rates presented an opportunity in recent years, rising mortgage rates coupled with a competitive housing market have created a significant hurdle for many young professionals.

Headwinds in the Madison Market

Madison, a city known for its energetic college-town atmosphere and thriving tech industry, has also experienced a surge in housing prices. WRA reports indicate Wisconsin's housing market is experiencing a surge, with strong buyer demand pushing existing home sales up significantly. April 2024 data reveals a 25.7% year-over-year increase in sales and a median home price reaching $300,000, a 6.4% jump. This trend…

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You see the Just Sold and For Sale posts, but not every transaction is smooth sailing. Beyond the For Sale sign, there is often an assortment of obstacles and hurdles to navigate throughout the buying and selling process that don't always get shown. 103 E Cordelia Street was a difficult transaction for all parties where it seemed like we were met with road blocks at every single turn, but with teamwork, determination and getting our hands dirty, we were able to power through to the finish line. And at the end of the day, 

What you won't see from the Just Sold sign is the appraisal issues that came up and the list of fixes that needed to be completed at the 11th hour. 

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Selling a home can be a daunting process, especially when you're juggling the logistics of moving to a new place. Recently, I had the privilege of helping a wonderful family prepare their house for the market, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience. Here’s a look at how we achieved this together.

Understanding Their Needs

The first step was to understand the family’s unique situation and their goals. We sat down for an initial consultation where they shared their timeline, concerns, and expectations. They were eager to sell their home quickly but also wanted to ensure they received a fair price. My role was to make sure every step of the process aligned with their needs.

Creating a Staging Plan

Staging a home is all about making it…

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Buying a new home doesn't happen overnight. If you want to move in to your new home by Summer, here's the timeline you should follow! 

Let's start backwards.

Let's say you want to move in to your new home over Summer and be in by the 4th of July. That means at the latest you want to close by July 1st. 

By the time you finish the inspection and give a little wiggle room in case repairs need to be made before closing, you'll want to give yourself at least 2 1/2 weeks. So inspection would need to be completed by June 12th. 

It can take 7-10 days after an accepted offer for an inspection company to work on your home, so you'll want to have an offer submitted no later than June 2nd. 

If it takes an average of 4 weeks for a homebuyer in Dane…

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The way we work has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, with remote work becoming more prevalent than ever before. This shift has not only changed the way people approach their careers but has also had a profound impact on the real estate industry. In this blog, we will explore the rise of remote work and its influence on real estate trends and market dynamics.

The Remote Work Revolution: The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of remote work, prompting companies to embrace flexible work arrangements. As a result, many individuals have been able to work from home, coffee shops, or even different cities or states. This newfound flexibility has reshaped the traditional concept of the workplace and has given rise to a…

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Finding Opportunities for Hopeful Homebuyers

Hope Lies Ahead for Homebuyers

The real estate market for homebuyers since the beginning of 2024 has been challenging for several reasons. The obvious reason for this is affordability due to rising interest rates; this isn’t a new topic. Rates peaked over 8% in Q4 of 2023, and while they haven’t yet gotten back to that level in 2024, the rates are still significantly higher than they were 12 months ago, and they haven’t yet dropped like economists forecasted them to. This has a considerable impact on a buyer’s monthly payment and affordability; what they could once afford, they can no longer. However, hope lies ahead!

The result of the increasing rates in Q3 and Q4 of 2023 – paired with decreasing seasonal inventory – was pent up demand as we…

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Solveig's guide to syttende Mai


Syttende Mai is Stoughton's annual Norwegian Heritage Festival - a weekend full of cultural events, parades, educational demonstrations, art shows, and more!

Syttende Mai is Norway's "Constitution Day," meaning "Seventeenth of May", and celebrates Norway's ratification of the constitution, which established Norway as its own indepedent nation. Stoughton, a center for Norwegian immigrants since the mid-1800s, started celebrating it's own Syttende Mai festival in the 1950s. Every year, a King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Syttende Mai is chosen from its residents who have contributed to the community, whom you'll see dressed in tradition Norwegian bunad costume at events throughout…

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Madison is a fantastic destination for families, especially in the summer when the city comes alive with outdoor activities perfect for kids of all ages. Here are five kid-friendly outdoor things to do in Madison:

  1. Henry Vilas Zoo: Located near the beautiful shores of Lake Wingra, Henry Vilas Zoo offers free admission and is home to a variety of animals from around the world. Kids can see lions, tigers, giraffes, and more while learning about wildlife conservation.

  2. Olbrich Botanical Gardens: Stroll through the stunning gardens at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, where kids can explore a tropical conservatory, Thai pavilion, and outdoor garden spaces. The Bolz Conservatory features exotic plants, a waterfall, and even free-flying birds.

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she found her perfect home

Charlie and I looked at homes from Madison to Barneveld,Oregon, Belleville and everywhere in between. After competing with 5 offers and not winning on a home in Barneveld, a couple weeks later we were going to write on one in Oregon. Talking that evening to start writing the offer, we found out there were 10+ offers on the home already. Knowing that she wanted to stay within her budget and getting a home inspection was extremely important to her, we knew we couldn’t compete on that home. Taking a step back, I opened her mind to the thought of Evansville - a cute, quaint town still less than 30 minutes to her work on the west side. There was the CUTEST home that made it through the weekend without any offers. We…

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