Husky Homes Blog - Blog Archive: April, 2024

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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If you follow any major publication, you know that real estate and real estate commissions have been a hot topic as of late. However, the headlines aren’t always what they seem, so my goal with this month’s blog is to help you understand how to decipher the real-world vs the headlines.

One major discrepancy in how the media is reporting on the news about real estate commissions is that they are saying real estate commissions have been set unfairly and are regulated by the National Association of Realtors. However, real estate commissions have always been negotiable. In Madison alone, there are firms where you can spend a very nominal flat fee to “list” your home on the MLS – this flat fee includes only the MLS input, and not anything else (professional…

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Tips for a Refreshing Outdoor Space

Your home's landscape is more than just a backdrop – it's an extension of your living space and a vital component of its overall appeal. Whether you're looking to enhance your outdoor living experience or boost your home's curb appeal, refreshing your landscape can make a significant impact. Here are some tips to help you create a stunning outdoor oasis:

  1. Plan and Design - Before you start digging, take the time to plan and design your landscape. Consider factors such as your home's architectural style, your lifestyle and outdoor activities, and your budget. Sketch out a rough layout of your outdoor space, including areas for entertaining, gardening, and relaxation.

  2. Focus on Functionality - Think about how you want to use your…

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Finding the perfect home is a deeply personal and often emotional journey. While some people may find their dream home quickly, for others, the process can take much longer. However, the real essence of the homebuying journey lies not in the duration of the search, but in the discoveries made along the way.

Every home tells a story. From the charming bungalow on the tree-lined street to the sleek modern condo with panoramic views, each property has its own unique character and history. As prospective buyers embark on their search, they are not just looking for a physical structure, but for a place that resonates with their aspirations, values, and lifestyle.

One of the most exciting aspects of finding a home is the opportunity to explore different…

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April Showers means... only a few more snows till Spring?

All kidding aside, April in Wisconsin brings lambing & kidding days at two very special locally owned farms!

Here are all the details so ewe you won't miss a thing!


Between Stoughton & Oregon on 138, you'll find Eugster's Farm, which kicks off it's Lambing & Kidding Days on April 13th this year! Baby animals to pet and hold include baby goats, lambs, piglets, kittens, bunnies, chicks and ducklings. We love to bring our extended family and see not only the baby animals but walk as much of the 15-acre petting farm before the kiddos tucker out. Plan to spend at least an hour! Check their website for ticketing information. Opening dates…

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In recent months, the real estate industry has been abuzz with discussions surrounding buyer representation agreements and the implications of the NAR lawsuit. As a prospective homebuyer, it's essential to understand the significance of signing a buyer representation agreement and how recent developments may impact this crucial aspect of the home buying process.

First and foremost, signing a buyer representation agreement formalizes the relationship between you and your real estate agent. This written agreement outlines the terms of your collaboration, including the agent's obligations to you as the buyer. It serves as a commitment from both parties, establishing clear expectations and ensuring that you receive dedicated representation…

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LOCAL EXPERTISE AND BUYER INSIGHTS: With my deep knowledge of the area, I will quickly enhance your understanding of the local market and introduce you to properties you may not have considered.

ACCURATE PROPERTY VALUATION: As an expert in property valuation, I can advise on what a reasonable price is for a property based on market conditions, regardless of the list price.

EXPERT CONTRACT NEGOTIATION: I work to negotiate key contract terms, safeguard your interests, and minimize your risk.

CLOSING ASSISTANCE: I guide you through the closing process to ensure all terms are accounted for at closing.

PROBLEM RESOLUTION: I navigate unexpected challenges, from financing hiccups to closing delays, with confidence and professional ease.

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Buying and selling at the same time can feel a little overwhelming, but it is an extremely common transaction that can be simplified with a clear and concise plan. I will be here every step of the way to help you navigate both sides, but here are some questions to start asking yourself and some steps for getting started.

STEP 1: Figure out if you HAVE to sell in order to buy - can you financially carry 2 mortgages at the price range you're buying in?

STEP 2: Talk to your lender about your financing options. How can you get creative if needed to position you to navigate a double move more easily.

*if you need to sell in order to buy new, skip to section 2. If not, continue to step 3.

STEP 3: Schedule a *Move Up Buyer* Consultation with us to…

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