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May 2015

There are 5 blog entries for May 2015.

popular condos madison wiWe recently wrote about 10 of the hottest condo communities in Madison. In this post we build upon our list by highlighting 15 "exclusive" condominium developments in the greater Madison area. What makes these communities exclusive? It's not about the price. It's all about availability. All of the condo developments below are extremely popular with local buyers, and the competition for listings is fierce. 

Many of the communities to make our list are smaller, "boutique" associations with a low number of condominiums. In addition, the owners within these developments tend to stay for a long time, so listings are few and far between. If you're planning to buy within one of these popular condo communities, recognize you're not the only one. We recommend

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Brat Fest Madison WIThis weekend, forget your grill.  Join thousands at the Alliant Energy Center grounds for Brat Fest 2015. The event, presented by Johnsonville and produced by Metcalfe's, provides tasty and inexpensive brats and coordinating menu items, concerts, play areas and even exercise for the whole family. And after you've had a chance to try all the delicious grilled food, exercise isn't a bad idea.

There are multiple opportunities for races, rowing, climbing and exploring throughout the weekend. Friday includes sack races for kids and soccer demonstrations by Keva coaches. On Saturday morning, the Bun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Runners can choose a 5K or 10k route. Following the adult run, kids can do the MUDstard run, an obstacle course that includes ketchup,

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With just about a month left before local schools take summer break, we're in the "peak" of summer camp research and reservations. Many camps require a registration by May 31, or sooner. And while there are countless opportunities for kids- with YMCA, Madison School Community Recreation and other groups offering weekly camps, there are some additional, interesting options for Dane County Youth.

Suppose your child is more interested in technology than outdoor exploring. iD-Tech, in conjunction with UW-Madison, is offering week long options including Adventures in Minecraft Game Design, Intro to Java Programming and Role-Playing Game Design. The program insists your child will be with a professional, adult instructor, with a student/teacher ratio of 8-1.

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We recently posted about 10 of the hottest neighborhoods in the city of Madison. That article was well-received, so we decided to build upon this topic by taking a look at the hottest neighborhoods in suburban Madison. For our suburban review we analyzed neighborhoods in the communities of Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Sun Prairie, Verona, and Waunakee. 

We identified 13 hot suburban markets in all. All of these markets met our criteria for low months of inventory, low days on market, and high selling prices relative to the original list. We used statistics from the South Central Wisconsin MLS to determine each neighborhood's inclusion in our list. The specific criteria are laid out in more detail toward the bottom of this article.

The results of

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your home's valueHow can you get an accurate market value for your home? We use a six-step market analysis approach, which includes a close look at all of these market dynamics:

  • the recent sales in your neighborhood
  • the current listings with accepted offers
  • the current listings without accepted offers
  • the recently expired listings in your area
  • the months of supply in your neighborhood
  • the impact of seasonality on pricing

The sample market analysis below shows how we bring all of this information together to help you accurately price your home. This particular analysis is for a home in the Westmorland neighborhood on Madison's near west side. Note: we've removed the property address from the analysis in order to preserve the owner's

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