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November 2015

There are 4 blog entries for November 2015.

When the Thanksgiving meal is over, and the dishes are done, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that Madison offers.  And for an alternative to Black Friday madness, you may want to make a few stops in Downtown Madison. The Edgewater Hotel has a weekend full of free activities for the whole family. On Friday, the recently renovated hotel will open its Ice Skating Rink, and fill the day with events, performances and activities for the whole family.  Beginning at 10 a.m., Bucky Badger, Peppy the Purgolder and Bruce the Spartan will be on hand to celebrate the ice skating season. There is no cost to skate the entire weekend, and skates can be rented for $3. 100% of the skate rental fee will be donated to the Keep Madison Warm/Cool Fund and the

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For most home owners the definition of a successful sale is a real estate listing that sells quickly and for a high market price. The catch is a successful sale usually doesn't happen overnight. Rather, it's usually the result of a lot of advanced planning and preparation by both the listing agent and the client. 

So how can you plan for a successful sale of your own? You're bound to do well if you keep the "5 P's" of selling a home in mind. 

Preparing for a Successful Listing: The "5 P's" of Selling a Home

  1. Price your home correctly from the start. 
  2. Work with a professional home stager to ensure a great and lasting first impression.  
  3. Enlist the services of a professional photographer for the very best listing photos. 
  4. Use a
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When is the best time to buy a home in Madison? Contrary to conventional wisdom, right now is actually an excellent time to buy a home in our market. To be a little more specific, November, December and the first half of January offer a nice window of opportunity for local home buyers. The graph below, which shows the number of Madison accepted offers by month, shows why. 

The Best Times to Buy a Home in Madison

best time of year to buy a home

November, December and January are the 3 slowest months in the Madison real estate market. During these 3 months fewer showings are scheduled, fewer offers are written, and fewer offers are accepted compared to any other month in the calendar year. Buyers have much less competition from other buyers during the cold weather months, which

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hyper local market statisticsWe've added "hyperlocal" market data to our Mad City Dream Homes website which makes it easy to learn about the real estate market in your preferred neighborhood or condominium association. Our market data is sourced directly from our MLS data feed and updated every 15 minutes, so you can count on it for timely and accurate information. Below we offer 4 examples of how the data works and how you can use it to understand the nature of the market in your target destination.

Example 1: Neighborhood with a Hot Sellers' Market

The screenshot below shows market data from the Midvale Heights neighborhood on the near west side of Madison. Scroll to the middle of our profile page and you'll find it. This data provides several clues which point to a very

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