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Madison Real Estate

Articles about real estate in Madison, Wisconsin: Homes, Condos, Buying & Selling. Community, Neighborhood & Relocation Info.

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We're excited to see our team earning so many rave reviews on Zillow and our Google Business Page. At a time when so many web reviews are crafted for marketing purposes, we appreciate so many of you (our clients) taking time to share your genuine feedback. Thanks to all of you who have shared your real experiences online. It motivates us to keep doing what we're doing and to to keep getting better. We're extremely grateful and we thank you for your support!

Recent reviews of Mad City Dream Homes

Here are just a few of the recent reviews we've received in 2018. 

For Chris Venden

"This is the second time we’ve used Chris as our realtor & we couldn’t be happier!! She’s an awesome lady, hard worker, and good friend. We will continue to use her

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Dane County's hot housing market often makes headlines, but there's another side to the real estate climate that deserves attention: the housing gap. The housing gap, as defined by the Dane County Housing Initiative (DCHI), is the difference between the amount of income people earn and the house they could afford and the number of units available at that price point.

To help educate the community and policymakers about this issue and why it matters, DCHI recently released a short video called "Minding the Gap: The Housing Crisis in Dane County." Several area residents, an employer, a workforce housing developer, and a housing expert weigh in on the topic in this 7-minute film, which is definitely worth watching here.

Although the affordable housing

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Thanks to all of you who have referred your friends and family to us in 2017, this last year has been a year of growth for our team. We truly appreciate your trust in us, and we'll do our best to keep earning it - one client at a time. Thank you for making 2017 our best year ever :)

As you've helped our business grow, we've been growing in other ways that will help us serve you better in the coming year. Here are a few of the ways we've grown for the better in 2017.

2017: A year of Growth for Mad City Dream Homes

#1: We've hired Kara Thomas as the newest agent on our team. Kara is an experienced, hard-working and service-oriented agent who has proven to be a great addition to our group. We now have 5 very capable agents on the team who work

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If you enjoy spending time in or around water, you'll be right at home in the Mariners Cove Condos. It truly is a "mariner's paradise," said Judy Wagener.

While Judy and her husband, Walt, used to sail together, they decided to buy a pontoon boat when they moved here to take more friends out on Lake Mendota -- especially since a boat slip is included in the condo fees. "The boating life was a big draw for us ... and it's an easy walk to the docks," she said.

There is year-round water activity here, from water skiing or ice skating on the lake to kayaking the Yahara River toward Cherokee Marsh.

And the same is true at the condos, where you'll find people swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools. People seem to congregate in these spaces,

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I love shopping at Metcalfe's because from the moment I enter until the moment I leave I feel relaxed and calm. The store is organized and visually appealing, and there is plenty of room to maneuver throughout the aisles. Metcalfe's is filled with products that I'd like to buy, and the staff throughout the store are happy to help me. In fact at Metcalfe's I don't need to ask for help. Very often an employee will notice that I'm searching for something and offer to guide me to my destination.

metcalfes market customer service

The best part about MetCalfe's is the check-out. There are no long lines and no long wait. There's always a friendly cashier available to help me on my way out the store. 

The Opposite Experience

There are other stores in town where the experience is the

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Interested in buying a distressed property in Madison or the surrounding Dane County area? Mad City Dream Homes has all the tools you need to quickly identify foreclosures and short sale properties. Read on to learn how you can use our search tools to locate short sales and REO/bank-owned homes in the Madison area. 

Example: Searching for Madison Foreclosures 

  1. Go to our property search page.
  2. Type Madison into the Location filter.
  3. Go to the Foreclosures filter and select REO/Bank Owned.
  4. Click Refine Search.

Our search page will then display a list of REO/bank-owned foreclosures in the city of Madison. Note "REO" stands for "real estate owned" by a lending institution. 

Example: Searching for Madison Short Sales 

  1. Go to
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Here's a quick mid-year review of the 2014 Madison area real estate market, courtesy of our sister site, DaneCountyMarket.com:

  • Madison area home and condo inventory has been trending lower over the last several years. One reason is the sharp drop in foreclosures. 
  • Home and condo sales are below the levels from last year, but remain historically strong. 
  • Home building is trending above last year's pace, but remains well below the levels from the over-heated market in the mid 2000s. 
  • With lower inventories and good demand, prices for homes and condos are trending higher. 
  • Both homes and condos have also been selling more quickly. 
For more information, you can check out our free market reports on the DaneCountyMarket.com foreclosure…
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Searching for real estate by school or school district is easy with our suite of property search tools. We show you how with two simple examples below.

Example 1: Homes in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District

Let's suppose you're interested in homes in the Middleton-Cross Plains school district. Here's how you can focus your search in 4 quick steps:

  1. Go to our property Search page.
  2. Scroll to the School District filter and select Middleton-Cross Plains.
  3. Customize your search according to your preferred property type, size, price, and number of bedrooms/bathrooms.
  4. Click Refine Search.

Our search tool then presents all of the properties in the Middleton-Cross Plains school district that meet all of our your defined criteria.

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What does the new year hold in store for Madison, Wisconsin real estate? Based on our review of objective market data, we expect the 2014 Madison real estate market to be another good year for local home and condo sellers. Read on for more info:

2014 Madison Real Estate Predictions

  1. Madison home and condo sales will continue at strong levels, but will decrease from the levels of 2013. The 2013 real estate market was a perfect storm for local sellers. Low prices, rock bottom mortgage rates, and several years of pent up demand combined to create a huge influx of buyers in 2013. These market forces are still at play in 2014, but not to the extent of the previous year. Our pending home sales data suggests strong but moderating sales in the months
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Although Madison mortgage rates rose in May of this year from rock bottom levels, rates continue to trend in a favorable direction for anyone thinking of buying or refinancing a home.

Mortgage Rates from a Historical Point of View

This data from Freddie Mac trends mortgage rates dating back to 1992. Mortgage rates for 30 year fixed rate loans are currently well below 4.5%, putting current rates among the lowest for any time period in the last 22 years.


View Madison WI Mortgage Rates Updated Daily

Great Midwest Bank publishes its mortgage rates daily and online here. Looking to closely monitor rates? Sign up for the Great Midwest Bank mortgage rate watch.

Upcoming Changes in the Mortgage Market

Mortgage underwriting guidelines will

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