June 2023

Found 16 blog entries for June 2023.

Creating a beautiful home requires love and care. Whether you are considering selling your current home or upgrading the look and feel, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to elevate your house. 

Professionally Painted Home

1. Fresh Look 

A new coat of paint can freshen up the look and feel of your home. You can say goodbye to peeling paint, wall stains, and dull walls. By simply painting the interior of your home, you can make your home look new and modern. 

2. Go neutral

When selecting a new color for your home, it is advised to go with neutral colors, especially if you are considering selling your home. By painting your home in a neutral color, potential buyers have the ability to imagine how they would decorate the home and

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Is it time to add a little more color and life to your home? Here are 3 simple ways you can bring more warmth into your home -- and without breaking the bank.

Wall art

staging with wall art

Pillows and throws

staging with pillows


staging with bedding

Where to shop and who to call

Several stores in the Madison area offer a nice selection of home furnishings. Home Goods, At Home, Kirklands, and Target all offer plenty of affordable options for adding color to your home's interior. 

And of course you can always call on our team for a complimentary cosmetics consultation. We'd be happy to pay you a visit and share a few of our own ideas with you. We have many years of staging experience to draw upon, and we'd love to help. 

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Happy Pride Month! We spoke with GSAFE co-executive director Brian J. to learn more about how the nonprofit creates just schools for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin. 

Brian has been involved with GSAFE since 1998 as a volunteer and joined the staff in 2002, and he wants to build a better place for kids – especially those who don’t conform to gender role expectations and have other marginalized identities – by creating safe and affirming spaces for the next generation. “I want to make sure students don’t have the same experience I had growing up as a closeted queer kid in rural Iowa in the ‘80s who faced bullying, harassment, and isolation,” he said. 

GSAFE helps develop the leadership of LGBTQ+ youth, supports Gender and Sexuality Alliances, trains

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Recently we've connected our friends with landscapers, lawn mowers, cleaners, house washers, carpet cleaners, painters, HVAC companies, handymen, electricians, plumbers, flooring companies, roofers, window specialists, foundation repair specialists, movers, home inspectors, radon mitigation specialists, insurance agents, attorneys, lenders, graphic designers, interior designers, stagers, and photographers.

So, how can we help you? 

trusted Mad City Dream Homes vendors

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The benefits over the long run can be life-changing, but in sneaky and subtle ways.

When we surround ourselves with generous, hardworking, and humble people, we surround ourselves with people who model good habits and a positive attitude for us. We essentially become teachers and students to each other. And slowly but surely, day by day, we become a little more creative, a little more effective, and a little more resilient.

If this is the type of career culture that you are drawn to and that you would like to contribute to as well, then we would love to hear from you. We're always up for meeting the person who could turn out to be the next great fit for our team. 

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Summer is finally here and so are the hottest days of the year. While our lovely Wisconsin brings us magical winters, we finally get the opportunity to spend time outside in nature with family and friends. From free concerts off the square, to going to the farmer’s market on Saturdays to family gatherings and parties- there’s plenty of things to do!

Canoeing on Lake Wingra

Hellen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadows”. As Wisconsinites, we spend an average of 4 to 6 months indoors due to our freezing cold  winters and month-long gray skies. This can result in low levels of production of Vitamin D which is responsible for assisting us in boosting our immune system, contributes to bone and muscle health, reduces inflammation,

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We admire our stager, Debbie Lea, for how she approaches her work as a craft. Not because she has to. But because she wants to. 

Over the years Debbie has modeled for each of us, over and over again, how we can view our work as an opportunity to create art. And now each of us has become a stager in our own right. 

Remember, when you hire Mad City Dream Homes to represent you during your sale, you receive Debbie's artistry (and the dedication of our entire team) free of charge. Here we share just a few examples of Debbie's work (and our team's work) from earlier this year. 

Condo Staging by Debbie Lea

Staging a Lake Home by Debbie Lea

Staging a Home in Madison - Debbie Lea

Staging a Living Room by Debbie Lea

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Dane County condo prices continued to post large year-over-year increases in the month of May. Here's our latest Madison area condo report updated for the month of May, 2023.

Dane County condo prices

Condo prices increased by all measures in the month of May. The price per square foot increased 19 percent; the median 10 percent; and the average 20 percent. Note, condo prices can fluctuate greatly due to the relatively low number of condos being sold in any given month.

When we look at prices year-to-date, the increases are still quite strong. The price per square foot was up 7% through the first 5 months of the year. The median was up 12%, and the average was up 11%.

Madison WI Condo Prices May 2023

New MLS condo listings

Only 135 condominium listings were posted to

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Many older ceiling fans are big and bulky and can make a room feel crowded and dated. But many of the newer models are sleek and stylish and offer the perfect complement.

Would you like help selecting a ceiling fan for a room in your home? Please feel free to call us. Today's selection offers some beautiful and affordable designs, and we'd love to help you choose one. 

Modern Ceiling Fan for Staging

Modern Ceilings Fan for Staging


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Home prices continue to rise in Dane County, and by all measures. Here's our latest single family home update for the month of May, 2023. 

Dane County home prices

The price per square foot increased to $229, which was a new record for our market and up 5 percent year-over-year. The median price was $449,900, which was up 6 percent. And the average price was $517,046 (up 8 percent). 

Madison WI Home Prices May 2023

New MLS listings

Only 585 single family homes were listed for sale last month, which was the second lowest total for the month of May this century. Higher mortgage rates are causing many would-be sellers to pause and put their real estate plans on hold. 

Madison WI MLS Listings May 2023

Active listings

Right now there are fewer active single family home listings (those without

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