Mad City Dream Homes Real Estate Blog, Madison WI

As many of you know, we offer Debbie Lea's staging services free of charge when you hire us to sell your home. Over the years we've developed a fantastic partnership with Debbie and a strong appreciation for all that she does for you and our team. In this season of gratitude, we'd like to share with you a few of the reasons why we're grateful for our partnership with Debbie.

Staging a Home by Debbie Lea

Why we love working with Debbie Lea

#1: Debbie is kind and thoughtful with her approach.

If you're like most homeowners, you will feel a little anxious and overwhelmed when you think about preparing your home for sale, and Debbie gets this. Debbie will help you envision your home's potential and give you a sense of confidence as she transforms your property into a

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For many of us the holiday season is a time for reflection and resolutions. It's also the season when we start making our homeownership plans for the coming year.

2022 real estate dream home

What are your real estate goals for 2022?

Do any of these goals speak to you? 

#1) You have some home improvement projects in mind and you need recommendations for reputable contractors. You'd also like some insight into which home improvement projects offer the best return on investment.

#2) You've been dreaming of a new home and you need some guidance on how to make it happen. Inventory is tight right now, and you need help finding the home that's the right fit for your lifestyle and your stage of life.

#3) You'd like to meet with an expert about your home's current market

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Technology makes it so easy to connect with friends and family. But there’s something really special about receiving a handwritten note. When we receive a personal note, we feel supported, appreciated, and cared for. The words mean more to us when someone takes time to put pen to paper and share their good wishes with us.  

writing personal notes

Try a 30-day personal note challenge.

If receiving a handwritten note is something you really appreciate, then why not get in the habit of sending personal notes yourself? For the next month, try this daily challenge: Send one personal note each day to a friend or a loved one. Be genuine and generous with your words. Then take time to notice how this habit impacts you and your relationships. If you immerse yourself in this

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Dane County condo sellers continue to enjoy a very favorable fall market as we approach the holiday season. Here's our latest condo market update covering prices, sales, inventory, days on market, and more. 

Dane County condo prices

The average price per square foot increased by 9% in October and by 12% through the first ten months of the year. The median price was up 7% for the month, and the average was up by 4%. 

Madison WI Condo Prices October 2021 

Dane County condo sales

Although condo sales decreased from last October's unusually strong market, sales were still very strong -- registering the 3rd highest total on record for the month. 

Accepted offers

Contract signings decreased by 19% from last October, but still came in at the second highest total on record

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October was yet another record-setting month for the Dane County single family home market. Here's our latest update covering all of the most important trends. 

Dane County home prices

Madison area home sellers continue to lock in record-high prices this fall. The average price per square foot rose by 14% from last October and by 12% over the first 10 months of the year. The median price was up by 6% in October, and the average price up by 4%.  

Madison WI home prices October 2021

Dane County home sales

Madison area home sales decreased 13% from last October's record-setting pace. Even so, sales were very strong from an historical perspective, registering the second highest total on record for the month. 

Accepted offers

Contract signings were also very strong in

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It's been another very rewarding year for the agents on our team, all of whom will earn well over six figures in profit in 2021. Five of the 6 realtors who have been with us all year will make well over $150,000, while 3 of 6 will make well over $200,000. The question is, how do they do it?

How to earn $150,000+ on our team

Earning a great living in real estate really boils down to 3 simple steps which have stood the test of time for every agent on our team:

  • Serve your clients, community and team members generously. 
  • Work hard. 
  • And be a professional. 

When you focus on serving, putting in the work, and being a professional, your income will grow predictably over time. Just like it has for every agent on our team. Here's a

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Usually we don't associate the months of November and December with buying a home, but the holiday season is actually one of the best times to be shopping for real estate in Dane County. That's because there's much less competition from other buyers in November and December, and some sellers become very motivated during the holiday season. Plus, new listings do enter the market each week, even when it's cold outside and when most people are focused on the holidays. Last, there's the added bonus of lower moving costs. Many moving companies offer better pricing when business slows each winter. 

advantages of buying a home in the winter

Have you been dreaming about a new home? 

Give us a call and tell us more about your dream home. We'll send you a few listings to add to your wish list,

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The city of Madison has been receiving a lot of national attention lately after being named the #1 place to live in America by Livability.com. According to Livability, Madison ranks highly in the areas of health, economic health, housing, and civics. Madison also scores highly for its variety of local amenities and for its ability to support a remote workforce. 

Madison Wisconsin

Do home buyers pay attention to rankings like this? 

They sure do.  

In the last few days alone we've received calls from buyers who are thinking of relocating from Illinois, Southern California, South Carolina, and Idaho. None of them really know much about Madison, other than they've heard it's a great place to live. We've received dozens of calls like these over the last two years,

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How might your life be different if you were offered a fresh start when you were younger? For 50 years, Operation Fresh Start (OFS) has been building the futures and transforming the lives of more than 8,000 young people with that question in mind. The mission of the nonprofit is to empower emerging adults on a path to self-sufficiency through education, mentoring, and employment training. 

“I think how this organization started is just amazing,” said OFS Development Director Jody Weyers. “Jack Osteraas was a former police officer and saw the same young people on the street all the time. So he talked to some different funding partners and got enough money to buy a dilapidated house, and he got a crew of 8 young men together to rehab the house with him

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September was another very active month in the Madison area condominium market. Here's our latest condo snapshot covering all of the most important trends. 

Dane County condo accepted offers

Accepted offers decreased by 7% year-over-year, but were still very strong from an historical perspective. The 139 accepted offers last month were the 5th highest on record for the month of September. Remember, year-over-year comparisons are tricky right now because last year's peak market was pushed to the summer and the fall after the pandemic arrived in the spring. Also, don't forget that historically low inventory is limiting the number of offers that are being written in this year's market.  

Madison Condo Accepted Offers Sept 2021

Dane County condo sales

Madison area condo sales

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