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The home inspection is an important step in the process of buying and selling a home. It can also seem like a stressful event for buyers and sellers alike. Read below for tips from Al Gindt of BPG Inspections on having a smooth inspection. Al also shares how inspections have changed during the pandemic to keep both buyers and sellers safe.

What can buyers and sellers expect from an inspection?

Al Gindt, BPG InspectionsA home inspection's first priority is to determine if there are any safety-related issues with a property. The second priority is to educate buyers on their new investment. “I try to emphasize to buyers that we’re not looking for specific issues as much as we're looking for what is going on in this home,” said Al. “Our goal with the inspection is to

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You may be thinking it would be great to buy a new home. Perhaps you could use more space. Or, maybe it’s time to downsize from a two-story to a ranch-style home or condo. The catch is, you have to sell your current home first! Our team of full-time real estate agents helps clients with this scenario all the time. In this article, we'll share a few tips to consider that can help make the process less stressful. Coordination and some additional planning can go a long way to helping you sell and buy at the same time.

couple searching for their new home

Tip 1: Focus on your home-selling plans first. It may be tempting to start looking for your dream home before you have prepared your home for sale. However, you risk finding the perfect home and being unable to write an offer because

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Relocating across the country isn’t easy, but Jenn and her husband were committed to finding a place in Madison for their retirement. They worked with Shelley Lazzareschi and Tammy Steiner to find the perfect home, completing the entire home buying process virtually. They are moved in and loving their new place!

Jenn and her husband were planning to move out of California for their retirement. They decided they wanted to move somewhere in the midwest, and embarked on a year-long search. Then, Madison became their top destination.

“My daughter was accepted into a summer program at UW-Madison, and we fell in love with the area when we came to visit her,” said Jenn.

Jenn searched Google for “Madison Realtors” and really liked the Mad City Dream

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If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may feel uncertain about moving forward with your plans during the pandemic. The market is still strong for sellers, and there are still plenty of buyers looking to purchase their dream property. But, there are some special considerations to think through as you plan to sell your home. It is possible to sell your home while keeping you and your family, as well as the general public, safe. Read on for tips from our agents on having a successful sale in this unique market.

Tip 1: First, take the time to prepare your home for the market. Some buyers are relying entirely on virtual showings, so you want to make sure that your home is ready for it’s close-up! Photos and videos are more important than ever.

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When a buyer first steps into a staged home during a showing, they usually find it easier to picture themselves living there. A vacant or sparsely furnished home can be more challenging for buyers, because it can be tough for them to imagine where their furnishings will go.

A recent client worked with Shelley Lazzareschi to sell the condo they weren’t living in. They had been living in northern Wisconsin and had never fully moved into their Madison condo after it was built, so it was minimally furnished. Renting furniture for staging was cost-prohibitive for the seller, so Shelley and Debbie Lea from Showcase Home Stagers assisted the client by doing the staging themselves. Debbie and Shelley spent a few hours shopping for various items like artwork,

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Judith and Robert purchased a home in 2018 with the help of Shelley Lazzareschi. Since they were relocating from Seattle, they relied on virtual showings with Shelley to find their new home. Thanks to technology and Shelley's persistence, they were able to buy their lovely house without stepping inside first!

Robert and Judith were planning a move from Seattle to Madison to be closer to their aging parents so they could help care for them. They were planning to rent an apartment downtown and take their time to look for a home to buy on the west side. They figured this plan would be the easiest way to buy a home in the area without a lot of travel back and forth from Washington to Wisconsin.

Still, Judith wanted to get a sense of the Madison real

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Michaella and Gabi worked with Maureen Moran as they were getting ready to buy their first home. Due to the pandemic, there were some additional challenges for them to navigate, but Maureen helped them purchase their condo, safely! Read on for the story of how Maureen’s persistence helped them buy their first home during this unique time.

Michaella and Gabi were relocating to Madison from Baltimore, MD, as Michaella is about to begin her residency at the UW. They had been talking about buying a house for some time, and this seemed like the perfect “life transition” time to do so.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic set in. At first, they heard conflicting advice. Some said the pandemic would be the best time to buy, while others cautioned that it was the

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For most buyers, financing is the first thing to think about when buying a home. A changing economic climate due to COVID-19 has begun to affect financing for some loan programs. Plus, the financing process has moved entirely virtual. Dave Leeder and the team at Inlanta Mortgage are helping many of our clients navigate these changes. Below are some of their top suggestions for buyers based on the current circumstances.

A buyer holding the key to their new home

As always, you should start the mortgage pre-approval process early. Ideally, you should have your pre-approval before you begin your search. This will help you understand which loan programs may be available to you, and how much you may be able to borrow for your new home.

Then, be sure to keep your lender up to date with any

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Homestead Title's drive-up closingWhen you think of closing on your home, you might envision yourself signing paperwork around a big conference table, followed by getting the keys to your new home. Just like most parts of the real estate buying and selling process, the closing process has been adjusted to keep you safe. Read below for the many options Homestead Title is giving our clients for closings. They also have shared tips for buyers and sellers who will be closing soon.

A new venue for closing - your car!

Some title companies have made minor adjustments to the closing process by offering clean pens, scrubbed tables, more distance between parties, and limiting the number of people attending closings. Homestead Title has gone a step further to protect clients, offering

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Cliff Insurance SignWhen it comes to saving money, reviewing your insurance may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Dennis Cliff of Cliff Insurance Agency thinks differently. Insurance is one of those things that most people set and forget. But, there are often opportunities to save, or increase coverage if your situation has changed. Even during this time of social distancing, Dennis and his team can help you evaluate your options.

 

Dennis Cliff

Dennis got into insurance after a family member had worked in the industry. He felt it could be a good fit for himself. Dennis purchased the former Wilson-Boylan Agency in 2003, after working for a decade at MetLife.

When it comes to insurance, the sweet spot is finding the best coverage at a reasonable cost. Cliff Insurance

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