Market Updates

Articles about the Dane County and Madison Real Estate Market

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The holiday season has arrived, so it’s time to reflect on last year’s real estate predictions before we share our predictions for the coming year. As you’ll see below, our crystal ball was accurate with a few of our 2020 real estate predictions and off the mark with a few others.

Mad City Dream Homes Real Estate Predictions

Where our crystal ball got it wrong

Last year we predicted flat home sales when in fact sales have been rising. We predicted a 3% rise in prices, but prices have risen by more. In 2020 we anticipated an increase in expired listings and the days on market, but that has not been the case, either. We also predicted a decrease in competing offers, but that has failed to materialize, too. In short, the market has outperformed all of our expectations in 2020.

Where our

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November and December are typically the two slowest months for real estate in the Madison area. Of course, this year has been anything but typical.

Although buyer activity does tend to slow during the holidays, we're still sensing strong interest from local buyers for this time of year. For example, check out the chart below, which compares the number of new monthly visitors to our website compared to the same month of the previous year. 

 Madison WI Real Estate Interest Nov 2020

So far, through the first 23 days of November, our website traffic is up 20% from last year. If we use the number of new visitors to our website as a proxy for buyer interest, then interest in Madison area real estate is quite high for this time of year. Despite all of the political chaos and uncertainty in

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The Dane County real estate market continued to exceed all expectations in the month of October. Here's our latest summary of the Madison area real estate market, for both single family homes and condos. 

Home and condo sales

Dane County single family home sales set a new record in October, increasing by 37% from last October, and by 5% year-to-date.

Madison Area Home Sales October 2020

Condo sales nearly reached an all-time high. Closings increased by 30% in October and by 10% through the first 10 months of 2020.

Madison area condo sales October 2020

Accepted Offers

Single family home accepted offers set a new record for the month of October. Based on this forward-looking indicator, we expect home sales to set a new record in the month of November, too.

Madison Area Single Family Accepted Offers Oct 2020

Accepted offers for condominiums also set a

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September was a great month for Madison area home and condo sellers, as the Dane County real estate market set a number of new records last month. Here's our short summary of the latest market trends from the month of September. 

The Madison area single family home market

New MLS listings increased by 16% in September and reached their highest level since 2008. 

Madison WI New Single Family Listings 2020

Buyers responded to the new supply of listings by writing a record number of offers. Accepted offers increased by 27% year-over-year and set a new record for the month of September. 

Madison WI Single Family Accepted Offers September 2020

Home sales also reached a new high and increased by 40% from last September. 

Madison WI Home Sales September 2020

Madison area home prices set a new record last month, increasing by 9% year-over-year. 

Madison WI Home Prices September 2020 

The Madison area

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We're getting asked this question a lot these days, and here's our take: Although there are no guarantees about the state of the market in 2021, we do know the Madison area real estate market is very favorable for sellers right now. Here's what we're seeing in the market as we approach the month of October. 

Madison WI October 2020 Real Estate Market

The fall real estate market in Madison, WI

For starters, mortgage rates are historically low, and buyers are buying. Dane County home buyers are writing offers at a much faster pace right now than they were during the same time period in 2019. 

 Madison WI Single Family Accepted Offers Sept 21

Dane County home prices are trending favorably for sellers, too. Many properties are receiving multiple offers right now and selling for well above the list. Home prices are on pace to set

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The Madison area real estate market continues to be very active at a time of year when listings and sales are typically slowing down. Here's a quick overview of the latest home and condo trends in Dane County. 

Madison WI Real Estate Trends August 2020

Dane County condo trends

New condo listings increased by 15% in the month of July, and buyers have responded by gobbling up the new supply. Accepted offers increased by 17% in July and 43% in August. As you can see from the graph below, AOs are trending much higher as we enter the month of September.  

Madison WI Condo Accepted Offers Sept 1 2020 

Dane County single family home trends

The Madison area single family home market has also been very active. New single family home listings increased by 10% in July, and a record number of homes were placed under contract in July

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It's been a crazy year to the say the least. A global pandemic. Political chaos. And economic uncertainty. Despite all of the chaos, the competition for Madison area real estate is at an all-time high in 2020. According to our latest review of MLS data, 34% of all Dane County home listings received multiple offers through the month of June. This is up from the previous high of 33% in 2018, and up from 26% in 2016, when we first started tracking this statistic. 

How competitive is the market by price range? 

Here's how the numbers shake out:

 Multiple Offers Madison WI June 2020

The very high number of competing offers this year shows there's a lot of pent-up demand for real estate in the Madison area. A lot of buyers are writing offers this year, and a lot of those buyers

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The month of July is almost in the books, and our latest market snapshot shows Madison area home and condo prices keep on rising. As of July 26th, Dane County home prices were up 6% year-over-year and condo prices were up 3%. 

how much is your Dane County home worth

How much is your home worth right now?

We can help you understand your home or condo's current market value and recommend a few simple cosmetic updates that buyers will love, too. Just reach out to your preferred Mad City Dream Homes agent to schedule a short consultation. We'll help you prepare for a successful sale and eliminate much of the stress that so many sellers are experiencing in this year's COVID-19 market. 

For more information on local real estate prices, here's our July 26th snapshot

Madison area home

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Dane County condo buyers were very active in the month of June as local condo prices continued to rise. Here's our latest snapshot of the Madison area condo market:

Accepted offers were up big-time in the month of June.

A total of 205 condo contracts were written in June, which was up 23% from last year. On a year-to-date basis, accepted offers are down by 1% from the first 6 months of 2019. 

Madison WI Condo Accepted Offers June 2020

This chart shows accepted offers by week. As the graph shows, new contracts decreased significantly in April, and then started trending higher in May and June. 

Madison WI Condos Accepted Offers by week July 7 2020

Condo prices rose once again in June. 

The June price per square foot was the highest on record. 

 Madison WI Condo Prices June 2020

Condo sales increased by 8% in June. 

Madison area condo sales were lower by

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June was another strong month for real estate in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Here's our quick summary of how the Dane County single family home market performed last month. 

Madison area home prices increased 4% year-over-year and 5% year-to-date. 

The price per square foot reached a new high in the month of June. 

Madison WI Home Prices June 2020 

New MLS listings were lower by 14% during the month and 14% year-to-date. 

A lack of fresh supply is benefiting home sellers in 2020. June listings were at their lowest level since 2011. 

Madison WI New MLS Listings June 2020

This graph shows new listing activity by week for the first 6 months of the year. MLS listings have been trending lower since the end of March. 

madison wi new listings by week july 5 2020

Despite low inventory, buyers were very active in the month of June. 

The number

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