Selling Tips

Selling Real Estate in Madison & South Central Wisconsin: Property Selling Tips

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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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I'm Tracy Kapela and I'm the photographer and visual media specialist for the Mad City Dream Homes real estate team. Here are a few of my favorite listing photos that I've taken in 2020 so far.


The kitchen is often thought of as the "heart of the home", so I try to show as much of the space as possible so you can see yourself in there and get a feel for how the flow could work for you.

Living/Family Rooms

The entertaining area is also one of the most important spaces that buyers want to see, so I try to focus on showing windows, fireplaces or any other feature that is unique to each house.

Dining Rooms

Formal dining rooms can have special features like beamed ceilings,

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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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If you're like many prospective home sellers, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the work that can go into preparing for a successful sale. From de-cluttering and removing items from your home, to implementing minor repairs and cosmetic improvements, to staging your home, sprucing up the yard, cleaning your house, arranging for movers...the list can go on and on...and you already have a lot on your plate. 

Stressful Selling a Home

If all of this work makes you feel anxious and overwhelmed, we have a solution for you that will ease your worry and your stress -- and that is to lean on us. Rely on our team and our network of professionals to coordinate much of the work for you. This is what we do for dozens of clients each year. We simplify and shorten the home prep process,

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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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We empathize with all of you who want to sell your home right now but who are worried about your health and safety. Understandably, you have concerns about putting your house up for sale and letting the general public in your home. But selling a home during this pandemic doesn't need to be filled with feelings of worry and fear. Just the opposite, you can feel confident and have peace of mind - once you learn how to attract multiple offers without any buyers stepping inside your home.

Selling a Home Safely and with Peace of Mind

You have options

At Mad City Dream Homes, we have options for helping you sell your home quickly and in a safe and professional manner. If you or someone you know has questions about selling in the COVID-19 market, a proactive conversation with a real estate

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If you're thinking of selling your Madison area property right now, you're probably wondering how you can sell your home in a manner that respects safety and social distancing, for both you and the general public. Here are 3 options for you to consider as you plan for your sale. 

Home Selling and Social Distancing

1) Move onto your next setting before putting your home on the market. 

Many sellers these days are choosing to move into their new home before putting their existing home on the market. If this is an option for you, please reach out to us, and we'll discuss the staging and marketing strategies that will help you sell quickly and for top dollar. 

2) Sell your home by allowing virtual showings only.

If you don't already have your next home identified, you can

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Did you know many of our clients this year are attracting multiple offers to their sale without any buyers setting foot in their property? Are you wondering how to accomplish this for your own sale? Here are a few helpful tips based on our work in this year's COVID-19 market.

Sold Virtually by Mad City Dream Homes

First, get to know your market and determine the best price for your home. 

We'll start off by discussing current market conditions and a smart pricing strategy for your listing. Depending on your price point and location, listings may be scarce. If you choose your list price wisely, you'll be able to leverage that scarcity and attract competing offers from a group of highly motivated buyers. 

Next, start working on your staging. 

We'll connect you with our home

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We're two months into the COVID-19 pandemic now, and we have some important trends we'd like to share with anyone who's thinking of buying or selling in the Madison area. Buyers and sellers who understand these trends will be in a position to make smart decisions and make the most of this year's unique market. 

Madison WI Real Estate News May 2020

Dane County single family home trends for April and early May, 2020

Here are the latest trends in the single family home market, with fresh data from the months of April and May. 

Fewer owners are listing their home for sale. 

Single family home listings were in short supply before the pandemic began, and we expect this to be the trend for the foreseeable future. As you can see from the graph below, many home owners postponed their

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