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

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Whether you just bought a home or are getting ready to sell, there are many ways you can improve the look and functionality of your front yard. Landscape architect Paul Ganshert shares the following tips for adding plantings, lighting, and other outdoor elements to enhance your home.

Keep it clean and simple

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don't just install an expensive pond or retaining wall because you think you should -- it may end up being a maintenance headache for you and future homeowners. For starters, focus on the basics that appeal to a broader audience, like making sure your plants are manicured and the beds and lawn are free of weeds.

Adjust plant material

Begin by pruning existing plant material correctly and

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One of the biggest concerns people have when downsizing is figuring out what to do with all of their stuff. That’s why decluttering, organizing, and making other preparations for selling your house can go much more smoothly with the right help.

To empower people to begin this process, Capitol Lakes retirement community in downtown Madison recently hosted an educational event with representatives from local businesses, followed by a question and answer session and building tour. Presenters included Kathy Rounds of Trusted reLocation Consultants (TLC), a full-service moving and organization company; Marianne Gariti of Moving Forward, which specializes in senior move management; and Chris Venden, an experienced Realtor with Mad City Dream Homes.

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At Mad City Dream Homes, we customize each marketing plan in order to deliver the best value for each home-selling client. This is one reason why we love selling luxury real estate; there are so many creative touches we can add for the truly special property.

luxury listing photograph

Luxury real estate marketing examples

Below we share a few examples of the marketing tools we make available to our clients with high-end and luxury properties.

Staging with rented furniture

Sometimes it makes perfect sense to replace an owner's existing furniture with rented furniture individually selected by our stager. Such was the case with our recent Lake Monona condo listing in Downtown Madison. Notice how the low profile furniture adds a modern touch while allowing for an

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The spring market is the best market for sellers in Madison. Specifically the months of March, April and May are the three months when buyer activity is strongest. Take a look below at our MLS data from calendar year 2017, which shows the number of accepted offers for every month of the year. Accepted offers peaked in the month of May, which is a typical pattern for our market.  

How does this seasonal pattern impact the sale of your home? 

If your house is listed for sale right now, you need to know your home is worth more in the month of May than it will be in the months of June or July. That's because the spring market is an overheated market that gives sellers the clear advantage. In June, the market will shift, and buyers and sellers will

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So far this year we've had clients receive offers for $13,000 above, $14,000 above, $23,000 above, and an amazing $31,000 above the list price. This is in addition to several other sellers who've received offers for between $5,000 and $10,000 above the list. 

These offers didn't happen by accident

All were the result of marketing plans designed to attract multiple offers. As we shared in these two success stories, a key part of our strategy is to allow 4 to 5 days of showings before responding to any written offers. This timeline gives all interested buyers enough time to schedule their showings, research the neighborhood, and submit their offer to purchase.

Allowing 4 to 5 days of showings gives sellers the psychological advantage, too. When

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The springtime is the best time to knock it out of the park with your real estate listing, and market conditions in Madison are ideal for sellers right now. Here are 2 recent success stories which show how smart marketing and a hot market can help you net more than you ever imagined on the sale of your home.

Client Success Story #1 

Our clients with two young children were outgrowing their starter home on the east side of Madison. They listed their home with Shelley Lazzareschi and received an amazing 14 offers for their home. One of the offers was for $13,000 above the list and stood out among all of the others as the clear winner. In addition to a great price, this offer included a few other terms which were very appealing to the sellers. 

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Statistics show that the average American household has "300,000 things." And as more baby boomers downsize, move to assisted living facilities, or pass away, "the volume of unwanted keepsakes and family heirlooms is poised to grow -- along with the number of delicate conversations about what to do with them," the New York Times reports.

From your great aunt's rocking chair to that unopened box of hand-me-down china, the weight of what we own and what we no longer use could easily be lifted off of our shoulders. Wouldn't it be nice to ditch the guilt and declutter your life by finding a new home for some of your belongings?

While some trinkets should just go in the garbage bin, many other items don't need to be relegated to the curb. You might not

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We recently had an opportunity to do 2 market analyses which showed how dramatically market conditions can differ from one location to the next. One property was located in a clear seller's market in Madison's Westmorland neighborhood. The other property was a higher priced listing located in a more rural buyer's market. Below we share a few examples from both market analyses which demonstrate how buyer's markets and seller's markets differ.  

Seller's markets typically have low inventory levels and a high percentage of listings with accepted offers. These two traits run very strong in the Westmorland neighborhood. At the time of our analysis the Westmorland market had only .6 months of supply available for sale on the MLS. In addition, 50% of

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Don’t wait for the snow to melt and ground to thaw before planning your next landscaping project. Take it from Joe Hanauer, owner of Landscape Architecture LLC in Madison, who has over 20 years of experience in landscape design and horticulture. Whether you’re a green thumb or would rather hire a pro, his spring landscaping tips will help your plants thrive and yard shine. 

Clean the yard

In March or early April, rake up leaves and remove perennial foliage and ornamental grasses left from fall and winter. It's important to get rid of rot and mold to keep your garden free from pathogens. "It will reduce the apple scab in crab apples and some of the black spot on roses, so it's good to get that stuff out of there," Hanauer said. As long as a

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One aspect of our job that we really enjoy is helping home owners whose previous listing expired without selling. When we meet with owners we start by getting to know the property and the marketing used during the previous listing. Usually we find out there's a lot we can do to help each client.

Such was the case with our recent sale of this upscale listing which we sold this February. When we first met with the sellers we were struck by the beauty of the property and setting. It was a truly special home, but the home's beauty wasn't fully exposed by the previous marketing. 

For example, we saw an immediate opportunity to upgrade the pictures and produce showcase listing photos like this one below. This was one of several ideas we had for generating

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