Buy a Home, Get a $30K "Thank You" From Your Municipality

Buy a Home, Get a $30K "Thank You" From Your Municipality

While it’s true that buyer competition is fierce and inventory is low, there are still ways to find great homes in fantastic neighborhoods without paying an arm and a leg or battling it out with several other buyers. If you buy right, you may actually earn you money!

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How To Save $40K In A Seller's Market

How To Save $40K In A Seller's Market

Buying a home soon? Choosing your next neighborhood strategically could not only save you $40,000 off the bat, but your home may actually appreciate at a higher rate than comparable homes. Read on to learn how to pick out the next "rising star" neighborhood.

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Greenbush

Greenbush

Settled in the early 20th century, the "Bush" was a true melting pot, welcoming immigrant families of at least 14 established backgrounds. Today, Greenbush still boasts several historic homes from that era. Residents enjoy easy access to Lake Wingra, Vilas Beach, Vilas Park Zoo, the UW Arboretum, the UW campus, three major hospitals, as well as downtown Madison.

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Middleton

Middleton

Rich in history and bursting with an array of community amenities and vibrant neighborhoods, its easy to see why Middleton has been named among the top places to live in the United States by CNN/Money and Money Magazine. Residents enjoy plenty of green spaces, parks and playgrounds as well as a skate park, splash pad, community pool and aquatic center. Four legged friends are welcomed with open arms; leashed dogs are allowed on all trails at the city parks and conservation areas plus the city has 2 off leash dog parks.

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Heritage Heights

Heritage Heights

Heritage Heights boasts quiet, tree lined streets, spacious homes, large private backyards & is within a short walk of over 100 acres of parks & sanctuary space. Positioned within a triangle of three of east Madison’s big new developments (Union Corners, Royster Corners & the proposed Grandview Commons commercial center), this mature neighborhood offers a smattering of urban amenities within a leisurely bike ride.

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Grandview Commons

Grandview Commons

Grandview Commons is a well kept secret on Madison’s east side. This newer neighborhood is a throwback to a simpler time; with it’s quiet streets, ample front porches, green spaces, fabulous parks and pond, relaxation is at your fingertips.

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Fitchburg

Fitchburg

Fitchburg offers up an impressive spread of fantastic parks, cycling & mountain bike paths, conservancies & green spaces. A variety of restaurants, coffee shops & bars (many locally owned) are dotted throughout the community. Plenty of events keep residents plugged into the community- Farmer’s markets, an annual art fair, regular art exhibits, outdoor concerts; festivals, the list goes on.

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Four Bad Homeowner Habits to Avoid

Four Bad Homeowner Habits to Avoid

For the most part, our homes can take a little tough love, but there are some things that definitely shouldn’t be pushed off for that mythical day when life simply becomes less busy. Out of the most common things I see homeowners do again and again, here are four bad homeowner habits to break once and for all.

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Living in the City of Parks & Playgrounds

Living in the City of Parks & Playgrounds

Parks (and if you have kids, playgrounds) are nice to have nearby. When thinking about where to live, it may not be on your ‘non-negotiable’ list, but over the long haul, it will probably affect your quality of life quite a bit.

Madison has more parks and playgrounds per person than any other city in the United States, by far. There is not a close runner-up. It is too rarely mentioned, in my opinion, as part of the ongoing conversation about why this is such a lovely place to live.

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The Community of Bishops Bay

The Community of Bishops Bay

Love nature, large yards & hiking trails? There’s a neighborhood for that. Love the bustle of an urban town center? There’s a neighborhood for that. Love easy access to golfing & gorgeous views of the course? There’s a neighborhood for that! The Community of Bishops Bay will offer 7 distinctly different neighborhoods, each with it's own unique flavor. Organic farm with CSA? Brand new pool, fitness center & clubhouse? Check, check, check & check- it's all here, now.

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Tenney-Lapham

Tenney-Lapham

This near east neighborhood offers plenty of historic charm in a walkable, central location. Consider yourself an urban dweller? Countless shops, tea & coffee houses, bars & restaurants are at your fingertips. Love getting outside? Ice skating, water sports, sun bathing, stunning sun sets, playgrounds, tennis, basketball, volleyball, farmer's markets, bike polo, ultimate frisbee, cycling, concerts, skate park, community events- you get the picture, Tenney-Lapham has it all.

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