• Relocating to Madison – The Restaino Way!

      If you’ve considered a move to Madison, WI you’re not alone! Madison consistently ranks high in National reports that evaluate cities for livability – it’s a great place for families and recent college grads alike. Recently, it was voted the #1 city for jobs, social life, and affordable living after college graduation. Whether you enjoy the lakes, the free zoo, fab restaurants and microbreweries, the UW scene, or downtown arts and culture, Madison has something to offer everyone. If you are contemplating a move to our area, I can help! Did you know that Restaino & Associates (my Broker) has a full time relocation department? We know Madison inside and…

  • Community Spotlight: Evansville, WI

      If you’ve lived in the Madison area for any length of time, you’ve probably become familiar with some of the surrounding suburbs. These smaller communities can offer the best of both worlds if you’re willing to take on a small commute to work every day. You can benefit from the close knit community of a small town, while being just a short drive from all of the amenities that a large city offers. One city that fills this niche is Evansville, WI. Located just a short drive south of Madison, Evansville is one of the fastest growing communities in Rock county. It’s convenient location as a mid-point between Madison…

  • Market Update – May 2019

    Don’t Let The Weather Fool You!   Although southern Wisconsin weather seems to have difficulty warming up, our local real estate market is already white hot. Continued favorable interest rates matched with low inventory has buyers scrambling to view new listings the minute they become available. The Federal Reserve meets early in May to consider whether or not interest rates will be raised. Prognosticators believe there is only a 3% chance that will happen in May. Accordingly, we predict no slow down due to rate increases for the foreseeable future. Nationally, the job market keeps strengthening and wages are increasing at the fastest rate since the Great Recession. This should…

  • Dane County’s Outdoor Market Season Is Here!

      With warmer weather, comes the return of outdoor markets in our area. Dane County is home to a number of great farmer’s markets, where you can get great local food, grown in its peak season, while supporting local farms – everybody wins! Most markets also feature other local vendors, offering everything from pet treats to jewelry. So, spend your dollars locally and get healthier food and one of a kind products in return! Here is a list of some of our area’s best farmers markets for you to check out: Dane County Farmers Market Location: Capitol Square in Madison Date: Every Saturday from April 13 – November 16 Time:…

  • Spring Cleaning Home Maintenance Tips

      Spring has finally sprung! Well, as it always does in Wisconsin – with two steps forward and one step back. Who doesn’t love a snow day in April? The last lingering traces of winter aside, warmer weather is on its way. Make the most of it by ensuring your home is ready for Spring with my handy home maintenance check list. Check Your Roof If you’re comfortable on a ladder (use binoculars if you’re not), inspect your roof for any signs of damage. Missing shingles, cracks, or signs of leaking will warrant a call to a professional to assess the damage. Clean Out Your Gutters Clean any organic debris from your…

  • Market Update – April 2019

    How Low Can They Go? As quickly as they shot up, mortgage rates have fallen back down, enticing more buyers back into the real estate market. Rates are now at their lowest level since January of 2018, when 30-year mortgage loans peaked just below 5%. As of the time of drafting of this newsletter, local lenders are offering 30 year rates as low as 4%. On a $300,000 loan, that means your payment each month would be $178.00 lower than on a loan obtained at the beginning of last year. As we say in Wisconsin, “That’s some serious cheese!” As reported to you last month, year over year inventories remain…

  • Real Estate Terminology 101

    If you are new to the home buying process, it can seem intimidating. You’re entering into the biggest financial transaction you’ve undertaken so far in your life, and there are real legal and financial consequences if things go wrong. You want to be prepared, but sometimes just understanding the terminology commonly used in real estate can be a challenge. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most commonly used real estate terms you’ll likely encounter as a new buyer, and their definitions, so that you can start your home search with confidence.   Appraisal – A written analysis provided by a real estate appraiser that provides…

  • A Little Saint Patrick’s Day Fun!

    The festive holiday, known for the coloring everything Green – from local beer to the Chicago River, is just around the corner. To get you in the Irish spirit, here are some fun facts about Saint Patrick’s Day that you might not be aware of, plus a yummy recipe for chocolate stout cupcakes to help you celebrate! While Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was actually British, born to a wealthy Christian family. It wasn’t until he was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16 that he began the journey that he is now famously…

  • Market Update – March 2019

    And The Good News Is… With so much happening on the national and international political front, our long running real estate recovery seems to be taking a back seat in news headlines these days. That said, there remain many important items of note that we need to keep our clients and friends aware of. Government agencies, and also our local MLS, report that existing home sales (closings) fell in January for the third straight month. We believe the main cause of this to be a function of low supply. A secondary, although far lesser cause, can likely be tied to the rise in interest rates we all experienced at the…

  • Saving For A Down Payment? These Tips can Help!

    If you’re preparing to buy a home, the first consideration you’ll likely make is how you will come up with your down payment. Some first time home buyers are fortunate enough to have family to borrow from, or might even qualify for a down payment assistance grant. However, if you’re like the majority of prospective home buyers, you will be saving for a while on your own for your down payment. Saving enough for a down payment on the average priced home can seem like a daunting task, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips that will help get you on your way to home ownership. Step One Take a second…