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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Existing Home Sales posted a 1.5% gain in October, rising to a 5.26 million annual rate. These sales have gone up six of the last seven months and have now reached their highest level in more than a year. Inventories… Read more
Blogged yesterday, 10:02am by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Home Selling Financing
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Madison Metro Single Family Listings as of November 18th, 2014:Greater West Madison Metro Area: 769 Active Single Family Listings$0 - $199,999: 111 listings compared to 113 last week$200,000 - $299,999:… Read more
Blogged Tue Nov 18, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Market Conditions Home Buying Home Selling
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
FEATURED RATES**Rapid Refinance 12 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points2.990%3.001%0.000%30 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points3.875%3.905%0.000%15 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points3.000%3.053%0.000%5 Year ARMRateAPR*… Read more
Blogged Tue Nov 18, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Home Selling Investment Properties
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
What are people saying:44% of consumers say now is a good time to sell a house65% say now is a good time to buyThis is a very high rate for consumer confidence in the house industry.  Rates are still… Read more
Blogged Mon Nov 17, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Home Selling In My Neighborhood
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The Yoo Team, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
The Yoo Team answered:
We are about to make an offer on a home and need help deciding a fair price. Our buying agent has not
I never tell my clients exactly what price to offer because it has to be a personal decision (how badly do you want the house). But I do give them typical ranges that are useful: ex:"T ... more
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The Yoo Team, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
The Yoo Team answered:
I currently pay $1775/mo for rent and in the Meadowlands subdivision and really need to purchase my own home. Can anyone advise where to start?
One additional comment, I would strongly suggest using a local lender. If you're in Madison, there's a lot of great ones in the area and the process is often much smoother than with an ... more
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The Yoo Team, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
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Who should pay for what... Mold found in attic and ice damming along the gutters was found today during our home inspection
Most homes have defects of some type. The question for you is whether you still want the home with those defects? While we can all debate who "should" pay for them, it comes down to " ... more
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David Leonard, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
With the recent turmoil in the mortgage world, people have lots of questions about refinancing. There are times when borrowers need to consider paying money at the closing in order to complete the refinance.… Read more
Blogged Thu Nov 13, 2014 by David Leonard Home Buying Financing
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
 Why do we always tend to focus on the negative......filtering the media releases is helpful:Residential construction spending was in fact UP 0.4% for September.  Overall construction spending compared… Read more
Blogged Mon Nov 10, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Financing Foreclosure
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The Yoo Team, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
The Yoo Team answered:
Me = stable job, wife = better job after work history gap, both = excellent credit, how does it affect preapproval?
Hello,

Thoughts only, not concrete. Find a lender who has more flexibility and creativity. This is not a bad or illegal thing. There are some institutions that are just very rigid, o ... more
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The Yoo Team, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
The Yoo Team answered:
Why is Trulia's estimated monthly payment for *property taxes* so far off for Madison homes? Typical listing: Real taxes $360/mo; Trulia $125/mo.
Douglas,

I apologize if anyone else corrects me, but I did encounter some issues with the assessment of homes on trulia in relation to the actual assessment by a municipality. I foun ... more
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
Rates have ticked up a little bit today......... they will be up in Springs so do not wait to buy!FEATURED RATES**Rapid Refinance 12 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points2.990%3.001%0.000%30 Year Fixed RateRa… Read more
Blogged Thu Nov 6, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Market Conditions Home Buying Home Selling
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John and Bec…, Real Estate Pro in Woodbury, MN
 E7748 County Road C, Elk Mound, WI 54739Now offered at $399,900 Scandinavian Design is often defined as: “Beautiful, simple, clean designs, inspired by nature and northern climate, accessible and… Read more
Blogged Wed Nov 5, 2014 by John and Becky Durham, MS, MS General Area Home Buying Home Selling
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
FEATURED RATES**Rapid Refinance 12 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points2.990%3.001%0.000%30 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points3.875%3.905%0.000%15 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points3.000%3.053%0.000%5 Year ARMRateAPR*… Read more
Blogged Wed Nov 5, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Foreclosure Investment Properties
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Mike Collins,…, Real Estate Pro in 53545
4 Bedroom Madison Ranch for Sale5113 Camilla Rd, Madison, WI 53716$177,000KEY FEATURESYear Built: 1956Sq Footage: 1781 sqft.Bedrooms: 4 BedsBathrooms: 1.5 BathParking: 1 GarageLaundry: In UnitProperty… Read more
Mike Collins,…, Real Estate Pro in 53545
Madison Wisconsin Cul de Sac Ranch for Sale23 Walworth Ct, Madison, WI 53705$220,000KEY FEATURESYear Built: 1956Sq Footage: 1648 sqft.Bedrooms: 3 BedsBathrooms: 1 BathParking: 1 GarageLaundry: In… Read more
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Mike Collins,…, Real Estate Pro in 53545
The Wisconsin housing statistics are in for September of 2014. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors® Association (WRA) had to say:Wisconsin’s home sales in September were nearly identical… Read more
Blogged Thu Oct 30, 2014 by Mike Collins, 608-921-8536 Market Conditions Home Buying Home Selling
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
The Birschbach Team has posted a new item, '10/28/14 Single Family Market Updatefor the Greater Madison Region'Madison Metro Single Family Listings as of October 27th, 2014:Greater West Madison Metro… Read more
Blogged Tue Oct 28, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Home Selling Investment Properties
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
BUMPY is my Word for the Week...But on the Rise..... The beginning of the week started slow with continued dips in the Dow. We have seen stocks suffer a small dips, then spikes shooting up, then down… Read more
Blogged Thu Oct 23, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Foreclosure Investment Properties
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Donna Robert…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, WI
FEATURED RATES**Rapid Refinance 12 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points2.990%3.001%0.000%30 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points3.875%3.905%0.000%15 Year Fixed RateRateAPR*Points2.875%2.928%0.000%5 Year ARMRateAPR*… Read more
Blogged Tue Oct 21, 2014 by Donna Robert Birschbach Home Buying Foreclosure Investment Properties
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