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Sunday, October 27, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Haunted History in Madison

When you think of “Haunted Towns” Madison, WI might not be on the top of your list. It turns out though, that Madison has a pretty interesting history, with some spooky and mysterious ghost stories to go along with it.

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

The downtown location of the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co, located at 123 E Doty St, has many reported ghostly encounters. The former location of the Fess Hotel, which stood for 130 years and stabled horses in its basement, may be the source of many present day encounters.
From pool cues falling from the wall by themselves, to in-house phone lines ringing when nobody else is there, many employees have spooky tales to share. There’s also a room in the basement that is reportedly so creepy, that some employees refuse to enter it. If you’re interested in hearing about these, and other stories, you can check out American Ghost Walks walking tours. They stop at the Great Dane and other haunted ...

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Thursday, October 17, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Staging Tips to Get Your Home Sold This Fall

If you’re selling your home this Fall, you’re likely aware that home sales start to slow down this time of year. Any edge that you can get over your competition will matter, and that’s where staging comes in. Buyers want to “connect” with a home when they see it for the first time. Staging can help you create that connection and get more offers on the table.

Start at the curb…
Everyone’s heard the term “curb appeal” before, but very few sellers understand the importance of it. Your home’s appearance from the outside is the first impression that buyers will get when they see your home. If you have dead landscaping and soggy leaves covering your entrance, it doesn’t scream “welcome home”. Make sure that landscaping is cleaned up and prepped for winter. Rake leaves and remove any dead plants from beds – this can be great time to add mulch for the winter too. You can also dress up your front entrance ...

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Saturday, October 05, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Market Update - October 2019

Home Sales
The number of homes sold this past month has dropped off considerably as the market slows heading into the fall and winter months. Still, home sales for September this year have slightly exceeded the number sold last year. During the month of August, there were 810 new homes listed for sale and 718 new homes were listed for sale in September. Given that 817 homes were sold in August, and only 595 homes were sold in September, buyers will have a bit more to choose from if they start their home search during the Fall months.

Inventory of single-family and condo homes in Dane County improved slightly last month. We are still in what is considered a “seller’s market”, but buyers who are hunting for a new home will have more to choose from now than they had over the summer months – or even this time last year.

Home Prices
The average price of homes sold in September was $317,734, which is up 2.5% from the same time period last ye ...

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Market Update - September 2019

Home Sales

The number of home sales have trended slightly downward over the summer months. This is typical of our market, and can result in better odds for buyers who missed out during the fast-paced and highly competitive spring/early summer months. Overall, there were slightly fewer homes sold over the past three months this year, than in 2018. The month of July is the the exception, with equal numbers this year and last.


Inventory in Dane County continues to hover around the “2 months of supply” mark. This is well below the average of 6 months of supply typically seen in balanced markets, and indicates a continued seller’s market in our area. This has remained largely unchanged from last year, as Dane County continues to struggle with inventory for hopeful buyers. Last month saw a slight increase however, which may benefit buyers who’ve struggled to find the right home over the summer months.

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Monday, September 02, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Summer to Fall: Get the Most Out of Your Outdoor Space

In Wisconsin, we learn to enjoy every moment we have in our outdoor spaces before the inevitable snow flies. As the nights get cooler and the leaves start to turn, many people start packing up their outdoor furniture in preparation for “hibernation”. There’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had in our outdoor entertaining spaces though – aside from grilling out for the big game. Here are some tips to get the most out of your deck, patio, or back yard this Fall season.
Think cozy…
Fall is for s’mores and sipping hot cider – or for having some warm cocktails with friends. These things go best with a crackling fire. If you have the space, consider a stone fire pit to cozy up to in your back yard. Seating around the fire pit will provide a great place for you and your family or friends to spend an evening. Consider alternative seating, like straw bales – they’ll provide a decorative touch, and can even double as mulch for your garden ...

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