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Dec. 30, 2020

Top Real Estate Agents In Madison 2020 – Laura Lahti

I am super excited to share my video with you!

In Madison, no matter what real estate needs you have, you’ll need one of the best real estate agents to get you the price and service want and should expect. There are thousands of real estate agents active in Madison, but only the top real estate agents in the area are proven to get better outcomes for their clients.

When should I hire a real estate agent in Madison?

It all depends on the current state of the Madison real estate market, but in our current market of 2020, which includes less inventory, I recommend speaking to a real estate agent as soon as you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in the area, which may be anywhere from three to nine months before you want to move in sometimes. – Schedule an Appointment

How important is it to hire a top real estate agent in Madison?

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the odds of getting the price you want are higher if you work with a top performing real estate agent. The top 5% of buyer’s agents typically save their clients 0.13% more at closing than the average real estate agent. – Schedule an Appointment

What questions should I ask when interviewing Madison real estate agents?

It’s important to understand a potential real estate agent’s experience and expertise. Some essential questions to ask when interviewing real estate agents are:

  • How many homes have you sold/closed in the last 6 months?
  • Can you provide me with referrals?
  • What is your marketing and/or negotiation strategy?
  • Do you work with a team?
  • How many days, on average, do your listings take to sell?
  • Do you have something about you I can watch or see? – Share YouTube Video

Madison’s Real Estate Market 2020

In the past 12 months, the price of homes sold in Madison ranged between $50,500 and $605,000. Last year, 5,012 homes were sold while median home prices decreased by 2.22%. Madison properties typically sell for 92.84% of the list price. The average Madison house stays on the market for 105 days. – Schedule an Appointment

Thank you to my Laura Lahti Badger Realty Team

A really HUGE thank you to my super talented friend & videographer Josh Rip, Joshua Mallett Video & Photo for doing such an amazing job and helping me share my story LL Properties, Badger Realty Team! I HIGHLY recommended and had a great experience. – View Josh’s Website Here

Shout outs my Wisconsin farm cousins for being amazing models Anneke Seely, Marika Handziak, Esther Seely, Jimmy Kirt Seely, Hilary, my wonderful daughter Keona Lahti and Juan! Thank you Shalicia Johnson, ArrowStar Photography for caputuring the sparkles! Thank you to my best friend/husband Jeff Niesen, my furry partner-in-crime Wattly, to all my past clients, my friends and family for believing in me!

If you like this video, please share this post! Everyoine needs a little “Sparkle” in their lives! 😉

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 30, 2020

Team Lahti Update: Safer At Home – Real Estate Madison, WI

COVID-19 Stay At Home

My team and I wanted to let you know that your health and safety are our utmost concern as the recent “Safer at Home,” executive order has declared Real Estate services as “Essential Business.” Which means Realtors, Lending, Inspectors, etc. we are allowed to remain open for business! We are committed to supporting our clients through this challenging time and taking extra precautions to keep everyone as safe and healthy as we can.

For Buyers, we will do 89.9% of all our appointments virtually for your buying experience to limit face-to-face contact. I will share as much information as I can via email and via virtual meetings by using Zoom, Facetime, Skype, or some other video conference application. If there’s a home you’re interested in that doesn’t have virtual touring, I will go out to the property and conference you in and do a virtual/video narrative of the home for you.

I will only do in-person showings with clients after all the above has been thoroughly exhausted and only with buyers that have the utmost and necessary urgency and must be preapproved. We are taking significant steps to keep you safe and the occupants of the house, stay safe.

Precautions I will be taking:

  • People exhibiting cold/flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to view the home.
  • Buyers must be preapproved and will need to send lender confirmation to Laura prior, to preview the home.
  • Only two of the decision-makers will be allowed to view the home.
  • Everyone must wash their hands immediately upon entering the home.
  • Only the showing agent can open and close doors, cabinets, etc. and by doing so with a paper towel, while wearing gloves.

I am here to help and consider this a responsibility and a privilege to work with you and to keep you safe. Sharing with you this information, along with any other information related to your safety, is a top priority!

My team remains committed to providing you with continuity in your needs for your current home, the new home your searching for, and to be able to refer you to one of our mortgage brokers on the team for any lending needs.

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 30, 2020

Selling In A COVID-19 World

Staying safe and selling real estate around Madison, WI during “COVID-19 Stay At Home”

My team and I wanted to let you know that your health and safety are our utmost concern as the recent “Safer at Home,” executive order has declared Real Estate services as “Essential Business.” Meaning Realtors, Lending, Inspectors, etc. are allowed to remain open for business! We are committed to supporting our clients through this challenging time and taking extra precautions to keep everyone as safe and healthy as we can.

For Sellers, we are ramping up our virtual selling experience to limit face-to-face contact. I will still need to do a physical walkthrough of your property before listing and will assist you with staging, as required. We will communicate through phone, text, email and via virtual meetings by using Zoom or some other video conference application. Included in our marketing package, we will have a virtual touring/ video walkthrough of your property to limit the amount of showing requests. We will share as much information that we can online to buyers and will ensure that the buyers are preapproved before previewing your home. We are no longer doing open houses and requiring that only the home inspector or person conducting the evaluation, be present.

Once a pre-approved buyer interested in viewing your property, the showing line will go over the list of precautions that they’ll need to take to keep you and your family safe, and we will have signs hanging up on your behalf indicating the following.

Precautions Noted:

  • People exhibiting cold/flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to view the home
  • Only two of the decision-makers will be allowed to preview the home
  • Only one showing per time slot
  • Everyone must wash their hands immediately upon entering the property
  • Only the showing agent can open and close doors, cabinets, etc. and by doing so with a paper towel
  • All lights shall remain on unless the property is vacant (to help touching limitation)

We are here to help. I consider this a responsibility and a privilege to work with you and to keep you safe. Sharing with you this information, along with any other information related to your safety, is a top priority for us.

Our team remains committed to providing you with continuity in your needs for your current home, the new home your searching for, and/or to be able to refer you to one of our mortgage brokers on the team for any lending needs.

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 30, 2020

Team Lahti Real Estate Helps Out With Sunshine Place

Kids get Kindness Bags after one day stuffing effort at Sunshine Place

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Sunshine Place delivered 1,700 Kindness Bags to elementary students in the Sun Prairie Area School District — thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours to assemble and distribute the bags.

Each Kindness Bag contains food items that will supply each student with breakfast, lunch and snacks for a day.

This is the third year that Sunshine Place will be providing Kindness Bags to students in the Sun Prairie community.

With continued support from Harvest in the Gardens, the Kindness Bag Initiative has distributed a total of 5,200 Kindness Bags to children in the Sun Prairie community over the past three years.

“Sunshine Place continues to share this story to highlight the good will of our community,” Cervantes said. “Everyone working together can make a difference in our city. Even at a young age, through the fruits of your labor you can do that as well.”

 

Posted in Community News
Dec. 30, 2020

HVAC Maintenance: DIY Tips For Homeowners

Laura Lahti From Badger Realty Team & DIY Guys Talk HVAC

HVAC maintenance may seem like something that should be left to someone else, but when you’re a homeowner, it’s important to understand how your system works and what to do when it needs to be cleaned or repaired. For most people, this system will get a big workout during the summer months, making it crucial to ensure it’s in good shape well before the hottest day of the year. You don’t want to be stuck with no AC because you failed to check and make sure the unit was clean and free of debris! Keeping it well-maintained will also help save you money in the long run since this can be a very pricey repair if something breaks.

Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to help keep your system running smoothly no matter how often you use it. One of the main things to keep in mind is that you’ll need the right tools for the job, but it will also be important to do some research on all the parts of an HVAC system so you’ll better understand what you’re looking at. Keeping safety in mind is a must, as well. So, here are just a few things to think about when it comes to making sure your HVAC system stays in good working order.

Know How to Clean the System

Cleaning your HVAC unit isn’t too difficult if you know all the steps, but you’ll need the right tools and a bit of time — about half a day. For around $50 and $100, you can do the job yourself; just make sure you turn off the power supply before you get started. Gather the materials you’ll need: a screwdriver or wrench, a garden hose, a fin tool, foil tape, and a coil cleaner. If the unit is really dirty, bleach and hot soapy water might be in order. Wipe down the condenser and blades and make sure there’s no debris — such as grass or dead insects — inside.

Know All the Parts

If you’re going to perform DIY maintenance on your HVAC system, it’s important to know what all the parts are and how they work together. Many systems are “split,” meaning some parts are inside your home and some are in the unit itself. The ducts that connect to your home will need to be kept clean, as well as the filters that keep the air quality in your house nice and breathable. It’s a good idea to keep some spare filters around (now’s a good time to sign up for a filter subscription service) so you’ll always have one when you need to change it out.

Build a Barrier

Many HVAC units benefit from a barrier that will help keep grass, weeds, and other debris from being sucked into them. You can build a fence around it, or you can plant tall hedges that both shield it from view and keep it protected. Just make sure your barrier gives the unit plenty of breathing room and still allows you to access it without any problems.

Keep It Cool

One of the easiest ways to keep your HVAC unit working well — and to keep your utility bills from becoming sky-high — is to keep the system cool on hot days. Some homeowners add greenery around the unit to give it some shade, but if you live in an area that has extremely hot days during the summer, it might be a good idea to create a more permanent solution, such as hanging a canopy above it.

HVAC maintenance can seem overwhelming if you’re a new homeowner or if you don’t consider yourself to be handy, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. With the right tools and a little research on the system, you can make any project DIY.

DIY Tips From Team Lahti

Laura Lahti | Badger Realty Team | laura@teamlahti.com | 608-239-3469
Ray Flynn | DiyGuys.net | ray.flynn@diyguys.net |

Posted in DIY Tips
Dec. 30, 2020

How To Take The Guesswork Out Of Downsizing For Seniors

Downsizing is a common choice for seniors, and it is one that can help make the most of retirement. Since moving can be stressful, you’ll need some simple tips, like the ones below, to make the transition smoother, for yourself or a senior loved one.

Downsize to Simplify Your Next Life Stage

The thought of going through and getting rid of possessions can be difficult for many seniors. It’s important, however, to remember the reasons for decluttering and downsizing in the first place. Paring down what you own will allow you more space to live comfortably in your new home and will take a lot of pressure off your spouse and family members.

You can make downsizing easier by taking time to work through each room and determine what should stay and what needs to go. While it’s always best to stick with keeping or removing things during this process, don’t feel defeated if you still wind up with some items you’re not quite ready to part with. If your leftovers will not work in your new home or if you have some seasonal decor to store, you can always look into deals on local storage unit rentals to have a secure spot to stash those belongings. Most people have paid around $83.47 for Madison-area units over the last six months, so you can simply factor this expense into your monthly budget to make your downsizing move easier.

Know How to Pack Your Home Like a Pro

Decluttering and downsizing your belongings should make preparing for your move a lot easier, but you still need to know how to securely pack the items you want to keep. You can get a good start to your packing by picking up some essential packing supplies. Various sizes of boxes and plenty of packing tape should top your shopping list, but you should also pick up some cling wrap to make securing those awkward items less of a hassle. Try looking around your home for tools to help you bundle belongings as well. You can use miscellaneous items such as egg crates and paper towel rolls to help you safely pack office cables, kitchen essentials and even your jewelry.

Keeping things organized will make the task of unpacking much less time-consuming when you do get to your new place. To make your move more comfortable, it’s also a good idea to pack a day-of box for everyone in your household. This should be one of the last boxes you put together, and you can fill it with medications, a few changes of clothes and basic toiletries to keep everyone content as you work on unpacking the rest of your things.

Make Your Downsizing Move Less Complicated

Getting a headstart on downsizing and packing your home is always a wise move, especially if you are a senior who has accumulated a lot of stuff. Before you make your big move, however, you have to find a home that’s perfect for you. This is such a freeing move to make during retirement, so this is the perfect time to look into different living arrangements, whether that means a smaller house, a condo, or even a retirement community. Whatever option you choose, be sure to look for community and home features to help you age in place safely.

Speaking of safety, you should also plan out your move so the process goes as efficiently as possible. Even if you don’t hire a professional moving company, you should think about other ways to get moving help. You can definitely ask family members for assistance with the heavier items or you can look for part-time help to prevent potential injuries. Finally, look for ways to plan a safe move with pets as well. Pets should be kept in a secure crate or room while people are moving items in and out of your homes, or you can arrange for boarding to make your move worry-free.

Downsizing doesn’t have to be a pain for seniors. Planning and preparation can free you from worries and make your move a freeing experience for everyone.

Written by Michael Longsdon