Misconceptions & Half Truths in the Dane County Housing Market

We’re sure you’ve heard the stories.

Ridiculous offers by desperate buyers competing over the one house that seems to be available in today’s market.

In talking to homeowners and interested homebuyers there seems to be a number of common misconceptions, half-truths, and myths about the state of our local housing market.

We’re here to address these misconceptions and add some clarity to the wild Dane County housing market of 2017:

Misconception #1: Everything is Selling Overnight and For Way Over Asking Price

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Meet The Minter Team- Shawna Gonzalez

Shawna Gonzalez: Client Care Coordinator | Marketing

In her role as Client Care Coordinator Shawna is here to make sure our clients have a world class real estate experience. Her main duties include coordinating transaction paperwork, managing deadlines, and overseeing our client experience.

Shawna has a passion for volleyball and plays often with her husband, Michael. She is also an animal lover and has rescued three cats & a dog.

Just Sold: 1634 Kings Mill Way

😂First time home buyers, Tom and Amanda, were probably expecting a relatively uneventful final walkthrough. Working lights, check. No major holes in walls, check. Bidet working, ch…nope, nothing. Jeff, in his helpful nature, stepped in to adjust the pressure gauge and next thing they knew, a stream of high pressure bidet water shot across the bathroom, narrowly missing Tom.

But not Amanda. #cantmakethisup 😂

While not every walkthrough is as eventful, this outstanding couple kept their sense of humor, just as they did throughout the process.

Tom and Amanda came to us with a few things on their plate: an expiring lease, a wedding in the works, and a smart budget. While shopping in Madison’s super competitive east side condo market, they knew they would need to be quick and aggressive to get what they were looking for in a timeline that fit their needs. The couple made a strong but smart offer on a great 2 bedroom/1 bidet unit , ultimately beating out multiple offers at a price that didn’t break their budget.

Tom and Amanda, we are so excited for you to enjoy the next chapter of your life filling this condo with love, memories, and laughter. We are so grateful to have been a part of your journey!

#theminterteam #worldsbestclients #strongbutsmart #bidetproblems #donttakeyourselftooseriously #buyeragent #madisonwi #madisonhomes #madisoncondos #danecountyhomes

Meet The Minter Team- Michelle Minter

Michelle Minter: Buyer Specialist | Marketing

Michelle’s passion for helping and mentoring others through difficult situations make her the team’s rockstar buyer’s agent and staging specialist. Guiding first-time homebuyers through the process is one of her favorite things about the job. Michelle works mostly with buyers, including an initial goal-setting meeting, showings, negotiations, and regular communication and updates throughout the process. Sellers can also expect to work with Michelle during their staging appointment, but most of her work with listings will be behind-the-scenes marketing efforts to get your house seen and sold!

Prior to real estate, Michelle taught middle and high school math for 14 years, and enjoyed coaching cross country as well. Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, she loves anything outdoors and her favorite hobbies include paddlesports, hiking, camping, and running. When Wisconsin weather keeps her indoors, she finds her fun with DIY projects, yoga, and learning the ukulele.

About The Minter Team- Jeff Minter

Jeff Minter: Team Leader | Listing Specialist

As a self-proclaimed data nerd, Jeff makes the ideal listing specialist and business manager for the Minter Team. His ability to analyze market trends not only help sellers make smart decisions about pricing, but also make him a well-informed advocate throughout negotiations. While selling your home, Jeff will handle most of the transactional duties with your listing, including paperwork, pricing, negotiations, regular communication, and updates.

In his former life, Jeff taught middle and high school students in multiple subjects while also serving as Head Football Coach at Belleville High School. He continues to enjoy coaching many youth sports including basketball, football, baseball, and soccer. Jeff doesn’t believe in down time, so if he is not working or coaching, you might find him throwing a ball around with his boys, or teaching his musically-inclined daughter a new Metallica riff on the guitar. That being said, if a Badger or Packer game is on, all bets are off!

April 2017 Newsletter: Summer in Madison | Client Events | Teacher Program

Summer in Madison

🌸Spring is in the air, and summer is right around the corner. Which means Farmers Market Season! Support our local farmers starting April 15th, 2017 at the Dane County Farmers Market.

Terrace Opening day is April 13th, 2017! The iconic terrace chairs will be brought out starting at 2pm. If you are interested in attending opening day line up on N. Park St. starting at 2 pm and carry your chair onto the Terrace at 3pm. Bucky and members of the UW Marching Band will be there to help celebrate!

Client Events

👏We would first like to thank everyone who attended our movie event this past Saturday! It was great to take a break from our crazy busy live and spend time not only with our family but with our Minter Team family as well.

💞We appreciate everything that you do for us and your continuous support will never be taken for granted. Thank you again for being an integral part of our lives!

🖎Mark your calendars now for the next client appreciation event! June 16th is Mallards with the Minters! We will tailgate before the game and stick around after the game for fireworks. More information coming soon!

As former teachers and coaches we understand firsthand the vital role you play in our community and the lives of our children. As our small way of saying thank you for your efforts we offer $500 cash back at closing to all teachers who purchase a home with The Minter Team.💰

If you know a teacher who may be interested in learning more have them contact us at minter@realtyexecutives.com or TheMinterTeam.com/Teacher

Just Sold: 874 Sumac St

874 Sumac St

Oregon, WI 53575

Sold: March 17, 2017

Sales Price:  $352, 000

Located in popular Alpine Meadows neighborhood this ranch offers open spaces and plenty of room. Open great room with cathedral ceiling & birch wood floors. Cozy up this winter to the gas fireplace and let the natural light shine through the large south facing windows. Master w/ cathedral ceilings & walk-in, tile floors in kitchen/baths, new carpeting in bedrms, professionally finished basement w/exposure, 4th bed, & 2 offices – used as 5th bed. 3rd bath w/tile shower.

Just Sold : 3048 Niesen St

3048 Niesen St

Cross Plains, WI  53528

Sold: March 13, 2017

Sales Price: $244,700

3 Bedroom, 2 bath. Located within the desirable Middleton-Cross Plains School District, this home offered the charm and affordability of a small town, while keeping you connected with all the amenities that nearby Madison has to offer. Enjoy the open floor plan in this immaculately kept and updated multi-level home. Spacious kitchen inc quartz counters, painted rustic cabinetry & farm style sink. Vaulted living room opens to upper level. Master bed white trim & moulding w/ gorgeous shiplap wall. Finished LL shines w/ white trim, natural light, & walkout to fenced yard. Lots of storage in LL crawl area. UHP Inc.



February 2017 Update & Market Strategy

After a rollercoaster year in 2016 in which we saw inventory levels hit rock bottom, interest rates stay low, and record sales in Dane County there are many questions as we being to tiptoe into 2017.

Stark Company President Dave Stark outlines a number of factors that will affect our 2017 market in the most recent edition of the company newsletter found here, starting with the fact that our inventory levels are 27% below where they were a year ago.

With so few options available, and rates still relatively low, basic economics come into play and we can see that demand heavily outweighs supply. In other words, we’re in a strong sellers market.

So if there aren’t many homes to choose from, when should you put your current house on the market?

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