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Dane County Real Estate Market Update: March 2018

While March Madness is typically a basketball reference, the phrase holds meaning when looking at our local real estate market as well. As we've started to settle into the spring housing market "madness" is quite possibly the best term to describe the current state of...

Dane County Real Estate Market Update: January 2018

In the 1993 movie classic "Groundhog Day" we watched Bill Murray wake up at 6:00 AM every day only to find he was living the same day over and over again. As we turn the page on another year and look ahead at the 2018 real estate market I can't help but feel a little...

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,...

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...

How Rising Interest Rates Are Affecting Your Purchase Power

It's no secret that the biggest story in the housing industry since the election has been the rapid rise of interest rates. As recent as late October getting a 30 year mortgage at 3.5% was a realistic option. Almost immediately following the November election we saw...

Where Can Dane County’s Middle Class Afford to Live?

A few years ago I read the article "Where Even the Middle Class Can't Live Anymore" by Emily Badger and grew curious about how local families were being affected by rising home prices. I began to wonder, "Where Can Dane County's Middle Class Afford to Live?"...

Dane County Real Estate Update: November 2016

As we head into what is typically considered the slow season in Dane County real estate, we may be left with more questions than answers when it comes to responding to the question of "How's the market?". In our last quarterly market review Stark Company President,...