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Sunday, May 19, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Community Spotlight: Evansville, WI

If you’ve lived in the Madison area for any length of time, you’ve probably become familiar with some of the surrounding suburbs. These smaller communities can offer the best of both worlds if you’re willing to take on a small commute to work every day. You can benefit from the close knit community of a small town, while being just a short drive from all of the amenities that a large city offers.
One city that fills this niche is Evansville, WI. Located just a short drive south of Madison, Evansville is one of the fastest growing communities in Rock county. It’s convenient location as a mid-point between Madison and Janesville means that you are close to two large cities, and all that they have to offer. Evansville has also been voted one of the best cities for young families in Wisconsin.

“Evansville is the smallest town in the top 10, but it has a lot of qualities that bigger towns may envy. With its blend of affordability (median home values of $163 ...

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

May 2019 Update

Don’t Let The Weather Fool You
Although southern Wisconsin weather seems to have difficulty warming up, our local real estate market is already white hot. Continued favorable interest rates matched with low inventory has buyers scrambling to view new listings the minute they become available. The Federal Reserve meets early in May to consider whether or not interest rates will be raised. Prognosticators believe there is only a 3% chance that will happen in May. Accordingly, we predict no slow down due to rate increases for the foreseeable future.
Nationally, the job market keeps strengthening and wages are increasing at the fastest rate since the Great Recession. This should continue to support housing demand going forward. A quick look around Madison and a count of the number of massive construction cranes provides evidence that more new growth is on the way to our area. This growth will provide jobs and further economic strength to all of Dane and the surrounding counties.
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Friday, April 26, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Property Spotlight: The "Chouse"

In real estate, we become accustomed to seeing houses – all sorts of houses. There are stately tudors, charming bungalows, and colorful victorians. They all appeal to a different house hunter, but are all readily recognized as a home, in the traditional sense. This property spotlight offers a look into an outside the box living solution – one that is lovingly referred to as a “Chouse”.

The “Chouse” is a historical church, that has been lovingly restored and transformed into a breathtaking combination living/work space. Its talented owner is an interior designer who had an incredible vision for this property. Outside, you will find beautifully landscaped grounds, with peaceful gardens and whimsical seating areas.

Venture inside, and you will be greeted with a spacious, yet intimate space to live, work, or both!

An abundance of windows allow natural light into the artfully designed living space. There are details to adm ...

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Thursday, April 18, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Dane County's Outdoor Market Season Is Here!

With warmer weather, comes the return of outdoor markets in our area. Dane County is home to a number of great farmer's markets, where you can get great local food, grown in its peak season, while supporting local farms - everybody wins! Most markets also feature other local vendors, offering everything from pet treats to jewelry. So, spend your dollars locally and get healthier food and one of a kind products in return!

Here is a list of some of our area's best farmers markets for you to check out:

Dane County Farmers Market
Location: Capitol Square in Madison
Date: Every Saturday from April 13 - November 16
Time: 6:15am - 1:45pm

West Side Community Market
Location: 750 University Row - UW Health Digestive Health Parking Lot
Date: Every Saturday from April 20 - November 9
Time: 7:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday Dane County Farmers Market
Location: 200 Block of MLK Jr. Blvd in downtown Madison
Date: Every Wednesday from ...

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Thursday, April 11, 2019   /   by Restaino Homes

Spring Cleaning Home Maintenance Tips

Spring has finally sprung! Well, as it always does in Wisconsin - with two steps forward and one step back. Who doesn't love a snow day in April? The last lingering traces of winter aside, warmer weather is on its way. Make the most of it by ensuring your home is ready for Spring with our handy home maintenance check list.

Check Your Roof

If you're comfortable on a ladder (use binoculars if you're not), inspect your roof for any signs of damage. Missing shingles, cracks, or signs of leaking will warrant a call to a professional to assess the damage.

Clean Out Your Gutters
Clean any organic debris from your gutters and downspouts, Leaves, small twigs, and dirt can collect and clog your gutters. Also look for any signs of sagging or damage to repair. Small holes can easily be caulked to prevent leaks.

Inspect Concrete Surfaces
Check for cracks or shifting on driveways, patios, pool decks, or other concrete surfaces around your home. You can probably repair minor cracks yo ...

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