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If you're familiar with the real estate market, you've likely heard the term 'refinancing' and may be wondering what this can mean for your mortgage and your financial well-being. While refinancing can be a great benefit for those who are looking for a lower interest rate or a different mortgage type, here are the details on what it can offer and whether or not it will work for you.
Your home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. But lately, your little corner of the world has been feeling cramped and you find yourself eyeing those larger homes. Is it time to pull up stakes and move on from your starter home?
Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?
Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible.
Are you about to become a first-time home buyer? If so, there's a lot to get excited about. You'll soon be a homeowner, able to customize and improve your living space as you see fit.
Of course, buying a home is an investment unlike any other. To get the best deal on your home, you'll need to be diligent. Let's have a look at some of the hidden costs you may uncover when buying your first home.
With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to branch out from the usual topics a bit and put together a list of three of our favorite appetizers from our team’s holiday party this year. These appetizers are quick and easy and will without a doubt wow your guests!
Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that is when they will have the most competition
Saving for a down payment? Here are some tips and tricks to get you there in less than a year!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
The holiday season is quickly approaching and I am not going to lie, I LOVE this time of year. What I love most about this time of year is being at home with the ones I love.
There's so much power in owning your own property. Building equity, saving money, taking advantage of low interest rates. This has recently been corroborated by self-made millionaire David Bach.
What is it really that determines the true value of your home? When we meet with sellers, of course we want to support you in getting the best possible number of your home. Here’s how we do it at Keeling Homes.
If there's one thing that can have a negative impact on how quickly your home sells, it's how cluttered your home is, but how do you minimize your clutter and maximize your space?
Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agentless home sale, consider the following points.
Who else is excited that it’s officially fall?! There’s so much to love…changing colors, pumpkin patches, walks in the forest, pumpkin spice latte’s. Now everyone is back to school we are starting to see the real estate market get busy again, but for those of you who are still on the fence about whether to buy, here are 4 reasons why fall is a great time to buy!
Your first showing is online so it’s crucial to get your home looking it’s best when going on the market. Here are a few staging tips that are rather simple and affordable for most to complete.
Without a doubt, it can be both overwhelming and exciting to find your dream home and be able to put the money down for it. However, there are a lot of things to know before signing on the dotted line so you can avoid buyer's remorse. Instead of going it alone, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you decide to commit to your new home.
We hear you sellers. We hear you asking more questions about the market and feeling the changes in the market. There is a misconception out there that now isn’t the best time to sell. It’s true that we are seeing some changes in the market, but experts still believe that selling sooner rather than later will be more beneficial to sellers. Here are five reasons why listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.
Are you looking to purchase your first home but struggling to save the 20% down payment? This week we teamed up with Dave Leader at Inlanta Mortgage to give you 5 great mortgage options for first-time home buyers.
Now we are in the thick of Summer, we are being asked if you should wait to sell your home. Maybe you're thinking of waiting for the next Spring market, maybe you're getting anxious as we move into the school year. But the market is shifting and we believe that now is still the best time of year to buy. Here are five reasons why listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.
Livability recently rated Madison Wisconsin as #7 in their top 100 places to live! Why do they (and we) love Madison so much?
You know what we love? Incredible food. You know what else we love? The Capitol. So it's fitting that the restaurant we are featuring this week combines both of those things. The Cooper's Tavern is one of our favorite downtown restaurants. Here’s why…
When it comes to the real estate market, nothing is better than putting your home up for sale and finding a potential homebuyer who offers you the price you're looking for. However, while the right offer is ideal, there are a lot of things that may come along with a high offer that may be less than perfect. If you're wondering what kinds of things can hamper a good offer, you may want to watch out for the following.
Who else has an obsession with animal based Instagram accounts?! In Madison, we have no shortage of furry friends that we know and love. To get some of the best images, here are a few of our Madison favorites!
You don’t quite realize how incredible the biking opportunities in the city of Madison are until you travel elsewhere! With thousands of miles of bike trails, Wisconsin overall ranks ninth for best biking states in the U.S. In fact, according to the League of American Bicyclists at bikeleague.org, Madison itself is the only Platinum-certified community east of the Mississippi.
In these days of low interest rates, it can be a great idea to get into the real estate market and invest in a home. Although borrowing the cost of a house from a lender can seem overwhelming, there are a number of reasons that getting a mortgage will be the best money you will ever borrow.
If you don't know Brooke Keeling, let me introduce you. She has been in the real estate industry for the best part of a decade and has led her team at Keeling Homes to feature in the top 1% of agents in the Madison area. She is a Mama to her daughter Reese and also owns multiple businesses, the second of which is dedicated to inspiring ambitious women to reach their goals. We sat down with her to ask what inspired her to get to where she is today.
It’s no secret that today’s market can be tough on buyers. With low inventory and high competition, it’s a reality that you are likely to lose out on a house. So what do you do when this happens? How do you reset? What should your agent be doing? Find out here.
One of the incredible things about living in Madison is that the culture doesn't stop at city living. There are so many little villages in the surrounding areas that offer their own charm and sense of culture. One of our favorite villages is Paoli. Here’s why!
One topic that has buyers curious is interest rates. There's a lot of chatter regarding the increase in interest rates and what this means when it comes to buying. How does it effect you? How does it change your budget? What are the current trends we are seeing? Here's some insight for you.
Stone baked pizzas, mozzarella made in house, fresh salads....why do we love this incredible restaurant? Read about what makes this one of our favorite hotspots in Madison!
What are your plans for Mother’s Day this weekend? Need some ideas of places to go? Here’s some of the Madison favorites for some inspiration!
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