Madison and Dane County homes for sale and events. 

Oct. 6, 2015

How Does TRID Affect Me As A Buyer?


TRID October 3rd

TRID stands for Truth In Lending Disclosure.  If you're buying a home after October 3rd, 2015, these guidelines will affect your purchase - whether you are purchasing a home in Madison, Wisconsin or elsewhere in the country. The idea behind TRID is to make documents - specifically the ones that have to do with your mortgage - more consumer friendly. This is the first major overhaul in decades, but your Real Estate Guy team at Keller Williams in Madison has had in depth training and will make your home purchase under these new guidelines seamless.

As a buyer, the best thing for you to do is meet with a lender before you start shopping for a home.  Don't fill out one of those quick pre-approval loans online, actually MEET with them.  Ask if the lender will pass your file through underwriting BEFORE a home is chosen - this is a step further than just a quick pre-approval.  The underwriters will look at your credit and income history and clear up any questions they may have before you get started. 

Make sure your lender is well training on the TRID procedures themselves! Choose a local lender with procedures in place for TRID and select the loan program and stick to it.  If you are unsure of who to choose, we highly recommend the Joe Long Team at Waterstone Mortgage.  

Why pre-approve early? Simply, to avoid any last minute changes.  Prior to October 3rd, a lender could give you loan approval the day before closing.  With TRID, this will no longer be an option. You will now need to see your final loan disclosure three business days prior to closing.  

In addition, any last minute credits from the seller of the home you are purchasing will make the three business day clock start over. It is imperative to be sure your agent writes in plenty of time between offer and closing -- no less than 60 days is recommended.  And prompt appraisals and inspections are necessary.  

This may sound complicated to a new buyer, or even a 2nd or 3rd time buyer. The Real Estate Guy Team's buyer agents have been through multiple training sessions with both lenders and closing companies and their knowledge of TRID guidelines are second to none.  If you are ready to buy a home, contact us and set up an appointment with one of our buyer agents! Using a knowledgeable Realtor will help avoid any pitfalls that could delay closing of your new home.  

Start your home search with the Real Estate Guy Team today. 

Madison RealtorJoe Long Waterstone Mortgage


Oct. 6, 2015

Riverfront Paradise in Poynette

Welcome to Poynette!

 Poynette Wisconsin River Home

Located in the Village of Poynette Wisconsin / Town of Dekkora Convenience & Serenity! 30 minutes to Madison! So many updates. Roof, mechanicals, hardwood floors, garage doors, and appliances less than 5 years old. Bathroom newly remodeled. Spacious kitchen with island / breakfast bar opens to family room with wood stove and river views. Concrete patio area, boat house and boat landing within 5 miles. One year warranty. Amazing value. You want to live here! Hurry!

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Sept. 21, 2015

Pumpkins Patches to Haunted Houses! Autumn Events in Madison!

It's That Time of Year Again! 

Pumpkin Patches in Madison WI

Crisp leaves, cool air and warm apple cider season is upon us.  The Real Estate Guy team has made your one-stop guide to all that autumn in Madison has to offer! 

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Apple Orchards

Schuster's Farm - 1326 Hwy 12/18 - Deerfield

Schuster's offers something for the whole family! Hay Rides, Corn Maze, Haunted Forest, Pumpkin Patch a play area - even pig races and a pumpkin cannon! Check out Schuster's website for hours, events and details. or on Facebook

Eugster's Farm Market & Petting Farm - Hwy 138 between Oregon & Stoughton

Eugster's Farm Market offers a U-Pick Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Patch, petting zoo and tons of fun! Don't forget to try their apple cider doughnuts!

Treinen Farm - W12420 State Rd 60 - Lodi

Treinen Farm offers one of the most popular corn mazes in the area - named one of the ten best in last year by USA Today.  This year's Fox & The Grapes maze is a must see! Hayrides and a pumpkin patch, plus the Zompocalypse is great for adults! or Facebook.

Treinen Farm Corn Maze 2015

Eplegaarden - 2227 Fitchburg Rd - Fitchburg

If you're looking for good old fashioned orchard, be sure to stop by Eplegaarden between Fitchburg and Verona. With over 14 varieties of apples listed on their site, you'll be sure to find everything you need for fall baking! A large pumpkin patch too! Check out their live bluegrass, haunted kids barn and hayrides.

Haunted Houses

Screamin' Acres - Hwy 138 Between Stoughton & Oregon

Opening in October! Located at Eugster's Farm Market in Stoughton and offering four attractions this one looks like a great time! Expect some spooks - their site states kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  New this year is "Crawl Space," which accompanies the 3D experience "Side Effects" as well as "The Last Resort" and "Slaughterhouse."  Read the background stories to each at or on Facebook. Screamin' Acres prides themselves on offering Hollywood Style haunts.  Interested in acting -- they're hiring! 

Screamin' Acres Haunted House

Wisconsin Scaryland - 5305 Cty Hwy M - Waunakee

Three creepy experiences await you at Wisconsin Scaryland in Waunakee.  Brave the Westpoint Penitentiary, Containment and Big Chop Circus.  Amazing props and effects await you! Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult - no kid's haunts here! or on Facebook

Wisconsin Scaryland Haunted House

Additional Activities

Haunted Hustle - Middleton

Prefer to run without being chased by zombies? The Haunted Hustle is for you! Offering a full marathon, half marathon, 10k, kid's run/5k and stroller derby it's fun for the whole family and any athletic level.  Wear your best costume - over $2,000 in prize money is on the line! Register early at

Haunted Hustle Madison

Downtown Madison Family Halloween & Trick Or Treat - State Street

Wednesday, October 28th from 3pm to 6pm.  Fun for kids ages 12 & under! Create your Trick or Treat bag at the Dream Bank, create glow in the dark pins at Madison Children's Museum, have family Halloween pictures taken at the Overture Center, plus so much more.  Check out Downtown Madison's website for full details and schedule.  

Dane County Farmer's Market - Capitol Square - Madison

Summer may have ended, but the Dane County Farmer's Market runs up until Thanksgiving.  Be sure to visit on Saturday mornings to stock up on produce for the fall and winter months.


Sept. 12, 2015

Preparation of your home for sale is key

In day to day conversations or at an early stage of potential home sellers contacting us, we get this topic.  Getting your home ready to sell should be the first place everyone should look when considering a move, and from past experience, you can never be too soon.   A year is an ideal time frame for an average household.  Usually it is way to early to meet with a Real Estate Agent, yet it would be good to know how to proceed.  
Starting to prepare a year or more ahead of selling your home has a number of benefits.   Certainly preparing a home over time reduces the stress of a mad dash to sale.  Early preparation means living in a staged house and also you are ready to go at shorter notice.  Our experience is that starting early, the preparation will be more thorough and help the house to sell for more.  
So benefits of early staging:-  less stress, better living, and better price.
  Preparation of my home for sale
So let's get to the answer for the question we get all the time. What do i need to get my house ready for sale?  I have answered and made into a blog.   Here is what you can do to get your home prepared and ready for the market. 
As a rule of thumb.  Plan to spend 1-3% of potential sale price on fixing (this amount depends on how the home is kept maintained)   this should return you a 5 to 10 percent better price.  
Generally, I don't recommend spending $$ on new kitchens, bathrooms etc, especially if you have to pay retail prices for the work.  
Here are the main points to get you started.   Start this well before the actual date of sale and the process will be relatively painless.    These preparations will get you well on the way to preparing your home for sale.  
1:  You want the house to appear well maintained,   IE,  fix everything.   from rotted decks to broken switch plates, lights, tiles, mechanicals, windows and fixtures, etc.  
2:  Thoroughly clean your place,     people don't want to buy your dirt they want showroom clean! and will deduct heavily for dirt.  
3:  Tidy and Declutter the place.  Start now and go through everything in the house. Sort your excess into 3 parts NOW,   not later.   Pack, Throw, Donate.
(Item 3 is as much for your own sanity as it is for making the home look better.)
I stress do it now because it cuts down on the stress of having to do it once you get an offer and you have to rush to pack and you throw everything into boxes.  
You might need to do other things,    I have an excellent consultant who for $100 will spend a couple hours and give you a rundown of what you should do.  
She has an amazing eye and when people follow her advice they do really well.  
So that is a good rundown on what to do a few months before you even contact an agent to get your home on the market.  
Posted in Selling Resources
June 30, 2015

Closing On A Home


Now that you have made an offer on a home, let’s walk through the steps on closing on a home when you are a seller.

Step One: Accepted Offer

When closing on a home you need to accept an offer and agree on the terms of the sale, which is known as an executed contract.

Step Two: Earnest Money

Any earnest money is deposited in an earnest money is deposited into an Escrow account.

Step Three: Right to Sell

The contract is sent to Title Company, which lets you know whether the seller has the right to sell property.

Step Four: Necessary Documents

The title company will collect all necessary documents.

Step Five: Inspection

If there is an option period, you can inspect the property during this time. Any repairs the seller agrees to should be completed with receipts before closing on a home.

Step Six: Associated Charges

Before closing on a home, a HUD1 settlement is used. This tells you the charges associated with the purchase of your home.

It’s a lot to know, but don’t worry. Our team will make sure all of these steps happen at the right time and in the right order.

June 30, 2015

Six Steps To Selling A Home

Selling a Home in Six Steps


Step One: Call the Real Estate Guy

Together we can determine how quickly you want to sell and how much you want to net from the sale of your home.

Step Two: Price It Right

Getting top dollar means pricing aggressively when your house first hits the market.

Step Three: Stage the House

You will never get a second chance to make a first impression

Step Four: Negotiate the offer

Step Five: Move Out

Step Six: Closing

That’s when you receive the proceeds from the sell

If you’re thinking about selling, don’t wait, call us today! (608) 513-1123


Posted in Selling Resources
June 9, 2015

Why Real Estate Guy is Different


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Buying a home is an influential time in one’s life. You’ve made a very smart choice if you’ve decided to be represented by a REALTOR®. When you buy a home with us, you will have the support of your buyer specialist and our entire team. This is a decision that will change your life. We’re here to make sure it’s a good one!

Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent –

In Wisconsin, when you buy a home on your own, you will be working with the seller’s agent. You ultimately have no representation at all. The home owners have a written agreement with their listing agent to represent their interests, not yours. Their agent cannot give you opinions or negotiate an offer for you.

However, there is good news! The Real Estate Guy is a buyer agency and we’re ready to get to work at no cost to you.

Our buyer specialists will -

  • Listen to your needs, budget and develop a personalized plan.
  • Educate you on the buying process.
  • Position you as a strong buyer.
  • Provide expert opinions of homes, their value and point out any concerns.
  • Write a strong offer and negotiate for you.
  • Ensure that all administrative and legal aspects are covered.

When you work with a buyer’s agent, statistics show you will -

  • See more homes tailored to your individual or family needs.
  • Spend less time searching for homes.
  • Have fewer worries.
  • Be exposed to a greater share of the real estate market.
  • Save time, effort and money.

Buyer Orientation & Education

We take the time to educate our clients on the buying process from the very first meeting. The information we present will save you time and resources. It will also shield you from purchasing a home that winds up costing you more. In just one hour with our buyer specialists you will learn:

  • How to buy a home: Financing, searching, making an offer, negotiating, closing and understanding the legal aspects.
  • How the real estate and housing market works in Madison and Dane County.
  • What to look for when you are viewing homes or attending an open house.
  • What to do or expect when you do find the home you like.
  • How we can work together to quickly find the home of your choice.  

Representation by a Full Service Real Estate Team

The Real Estate Guy team believes in expert representation from start to finish. Our team members are hand selected based on their individual talents and track record. Our delegation of tasks allows our buyer’s agents to concentrate on giving their clients 100% personal attention.

At the Real Estate Guy, our most valued assets are honesty and integrity. Our ambition is to share our knowledge and make a difference in your quality of life. Our goal is to help you make confident decisions when purchasing real estate. We achieve this objective by keeping you informed at all times. After all, this isn’t just your home, it’s an investment in your future.

If you’re ready to make the next step to home ownership, our team is ready to serve you. Maybe it’s time to “go with Guy”.


Posted in Buyer Resources
March 25, 2010

Selling A Home


Finding a real estate agent is easy, right? Choosing the best real estate agent is not. On the surface they all look the same. Any agent can price your house, put it online and hope it sells. But at what cost to you? That’s why we’re different.

The Real Estate Guy has over 20 years of experience buying and selling homes. Our agents are top performing Sell your home fastKeller Williams realtors. We have the support and training from the largest real estate company in North America.

Our agents sell more houses, for more money in less time. That’s because our team gets to work after the very first meeting. We come prepared and we keep going. We start by listening to your needs and developing an individualized plan.

Next, we’ll take stunning pictures and start an exclusive total marketing strategy. We use local, online and professional networking approaches to maximize the exposure of your home. We’ll tackle all of the administrative and legal aspects and top it off with a fast closing!

Our most valued assets are the trust of our clients and our integrity. When you sell your home, it can be a life changing event. No matter what your reason is, we want you to feel confident when selling real estate. When you work with us, you have a team with over 80 years combined experience. Our team is ready to get to work for you!

Why not start by checking the value of your home right now!




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