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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wondering about Radon in Wisconsin?

Are you concerned about Radon in your home in Wisconsin?  Do you even know what radon is?  Should you be concerned?

In this video real estate agent Josh Lavik and local home inspector Brad Acker discuss some of the common things to consider regarding radon in a home.



Want to learn more about radon?  Then check out the environmental protection agency and see their suggestions about radon, or the department of health services for Wisconsin.

Thanks for tuning into our real estate blog for the Madison area in South Central Wisconsin.  For more information about buying a home, selling a home, home inspections, or radon tests, feel free to reach out to us.  Have a great day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

What's great about living in Madison? Find out more...

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We are currently building a resource to have the best content readily available about living in the Madison area.  Here you will be able to find detailed information about the very best about the Madison area, including awesome neighborhoods, employment opportunities, travel & lodging, nightlife options, real estate for sale, shops, sports, photos, and many other things to do in Madison.

In fact, right now we are actively seeking to work with two specific groups of people.  First, those of you who live in the Madison area, we are building this content now and we want your opinion.  What are your favorite things to do in Madison?  Best restaurants?  Best places to work?  Tell us here...

Second, if you own a great business in Madison and want to be a part of our project, then we need to talk.  This is a great opportunity for you to increase awareness for your business and become a part of the best portal for living in the Madison area.  Contact us today to discuss the opportunity...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Struggling to Sell Your Home?

Have you been trying to sell your home and not getting the results you expected?



If you have been struggling to sell your home or your listing contract has expired, then you must watch this video today.  There is a solution for you!  Josh Lavik and his team at Keller Williams have helped numerous people before to sell their home in a reasonable time frame.  Like this one that was previously listed for sale for 263 days on the market without selling.  Then they chose to hire Josh and his team to re-package and re-invent the listing.  Guess what the results were?  Three offers within the first week that it was back on the market.

If you're thinking of giving up, then give it one more try.  Contact Josh and his team to learn more about how they market your home for more money and get the job done faster than other agents.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lead Based Paint Requirements when Buying or Selling Real Estate

Anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Wisconsin will need to consider that a property may have a variety of environmental and health concerns.  Including things such as radon, contaminents in the water, mold, and lead-based paint.



Today we are talking about the requirements for properties that were built prior to 1978 and may pose a greater risk of lead-based paint.  As stated in the Wisconsin Lead Based Paint Disclosure Addendum S, "Lead poisoning in young children may produce permanent neurological damage, including learning disabilities, reduced intelligence quotient, behavioral problems, and impaired memory."  Certainly lead-based paint is no joking matter and hence the reason it's no longer used in household paints.

A home seller is required to disclose to potential buyers the existence of any known lead-based paint on the property.  And similarly, a home buyer has an option to test for the existence of lead-based paint, if desired.

Contractors looking to do work on a home built prior to 1978 must follow specific guidelines for remediation and be lead paint certified.  The EPA (environmental protection agency) website has more detailed information about lead paint.

As a real estate agent in Madison Wisconsin, I also have a duty to provide a lead-based paint pamphlet to home buyers that shows how to "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home".

Many older properties have their own charm and character that is often very different from a new home.  Thus, I wouldn't suggest to a home buyer to pass on a home built prior to 1978 simply because it may have lead-based paint.  A home with lead-based paint can be fixed, it just involves a few more cautionary steps.  Want to talk more about disclosure requirements in real estate or about older homes in general?  Then contact us today at 608-620-4234 or JoshLavik.com.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mid-Year Real Estate Market Update for Madison area

Wondering about the local real estate market in Madison Wisconsin?


In this video, local real estate agent Josh Lavik discusses number of sales and median prices for Dane County.


For more information about the local real estate market in specific neighborhoods of Madison and the surrounding areas, contact us at 608-620-4234 or visit us online at www.Josh Lavik.com.

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