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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

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

Or try out our online tool for researching areas of town by zip codes; become a Market Insider today.  Check out price trends, inventory trends, days on market, community info, and more.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Madison Area Lakes

One of the coolest things about the Madison area is that it's built around the Yahara chain of lakes.  This really makes the Madison area unique and beautiful compared to many other cities.  The three most prominent lakes are Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, and Lake Waubesa.  Lake Kegonsa is connected and further south in Dane county but is not accessible via a powerboat to the other three lakes.

Lake Monona (ma-know-na) is shown here with the skyline of downtown Madison.

Below is a picture of me riding my bike around Lake Monona, which is a classic 12 mile ride for just about anyone.  Along the shores of Lake Monona is surrounded by mostly Madison with the city of Monona on the East and South end of the lake.

Probably the most prominent landmark on the lake is the Monona Terrace Convention Center.  This Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure features numerous local events, including the Iron Man, weddings, graduation ceremonies, government functions, and more.

Lake Mendota (men-doe-dah) is the largest lake in the Madison area and has a little more diversity of communities that includes Madison, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, Middleton, and Westport.  One of the best places to hang out during warm weather is certainly at the UW Memorial Union.  On a beautiful sunny day, it's a great place to relax and watch the sunset, or listen to some music.

Lake Waubesa (wah-bee-sah) only has part of Madison along the shores.  Most of this lake is surrounded by the Village of McFarland and the Town of Dunn.  One thing that makes this lake great, is that there's a handful of restaurants along the shores.  So, if you're out boating in the summer and want to grab a sandwich,  be sure to check out The Green Lantern or The Beach House.  If you prefer sand volleyball check out Christies Landing.  Or for those windy days, try out some kiteboarding by McDaniel Park and then grab a burger at the Parkside Pub.

Lake Kegonsa (kee-gahn-zah) tends to have a slightly different feeling.  Since it's further from the actual city of Madison it feels like a more peaceful lake without the hustle and bustle of city living.  In this way, it can be a great option for camping or visiting at Lake Kegonsa State Park.

Want to learn more about living on the Madison lakes?  Then check out or contact real estate agent Josh Lavik and his team today.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Keller Williams East Madison Office - Now in Monona

This month Keller Williams moved it's east Madison location over to River Place.

Josh Lavik & Associates can now serve our customers even better at any of the three KW offices in Madison: East, West, and Downtown.

East Madison
Keller Williams Realty
200 River Place, Suite 130
Monona, WI  53716

We look forward to seeing you!