• Current Newsletter

    Moving Forward: A Partner in Your Next Move

    Making a move at any age can be difficult and stressful.  After 30, 40, or even 50 years in a home, the process of rightsizing and relocating to a new home can be overwhelming.  Having attained the National Association of Senior Move Managers’ highest achievement, A+Accreditation, Moving Forward is a highly-qualified Senior Move Manager who specializes in helping older adults and their families through the daunting process of transitioning to a new residence.  We’ve seen it all and are here to help. Over the next few weeks, we will explain the Top 10 Reasons Seniors Decide It’s Time to Move: 10.  Home Is No Longer a Safe Place to Live—According to the CDC, in 2015 alone,…

  • Current Newsletter

    Concierge Spotlight: Prima Pros

    Prima Property Pros, Your Property, Our Priority! Tips and need-to-knows… Need to know…plan ahead! Building material suppliers that we deal with have informed us that the cost of materials will be going up in 2021 by at least 8%.  Products include building materials and stone/landscaping materials.  Supplies for door, windows, trim, appliances, and common materials for the remodeling we did in 2020 we hard to come by.  Special ordering was necessary often and the time to deliver was usually an extra month than what was normal pre-covid.  Best thing to do for your 2021 project is plan ahead.  Give yourself time to plan, choose your products and order them well…

  • Current Newsletter

    Four Scaled-Back Ways to Jumpstart Your 2021

    The world tends to be divided into two groups: Those who enthusiastically embrace the idea of New Year’s resolutions and those who don’t. I’m typically in the second camp, but this year, at the nine-month mark of the pandemic, I’m intrigued by the idea of a 2021 restart. If you, like me, are newish to the idea of viewing the New Year as a clean slate, I thought you might enjoy my four scaled back ways to approach it. Happy New Year to you! Think small. Big goals are great, but they can also be overwhelming. Pick something small and actually do it. I’ve gotten a warm glow for days…

  • Current Newsletter

    Economists Upgrade Forecasts for 2021

    It is great to turn the page on 2020 and look to 2021 for a return to a more normal way of life. The pandemic has had a huge impact on our daily lives and caused tremendous stress on many financial markets. Through all this, the housing market in Dane and surrounding counties remained strong. Rates at historic lows helped buyers’ purchasing power. Our area has a great mix of homes. The newly increased confirming loan limit of $548,250 will also help buyers purchasing higher value homes to take advantage of the low rates in the mortgage market. Additionally, these rates are now expected to remain low through 2021. Fannie Mae is currently predicting…

  • Home Maintenance

    All About Sump Pumps

    There are several factors to consider when evaluating a sump pump for your home… Does your home have a drain tile system?  Many homes in Wisconsin do NOT have drain tile systems.  This is because the soil types in some areas tend to percolate water well, and in some cases, a drain tile system may never have been installed.  Contrary to popular belief, a drain tile system is not necessarily required by code.  However, it is always a good idea to have a drainage system as over time moisture can build up along walls and cause major foundation and water problems in homes. If your home has a drain tile system,…

  • Home Maintenance

    Concierge Spotlight: W.E. Davies + Sons Remodeling

    Established in 1975 by Wayne Davies as a small repairs and general carpentry service to homeowners, W.E. Davies + Sons Remodeling has become a full-service design and build remodeling firm. Its owners, Wynn & Wade Davies, have been with the family business since the 80’s. As a professional remodeling company, the company maintains an active presence in NARI Madison. Faithful to its commitment to provide its clients with the best quality service, the company has received numerous Wisconsin Remodeler Awards from NARI Madison. Being a family owned business, we are focused on growing and streamlining our processes to help those who have never experienced a renovation before. We take a very…

  • Lifestyle

    Make Sure to Show Your Heart

    “Putting it Together,” a song written by Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, carries a worthy message for today: how can we use our time, talents, and resources to prepare for the weeks and months ahead? “Every moment makes a contribution. Every little detail plays a part.” This “get ready” philosophy is so essential to what’s happening in our world today, whether we are talking about a company, a team, or our personal lives. When we started this pandemic interregnum many moons ago, we gathered up all the canned food, toilet paper, and reading materials we thought we would need for a long winter’s night. Little did we know it was going…

  • Lifestyle

    Travel Planning in Today’s Environment

    Travel planning pre-COVID seems like a lifetime ago – Be aware of Hurricane season; when is the best time to travel to Europe, Australia or anywhere you were thinking of going.  Many people planned big trips 6 to 18 months in advance in order to secure the best lodging or cruise cabin. Travel insurance was always recommended but not everyone took it or understood what it covered.  When the world came to a screeching halt, we all had to navigate it.  In the travel industry it meant a lot of watching and waiting because if the flight or cruise cancelled, our clients could receive a refund but if you cancelled…

  • Banking and Mortgage

    Thompson Kane Mortgage Update

    A MARKET UPDATE FROM THE DESK OF TOM HOTTER… 2020 has certainly been a wild ride in our industry. Real estate and mortgage lending have experienced a year of unprecedented opportunities and challenges not seen in our lifetimes. So, what does the future hold in 2021? Here are a few things to stay mindful of while still in the midst of a global health pandemic, a volatile job market & economy and an ongoing hotly contested presidential election. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association all project mortgage rates to remain low, with rates forecasted to stay at historically low levels. Home prices and sales are likely to rise, particularly…

  • Lifestyle

    Keeping It Together

    “Putting it Together,” a song written by Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, carries a worthy message for today: how can we use our time, talents, and resources to prepare for the weeks and months ahead? “Every moment makes a contribution. Every little detail plays a part.” This “get ready” philosophy is so essential to what’s happening in our world today, whether we are talking about a company, a team, or our personal lives. When we started this pandemic interregnum many moons ago, we gathered up all the canned food, toilet paper, and reading materials we thought we would need for a long winter’s night. Little did we know it was going…