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    Brio Design Homes

    Is designing and building the home of your dreams on your wish list for 2022? As Master Home Builders,Brio Design Homes knows your home is more than just a house. It’s a reflection of how you and yourfamily live, a place to entertain friends, and a beautiful space where you can relax. Whether it’s in therural driftless area of Wisconsin or it’s a tranquil lakeside retreat, your home is truly an expression ofyou. The Brio Design Homes team understands the questions faced by those looklng to build a new home intoday’s unique times. Where is the perfect place to build? What investment do you plan for? How dosupply shortages and…

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    You Don’t Have to Face Cancer Alone

    Gilda’s Club Madison Can Help When someone hears the words, “you have cancer,” it can be scary, devastating, and life-changing. What many people don’t realize is also how lonely and isolating cancer can be. In Madison, there is a solution: Gilda’s Club. Gilda’s Club provides a community of free emotional support, cancer education, and hope for children and adults impacted by any kind of cancer and those who care for them. Membership and all programs are offered at no cost. Because of the vulnerable population they serve, Gilda’s Club Madison temporarily shifted all programs to a virtual and phone format in 2020. The benefit of that shift is that families…

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    2022 Mortgage News

    Rates:Rates have been low since the pandemic started in March 2020.  Lately they have inched up, but still remain low.  Nadia Evangelou, senior economist and director of forecasting at the National Association of Realtors, expects interest rates will continue to rise in the year ahead, largely due to inflation. The Federal Reserve is reducing its monthly bond purchases and this will cause mortgage rates to go up as well.  Evangelou expects 30 year rates to average 3.3% in the first quarter of 2022 and 3.5% for all of 2022.  This isn’t a huge jump, so homebuyers shouldn’t panic. Inventory:It is likely that the lack of homes for sale will still…

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    8 Ways to Encourage a Meaningful New Year

    by Courtney Carver bemorewithless I love a gentle transition from one year to the next and linger in that transition twice a year, in December and again in June when I celebrate my own brand-new year. Instead of holding onto expectations of ourselves or others and keeping a firm grip on goals, it feels healthier to create a few times a year to check in, assess, edit, and move forward. Being more intentional about what we want (and don’t want) in our lives allows us to not only make progress towards changes we are making but gives us a chance to learn and enjoy along the way. As we move into…

  • Local Events

    Madison is Magical During the Holidays!

    Holiday Fantasy in Lights, Madison Tradition. Dusk till Dawn at Olin Park, Drive-thruhttp://www.fantasyinlights.com/ Henry Vilas Zoo Lights Now- Dec. 30th https://www.henryvilaszoo.gov/home/lights/ Holiday Song Walk – Olbrich Botanical Gardens Featuring local musicians offering a GPS activated Holiday Song Walk featuring a mix of holiday classics and original tunes as you work through the many gardens that you can listen to on your phone or headphones. Through the month of December. Learn more http://www.olbrich.org/events/holidayconcert.cfm A Madison Symphony Christmas- Fri. Dec. 3 – Sun., Dec 5Beginning with caroling in the lobby, and ending with the entire audience singing your Christmas favorites, this beloved Madison tradition launches the holiday season with our company of…

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    Lange’s Painting, LLC

    Give your cabinets a refresh with a splash of color! At Lange’s Painting we are cabinet refinishing / repainting specialists ready to assist with your interior and exterior jobs. Steps to repainting cabinets: Remove cabinet doors and drawers. Remove cabinet hardware. If new hardware is to be installed, putty old holes with wood filler. Sand cabinets to abrade old finish to accept new finish.  Wipe cabinets clean to microfiber cloths to remove at residual dust.  Apply one coat of oil-based bonding primer.  Lightly sand primer coat to remove any imperfections in the prime coat.  Spray apply or brush and roll 2/3 coats of enamel finish.  If spraying, protect all adjacent…

  • Home Maintenance

    How does a homeowners warranty work?

    A major mechanical or electrical failure is frustrating to say the least, but when you are buying or selling your home, it can put an unexpected strain on your budget.  With a UHP Home Warranty, you’ll have security, confidence and peace of mind when you need it most.  When selling your home, a home warranty makes your home more attractive to potential buyers by adding peace of mind knowing their budget will be protected.  You are also able to take advantage of our risk-free coverage if a failure occurs while you’re marketing your home with a Realtor.  Payment is only required if the property closes, even if claims have been…

  • Moving Info

    Take the Worry Out of Your Winter Move

    The fun of the holidays is upon us, and most people are enjoying hearth, home and a little well-deserved time off from work. However, many people choose the holidays as a time to move for that very reason—things seem to slow down a bit in the business world and it’s easier to take time off to move from one home to the next.  Like Wisconsin, many regions around the country experience an extremely cold winter season. Regardless of if the weather is beautiful and sunny or snowy and cold, you can count on TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Madison to be there to help you throughout the moving process. We’ve…

  • Lifestyle

    Live Life Fireside

    Because time spent together is more than simply being in the same room.  Because memories are more than just the big moments.  Because your home is more than a house.  Start your fireplace project today with Fireside Hearth & Home, the fireplace experts since 1951. Whether you’re converting your wood fireplace to gas, adding a new fireplace, or replacing your existing fireplace, we can help build your perfect project together. Get Started Today atLiveLifeFireside.com Fireside Hearth & Home6709 Watts Road | Madison, WI 53719(608) 276-6010

  • Banking and Mortgage

    Thompson Kane Mortgage Update

    A MARKET UPDATE FROM THE DESK OF TOM HOTTER… While the wild ride we’ve all experienced in 2020 and 2021 may be waning slightly, it is NOT over.  The real estate and mortgage lending industries have certainly seen a prolonged set of market challenges and opportunities unique in our lifetimes. So, what does the future hold for 2022…  Here are a few things to stay mindful of as we ponder the year ahead. As predicted here in the July Restaino Newsletter, mortgage rates remained low through the summer months and began inching upward in September and October.  Although interest rates recovered slightly in November, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the…