• Current Newsletter

    Welcome to 2023

    Happy New Year All! As we all know, 2022 was a Whirlwind.  Employment numbers, inflation, interest rates, the stock market, and the overall cost of living seemed to try their hardest to put us all in our places.  Thankfully, last year’s assortment of curveballs is in the rear-view mirror, and we can start fresh with a blank slate and true optimism in the New Year. With interest rates falling and borrowers who had been waiting on the sidelines now starting to get into the game; our projections of another fast-moving and (very likely) even more competitive year in the housing market seem to be coming to fruition.    With the…

  • Current Newsletter

    A New Way to Renovate Your Kitchen

    Whether you’re looking to boost your client’s home value or give an out-of-date kitchen a refresh, there’s a new, innovative and eco-friendly trend in home renovations – Spray-Net Southern Wisconsin. Dale Tomalin, a Spray-Net franchisee, is offering your clients a smarter and environmentally conscious way to update the look of their kitchens without replacing the cabinets. Besides flooring, backsplash, countertops, and new appliances, a large portion of a typical kitchen renovation’s budget is spent on new cabinetry. Usually, the old cabinets are replaced simply because the client doesn’t like the color and doesn’t want the added task of repainting or refinishing them. Enter Spray-Net’s kitchen cabinet painting solution. Much like…

  • Home Maintenance

    Five Star Painting

    Overview At Five Star Painting, we provide high quality painting services and top-rated customer experience. Our vision is to capture your dreams and enhance your lifestyle by adding color to your world! We know how valuable painting can be and what a difference the perfect paint job can make in any space—big or small! We handle both residential and commerical jobs, providing interior and exterior jobs that focus on quality and customer satisfaction. We believe that our company values and dedication to our clients sets us apart. We strive to provide excellent customer service.  Some of the core principles of our company include the following: Professional Expertise, Superior Quality, Clean Work…

  • Home Maintenance

    Robert’s Plumbing & Heating Inc.

      Robert’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. located in Madison, is a 24-hour residential and commercial plumbing & heating subcontractor. We are fully licensed and insured providing high-quality services for all of our clients- no matter the job!  We were established in 2003 as a family owned and operated business.  Some of the Services we offer: Water Heaters -sales, installation, and repairs Drain Rodding Fixtures – Installs and repairs Drain/Sewer Upgrades Backflow Prevention and Inspection Testing Water leaks- faucets, clogged tubs, showerhead Gas piping Replacement and repair of water heaters Video Sewer Inspection and Smoke Testing Plumbing Maintenance and repair of all Residential, Commercial businesses, and new construction plumbing Remodeling install…

  • Home Maintenance

    2023 Home Shows with Brio Design Homes & Vive Home Transformations

    Need inspiration to transform your existing home, or design and build new? Now is the right time to start planning! Mark your calendar for the Madison Home Expo and the Build and Remodel Expo, both in January 2023! Meet with Brio Design Homes and Vive Home Transformation team members, share your vision, view inspirational photos of our projects, discuss your design ideas and ask questions about our approach to client engagement and our building process. Visit the Brio or Vive Events pages for more information! Madison Home ExpoFriday-Sunday, January 6-8Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WIBooth numbers: 505 & 507 Build & Remodel Expo – National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)…

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    Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin

    With 14 convenient locations and donation center hours that fit your schedule, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin makes it easy to donate your gently used household items, including furniture and electronics. If you are running short on time or have large items that are too cumbersome to haul away on your own, you can book an appointment with ReSupply – this veteran-owned business has partnered with Goodwill in our local area to offer a low-cost solution for quick and easy pick-up. Goodwill also partners with Dell Reconnect to make sure that all electronics not suitable for resale are kept out of the landfill. Better yet, it’s free! Gather your old…

  • Market Updates and News

    Lending Update – Shifting Markets and the Federal Reserve

    Friends of Restaino and Associates-I hope this holiday season finds you safe and healthy!  Last year at this time, I wrote about what a wildly competitive market 2021 had been.  I think most would agree, 2022 has been a challenging market for our clients, specifically on the buy side.  My name is Joe Boyle, and I am a Producing Branch Manager with Cornerstone Home Lending here in the Madison, WI area.  Thank you for reading some of my thoughts below. Shifting Markets-The Roller Coaster 2022 started out with a bang, not slowing down at all from 2021!  Low rates to begin the year coupled with low inventory proved to be…

  • Lifestyle

    Blog: Is Never

    According to Benjamin Franklin, there are very few absolutes in this world except for death and taxes. We can rarely use words like “always” and “never” because those statements often come with asterisks, caveats, and options. But, with all due respect to Mr. Franklin, I believe I have found seven absolutes of success. The Seven Absolutes of Success Failure is never fatal. As the Dalai Lama said, “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” Learn from how you’ve failed to build your business and charge ahead. Success is never final. Earl Nightingale said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” There is more to achieve, enjoy, pursue, grow into, and give away. Success…

  • Local Events

    Area Holiday Traditions

    Holiday Express-Olbrich Botanical Gardens Dec. 3-Dec. 31, 10am-4pm Enjoy large scale model trains chugging through a festive scene of hundreds of poinsettias & fresh evergreens. https://www.olbrich.org/events/holidayexpress.cfm Visit the Wisconsin Executive Residence Free tour, encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Register online for a 30-minute tour. https://wisconsinexecutiveresidence.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=788233&module_id=410963 Henry Vilas Zoo Lights Now – Dec. 30, Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  5:30pm-8:30pm Enjoy time at the zoo under the glow of almost a million lights! General Admission Tickets, children 3 and under are free. https://www.henryvilaszoo.gov/home/lights/ The Nutcracker- Holiday Classic Madison Ballet Overture Center For performance dates and tickets: https://www.madisonballet.org/the-nutcracker-2022 Holiday Fantasy In Lights…

  • Home Maintenance

    Add A New Fireplace To Turn A Room You Like Into A Room You Love

    Whether you’re finishing a basement, updating a family room, or expanding with a three-season porch, it’s possible to add a fireplace or stove to almost any room, on any level, indoors or out – no matter the age of your home. Fully Installed Projects Start Around $6,700 Request Free Estimate or Schedule Free In-Home Consult Fireside Hearth & Home6709 Watts Road | Madison, WI 53719(608) 276-6010