David Pausch's Blog Posts

Recipe Recommendation--Alton Brown's Chicken Tikka Masala

It's been a LONG time since I've posted a recipe recommendation, but this week I cooked something that totally deserves some hype,  Alton Brown's Turkey Tikka Masala. I'm a big fan of AB,

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Considering selling your house this spring? Start planning now...

Recently, I created a YouTube channel. Why? I don't know. Maybe because my kids are on it all the time and if Slogo and Jelly can do it, why not me?!Really though it was because a) video seems like

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Housing Highlights: The Return

I haven't done a Housing Highlights post in a long time. Mostly because, for a time in the spring and summer, things moved so quickly there was barely time. But as we have started to see some

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Gallery Night 2021

Like art? Want to get out of the house this Friday? Join us for Gallery Night 2021! Weichert, Realtors-Lakepoint is a stop for this fall's city-wide Gallery Night. We'll have snacks, drinks, art

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September 2021 WRA Housing Report

The WRA's September housing report came out earlier this week, and the most obvious take-away is that the big price increases we saw earlier this year have had an effect on the autumn market.

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Days on the market

Hello! It's been quite a while since I've updated this blog. I thought it (and I) needed some time off in the summer. And since summer seems to last longer than ever now, that's extended to today.

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May WRA Housing Report

The WRA's May housing report can be described in four words: more of the same. Sales again increase across the state, as did prices...but not inventory. May monthly home sales in Wisconsin were up.

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Recipe recommendation--One Pan Roasted Salmon w. Potatoes and Broccoli

Recipe recommendations return! It's been a busy few weeks and something had to give...so it was the blog (sorry 2 loyal readers!). But we're back today with a really delicious and pretty easy

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April WRA market report

The WRA's April housing report was in keeping with what we’ve seen throughout the year; an extraordinary market featuring historically low inventory and significant demand for homes. Prices

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Thursday Housing Highlights-May 13 edition

We're Dane County-wide today as I fling the net a little farther to see where the affordable property schools are. Many in Madison again (though they're likely to be competitive). Check them all out

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May Living Well Newsletter

The May Living Well Newsletter is out. I was excited to see a pitch for taking up gardening as a way to health-up your life ("health-up" is a clinical term...I'm sure of it...), plus a recipe for

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The Old School Martini

We're going to stay on the cocktail train with this week's recipe. We enjoy a cocktail here and there in our house. But we tend to trend old school, using the fictional king and queen of(

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Thursday Housing Highlights--May 6 edition

Whew! Just getting this week's housing highlights in under the wire. But I would hate to not have you all see the fine list of single family homes in the Madison area for $250000 and under. Many in

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Recipe recommendation redux--The Barb Collins

I try not to recycle too much on this blog, as that just seems a little lazy. But for this week's recipe recommendation, I'm going to revisit one of our favorite patio drinks, The Barb Collins. Why?

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Thursday Housing Highlights--April 29 edition

It's Thursday! By all accounts, the Madison-area weather is going to be delicious this weekend. Perfect for heading out and seeing some of the fine, affordable properties for sale in the area. Some

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4 Tips for Buyers in this Historically Hot Market

It’s tough out there for buyers. Multiple offers to compete with, homes selling as soon as they hit the market, and not enough homes hitting the market. It can be frustrating and dispiriting.

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Housing Highlights--April 23 edition

After getting bumped for Earth Day yesterday, Housing Highlights are making a special Friday appearance. But it was work the wait! This week's list is one of the better one's we've had in a while,

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March WRA housing report

The WRA's March housing report continued the trend we've seen since the start of the year; low inventory and extremely high demand. This has continued to drive intense competition for available

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April Living Well Newsletter

April's Living Well Newsletter is now live on my website. Some really awesome things that are very close to my heart this month, including planting a pollinator garden (make sure, whereever you,

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Recipe recommendation--Shrub!

Shrub, you say? How is there a recipe for a shrub???Settle down, I'm not talking about the plant. I'm talking about the delicious, centuries-old, vinegary tonic. Once used as a medicinal and a way

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Thursday Housing Highlights--April 15 edition

It's Thursday, that means it's housing highlights day! Today's search turned up some really nice homes all around the Madison area. One thing today's search showed me...don't sleep on Belleville!

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Recipe recommendation--Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

When you spend as much time at home as we have over the last year or so, you find out things about each other. One thing that's become very clear is that our youngest son Ginn is not only an eager

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Thursday Housing Highlights--April 8 edition

Thursday housing highlights are back on Thursday! Sorry for the small blip last week; life happens sometimes. But this week's list again features some really nice properties for under $235K. It also

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Friday (???) Housing Highlights!

Hello! This week's housing highlights are a day late this week due to some technical difficulties. But they're here! This week's list again contains some really attractive and affordable properties

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Thursday Housing Highlights!

Good day! It's amazing how much brighter a cloudy day looks when you're fresh off your first dose of Moderna. Sore arm shmore arm! But I digress...Today's highlights again feature a nice array of

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Recipe recommendation--Butternut Squash Galette with Gruyere

I return to the great America's Test Kitchen for today's recipe recommendation, Butternut Squash Galette with Gruyere. Recently, we started ordering from Misfits Market, one of a variety of "ugly"

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Thursday Housing Highlights--The Return!

Housing highlights are back! And just in the nick of time to help you stop doom scrolling all the properties you didn't get and remember that, if you look in the right places, there are still

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Recipe recommendation--Instagram Edition!

Okay, so I'm veering a bit today with the recipe recommendations. Rather than an actual recipe, I'm going with a place to find recipes...the Jacques Pepin Foundation instagram page. If you know me,

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Living Well Newsletter

If you don't already look for it, each month I publish the Living Well Newsletter. It's a digital publication featuring tips on healthy and sustainable living. I just posted the issue, so check it

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Recipe recommendation--Light Wheat Sandwich Bread

I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions. They always seem a little...artificial to me. I mean, sure, it's a clean date to remember, but really there's nothing keeping you from adding a new habit

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Recipe recommendation--Brown Rice Salad with Fennel, Mushrooms, and Walnuts

Hey look...a recipe recommendation! I know, I've been dropping the recipe ball recently. But hey, it's real estate crazy season, so things get busy. BUT...I'm back today with a really fine, healthy

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New Condo Listing! 1211 Rutledge #5

Have you dreamed of having your morning coffee on your own patch of lake shore? Wished restaurants, the grocery store and community events were just short walk away? Thought these things would never

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February Living Well Newsletter

The February edition of the Living Well Newsletter is now live! Interesting stuff this month, including tips on increasing your safety if you have to fly during the pandemic, healthy snacking tips,

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Thursday Housing Highlights--January 28 edition

Housing Highlights are back! After a week off last week due to a paucity of decent options, the search is nicely fleshed out this week. A range of affordable properties popped up, all within )

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Recipe recommendation--Pasta al Tonno

It's 4pm. You need dinner. You have no ideas. But you have a pantry! Pasta al Tonno is a classic type of pantry recipe. I first had it in the late nineties when I had the good fortune of living in

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Garden talk in January? Yes!

When I was a child - like most '70s kids, I'd assume - the arrival of the Christmas catalog was one of the year's highwater marks. I would pounce on it and barely let it out of my site for the next

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Thursday Housing Highlights--January 7 edition

The highlights are back! They took a little time off for the holidays, but are now well rested and ready to bring you the best affordable properties in the Madison area. We have tweeked a little,

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Clean Energy Scorecard

Each year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases the City Clean Energy Scorecard. The scorecard analyzes cities across the country's efforts to implement energy

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Recipe recommendation--Happy New Year edition!

Happy New Year! It's 2021! Changing the calendar to a new year shouldn't feel this good, but let's face it...2020 was a lot. Today, in celebration of the new year and the need to toast things,

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Free trees!

The day of an impending winter storm may not seem like the most likely time to talk about tree planting, but that's what I'm going to do! As some of you may know, I'm a huge proponent of sustainable

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November WRA Housing Report

November continued the trend of strong housing reports from the WRA (Wisconsin Realtor's Association). November monthly home sales in Wisconsin were up 15.2% over the same month in 2019. This is not

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Recipe recommendation--Butternut Squash Latkes

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but I find in my kitchen, so is a hunk of leftover something I need to use up. In this case, the something was half of a butternut squash that had been in

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Thursday Housing Highlights--December 17 edition

The list continues to be short as we move into the week of Christmas. This isn't terribly surprising as people focus on holiday celebration prep and activities. But it is a great time to be a buyer

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Hüga rather than Huger House

The tiny house thing really fascinates me. I love the idea in principal; economy of space, significantly lower climate impact, ease of construction and movement, etc. But the practicality of living

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Recipe recommendation--Chocolate Crinkles

It's a day late but not a dollar short edition of the recipe recommendation this week! As the holidays are approaching (or here in the case of Hanukkah), I'm finding my time seems to disappear.

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Thursday Housing Highlights--December 10 edition

First, Hanukkah sameach on this first day of the Festival of Lights. May the next 8 days be filled with light and love. We all certainly can use both after this year. Second...my apologies for

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Santa can come in another way...

If you've worked with me to either buy or sell a house, you know how much I dislike chimneys. Basically holes in the top of your house, they are easily forgotten, full of possible problems, and

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Recipe recommendation--Spaghetti w. Rosemary Tomato Sauce

Post-Thankgiving week can be a fairly indulgent period, I don't have to tell you. Leftovers are literally tumbling out of the refrigerator. Guilt and gluttony combine to create a calorie-rich

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Thursday Housing Highlights--December 3 edition

After a week away for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday Housing Highlights are back! This week's search features several really nice, affordable properties in the Madison area. Just a reminder,

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Turn the fire up, aina?

If that headline sounds like gibberish to you, it's because you've never spent appreciable time with older folks in the Milwaukee, WI area. But that phrase was a regular one for my grandmother,

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Giving Tuesday

As you are probably aware, today is Giving Tuesday. Established in 2012 as an international day of generosity, Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to support organizations and institutions that

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October WRA Housing Report

Another month, another strong housing report from the WRA (Wisconsin Realtor's Association). October continued a trend of strong real estate sales months in Wisconsin, with home sales were up a

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NAR Apologizes

I'm skipping the recipe recommendation this week, because something popped into my email today which I think is more important. Yesterday, as part of a virtual summit on diversity and inclusion,

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Thursday Housing Highlights--November 19 edition

This week's search produced a shorter list than normal, but it's definitely a quality over quantity situation. Some really nice, affordable, move-in ready homes in the Madison area right now. There

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DIY Energy Efficiency

I've written before about my strong support of Focus on Energy, the energy efficiency organization in Wisconsin. Funded by the state's utilities (not by the state itself), Focus on Energy provides

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Recipe recommendation--Julia Child's Stuffed Turkey, updated by America's Test Kitchen

Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, is less than two weeks away. And while it will be a done on a smaller scale this year than in the past, I am no less excited! Honestly, for someone who so

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Turkey drive!

One of the Thanksgiving traditions in our house is going to the grocery store with the Goodman Community Center Thanksgiving Basket Drive item list in our hands, buying at least one of every item,

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Thursday Housing Highlights--November 5 edition

Well...what a week. While we may still be waiting on election results, the one thing that is clear is there are a lot of really nice, affordable properties available in this week's housing

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Participation!

Last night, I did something for the first time. I worked as an election official, aka poll worker, for the 2020 presidential election. It would be an understatement to say that 2020 in

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Recipe recommendation--Pumpkin Mini Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Every Friday this month has been Halloween Movie Night. I've made something Halloweenish, like caramel apples or Shadow Cake or Jack o' Lantern Pizzas. The we watch an old horror or monster movie on

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Thursday Housing Highlights--October 29 edition

This week's search has turned up a bevy of affordable, move-in ready homes in the Madison area. A really nice range of styles and all perfect for a first-time budget. Take a look!;

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Trick or treat?

As the father of a 9 and (nearly) 8 year old, I'm made aware hourly that Halloween is approaching. The anticipation of avalanches of personal candy is building steadily in both my kids. Of course,

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Recipe recommendation--Cheddar and Rosemary Soda Bread

Baking is a pretty regular activity in our house. Karen handles pies almost exclusively, and I am designated bread baker. I tend to try and bake sourdough 2-3 times per week, which usually gives us

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Thursday Housing Highlights - October 22 edition

A bevy of great, affordable homes in the Madison-area this week! This list is very heavy with move-in ready, update houses...great first-time buyer options! All are $225K and under, and all are

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September WRA Housing Report

September continued a trend of strong real estate sales months in Wisconsin, per the Wisconsin Realtors Association's monthly report. Statewide, home sales were up a whopping 18.1% over the same

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Recipe recommendation--Banana Cinnamon Bundt Cake

We eat a lot of fruit in our house. But like a lot of you, no doubt, sometimes we lose the banana-ripening race to the bananas. And when that happens, we toss them in the freezer for later. After a

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Thursday Housing Highlights--October 15 edition

Some great options for first time buyers in and around Madison this week, including two Eastmorland listings! As a former Eastmorland resident, I highly recommend the neighborhood. Also, there are

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Rake it? Maybe leaf it...

One of the rites of autumn in northern climes is the raking of leaves that will suddenly cover our yards. We trudge out, flannel-clad, and diligently rake them all into piles, move them to the curb,

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Recipe recommendation--Vieux Carre

We go back to cocktails for today's recommendation. Because, really, who doesn't need a drink right about now? A couple of Father's Day's ago, Karen got me The Classic & Craft Cocktail

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Thursday Housing Highlights--October 8 edition

Elbow grease is the phrase of the week, as our list of properties features some fine houses that just need a little sprucing up. But not all! A willingness to commute from Marshall could land you a

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Take a walk

I've found it difficult to think of things to write about recently. So much mental space is taken up with outside things lately--election, COVID, etc--it seems to have pushed out any other thoughts.

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Recipe recommedation--Dave's Perfect Bratwurst

I've been going back and forth as to whether or not to post this recipe now, or wait for spring. But with the sun supposed to shine this weekend, I thought "this is still grill weather!" So I'm

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Thursday Housing Highlights--October 1 edition

Madison dominates the list again this week, with several nice starter homes priced at or below $200K. There's also some "sweat equity" to be found in some of these, with updates and improvements

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Podcast recommendation

Rather than watch what was, apparently, an...interesting presidential debate, I instead chose to enjoy Apollo 13, one of my favorite movies. I have long held the work NASA did from the late-50s to

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Free stuff!? I love free stuff!

I've written before about my commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency. One of my favorite organizations that promote these things is Focus on Energy. Their programs help homeowners and

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Recipe Recommendation--Baked Lemon Chicken

When the weather starts to chill, I start to crave hot things from the oven. One of my favorite dishes is Baked Lemon Chicken. I found this recipe years ago on the Food Network website, on a day I

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Thursday Housing Highlights--September 24 edition

Another week, another great list of affordable homes in the area. A reminder; the parameters for these are single-family houses within a half-hour commute to the Capital priced at $225,000 and.

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The bargains are out there....

Yesterday in a team meeting, we were discussing the Madison market. One thing that came up during the discussion was that despite the continuing strong sellers' market, there are definitely houses

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August WRA housing report

August was again a strong month for real estate in Wisconsin. Statewide, home sales were up .7% over the same month in 2019. The median list price also increased just over 14% from  August 2019

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Recipe recommendation--Dave's Chili

It's Friday and there was autumn in the air this morning. So I thought it seemed like a good time to break out an autumnal recipe, my own chili recipe! I use turkey in this, but you can easily

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Thursday Housing Highlights--September 17 Edition

Stoughton leaps to the forefront of this weeks Thursday Housing Highlights, with three adorable properties all no more than 30 minutes from the Capital. All under $225K. Also included today is

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Plays in the Garden

As I've written here before, when I'm not working as a real estate agent, I'm working as a theatre artist. In fact, I think you could accurately say that I work as a real estate agent so I

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Tree-mendous!

Because I'm prone to being a supernerd, I subscribe to the monthly Urban Forestry Newsletter put out by the Wisconsin DNR. What can I say...I love trees. As I was reading today's issues, this

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Recipe recommendation--Jacques Pepin's Plum Galette

Today, I'm featuring Jacques Pepin's Plum Galette. Jacques Pepin, the renowned French chef and longtime friend of Julia Child, is a fascinating character who's television shows have taught me

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Thursday Housing Highlights--September 10 edition

Some really nice options on the list this week, including some more in Madison. Reminder; these are all roughly within 30 minutes of the Capital Square and are all at or under $225000. 

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September Living Green Newsletter

The September Living Green newsletter is now live on my website. This month's issue features some hints to keeping your Halloween more sustainable, as well as keeping your carbon footprint low while

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Furnace time? Say it isn't so!

I know...you aren't even thinking about your furnace yet. "It's only the beginning of September, Dave!" you're saying to yourself. But I promise...now is the time to think about your furnace!

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Recipe recommendation--Karen's Pimm's Cup

In our house, Karen is the designated cocktail master. It became clear a few years ago that she had a natural talent for mixology, and we thought nurturing that talent was a great idea. So as we are

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Thursday Housing Highlights

Recently, there have been a lot of stories circulating about the real estate market; demand is spiking, inventory is low, prices are soaring. And honestly, it's all true. But stories like that can

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Polling Participation

I am out of town right now on some family business, so posts may be fewer this week. But a friend posted about this on social media this morning, and I was inspired. As we approach the upcoming

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Recipe recommendation--Gateau Au Yaourt (Yogurt Cake)

When I was thinking about today's recommendation, I remembered that in a little over a week, school will be starting. And also how much different that would be this year. With the (at least start)

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Budget, schmudget!

This short article popped up in an email I got yesterday from the National Association of Realtors: Most Buyers Are Willing to Blow Their Budget on a Home. It cites a recent LendingTree article that

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Wildlife sighting!

I've talked before about the native gardening we do in our yard. We have many reasons for this, but not the least of which was the hope of increasing the amount of creature diversity in our.

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Recipe recommedation--Dave's Pancakes!

It's Friday! And we all know what that means at this point...recipe recommendations! Today, I'm going to share my very own, personally developed and tested pancake recipe! Not only has it received

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Book recommendation--Burning Down the Haus

A quick book recommendation today; Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr. Published in 2018, it tells the story of the Punk kids and young adults

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Expand your range

A colleague in my brokerage has been telling us recently about the difficulties he's had landing an accepted offer for some clients. It seemed that regardless of how strong it was, their offer would

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July WRA Housing Report

The Wisconsin real estate market was strong in July, despite the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Statewide, July homes sales were the highest they've been for that month since 2005, with 9649

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10 Days in a Madhouse

No, I'm not talking about a whirlwind, week-and-a-half long home search. I'm talking about a podcast! And not just any podcast. It's a podcast built around a new musical, 10 Days in a Madhouse,

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Recipe recommendation--Barb Collins

It's Friday, which means it's recipe recommendation day. Today we head back to the world of summer cocktails with the delightful Barb Collins! A reworking of the hoary classic Tom Collins, this

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New feature--the Living Green Newsletter

Just a quick post today to announce a new feature on my web site, the monthly Living Green Newsletter. Each month the newsletter features ideas and information on green home features,

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Positively buggy

If you know me, you know that I am a big supporter of native plant gardening. To the point where I don't even like to have hybrid varieties of natives in my garden. There are several reasons for,

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Urban League of Greater Madison announces new home ownership program

Dr. Ruben Anthony, CEO of Urban League of Greater Madison, announced last week a new $5,000,000 program to help increase home ownership among Black Madisonians. Home ownership in Madison's Black

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Recipe recommendation--Sourdough Cinnamon Crumb Cake

It's Friday, so that means it's recipe day! Hurrah! One of the things the pandemic has done is driven people to the kitchen to discover (or rediscover) baking. Many of them, apparently, decided

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Go away! I'm not here!

This article, America Has a Surprising New Favorite Room in the House, amused me this morning. Apparently, its the master bedroom. Why? Because, to quote from the article, it's the place "they can

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Most popular home styles

This blog post caught my eye this morning: The Most Popular House Styles in the US. Based on a survey done by Homes.com, the post delves into taste patterns throughout the country. And the winner?

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HIstorically Low Mortgage Interest Rates

As has been true for much of this spring and summer, mortgage loan interest rates are at historic lows. According to the National Association of Realtors, average rates for a 30-year fixed rate

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Recipe recommendation--Chicken alla Diavola

It's Friday which means it's recipe recommendation day! Huzzah!This week it's a really delicious grilled chicken dish that involves few ingredients, a little brining, and whacking a chicken with a

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Teacher Next Door and More

Last week I announced on here that I am now a Preferred Agent for Teacher Next Door. Teacher Next Door is a program that provides teachers and educational workers with grants in the form of closing

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Book recommendation!

Somewhat ironically, I've picked the release of the Emmy nominations as the impulse for my first book recommendation here. I promise it will make sense though. Because the impetus for this is that

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Initial Impressions, or what does AHWD stand for?

Have you ever looked at a real estate agent’s email signature or business card and wondered what the various all caps letters were behind their names? What the heck is ABR? Doesn’t PSA

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Sold!

It's always a great and gratifying day when you help close on a house. Especially when that house is the first one purchased by at least one of the buyers. I love the look on the face of that first

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The inaugural recipe--Karen's Insanely Good Gin and Tonic

As promised in the first post on this blog, I will post recipes occasionally in this space. Why? Well, concocting good things to eat and drink is a big thing in our house. And who doesn't like a new

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Teacher Next Door

I’m pleased to announce that I am now a Preferred Agent Partner for Teacher Next Door, a nationwide program that assists teachers and other educational staff and professionals in the purchase

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June WRA housing report

The coronavirus pandemic had an impact on June real estate sales, though the Wisconsin real estate market performed better than expected. Sales were down 4.5% from the previous June, an improvement

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Hello!

Welcome to my blog! I'm very glad to have you here and to have the chance to introduce myself to you. My intention is that this blog will be a place for you to get information about the Madison real

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