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Client Part 2018

   

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Throwing a Client Appreciation party is one of our favorite things to do! We are grateful for our awesome clients that came out and to our wonderful partners that help sponsor!

Shout out to: Universal Home Protection, First American Title, John Schroder at Great Midwest Bank, Amy Fosdick at First Bank Financial Centre and Rick McKinley & Brad Sailing at UWCU. Want to make sure you are invited to the next party? You don’t have to buy or sell a house, all you need to do is refer us to your friends, neighbors, family, or co-workers!

Winter Ready

The weather has turned cold, not just chilly, but biting cold! We might not be ready for it, but it’s important to get our homes ready for another Wisconsin winter. There are several tasks you’ll want to finish to help get your home prepared for winter and minimize the probability of preventable issues. Here are a few of them for you to work on or hire someone to help with. 

Protect your pipes: When water freezes and expands, it can cause your pipes to crack or burst. A few ways to reduce the probability this will happen is to shut off outside water valves and let them drain out. If you leave for the weekend or go on vacation, make sure to keep you home heated to a minimum of 55 degrees to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. 
 
Fireplace: Keep the flue closed when you are not using it. Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned as needed. 
 
Furnace filters: Replace your furnace filter as directed (tip: add it to your calendar). Properly maintaining your furnace is important in reducing unwanted problems and cold nights.  
 
Vents: Make sure your heating vents are not obstructed by furniture. It’s also important to get your vents professionally cleaned every couple of years. 
 
Clean gutters: All the fall activity can leave your gutters clogged which prevents water from draining well and can lead to roofing issues, seepage, and ice dams. Depending on how badly your gutters fill up, you might want to consider investing in gutter guards.
 
Protecting your roof: Have a snow rake handy and use it to prevent build up of snow that might cause damage to your gutters and roof. For maximum protection, proper insulation is key. But that’s not a small work item! 
 

Ceiling fans: If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, run blades clockwise with your heat on. It will create an upward draft and push the hot air down from the ceiling. This is especially helpful if you have high or vaulted ceilings.

If you need help finding a local expert with any of these or other home needs, please visit AlvaradoList.com

World Cup 2018 Fundraiser

We are excited to announce that with our generous clients and friends, we were able to raise $1,250 for Millennium Soccer Club plus some amazing equipment and shoe donations. Thank you to all that came out to our 2018 World Cup Viewing Party and for helping support this local organization that is dedicated to creating community through soccer for Madison’s underserved youth.

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For more information about Millennium Soccer Club programs or to donate please visit www.millenniumsoccerclub.org

Show your love for Monroe Street with Monroe Street bingo

 

Show your love for Monroe Street with Monroe Street bingo. Now through September 15, visit participating businesses, play bingo and earn rewards. There are prizes galore, and lots of ways to win. Monroe Street businesses ARE open during construction, so come dine, shop, live – and WIN – on Monroe Street. Get full details at www.monroestreetmadison.com/bingo

FREE First Time Home Buyer Class!


Movin’ Out, a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency, in partnership with Home Buyers Round Table, provides home buyer education required for down payment assistance programs and worthwhile for all buyers. 

With 7 hours of classroom instruction presented by industry experts, as well as individual counseling with certified housing counselors, this program prepares you for a successful home search, purchase and ownership experience.

Learn: 
Credit Reports & Scores
Money Management
Down Payment Assistance
Mortgage Lending
Finding your Home
Home Inspection
Homeowners Insurance
Closing documents and Procedures

2nd & 3rd Tuesdays | 5:30 to 9:00 pm
June 12 & 19
July 10 & 17
August 14 & 21
September 11 & 18
October 9 & 16
November 13 & 20

Complete 2 nights of class & appointment with a housing counselor to receive completion certificate
Register: (608) 251-4446 Ext. 7or at rw@movin-out.org

Location: The Village on Park Street | Atrium | 2300 S Park Street | Madison, WI

Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County Inc. | PO Box 1491 | Madison, WI 53701-1491
info@homebuyersroundtable.org | www.homebuyersroundtable.org

Project Kinect's 2018 Social Change Forum

Alvarado Real Estate Group is proud to help support organizations like Project Kinect as they offer innovative ways to promote social change in our community.  This year’s theme is SIDExSIDE: An Exploration in How We Collaborate. The past year, we have experienced the need to be the most equipped possible to work with almost anyone. That is the only way we can evolve and create the positive change needed to see our world survive and flourish. The 2018 Social Change Forum will provide participants an opportunity to practice this in a controlled space, work with unique facilitators on collective impact theories, real life collaboration, and creating spaces of inclusion. We will hear from speakers who have dedicated their lives to working with different people in order to create impact. Most importantly, we will commune to learn and share best practices from one another. On March 1st, 2018, we will ignite a positive social change fire that will be felt all around the globe. We want you to join us.

This year the forum will begin on February 28th with a special event and continue with a full day forum on March 1st. We welcome and invite anyone to the Social Change Forum. Whether you are a government official, work at a nonprofit, lead a corporation, are a teacher, or a freshman in college, we encourage you to join us for this annual impactful and soul filling event. If the pricing is not in your budget, please contact us and WE WILL WORK SOMETHING OUT! Email info@projectkinect.com and ask about scholarship options and special codes for students.

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Outdoor Winter Activities - The Alvarado Real Estate Group

Outdoor Winter Activities

It is winter in Wisconsin - the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities in the area for the brave. Madison's beautiful lakes and surrounding areas make it a great place to take in the winter.


Ski
If you love to ski or want to get started, visit MadNorSki for adult and kid activities and membership. View a list of the areas popular trails including Cherokee Marsh, Door Creek Park, Elver park and more: Trail List


Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe
A beautiful way to enjoy the winter, you can experience trails in a whole new light! Scheduled through out the state, check out this list of events by the DNR to see when one lands near you or make it a trip! Candlelight Trails


Ice Skate
Don't have skates? Don't worry, skating rinks across the area rent skates. For a list of great rinks in the Madison area to skate or play hockey including Vilas Park, Warner Park, Tenny Park view: Ice Rink List


Sledding
From kid friendly to steep hill challenges, there are areas all over town to sled. Here is a list of some of the most popular hills in town: Sledding Locations

Are we missing anything? Let us know by emailing us at support@TheAlvaradoGroup.com and we’ll add it to the list!

Dane County Humane Society - Toto's Gala 2018

Join Dane County Humane Society for an evening out, showcasing heartwarming stories of the impact your gifts make on the animals and people in our community!

Help keep pets in their homes with our outreach programs, find new families for homeless pets and return wildlife to their native habitats. Your support makes all of this possible.

As our animals know, there is no place like home. For more information on this event visit: Dane County Humane Society

Madison Area Holiday Events 2017

Enjoy the season in and around Madison!

Lights, song, and plenty of holiday community events to celebrate this 2017 season.

 

Holiday Trolley – Free holiday trolley is available Saturday Dec. 9, 16 and 23, 2017 10 am to 4 pm. Up and down State Street and the capital square. Click here for details > 

 

Downtown Carolers – The holiday’s music made local by carolers Saturdays in December. 11 am and noon at Madison Children’s Museum and 1 pm at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. View schedule >

 

Olbrich’s Holiday Express – This year Olbrich Garden has a special twist to its traditional display of trains as they take you back in time and cruise through the Wild Wild West including a miner’s gold camp and more. View details > 

 

Holiday Glow on Monroe St – Saturday Dec 9 starting at 11am. Santa visit, carolers, and books for holiday giving sale View details>

 

Capitol Christmas Tree – Stop by the capitol and see one of the tallest Christmas trees you will see this season. Typically around 40 ft! Over 1400 handmade ornaments, feet of garland and lights, and a historic train set at its base.

 

Get Your Ice Skates On! – At The Edgewater, you can ice skate with beautiful view of the lake at its 4,000 SqFt rink plus relax at The Icehouse with your favorite warm drink and snacks. View details >

 

Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park – Even if you grew up visiting Madison’s biggest light display, each year brings a new experience and updates. Lights go on 4pm daily through January 2, 2017. View details> 

 

Henry Vilas Zoo Lights – The zoo is not just for the summer! See it in a different light 5:30 pm to 9pm Sun, Thu, Fri and Saturdays through December 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm View details >

 

Christmas Stories at Overture Center – Take in the traditional holiday story at Madison’s Overture Center including The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. View ticket and event information>

 

Gingerbread Cookie fun at Madison Public Libraries – Stories, games and more throughout Madison’s libraires this December. View schedule and locations>

 

Around Madison:

Monona's Breakfast with Santa - Saturday Dec. 9, 2017 8am to 11am at Monona Community Center. View details> 

 

Monona's Candlelight Snowshoe Hike - Saturday Dec. 16, 2017 4:30 pm to 8pm. Enjoy beautiful lighting through the trails of Woodland Park,  Woodland Park, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and Edna Taylor Conservancy, plus relax near a bonfire, enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn. View details> 

 

Stoughton Lights - Daily at 5:30 pm. Holiday lights set to holiday music at Stoughton Rotary Park - Corner of Sixth and Jefferson Streets

 

Oregon's Hann's Christmas Farm - Visiting a farm for the holidays is not just for Halloween! Hann’s Christmas Farm is a perfect spot to take in the holiday season. Admission is free 9am to 5pm through Dec 24. Dogs are welcome! View details> 

 

An Old World Christmas – at Old World Wisconsin, Saturday & Sunday, Dec 9 & 10, 10am to 4pm. Stroll through the 1880s Crossroads Village decorated for the holidays and horse-drawn 12pm to 3pm. View details> 

 

Seasons Greetings from the team at the Alvarado Group!

Centro Hispano's 28th Annual Celebration

As a strong supporter and sponsor, the Alvarado Real Estate Group cannot wait for Centro Hispano's annual gala celebration!

Centro Hispano of Dane County's mission is Empowering Youth, Strengthening Families, Engaging the Community. We aspire to a vision where Dane County, Wisconsin will be a community where Latino families can aspire upward, to reach their personal goals and dreams because they feel engaged and strengthened with the tools for success.

Learn more about how to support them here: http://www.micentro.org/

Ales for Alzheimer's fundraising event

The Alvarado Group is excited to be a part of such a great event and cause to build awareness and fundraise for the local Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Please join us at the Wisconsin Brewing Company on November 9th from 4-7pm for a fun happy hour and silent auction that will benefit the Alzheimer and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, a cause near and dear to our hearts. There will also be a photographer onsite taking family photos. We hope to see you there!

For more info and to purchase tickets please click here

 

Community Organization Spotlight: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Dane County

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Our Community Spotlight today is on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). We are happy to support this organization through fundraising and volunteer efforts, led by one of our agents, Susan Stoehr. Learn more about this incredible organization, and how you can support the local chapter in Madison!

Type 1 Diabetes

Susan Stoehr, one of the Broker Associates at the Alvarado Real Estate Group, has been supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since her daughter, Emma, was 9 years old.  That is when the family discovered that Emma had the disease. Since that diagnosis, Susan, Emma, and their family and friends have raised thousands of dollars for JDRF by participating in the yearly Gala and the One Walk. Susan describes why she continues to support JDRF:

At age 9, while on vacation in Florida, my daughter Emma was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  We learned then that this disease is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.

Many people with Type 1 diabetes, including Emma, receive life-saving medications and therapies which allow them to live full and happy lives. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation contributes a considerable amount of funding to efforts aimed at the prevention and treatment of the disease worldwide.

JDRF

"JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Vision: A world without type 1 diabetes

Mission: Accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications"

Dane County JDRF One Walk: September 24, 2017

JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!

When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can't do it without you.

From Susan:

Please support us and donate to our Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.

Thank you for your support! 

Sign up for the Dane County JDRF One Walk, or Donate to Susan and Emma's team!

2017 Java Jive- A fundraiser for the Dane County Rape Crisis Center

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Helping our clients buy and sell homes is what we do. Creating the vibrant communities that our clients want to live in, is why we do what we do. There are many organizations in Madison and the surrounding areas of Dane County that advance equity, ensure community safety, highlight diversity, and improve quality of life through research, direct services, and support. The Alvarado Real Estate Group is committed to supporting these organizations and their work to improve the places where we live, work, and play. Because it matters!

Today, we want to highlight one of those organizations: the Dane County Rape Crisis Center  

The Dane County Rape Crisis Center

Serving Dane County since 1973, the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) provides services to survivors (and their family and friends) of all forms of sexual violence, including recent sexual assault, past sexual assault, incest (past or present), sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation. These services are provided free of charge and include crisis intervention and support via the 24-hour Helpline (608-251-7273), the Spanish language line La Línea (608-258-2567), short-term counseling, support groups, medical and legal advocacy and accompaniment, community education and outreach. RCC also operates Chimera Self-Defense Designed for Women, and Safer Bar.

Supporting the RCC

Sponsorship- 2017 Java Jive

This year, the Alvarado Real Estate Group is donating a silent auction item to the 22nd Annual Java Jive, one of the organization's largest yearly fundraising campaigns. This event is held at the High Noon Saloon on Sunday, September 17, 2017. If you love coffee, this is the event for you, with admission earning you a free mug and access to some of the best coffee in Madison, provided by local shops and roasters. To reserve your spot (and your mug!) today, please go here

Our creative and fun silent auction item made by Rachel Glaza...

Volunteering

Rachel Glaza, the Team Manager at Alvarado Real Estate Group, is also one of the Rape Crisis Center's 24-Hour Helpline Volunteers. Here's what she has to say about her experience:

Being a Helpline volunteer has put me in direct contact with victims (and members of their support network) who are going through very difficult situations. It's given me a whole new perspective on community safety, on supporting neighbors and friends, and especially, on supporting organizations like RCC who, day-in and day-out, advocate for justice and safety. 

If you are interested in donating to RCC, volunteering for RCC, or attending the 2017 Java Jive, be sure to check out the links provided.

 

 

Monroe Street Festival 2017 - stop by the Alvarado Real Estate Group table for a balloon!

Please join us on Saturday for Monroe Street Festival! 

We will be at a table set up in front of our office at 1914 Monroe Street giving out balloons and answering any real estate questions you may have! Come say hello!

Here is a schedule of the events:

 

Baby, It's Cold Outside! Time to winterize your home

Whether you love winter in Wisconsin or wish you could head south, you’ll soon be grabbing that shovel and building snow people. Avoid costly repairs, stay safe and be ready to get warm and cozy with these tips.  

 

  • Test, replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices.

  • Seal leaks around doors and windows.

  • Check roof for missing, damaged or loose shingles. (Be careful up there!)

  • Insulate your attic

  • (especially in those beautiful old homes).

  • Drain outdoor faucets and hoses, shut off water to outside spigots.

  • Inspect and clean chimneys and fireplaces.

  • Clean and repair gutters.

  • Clean leaf, yard waste. Check City of Madison yard waste pick-up schedules.

  • Reverse ceiling fans.

  • Service snow blower, find your shovels, clean out and reorganize your garage.

  • Add salt to a bucket for slippery spots, walkways and steps.

  • Sharpen skis and ice skates and dust off boots!

  • Tune up heating system and winterize air conditioner.

 

***SPECIAL OFFER***

CLICK HERE to get a $25 discount off a furnace cleaning and check and/or a $100 off a home energy audit from Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning.

You'll be asked to sign up for our #REALestateTALK list, which you'll have to do so we can send you the promo code (and you can unsubscribe after that if you wish).

 

 

 

Fall in Madison 2016

 

Fall is a fantastic time of the year here in Madison!  Enjoy what is going on around town and we'll see you out and about!

 

 

 

OCTOBER

October 4-8 - World Dairy Expo - Alliant Energy Center, Madison

October 7 - Harvest Moon Festival - Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

October 7 - Latino Art Fair - Overture Center for the Arts, Madison

October 8 - Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square - Baraboo

October 13 - Dane Arts Buy Local - 1 S Pinckney St, Madison

October 14-15 - Fall Festival Weekend - Wisconsin Dells

October 20-23 - Wisconsin Book Festival - Madison

October 21 - Harry Potter Festival 2016 - Edgerton

October 21-23 - Wisconsin Science Festival - Madison/statewide

October 22 - Halloween Mystery Hike - Baraboo

October 27 - HOLLOWeen at Cave of the Mounds - Blue Mounds

October 29 - UFO Days - Belleville

October 29 - Freakfest - State Street, Madison

October 30 - Halloween at the Zoo - Vilas Zoo, Madison

 

NOVEMBER

November 3-December 22 - A Fireside Christmas - Fort Atkinson

November 5-12 - Homecoming at UW-Madison - Madison

November 6 - Swissfest - Monroe

November 12 - Holiday Craft Bonanza - Mount Horeb

November 13 - Madison Marathon - Madison

November 19 - Madison Women’s Expo - Alliant Energy Center, Madison

November 19-20 - Winter Art Fair Off the Square - Capitol Square, Madison

November 19-January 2 - Holiday Fantasy in Lights - Olin Park, Madison

November 24 - Madison Turkey Trot - Madison

November 25 - Black Business Expo on Black Friday - Villager Mall, Madison

 

DECEMBER

December 10-11 - Madison Holiday Market - Alliant Energy Center, Madison

December 3-31 - Olbrich’s Holiday Express - Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison