Blog :: 08-2010

Community Dinners Strengthen our Neighborhoods and Feed our Souls

Family dinner

The Classic Family Meal

How many articles do I need to read to know that sitting down altogether with my family for dinner at least 4 out of the 7 nights a week will keep my kids from getting into drugs and will strengthen our family as a unit? I've read the articles, I got it. And even though there are nights that I would rather eat cereal standing up (ok, not really), our family is very consistent about family dinners that are healthy (and made from locally grown foods).

Then I read about Chow Bella Community Dinners at the Goodman Community Center. And I started thinking. I started thinking about my neighborhood and the way the houses were built with the two car garages attached making it easy to drive home and walk straight into my home without seeing or saying hi to the neighbors. The older Madison WI neighborhoods have detached garages or no garages at all and the homes are closer together, making it easy for people to connect with each other. And when the turnover in a neighborhood is low, and families move into a neighborhood and then stay there to raise their kids and grow old, there becomes a connection to the community, to the people and neighbors.

So what if everyone in my neighborhood all had dinner together on a regular basis? Would we strengthen as a community unit (and stay away from drugs too)? After imagining what this might look like, I have decided that YES, we would! Just like we need to take the time to get to know our family members and not just live in the same house together, we need to take the time to get to know our neighbors and not just live on the same street as them. Eating together, sharing food, conversation and laughter is the best way.

Goodman Center Madison WI Community DinnersThat is why we have block parties, neighborhood picnics, community garden bike tours, and holiday events. And that is why Goodman Center is so wonderful. They created monthly community dinners. And they combined it with raising money for some of their amazing programs. Check out the Goodman Center events page to find information for the next Community Dinner. And if you don't live in the area, hopefully this has inspired you to turn up the engagement level in your own neighborhood.   


My home isn't green...can you still help me?

green built home at chicago museum

Green Built Home

Sometimes when I start talking to a prospective Seller I get this question and it is always interesting to see where the conversation goes as we talk about the definition of green, what that means and what that has to do with whether I can help or not.

First of all, I'm a Real Estate Broker and study all things real estate which include the housing market, mortgages, negotiation, marketing, information technology, community data, property preparation/staging, buyer psychology, and local and national trends. I love helping all different kinds of people and families through the buying and selling process and I love helping to sell all different kinds of homes. So to me it doesn't matter if your home is a ranch or a two story; if it is feng shuied or vacant; if it is beige or green. Our Madison real estate team is talented in many different ways. Our excellence in service and commitment to our passion for real estate make us a great choice for many people hiring a real estate team.  

So why do we get this question?

Not only does our team live and breathe Madison Real Estate but we are also passionate about the environment and sharing information with our clients and the community about ways we can all make a difference for our families and our planet in the homes we live in and the choices we make. The community hears this message loud and clear because it is a core value of our company. The real question is not whether I can help you sell your home because it is or is not green. The question is what is a green home?  

What is a Green Home?

This is the interesting question because there are so many aspects to green and what we have been bombarded with from the media that is gets quite confusing. In researching the definition of green I came across Michael Richmond's work (an expert author on the subject) and found this:

"The best definition of Green refers to the health impact of what we do on living things. So Green is primarily a health-related issue. This is seen in the fact that cleaning products were the early Green issues. In fact, indoor air quality is a big factor in Green buildings. Sick building syndrome was the result of poor indoor air quality, which is the antithesis of Green." I also found the dictionary definition includes, "environmentally sound, beneficial" (along with references to color and money).

energy star epa house

Green Built Home

With that, a green home could be a home with healthy indoor air quality and environmentally sound. That doesn't really work for me. If I owned a 4,500 sq. ft. home located 15 minutes (driving a car) to where I work but had great indoor air quality and was built in an environmentally sound fashion, it still wouldn't feel green to me. For me a green home takes into consideration the energy efficiency of the mechanicals, the system of the home, the landscaping, the location in relation to daily living, the space and how it is used for the family. It is a healthy space. It is efficient. And it takes smart choices in sustaining its green features. What is the point of having a super efficient furnace if I keep the heat set at 80 degrees all winter long? That is where our choices make a difference. A big difference.

If you are curious how our passion and additional training as EcoBrokers can help in a real estate transaction, please read more here. But if you just want a Realtor to help get your home sold or help you find a new home, then call us. We can help.

Alvarado Real Estate Group Team

Green Built Home


Orton Park Festival Jazz Brunch, co-sponsored by Alvarado Real Estate Group

Orton Park Gazebo in Madison WI

photo by Chris Hoppe

This is the 45th annual Orton Park Festival! And what an amazing festival it is! Thursday, August 26th - Sunday August 29th will be full of dance, music, theater, face painting, a jazz brunch (co-sponsored by Alvarado Real Estate Group) and great fundraising activities for the Wil-Mar Center, hosted by the Marquette Neighborhood Association.

This is an annual neighborhood festival to promote community building and culture. Orton Park Festival is open to the public, free of charge, and draws both neighbors and visitors. The festival raises funds through corporate sponsorship, donations and concessions. They provide the funds that enable the Association to achieve its goals and mission. Alvarado Real Estate Group co-sponsors the Sunday morning Jazz Brunch as a way to give back to a neighborhood that we live and work in. We understand the value of strong neighborhoods and how that makes a difference to the families that live in them.

This festival creates a sense of community fabric that is important for the continued stability of the neighborhood at large. Outside of these events, there are no other activities that bring neighborhood residents together as a whole. The festivals are important to the Marquette neighborhood in keeping residents informed of issues and trends that face their community.

Orton Park Festival Schedule

Thursday, August 26th Family Night (Ice Cream & Soft Drinks for sale):

  • 6:30 p.m. - Daithi Wolfe & Company
  • 8:00 p.m. - Cycropia Aerial Dance Theater

Friday, August 27th

  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - International Dinner with Vendors
  • 5:45 p.m. - The Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet
  • 6:45 p.m. - MNA Auction
  • 7:15 p.m. - Razia Said (NYC/Madagascar)
  • 8:45 p.m. - Cycropia Aerial Dance Theater

Saturday, August 28th

  • Noon - Whitney Mann
  • 1:30 p.m. - Robert J and the Rowdy Prairie Dogs
  • 3:00 p.m. - Cris Plata and Extra Hot
  • 4:15 p.m. - MNA Auction
  • 5:15 p.m. - Monika and Christian Nieves (Puerto Rico)
  • 7:00 p.m. - The Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • 9:00 p.m. - Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble

Sunday, August 29th

  • 9:00 a.m. - Jazz Brunch with The Randall Harrison Trio
  • 11:30 a.m. - The Rohnalleros
  • 1:00 p.m. - The Getaway Drivers
  • 2:00 p.m. - Orton Cake Walk
  • 2:30 p.m. - Kings Go Forth
  • 3:45 p.m. - MNA Auction
  • 4:45 p.m. - The Rousers
  • 6:45 p.m. - Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women

And for more information, check out the Marquette Neighborhood website and come down to the Jazz Brunch to visit us!orton park madison wi

JUST SOLD! Middleton Hills Craftsman

Congratulations on the purchase of your Middleton Hills Home!Congratulations to Kim and Scott! They made their dream a reality.

Middleton Hills home built in 2004 features the charm of the craftsman period in an award winning neighborhood. Beautiful features include: floor to ceiling fireplace, Brazilian cherrywood floors and cherry cabinets, pocket doors, quartz counters, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, additional office space or guest room.

-3 bdrms, 2 full baths and 2 half baths, 2,405 sq. ft.

- 2 car garage, 6 yrs new

- built by Green Built Home builders, Design Shelters

Middleton Hills Home built by Design Shelters

Sold by Darcy Haber, Alvarado Real Estate Group

 What are your dreams for a home? Call our team today to start the conversation! We'd love to help.


5146 Hwy TT, Sun Prairie, WI Duplex for Sale

5146 Hwy TT - Sun Prairie, WI

Great opportunity for an owner occupied 2 unit with wonderful views, large yard, mature trees all around & potential for an amazing garden. This used to be a single family home and was converted to a 2 unit. It has been successfully rented for the past 19 yrs. The lower level unit just vacated and the Seller is motivated to sell in hopes of offering a great owner occupied duplex. Large bedrooms, great layouts. Easy to maintain vinyl siding. Furnace new in 2007.

2 Units - 2 bed, 1 bath in each unit. Lot Size: 1.17 acres

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR. For current price and additional information, click here.

School Information Marshall Elementary Marshall Middle School Marshall High School

For a private tour or more information on this home and its availability, please contact or 608.438.4315.

Looking for a Madison WI EcoBroker®?

EcoBrokers in Madison WIOur mission is to facilitate the process of selling and buying a home with a positively exceptional experience; to create peace of mind for our clients during a stressful process; to strengthen our local community by embracing the passion for a more sustainable world and a healthier planet through awareness, education and inspiration. 

That means we are charged with educating ourselves so we can carry out our mission of educating others. All of our team members have additional certifications and education that helps them be the very best. We've found that the EcoBroker® Courses are incredibly helpful and have brought amazing resources to our team. EcoBroker®  is an education and certification program for real estate professionals who care about the environment and see the value in promoting energy-efficient and green features in homes and buildings. Certified EcoBrokers® meet the Buyer and Seller demand for real estate professionals with the real understanding of the issues that drive current market decisions.

We Promote Healthier, Cost-Effective, and Green Practices in Real Estate.

How we help Buyers:

  • Help you understand energy efficiency and the costs or savings associated with energy-efficient building components and we know more about indoor air quality and healthy environments.
  • Consider building orientation and natural landscaping features that can make your new home more efficient.
  • Find homes with green features. We understand the certifications a home should have and we can also help you certify your new home or get an energy audit.

How we help Sellers:

  • Differentiate your Listing from all the others. We have a unique marketing program specifically available to homes that qualify. There are a growing number of green-minded consumers and we ensure maximum exposure to this targeted market.
  • Communicate the energy cost savings and health benefits of your home. This helps you get the best price for your property.
  • Properly highlight features of your home.  This includes building orientation, landscaping features, energy saving mechanicals, additional items included like rain barrels, composts, etc.

What makes us a Green Company, Locally Owned in Madison WI:

  • It is who we are and the values we all share & wish to share with others. It is how we live on a personal level and we are blessed to be able to blend that into our professional world.
  • It is how our company operates. From the green and efficient work space we've created to our office practices and systems to the message we communicate with our clients and within the real estate industry. View our Eco Friendly Work Space Slide Show.
  • It is the knowledge and training we have and are constantly seeking. It is our commitment to share information in an attempt to inspire awareness and create change within the real estate market.
  • Read the featured article here. Marketing the benefits of green real estate in Madison WI

    It is our way of making a difference for the future of our planet.  

We are proud that everyone on our team has either the EcoBroker® or the GREEN designation. And we will continue to push the limits within the real estate industry and with how we operate our company to ensure a sustainable workplace environment.


JUST SOLD! 1309 Carpenter Street - Madison, WI Home

Congratulations on your new Madison home! Congratulations to the new owners of a great Madison 3 BR home on the east side!

3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1400 total finished sq. ft. 2 car attached garage. 12 years old.

Gorgeous landscaping that is easy to take care of and an interior that is incredibly well maintained and updated. Beautiful porcelain tiles throughout the kitchen, dining & living rooms are highlighted by vaulted ceilings and natural sunlight. Three bedrms upstairs & a rec room (with new flooring) in lower level and a newly finished 1/2 bath & laundry room. Extra R54 insulation increases energy efficiency. The garden/yard is certified by the National Wildlife Federation and is truly amazing!

1309 Carpenter Street - Madison, WI

This home was listed for $182,900 and sold for $173,000 in July of 2010. If you are thinking of buying or selling, call the Alvarado team today, 608.251.6600 or email

4615 Treichel Street, Madison WI Home for Sale

4615 Treichel Street, Madison, WI

4615 Treichel Street, Madison, WI

Spacious floor plan is created with the living room, dining room and kitchen (with stainless steel appliances) all open with vaulted ceilings and great sunlight. The main floor also features the master bedroom with walkthrough full bathroom and a deck off the dining area.

The lower level area has 2 bedrooms and large bathroom, great storage in laundry room. You'll love sitting on the back deck enjoying the huge soccer field in your backyard. Very updated & neutrally decorated home. This is not a short sale or a foreclosure, just a motivated Seller! Washer and dryer included.

  • 3 Bdrms, 2 Baths, 1440 Sq.Ft.
  • 5 years new, 2 car garage

For current price and more photos, click here.

Home & Area Information

  • Mechanicals and appliances are all 6 years new
  • 5 minute drive to Beltline/12 minutes to downtown
  • Home backs up to William McFarland Park
  • Washer and dryer included in sale
  • Twin Oaks Homeowners Association yearly fee of $120

School Information

Glendale Elementary Sennett Middle School LaFollette High School

For a private tour or more information on this home and its availability, please contact or 608.438.4315.

Grand Opening Celebration at Madison Children's Museum! Don't miss it!

Madison Children's MuseumGrand Opening Celebration

(Information from Madison Children's Museum Website)

August 14 and 15, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two days of action-packed fun! The Grand Opening Celebration will showcase the unique talents of Dane County artists, young and old, and will highlight many of the organizational partnerships MCM has built over the years with local arts organizations and community groups.

Saturday, August 14 Events

Parade and Ribbon Cutting With the doors opening at 9:30 am, families will be invited to arrive at 9 am for a pre-opening parade around our new block. The morning will begin with a kick-off performance by the Boys & Girls Club Black Star Drumline outside the museum at 9 am. At 9:15 a volunteer contingent of the UW Marching Band will lead a family parade  featuring stilt walkers, giant puppets, and opportunities galore for families to carry flags, decorate strollers, and play instruments.  Families, along with local elected officials and major donors, will be invited to help with a mass cutting of a giant ribbon wrapping the entire building.

Outdoor Programs & Exhibits MCM's outdoor "campus" will offer free programs, including a 10 a.m. performance by Ken Lonnquist and the Kenland Band . Local family entertainer Lonnquist has been a member of the MCM family from its earliest days, having performed at the grand opening celebrations of the museum's first home on Bedford Street in 1985 and the State Street museum in 1991. Our 1838 Log Cabin grounds will feature demonstrations of period blacksmithing, floor loom weaving, and woodworking techniques by artisans from Driftless Folk School .

Indoor Activities Saturday's festivities include special workshops and demonstrations in our new Art Studio, Rooftop Ramble, Tinkerers Workshop, and our free Community Concourse.

Sunday, August 15 Events

Overture Showcase: Resident Companies from Overture Center for the Arts join the celebration on Sunday. Look for performances by groups such as Kanopy Dance Company and Children's Theater of Madison, enjoy collaborative Art Studio activities with Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, meet a guest musician from Madison Symphony Orchestra, and enjoy a special edition of Overture's Kids in the Rotunda at MCM with Stuart Stotts.

Public Art Tour: Art aficionados can join Brenda Baker, MCM's Director of Exhibits, at 3 p.m. for a tour highlighting public art in the new building. One-hundred local artists are creating works for the new museum, from large-scale sculptures to creative benches for public seating. In addition to the 100 adult artists, the museum features the work of youth artists throughout the building, including a massive bottle cap mosaic installation created by more than 12,000 area children.

Don't miss the fun and don't forget to become a member of this award winning museum!

Selling Your Madison Home - And The SHOWINGS Begin!

Showing Ready Home

You've  picked your favorite Realtor, you've figured out a pricing strategy, you've worked for days getting your home in showing condition and now your home is officially on the market, full blown marketing has begun and your beautiful home is exposed to all the world. A big sigh of relief and then the phone rings...a showing...tomorrow? Okay! Now what?

What to expect now that the showings have begun...

The day your Madison WI home goes on the market live you will receive a link to the listing and your marketing home books will be scheduled for delivery within a couple of days. Your showing instructions were filled out with all the other listing paperwork so the showing line service knows how to get in touch with you. The showing line is a contracted service that is open 7 days a week from 8am - 8pm and available to schedule all showings and help coordinate the showing feedback.

If you've priced your home right (which is important to do because there is no point in price testing in this market unless you are just pretending to sell) then you should expect to get showing requests in the first week your home is on the market. If you don't get any showings in the first 2-3 weeks then your home is overpriced or not being marketed correctly. And this happens. I have seen homes listed with incorrect area codes (mls codes are crucial to proper marketing and kind of a no brainer).

Overpricing is a great thing to do if you are trying to help your neighbor sell. If your neighbor has their home on the market (which we assume is similar to your home) and you price yours higher, the buyer will come through your home and then go tour the neighbors home and realize the neighbors' is a way better value than yours and BAM, you've just helped to sell your neighbors home. Aren't you sweet? Although after all that work staging your home, I doubt your goal is to help sell the neighbors home so please, price it right! No market testing allowed.

Back to your first week on the important week. You want everything perfect and it should be. Buy the pretty flowers, turn all the lights on and please take out those plug in smelly things (it makes it seem like you are trying to cover something up).

Will I get 24 hours notice? Maybe. Maybe not. So leave your house ready for showings every day. That doesn't mean you have to leave all the lights on every day (tsk tsk), but have it picked up and in showing condition when you leave for work in the morning. Most Realtors will give you a days notice for their showing but things happen.  A Realtor may be out with their buyers and as they listen to their buyers comment on homes they are seeing they will realize what they like and don't like they may decide that their buyer should see your home. You want to be ready for that. However, if you aren't ready you can say no. If you have a sick child at home, say no. Don't feel bad saying no, your life is your life. But please try and accommodate all showings. Please. It is the only way I can sell your home.

How long are the showings? Showings are normally scheduled in one hour appointments. For example you may get a request for a showing tomorrow between 2-3pm and another one from 4:30-5:30pm. Convenient? No. But say yes to both of them anyway and then plan on being out of the house during the scheduled showing times. If it is scheduled from 2-3pm that doesn't mean the agent and buyer will show up right at 2pm. They might come at 2:30. Or even 2:55pm But they will do everything in their power to come within that time frame. Imagine what it is like to try and schedule 10 showings not knowing how long the buyers will want to be in each house at a time, calculating travel time, etc. It isn't easy so please be empathetic if a showing is late (or even early). Sometimes the agent will leave their card so you know they've been there, and sometimes they'll forget. Sometimes the buyers will take the marketing booklet and sometimes they won't. But it sure is a good sign if they do take one. Also, expect there to be miscommunication problems at least once while your house is in the available and showing stage. There are a lot of people involved and mistakes happen. The agent requesting the showing may mix up the time with another showing. The showing line person may write down the wrong time. Or maybe you heard the time or date wrong and then all of a sudden you have an agent at your front door who thinks they have a scheduled and confirmed showing. And you are in your pj's. Don't freak out. Life happens. Take a deep breath and figure out if it is realistic for you to take 10 minutes to get out of the house to accommodate the showing. If so, ask the agent to wait and kindly agree to hurry out the door. If there is no way you are letting anyone in your front door to see your wreck of a house (which we all understand), then say no. Apologize for the mix up (even though it may not have been your error), and be nice. If you get hostile you could potentially lose a willing and able buyer. If they really want to see your home, they will reschedule.

What did the Buyers think of our home? Showing feedback is pretty important and also can be very misleading. So let's talk about this straight. First, the logistics. The showing line service will schedule the showing with you (either online or via a phone call). Once the showing is confirmed they will call the agent back to let them know they are confirmed to show your home and then the showing is entered in the system. Our office and the listing agent get an email immediately when a showing has been scheduled and we know who will be showing it. After the showing takes place an email is sent to the agent that showed your home asking for feedback. There is a email form that the agent fills out on behalf of their buyer letting us (and you) know their feedback and what their buyers thought. And there is room for open comments. You might get feedback forms that say your home is overpriced, or just right or doesn't have a good layout. They may comment that the Buyer didn't like the backyard (it is too big or it is too small) or the bathrooms are outdated. Please brace yourself as you read the feedback forms.

Remember these things in regards to showing feedback:

  • You will get more negative feedback then positive feedback. This is because if the buyer is planning on writing an offer they aren't going to gush about how much they love your home. That would not help their negotiating position.
  • Just because all the feedback says that your home is priced right, doesn't mean it is priced right. If your home is priced right, you will get an offer. If you have had 20 showings and your house has been on the market for more than 2 months and you haven't received an offer than it is overpriced. Period. And the same goes the other way too. I just had a listing that had 2 new showings and 2 second showings within a two day period and we had just received an offer and another one was on its way. We got one feedback form back that said the house was overpriced. Really? Obviously not. 
  • Take note of what you can change and that is it. If the buyers didn't like the layout then they weren't the right buyers. Don't worry or focus on that. If the buyers comment that your home feels outdated, then you call me and we can talk about what changes you can make to update the home in a cost effective way. If the buyer comments on the landscaping, then yes, get out there and do some yard work. But if they don't like the corner lot, then let it go.
  • No feedback is feedback. Not all Realtors will send their feedback. If they showed your house and didn't write an offer, that is feedback. Listen to it.

I think I've properly prepared you for what to expect and how to handle showings and the feedback you will get. But if I missed something or if you still have a question, please comment! I love your feedback.

Why did my Offer get Rejected?

The Frustrated Monkey Lost His Dream House

"I really wanted that house!"

I met with this woman a while ago to talk about selling her house because she wanted to buy a new one. She told me she didn't want a buyer's agent to help with the purchase of her next house, she just wanted someone to help her sell her house. She was pretty adamant about it so I didn't push it.

I ran into her yesterday and asked about the house she had wanted to buy and if that was going well. She said that someone else outbid her. She was really disappointed. I'm good with the perspective that everything happens for a reason. And even after I said that, she still had this look of, "but I really wanted that house."

I've seen this happen many times. The way it works is that a Seller agrees to pay a commission for the sale of their house. No matter who sells it. For example (and this is just an example), if the Seller agrees to a 6% commission and there is no other agent involved in the sale, the listing agent earns 6% of the sales price. If a Buyer's agent represents the buyer and helps them buy the home, the Listing agent gets 3% and the Buyer's agent gets 3%.

Many buyers that don't understand this think they can save 3% by not working with an agent. And that is what this woman did. She thought she would be fine on her own and so she hired an attorney to draft the offer.  As a Listing agent I receive a lot of offers to present to my Seller clients. You can quickly tell when an agent is experienced in the way they write their offer. As a Buyer client, this is something you just have to trust. You have to trust that the offer will be drafted in a way that not only protects you but puts you in the best position to get that house. You are writing the offer in hopes of getting it accepted right? So if you are writing the offer to get it accepted, make it a great offer. I love attorney's, don't misread this post. I love my attorney and I love working with attorney's. It brings a new challenge to the transaction. But just like you have to trust a Real Estate agent to write a great offer on your behalf, you have to trust the attorney to do the same.

I'm easily frustrated when I hear stories about buyers not getting the house they wanted and I just have to wonder what went wrong in the negotiating process. Of course, it isn't always the agents (or attorney's) ability to write a good offer because the terms of the offer are ultimately determined  by the Buyer. If the Buyer insists on writing the offer for 25% less than the asking price and they know there is another offer on the table, well then, hello?! The Buyer is not going to get that house.  

The way you negotiate an offer depends on a lot of things. It takes a professional to assess these things and recommend terms and verbiage that will protect you, the Buyer, and at the same time put you in the best position possible to get that offer accepted. It is called strategy.

What do we look at when we are strategizing?

Days on the market, Sellers motivation to sell (if we can find that out), how much they purchased the home for, how long the Sellers have owned it, analyzing the comparables, looking at the competition, taking into account the condition, features, unique aspects of the home, how many offers they've already received and finding out why they didn't get accepted. These are just some of the factors that go into creating a strategy on behalf of our Buyers.

Buying a home is as stressful as you make it. Take the right steps and you can avoid frustration, rejected offers, marital turmoil (seriously). If you are at the beginning stages, make sure to read the post called, Before you Start Touring Homes, and you'll set yourself up for success. And talk to a Realtor that you can trust and ask all the questions you have in the world. Because you aren't expected to know this stuff. As agents, we learn through experience. Even when we sell 100 homes a year, we are always learning. Take advantage of our experience. Join our team in buying your next house and if you still aren't sure, read what our clients have to say.

JUST SOLD! 19 Mondale Court, Madison WI Condo

Congratulations on your new Madison home!Congratulations to the new owners of a lovely Madison condo on the west side.

- 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 1316 sq. ft. - 1/2 duplex, 1 car attached garage - 32 yrs old.

This unique 1/2 duplex has no condo fees, no pet restrictions & all the benefits of your own home. Low yard maintenance, (small & surrounded by mature trees) and a long list of new updates: furnace, central air, appliances, vinyl siding, water softener, washer/dryer & more! Open floor plan features vaulted ceilings, fireplace in living room, large bedrooms and lots of closet space. 

JUST SOLD! 19 Mondale Court - Madison, WI


This condo was listed for 169,900 and sold for $158,000 in 20 days.

1029 Spaight Street Unit 2B - Madison, WI - House For Sale

1029 Spaight Street Condo in Madison WI

 You will fall in love with the home you can create and the views of Lake Monona, it is hard not to. The open layout & newly remodeled kitchen, living room and sunroom flow together; the bank of windows in the sunroom draw you to the views & the private deck invites you outside. Great for entertaining. Kit features tile floors, silverstone countertops, granite island, stainless steel appliances, new cabinets. Updated bathrooms. Access to lakefront pier, gazebo, swimming pier. Boats slips & extra parking available. 

The Williamson Street -Marquette area ("Willy Street" as residents call it) is perhaps Madison's most thoroughly walkable and funky neighborhood. Less than a mile from downtown, Willy Street blends an eclectic mix of historic homes, unique stores and wonderful restaurants and bars, all within walking distance of Lake Monona, the Yahara River and its anchor, the Willy St. Grocery Cooperative. But beyond the lively businesses, eastside farmers' market, natural features, and stately architecture, is a diverse group of residents drawn together by their desire to live in a neighborhood that values community.

  • 2 BR, 1.5 BA, 1084 SqFt
  • 1 parking spot, extra storage area
  • Renovated kitchen, newer stainless steel appliances
  • $275 monthly condo fees

  • Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

For current price and more photos, click here.

School Information For 1029 Spaight Street Unit 2B: Lapham/Marquette Elementary O'Keefe Middle School East High School

For a private tour or more information on this condo and its availability, please contact or 608.251.6600.

Before you start touring Madison WI homes for sale...

Alvarado Real Estate Group For Sale SignSometimes I get a call from a buyer that wants to go look at a home (one would hope that I would get calls like that!) and as I  ask some basic questions I quickly realize that this potential buyer is very early in their home buying process. Asking questions is the key to being an good Realtor and asking the right questions is the key to being an effective Realtor. Before you start calling around to request showings please consider the following in your process: 

- Research and gather information about neighborhoods and schools. Ask your friends and co-workers what they like and dislike about where they live to give you a clear picture of a neighborhoods features. And narrowing down your search based on a school district is important to your search too (if relevant). Don't wait until you fall in love with a home to then find out that the school district isn't good fit for your family. You can search homes in specific school districts on our website. This is also an important time to understand agency and the difference between a Buyer's Agent and a Seller's (or Listing) Agent and what that means in your search.

- Discuss and determine what you want beforehand - how many bedrooms, approximate square footage, preferred neighborhoods, energy efficient and green homes, and how much you can afford to spend. A buyer consultation (usually a no obligation appointment) is crucial to a successful search. One of the most common complaints is, "My Realtor showed me homes that weren't a good fit. S/he just didn't listen to my needs." And that is why this meeting is so important. Sitting down at a table with all parties openly talking ensures your Realtor will understand what is important to you in your next home.

- Make sure your credit report is accurate. There would be nothing worse than finding the perfect house and missing your chance to make an offer because there's an error on your credit history that places you in an unfavorable light with a lender.

- Get pre-approved for a mortgage before you begin looking at homes. Not only will this give you an exact price range for your purchase, but pre-approved will add muscle to your offer. This is when you can start conversations with lenders but don't feel like you have to work with the lender you get pre-approved with. There are a lot of great lenders out there with different programs that you'll want to understand clearly. And what you are pre-approved for isn't necessarily what you want to spend. Use our mortgage calculator to help you figure out what you're monthly payment will be.

- Keep in mind that there's no such thing as the "perfect" home. Instead, set priorities. Determine what may be more important on your list. For example you may want a 2 car garage in a specific area where many homes only have a one car garage. You may have to decide if the garage or the neighborhood is more important to you. Our team of buyer specialists are specially trained to help you with these decisions and give you important input on what will help you sell later too.

We can help and we want to help. Contact us to schedule a free and no obligation buyer consultation to see if we are a good fit for you:, 608-251-6600. You can find us on Facebook too!