Blog :: 03-2012

Green Your Home, Madison WI Free Community Event

Alvarado Real Estate Group invites you to listen to the experts, ask questions and learn more about making your home healthy and energy efficient. We hope you can join us!

Monday March 26th 2012 at 6pm Goodman Library, 2222 S. Park St. in Madison


Our Panel includes:

  • Green Madison Advocate: Alicia De BarrenoGreen Madison Green Madison Program

    Green Madison helps City of Madison homeowners and businesses achieve significant energy savings, while increasing the comfort and durability of your home and business. Personal assistance, generous cash incentives, and hassle-free financing makes Green Madison the go-to energy-efficiency resource for Madison homeowners and businesses.

  • Green Building: Leah SamsonMadison Enviormental Group-Samuel Madison Environmental Group

  • Landscape Architect: Steve WhaylandKen Saiki Design, INC in Madison, WIKen Saiki Design

    Steve helps design and manage site planning, stormwater management related, and LEED/sustainable design projects.  Steve enjoys working as a civil engineer with the landscape architecture firm Ken Saiki Design, using an integrative, collaborative and creative approach to excellence in site planning and design.  Ken Saiki Design has astrong reputation for: quality landscape architecture & site design, and are good people to work with.

  • Solar Expert: Lincoln TiceFull Spectrum Solar in Madison, WI Full Spectrum Solar

    Lincoln has worked for Full Spectrum Solar for more than three years, beginning his career in renewable energy after graduating from the UW with a Biology major in 2008.  He has installed over a hundred Solar Electric (photovoltaic a.k.a. PV) systems, as well as many Solar Water Heating systems, and learned a lot about what makes for a good solar site.  Lincoln's specialty is designing the array for optimal energy production, long-term durability and strength, and an aesthetically beautiful solar installation that is economical.

  • Energy Raters: Laura Paprocki

    Trinity Enviormental Logo Environmental Engineer & Energy Consultant Trinity Enviromental, LLC

    Laura has worked in numerous areas of environmental services - including an environmental health and safety manager in manufacturing facilities, an environmental engineer on site during demolition and remediation, and home performance consultant working with both new construction and existing home improvements.  She is the owner of Trinity Environmental - an engineering firm whose residential focus is helping....

    o Homeowners understand how to achieve the best return on their investment regarding home improvements o And also helping builders construct high performance homes that co-exist with their natural surroundings

    She is an infield verifier for numerous green building programs both local and national - helping homeowners and builders achieve green and energy efficient building certifications.

    Steve PipsonHome Performance Specialists in Madison, WI RESNET Certified Energy Rater & BPI Building Analyst Professional Home Performance Specialists

    Steve Pipson knows homes from the inside out. Having worked as a journeyman carpenter, project manager, architectural technician and college instructor, he brings over 25 years of experience in the trade to his energy evaluation work. Friendly, knowledgeable and a bit of a "house detective," Steve is passionate about conserving resources and helping clients make improvements to their homes that ultimately improves their bottom line and lessens their impact on the environment.


 Please R.S.V.P.. for this event so we know how much pizza we need! We hope you can come.



6618 Meredith Way McFarland, WI - 4 BR Home For Sale

6618 Meredith Way McFarland, WI - Home For Sale

A winning combination, with a floor plan and design of timeless beauty. A  home with all the pluses, granite in the kitchen, first floor master bedroom with en-suite bath and all the space for families to play in the exposed lower level. Enjoy the privacy of the fully fenced backyard and walk a half of block to the beautiful Yahara River. Close to the middle and high school as well as parks and ball fields. McFarland is conveniently close to Madison yet has all the feel of a small town.

o 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3557 sq ft o 3 car garage o For current price & more pictures, click here.

McFarland School Information for 6618 Meredith Way

McFarland Primary School Waubesa Intermediate School Indian Mound Middle School McFarland High School


This home is marketed by Cathy Lacy, Real Estate Consultant - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Cathy at 608.213.3979 , or

5101 Romay Court Madison, WI- 4BR Home For Sale

5101 Romay Court Madison, WI - 4 BR Home For Sale

Picture perfect 4 bdrm offers a great layout w/huge windows, sunny & open floor plan. Home sits high on the lot of cul de sac giving great views, huge fenced, private backyard. Large kitchen, tons of storage, new flooring, stainless steel appliances, formal dining rm. All four bedrms on main flr, new bathrm vanity, great closets, master has 1/2 bath, new carpet & dishwasher! Lower level rec rm w/wood burning fireplace & instant theater: surround sound & projector included! One yr warranty included. Move in!

  • 4 BR, 1.5 BA, 1444 Sq. Ft.
  • Large updated kitchen
  • On a friendly cul-de-sac
  • For more property information, click here.


5101 Romay Court Recent Updates & Features

  • New kitchen flooring, New carpet in living, dining and hallway in 2012
  • New bathroom vanity & doorknobs in 2012
  • New ADT security system in 2012
  • New dishwasher and faucet in 2011
  • Replaced washer in 2008
  • Replaced microwave in 2007
  • Painted wood siding in 2006
  • Hardwood floors in bedrooms, not in living rm or hallway.
  • Fence with gates installed around 2003
  • Chimney/Fireplace recently inspected & repaired
  • Projector and surround sound in rec room included
  • One year home warranty (UHP) included - $495

Meadowood Neighborhood Information

This home is a short commute to downtown Madison, or to the Westside/Middleton, and minutes from the beltline.  The Meadowood neighborhood features community events which include 4th of July Parade & Picnic, Bingo Party, Neighborhood Garage Sale, Santa Visits, and a Vitense Golf Outing.  In 2008 Meadowood Community Garden was established with 28 plots and regular youth programs.

Madison School Information for 5101 Romay Court

Orchard Ridge Elementary School Toki Middle School James Madison Memorial High School

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate Group


This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or

Just Sold - 2534 Kendall Ave., Madison, WI

2543 Kendall Ave., Madison, WI

2534 Kendall Avenue recieved a full price offer 12 days after stepping onto the market!  This home is located in the University Heights Neighborhoood, and is full of new updates, but still maintains its historic charm.  Congratulations to the sellers of this wonderful home, and good luck with your relocation! The combination of pricing it right and staging it properly is what made this such a success story. Personal items were packed up, furniture was moved around to create a welcoming feel and some furniture pieces were packed up and moved to storage during the showing process. The Sellers did an amazing job making little repairs and touching up paint around the house as well as replacing family photos with simple art and design pieces. The marketing was important because the Sellers had made significant renovations to the home and had invested money and energy to update it during their time in the home. Making sure the Buyers that toured the home understood all the details and had access to accurate information helped motivate and prove the value in the home. The result? SOLD in 12 Days, Full Price Offer!

This is what the amazing teamwork of Alvarado Real Estate Group can do for you!  Contact Sara Alvarado at  608.438.5005, or Julie Campbell at 608.577.3767, today for information about listing your home!

2011 Madison WI Real Estate Market Data

1/1/11 - 12/31/11. Source: South Central Madison MLS, Madison Proper.

Madison Proper Single Family Home Statistics

Average Sale Price: $248,216

Homes for Sale: 1226

Homes Sold: 1,996

Average Days on Market: 91

Madison Proper Condo Statistics

Average Sale Price: $193,369

Condos for Sale: 934

Condos Sold: 653

Average Days on Market: 199

Dane County Market Update:

Madison home sales decreased slightly in 2011 by 4.2% compared to sales in 2010. Dane County home sales are behind the first quarter of 2010 but are 7% ahead of the first quarter of 2009. Median prices have remained rather steady over this time period: $203,712 (2011); 200,000 (2010) and $203,000 (2009).

In breaking down the March figures for Dane County between single family homes and condominiums, this year's single family sales (255) trail both 2010 (294) and 2009 (274) totals with the median price ($217,328) very similar to 2010 ($219,950) and 6% ahead of 2009 ($205,087).

Condominium sales, on the other hand, were 80 in 2011, 86 last year and only 58 in 2009. Median prices have jumped around over this time, from $157,500 in 2011, down to $140,000 in 2010, back to $153,450 in 2009. The most striking statistic is in total active listings - going from 2093 in 2009 to 1393 in 2011 - a 33% reduction over 2 years. That means that inventory is starting to balance out. In some areas it is a Sellers market now that prices have stabilized but for the majority of the Madison area we are experiencing either a balanced market or a Buyer's market.

For more information on how the MLS statistics and data will help you make the right decision, please call one of our agents today.