Thursday, April 17, 2014

Open House in Madison - Sunday 4-27-2014 1:00-3:00 P.M.

Open House in Madison - Sunday 4-27-2014 1:00-3:00 P.M.

5113 Camilla Rd, Madison, WI 53716

$185,000

5113 Camilla Rd, Madison WI 53716

KEY FEATURES
Year Built: 1956
Sq Footage: 1781 sqft.
Bedrooms: 4 Beds
Bathrooms: 1.5 Bath
Parking: 1 Garage
Laundry: In Unit
Property Type: Single Family House
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DESCRIPTION


Nice four bedroom home in a quiet Eastside neighborhood. Many updates including new doors, trim, flooring, and mechanicals. Recently remodeled bathroom. Plenty of basement space for all your needs, a workshop, rec room, and bonus room. New driveway in 2009. This wonderful home is move in ready.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS & INFO



Contact info:
Bethany Alexander | Rock Realty | 608-212-4101

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Home Sold in Madison, WI 53716

5817 Oxbow Bend, Madison WI 53716
Just Sold! 5817 Oxbow Bend in Madison, Wisconsin
We are happy to announce a recent home closing in Madison. It was a pleasure helping this buyer find such a wonderful Madison home that truly fits her needs. Congratulations to our agent Bethany Alexander and the new home buyer, Allison! We hope you enjoy the home!
If you are thinking of selling or buying a home in Wisconsin, we would be happy to assist you.
Give Rock Realty a call at 877-774-7625. We are a full service real estate brokerage.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Just Listed! 5113 Camilla Rd, Madison WI 53716

 4 Bedroom Madison Ranch for Sale

5113 Camilla Rd, Madison, WI 53716

$185,000

5113 Camilla Rd, Madison

KEY FEATURES
Year Built: 1956
Sq Footage: 1781 sqft.
Bedrooms: 4 Beds
Bathrooms: 1.5 Bath
Parking: 1 Garage
Laundry: In Unit
Property Type: Single Family House

DESCRIPTION


Nice four bedroom home in a quiet Eastside neighborhood. Many updates including new doors, trim, flooring, and mechanicals. Recently remodeled bathroom. Plenty of basement space for all your needs, a workshop, rec room, and bonus room. New driveway in 2009. This wonderful home is move in ready.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS & INFO



Contact info:
Bethany Alexander | Rock Realty | 608-212-4101

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Right Way to Investigate Your New Neighborhood

The Right Way to Investigate Your New Neighborhood

Investigating Neighborhood

The house looks perfect and it has all the features you need.  The location is convenient for your needs and there really is nothing standing in the way of buying this particular property.  STOP.  Don’t buy the house until you do one thing; investigate your new potential neighbors.  Here are some tips for finding out the not so obvious facts.
Make Multiple Visits at Multiple Times
One of the best things you can do before buying the home is to visit the home are various times and various days.  The appearance of the neighborhood at 11:00 am on a Wednesday will likely be different from the appearance on a Thursday night.  Look for neighbors that are in the yard, on the street and how busy the roads are.  Are any of the neighbors engaged in any loud activities such as parties, electric tool use or other annoying sounds?  Take your time and make sure to visit the home on the weekend as well.
Chat Up Your Potential Neighbors
The people that will be your neighbors have the information you need.  However, it can be a challenge to get them to talk.  During your visits look for people out in the yard engaged in various activities.  Start a pleasant conversation and ask them about their opinion of the area and the neighborhood.  Ask a few open ended questions and give them a chance to talk.  Make sure to ask if there are any troublesome neighbors to look out for or any problems in the area such as sink-holes, poorly built homes or sewer issues.
Use the Internet
Various websites like Google and Bing offer maps and street views of nearly every known address.  Type in the address and look around.  It is likely that the pictures are at least a few months old if not a few years.  The home could look exactly like it does now or there could be some major changes.  Take time to look at the home you intend to buy as well as the adjoining properties.  You may discover something that raises a red flag and causes you to consider a different property.
Check Police Records
There are some websites and even smart phone apps that provide detailed police records for neighborhoods.  These sites will usually list things such as robberies, vehicle thefts, and violent crime. Some neighbors on one street may not be aware of crime that is frequently occurring one or two streets over.
See if anyone is Blogging
Sometimes there will be a blog or even a small community newspaper published for the area that you are considering.  If you can find the blog or recent paper take some time to review the information.  Local events, improvements in the neighborhoods and other items will likely give you enough detail to see if this is the right area for you.
Some of these steps may take a bit of time to complete and may seem awkward at first.  However, considering the large investment that comes with owning a home it really makes sense to spend some time researching your new neighborhood and ensure that it will be as nice as your new home.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Riverfront Janesville Home Sold!

Riverfront Homes for Sale

Just Sold! 4136 N River Rd, Janesville WI 53545

We are happy to announce another home closing in Janesville, Wisconsin. This large home was on a riverfront lot on River Road in Janesville. Being that it was a short sale, the buyers got it at a great price. I'm sure they will enjoy the river amenities for years to come. Because of Rock Realty's aggressive online advertising campaign, we were able to locate and represent the buyer as well as the seller in this transaction. Congratulations to everyone involved!
If you are thinking of selling or buying a home in Wisconsin, we would be happy to assist you.
Give Rock Realty a call at 877-774-7625. We are a full service real estate brokerage.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Janesville, WI Ranch just Sold

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Just Sold! 3825 Tripp Rd, Janesville WI 53548

We are happy to announce a recent home closing in Janesville, Wisconsin. This newer ranch home had a quiet location and nice sized lot! I'm sure the buyers will enjoy it for many years to come. Congratulations to everyone involved!
If you are thinking of selling or buying a home in Wisconsin, we would be happy to assist you.
Give Rock Realty a call at 877-774-7625. We are a full service real estate brokerage.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wisconsin Quitclaim Deeds

Wisconsin Quitclaim DeedA quitclaim deed allows property owners to transfer whatever interest they may have in a specific piece of real estate. The Wisconsin statutes do not contain a specific form for deeds, but they do define what the different conveyances mean, and the minimum information necessary in each (Wisc. Stat. 706.02, 706.10(4)). To be eligible for recording, a deed also must meet all the local rules for content and format as well as the statutory requirements set forth in Wisc. Stat. 706.05.
As opposed to a warranty deed, a quitclaim deed offers no guarantees that the owner has good title or even ownership at all; it simply conveys whatever interest exists at the time of the deed’s signing. Once buyers accept it, they are left with little to no recourse against the former owner. This lack of protection makes a quitclaim deed unsuitable for purchasing real estate from an unknown party.
Yet, a quitclaim deed is fully sufficient to convey property in other circumstances. Consider the following scenarios:
  • Familial transfers: Quitclaim deeds are often used to transfer property within families, for example, between parents and children, siblings and other closely related family members.
  • Adding or removing a spouse: Whether resulting from marriage or divorce, a real estate owner can use a quitclaim deed to add a spouse to the title or to remove him or her.
  • Transferring real estate to an LLC or corporation: Since corporate transfers often happen between closely related entities, they are usually done with this deed.
  • Transferring real estate to a trust: Estate planning for subsequent generations often involves an initial transfer from a family member into a trust.
  • Clearing the title for insurance purposes: In the process of researching the chain of title, title companies may find a "cloud" on it. Generally this means that someone who is not identified in the ownership history may have an interest in the property. This can be amended if the person in question executes a quitclaim deed.
  • Removal of a potential interest holder: Prior to funding a loan, lenders may require someone who is not going to be on the loan, such as a spouse, to record a quitclaim deed, thus formally foregoing any future interest in the property.
Many of the above transfers are exempt from Wisconsin’s real estate transfer tax pursuant to Wisc. Stat. 77.25 as long as only nominal or no consideration is paid in exchange. Even if the transfer or removal of an interest falls under one of these exemptions, the transfer tax return form should be submitted in order to identify and document the exemption.
Further information about quitclaim and other real estate deeds is available at Deeds.com.
This article information was provided by Deeds.com. This is not legal advice and you are encouraged to consult legal counsel with any questions.