Explore Middleton, WI

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Moving to Middleton, WI?  Moving from Middleton Wisconsin?  To Rhode Island? Arizona, or New Jersey?  These states come to mind because I have lived in all of them at one time or another. Here is a very complete checklist to help you during the craziness that can surround you at a time like this...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day.  ~Elwyn Brooks White Darn right it's hard! How do you go about maintaining a successful work-life balance? Not very easy, to say the least, when you are a produc...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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A tongue in cheek tale of DIY as a result of your 2 handymen and 1 boyfriend being out of town and you have company coming and have to fix your damn kitchen cabinet door.   I can't believe I just replaced one of those 1-3/8" overlay face frame concealed hinges on my lower kitchen cabinet today. G...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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    As I read Eric Kodner's  recent post, where he talked about people without an appointment dropping in and expecting instant service from a busy broker who may be  out showing properties,  it occurred to me that he could use a life sized cardboard cutout in front of his office with a continuo...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Moving into the area?  Involved in a RELO?  This may sound funny to you. But the longer I'm in the business, the more I find that homes have real personalities. To really get to know a home, you need some background. You have most likely toured the unlimited geography on the Internet. But I can h...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
Comments 6
We see these signs in people's yards scattered throughout our cities and towns in the Middleton WI and greater Madison area.. But what we don't see are the subliminal messages being broadcast out in a whisper as you drive by the home. For example, below this sign is the hidden message that you ca...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
Comments 3
    Just a regular ol' Friday in Middleton, Wisconsin, driving through the  industrial park, near the Madison Marriott West and Greenway Station, an upscale shopping area, turning left on Holiday Ave, and then making a right onto Deming Way, and what do my eyes behold?  Three Sand Hill cranes ju...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Driving back from the office today and stopping at my local Copps  Supermarket  on Century Ave in Middleton: just to be healthy, I enter in the produce section door. (Another choice is  entering  in close proximity of the liquor and ice cream section-not as healthy.) This is the first thing I see...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
Comments 2
  Below is  single family home sales for the entire West side including the Town and City of Middleton from July 30 to August 30, 2010,  and the comparison table for 2009.      LIST PRICE: SOLD PRICE: DOM: 2010 HIGH LOW AVERAGE MEDIAN TOTAL PRICE LISTING COUNT $1,499,000 $109,900 $332,820 $279,45...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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What do you do when you have accomplished something great? What do you do when you've made that big sale? Finished a big project when everyone else had doubts except you? Or you did have doubts but you forged ahead anyway against all odds? Do you jump for joy?  Just smile and move on? Simply cro...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Call me old fashioned, but I just love my magic mortgage calculator, the Qualifier II.  Sure,  there is now a Qualifier III and beyond. I take out some buyers and excitedly, they ask, "Well, how much would my monthly payment be if I put $10,000 down?" "$15,000 down?"   "$20,000?" "What if we put ...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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When Justin was about 2 years old, we drew a simple picture of a fish on a piece of paper and gave him the pencil and showed him and told him how to draw it. It was incredible to see what he did!  He concentrated and had his tongue sticking out of the corner of his mouth. It was a great drawing f...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Interest rates are amazingly low right now, and if you have good credit, it is a wonderful time to buy a new home. For first time home-buyers, there is money available from WHEDA.  You can read my post from August  15  for more details.  You can investigate all options available to see which fit...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Time to pack your lunch and get on the bus! Each school in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District offers orientation or information sessions prior to the beginning of school or on the first day of school.  If you are new to the school district (including incoming Kindergartners)  you nee...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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The $8,000 tax credit vs Super low Interest rates  As valuable as the tax credit was for first time home buyers, today's incredibly low interest rates are even more exciting and a better deal over the long run.   Buyers-why wait? Take a look at this example: Staying budget conscious here. let's s...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Those Michigan Blue berries made their way to Wisconsin this week. Two pints for $3.00. You know when produce is at its best, it is also the cheapest.  We had the annual picnic for the Stark Company Middleton last week and because I have spoiled them in the past, they expect a pie from me for the...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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Lakeview Park is the largest Park in Middleton-over 80 acres.  You can play tennis, soccer, hold a large gathering in the shelter. The pond is not only great for fishing, but as you walk around on the path, there are numerous exercise stations with diagrammed instructions for strength, balance, c...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
Comments 2
   Here is a look at the 2nd Quarter MLS results (no FSBOs are included) for single family home sales in Middleton, comparing it to the past two years. DOM equals Days on The Market. THESE FIGURES REALLY TELL A STORY!  It is much better to have a good idea of what to expect, even though those the...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
Comments 2
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District New start and end times for all schools starting this fall. The first day of school is September 1, 2010. Elementary Schools:  8:20 to 2:54                                      Middle School: 8:10 to 3:20 High Schools: 8:05 to 3:25 The new bus schedules...

By Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor
(The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI)
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This festival delivers!  Parmenter Street is one happy mustardy place right now! Ketchup is banned.  People decorate their hot dog with a big variety of mustard.  There is a Tasting Pavillion, too, to try the oh so exotic varieties all found in the store. I am listening to a band named, "Staph I...

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