Episodes

  • How a local lender might make your real estate planning easier
    Of all the folks that you’ll come into contact with in the real estate buying process, the lender might be one of the key contacts you’ll need. Knowing that you can easily get a hold of them can make the process that much easier. This time on Real Estate in the 608 we talk to Patrick “Pappy” Johnson, a mortgage field manager with Johnson Bank. Pappy joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott where we talk about how going local pays off.
  • Are real estate developers like the Monopoly Man?
    There’s a perception that real estate developers are similar to the Monopoly Man, sitting on piles of cash, and twisting their mustaches while anticipating the next big deal. That’s not exactly true, and this time on Real Estate in the 608 we talk to Madison area developer Brandon Cook appears to be more of a regular guy who just likes to keep busy. Brandon joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott where we talk about his approach to real estate, and how others might follow his plan.
  • The one thing a real estate agent should do for you
    A real estate agent can do a lot in the buying and selling process, and there’s one way to know if they are really on your side. This time on Real Estate in the 608 we bring on our first second-time guest Chris Mikkelson of Madison’s Best Home Inspection who also shares the most common house fixes that a home inspector looks out for. Chris joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott where we also discuss tree law, and how both Chris and Adam got outbid on a house that Ben was helping sell.
  • Keeping your cool!
    Does your home have the right amount of protection to keep cool when it’s warm, and warm when it’s cool? This time on Real Estate in the 608 we speak to Todd Steege with TNT Insulation who seals up the knowledge gaps when it comes to sealing your home with insulation. Todd joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott where we also discuss the different kinds of ways to insulate your home, and whether spray foam is as fun as it sounds.
  • How Madison may be setting a carpentry record
    There may be a record number of women, and people of color who are learning the carpentry trade in Madison and we talk to the person who may be responsible for it. This time on Real Estate in the 608 we speak to Allie Berenyi, Instructor with the Madison College Construction and Remodeling program.
  • How can the decision to go solar be as simple as a trip to Costco?
    Sam Dunaiski as part of his role at Renew Wisconsin helps the City of Madison administer the Madisun Solar Energy program. Madisun coordinates a group buy opportunities for Madison residential home-owners as well educates home and business owners alike on the benefits of solar energy.
  • This guy has the cure for your roof
    Carl Cure has the “Cure” for all that ails your roof. We sit with Owner and front man Carl Cure. We talk roofing terminology, new practices and tales as old as time. We also talk about how the roof plays an important roll in the overall insulation, heating and cooling of your home and the efficiencies of your different systems.
  • The best month to sell, when to buy, and what if those dates don’t line up
    Broker-Owner of the Lauer Realty Group sits with Ben and Adam, to both (as best we can), predict what 2022 will look like for buyers and sellers alike. We’ll also imagine what someone may face if they have to do both, set specifically against the challenging Spring marketplace. Lot’s of straight-talk from a few real estate veterans.
  • The road to “medium-time” property investing
    Medium-time real estate investor, Strong Towns contributor, Monona landlord, and all-around swell guy, Johnny San Francisco joins us for a look at how you too can get a start in real estate investing. His rags, to still some rags, and riches story is one I hope many can relate to.
  • The 2021 Holiday Episode
    A kind of “Year in Review” episode including some end-of-year market statistics. You’ll also enjoy some holiday bumper music from our “In the 608” musicians. We said goodbye to Bob Westfall this year and close the episode with some Christmas music he recorded back in the day when I was at WMMM-FM.
  • How to create equity through creating wealth
    Tiffany Malone, co-creator of the Own It! program, joins us to shine some light on the way she and other real estate professionals are tackling the issue of black homeownership and the disparities when compared to white families.
  • How to spot asbestos in your home and what to do about it
    Bob Stigsell, the owner of Advanced Health and Safety, has traveled the world, but also to Canada, to find a bride, but also to Asbestos, Canada, home of the world’s largest open-pit asbestos mine.
  • The first person to talk to before starting your next home project
    Kevin O’Brien, a residential designer, sits with Ben and Adam to talk about the importance of good design and how making that a separate and mindful step in advance of other work can lead to great results. We learn how his varied and long history in construction and design is helping him on his journey to designing and building his own new home.
  • How used appliances might be just as good as new
    Used as good as new?  New to you?  We talk about used appliances but also delve into when to replace versus repair. We sit with a third-generation appliance man and heir apparent to the Kirch Appliance fortune, Josh Gavol.  
  • Will better photos get you a better price when selling your home?
    Kristin knows it’s all about the angles. She’ll pull back the curtain a bit and expose some of the magic that she employs when photographing homes. With a start in big city apartment management and a tech-geek partner, you’ll learn how these early adopters have turned a good idea into a great way to help people sell homes, rent apartments, and more.
  • What is considered a luxury in Madison?
    Straight from the trenches, (of the service industry, of the social justice movement, of Girl Scout Troop 49) this landlord, accountant, and WORT producer joins us for a time where nothing is off-limits. We get uncomfortable and touch on all the hot buttons; gentrification, landlords, developers, luxury housing, did we even start to approach reparations?  
  • Are Mother-In-Law suites a solution to our housing needs?
    We sit with Matt Tucker, Zoning Administrator for the City of Madison, to talk about what any think is an easy answer to the housing affordability problem here in Maidson, the Accessory Dwelling Unit!  ADU’s are more than just carriage houses. They include basement apartments as well as accessory buildings.  Why have they not yet been super popular and what hurdles remain before they become commonplace?  We talk about zoning, restrictions, financing, and the myriad of benefits they offer to current homeowners. 
  • What does that assessment postcard really mean?
    We get our toes wet in the pool of municipal funding. We’ll chat about real estate taxes, city budgets, and social assessments. Think of it as how your city is funded 101. We also touch on some of the issues related to recent zoning amendments designed to make it easier for small and medium-sized developers to build small and medium-sized apartments. What’s Marsha’s rub?
  • Common law marriage myths and partner pre-nups
    Juscha Robinson joined us in Season 3 Episode two to talk about title and how to best protect your interest in real estate. We’ll talk with her and dig deeper into estate planning, buying, and selling real estate with and without a Realtor.  We also talk about many of the common issues she helps her clients face in life and in death.
  • Home ownership and the LGBTQ+ community: the title matters
    Asher joins the podcast as we talk about LOVE in all of its forms. We’ll talk about issues as challenges that people of the LGBTQ+ community may face as they enter homeownership.  We’ll also discuss how some of the same legal topics and an understanding of them can help ALL people as they exit real estate partnerships, marriages, or couplings. 
  • Can a healer make your house feel like home?
    In season three we first align our actions with our intentions. What a better way to get 2021 off to a fresh start than a conversation with a woman who can help clear out bad energy and help start anew? Jessica Riphenburg talks about “house Cleansing” and much more. She can help make 2021 the “FRESH, NEW” experience we all hope it can be.
  • The 2020 Holiday Show
    We re-cap “The 12 episodes of Christmas”. You might be surprised how many of our most recent episodes are in the top 12 of ALL-TIME. There’s a special visit from Liz Lauer of Lauer Realty Group.
  • What is the right time to replace windows?
    Both co-host Adam Elliott and friend Allison Werner have recently gone through the “window shopping” process. Get a look at the process and how they came to their decisions. This will be part one of a two-part series on windows after we sit with Bob Westfall and talk DIY next March.
  • Two things you absolutely need to paint it yourself
    We get back to the basics and spend the house with three painting “know-it-alls”, one of which has a more convincing title.  Jessica Moreau, General Manager of Certa Pro Painters Madison. We cover the basics and try to lay down as many simple takeaways as the medium allows.
  • Segregation by design: The real history of the US housing market
    Dr. Glotzer takes us to early 1900’s Baltimore and beyond, connecting the dots and parties that lead to many and much of the restrictive covenants we see lingering in antiquated deed restrictions still today. 
  • How to buy and sell at the same time
    Guest Pam Andros does it all. A client, we just executed a tricky “sell then buy” in one of the tightest markets Madison has ever seen. We get a primer on planning and zoning as well in preparation for next month’s episode.  This episode is jam-packed, so hold on!
  • The bathroom remodeler con sabor!
    In episode 7 of season two, Araceli Esparza of Midwest Mujeres joins us.  She recently tackled adding a basement bathroom. She’ll add value to her home as well as our “toolbox” with stories and recounting her experience.
  • Carpet is still in demand, here’s why…
    In episode 7 of season two, Araceli Esparza of Midwest Mujeres joins us.  She recently tackled adding a basement bathroom. She’ll add value to her home as well as our “toolbox” with stories and recounting her experience.
  • The magic trick electricians can perform in your house
    Episode five of season two is also episode 2 of the “Safer at Home” order. Nic Sweatt of Assurance Electrical Services joins us by phone.  We talk about the biggest driving factor of most electrical work SAFETY!
  • How much does it cost to replace a furnace? + coronavirus effects on the market
    Episode five of season two is also episode 2 of the “Safer at Home” order. Nic Sweatt of Assurance Electrical Services joins us by phone.  We talk about the biggest driving factor of most electrical work SAFETY!
  • An exclusive: The ice cream drama on Madison’s east side
    You’ll get “The Scoop” with an up-close and personal look at  2302 Atwood Avenue’s transition from the Chocolate Shoppe to The Atwood Scoop.  Adjacent Jackson St.  Plaza in Madison’s Schenk’s Corners Neighborhood, this switch made for a lot of drama, darkness, and we wanted to shed some light.
  • How do you get the best deal on insurance?
    We’ll learn the inside and outs of the insurance business and the difference working with an independent versus a captured agent can make. How much coverage IS enough coverage?
  • Can hardwoord floors increase your home value?
    How hard is it to have beautiful hardwood floors? We spend the hour with Michael Bonebreak, landlord and owner of Madison Hardwood Floors.  He’s a character and smells of rich mahogany,
  • The 2019 Holiday Show
    A brief look back at 2019 with some fun holiday music. hailed as “The shortest episode yet.” by Variety Magazine.
  • F35s in Madison – the F is not for fun
    Join residential lending veteran and Monona Bank Vice President Micha Petersen as we discuss the home loan process as well as dig deeper into how financing and its availability of it can affect values. We discuss briefly the home buying process, different loan programs, and even the potential effects of an F-35 bed down at Truax field. 
  • Man About Monona: Lindsay Wood Davis — Lessons learned while wading through the real estate waters
    Radio legend and prolific Monona resident Lindsay Wood Davis is our guest for episode 10 where we learn about our love of real estate near water, and how not to get soaked. We look at the lightning real estate lessons learned as Lindsay may have navigated more real estate moves that any man in Monona to date. Lindsay talks about his love of the lakes, love of being local and why you need to consider your neighbors first. Lindsay joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott, where we talk about the seasonality of real estate and the importance of good neighbors.
  • How gentrification and displacement happen, and what Madison is hoping to do
    Radio legend and prolific Monona resident Lindsay Wood Davis is our guest for episode 10 where we learn about our love of real estate near water, and how not to get soaked. We look at the lightning real estate lessons learned as Lindsay may have navigated more real estate moves that any man in Monona to date. Lindsay talks about his love of the lakes, love of being local and why you need to consider your neighbors first. Lindsay joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott, where we talk about the seasonality of real estate and the importance of good neighbors.
  • The Marie Kondo of the Midwest
    Nicole Gruter of Positive Space is the right person to call if you need some help decluttering your home. You might say she’s the Marie Kondo of the midwest. Nicole joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott, where we also dive into all the reasons why an organized house can put money in your pocket.
  • The one thing your home inspector has to get right
    Home inspectors are there to help you understand a home before you buy it and help prioritize your “to-do” list. Chris Mikkelson of Madison’s Best Home Inspections tells us the one thing that all homeowners should tell you, and teaches us about the important things he looks for. Chris joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott, where we also find out which animals are best to have living in your attic. Hint: none.
  • Maximize the tax benefits of homeownership
    Is homeownership still the tax benefit that it once was? Brianne Raimer, CPA with Atwood Tax delivers the hard truth about it for homeowners and drop a few tax saving tips for property owners this month on Real Estate in the 608. Brianne joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott, where we also drill down the two ways to optimize taxes on investment properties. Hint: it’s either an expenditure or an expense!
  • How to survive a kitchen remodel
    Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes and kitchen remodels are one of the best home investments you can make, but how do you survive them? Homeowner Doroteia Alexieva went into her kitchen remodel with a plan, and she’ll share her tips on how to make in through including how to make the most of your remodeling dollar. Doroteia joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott, where we also talk about why you should look for a less than average home in a better than average neighborhood.
  • The real estate renaissance man of Madison
    Is it possible to own, and run multiple single-family homes in Madison, and keep them in great shape? Do rental investments help landlords win in the long run? Also, how necessary is that au-pair suite?
  • The most energy efficient thing you can do for your home
    Would you describe energy efficiency as sexy? What free things can you get right now to make your home more energy efficient? What’s the easiest thing you can do today to save your money on energy costs? Steve Pipson from Focus On Energy joins In The 608 hosts Ben Anton and Adam Elliott, where we also find out the one thing you’ll absolutely need when selling your home five years from now.
  • Managing multi-unit apartments as investment property
    What’s it like to manage a multi-unit apartment as an investment property? Curious about property ownership and management as an investment? We talk to Nina Lebwohl of Foundry Apartments who can help answer those questions and more.
  • Jeff Pulley, Pulley Plumbing
    In our first episode of Real Estate in the 608, we sit with veteran plumber and landlord, Jeff Pulley. You’ll hear the then fledgling hosts talk plumbing, rental management and be challenged by the professional when he shares how much of his work is something that most homeowners could do themselves.
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