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Johnson Insurance Services to merge with Higgins Insurance — Employee benefits agency Higgins Insurance Group of Madison has merged with Johnson Insurance Services, part of Racine-based Johnson Financial Group. Financial terms of the merger deal were not publicly announced. Agency principal Don Higgins and Rachel Leader, a benefit analyst, will join Johnson Insurance Services, according to a news release from Johnson Monday.

Wisconsin Dells waterpark sale, land for Cabela's among top commercial real estate deals of 2014 — The $6.25 million sale of a Wisconsin Dells water park, a million-dollar land sale in Sun Prairie, and the sale of a former pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in University Research Park for $11.75 million were among the 2014 Deals of the Year recognized recently by the Commercial Brokers Group of Madison.

January state home sales fall, while prices keep rising — In January, traditionally the slowest month of the year for home sales, Wisconsin's existing home sales fell 3.7 percent year-over-year to 3,250, while median sales price rose strongly -- up 6.5 percent to $135,000, according to the latest state Realtors Association report.

Strong feelings on right-to-work hard to find among state manufacturers — Republican lawmakers who support right-to-work legislation say the measure is vital to improving the state's business climate. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald went so far as to call it the most important jobs bill the Legislature would consider in the next two years.

BMO Harris exec in Madison helps companies grow statewide through commercial lending — As head of commercial banking for BMO Harris Bank in Wisconsin, Jeff Ticknor and the team of bankers he oversees make loans to manufacturers, contractors, wholesalers, distributors, service companies and many other types of businesses - but actual lending is just the start of what they do or can do for clients, he said.

Reedsburg, Stoughton companies nab awards — Companies in Stoughton and Reedsburg were among seven honored with Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year awards in a Milwaukee ceremony Thursday night. Now in its 27th year, the program is intended to recognize successful manufacturers of all sizes and industries, organizers said in a news release.

Big Vanta, former T. Wall, portfolio sell-off could set new bar for Madison-area office building market — When 40 Madison-area office buildings worth $400 million go on the market all at once, tenants may be right to be worried - or hopeful. That's because whoever buys those buildings stands to become a major player in a competitive market.

Dane County home sales start the year up 13 percent — Getting a good start on the new year, Dane County existing home sales rose 13 percent year-over-year in January, while median price was up 5 percent. Lack of inventory remained acute, however, with just 3.13 months of supply reported for January, according to the latest South Central Wisconsin MLS report.

Veridian Homes expands East Madison neighborhood — Veridian Homes, Dane County's largest production home builder, is expanding its Grandview Commons neighborhood in East Madison to the north, with a 67.2-acre addition with 184 lots south of Milwaukee Street. The addition will be a mix of single-family homes, apartments and duplexes, the company said in a news release Monday.

New home requires partnership between builder, buyer, with eye toward resale — As Scott and Andrea Stritzke contemplated a move to the Dane County area from their two-dog home in Des Moines, Iowa, the question of whether to build new or buy an existing home was deceptively simple.
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Mar 02, 2015

Inspiring: Meet the Most Impressive Woman on Forbes' Female Billionaire List by @juliezeilinger… via @MicNews

Mar 02, 2015

Top commercial real estate Deals of Year include sales of Wisconsin Dells waterpark, former Mentor Biologics bldg

Mar 02, 2015

RT @MortgageRealty: 41 Home Selling Mistakes that are stopping you from selling your home #RealEstate via @LynnPineda

Mar 02, 2015

RT @Forbes: Hard-hitting report by "60 Minutes" sent shares of Lumber Liquidators plunging today:

Mar 02, 2015

RT @Dennis_Rodkin: Craziest squatter story ever? Woman moves into empty house in Buff Grove, sets up shrine to contractor, lost love.…

Mar 02, 2015

RT @BrokerProStmbt: The refi boomlet: blink and you might've missed it. Refinances dropped 16% last week. RT @benutech

Mar 02, 2015

Wisconsin Jan existing home sales down 4% yr-over-yr, but median price up 6.5%, as it's been for 34 out of 35 months.

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