Home Selling

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fire burning signifying not to get burned on a Homer Glen house by not having a home inspection

In Illinois, home buyers get 5 business days from contract acceptance to have a home inspection done on the property they just received an accepted contract on.  I always tell my buyers that this is Round 2 of negotiations.

When a buyer views homes with us, we point out anything we can see, such as peeling paint, ceiling leaks, visible water lines (could be dry) in a basement, rotting wood, old windows, etc.  But we are not licensed home inspectors, and we will not be testing appliances, HVAC, electric, etc.

Why do I need to pay for a home inspection?

Purchasing a home (condo, townhouse, etc.), is probably going to be the largest financial investment you'll make.  Compared to that, the price of a home inspection is small, and it can actually

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how to create functional spaces in your home during the coronavirus pandemic when you have to stay home

Illinois currently has a Shelter in Place Mandate, asking all of us to stay in our homes and only going out for essential needs, such as food and medical supplies. With that said, Illinois has stated that real estate is an essential service, so real estate is still open for business.

This includes listing properties, buyers viewing those properties in person, and some agents are still holding open houses. Closings are occurring but they’re just being done differently. Most are not happening in a title company with 2 attorneys, 2 agents, buyers, sellers, and the title reps. Many are happening in the parking lot with paperwork being passed through windows with only the title rep & the buyers (sellers are signing prior to the closing by going into

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scottsdale real estate market 2020

Despite some recession scares predicted for 2020, we are in a lengthy healthy economy and many experts don't see things slowing down anytime soon. It is believed that the real estate market will continue growing in the coming year.

With that good forecast for 2020, we will see a recession at some point, and you might wonder how this will affect the real estate market when it occurs.  In the Great Recession of 2008, prices plummeted, but that hasn't always happened with prior recessions.  Most believe that prices dropped so drastically because they were highly inflated to begin with.  Income was not keeping up with the housing market and I knew it couldn't get much higher.

In our past 5 recessions, during three of them, home prices actually

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Christmas gifts for the home in 2019

If you're looking for some cool gifts this holiday, you've come to the right place! We have compiled a list of today's popular technology gifts for the home.  Get some of these as gifts for others or buy them for your own home.

For Your Entryway

I posted an article this year about home security (the link to the post, with a video, is below this article).  Home security systems are becoming commonplace, but not everyone has jumped on the trend.  For those that are still on the fence, you might want to get them the gift of security. 

Smart Lighting

Did you know that the inventor of Ring video doorbells was turned down on Shark Tank?  They are kicking themselves now! 

The Ring Smart Light System offers accessories that work in conjunction

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Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank account on closing day. 

spend money on home maintenance now to prevent spending more in the future 

Small Maintenance and Repairs

We show so many homes that lack basic maintenance.  The house might look fine and we usually don't find out how normal maintenance has been deferred until the home inspection.  Don't think of maintenance as something you don't need to keep up with, or that it's a waste of time.

Neglecting small maintenance and repairs can cost you around 10% of your home's value. Most appraisers claim that homes showing little to no preventative

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orland park home design trends for 2019

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If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design.  We can't constantly keep changing everything in our homes, but it's fun to see what's trending now.

Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renovation costs into their overall budget.  We will be selling our home next year and we're working on updates now.

Even if you have no immediate plans to buy or sell, we advise our clients to be thoughtful about the colors,

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Everyone has at least experienced how to move once in our life. And in such a case, planning every aspect of the relocation 2 people moving from their orland park home for saleseems to be a daunting task. With all the scheduling, coordinating, and packing you’ll need to accomplish over the next few weeks, it can be easy to get overly stressed and anxious. If you’re a starter, you may not know where to start and what to do precisely.

 To get all things done without losing your mind, here are the things to prepare when you’re planning your first move.

  1. Calculation of moving costs

First thing in your checklist should be the calculation of moving costs and the setting up of your budget. While most people who are moving don’t really feel like creating a budget, you should understand that not

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Moving all your possessions from your old house to a new one can be emotionally and physically stressful. From deciding Taping up a box for an Orland Park movewhich item should be put in one box to ensuring all valuable items are safe and secured, everything involves careful planning and preparation. When it comes to your belongings’ security, steps should also be taken throughout the move.

If you want to guarantee the safety and integrity of your belongings during your move, here are a few tips to consider from the get-go. 

  1.          Make an inventory of your items

 The first step is to come up with a detailed inventory of all the things you currently own. Prepare a spreadsheet and list down the quantity, description, and photos of all your valuables. Having an inventory will

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Following is another guest post from author Jessica Kane

messy hoarder roomThere is nearly always work that must be done to a home to prepare it for sale and the marketplace. Even if nothing else, some coordinated staging needs to be undertaken to make the interior appealing to prospective buyers. Some effort may be needed to up the curb appeal of a property to garner a prospective buyer’s attention in the first instance. Unfortunately, there are especially challenging situations in which a property needs more than the normal amount of work to get it into a condition suitable for sale. One such circumstance is when hoarding has occurred in the residence.

What most people know about hoarding they’ve gleaned from media reports or perhaps one or another of the

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When you require some sort of contractor for your home, you necessarily must undertake comprehensive due diligence. As orland park contractorspart of that process, you need to be able to verify that the proposed cost for services is fair and appropriate. At first blush, you may feel confused when it comes to the matter of verifying the reasonableness of a project fee proposal. On some level, it's rather like maneuvering through ascertaining appropriate tips for an array of different service providers. albeit on a much larger scale. 

There are some specific strategies you can employ in ascertaining whether a prospective home contractor is proposing a reasonable and fair fee for services. Each of these strategies provides specific insights that can prove invaluable to you as

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