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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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family moving day in scottsdale, az

Everyone is nervous about something bad happening on moving day. The majority of the mishaps one might hear and read about are, fortunately, very preventable. Supplies and know-how make the packing process a breeze, and turn moving day from a stressful trial to little more than a usual chore. Adding a few extra items to a pre-move checklist and learning a few tricks of the trade helps anyone prevent damages during their move, no matter how far their items will travel. 

Avoiding Damage to Your Items

The packing process for fragile items is mainly uniform. First, the items should be coated with some sort of protection. We recommend wrapping items in bubble wrap or packing paper. The added layer of protection helps absorb any shocks caused in

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be careful for online holiday scams

For most of us, we look forward to the upcoming holidays and celebrating with our family and at our workplaces.  In the past, we'd have to worry about pickpockets (we still do), but today's scams can hurt us without being near us physically. 

I've written an article about home security, and you need to take your credit and identity protection as seriously, if not more.  Scams, identity theft, and stolen charge card numbers spike around the holidays.  Following are tips on protecting yourself from 8 different scams:    

1. Data Breaches 

Using charge cards and doing online shopping during the holidays is great for the different stores and suppliers.  As we've seen, hackers and scammers can break into big company sites that we felt we could

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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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get your credit in shape before looking at Scottsdale homes for sale

I have to admit that I'm kind of surprised when I begin working with a buyer and they truly don't know their FICO score or much about their credit at all.  I've worked with several buyers that assured me they were pre-qualified by a mortgage lender only to find out that they weren't.  These buyers just figured they could buy a house.  When I had them speak to one of my lenders, they had to clean up their bad credit.

The first thing you need to do before looking at homes is to check on your credit.  It's not a good feeling when you fall in love with a house only to find out you can't get a mortgage on it.  You put time, effort and emotions into house hunting and it really hurts when you find out you are not creditworthy to buy, after you've found

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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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white garage door

Garage doors allow us convenient access to our garages. Until one day, they don’t.

Issues and malfunctions are expected of mechanical products after years of use – and your garage door is no exception. That thing weighs around 150 pounds; closed and opened multiple times a day or over a thousand times in a year – of course, it’s going to fail at one point (or several).

Most garage door problems, however, are simple issues with simple solutions that you can do on your own.

Here’s a rundown of the most common garage door problems, along with their likely fixes. If, however, none of these solutions correct the problem, contact professional garage door repair services near you.

The garage door opener isn’t working.

garage door opener

This is, perhaps, the

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tips on how to buy a home

There are always things you need to do when making such a large investment as buying a home so that you can make a more educated purchase.  Following are some tips from the pros. 

Be aware of how much you can really afford 

What is your home buying power? It is the combination of your credit score, the amount of money you are working with, and your salary, which tells the lender how much you can realistically afford to pay for your monthly mortgage payment.

There are costs to buying a home that most buyers don't think about. You could possibly qualify for a mortgage with as little as 3-3 1/2% down payment.  There are also other closing fees that both a seller and a buyer has.  A buyer will have title fees plus prepaid mortgage, escrow, and

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1. Moroccan Style

moroccan styled living room decorMany ethnic groups have called Morocco home. Their various influences merged into a dazzling, distinctive style of decor. From Ancient Rome comes the craft of tile-making. Vividly colored ceramic tile mosaics are a Moroccan specialty.

The Moors introduced Arabic art. Geometric designs and marquetry--elaborate inlaid wood patterns--are a few of their notable contributions. Graceful rounded archways echo throughout the interior in wood panels, tapestries, and the very structure of the building.

Indigenous Moroccans, called Berbers, are a nomadic people. They weave kilims (wool rugs) and recline on stacks of floor cushions. Their appreciation for nice fabric shines through in modern design. Flowing jewel-toned drapes and countless

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