Finding That 'Just Right' Home

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Want to make the home buying process much more organized and enjoyable?  

It's important to be realistic about what you can afford and what is available in the communities where you want to live.  It's also important to realize that no house is perfect, and you will need to make compromises.  Your goal should be to get a home you really like that fits your needs and your budget. 

Your first step should be to sit down and make a list of what features are in your perfect home and organize the items into 3 main categories:

Remodeling? Think About What Buyers Will Want

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Are you planning a remodeling project?  If so, and you plan to sell your home sometime within the next few years, you should take into consideration what younger home buyers are looking for when deciding how to spend your renovation budget.

Why?  Because buyers under 35 years of age make up more than 1/3 of home buying consumers, and it is predicted that this percentage will rise.

Here are the important things that younger buyers want in a home, and they will pay a fair price to get what they want.

THREE Important Things to NOT do to Get Your Home Loan Approved

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So you found the right home to buy, got the offer accepted, made loan application, and the lender approved your loan subject to the home appraisal and re-verification of your employment and financial status just prior to closing.  Congratulations!  You are well on your way to achieving your goal.

The Hard Costs of Waiting To Buy A Home

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Sometimes the perfect deal just isn’t out there, or perhaps you're not completely convinced or motivated and feel that waiting may be a better idea.  Maybe you want to see if interest rates go down a little more, which is always possible. 

There are some significant financial factors based on timing that are working against you as you wait.  

Please join us in congratulating our TOP PRODUCERS for August!

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We're proud to recognize our top producing agents for the month of August!

A special thanks for all your hard work and dedication to serving your clients' needs! 


Top Listing Agents
*List is alphabetized by agent first name*
 
Frank Genualdi, Hassan Dahik, Jay Crowley, Jonie Montalbano, Jo Ceglarek, Karen Wright, Larry Sitkiewicz, Linda Lee, Lydia Perez-Twohey, Lynn Bjorvik, Mary Beth Balcarcel and Sheila Kula

 

Mark Your Calendar! The Norwood Park Fall Fest Is Coming Soon!

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The Norwood Park Fall Fest is being held this year on September 20th from 5pm-10pm & September 21st from 12pm to 10pm . . .  a family oriented fest by day and music festival by night.

Fall Fest’s live entertainment includes rock, country and blues music from all eras. Food trucks from the Chicagoland area and quality beer are staples. There are at least 35 merchandise booths offering both local goods and services, and a children’s area with inflatable bounce houses and slides, performances, facepainting, live enterainment, games, and activities.

Please Join Us in Congratulating our Top Producing Agents!

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We're proud to recognize these hard-working brokers who consistently go above and beyond to assure their clients goals are achieved.

 

July's Top Listing Agents
*List is alphabetized by agent first name*
 
Anna Tabeau, Dan Collins, Jack Guest, John Cozzone, Jonie Montalbano, Laura Herlo, Mary Beth Balcarcel and Val Smolinski.

 

Homeowners Fall Maintenance Checklist

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The days are getting shorter, and there’s a nip in the air (now and then) – sure signs that fall is on its way. Now is the perfect time to put these important fall chores on your to-do list and get your home in shape before the cold weather rolls in. 

It's a lot more pleasant to do these tasks now than two months from now when it's cold outside. You'll be glad you got a jump on it!