Why Hasn't Your Home Sold? . . . The 8 Most Common Reasons

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Did your listing expire without selling? Is everybody else's home selling but yours? If you're serious about selling, then you're probably pretty frustrated. It's time to take a fresh approach.

There are reasons your home has not sold that are unique to your situation. You should take note of the feedback you received on showings and discuss the reasons with your agent to come up with a new strategy.

Here are the 8 most common reasons a house remains unsold as well as actions you can take to get it sold.

Tips For Showing Your Home During The Holidays

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With Christmas only a few weeks away, the holiday season is in full swing.

If your home is for sale, or you are planning to list your home within the next few weeks, here are a few tips that will help you show off your home at its best inside and out.

Wash (at least) the front entry area of your home so it's clean and inviting, and touch up the paint on your front door if needed. 

Be sure to keep buyers and showing agents safe by keeping your driveway and walkways clear of ice and snow.

Thinking of Becoming a Realtor®? What's it Like?

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Wondering if you're suited to a career in real estate? Will you enjoy the profession? Will you be successful?

Real estate sales can be very challenging . . . and very rewarding. When you invest the time, energy and passion in the real estate business, the professional satisfaction and financial rewards can be very good, in both slow and good economic times.

If you are contemplating becoming a Realtor®, here are some things you should consider:

4 Important Tips For First-Time Home Sellers

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Selling your home is one of those big life events. Because most people don't sell a home very often, some good solid advice in the beginning can help avoid making costly errors in judgement.

So where should you go for the best advice?  A real estate professional. Find someone that you can trust, invite them to your home, share your plans with them, and get all your questions answered. Get an agent involved before you start any preparation. A good agent's guidance will go a long way to save you time, money and aggravation.

For Safety Sake: What Every Homeowner Must Know

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Obviously, there are countless things you should know about your home. The more you know about how your home operates, the better prepared you will be for upcoming maintenance or replacement, and the better you will be able to deal with emergencies. 

Here are a few of the basic things every homeowner absolutely should know to prevent everyday hazards and keep everyone safe.


Know Your Exit Plan

The Best Real Estate Investments

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Where to invest your hard-earned dollars is serious business. Before making any decisions about where to put your money, you should analyze the different investment vehicles available to you and determine where you are the most comfortable. For most people, the comfort comes from having your eggs in several different baskets . . . investing in the various markets and real estate.

Toys For Tots Drive Through December 2nd

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Are you ready to help us make the season a little brighter for everyone?

In support of the Toys for Tots Program this holiday, we’ll be accepting new, unwrapped gifts at our Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices.

Please stop by the McMullen Office at 6400 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, to drop off your gift by December 2nd. 

For a list of drop-off locations, visit here https://cb.today/chicagoland/holiday2019

Happy Halloween!

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What are you doing this Halloween? 

. . . trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, or watching horror films?

Whatever it is you are doing this day, have fun and be safe!

How to Spot a Possible Scammer

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If you are planning to do a major remodeling project or significant repair on your home, it is always best to get a recommendation from a trusted source.  We've seen several examples in social media and on television of unscrupulous remodeling contractors who are scamming consumers, especially the elderly.

If you don't have a trusted source to ask, then you can always ask a real estate agent.  We know lots of reputable people and companies that provide great services of all kinds to homeowners in the Chicagoland area.