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.

Cornelia Matache has been recognized in Top Agent Magazine!

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We're so proud to have Cornelia Matache as a trusted associate and friend! Congratulations Cornelia for being recognized by our industry as one of the best!

Top Agent Cornelia Matache is a dedicated real estate professional who has long been committed to providing every one of her many grateful clients, be they buyer or seller, with the very best customer service available in The Windy City.

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.