Looking For The Perfect Neighborhood? Where to Start?

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Before you start looking for a home to buy, you need to consider the neighborhood. There's no point in falling in love with a home in an area that does not suit your lifestyle. If you realize after you move that the neighborhood's not for you, it's too late.

There are so many things to consider when you're searching for the perfect neighborhood. Safety, amenities, schools, your commute to work, do you need a car, just to name a few.  Where do you start?  Here are some essentials you shouldn't overlook when searching for a neighborhood where you will be happy living.

Are You Doing Things This Summer That May Affect Your Taxes?

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From buying a new house to cleaning your existing house, you may be doing things this summer that will affect the tax return you file next year.

The higher standard deduction brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means fewer taxpayers are itemizing their deductions; however, if you are planning to itemize, you should keep these things in mind:

 

Do These Things Before Listing Your Home For Sale

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Are you planning to sell your home within the next 3-6 months?  Even if your timeline is a little longer, you should start getting your home ready to shine now. 

When your home hits the market you want it to wow potential buyers so you can get the best possible price and sell within your optimum time frame.

Here is a helpful list of things to do ahead of time so you will be confident and not stressed or overwhelmed when the time rolls around. It always comes faster than you think!

Investment Property Or Money Pit? Make The Right Choices

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Planning to purchase your first investment property? Caution and patience can keep you from making big mistakes. Listen to the advice of your agent and consider all the possible factors that go into making a good investment decision to prevent you from experiencing the many potential pitfalls that can turn your investment into more of a money pit. 

Here is some advice to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes that first-time real estate investors make.

Congratulations to our May TOP PRODUCERS!

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We're proud to recognize our TOP PRODUCERS for May 2019!

 

Top Listing Agents
 

  • Alex Donatelli
  • April Kibler
  • Dan Chiappetta
  • Doris Rivera
  • Hassan Dahik
  • Jack Tornabene
  • Jan Robertson
  • Jerzy Kozera
  • Jonie Montalbano
  • Valadez Team
  • Marc Anderson
  • Marti Janus
  • Michael McLenighan
  • Norma Perez
  • Pat Liput
  • Paulette Rebeck
  • Sheila Kula

*List is alphabetized by agent first name*

3 Real Estate Investment Strategies That May Be Right For You

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Except for some special circumstances in certain locations, real estate historically has gone up in value over time.  Sometimes very quickly, sometimes slow but steady, and at times like a roller-coaster ride.  A look at the past 100 years shows that if you held onto real estate for at least 10 years, you probably made a good investment that yielded you a reasonable return.  That's certainly not the whole picture, and there are many factors that impact your return on investment, making investment decisions difficult at best.  

How To Evaluate The Potential Of A Rental Real Estate Investment

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A rental real estate investment can be a great way to build your personal wealth, and may be a good option for you, especially if you are uneasy about investing in the stock market, or just want to diversify your investment portfolio.

With a rental property, someone else pays your mortgage, and over time your equity grows. You can eventually own a physical piece of property outright that also produces income. 

Your Home Featured on TV

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At Home in Chicagoland is a Coldwell Banker-exclusive television show featuring properties for sale throughout the entire Chicagoland area. 

A new era for how we advertise clients' homes to help provide even greater exposure.

Be sure to set your DVRs or tune in to The CW on May 19th at 11 am for the premier! 

Contact the McMullen office of Coldwell Banker Residential at 773-631-8300 to see how we can feature your home on TV!