Holiday Toy Drive for New Hope Community Food Pantry!

New Hope Community Food Pantry Logo

Our office will again be helping the New Hope Community Food Pantry on the Northwest side of Chicago and will be participating in their Holiday Toy Drive!

If you are able to give, please bring NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS to the office and drop them in the pretty wrapped box by the front door. 


Thank you to Barb Angarone for putting this all together for us!

Here are examples of donations they are looking for:

Barry Paoli Honored - Humanitarians of the Year!

After a lifetime of helping countless people develop their real estate careers, their acumen, their livelihood, Barry Paoli will be receiving this prestigious honor along with a distinguished group of community leaders who have made major contributions to society.  The Humanitarians of the Year Gala will be held on November 11 at Loewes Chicago O'Hare Hotel.  See the announcement below to purchase tickets.

It's Festival Time In Chicago! See You In Norwood Park This Weekend!

Norwood Park Fall Festival announcement


Look for our tent in the Business Expo Section . . . we'll be there on Saturday from 12 - 7 p.m. with some fun free giveaways!

It's a great event this year with live music on Friday evening and all day Saturday and lots of fun for the kids at the Kids Corner. For a complete schedule and to learn all about the event visit the Norwood Chamber Website.

Hope to see you all there!  

We Are Now Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage!

Century 21 McMullen is now Coldwell Banker Residential Services

We're excited to bring you news that will truly raise the bar in the real estate services we can provide. Century 21 McMullen is now Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the real estate leader in all of Chicagoland!*

Century 21 McMullen has a rich history of providing its customers with an unparalleled real estate experience. We are going to carry on that tradition of excellence by bringing new resources to our clients that help simplify real estate buying and selling, a comprehensive suite of marketing tools, technology, and a strong local presence.

Selling Your Home? Think SAFETY FIRST!

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Part of the necessary process of selling your home is allowing strangers into your home. Although your agent will take every precaution to verify the identity of persons entering your home, there are certainly reasons to be cautious.

If you are looking for a home, you are entering other people's homes where you also need to be thinking about safety.

Here is some valuable advice to protect yourself against the potential for crime:

Make the Most of Tax Breaks When You Sell Your Home

graphic with text how selling your home can impact your taxes

When selling your home, you may qualify to exclude from your income all or part of any gain from the sale of your primary residence when filing your tax return.

There are rules of ownership to determine if you qualify for the exclusion, as well as special treatment of gains and losses and special exceptions. You should always consult with your accountant or the IRS before making any decisions regarding tax compliance.

Here are tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home:

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

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Your home can play a major role in your overall health and wellness. Items and conditions in your home such as mold, animals, clutter and dust, chemicals, pesticides, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and fertilizers are all associated with homeowners' health problems.

Your health is largely determined by genetics, environment, socioeconomic status and behaviors. So examining your living environment is important to understanding your health and wellness.

City of Chicago Housing Market Trends as of June 24

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We are now beyond two years of year-over-year declines in inventory of available homes for sale, and it doesn't look like the situation is going to change anytime soon.

In spite of the lack of inventory, buyer demand and home prices continue to rise, and the number of distressed homes continues to fall.  

GOOD NEWS! Fannie Mae Announces Significant Changes to Help People With Student Debt

Learn about the significant changes made by Fannie Mae to help people burdened with student debt qualify for home loans.  Many first-time home buyers will be affected by these changes.  

If you have been turned down for a home loan in the past because your debt-to-income ratio was too high, Fannie Mae just announced it has raised the DTI ratio from 45% to 50%.  If you can document that someone else is making your student loan payments, say your parents or your employer, Fannie Mae will no longer count it toward your DTI.