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Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your Home Sale

Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your Home Sale

I get it… you want your home to be uniquely you… you want it to express your personality… you want colors that make you happy! But wait!  Now you want to sell this home and move on to a new…

Energy Conserving Landscaping Tips

Energy Conserving Landscaping Tips

Before you begin to plan your upcoming spring landscaping for your home, remember the green you plant outside affects the green you have left inside your pocketbook. Trees and shrubs can reduce the amount of electricity your home requires. Try…

When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

If you’re even considering purchasing a home in 2015, the time to start the pre-approval process is NOW. Why? Here’s some advice to get you on track to a smooth purchase transaction. While you don’t want to actually apply for the loan…

Tax Tips for New Homeowners

Tax Tips for New Homeowners

Congratulations on your new home! Whether a condominium, single-family home, townhouse or maintenance-free home, your newly acquired home-sweet-home affects your tax status. If this is the first year you’ll be filing your taxes as a homeowner, there are a few…

Create a Timeless Kitchen with the 4 Cs of Kitchen Design

Create a Timeless Kitchen with the 4 Cs of Kitchen Design

Nothing says “dated” like a kitchen trend from a decade ago. Consider giving your kitchen a makeover using timeless elements that are always in style. That way, no matter when you sell, your home is always ready. Color The simplest…

Loan Options with Low Downpayments

Loan Options with Low Downpayments

U.S. economists expect 2015 to be a strong year for housing. What this means to you is that more homes are selling and the supply of available homes is decreasing. This also means that prices likely will increase. If you’ve…

Early Spring Landscaping

Early Spring Landscaping

Thinking about springtime and the beautiful colors it will bring, is the perfect winter distraction ~ especially for  those of us in the Chicagoland area!  Bulbs, tubers, perennials and indigenous plants beautify your home and provide year-round enjoyment for decades to come.…

New High-Tech Home Gadgets

New High-Tech Home Gadgets

Our imaginations run wild with the idea of modern gadgets to make our homes efficient and automated, and make our lives simpler. For cutting-edge products you can control from your smartphone, check out these contributions from the International Consumer Electronics…

Minimalist Home-buying

Minimalist Home-buying

When you’re house hunting, it’s good to know your “living personality.” The home you choose should reflect the way you like to live rather than the latest trend in home design. If you are a minimalist at heart, you may…

Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

When you’ve lived in your home for a long time, preparing it to sell can seem quite daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, make it your New Year’s resolution to get started in the preparations now.…

2015 Programs for Home Buyers

2015 Programs for Home Buyers

Although the federal government has offered home-buyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available homebuyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations often…

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Whether it is your summer vacation cottage, or your recently vacated home, proper winterizing prevents your home from deteriorating while it’s empty and saves you money both now and later!   Make a list Decide what needs to be done…

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics…