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In a current commercial the voice-over says, (paraphrasing), "when a soldier serves, there is a family at home, serving along with him or her."   The Armed Services YMCA contest is sponsoring the "My Military Hero" essay contest and "My Military Family" art contest as a way for children express t...
01/10/2012
As Charita Cadenhead says in the following post..."At the very heart of the matter is having something of value to negotiate with." Something of value.  Have you considered your negotiating power?  What is your something of value?           Negotiating Power:  Who Has It and Who Doesn't I work wi...
01/07/2012
New Real Estate Related Illinois Laws for 2012           As of January 1, 2012, there are several new and modified laws that will impact real estate in Illinois.          Eviction(HB 1209/PA 97-0247): Gives landlords the right to request rent be paid during a pending an eviction, if the eviction ...
01/07/2012
In December, Illinois launched a new program to assist Illinois military personnel in the purchase of a home.  The new program is called Welcome Home Heroes and provides: A $10,000 loan towards a down payment and closing costs.  This loan is forgivable over two years A 30-year fixed rate mortgage...
01/05/2012
Neutralizing the decor of a home for sale means much more than just toning down a bold paint color.  The following tips can help ensure that your home is attracting the attention of buyers, but not catching the eye of those who are up to no good.   "I'm Mayhem, and I'm Your Worst Nightmare!" I li...
01/04/2012
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  With a couple of brief exceptions, the Chicagoland area has enjoyed a very mild late fall and early winter.  But at some point, our "dusting" of snow of the last few days will certainly turn into a full fledged winter wonderland.  Cheryl Evans Cooper from the Pascack Valley area in New Jersey p...
01/03/2012
  A timely post for me since I've been rummaging around the house looking for replacement bulbs recently.  Looks like it's also time for me to brush up on the new bulbs coming on the market.  Thanks to Gene for getting me started.     Seeing the Light ... a Simple Guide to New Light Bulbs        ...
01/03/2012
  At a recent showing the other agent's client asked me "what cable company covers this area?"  I told them.  The buyer's agent was not familiar with the cable company serves the downtown area of Chicago.  A small detail to be sure, and in the long run, probably not a detail that would influence ...
01/02/2012
Spreading the word on important news regarding financing options for Chicagoland buyers!   Gene Mundt's update is all the more reason to speak to a lender early in the buying process. Even if you may think you have a good idea of your buying power, reaching out to a lender early may expand your o...
01/02/2012
  Santa has come and gone.  The gifts have been opened.                    The guests have left. And your beautifully decorated Christmas tree is looking a little less than "festive."  Where can you recycle your Christmas tree? Starting this weekend, you can recycle your live Christmas tree at an...
01/02/2012
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