Frankfort, IL Real Estate News

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Elegant entertaining and extremely attractive buys in Frankfort homes, plus factors affecting credit score...  My Frankfort office listings available...  1 10353439     19938 S SycamoreDr $224,900 8rooms 3bedrooms 2baths Raised Ranch  Close  connectMLS Tax (Brief) Realist Tax Report Realist Tax Map Listing & Property History Photo Browser Infosparks Find - Property Details Report Find - Community Report MLS Data Co-op Mobility Score Print Listing Email Listing Add To Favorites Write a Contract Start CMA/Add To CMA Schedule a Showing Driving Directions Navigate with Waze Streetside View Bird's Eye View Cloud CMA Report Violation Anonymously Payment Calculator Virtual Tour Disclosures801KB,04/26/19 16:4,Public Plat of Survey46KB,04/23/19 9:8,Public  2 10367068    430 Butternut Trl $339,90...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Home Improvements that pay off well, but first Frankfort homes listed out of my office currently available … 10353439 19938 Sycamore Dr $224,900 8 rooms 3 bedrooms 2 baths Raised Ranch 10367068 430 Butternut Trl $349,900 6 rooms 4 bedrooms 2.1 baths 2 Story 10122786 554 Aberdeen Rd $375,000 11 rooms 3 bedrooms 4.1 baths 1.5 Story 10358169 22532 Autumn Dr $409,900 10 rooms 4 bedrooms 2.1 baths 1 Story 10322715 22420 Crimson Ln $414,900 11 rooms 3 bedrooms +1 in bsmt 3.1 baths 1 Story 10325682 965 Oak Ridge Ct $489,900 12 rooms 5 bedrooms 4 baths 2 Stories  eTrust Mortgage Corporation - Gene, thanks for sharing Home Improvements That Pay Off in your e-blast to me.  Here is how to reach Gene for all your financing questions ... Gene Walters, HomeTrust Mortgage Corporation, 1475 E. Woodfiel...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
What I love about blogging is I am able to share experiences in right now time.  Prior to this informative level of social media, I would have to keep Learning Experiences to myself until I could share it with another valued Client going through something similar.   So thankful this communication medium allows me to prepare my valued audience for the journey and make successful decisions in right here and now time! Please allow me to do a disclaimer here before I get started.  I hold Home Inspectors in high regard.  This is a true story I hope they will read to help them understand what goes through a Buyer’s mind during and after an inspection experience. I have written about home inspections previously, and have called them “The Dream Killers!” Recently, I had received multiple offers...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Alcohol Makes Me A Better Realtor!  How, I am sure you are wondering?   Well I have my Dad to thank for this little reminder.  First, let me state a disclaimer for my family who cringes whenever I write about my experiences with him.  I make no apologies because it is my truth I have lived I share.  Plus, just in case someone is going through worse than what I lived through, perhaps this will serve to give them the tools to endure and triumph in the face of mistreatment.   Monday evening at the Homeless Shelter I have managed since 2006, I had a Guest so intoxicated to the point of just raging, looking for any excuse to allow Evil to take control and unleash it on the weakest victim around.   People who excessively consume alcohol rarely recognize it as a drug producing four personaliti...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Have you ever sat across a room listening to an individual having a very personal conversation on their mobile phone, heard every word and wanted to approach them and say hey I can hear all your business you are putting in the street?  Well, I got the opportunity last night at the Shelter I manage to approach a Guest and shut it all the way down.  It was 3:30 in the morning as I sat and watched over 38 deep sleeping men, I heard this young adult male Guest complaining on his cell phone how he was awakened by one guy on one side of him snoring like a roaring walrus, and the other guy on the other side of him loud farting up a storm.  A kind quiet mature Gentleman near me said now that is truly a weak young brother over there, all I needed to hear to take action.  I approached the young m...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
A Buyer calls me and says “hey a Relative you served in the past has recommended I work with you.”  “There’s this home I am interested in.”  “Can I forward you the details and arrange for the Agent who shared the property with me to call you to preview it?”  This scenario happens quite often with Buyers because they do not fully understand how real estate works behind the scenes. Realtors take full advantage of technology to affectively serve the Consumer.  When a Consumer initially calls an Agent to inquire about a property they have found online, during the conversation a smart Realtor will ask qualifying questions like how soon you want to move, what is your price range, locations you most desire, your needs, wants, and best way to communicate with you?  This generally involves you s...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Key Questions for Owners Thinking of Selling For many cities throughout the U.S. real estate markets, today undeniably favor sellers. With those markets that are particularly competitive, it can be very tempting to list your home even when you haven't made a concrete decision to sell. Taking the plunge and listing can be an exhilarating decision, but doing so without asking yourself some important questions could leave you scrambling to figure out what you're going to do should your home be a highly sought-after property. If you're toying with listing, ask yourself the questions below before you make your final decision. How much is my home worth? Unless you consistently check real estate prices in your area or are comparing comparable homes in your neighborhood, it's likely you may no...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
T.C. WhitingAVP – Senior Mortgage Banker NMLS# 281672 57 W Grand Avenue, 2nd FloorChicago, IL 60654 Phone: 312.962.8788 Mobile: 312.498.7711 EFax: 866.676.9210 TC.Whiting@drmconline.com       7 creative ways to save for a down payment There are some no down payment and low down payment options depending on your situation. Some may want to look a bit further at ways to save for a down payment to purchase a home. See where you can save money. Scrutinize current expenses. Drop cable for Netflix. Forego the gym membership and work out at home. Forget lattes, shop insurance. Go out less. Just remember, none of these changes are permanent. Sell what you own. From clothes rarely worn to duplicate tools and recreational items, you could have a great yard sale. Put valuable things like furnitur...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Have you ever had one of those uncomfortable moments when you stop yourself from reacting badly, forcing yourself to think this is a teachable moment?   I better learn everything this moment wants to teach me?   In the last 30 days I have learned couple of lessons helping me to be a better Realtor, ultimately a better person.  The first lesson I will share now.  The second lesson in a follow-up post.   I serve as the President of a Bid-Whist Club.  Bid-Whist is a popular card game in which there is a non-spoken communication between two partners.  There are a total of four players with two sets of partners.  Skill in the game grows from closely paying attention to the cards my partner plays, and when it is my turn to lead in play, I play the cards my partner has silently communicated to...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
I live my life with the mentality I would hurt myself before I would ever intentionally hurt anyone.   So when a Colleague got upset with me for correcting an error made in a very recent Facebook post, I found myself examining how I could have conducted myself better?   I came to the conclusion with the help of a couple real estate Educators advice, who I encouraged to review the post as a possible teaching tool, I could have elected to communicate my concern with this Colleague less publicly initially.   The post was about their being pleased with how low their real estate taxes are in their community.  They boast it was due to the Conservative Republican Leadership.  The Colleague in the next paragraph invited Conservative Republicans to move to their community for this very reason.  ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
I have created a little refreshment recipe for myself I started to reward myself for cutting my grass weekly.  Over time I have perfected it.   I make enough to last me all week.  It comprises me brewing about 7 of my favorite teas at once with hot apple juice, some cool-aid, lemon juice, and apple-cider-vinegar.   In the process of my giving myself this nice treat, I started researching the benefits of vinegar.  Here is what I have found … Did you know The Secret Weapon for the Homeowner - Vinegar? You've probably heard that vinegar can be used for a myriad of household purposes, but you probably never would've imagined some of the problems it can solve around the house. Check out some of these creative uses for vinegar from home improvement maven, Martha Stewart: Banish odors. Have a ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Thanks Claude for reminding us what Buyers have available to them in Illinois!
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
I have the good fortune of Serving on the Board of Directors and as a Shelter-Site-Manager for this vital charity deligently working daily to end homelessness.  Our Philantrophy Manager ask me to share .... Some Exciting News for South Suburban Pads!http://sspads.org If you have never shopped with Amazon Smile (it’s the same company Amazon.com—or if you have an Amazon Prime Account), your dollars can do a bit more! If you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 1.5% on your first eligible purchase (The usual donation is .5% of the purchase). Please share this with whomever you wish!  Happy Shopping, and know that every Amazon Purchase through Amazon Smile has a positive impact!  3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase - through M...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Credit Score: a number that indicates how much of a credit risk you pose to lenders and other businesses if they lend money to you.   THREE CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES   Equifax (BEACON)   Experian (Experian/FICO Risk Model)   TransUnion (FICO Risk Score, Classic)   CREDIT SCORE BREAK DOWN   Payment History............................................ 35%   Amounts Owed.............................................. 30%   Length of Credit............................................. 15%   Inquiries.......................................................... 10%   Type of Credit Used....................................... 10%   WILL YOUR CREDIT SCORES BE DIFFERENT? The FICO Score ranges from 300-850. Each of the three credit reporting agencies probably has different information about you, and...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Risk Reduction Strategies for New Rehabbers By Tod Snodgrass  If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. --Derek Bok (past President of Harvard University)   Tens of millions of homes in the US are more than 40 years old.  Every year, thousands and thousands of houses are rehabbed because they need it. However, where there is opportunity, risk is a factor as well. If you are thinking about getting into the buy/fix/sell business, hopefully the following will prove helpful.   1. Get all the knowledge you can. Attend meetings at your local REI affiliate group. Take courses (local college or online). Ask gurus. Get mentoring. Do an apprenticeship with a rehab pro, for low or no pay. Go to websites where the pros write about their experiences. You may even want to consider getting ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
I worked in another Re/Max office for 12 years.  Next door to my office was a top producing very professional Agent who would curse out her Clients when they stepped out of line with her.  I would be amazed at how they would stay devoted to her.   I learned her family owned a Bar.  Many of her Clients were also loyal patrons of the family bar.  I have pondered perhaps her brutal honesty was accepted because of the type of Clientele she served, but I think ultimately they knew she really cared about them and what was best for them.  Over these last 30 plus years I have very rarely let my Clients know when they have thoroughly irritated me.  I have always kept myself reminded my Charm is my power.   Recently, I let one have it good. I did it in a way I knew it could be shared with others,...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Today was one of those days I took a moment to visit the Dale who was a couple years in the business trying to figure out how to be successful in this business with balance.   I tend to do this when I am feeling genuine burnout. I really try to fit in a good 15000 or more steps in my day, because there is a nice side-affect besides improving health.  What is it?   I call it just plain old joy possessing me, along with the ability to manage the stress accompanying being a natural problem solver. I had just come off of an extended holiday spent away visiting my daughter and Son-In-Law working the entire time.   They were wanting to leave out to treat me to a dinner, only to hear please give me a minute to finish this email on another fire I must put out! As I write I am thinking of the n...
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