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By Eric Egeland, SFR, e-PRO, CDPE
(RE/MAX SUBURBAN)
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    http://www.chicagolandhomeseller.com/MRD9085421 EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR 3 BED REO ON 2+ ACRES. HUGE SECLUDED LOT W/ MATURE TREES. GREAT LAYOUT. LIVING AREA W/ VAULTED CEILINGS, FIREPLACE & HARDWOOD FLOORS. ALL NEW STAINLESS STEEL KITCHEN APPLIANCES. FRESHLY PAINTED INTERIOR W/ NEW CARPET THROUGHOUT. LARGE MASTER SUITE. PARTIALLY FINISHED LOWER LEVEL. DETACHED 2 CAR GARAGE, CIRCULAR DRIVE. LARGE SHED. ROCKTON & HONONEGAH SCHOOLS**AS-IS SALE. NO DISCLOSURES/SURVEY PROVIDED. TAXES PRO-RATED 100%. PRE-QUAL/POF NEEDED W/ ALL OFFERS. EMD DUE ON VERBAL ACCEPTANCE** The information being provided is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All information must be verified by the purchaser. Listing information courtesy of: RE/MAX SUBURBANThe data relating to real estate for sale on this websit...
By Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, RAA
(PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy)
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For the most part home prices are on the rise on a national perspective.  Just last week the National Association of Realtors, NAR, reported that the average home price rose 10% to $180,000. This reflects 4th quarter to 4th quarter in 2011 to 2012. NAR compared 152 markets in the US.  In the 4th quarter of 2011, only 29 of those markets started to show price gains.  By the 3rd quarter of 2012 that number jumped to 120 markets showing price gains.  According to the NAR, 133 of those 152 markets have seen increases in home prices, where only 19 showed prices continuing to fall. Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, says, “Home sales are on a sustained uptrend.  Home sales are being fueled by a pent-up demand and job creation, along with still favorable aff...
By Rich Ranft, CAI, GPPA, AARE
(United Country - Beloit Auction & Realty Inc.)
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Is it a Good Idea to Bid Online in an Illinois Real Estate Auction? Over the past few years, real estate auctions online have really taken hold and have become much more mainstream. Though real estate auctions generally became popular due to the large amount of foreclosures that have gone on over the past few years, they remain popular because many people have really taken an interest in real estate and on top of that, many people find the world of auctions to be quite exciting. Even though an auction takes place online, doesn’t mean it is a bad way to real estate. In fact, they can be just as lucrative and exciting as bidding in person. Before jumping into online real estate auctions, there are a few things to keep in mind. When you think about past Illinois real estate auctions that y...
By Rich Ranft, CAI, GPPA, AARE
(United Country - Beloit Auction & Realty Inc.)
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How to Buy Property at Illinois Real Estate Auctions If you have a bit of money on hand and want to invest in real estate, one of the best things you can do is to consider buying from Illinois real estate auctions. There are several wonderful real estate auction companies in Illinois that are excellent to contact when you are looking for property or real estate through auction. Before going through a real estate auction in the state of Illinois there are a few great tips that you should keep in mind. The first thing you should do when you are interested in Illinois real estate auctions is to find a great auctioneer in the area. Many great real estate auction companies will list upcoming auctions for property on their websites or you can follow them on social media  like Facebook for all...
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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Attention prospective home buyers and sellers! Rockford Area Realtors in cooperation with the City of Rockford present the 2011 Real Estate Boot Camp - an indispensable informational event for buyers and sellers looking to make the right move in the current economy! WIN A HOME! Get a free chance for our home giveaway! Adults 18+ who aren't a current homeowner are eligible (see homebuyer requirements for more stipulations). One free chance with every mini seminar you attend. HALF-HOUR MINI SEMINARS! Why buy now? How to sell a home in a buyer's market Housing incentive programs Creative financing and credit clean-up strategies What to expect with a foreclosed property and short sale 10 steps in the home buying process Real estate investment in a down economy REAL ESTATE ROAD TRIP! REALTOR...
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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Took a client out last week to show houses and we found a great one for his low price range.  It was in great shape for being priced at $54,900.  He could move right in without having to do really anything to the property.  I told him if he is even the least bit interested he should jump on it because it was going to go quickly. Well, a couple days later we put the offer in and gave the lender 3 days to respond...sure enough that 2nd day another offer comes in!  UGH, my buyer is wondering how can that be..the market stinks right?!  Well, locally, some price ranges are doing just fine, especially if the house is in good condition.  So another lesson learned here...even in a "tough" market, multiple offers do happen.
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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According to 2010 census data released, Rockford is holding onto the spot as Illinois' third largest city. Unless a population boom is in our future, there are several cities poised to pass us.  Some are thinking Elgin will be the next to pass us, but it may take them 10 years to do so.  Their population is just over 108,000Rockford's population increased just 1.8 percent over the past 10 years to 152,871. Joliet grew by 38.8 percent to 147,433 and Naperville increased 10.5 percent to 141,853. Winnebago County's official population was 295,266, and it was passed by McHenry County for the sixth most populous county.Winnebgo county as a whole grew 7.6% to 299,702.  for more info visit www.census.gov  
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Typically we don't share testimonials on our blog.  Simply Staged is honored to receive them and usually just shares them on our website.  I have decided to highlight this particular testimonial because it gives a seller's perspective of working with a Professional Home Stager.  I thought Dan did an excellent job explaining the process from a working and emotional standpoint.  We are so happy you placed your trust in Simply Staged and pleased to play our part in the success. Dear Michele, Diana and I would like to thank you again for the work you did preparing our home for sale.  Our neighborhood had quite a few similar houses on the market, including foreclosures, which were really dragging prices down.  We had nearly given up on being able to sell our house in this market when we star...
By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
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Price: $94,900 FIZBER.com ID 15556967 Condo/Townhome/Co-op with 2 bed, 2.0 bath, in 6339 oak crest lane Loves park, IL, 61111 http://www.fizber.com/15556967/ 6339 oak crest lane - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Condo/Townhome/Co-op Address: 6339 oak crest lane, Loves park, IL, 61111 Sq footage: 0.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 2.0 Bedrooms: 2 Year built: 0 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Illinois homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: For Sale: 1 owner Very sharp looking and well taken care of condo in great location. 1 mile from I90, 2 miles from 173, and Perryville path out back door. Upper deck condo with fresh paint and great view of open field and nature out back. 2 bedrooms and 2 full bath with all appliances included. Living room d...
By Rob Kleinschmidt
(Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspections)
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Here I am being recognized at our January national conference for performing over 1000 inspections in the past 3 years.  While the markets in our area are down over 30% in recently, we are going strong and building for the future!   Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspections provides top-rate home inspections in Beloit, Rockford, Janesville, Lake Geneva, Delavan, and surrounding areas.  We also offer energy audits, radon testing, mold sampling, and rental weatherization reports.  www.pillartopost.com/rockwalworth  
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Simply Staged Inc. is pleased to announce that we have been asked to participate as a featured guest at the Homeowners Real Estate Forecast Seminar & Workshop.   The event will be hosted by Jonathan Krause, President, Gambino Realtors of Rockford IL. What is going on with the real estate market? Are home prices going to rise, or fall further? What is the outlook for interest rates? What can I do to sell my home now? Join us for a 90 minute presentation that will explain the market trends and dynamics that will have a profound impact on the spring real estate market and beyond. Learn how you can take advantage of this information to position your home to sell this spring Learn strategies that will prepare your home to be more competitive in the market Receive up-to-the-minute market inte...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Simply Staged Inc. had the pleasure of working on this occupied home located in Rockford, IL.  We utilized some of the home seller's existing furniture and added a few pieces of rental furniture.  Simply Staged rental accessories were also brought in to showcase the home.  Many thanks to the home sellers who so tirelessly painted, cleaned, packed and made a few updates.  Simply Staged provided the recommendations and they decided to do the prep work themselves, which had a positive impact on the budget.  Teaming up with Rockford Area Home Staging Expert ensures your home will be showcased to its fullest potential.        Simply Staged Inc. is a professional home staging & redesign company serving Rockford, IL and the Stateline area.  We specialize in staging existing, vacant and model h...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Traditional to Contemporary. . .                     Condos to Custom Homes. . .                                First Time Home Sellers to Million Dollar Estates. . .   Simply Staged Inc. is your experienced, full service, professional home staging company serving Rockford, IL and the Stateline area.   Simply Staged Inc. is a professional home staging and redesign company serving Rockford, IL and the Stateline area.  We specialize in staging existing, vacant and model homes in Belvidere, Byron, Caledonia, Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Oregon, Poplar Grove, Rockford, Roscoe, and Winnebago.  Contact us at (815)979-3027 or visit our website simplystagedinc.com  
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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It seems like I just blogged about this Rockford, IL home.  In fact, I did!  The reason I wanted to follow up with an update is because once again I heard the statement, "Staging is only for high end listings."  Simply Staged was called in to give upgrade recommendations and stage the home.  A team effort by the Seller, Realtor and Stager produced another success story.  The home had multiple offers in the first week and went under contract in 7 days! While it is certainly a charming home, it went to market with an asking price of $115,000.  Another example of why staging is not just for high end homes.   Simply Staged Inc. is a professional home staging and redesign company serving Rockford, IL and the Stateline area.  We specialize in staging existing, vacant and model homes in Belvid...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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The sellers of this Rockford IL home were excited to be relocating.  They knew it was necessary to make some improvements before going to market, but were not positive where to focus their dollars.  Their Realtor suggested bringing in Simply Staged Inc. to provide recommendations for improvements and stage the home.  Simply Staged Inc. made recommendations that would have the most impact, while maintaining the budget.  It all came together with the help/work of the home sellers, painters and handymen.  The sellers were able to leave their furniture in the home while selling.  Michele Hess of Simply Staged, reworked the seller's furniture and brought in all of the art/accessories, etc.  (Coffee/End Tables were also brought in for staging.) Another team approach involving the seller, Real...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Simply Staged Inc. was honored when they were asked by Title Underwriters Agency to give a presentation to Rockford IL area realtors about social marketing/blogging and internet presence.  Title Underwriters provided this seminar Free of charge to Rockford Area Realtors as a way to say thank you for their business. The event was held at this $1.3 million dollar Belvidere estate recently staged by Simply Staged Inc.  Here is a link to the website if you are curious to see the inside of this stunning contemporary home.  With the exception of just a couple of existing pieces, Simply Staged provided all the furniture and accessories used to stage the home.  The home was just listed with Bonnie Pierce of Dickerson & Nieman this week.  Thank you to Title Underwrites Agency for sponsoring the ...
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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Is the market really down..or is it that there are just overpriced homes that need work out there?  I took my client out on showing a couple weeks ago and as i was getting ready to leave I thought I would take a quick look to see if there were any more listings that she may like...well there was a listing I pulled up..didn't know the secretary had "just put it in the MLS" until I called to set up the showing.  It was right in her price range and sounded great...newer, rehabbed property, no pictures yet, but I thought i would give it a try.  We went through 4 others before we came to this one.  Well we came to the new listing last and the second we walked in I just knew this would be the "one".  Newer home..open vaulted ceilings, stainless appliances.  Well what else does a younger first...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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The Home Builders Association of the Greater Rockford Area is holding the "Inaugural New Home Sale Event" May 2nd & 3rd and May 9th & 10th, 2009. Event Time is from Noon to 6:00p.m. The HBA website indicates the Homes participating in the event are offering upgrades, incentives and unbeatable prices on every new home.  All the new homes are available for immediate occupancy. Simply Staged Inc., A Professional Home Staging & Redesign Company serving Rockford and the Stateline Area is honored to have staged two of the homes included in this New Home Sale Event.  Both homes staged by Simply Staged Inc, were built by custom home builder Sean Adams Custom Carpentry located in Byron, IL.                406 Heartland Drive, Davis Junction, IL                 975 Austin Court, Oregon, IL Tour t...
By James Frazier
(James Frazier Personal Development Coach)
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OK, I am no financial wizard but then those guys don't seem to be very effective anyway so I thought I would share an idea I have that might help anyone as well as stimulate our failing economy. While many people may be wondering whether to put their money into gold as a hedge against the crashing stock market, and others are scrambling to get their assets liquid, I suspect that for the vast majority of us the amount of money that we had saved up may not be all that much or even if it is, the interest we might earn by pulling money out of the stock market and putting it into a saving account will barely offset inflation. What the economy needs is for us to be spending, but with the current uncertainty most folks are pulling back which in turn hurts the economy even more. It becomes a vi...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Want to know what is new in the home and garden market in the Rockford area?  The Rockford Home Show will be showcasing new products, services, and ideas for your home and garden.  Get inspired or talk to the experts.  The home show will be hosting seminars and provide live family entertainment.   March 6, 2009 - March 8, 2009      Friday:  4 - 8pm      Saturday:  10am - 7pm      Sunday:  11am - 5pm   Cost:  $6/Adults, Children under 12 FREE Location: Indoor Sports Center 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. Loves Park, IL 61111       The event is sponsored by Showtime Productions   Simply Staged Inc. is a professional home staging & redesign company serving Rockford, IL and the Stateline area.  We specialize in staging existing, vacant and model homes in Belvidere, Byron, Caledonia, Cherry Valley, ...

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