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Is It A Good Time To Sell?

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 06:00
Whether it is a good time to sell is always, ultimately, an individual question. What would be the reason for selling? Would it entail another purchase? Whether one is planning on moving on to a larger house or to a smaller one, one factor in answering the question will depend on whether or not that can be accomplished.

Ask The HOA Expert

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 06:00
Can a board enforce one rule and not another? For example, the CC&Rs restrict parking in a driveway over night. They also restrict adding a room addition without getting an architectural approval. Can an owner in violation for adding a room addition without approval say that he does not have to follow the rules because the parking rule is not enforced?

Moen Faucet and Excellent Customer Service

Home Repair - Tue, 06/18/2013 - 17:25

You know it's nice when you get blown away by great customer service. Well, that happened to me today.

I was looking for a replacement faucet cartridge for a friend's old leaky single handle kitchen faucet as you see in the blog photo. (Single handle kitchen faucets can be ball, cartridge or disc types).

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Agents: Three Ways to Connect Creatively

Illinois Real Estate - Tue, 06/18/2013 - 06:00
You're rocking and rolling. Making calls. Booking appointments. Showing up to the office. Plugging away. But you're really not seeing an uptick in your brand. Or your business. So what do top agents do that you might consider?

Owning a Home Makes Families Happier, Healthier

Illinois Real Estate - Tue, 06/18/2013 - 06:00
A new study by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. confirms what several other researchers have determined: homeownership makes families happier and healthier and even helps children get better marks in school.

Are You Really Ready for Home Ownership? 5 Signs It's Time

Illinois Real Estate - Tue, 06/18/2013 - 06:00
You think that you're ready to buy a home, but how can you be sure? The thought of owning a home is an exciting one, yet not everyone is ready. If you've been considering purchasing your first house, here are five signs that you're ready to take the plunge into home ownership:

Organically grown remodeling

Chicago Homes - Tue, 06/18/2013 - 05:00
The farmhouse offers a look at practical, poetic design

The farmhouse offers a look at practical, poetic design in "Farmhouse Revival" (Abrams, $40).

Painting Your Baby's Room

Home Repair - Mon, 06/17/2013 - 22:30

Expecting a baby soon? Making your nursery a cheerful, safe place for baby is a big part of getting ready for your new arrival. But not all paints are safe for children or adults.

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6 Tips Every Home Buyer in 2013 Should Know - Mortgages at Quicken Loans (blog)

Google Home Inspector News - Mon, 06/17/2013 - 20:37

Mortgages at Quicken Loans (blog)

6 Tips Every Home Buyer in 2013 Should Know
Mortgages at Quicken Loans (blog)
A home inspector is your last line of defense against major defects that could cost you thousands of dollars down the line. This is one of the best investments you can make. Ask your agent for inspector recommendations, interview a few of them and ...

How to Get the Most Value From Your Home Inspection - Fox Business

Google Home Inspector News - Mon, 06/17/2013 - 13:29

How to Get the Most Value From Your Home Inspection
Fox Business
Once an offer on a property is accepted, most buyers hire a professional home inspector to assess the condition of the home. The inspector will write a detailed report for the buyer to use in deciding how to proceed with the se. Should the buyer cancel ...

Install an exhaust fan

Chicago Homes - Mon, 06/17/2013 - 09:30
A bathroom without good ventilation invites mildew and wood damage. An exhaust fan takes the moisture outside.

A bathroom without good ventilation invites mildew and wood damage. An exhaust fan takes the moisture outside.

Headline Grabbing Bubble Talk Misleading

Illinois Real Estate - Mon, 06/17/2013 - 06:01
It's way to early to worry about the next bust and a growing number of economists are loudly rejecting housing bubble predictions as little more than headline grabbing antics.

What's Your Pinnum? New Saftey Tool For Agents

Illinois Real Estate - Mon, 06/17/2013 - 06:01
Pinnum is a location-based phone app where you get your permanent pin number, a 'pinnum!'. At your discretion, you can share your pinnum with friends, family or your own groups to communicate, locate and exchange information.

Association: grow-op registry would protect consumers - NorthernLife.ca

Google Home Inspector News - Sun, 06/16/2013 - 20:32

NorthernLife.ca

Association: grow-op registry would protect consumers
NorthernLife.ca
Cleaning up mould and other damage caused by grow-ops can cost tens of thousands of dollars, says a Sudbury home inspector who specializes in removing mould. The Ontario Real Estate Association is calling on the province to create a registry so home ...

80 trips to find the perfect house

Chicago Homes - Sun, 06/16/2013 - 05:00
As more people bid on fewer properties, expect a lengthy home search.

As more people bid on fewer properties, expect a lengthy home search.

Hire an inspector to avoid home buying horrors - Sioux City Journal

Google Home Inspector News - Sat, 06/15/2013 - 05:12

Hire an inspector to avoid home buying horrors
Sioux City Journal
With a 5/1 ARM, the rate is fixed for five years and adjusted annually thereafter. (Reach writer Susan Ladika at editors@bankrate.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.) Tags. Home Inspector, Bankrate.com · View (0) Comments ...

Why Do-It-Yourself Real Estate Isn't Wise

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:56
A common mistake DIY (or for-sale-by-owners) sellers make is pricing their homes too high. Often sellers look at how much they owe on their homes and try to work backward from there to determine a price. The problem with that is the buyer isn't concerned with how much the seller owes.

Building Your 30-Second Elevator Speech

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:56
We need to be able to convey what we do and what we offer beyond our job title, company name, and the services we sell. By describing what you do for your clients and prospects, you can more professionally express who you are and what they can expect to receive from you.

Who Is Responsible When Your Tree Falls?

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:56
Who is responsible if your neighbor’s tree falls on your property? The general rule is that unless the neighbor knew - or should have known - that his tree was unsafe - even if it caused damage to person or your property, he is not responsible. Our courts follow the old common law: it’s your property, so take care of it, unless you can prove your neighbor was negligent.

Quenching thirst for fun

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:02
Lap pools, water slides, hot tubs and splash pads are welcome summertime amenities in apartment and condo developments.

Lap pools, water slides, hot tubs and splash pads are welcome summertime amenities in apartment and condo developments.
Home Inspections Performed in Lake County Illinois

Antioch - Aptakisic - Bannockburn - Beach Park - Channel Lake - Cuba - Deer Park - Deerfield - Deerpath - Del Mar Woods - Diamond Lake - Forest Lake - Fox Lake - Fremont Center - Gages Lake - Gilmer - Grayslake - Great Lakes - Green Oaks - Gurnee - Hainesville - Half Day - Hawthorn Woods - Hickory Corners - Highland Park - Highmoor - Highwood - Idlewild - Indian Creek - Ingleside - Island Lake - Ivanhoe - Kildeer - Knollwood - Lake Barrington - Lake Bluff - Lake Forest - Lake Villa - Lake Zurich - Libertyville - Lincolnshire - Lindenhurst - Long Grove - Long Lake - Loon Lake - Mettawa - Millburn - Mundelein - North Chicago - Oak Grove - Old Mill Creek - Park City - Prairie View - Ravinia - Riverwoods - Rondout - Rosecrans - Round Lake - Round Lake Beach - Round Lake Heights - Round Lake Park - Skokie Junction - Sylvan Lake - Third Lake - Tower Lake - Vernon Hills - Volo - Wadsworth - Wauconda - Waukegan - Wildwood - Winthrop Harbor - Woodridge  Zion 

 

Home Inspections Performed in Cook County Illinois

Alsip - Arlington Heights - Barrington - Barrington Hills - Bartlett - Bedford Park - Bellwood - Bensenville - Berkeley - Bolingbrook - Bridgeview -Broadview - Brookfield - Buffalo Grove - Burnham - Burr Ridge - Calumet Park - Chicago - Chicago Ridge - Crestwood - Deer Park - Deerfield - Dixmoor - Dolton - East Dundee - East Hazel Crest - Elk Grove Village - Elmwood Park - Evergreen Park - Flossmoor - Ford Heights - Forest Park -    Forest View - Frankfort - Franklin Park - Glencoe - Glenview - Glenwood - Golf - Hanover Park - Harwood Heights - Hazel Crest - Hillside - Hinsdale - Hodgkins - Hoffman Estates - Hometown - Homewood - Indian Head Park - Inverness - Justice - Kenilworth - La Grange - La Grange Park - Lansing - Lemont - Lincolnwood - Lynwood - Lyons - Matteson - Maywood - McCook - Melrose Park - Merrionette Park - Midlothian - Morton Grove - Mount Prospect -  Niles - Norridge - North Riverside - Northbrook - Northfield - Oak Park - Olympia Fields - Orland Hills - Orland Park - Palatine - Palos Park - Park Forest - Phoenix - Posen - Prospect Heights - Richton Park
River Forest - River Grove - Riverdale - Riverside - Robbins - Roselle - Rosemont - Sauk Village - Schaumburg - Schiller Park - Skokie - South Barrington - South Chicago Heights - South Holland - Steger - Stickney - Stone Park - Streamwood
Summit - Thornton - Tinley Park - University Park - Westchester - Western Springs - Wheeling - Willow Springs - Wilmette
Winnetka - Woodridge - Worth

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