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Home Design Trends in 2009 in IllinoisLooking for more bang for your remodeling buck?  According to a recent report onthe latest trends in home remodeling from ServiceMagic, laminate flooring may double in demandfrom the demand of for wood flooring during the next 10 years.  Could laminate floori...
05/20/2009
So maybe when you first moved into the Fox Valley area or Elgin, the house was in the right location, on the right block, surrounded by the right schools, with the right everything except that out-dated, what were they thinking, 1960's pea green appliances, help me fix this eye sore of a kitchen....
05/14/2009
Thank you Jeff!  Sometimes, it is best to let the Mortgage Experts explain this!   The $8,000 first time homebuyers TAX CREDIT - HUD has saved the day. Well, okay, it saved it for a day. It's gone now, recinded, at least for now. Everything that you have been reading about yesterday, about FHA/HU...
05/14/2009
I met with a client yesterday in Elgin who is looking to sell his rental property.  The long time tenants are in the process of moving out, and their moving boxes and stuff are everywhere, the place was a mess when we stopped by.  This is a great time to get your Realtor involved, in the pre-list...
05/13/2009
Here is a summary of a great article on Finding Foreclosures from CNN Money 1-It is easier to find a foreclosure today, you use a website like Realty Trac or Foreclosurepoint.com or better yet, find a specialist agent like me who can navigate the foreclosure market on your behalf.  Agents have ac...
05/11/2009
A "Seasoned Investor" just asked this question: when is a contract not a contract?  As a real estate professional, I am not an attorney, however, in general,  a binding contract must be signed by the parties involved.  Meaning a buyer and a seller in this case must have a written, not verbal, agr...
05/04/2009
Courtesy of HGTV.com Did you know? Most homeowners tend to stay in their homes for about six years. The average bathroom remodel costs $10,500.  They also have the highest return on investment- about 102%. The average kitchen remodel runs nearly $44,00 and can bring a return of about 90%. 13% of ...
04/29/2009
A very common question I see in the news feeds is how investors are taking advantage of the Elgin housing market.  But first, a clarification: the Investor I refer to is one who does this professionally, for a living either full time or part time, buying, selling and flipping/rehabbing.  They nev...
04/20/2009
There sure are a bunch of mystery houses out there these days.  I go out prepared when I am previewing properties or meeting investors.  I don't always get to view the pretty houses, but after ruining enough pairs of shoes, one gets smart about what is practical.  A big flashlight that works is t...
04/15/2009
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Anytime an Elgin investor asks me about the market and short sales, I always try to mention REO's.  Why?  Well, because short sales take forever, they can be messy, the offer can get lost in the shuffle and another offer can come along and trump yours in the middle of it all.  Nothing worse than ...
04/13/2009
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