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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Jeff Schnepper of MSN Money reminds us A lot of taxpayers don't know they can save thousands of dollars with these tax breaks. Did you forget about any of these deductions and credits?   1 of 11 Charitable noncash contributions Charity, as I hope everyone remembers, begins with a tax deduction. N...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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The number of housing markets showing measurable improvement nearly doubled in January with the addition of 40 new metros to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI).The IMI now boasts 76 improving markets, up from 41 in December, with 31 states and ...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Total U.S. foreclosure activity and the U.S. foreclosure rate in 2011 were both at their lowest annual level since 2007, according to RealtyTrac®, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties. The company recently released its Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows a tota...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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NMick Rothblott, a respected Loan Officer in Illinois, reminds us no discussion of the prospects for our economy in 2012 would be complete without an examination of the housing sector. As daunting as the debt crisis in Europe is, there is no doubt that the real "x" factor is housing. This topic i...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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The Stress of Buying a New Home Buying a home can be one of the more stressful experiences in life. It is often a long and sometimes intimidating process, lasting up to six months on average. The Real Estate market is huge and changes often with swings up and down. It's easy to become overwhelmed...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Don't Get Caught Without Flood Insurance. Tell Congress to Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program Congress extended National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) authority through May 31, 2012. This latest extension was a part of H.R. 2055, a "megabus" appropriations bills to fund the federa...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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  I am proud to say as a member and Past President of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors serving the Chicago, Illinois area, presently serving on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Realtors, and a member of the National Association of Realtors, our daily focus is on protec...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Good news for homeowners planning a home improvement project this year.  Contractors around the country tell Angie’s List they’re willing to negotiate prices to win jobs from homeowners planning to repair or improve their existing homes. No one wants to spend more than they have to, but when it c...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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A few months ago I had a long term Valued Client decide to stop paying their mortgage to force a short-sale on the home.  This was the result of their home being listed on the market for over a year.  At the time I initially met with them and presented the market evaluation, I showed them how muc...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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I just read a blog post from a respected Stager asking if I would disclose my knowledge of a Ghost in a home?  When Realtors get together at conferences, we share our fun and interesting experiences in touring homes for-sale.  We tell about the naked people we've surprised, sexual encounters we'v...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Deciding whether or not to hire a professional home inspector or engineer or conduct a careful examination yourself is an essential step before purchasing a house.  It is typically highly recommended that a homebuyer employ the services of a home inspector or engineer before purchasing a home. Th...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Government Offers to Review Foreclosure Handling in More than 4 Million Individual Cases Borrowers who faced foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 may be eligible for a free independent review of their foreclosures. The reviews which were ordered by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and t...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Scammers have targeted delinquent borrowers during the past few years, hoping to take advantage of their desperation and financial inexperience. Their approach typically involves posing as a representative of a nonprofit or government agency who can help with a loan modification or some other for...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Mortgage rates continued to push historic lows in November, dropping another .08 points, to 3.99% for a 30-year fixed mortgage. "Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages have been at or below 4 percent for the last eight weeks and now are almost 0.9 percentage points below where they were at the beginnin...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS My good friend Rich the Home Inspector reminds us...   During the fall and winter months, space heaters are an effective way to provide temporary or supplemental warmth in a home or garage. Space heaters, however, by their very design and portability present shock, fire ...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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NATIONAL RADON MONTH – DID YOU SCREEN THIS MONTH? It's not too late! My good friend Rich the Home Inspector reminds us...   January is National Radon Month – a designation intended to raise awareness about the hazards of radon and the need for all homeowners to test their home for radon. Radon i...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – MAKE YOUR HOME HEALTHY AND SAFE THIS YEAR! My good friend Rich the Home Inspector reminds us...   One of the most common resolutions people make every year is to take better care of their bodies, either by losing weight, quitting smoking or exercising more. Another reso...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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John Riha reminds us - “It’s the little things that tend to trip up people,” says Frank Lesh, former president of the American Society of Home Inspectors and owner of Home Sweet Home Inspection Co. in Chicago. “Some cracked caulk around the windows, or maybe a furnace filter that hasn’t been chan...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Attorney Filisko reminds us - Before you can worry about where to place furniture and which wall hanging should go where, each room in your home must be spotless. Do a thorough cleaning right down to the nitpicky details like wiping down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and w...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Carl Vogel lives in a very unique home in Chicago, Illinois.  He appreciates what a good strong comparable can offer and reminds us - Knowing how much homes similar to yours, called comparable sales (or in real estate lingo, comps), sold for gives you the best idea of the current estimated value ...

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