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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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  September 2011 | By Melissa Dittmann Tracey   Buyers want it all. They want a home warranty, closing costs covered, and maybe ev...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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The Internal Revenue Service has some important information to share with individuals who have sold or are about to sell their home. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may qualify to exclude all or part of that gain from your income. Here are ten tips from the IRS to keep in ...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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For what the typical family wastes every year on air leaks--about $350--you can plug energy-robbing gaps, start saving money, and enjoy a more comfortable home. 1. Insulate around recessed lights Most recessed lights have vents that open into the attic, a direct route for heated or cooled air to ...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Even though it costs about one-third to one-fourth less to save a kilowatt hour through conservation than it does to build, fuel, and operate a new power plant, utilities resisted conservation programs for years, says Martin Kushler, senior fellow with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Put lamps in the corners: Did you know you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and b...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Owning a home is a part of the American dream, but how do you know when that dream is attainable? Although there are many important steps towards purchasing a house, there are a few necessary ones that should be taken before the house hunting even begins, to help the process go smoothly. Here are...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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We, most of us, live in our homes a lot differently than we would show our home. Sure, I’d like to have my home in show condition all the time, however, reality steps in. I have a busy schedule, a hubby, three children, three hair shedding furry children I don’t want to live without, and a full t...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Add a little payment to principal. Use mortgage calculators to see how adding a little extra payment to your principal--even $100--can shorten the length of your loan and reduce the amount of interest you'll pay on it. Tracy Piercy, CEO of MoneyMinding.com, says home owners can just round their m...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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If you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business, you may be able to deduct your reasonable moving expenses but not any expenses for meals. To qualify for the moving expense deduction, you must satisfy two tests. Under the first test, the...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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A good public school system can be an important consideration for home buyers, even if you don't have school-aged children. That's because good schools can enhance the resale value of your home and make it more attractive to a broader pool of buyers and tenants. To conduct your own comparisons, g...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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1. Use a family plan. You may want to find some "family" to add to your smartphone plan to start trimming your bill. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, as well as other carriers offer family plans that aren't just limited to those in your family. You can essentially add anyone to your "family" and s...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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The recession had sparked home owners to be more modest with designs of kitchens and bathrooms, but the improving economy is making home owners want more out of their house. Residential architects are reporting that home owners' preferences are tilting toward larger kitchens and bathrooms, and in...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Police Tase Lawn-Mowing Neighbor A Lakeland, Fla., man tried to fight the neighborhood eyesore but ended up in a fight with police. Joseph Florence, 57, was fed up with his neighbor's overgrown lawn so he decided to mow and water the lawn himself. But Florence's neighbor didn't appreciate his goo...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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More investors are taking on the risk of flipping homes, despite falling home prices and sluggish real estate markets across the country. But investors say there are still profits to be made in the house flipping business. Nearly 1 million homes were bought as investment properties in 2010, accor...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually, costing retailers about $4 billion a year. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are required to make that many plastic bags. The greatest shallow-water offshore wind energy potential in the ...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Cell phones, who doesn't have one? I might leave my wallet at home, but if I leave my cell phone at home,  I am turning around to get it. Why do criminals love our use of cell phones? Because we have gotten to the point of letting our guard down. How many of us have purchased an airline ticket or...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Best Places to Retire Many people dream of moving to a new location in retirement. When you are no longer tied to your job you can finally take off for a warmer climate, pursue your hobbies, or simply move closer to your grandchildren. Selecting a place to retire requires a great deal of thought ...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Here is a breakdown of the births for the last century, its shows you the size of each generation. The Baby Boomers are the largest, with a total of 78 million in the yellow. Second place goes to Generation Y with roughly 73 million. After the graph we have some descriptions for each generation. ...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Home sales and prices are still dropping around the country as huge inventories of foreclosures and short sales continue to weigh on many markets. So how can traditional sellers stand out in a crowded real estate marketplace? CNNMoney.com recently highlighted several keys to getting a home sold i...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
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Justifying Staging to Get Properties Sold June 14, 2011 by barbschwarz · Leave a CommentFiled under: Home Trends  By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com I was recently interviewed by a real estate publication and I thought I would share the answers I gave to the reporter's questions here at the Styled,...

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