Oswego, IL Real Estate News

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
Location - Local Community, Town or CityBefore you can actually pick out a house, you need to choose what cities or communities you would like to live in. There are many factors you should pay attention to, not only for yourself, but because you intend to eventually sell the home to someone else. Carefully choosing your community is the first step in "location, location, location" and can help maximize your future potential resale value.Economic StabilityWhen choosing a community for your purchase, it makes the most sense to buy in a city with a viable and stable economy. Five, ten, or even fifteen years from now - when you want to sell your home - you can have a reasonable expectation that your community will still be a desirable place to live.In addition to residential neighborhoods, ...
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
In December 2005, the village of Oswego commissioned BCA to provide architectural design services to a new village hall in Oswego, Illinois. The building program includes the following departments: administration, finance, community development, building and zoning, village clerk and public works administration. The four acre site includes the development of a a village green.
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How Many Homes Will You See?Studies show that the your memory dramatically improves after consumption of carbs and slows upon consuming sugar. So, layoff the soft drinks and have a hearty meal of carbs before venturing out to tour homes. The average number of homes that I show to a buyer in one day is seven. Any more than that, and the brain is on overload. Therefore, don't expect to see 20 or 30 homes; although it's physically possible to do so, you probably will not remember specific details about any of them. The "Red Shoes" ExperienceWomen will relate to this. Say, you need a new pair of red shoes. You go to the mall. At the first shoe store, you find a fabulous pair of red shoes. You try them on. They fit perfectly. They are glamorous. Priced right, too. Do you buy them? Of course ...
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1. Move MoreMake it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it's a stress buster. Think 'move' in small increments of time. It doesn't have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance class or tai chi or kickboxing. But that's great when you're up to it. Meanwhile, move more. Thought for the day: Cha, Cha, Cha.... Then do it!2. Cut FatAvoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich ...
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
"Your attitude, almost always determines your altitude in life."
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
1. Don't buy if you can't stay put. If you can't commit to remaining in one place for at least a few years, then owning is probably not for you, at least not yet. With the transaction costs of buying and selling a home, you may end up losing money if you sell any sooner. 2. Start by shoring up your credit. Since you most likely will need to get a mortgage to buy a house, you must make sure your credit history is as clean as possible. A few months before you start house hunting, get copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you discover. 3. Aim for a home you can really afford. The rule of thumb is that you can buy housing that runs about two-and-one-half times your annual salary. But you'll do better to use one of many calculators available onli...
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
By Matthew Heimer From The Wall Street Journal Online After hurtling along for years, the nationwide real-estate boom has come to a screeching halt. In 2005, home prices in the U.S. rose more than 12%; this year, the National Association of Realtors expects appreciation to reach just 1.9% -- the lowest gain since 1992.Rising mortgage rates and selloffs by skittish real-estate investors have helped depress housing prices in many metropolitan areas. But there's another factor that many observers miss: the relationship between home prices and incomes.When the cost of housing in a given area grows far faster than local wages and salaries, the pool of potential buyers shrinks, and prices are much more likely to sink. For the past five years, SmartMoney magazine has worked with Ingo Winzer, p...
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
PCs are an integral part of our lives. We use them extensively at work and usually end up logging on in the evening as well, to read email and catch up on the day's events.Since we spend so much of our time in front of the computer, it makes sense to find ways to improve our efficiency. This is where shortcuts come in. By using combinations of keystrokes, you can quickly access several tools without ever having to use your mouse. Most Windows shortcuts may be used for any Microsoft program (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) as well as selected products from other manufacturers. If you would like to incorporate these shortcuts into your repertoire, try keeping a copy of this list at home and at work. Refer to it daily until the keystrokes become second nature. You'll be surprised at how much t...
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell sharply last week to the lowest level in eight months, reflecting easing inflation concerns.Mortgage-giant Freddie Mac reported Thursday that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dipped to 6.24 percent, down from 6.33 percent the previous week. The decline pushed rates to the lowest level since March 2, when they also stood at 6.24 percent.Analysts attributed last week's drop to further good news on inflation as both consumer and wholesale prices registered big drops."Both long and short-term mortgage rates fell last week on early signs the threat of inflation may be waning," said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac.He said that the falling mortgage rates should help cushion the downturn in housing.Sales have fallen sharply this year after...
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By Scott Gerami, Helping people find their place in the world!
(Compass Real Estate)
  Summary  2006 Closed Volume is 27.05% less then 2005  Closed Listings average days on market increased 77 days in 2005 to 101 days in 2006  Average Sales price to list price ratio 100% in 2006 vs.  104.35% in 2005  Average Sales Price increased in 2006 by 7.47%  2006 SOLD LISTINGSCLSD Price Range # Listings Avg Days on Mkt $200,000 - $249,999 6 66 $250,000 - $299,999 4 115 $300,000 - $349,999 13 84 $350,000 - $399,999 2 33 $400,000 - $449,999 2 112 $450,000 - $499,999 1 24 $800,000 - $899,999 1 660  TOTAL LISTINGS AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET MEDIAN PRICE AVERAGE PRICE HIGHEST PRICE LOWEST PRICETOTAL DOLLAR VOLUME29101$327,000$336,641$898,000$208,900$9,762,590 OFF MARKET LISTINGSProp Type # of Bedrooms # of SOLD % SOLD Avg LP of SOLD Avg SP of SOLD SP:LP Ratio Avg MT of SOLD Avg LP UN-SOLD ...
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
Summary  2006 Closed Volume is 27.05% less then 2005  Closed Listings average days on market increased 77 days in 2005 to 101 days in 2006  Average Sales price to list price ratio 100% in 2006 vs.  104.35% in 2005  Average Sales Price increased in 2006 by 7.47%  2006 SOLD LISTINGSCLSD Price Range # Listings Avg Days on Mkt $200,000 - $249,999 6 66 $250,000 - $299,999 4 115 $300,000 - $349,999 13 84 $350,000 - $399,999 2 33 $400,000 - $449,999 2 112 $450,000 - $499,999 1 24 $800,000 - $899,999 1 660  TOTAL LISTINGS AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET MEDIAN PRICE AVERAGE PRICE HIGHEST PRICE LOWEST PRICETOTAL DOLLAR VOLUME29101$327,000$336,641$898,000$208,900$9,762,590 OFF MARKET LISTINGSProp Type # of Bedrooms # of SOLD % SOLD Avg LP of SOLD Avg SP of SOLD SP:LP Ratio Avg MT of SOLD Avg LP UN-SOLD % ...
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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
One of the country's top housing economists has come out with a new forecast and timeline for the market over the coming months - and it's got some great insights for anybody interested in real estate.Dr. David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, says that housing starts are now down by about 20 percent from levels a year ago - but that should be no surprise.After all, he says, after years of record housing production, the market had to cool off, "We are in the midst of an inevitable adjustment following boom years when housing market activity soared to unsustainable levels. The market that emerges from the current correction will display good balance between supply and demand, and move to a sustainable trend based on solid underlying fundamentals."Ho...
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