Explore Quincy, IL

By Greg & Paige Mitts
(Vision Quest Virtual Tours)
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I just finished reading the book “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews and it had a profound impact on me.  This simple little book describes the journey of a man who travels back through history to learn important lessons from historical figures such as Christopher Columbus and Abraham Lincoln....

By Greg & Paige Mitts
(Vision Quest Virtual Tours)
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At Vision Quest Virtual Tours, we photograph all of our tours using High Dynamic Range imaging or HDR.  HDR provides an incredible level of clarity and detail that is not available in traditional photography.  For each individual image, we photograph 9 different exposures and then blend these to...

By Jason Wallingford
(United Country - Wallingford Group)
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Land Prices Soar at Auction - Illinois - Missouri - Iowa  Over the last 12 months or so good agriculture land in West Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri & Southeast Iowa have soared to prices never before seen. The land prices seem to be following the crop prices, up. It starting to make a pers...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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With the develoipment of the internet, cell phones and laptop computers, a REALTOR has the ability to provide instant information to a client.  Clients using the internet expect that.  Speed converts prospects into clients.  However, it also means that a REALTOR can never totally get away from hi...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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Some of the older agents believe that there is too much information provided free on the internet relative to real estate.  The fear that with all the free information, a buyer or seller does not need an agent. I take a different view.  It is true that as many as 80% of the buyers start their hom...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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With all the information about homes available on the internet, the question has to be "Do I really need a REALTOR"?  Many of today's buyers start their search on the internet and research the buying process.  They go to various web sites and find several homes that they like and can afford.  The...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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There are so many buyers today that purchase a home and do not properly maintain it.  When they get ready to sell, they are surprised when a buyer has inspections done and come up with a long list of items that need to be repaired. I have a neighbor that purchase his home a couple of years ago.  ...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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As a buyer you have an option to have inspections conducted once you have reached an agreement with the seller on price and terms.  You can either have individual inspections, such as electrical, plumbing, structure, roof, etc or have what is called a whole house inspection.  With the latter, a l...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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As I show homes to buyers, many look only at exactly what is there.  If the house is messy, that is all they see.  If the house has family pictures, they spend time looking at the pictures.  No home is perfect.  As a listing agent, I make suggestions to a seller of the items they need to do to pu...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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When a property owner is considering selling his house, many times they will have an appraisal done to set the value of the property.  This can be a mistake.  If an appraiser submits a value, the owner would naturally think that the house should be listed for at least that amount.  At this point,...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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Earlier this week there was an auction of a large home in our Historic area.  The auction was conducted by a local auctioneer that advertises selling a house in 30 minutes.  Well, even though there were a lot of potential buyers at the auction, it apparently did not sell.  Apparently, the owner d...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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If you are considering selling your house, you probably are at least thinking about selling it yourself.  For some it works just fine.  However, according the the National Association of REALTORS, nearly 80% of the people that try to sell themselves eventually list with a REALTOR.  Why is that?  ...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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The outside of the home is the first that a buyer sees and it is very important that it makes a good impression.  However, appearance in important once the buyer gets into the house as well. If you are thinking about placing your house on the market, I am sure you have asked yourself many questio...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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As I go out to talk to people about listing their home, I will give the seller suggestions on how to make their home show better.  There is only one chance to make a good first impression and that impression starts with the yard.  In our area, it has rained about every other day and the grass jus...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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The national new media almost daily reports on record foreclosures in the nation.  Foreclosures, like real estate is local.  The Quincy area has seen some foreclosures, but not to the level that is reported nationally.  There will always be some foreclosures.  Perhaps the owner ran into some majo...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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Mortgage rates are very good by historic standards.  They may have been lower in 2005, but were over 14% in the 80's.  Lower rates mean that a buyer can afford a bigger and better home and build strong long term equity.  In most cases, a home is a person's biggest asset.  Why not start now to bui...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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Real Estate auctions seem to be very popular these days.  From personal experience, auctions seem to work very well for farm ground.  However, for a home in town, sometimes it works, but many times it does not.For farm ground, there is only a fixed amount of ground that is either tillable or in t...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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The numbers are in for the first 4 months of 2008.  All numbers are for the period of January through April of each year.  Total closings in Quincy and Adams County to date for 2008 was 192 compared to 251 in 2007 and 216 in 2006.  Total value of closings to date in 2008 was $19,500,000 compared ...

By Alan VanDeBoe
(C 21 Awerkamp & Hays)
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The national news media continues to talk about the housing slump, the bubble has burst, record foreclosures and other negative term.  Real Estate is local.  There are certainly problems in the housing industry.  Much of the problem is in California and Florida and some other locations where home...

By Chris Elsie-Higdon
(RE/MAX Real Estate Pros)
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Adams county Rural Development is definitely worth checking out. It may surprise alot of you what would qualify for it. Hickory Grove Sub., some of Spring Lake, it goes on and on.

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