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By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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A new Illinois law mandates that Carbon Monoxide Detectors be installed in all residences as of January 1, 2007.  Between 200 - 300 people die in the United States each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning.  The Carbon Monoxide Alarm must be placed within 15 feet of every bedroom.  This new law ...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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As of January 2, 2007, Wheaton, Illinois has passed a new citywide ordinance banning smoking in public places and workplaces. Smoking is prohibited in Wheaton in the following locations: Enclosed public places and workplaces Within 25 feet of public entrances Within 25 feet of open air public din...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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One of my favorite websites is Flylady.net.  She is a true inspiration.  I don't know if it is because she helps bring order to my hectic and unpredictable life or if it's the wonderful tips I can pass along to my clients and friends.  I guess it's a combination of both. Her section on Moving Tip...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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 The Illinois Prairie Path is a multi-use nature trail for public use that spans approximately 61 miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties.  In Wheaton, the Prairie Path cuts diagonally across the northwest portion of the city and then runs parallel to the railroad tracks.  The Prairie Path can be...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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Wheaton - Population: 55,000+Wheaton, with its strong reputation as a family-oriented community, has recently gained even more notoriety as it has been chosen as one of "50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family," in a book by Lee and Saralee Rosenberg.  Wheaton has also been named "the healthiest ...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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According to a January 2006 Javelin Strategy and Research report there were over 8.9 million adult identity theft victims in 2006.  The total amount of fraud was a whopping $56.6 billion dollars.  The average victim lost $6383.  Ten states have made great efforts to protect the identity theft vic...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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Farnham is located in the heart of Wheaton, surrounded by the best Wheaton has to offer.  To the South is Seven Gables Park; a 66 acre retreat with walking paths, ponds, playgrounds and ball fields.  To the West is the country’s first 18 hole golf course: Chicago Golf Club was just named the 7th ...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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For many, retirement is a time when people shift priorities and put their own needs first. One of the most important choices they need to make is where to live in retirement. Choosing the right community and home is an important and challenging decision.Ask yourself, do you want to:Remain in the ...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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The old saying about making a good first impression couldn't be truer than when you are selling your home. That first impression has to create interest from the moment a buyer drives up to your home. Curb appeal is that subjective, intangible quality that entices buyers to think emotionally rathe...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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When you're in a seller's market or vying for a hot property, the competition can be fierce. You need to make your offer stand out from your competitors' offers. To increase the likelihood that a seller accepts your offer, consider adopting one or more of these strategies:Price. Obviously, price ...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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When you are buying a home, there are many problems that the seller is obligated to disclose. For example, in most states, it is illegal to withhold information about major physical defects on the property, but, these disclosures don't always paint the entire picture of the home. Here are six que...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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Technology has changed the way consumers do business. The real estate industry is no exception. In fact, 77 percent of homebuyers use the Internet during their property search. (The 2005 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers) However, most agree that when it comes to...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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The market is ripe for buyers right now. Interest rates, although slightly higher than this time last year, are still at an all-time low, and the National Association of REALTORS® predicts that 2006 will be the third all-time best year in real estate. So naturally you should be telling your landl...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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You've found your dream home, the seller has accepted your offer, your loan has been approved and you're eager to move into your new home. But before you get the key, there's one more step--the closing.Also called the settlement, the closing is the process of passing ownership of property from se...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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The media has been full of stories about the slowing housing market --and although this kind of market normalization is commonplace in the real estate industry, there is no question that in many parts of the country, houses are currently on the market a little longer and there is more competition...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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Thinking about remodeling your home? You're not alone. Rising home values and favorable interest rates over the last decade have allowed homeowners to tap into equity in order to upgrade their property. Within the four quarters, homeowners spent over $160 billion on home improvements, according t...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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The property you buy will be much more than a house; it will be your home. The following questions can help you describe the things that are most important to you in your ideal home and neighborhood.1. How far along are you in the homefinding process (just thinking about the possibility of buying...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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Should you buy or sell first? There are many schools of thought on this subject. Ultimately, it depends on you and your situation. For instance, can you afford to pay two mortgages in the event your previous home does not sell by the time you move? Would you consider a bridge loan (a short-term, ...

By Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL
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Pricing matters. When you decide to sell your home, one of the most important decisions real estate seller's make is your initial listing price. Of course, you want to get as much for your home as buyers may be willing to pay. However, when determining the price, don't make the mistake of overpri...

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