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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
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New Member - Green - Very Green -Tim Montague from Urbana, IL    Welcome to the 'Rain, Tim!  You have joined a group that mirrors your Motto - “Growth for the greater good!” At AR, we follow the AR Community Culture for the greater good as well. Check out the Weltanschauung  and the Community Guidelines and you will know all there is to know to settle in successfully here at ActiveRain. Check out the ActiveRain University to learn more about Blogging techniques and contact other members when you have questions. Participate in the January Blog Jumpstart. Contact other members.You will do well here playing in the 'Rain! All the best -Lynn From Tim's bio:"... Grew up  in the American Southwest (Albuquerque, NM) and my dad is a geek for new technology so I learned about solar power and sola...
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Experts Predict Where US Home Prices Are Headed   Home prices have risen in most U.S. markets this year, with most states reaching price levels not seen since the real estate boom year of 2006. How long will they continue to rise? Check out these predictions from four top housing economists: National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun "We are in a multiyear housing recovery. For the next five years, we think four of those next five years will be an improving year in terms of home sales given the size of the pent-up demand, provided mortgage rates rise in a modest way." NAR’s price prediction: Home prices will rise 5 to 6 percent in 2014 and 4 and 5 percent in 2015. CoreLogic CEO Anand Nallathambi "Most states are reaching price levels not seen since the boom year of 20...
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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The landing strip to the door is possibly the most used space in your home. Almost every family uses it for different purposes like storing necessary things, stashing shoes or umbrellas, or keeping keys, mails, and other small things. However, when you have a squint front entry, it has become a challenge to make it welcoming as well as functional. These ideas may help you.   Check out my website to know more detail how To Maximize Storage Space.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Has the idea or thought about adding a dark piece of furniture been on your mind and you are unsure whether or not it would be a good idea? Changing up furniture or adding a new piece that is a different color can be stressful change for anyone. But using good lightening or even keeping it simple by putting a black piece of furniture in a classic white room can add so much drama, in a good way, to any room!   Check out my website for some more excellent tips.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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With college classes coming right around the corner, freshman parents are wondering, should I purchase an investment home for my college student with the potential of future income? It may sound like an amazing opportunity! A home for your student to live while going to school and there is equity to be earned! Who wouldn't want that? But slow down, check out these tips before making that big purchase.   Still in search of that perfect home in a college town? Look no further!
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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During the autumn season, one great way to update your home is by changing the colors of the exterior to coincide with the wonderful autumn ambience.  It can be a perfect time to see which parts of your home exterior should be focused on before the winter comes to lay claim.  Whether it be adding rich color to your landscaping or just changing look of your front door let the qualities of the Autumn inspire your exteriors this season. Summer is starting to wind down, so now is the perfect time to get started! Check out my website for some great tips...........
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Most of the urban apartments and homes tend to be small and so are the kitchens in them. Fortunately, smaller space does not mean that you cannot create a beautiful and functional kitchen. Though small kitchens feature a confined work triangle, inadequate counter space, and little space for appliances, you can work wonders together with your kitchen by maximizing every inch of precious space. Check out my website and get some smart tricks. Thank you for looking!
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Besides repairing, decluttering, and staging, a deep cleaning of the exterior is also necessary to sell your home. One of the most quickest and cost-effective ways to remove the dirt and mildew around your home during summer is pressure washing. Check out this article on my website for tips to prepare your home for sale.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Completed in early spring 2012, Vaupel Home Furnishings is a home furniture business in McLeansboro Town Square. The renovation project was done for a client who was on the quest of moving his furniture business to the south zone of the town square. An easy way to give new life to a place is to swap out the light fixture, visit my website to see more.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Using the attic space is a nice way to extend your remodeling project. In most houses, this space is wasted either to keeping high school yearbooks or to nesting birds. In fact, renovating this place into a master bedroom will give you major return on your investment. Adding an attic bedroom will also add additional square footage that can bring you more money at the time of selling the home. The first thing that you need to focus is the floor and visit my website to see the ceilings and walls should be fixed to according to your design scheme.  
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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With Christmas is coming soon, it is normal that your friends or any relative will drop by. Some of them may want to stay over too. Taking early preparations will spare you from getting panicked when you hear a knock at the door. Check out these ideas, which will help you to get ready for your guests. Visit my website to get clear idea and decorate the entry to impress your guests and make them feel the love.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Visitors and guests get the first impression of a house from its front entry. So, it is needless to say that the place should be warm and inviting enough to make people feel comfortable. You can beautify the place and use it as the tone setter of your interiors by adding architectural details to it. Visit my website and check out these ideas..............
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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During the winter season we are usually not up for home renovations.  It’s cold, we have guests coming and just flat out to hectic for any big time projects.  Well, you are in good fortune because this article will help you with the process of renovating during the chilly season.  By determining what your budget is, what you want to do, and how you would like to go about it should help with narrowing down the process.  So take a look below at how you can renovate your home during this winter season. Visit my website, From there you can set a budget and time frame for the project to get done.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Light in general helps to enhance and liven up any room that it occupies.  The same effect can happen with lighter colored furniture used within a home.  They too, can make the space feel more radiant and jovial if it has more of an uninteresting and closed in build to it.  The lighter furniture adds an inviting appeal to your home that you and your guests will adore.  Take a look below on how light furniture can enrich your interiors.   Light furniture also gives you the opportunity to play with and invite any color or color palette into your space, visit my website to see more.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Christmas decor can take many forms and the most traditional form is probably bringing a large, ornate Christmas tree into home. However, only an ornamental tree is not enough to give the home a Christmas spirit. It is necessary to complement the tree by adjusting, adapting, adding, and changing the decor of the rest of the room too. Here some helpful tips. Visit my website to get some helpful tips.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Now that it is the autumn season how about taking advantage of the weather during this time by having some outdoor entertainment.  There are a plethora of options to choose from when wanting to entertain yourself or your guests outdoors for the fall season.  However, depending on where you live can affect what activities you plan on doing.  So take a look at the tips below and see how you can liven up your autumn outdoor activities this year. Check out my website for more great tips
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Are you getting ready to sell your home? Staging the home will give you certain advantage in this competitive market and add 10-15 percent more to the price you expect for your home. Hiring a professional can be costly – something between $50 and $150 per hour. Fortunately, cheap home-staging options are also there that will cost next to nothing. Check out my website for a few inexpensive tips.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Bring in more natural light with an attic addition Image via: Pinterest Now we have to admit that as the years go by our collection of things multiply. And most of the time we choose closets, spaces underneath the stairs, basements or -Attics. Yet, have you ever thought of using your attic for more than just a storage unit? Your attic may or may not be finished, but check out my website for some ways that you can maximize the space within it so that it will add more to your home.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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When deciding to relocate to a new area, your head can get filled with the new adventures and opportunities waiting ahead of you. Yet when all of the clouds from the excitement have cleared then comes the challenging first part of the process which is finding a place to live. If you are able to visit the future city you plan to stay in then great that will help, however if not then internet and phone will be your greater options. Check out my website for more some suggestions on how to choose the right place for you when relocating to a new city.
By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Urbana’s Market at the Square Season: May 4 – November 2, 2013 When: Every Saturday morning Time: 7 AM-12 noon, rain or shine Location: Corner of Illinois & Vine Streets in Downtown Urbana Market Map: Locate your favorite vendors and groups   Urbana’s Market at the Square is one of the largest and most diverse farmers’ markets in Illinois, and helps demonstrate Urbana’s firm commitment to sustainability. This gateway into Lincoln Square Village and historic downtown Urbana has enjoyed steady patronage since its inception in 1979, and a recent surge of interest in farmers’ markets nationally has translated into enviable growth for Urbana’s market. Urbana’s Market at the Square showcased over 150 registered vendors in 2012, and patron attendance reached into the thousands each weekend. Pa...

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