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1120 Sandstone Drive, Libertyville IL

Fabulous walkout ranch located on the highly coveted Lake Minear.  Rare opportunity to purchase your own private beach, as well as a portion of the private island tucked behind the home.  Personal pier & motorboat rights come with the property as well.  $1,500,000  View photos here


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Buying a home? Ask yourself these 3 questions…

Have you ever noticed, when you are in the market to buy a car, boat or home, or change jobs, or travel – that everyone is an expert?  Sometimes, we need to smile, and say thank you for the advice, and walk away.  Heed our own head and heart.  And if you are thinking of buying, it wouldn’t hurt to ask yourself these 3 questions…


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Fun (and completely useless) real estate trivia

Do you know why brass is the best metal for doorknobs?  Or what a red door in Scotland means?  Read these fun #realestate trivia facts to find out!

11 amazing real estate facts


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Buying a home is a big deal…

…so why would you do it alone?

Typically, real estate is the largest personal investment an individual will make.  It is also a very complicated process, having become more and more complex over the past several years.  A mistake can be very costly.  Don’t start the process by yourself.  Rely on the professionals who are there to assist buyers from start to finish.

Feeling overwhelmed?  You aren’t alone.  Click here to see what research shows…


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The top 10 perks of a 55 and older gated community are…

Often times, downsizing sellers who are entering their golden years are a bit at a loss as to which direction to head, when it comes to housing.  Most are accustomed to a large home, and today’s older generation tends to have lived in the same home for a number of decades.  Most have only owned that one home, the place where they first moved when they got married, raised their children, and often times became their retirement nest egg.

Over the past 10-15 years, 55 and older communities have increased in not only number, but in popularity.  While met with resistance when they initially hit the real estate world, now, these communities offer exactly what most of the senior homeowners are looking for…a place to call home.  Curious as to the top 10 benefits these communities offer?  Click here Top 10 perks


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Want to buy a home? Why you shouldn’t let fear stop you…

Fear.  The afraid of the unknown.  The perfect topic for the spooky month of October, with it’s month-long celebration of Halloween.  However, fear is also a dreadful emotion to feel, and face, when pursuing the goal of buying a home.  It’s okay to be afraid.  Buying a home is a big step, both financially and emotionally.  It is also one of the most rewarding steps you can take in life.  So don’t give up!

Buying a home?  Don’t let fear get in the way.


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What is the true cost of waiting to buy a home?

If you are thinking about buying a home, but aren’t sure about the cost, this KCM article offers a different way to look at it.  Especially, for the younger buyers who are watching every penny.  Years ago, when Oprah was still on, she had David Bach on her show.  He coined the phrase “the latte factor” and wrote books and seminars on the topic.  His theory was that if you saved what you were spending on a cup of Starbucks coffee every day, you could save up some big money.  This article has a similar theme to it, providing encouragement to buy the home NOW.  It may mean sacrificing a few items in the short term, however in the long run, it should be well worth it!

With Interest Rates and Home Prices on the rise, do you know the true Cost of Waiting?