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Wonderful Wadsworth custom home on wooded acre

Mature trees from this custom built 3 bedroom home, tucked in the heart of Wadsworth.  Beautiful river rock stone fireplace highlights the great room.  The remodeled kitchen boasts an abundance of cabinets with pull-out shelving, a built-in refrigerator, and stainless steel appliances.  Soaring vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace add to the ambiance of the master suite, complete with a large walk-in closet and spacious spa-like bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower & double sinks.  Don’t miss the expansion of living space in the finished basement.  Entertaining is easy with the large bar.  The spacious family room is spacious enough to allow for a game table, and the bathroom also offers a salon sink for at-home haircuts.  Take a look!

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658 Beth Court, Gurnee IL

Looking for a maintenance-free townhome in a golf course community?  Look no further!  This cozy and versatile 2 bedroom/2 bath townhome is now available!  Subdivision includes swimming pools, clubhouses, tennis courts & a golf course (membership separate).

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41% of Americans would prefer to build…

According to KCM’s findings, 41% of Americans would prefer to build their home, as opposed to buy an existing property.  Those are terrific numbers, if you are selling a plot of land, or are a homebuilder looking for business.

However, if you are trying to sell an existing home, how can you use this information to help sell your home? Take a look at the graph.  Give your attention to the reasons that home buyers prefer to build, and make some changes to increase your home’s appeal.  Pay heed – cost savings is the number one driving force for purchasing a resale over a new build.  If you are going to update your current home, to enhance its’ desirability – make sure your costs are reasonable.

41% of Americans would prefer to build.


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Oh how I hate to pick out paint colors!

We always tell a buyer to never let paint color interfere with their home buying process.  Truth is, some paint colors really aid the selling of a home, while others can be major turn-offs.  Part of the problem is that so many people struggle with the ability to look beyond what is right in front of them.  They have blinders on, and cannot see what that navy blue bedroom with the black ceiling & stick-on glow-in-the-dark stars has the potential to become.  Yet paint remains one of the most cost effective changes that a seller can make when they are putting the home on the market, and that a buyer can make once they close on a home.

The challenge so many people face?  Choosing the best color.  Like everything else in life, psychology has entered in the world of paint.  A lot of thought has been put into analyzing various colors, hues and tones – as well as the perceptions that people have developed about those colors.  CertaPro Painters has helped simplify the process by putting together this chart.  So take a look, and then grab your brush!  http://ow.ly/w35dp


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2013-14 Cost vs. Value: Remodeling Pays Off Big Time

Considering some home improvements projects this year?  Do you know which ones may yield a better return?  And which may be more of a financial lemon?  Check out this NAR article from REALTOR Mag.  It’s pretty sound advice.

Maybe I can get some good ideas for my mudroom, now that my lab has chewed up the built-in cabinet bench beyond repair…

2013-14 Cost vs. Value: Remodeling Pays Off Big Time


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Thinking about selling your home? Here are 30 quick weekend projects…

It’s snowing again in Chicago.  Again.  Several inches of the white fluffy stuff had fallen by morning rush hour.  It is March 5th.  After a brutally cold and snow-filled winter, even us hardy Chicagoans are ready for spring.  However, there is a ton of snow left to melt, which means it will be awhile until we can start enjoying the outdoors.  And while I am not planning on selling my home until my 8th grader has finished college – there are some projects around my home that need to be done.  Interestingly, several of my “spruce-ups” are on the list in this article.  Seeing that I can knock some out in a weekend, is just the incentive I need to get started.

Take a quick look and see which tasks you would like to undertake.  Especially if you are preparing your home to sell.  These are quick projects, most are fairly inexpensive, and they will all yield nice returns.

Thinking about selling your home? Here are 30 quick… http://ow.ly/ugwA9