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101 ways to make doing the laundry more fun…

Wow! Never have I thought that the prospect of laundry could be a wonderful thing. I think I would do tons of it just to spend time in these rooms!

Check out our pinterest link by clicking on the picture below.  There are over 100 great ideas for jazzing up your laundry room – no matter the size!  Creative decorating examples: from lighting to paint colors, wall decor to flooring type, window treatments to counter tops – there are so ways to turn a laundry room into a pleasant hub of your home!  Now comes the hard part – deciding where to start!

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Will low mortgage rates soon be a thing of the past…

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Want the ultimate kitchen? Try these tips…

Ahhhhh…the holiday season is quickly approaching.  For some people, that means spending extra time in the kitchen – or worse yet, having lots of guests spend extra time in your kitchen.

In the world of real estate, the kitchen is generally the center of the home.  It tends to be a major focal point of buyers, and it usually is the most expensive room in the house.  And the room that we spend the most time in.  Not only to prepare and eat meals, it also serves as a homework space, hobby nook, home office and entertainment hub.  Have you ever noticed how many people congregate in the kitchen, whenever you invite a group to your home?

Better Homes & Garden put together 25 Tips to Get the Ultimate Kitchen.  While some are a bit more extensive (& expensive) to pull off, there are also some simple ideas that can easily be completed in time for the holidays.  Love your kitchen, it is such an important part of your home!

What one change could you make today?


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It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter…

#chiberia is back in full swing! With temps hovering near single digits, we thought that some neat #fireplaces would help warm you up! #winter

For some warm inspiration, click here


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260 Cherry Cove Ln, Round Lake Beach IL

Rare offering of a full walkout basement in Country Walk!  Terrific 4 bedroom/3.1 bath home offers fantastic amenities.  Located in Lake Villa Elementary/Grade District 41 & Grayslake North High School District 127.

To see photos of this terrific home, click here


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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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And the top 25 cities in the world are…

My bucket list just got a lot longer! I am thrilled to see  Chicago made the cut. Although a bit surprised that Venice did not. One of my all time favorite cities.  Who do you think is missing?  And which of these Top 25 do you recommend visiting? Check out the Conde Nast article here


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Need a few more reasons why you should upgrade now?

Home prices are still down.  Interest rates are hovering under 5%.  You want a larger home, but have been waiting for the market to stabilize.  There are signs that the market is starting to hold it’s own.  Every now and then, a drop in inventory and a spike in buying activity brings a glimmer of hope to us all – hope that the market is rebounding.  And, the market appears to be making baby steps to leveling out.  If you have been contemplating selling your home in order to buy a larger one, now may be the time to finally take action.  While you may be able to sell your home at a higher price in the future, the delay will cost you money.  The selling price on the home you buy, as well as the interest rate on your new mortgage, will be higher as well.  Still not convinced?  Take a look at the graph here