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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

 

 


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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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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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Fall influenced decor

Oranges, yellows & reds seem to be mostly associated with the Fall season. However, these wonderfully warm colors are great to use all year long.  Especially in colder climates, or dimly lit spaces (like the north rooms of a home).  Want to warm up your home’s decor?  Take a look at some of these ideas …

Fall Color Schemes