Monday, September 22, 2014

4 Reasons to Live in the Suburbs



If you’re a city dweller and are starting to think about making the move to the burbs, read this MSN article to give you more peace of mind on this big decision. 

Living in the suburbs for over 30 years now, I could give you more than four reasons why it is just as fabulous as living in the city, but these top four are reason enough. 

Whether you’re doing it to expand your family, slow down your pace, or to improve your quality of life, this article will reassure you that the suburbs are going to give you what you’re looking for and even more than you need. Plus the city is just a Metra ride away!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Confidence in Housing Market Grows



In 2008 our economy was shocked and housing concerns skyrocketed. According to a National Housing survey conducted this June, consumers are becoming more and more confident in regards to purchasing homes. Normal levels have yet to be reached, but this is a great sign. 

See this MSNarticle and video, and check out the bright spots yet understandable wariness of the current housing market.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wild Idea in the Windy City



You all know that I deal with homes in the Chicago suburbs, but this Houzz.com article still hits home since it’s about my favorite city! 
A Lincoln Park home is highlighted for its art, architecture, and intuitiveness with space-obviously city homes aren’t known for their large yards.   
The images will make you rethink your spaces, especially since this home was once only inhabitable by pigeons due to its roof collapsing! 
Enjoy this inspiring article and let me know what fun and inventive ways you have made your house your own!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Peak home prices are years away…but should you sell now?



Selling your home is a big decision. 
Getting the price you want for your home in the current state of the economy is always a gamble.  

Although home prices have rebounded from the recession, how do you know if now is the right time to put your house on the market?  This MSN RealEstate article and corresponding video dives into the issue and gives you some insight to aid in your decision.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How to Get the Most out of Your Home This Summer

It is officially Summer, and though it’s been a rainy season so far, the weather is warmer, and we are outside more.

This is also the time of year for bringing more color to your home, for spending more time on the porch, and maybe having some fun weekend guests and parties!

I found three great articles that address all these Summer plans and how to seamlessly enjoy yourself at the same time.

Whether you want a cheerfully bright yellow, and powerful bold red, or playful purple, this first article helps with hues and the right times to paint.

Embrace the heat, but keep yourself covered in case of rain by sitting out on your front porch! Since the Midwest summers are unpredictable, this article provides tips to get the most out of your front porch with different types of seating, decorations, and lighting.

Perhaps the best part of Summer is entertaining out of town guests. Show off your hosting abilities with this article’s tips and tricks to accommodate kids, plan inventive activities, and what to stock.

Hopefully these articles help in planning your Summer, and let me know how everything goes!
 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Americans Sold on Real Estate as Best Long-Term Investment



This year the housing market has improved, and with it comes a renewed trust in it as a long term investment. 

Stock values have also been improving, but because of the volatile market, real estate appears to be the better option for investing. 

This, of course, varies among younger and older Americans, as well as different levels of household income, but cautious optimism was apparent in the Gallup poll conducted. 

For more information, including charts and a short video, click on the link here:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

5 Popular Spring Colors for Sellers



Spring is here and with it comes vibrant colors everywhere you look! From beautiful flowers to beautiful walls, there are some hot trends hitting the market. So why not put them to use in your home to help it sell?

From pastels to Earth tones, this MSN Real Estate article gives some great ideas of how to use the popular colors in your home to help liven it up. Neutral tones are best for paint colors, but add pops of color in items like vases, pillows and artwork. This way you can change them with the seasons.

Also, although there are many capable DIY home owners, there is also some information regarding hiring professionals in case you need help painting. 

Good Luck and here’s to a beautiful (and warm!) Spring! Read and see the Full Article: