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Unique Yard Projects

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  •  Homeowners are increasingly replacing grass with other low maintenance options such as walkways and ground cover. Not only do these options add interest to the yard, they can also cut down on water usage, saving money.
  • Adding a fire pit to the yard increases the functionality of the space by allowing homeowners to enjoy the outdoors beyond the spring and summer months. Not only are fire pits useful, they are also a good investment. Homeowners can expect to get an ROI of about 78% on a fire pit. They can cost around $4,500 for a professionally installed flagstone fire pit with a small patio or you can purchase a DIY kit for only $200.
  • Creating your own native habitat is both attractive and can boost curb appeal. Establishing a native habitat in your yard is fairly simple; all that’s needed are native plants to add protection from predators, a bird bath or other form of water, and a shelter such as a bird house.
  • Utilizing edible plants is very beneficial; it provides food for your family and creates beauty in your yard. For example, basil, Swiss chard, and fennel are colorful and unique while dill and okra feature beautiful flowers. There are many different options when it comes to using edible foliage such as pole beans grown on arbors, blueberry bushes as hedges, cucumbers as climbing vines on trellises, and much more.

 

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Shorewood Home

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712 Dover Way Shorewood, IL 60404

Just listed in the sought after Vintage subdivision in Shorewood. Over 3,300 square feet with a large eat in kitchen, finished basement with 5th bedroom and full bathroom, large bedrooms, hot tub, above ground pool, deck and much more! Call 815-954-5050 for more information or to schedule a showing!

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Home Buying: Why You Should Buy In 2017

There are several factors that make home buying in 2017 a good idea. If you are on the fence about hopping on the home buying train, think about these factors that make 2017 the perfect year to purchase a home.

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Downsize-Why Buy A Smaller Home?

  1. Photo of a small home for an article discussing reasons to downsize.Make your life simpler: A large home usually means more expenses, more maintenance work and upkeep, and possibly more space than you really need. Moving to a smaller home can (sometimes) mean a less expensive mortgage, less work to maintain the home and becoming mortgage-free quicker.
  2. More money for other goals: Usually a larger home means a bigger mortgage which means that much of your income is spent on housing. When you downsize, you can have a smaller mortgage which means more income can go towards other goals such as savings, retirement, travel, college tuition, etc. The freedom to have more money for life goals  is something that many homebuyers are looking for and can be achieved when buyers choose to downsize.
  3. Gain the potential to move into a better neighborhood: Most homebuyers desire to live in a great neighborhood in a sought after area and to put down roots there. Moving into a smaller home in a great area instead of choosing a larger home in a different area can be a wonderful  trade off. Being in a great area can mean a better school district, better walkability, lower crime rates, and more.

If you are considering downsizing, be sure that you have lived in your current home long enough that you have some equity, at least enough to cover closing costs. Meet with a mortgage lender to determine what the profits may be from selling your current home and how much you can save if you downsize and go with a smaller mortgage.

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