Month: April 2015

5 Tips For Single Homebuyers
1. Stay within your budget- Buy a home well within your means and ensure that you can afford it even during lapses in employment that you may experience.
2. Be aware of maintenance- If you are concerned about lawn care and other exterior maintenance, you may want to lean towards a home with a smaller yard or even in a newer community with homes requiring less up keep. If you are not interested in lawn manicuring or outdoor fixes you should look into a town home or a condominium.
3. Security- Being single means your home will be unoccupied more often than not and you want to ensure that you are in a safe neighborhood with a low crime rate so you can lock down your home before you leave and not have to worry about it.
4. Think about resale value- You may find yourself moving after a few years due to a job relocation or life change so when you are shopping for a home-keep the resale value in mind so that if you ever find yourself wanting to sell, you can do so easily.
5. Buy for the future- Although you are single now and may not need much room, plan for the future when you may add a spouse and children to your home. If you can afford it, it’s a good idea to buy a home with an extra bedroom or two to spare.
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Declutter Your Home Through Philanthropy


  1. Gather items that you don’t want: Pull together things you know you no longer want or call your favorite charity to see what items they need. Here’s a list of the most commonly sought after items for popular charities:

Homeless shelters

  • Food (especially high in protein)
  • Grocery/fast food coupons
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Rain gear/small umbrellas
  • Backpacks
  • Hand warmers
Thrift Stores
  • Computers
  • Computer accessories
  • Cellphones
  • Clothing
  • Housewares
  • Books
Animal Shelters
  • Blankets
  • Plastic bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Batteries
  • Heating pads
  • Latex/rubber gloves
  • Office supplies
  •  Baby food with meat
2. What’s  junk to you is probably junk to someone else: Don’t give away things that are junk just to get rid of them. Junk is junk but other items that no longer work such as computers may be able to be salvaged for parts.
3. Find the right charity: It may be easy to simply throw items in a bag and drop it off somewhere but it can mean a lot more if you take the time to do a little research about where to send your donations. Try using an online resource such as Charity Navigator to find special organizations near you. For example, the Salvation Army has a Missing Persons Sector that locates an average of 350 people per year. 
4. Fundraising garage sale: If a specific cause is important to you, why not have a garage sale and donate the proceeds? For many organizations, cash is vital.
5. Tax deductible: Write off donations on your taxes. In order to do this, be sure to make a list of all items that were donated, their approximate value, and obtain a written receipt from the charity (usually required for donations of $250 or more).
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Community Garage Sale


The Shorewood community garage sale will take place on Friday, April 24th. Garage sale location maps are available to download at the Village of Shorewood Parks and Recreation website or for pick up at Shorewood Village Hall, Shorewood-Troy Public Library, Troy Township Community Center, Heartland Bank, 7-11, PostNet, and WinTrust Bank.

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New Plainfield Listing!

Impeccable! Well cared for duplex located on premium lot backing to water! No neighbors behind! Private entrance! Huge fenced yard! Large family room! Living room! Kitchen offers backsplash, pantry, and upgraded cabinets! Wood laminate floors on first floor! All appliances stay! Huge master bedroom suite has sitting room, vaulted ceiling, WIC and private bathroom! Loft! 2nd floor laundry! New AC and paint! Deck! Premo!

2542 Stonybrook Drive Plainfield, IL

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3 Local Shorewood Restaurants That Hit The Spot


Looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat in Shorewood? Here are three local eateries that are sure to hit the spot:

  • Breakfast: Matty’s Grill and Pancake House, 955 Brookforest Drive, Shorewood. This is a family owned restaurant with a bright and inviting atmosphere and great omlettes.
  • Lunch: Mark’s on 59, 714 Cottage Street, Shorewood. Mark’s offers a myriad of American classics and they specialize in beef and sausage. 
  • Dinner: Skooter’s Roadhouse, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Shorewood. The atmosphere is fun and the food is great-especially the brisket.
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Amy’s Organics

Amy’s Organics offers fresh and healthy food delivered to your door. Amy’s offers produce, eggs, dairy, meats, and other extras. Weekly home delivery is available to Plainfield, Shorewood, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Oswego, and Yorkville. During the summer months, you can find Amy’s Organics at the Plainfield farmer’s market on Saturdays and the Oswego farmer’s market on Sundays. For more information, including prices and an online shopping site, visit can also call (815) 483-8627 or email

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Getting Ready To Sell: De-Clutter The Kitchen


When selling your home, it’s important to get the kitchen clean, organized and ready to sell since many consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home.

  • Clear the counters as best as you can. Put away appliances and only take them out to use them.
  • Put rarely used pots, pans, and dishes in storage
  • Clean out any “junk drawers”
  • Create as much empty space as possible in drawers, cabinets, and the pantry
  • If your pantry is crammed full, begin to use as much of it as you can. You don’t want to be moving a lot of food when you leave and it will also help to create a clean space that will appeal to buyers
  • Clear out as much as possible from underneath the sink. Move any extra cleaning supplies out and make sure that the sink is free from any leaks
  • Give the kitchen a scrub down including the counters, sink, cabinets, floors, etc.
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What Groceries Do You Need When Moving Into Your First House?

  • Pantry items: Pasta, rice, oats, breakfast cereal, snacks, canned vegetables, canned fruit, beans, peanut butter, canned tuna, etc.
  • Fridge items: Condiments, sauces, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc.
  • Freezer items: Chicken, ground beef, fish, frozen fruits and vegetables, pizza and  bread items such as tortillas and bagels can also be frozen to keep them fresh until you are ready to use them.
  • Keep a few items on hand for nights that you don’t feel like cooking such as your favorite canned pasta sauce and pasta, taco shells to make quick tacos from defrosted hamburger, or canned soup.
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