Month: May 2015

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Plainfield Farmer’s Market

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Plainfield Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market will take place every Saturday from June 6-September 26 from 8 am till 1 pm on the southwest corner of Route 59 and Lockport Street (just down the road from the Plainfield RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals office). ¬†For more information about this awesome seasonal event, call (815) 436-1342.

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25 Illinois Summer Trips To Make

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  1. Hike at Starved Rock State Park
  2. Attend a Kane County Cougars or Peoria Chiefs minor league baseball game
  3. Go to the Ribfest in Naperville
  4. Catch a show at Ravinia
  5. Have fun at the Illinois State Fair in August (Aug. 13-23) and the Sandwich Fair (Sept. 9-13) in September 
  6. Visit the historic town of Galena
  7. Head down the Fox River in the Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race on June 7th
  8. Explore the Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois
  9. Go back in time and visit New Salem
  10. Visit the Shawnee National Forest 
  11. Travel down historic Route 66 and visit the Route 66 Scenic Byway
  12. Have a blast at Six Flags Great America
  13. Overlook the Vermilion River at Matthiessen State Park
  14. Take in the beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe
  15. Head to the Brookfield Zoo
  16. Enjoy a ride on the Spirit Of Peoria riverboat
  17. Visit Lincoln’s tomb
  18. Experience nature at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle
  19. Visit Arthur, Illinois, the “Heart of the Illinois Amish Country”
  20. For all things cars, visit the Volo Auto Museum
  21. Splash around at Illinois’ largest water park, Raging Waves, located in Yorkville
  22. Take in Swedish Days in Geneva (June 23-28)
  23. Play 18 holes at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, and then watch the PGA’s John Deere Classic here (July 6-12)
  24. Take in a Chicago Fire game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview
  25. Head to the Arlington Racetrack to see the Arlington Million event (August 15)
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Home Ownership Leads To Wealth

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The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University recently conducted research about the correlation between homeownership and wealth. After the study was completed, they stated that “as a means to building wealth, there is no practical substitute for homeownership.”  How does owning a home help to build wealth? Here’s what the research at Harvard found:

  • Having a mortgage forces a homeowner to save. Paying down the principal of a mortgage over time is like a savings plan whose deposits are growing.
  • Although there have been times where home prices have abnormally increased as well as decreased, over time home prices still increase faster than inflation. 
  • Many homeowners take advantage of the numerous tax benefits that are available to them. One benefit is mortgage-interest deduction, which allows homeowners to deduct the annual interest paid on a mortgage as well as property taxes. 
  • Having a mortgage protects homeowners from the reality of rising rent costs. A mortgage also freezes the majority of a homeowner’s housing costs. Over time, the monthly mortgage payment stays the same, but because of inflation the real cost of the payment decreases. Over time a homeowner actually uses a smaller portion of their income on their house payments.
  • Owning a home is, and probably always will be, a large part of the American dream and also has been shown to be a great way to create and build wealth.
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10 Spring Family Activities

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  1. Go to the beach
  2. Go kayaking
  3. Go hiking
  4. Fly a kite
  5. Do an outdoor scavenger hunt
  6. Go canoeing 
  7. Take a family bike ride
  8. Go mini golfing
  9. Plant a garden
  10. Take a family camping trip
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9 Things To Ignore While House Hunting

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It can be easy to focus on the little things you see in a home that you don’t particularly care for and to miss the positive attributes of the home.  It can be difficult to envision yourself in a home when you are surrounded by memories of a different family. Here are 9 things you should ignore when touring a home:

  1. An older home: Many older homes have been built with quality materials and finishes and have been able to stand the test of time because of that.  You can still make your mark on an older home and there are many simple fixes that can be done to bring an older home up to date.
  2. Paint colors: The colors on the walls are very fixable and can be changed quickly and cheaply. It is more important to focus on the actual structure of the room instead of the owner’s taste in paint colors.
  3. Wallpaper: Even though you may see wallpaper that doesn’t fit your style, just remember that it can be taken down or covered up.
  4. Kitchen appliances: If the appliances in a home don’t meet your standards, just keep in mind that as long as you have room in your budget to replace them or at least a plan to change them out over time, you will be able to have the appliances you wish for.
  5. Worn or dirty carpet: Carpets can always be professionally cleaned or replaced with a different flooring option. There are numerous options for flooring now that are both attractive and budget friendly.
  6. Unpleasant odors: Giving the home a good cleaning should easily get rid of any odors in the home so unless the odor is due to a serious mold problem, the odor is not a major issue.
  7. Lack of curb appeal: If you are not impressed with the outside of a home, don’t worry, you can make changes in order to make it your own. Painting the front door a different color, sprucing up a front porch, or adding new landscaping will make a huge difference.
  8. Popcorn ceilings: Although these are outdated, they can be scraped off to achieve that smooth look you are after. It is a good idea to do this work before you move in though because it is a messy job.
  9. Not enough privacy: A lack of privacy can be remedied by putting up hedges or other trees or bushes.
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