Month: October 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Check out this list of trick or treating hours and keep these safety tips in mind while celebrating the holiday:

  • Plainfield: 4-8 pm
  • Shorewood: 4-7 pm
  • Channahon: 4-7 pm
  • Joliet: 4-7 pm
  • Minooka: 4-7 pm
  • Oswego: 3:30-8 pm
  • Yorkville: 3-7 pm
  • Sugar Grove: 4-7 pm
  • Romeoville: 4-7 pm

Safety First!

  • Only trick or treat at homes with their outside lights on
  • Parents should accompany all young children
  • Parents should inspect all candy before children eat it
  • Use battery operated LED votive candles in pumpkins instead of real candles to avoid a fire
  • Drivers should be especially cautious during trick or treat hours and while driving through neighborhoods
  • Halloween costumes should be bright enough to be seen by cars once it is dark out
  • Have fun!

Happy Halloween! This is a huge pile of candy.

 

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Shorewood Autumn Fest

 

Shorewood Autumn Fest family in costume

The Shorewood Autumn Fest is this Sunday, October 30th from 2-5 pm in Town Center Park! Bring the whole family and come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume! If you haven’t been to Autumn Fest before, come check it out! There will be lot’s of fun activities for the whole family including:

  • Crafts
  • Hay rides
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Pumpkin decorating (while supplies last)
  • Entertainment
  • Food available for purchase
  • **It is requested that guests bring one or more canned good per person to be donated to the local food pantry**

FYI: Shorewood trick or treat hours for Monday, October 31st are 4:00-7:00 pm.

Enjoy the holiday and be safe!

Shorewood Autumn Fest pumpkins

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Chicago Cubs Home At Wrigley Field!

Chicago Cubs logo The Chicago Cubs are home tonight in Wrigley Field!

Did you  know……

  • The Chicago Cubs were originally known as the Chicago White Stockings-in 1907 their name was officially changed to the Chicago Cubs
  • Wrigley Field has been the home of the Cubs since 1916 and is one of the oldest ball parks in the country
  • It’s been longer since the Cubs have won a World Series (108 years) than it was since John Adams was president (107 years)
  • The star pitcher of the 1908 Cubs team was Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown and his salary was $3,500
  • There are 42,157 seats at the stadium
  • The Cubs have Hall of Famers at every position
  • Wrigley Field was originally named Weeghman Stadium after the builder, Charles Weeghman but was later changed to Wrigley Field in 1927

GO CUBBIES!

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6 Ways To Keep Pets Busy During Showings

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Pets can make things more difficult when selling your home.  Having a plan with the way your pets are going to be handled when your home has a showing will alleviate the stress and the worrying. We have some ideas on taking care of your pets while you take care of your house, so that your home can sell quickly.

  1. Speak to your vet about recommendations for boarding facilities for your dog or cat. Many times vets offer this service or they can point you in the right direction.
  2. Take your pooch on a long walk or to the dog park
  3. Enlist the help of a dog walker to occupy your dog when needed
  4. Take your dog to your local pet store and shop around
  5. Have your furry friend  go to doggy day care
  6. Arrange for your pet to stay at a family member or friend’s house for the duration that your home in on the market
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Are You Ready To Downsize?

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To downsize can be a big decision. There is a lot to consider, such as cost, future plans, family, etc. We have a few tips to help you make an informed decision.

  • Do you have enough equity in your current home to make a good profit? If you have stayed in your home for awhile chances are you have built enough equity to make a down payment on your next home. If you have a significant amount of debt to pay off, you may want to consider waiting before selling your home in order to downsize.
  • What will your budget look like?  If your retirement is coming soon or you have already retired, you may be on a fixed income.  Downsizing may be a good choice, especially if the new home is less expensive to live in and maintain. Consider insurance costs, travel plans, etc. and keep in mind that ideally, less than 30% of your monthly income should go towards housing.
  • What lifestyle do you want to live? After you downsize, do you want a very low maintenance home to make room for traveling, etc? Maybe you want a luxurious home that you can entertain family and friends in frequently. Decide how you want to live before taking the plunge and downsizing.
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Must Do Home Repairs

Home repairs on a budget

When a home is on the market, there are a few home repairs that should be done. Buyers are looking for a beautiful, well maintained home. Sellers are usually trying to stick to a budget in order to get into their new home; for this reason the right repairs need to be made. Some repairs are easy and inexpensive. Some repairs have a big influence on how potential buyers view a home.

  1. Take care of safety hazards:  Loose steps, shaky rails, etc. should all be fixed before a home goes on the market. Although some of these repairs may be minor and not seem like a big deal, they will show potential buyers that the home is well cared for.
  2. Roof:  A damaged roof should be another area of the home that a seller focuses on. It’s a good idea to have a roofing professional inspect the roof before the home hits the market in order to catch any potential issues early and make necessary repairs. This doesn’t have to be expensive. A repair can be as minor as replacing a missing shingle.
  3. Non-working light bulbs:  Even though a burnt out bulb may not seem important, it’s something a seller should replace. Not only will a home show better with proper lighting, buyers won’t be concerned about possible electrical issues due to non-working bulbs.
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Showing Your Cabinets Some Love

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  • Paint:

    Painting cabinets a new light hue can really brighten up a dark and drab kitchen.

  • Install a plate rack:

Putting in a plate rack either above or underneath cabinets adds some interest and is a great way to display any pretty and colorful plates.

  • Put in task lighting:

Installing under-cabinet lighting really highlights the room while being very functional at the same time. Many kitchens do not have enough lighting so utilizing the space underneath the cabinets is perfect for making the kitchen more beautiful and user friendly.

  • Install a pull-out cabinet shelf:

Make the most of the cabinet storage space you have and put in pull-out cabinet shelves.

  • Reface:

Instead of investing in brand new cabinets and spending $5,000 and up, reface existing cabinets for under $1,000 to give them a brand new look.

 

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Fall

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Fall is still a great time to sell! For more information or a FREE market analysis, call the Dawn Dause Group at 815-954-5050!

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Working With An Interior Designer

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  • What is the project? Do you want one room decorated, is it a downsizing project, do you need help choosing furniture for a room(s), etc? Pinpoint the project you need accomplished and work with your designer to come up with specific goals.
  • Gather inspirational material: Pictures are worth 1,000 words, so try to find different inspirational images from magazines, websites such as Houzz or Pinterest, TV shows, etc. This will help you to communicate the style you desire.
  • Communicate limitations: Do you desire to live green? Do you need to work within a specific budget? Does the design need to be children or pet friendly? A good designer will respect your limitations and work within your lifestyle and budget.
  • Be open: Before hiring an interior designer, interview them and get to know them. After establishing a foundation, put your trust in them and allow them to use their expertise to lead you in new directions and towards new ideas, materials, etc.
  • Say no: If you don’t really love a design element, say so. Remember, you will be the one living in the newly designed space so if you don’t absolutely love something, don’t allow it in your home.
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3 Common Homebuying Myths

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  1. You need to have perfect credit to purchase a home: Your credit score does influence your ability to get a home loan, especially what interest rate you get, but perfect credit is not necessary to secure a home loan. The higher your credit score, the better chance you have of getting a loan with a favorable interest rate.
  2. Lenders have the freedom to share your personal credit information: In order for a lender to share your information with an affiliate, they usually need to get your permission first. Both state and federal privacy laws exist to protect your personal information.
  3. Lenders only use one credit model to evaluate your credit: There are a variety of credit scoring models used to evaluate credit risk. Although scoring models can vary, factors that affect your credit score include payment history, length of credit, and the amount of debt you have.
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