Month: March 2017

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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Open House

Photo of a home for sale to announce an open house.

1112 Foxview Drive Joliet, IL 60431

All Minooka Schools! Pristine Condition! Finished basement with bathroom! Home is in cul-de-sac with a fenced yard! Brand new carpeting! 1st floor den! Spacious family room offers fireplace! Eat in kitchen includes all appliances, corian counters! Huge walk in pantry! Large bedrooms have walk in closets! Ceiling fans! Loft! Master bedroom suite features walk in closet and private bathroom! Patio! Storage Shed!

Open house this Sunday, March 19th from 1-4 pm! Come and see this beautiful home!

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CRS Designation

Logo for the Council of Residential Specialists.

Dawn Dause has earned the CRS designation and is now a member of the Council of Residential Specialists! What does this mean? Dawn has earned her CRS designation by completing extensive training and meeting significant experience requirements. Working with a CRS Realtor means they will provide exceptional service and will use their top notch negotiation skills to benefit their clients.

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Spring Home Decor Trends

Modern navy blue bedroom as an example of spring home decor trends.

  • Black is out and blue is in: Designers are gravitating towards navy blue instead of a black and white color scheme. Navy blue walls with pops of white will be seen quite a bit this spring, as Scandinavian design is being widely used.
  • Acrylic: This material is having a huge surge in popularity and is seen all over sites such as Pinterest. Not only is this material chic, it’s helpful to create the illusion of more space in a small room. Clear acrylic tables and chairs and even picture frames are being used more and more.
  • Hygge: This Danish way of simple living is being seen a lot in design lately. The basic premise is to create a cozy, simple living space. This means lot’s of candles, throw blankets, coffee table books, and not much else. Check out Pinterest for lot’s of ideas of how to incorporate this trendy design theme in your home.
    Hygge style coffee table as an example of spring home decor trends.Copper: This material is a very trendy choice for the home and will be seen throughout 2017. Try adding copper accessories or go bold and install copper lighting such as copper fixtures over the kitchen island. Copper light fixture for an article about spring home decor trends.
  • Climbing plants: With Pantone’s Color of the Year being Greenery, it’s appropriate that plants are a major spring home decor trend. Hanging plants are an excellent choice to add some signs of spring and life back into your home as we enter spring. Hanging plants are very easy to take care of and very hard to kill so they make perfect house plants, especially Philodendron.

Philodendron house plant as as example of spring home decor trends.

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