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Dawn Dause Review

Check out this wonderful review for Dawn!

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We have used Dawn to purchase 2 homes now and to sell 1 over the last 5 years. Lots of moving and stress and Dawn was huge in helping us through it all. She has amazing local knowledge and contacts and is unbelievably responsive no matter what time day or night we contacted her. She made the process entirely enjoyable and always kept her word/promise which is very rare these days. We’ve recommended her to family and friends and I believe if you want an honest up front realtor in the area your not going to find anyone better than Dawn!!

Chris Sav


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Dawn Dause Interview

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Posted by WCKG on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Check out Dawn’s radio interview with WCKG! Her interview can be seen at the 1 hour 37 minute mark and contains lot’s of great information about the buying and selling process as well as the Dawn Dause Group!

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Dawn Dause Group Review

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Check out one of Dawn’s latest reviews from Zillow!
Highly likely to recommend
09/27/2017 – gergescz
Sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Shorewood, IL.
Local knowledge: Five stars
Process expertise: Five stars
Responsiveness: Five stars
Negotiation skills: Five stars
We chose Dawn after having our home on the market with another realtor for 9 months with no offers. Dawn sold our home in 2 1/2 weeks! Dawn’s marketing strategies are outstanding and I’m sure this helped get our home sold. Dawn has great communication skills and kept us “looped in” with everything that was going on with our home. We highly recommend Dawn Dause if you are looking for a realtor that is motivated and in touch with the market as well as always keeping her client at the center of the transaction!
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Thursday Tip-Fall Curb Appeal

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Thursday tip!

Curb appeal is still important even when selling a home in the fall! Be sure to rake leaves, trim bushes, and try putting potted mums on the front porch. If the front door needs it, give it a fresh coat of paint so it is the focal point of the front of the home. Try hanging a fall wreath, power wash the exterior, clean the windows, etc. Taking steps to improve your home’s curb appeal will ensure it gives a great first impression to potential buyers.

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Fall Selling Tips

Although it’s after the summer rush, Autumn is a great time to sell your home! Check out these fall selling tips to get your home sold this upcoming season!

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  • Clean the fireplace: Be sure to clear away any cobwebs and to clean out the fireplace so it shows well. Stage it with logs or try putting candles or other items inside the fireplace instead.
  • Spruce up the yard: Take care of dead leaves and trim trees and bushes as needed. Trim away dead flowers and other summer vegetation and consider putting potted mums or marigolds on the front porch to add some curb appeal.
  • Give the HVAC system some attention: Make sure the furnace filter is replaced if needed so that when the furnace is in use the air is fresh.  If it’s been awhile since the system has been cleaned and serviced it may be a good time to get routine maintenance done.
  • Let the sunshine in: All of the wind and rain from the summer months makes for dirty windows once autumn comes along. Clean the windows inside and out to let more light into your home and to brighten up spaces.


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CRS Designation

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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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15 Minute Home Makeovers


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  • Switch the plates: Update switch plate and outlet covers.
  • Make touch ups: Touch up scratched baseboards, window and door trim, and marks on the wall that won’t go away.
  • Change out hardware: Putting in new drawer pulls and knobs can give a room an inexpensive face lift. Home improvement stores have a wide variety of inexpensive hardware to choose from.
  • Update the mailbox: Give an old mailbox a makeover by scrubbing it down and then spray painting it, either the same color or a new hue.
  • House numbers: Switch out your old house numbers for new ones to create a custom look. Some numbers are peel and stick and others need to be nailed in. There are different material choices such as wood, plastic, brass, stainless steel, etc. Expect to spend about $6-$30 a number.
  • Toilet seat: A new toilet seat can instantly improve the look of your bathroom without spending a lot.
  • Declutter: Spending 15 minutes a day decluttering a room can really make a huge difference in your home. Start in the kitchen by clearing off your refrigerator door and watch your kitchen instantly look cleaner. Put mail and other paperwork in labeled boxes with lids or other organizers; put school supplies in caddies, etc.
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Home Improvement Projects With The Best Returns


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When thinking about doing a home improvement project to your home, do you ever wonder what your return may be? The Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report from Illinois Realtor Magazine lays out what type of return you can expect on your projects:

  • Replacing the garage door: 83%
  • Steel entry door replacement: 82.5%
  • Attic bedroom: 81%
  • Wood deck addition: 78%
  • Minor kitchen remodel: 76%
  • Wood window replacement: 74%
  • Vinyl window replacement: 73%
  • Vinyl siding replacement: 73%
  • Composite deck addition: 69%
  • Fiberglass entry door replacement: 66.8%
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