Laurie Petranoff's (lauriep) Blog

Real Estate Agent - Suburban House Hunters
I was reading the latest edition of Realtor magazine and was happy to see this article praising the coming year.Existing-home sales are expected to rise gradually in 2007 from current levels, with annual totals slightly lower than 2006, while new-home sales will continue to slide, according to th...
I don't know what it is, but lately I've been bombarded with all of these companies that provide leads, etc.  As we all know, in this industry, without leads, we've got nothing.  I have researched a few of these sites (House Values, Realty Tracker, etc.), but have found they are quite expensive. ...
If I've said it once, I'll say it again.  "I love Algonquin!"  So much to do, so little time...From the great shopping at Algonquin Commons to the various festivals held in the downtown area throughout the year...Here's some info on the current market conditions for Algonquin real estate.  As of ...
 I wanted to reach out to my fellow Realtors to find a better method of organization to keep one's car clean from various showings, etc.What system have you implemented that works best for you?  I am finding that at the end of the day, I have stacks of papers, etc in my car and it's really hard t...
So I just returned home from showing properties in a popular suburb nearby. Out of the 5 houses shown, 3 of them were absolutley filthy!  What's going on???Do sellers not realize the value of having a cleaning crew come through?I have to say that I am absolutely boggled. A few of the houses reeke...
Does anyone have feedback regarding the blogs I've been posting?  I'm just curious.  Are there other subjects I should be more focused on?  I thought the snapshots of my area could help other agents nationwide so that they would be educated in the market in Illinois.Please let me know any feedback.
Bartlett is a western suburb of Chicago.  There are many golf courses, parks, and fine restaurants located within the downtown area.  Bartlett is a great place for commuters because the Metra train line runs through the downtown area, making it easily accessible to individuals working in the down...
Carol Stream is a suburb offering many buyers various avenuesof home purchasing options.  This community boasts a large park district with state of the art facilities and many newer schools.  There is an abundance of shopping in this area as well as proximity to various highways and toll roads, w...
Mount Prospect has quite a variety of real estate options.  Condos and townhomes start in the low $100,000s for one or two bedroom properties. The larger, newer townhome communitites and condos range from the high $300,000s - $800,000 and more for luxury-living units featuring additional amenitie...

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