Frankfort, IL Real Estate News

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
When I am working with Buyers in the Chicago and its South-land marketplace in Illinois, who desire to make offers on foreclosed Condominiums, I have to have the important conversation with them defining what "AS-IS" really means? Condominium Associations find themselves powerless to collect assessments from the previous owners who have walked away from ownership of the condominium, resulting in them pursuing collection of past due assessments from the New Buyer.  Doesn't this just sound unethical and unfair?  It absolutely frustrates me to have to prepare my Valued Buyers, they will need to in addition to the price they pay for the Condominium, budget for all or a significant portion of the past due unpaid assessments, inherited from the previous delinquent owner. What makes this propo...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Staging Tips for Sellers   Spring has arrived, which means real estate season is upon us. When selling your home or property, attracting full price offers is always top priority, and a properly staged home can be your number one asset in drawing as many offers as possible. Here are staging tips to help you prepare your home for the market.       Enhance Your Entry It's the first thing buyers see, and most likely serves as the first impression of your house. Utilize the entry by updating the front door color, change out the door hardware (or clean and polish the current hardware). Make potential buyers welcome with a nice mat and some potted plants or flowers.       Clean Out Clutter The majority of us have too much stuff, and clutter is a huge killer for potential buyers. Be ruthless wh...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Alternative Energy and Your Home   We all appreciate electricity -- each one of us uses it in some capacity every day. Heating and cooling our homes is one of our top priorities, not only for our comfort but also for our safety. In recent years more and more information about alternative and green energies has become available to consumers. Green or alternative energy is energy that is produced from renewable resources: wind, water, or sunlight. Here are some of the most-readily available options for alternative energy systems offered to home buyers right now:     Solar Power Solar power is "the power obtained by harnessing the energy of the sun's rays." This is done through solar panels and photo voltaic cells on the panels, which convert the sunlight into usable energy. Solar power is...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
  http://tour.illinoisproperty.com/tour/blaze/?tourId=1884030#.VK6NZZU5AqQ   “It was on the market so long because the House was waiting on me.” These, are words a Realtor loves to hear at the closing table from a Buyer.       I plan to attend every closing because it is an opportunity for me to give the ultimate in customer service.  It is a confirmation, I was there at the start, and saw you through all the way to the end.  I get learn so much about both Seller, Buyer, their Attorneys, and the Cooperating Agent.  One Attorney shared about his love of Boating, the other Attorney told us about the sports activities of his teenage sons, the Buyer informed us of his childhood fun discovering the Tunnels, Al Capone constructed throughout the Historic Chicago Chatam neighborhood, and the Bu...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
New Year To Dos for Your Home   With the start of a new year, it's always a good idea to assess your home and its needs. Taking stock of appliances, home systems, and other items that make a house a home will help guide you to home improvements needed, appliances that may be near the end of their lives, and any other updates that can help to boost your home's worth. Listed below are major home systems to evaluate in the new year to help give you peace of mind.     HVAC In the winter and summer months a home's HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems are put to good use. January is the perfect month to replace disposable filters or wash permanent ones in your home's HVAC or humidifier systems. Filters should be regularly replaced or washed when use is high or during peak...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Please allow me to multi-task for a minute.  I was just asked the following question by  Activerain Colleague, in which I have a very good answer to, in the Chicago-Southland:  http://sspads.org "How about the homeless?  There are still many Americans who are living on the streets and not sure where their next bed or meal will come from.  With winter approaching, these folks need blankets, coats, gloves and hats.  Of course, they also need a hot meal.  There are many local organizations who would love a food donation or some help at the stove preparing a hot meal for those less fortunate." This is the time of year when I get calls for volunteering on a specific Holiday.  Please know organizations like South Suburban Pads needs Volunteers every day of the year. Charitable organizations l...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
In a recent interview on "The Chew" show I heard Gladys Knight best define Gratitude.   When asked what were her preshow eating rituals, she explained them after sharing first, she never ever takes it for granted, after all these years of performing, when an audience shows up for her performance.  I have seen her concerts dozens of times, and even got the opportunity to spent a moment backstage with her when she performed with "The Mighty Dells," at the Taste of Chicago.  Gladys, faithfully leaves the stage with her audience wishing for her to not leave the stage.  She has created a very devoted Fan-base, because she gives them all of herself in every performance.This is the standard I give to every valued Client I serve.  I know, I was created to help valued Buyers and Sellers to succe...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Red Flags for Homebuyers   Home buying season is upon us, and while some buyers get caught up in the emotions of finding their new home, an important part of buying a home is paying attention to red flags. Red flags are those items that could potentially cost you a lot in the future, or even in the beginning - essentially, warnings of a danger or a problem. According to HouseMaster, a major home inspection company with offices in the United States and Canada, 40 percent of previously owned homes have at least one serious defect (housemaster.com). Provided is a list of items and things to consider or avoid when looking for your next home.       1. You're also buying a neighborhood: Neighborhoods are a vital part of the home buying process - make sure you visit at different times of the d...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
IRS SCAM/FRAUD ALERT - I don't normally answer out of state calls when they show up in the caller-id.  If no name shows up, and only a phone number I usually wait for a message left, then I'll pick up if I recognize who is calling.  This is a good habit because I've answered fraud calls in the past.  Today, I saw a Washington, D.C. number in my caller-id land line phone.  I thought, since my daughter recently relocated to the D.C. area, I'd better answer.  I got a message from a 202-241-0211 directing me to call a Steve Madden 949-873-8412.  The message stated if I did not call him immediately, I would be flagged as avoiding a legal matter.  When I called this Steve, he spoke with a fairly strong Indian accent.  I introduce myself telling him about the message to call him.  He ask if he...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Top 10 Home Styles in the U.S.   We've all had that moment -- driving down a street and we see a home we like specifically for the architecture and design elements. The United States is full of different home styles and architecture, and pinpointing a specific one can be difficult, especially when dominant home styles change from region to region. The homes below are examples of the most prevalent home styles found throughout the United States.     Victorian Victorian homes give off a certain air and possess a very stately feel. Victorians are more about beauty than functionality, with complex designs, ornate trim, and large wraparound porches. The Victorian exterior is seen as a medium for decoration. These homes generally have gables, bay windows, towers, overhangs and many are known ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
10 Tips to Prepare for A Home Sale   We are in the middle of summer -- one of the busiest times for any real estate market -- with thousands of homes and properties going up for sale in every town and city throughout the United States. Getting the most for a home is always a seller's top priority; heeding these ten tips and tricks when considering putting your house on the market will help toward getting you top dollar.     1. Paint Color: When choosing an exterior paint color, stick with what's popular in the neighborhood, goes well with the surroundings of the area, or fits the style of the home. Picking a paint color that is not common or completely clashes with the rest of the neighborhood is a very risky decision, especially when thinking about listing a home. When it comes to pain...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Celebrate America: Made in the U.S.A   July marks our nation's birthday, and as millions gather to celebrate Independence Day, feelings and ideas of what make the United States great will undoubtedly flood the minds of those attending local barbecues, neighborhood block parties, or fireworks displays. The United States is ripe with diversity, and there's no better way of celebrating this great nation than focusing on promoting American made manufacturers and craftsmen.   While a majority of products found in homes are now produced elsewhere, there are still American companies producing quality products for every facet of life. When celebrating the Fourth of July this year, wave a flag made by Annin & Co, the oldest and largest flag manufacturer in the United States, a company started in...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Savvy Shopping-8 Things to Know When Buying a Home   Spring is here, and along with the buds and flowers comes a new crop of home buyers-Are you one of them? If so, you want to be well prepared to get that home you have always wanted.   Mortgage Matters "Pre-qualified" sure sounds good, but in fact, it doesn't ensure that homeowners or realtors will consider your offer. Getting "pre-approved" for a bank loan will signal to an informed seller that your offer is within your means and should be given serious consideration which can tip things in your favor in a tight housing market. Pre-approval is more difficult now than in the past, so, beginning the process early allows you to be prepared to make an offer that will be considered seriously when you find your dream property. When signing ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Solar: So What?   As any homeowner knows, heating and cooling bills can top the charts during the height of summer and winter in many parts of the country. Homes that are well insulated can aid in keeping bills in line by helping to keep temperatures at a constant - but there are additional ways to tackle energy bills, and increasingly popular solutions include solar energy.   Depending on your climate and surrounding buildings, trees and topography, solar energy can be a resource that could be harnessed to lower your bill from the local electric company. In fact, many people are able to generate enough electricity and heat from the sun to power their home without the need for power from a utility company at all, and a few even manage to generate excess energy that they can sell back to...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
While cold winter weather continues to assail much of the country, last week saw some sunnier economic headlines as real estate and jobs performed better, and new data pointed to growing economic strength. Existing Home Sales One look at last week’s real estate market shows the cold weather is continuing to have its impact on housing, but is the weather the whole story? Sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million in January from 4.87 million in December, the National Association of Realtors reported last week. This was the lowest level in a year and a half - 5.1 percent below January 2013’s 4.87 million-unit pace. While it would be easy to chalk up the drop entirely to the difficult ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
10 Tips for a home that's Safe and Sound   There is little that is more important than feeling secure in your own home. While we can only control a small bit of the world around us, here's some basic information to keep a home safe.   The goal of securing your home is two-fold: protecting your possessions, but also protecting the people who live there. Security professionals advise "deter, detect and delay" tactics. These 10 tips cover a lot of ground, so keep them in mind and you will be well on the road to greater peace of mind.   Check your doors, windows and all locks: Deadbolts and secure, steel outer doors are important, as are secure windows that lock. A huge majority of burglaries are no-force entries, where culprits gain access to your home through an unlocked window or door, s...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
I have the good fortunate of having a Spouse who is a superb gourmet cook, who keeps me going the fitness center. For years she has faithfully used Pampered Chef products, taking advantage of gaining lots of their quality products for free via hosting Pampered Chef parties. Finally honoring years of loyalty, her consultant Michele over a year ago after hinting for years my Spouse should become her own consultant, stop by one evening for a heart to heart, you need to come into this business meeting. It took her about a month to decide.  She asked me what I thought about it with her having a very demanding career time wise?  I told her if she had peace about it, then she should do it.  I told her I would do my part to help her promote her business. Now, she is teaching many of her valued ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Romancing the Home: Love is in the Air   When searching for a home, it is easy to "fall in love" with a property. Before you put in that offer though, ask yourself can you BE in love in the house? How a home stacks up in the realm of romance might take top tier in some people's list of priorities, but even if it doesn't, issues like privacy, noise, temperature and certain amenities can definitely break up your love affair with a property.   Loving a home and being in love in a home can go together. Look at properties that are well designed and maintained, easy to live in, and that are in areas that foster a sense of sanctuary, enabling people to be at their best. Homeowners that are seeking to amp up the warm feelings of love in their environment can find ways to evaluate homes with the...
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By Cheryl Bowers, Plainfield, Naperville, IL. Real Estate
(Bowers Realty Group LLC)
Yankee Ridge, Homes for Sale in Frankfort, IL Yankee Ridge Real Estate Statistics Average Home Size: 3618 Average Property Taxes: 14311 Homes Listed: 8 Homes Sold: 5 Average Number of Days To Sell: 115 The above Frankfort real estate statistics were compiled by Team Bowers Realtors based on homes listed for sale in Yankee Ridge, Frankfort, Illinois between December 19th, 2012 and December 19th, 2013. Homes for sale in Yankee Ridge Address Beds Total Baths Total Sqft Year Built List Price 10596 Lexington Lane 4 4 3414 1993 $439,900 Sold Real Estate in Yankee Ridge - (October 11th, 2013 - January 9th, 2014) Address Beds Total Baths Total Sold Price 10701 Williamsburg Trail 4 3 $419,000 The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity pro...
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By Cheryl Bowers, Plainfield, Naperville, IL. Real Estate
(Bowers Realty Group LLC)
Georgetown, Homes for Sale in Frankfort, IL Georgetown Real Estate Statistics Average Home Size: 3398 Average Property Taxes: 9080 Homes Listed: 10 Homes Sold: 5 Average Number of Days To Sell: 125 The above Frankfort real estate statistics were compiled by Team Bowers Realtors based on homes listed for sale in Georgetown, Frankfort, Illinois between December 19th, 2012 and December 19th, 2013. Homes for sale in Georgetown Address Beds Total Baths Total Sqft Year Built List Price 7270 Virginia Court 4 3.1 3000 1994 $265,000 21214 Old North Church Road 3 2.1 3439 1994 $252,999 Sold Real Estate in Georgetown - (October 10th, 2013 - January 8th, 2014) Address Beds Total Baths Total Sold Price 7255 Georgetown Commons 4 2.1 $277,000 The data relating to real estate for sale on this website ...
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