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    Your Real Estate Market Update – May 2021

    By Joy Lovell | May 15, 2021

    Your Spring Cleaning Checklist It’s that time of year again! Spring Cleaning! Use this comprehensive Spring Cleaning Checklist as a guide, and tailor the checklist to fit your home and yard! Be sure to keep a realistic timeline as most of these items might take one to three days if you’re going room by room. It... Read More

    Your Real Estate Market Update – April 2021

    By Joy Lovell | April 18, 2021

    Items to Inspect When Selling Your Home It’s important when listing your home to start off on the right foot. You can do such that with a pre-list home inspection. Most sellers don’t get their homes inspected before listing them, because the buyer usually orders an inspection during escrow. If you’re willing to invest the... Read More

    Your Real Estate Market Update – March 2021

    By Joy Lovell | March 27, 2021

    Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Buy a Home The housing market recovery has been nothing short of remarkable! Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s economic pause is playing out extremely well for real estate, so it’s framing up to be an ideal time to buy a home for those who are ready to... Read More

    After You Buy a Home in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

    By Mason Nelson | January 13, 2019

    Owning a home is one of the biggest financial investments and commitments of your lifetime. So, it isn’t any wonder that moving furniture isn’t the only thing needed to begin a fresh start in your next home. You’ll want to tackle some basic steps after moving into your home to ensure a smooth transition process.... Read More

    Choosing the Right Neighborhood in Bloomington-Normal,IL

    By Mason Nelson | December 18, 2018

    Choosing the Right Neighborhood in Bloomington-Normal, IL When trying to find a new home in Bloomington, one thing you should consider would be choosing a neighborhood that fits you and your family. Buying your dream home doesn’t just mean going out to get a nice looking property that has every feature on your list, but... Read More

    Before You Buy a Home in Bloomington-Normal, IL

    By Mason Nelson | October 18, 2018

    Bloomington-Normal, Illinois is a popular place to relocate. You’ve got everything you need in this quiet city: shopping, dining, prominent educational institutions (Illinois State University & Illinois Wesleyan University), art, and a thriving job market. The parks, museums, Route 66, and art festivals keep visitors coming year after year. Many of them decide to stay... Read More

    The Home Equity Playbook

    By Janet Jurich | October 20, 2016

    What is Home Equity? Home equity seems to be a very simple calculation — the total amount of mortgages owed subtracted from the current market value of a home. Here is a simple example:   Current Home Market Value         $325,000 Existing Mortgage                          $225,000 Homeowner Equity                         $100,000   One side of the equation is... Read More

    8 Smart Home Technology Trends that Can Save You Money

    By Janet Jurich | September 22, 2016

    The ‘smart home’ is the new ‘internet of things’, or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smart phone. In the ideal version of the wired future, all of our appliances and gadgets talk to each other seamlessly.   What could living in... Read More

    Don’t Get Burned – Get a Home Inspection to Save Money on Your Next Purchase

    By Janet Jurich | August 10, 2016

    Okay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal home. It’s in your desired neighborhood, close to everything you love, you love its design and feel, and you’re ready to finalize the deal. Once you have an accepted offer you need to hire a home... Read More

    Get Your Credit Score in Shape Before Buying a Home

    By Janet Jurich | July 25, 2016

    How strong is your credit? Cleaning up your credit is essential before you make any major financial moves. Having a bad score can hurt your chances of being able to open a credit card, apply for a loan, purchase a car, or rent an apartment. It is especially important to have clean credit before you... Read More