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Your Guide to the Home Buying Process!

by Rose Price

Becoming a Home Buyer for the first time? Congrats! Owning your first home is an exciting step in your life. Before you can move into your dream Champaign-Urbana home, you need to understand the steps it takes from finding the perfect home to actually moving in. Luckily for you, Champaign Rose is here to break down the steps for you and guide you throughout the process!. Check out this basic step by step guide to get you started on your home buying journey today!


1. Do some homework. Before you do anything else, you need to be clear in what you want for your new home and what you can afford. Create a list of wants and needs to help you understand what you must have and what can be considered added bonuses. Create a Budget so you know exactly what you can realistically afford.


2. Once you have a clear understanding of what you are looking for in a new home and the budget range you feel comfortable with, you can begin your Search online.


3. The internet is a great resource to get you started but once you want to really start plunging into the process, find a Top Realtor to work with. They will assist you every step of the way and help insure that you find the best home to fit your needs and your budget. Their understanding of the local market as well as ins and outs of negotiation will help make this process far easier for you.


4. Find a Lender to help set you up with a loan for your home. Your realtor can provide you with recommendations of great local lending agents. Once you have selected one, they will help find a mortgage option that fits within your finances.


5. Go to as many open houses and showings as possible. Although you can gather a lot of information from online listings, nothing compares to actually being within the space.


6. Once you have found your perfect home, it is time to make an offer. Your realtor will assist you in drafting an offer that is appropriate and appealing to the seller.


7. Although we all want our offers to be accepted out right, this is rarely the case. Be prepared to receive a counter offer from the seller. Understanding your budget ahead of time allows you to enter this step knowing exactly how high you can afford to go. Your realtor will be an invaluable asset during this process to help you make sure that your best interests are put first.


8. A vitally important step in the home buying process is the inspection. Although a home might appear perfect, there could be costly, unseen issues. Go with the inspector during this step so that you can ask questions along the way. Depending on what is uncovered, you can decide whether to move on to the next step or walk away.


9. Your lender will now complete a home appraisal to finalize your mortgage.


10. If you are happy with the home inspection results and your lender's estimated cost of the home, you can now close! Finalize that paperwork, grab your keys, and move into your new dream home!


Update Your Home's Curb Appeal For the Spring Market!

by Rose Price

The temperature is starting to rise and the snow is melting. Spring is almost here! Get your Champaign-Urbana ready to enter the spring housing market. Have your home stand apart from the competition by updating its curb appeal. Complete these tasks over the next couple of months and your home's curb appeal will have you "springing" towards a new home before you know it!

1. Make Sure House Numbers Are Visible. This is an easy task that can be completed right away. Go across the street from your house to see how well you can read the numbers. Make sure that they are in a clear font and are not blocked. Placing the numbers horizontally as well as under a porch lamp are other helpful ways to insure it can be easily read.

2. Enhance The Front Door. Make your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior. There are multiple, simple ways you can do this. Update the hardware, add a new knocker, or paint it a different color. Consider adding a seasonal wreath for an extra homey touch.

3. Check Your Roof. Start inspecting your roof now. If you notice missing or damaged shingles, call a professional. Have them complete their own inspection and, if needed, hire them to fix your roof before their busy season begins.

4. Check Your Garage & Driveway. Your home's exterior can be dominated by the garage and driveway, so it is important that it looks its best. Inspect your driveway for any cracks and make repairs as needed. Update your garage with a fresh coat of paint and new lighting.

5. Clean Siding & Windows. Remove the winter grime from your home by power washing the siding. Make the windows sparkle by washing the inside and outside of each of them.

6. Sod & Mulch. Start fixing your lawn in early spring so it will look its best as soon as the season is in full swing. Reseed or sod your lawn if it looks patchy. Add a natural mulch to your flower beds.

7. Add Fragrance. Once the ground thaws, start planting flowers in your yard. Consider fragrant flowers and herbs that will make walking up to your home pleasant for all potential buyers.

8. Start At The Curb. Take the phrase curb appeal to heart and add flowers and plants to the outside borders of your yard. Your yard will appear larger thanks to the added depth and color.

9. Add Flower Pots To The Porch. Cluster a group of flower pots in various sizes on your porch and fill them with spring flowers for an easy, homey touch. T

10. Create A New Path To Your Front Door. If the walkway to your home is a straight line, consider adding some interest to your front add by curving the path. A curved path helps draw the buyer's eye through the landscaping.

11. Add Illumination. Make sure your porch is well-lit no matter the time of day. Consider updating the lighting on your porch to make is more illuminated. Add landscape lighting along your front walkway.


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Champaign County Housing Market Ended Strong in 2017!

by Rose Price

Champaign County home sales in 2017 reflected the second best year in the past decade!

The region saw a 2.47% increase in average home sale price for 2017 at $174,420 compared to the previous year at $170,217. The median home sale price (i.e. the typical market price where half the homes sell for more and half for less) for single family homes and condominiums was also up 3.45% from $145,000 in 2016 to $150,000 in 2017.


Along with the higher sale prices, the year saw a decrease in the total number of home sales in Champaign County. The 2017 year-end total in home sales was 2,882, a 4.79% decrease from the 3,027 total sales in 2016. The communities of Urbana and Mahomet (including surrounding region) saw more homes sold in 2017 than they did in 2016, while Champaign and Savoy (including surrounding region) saw a decrease. Homes sold quicker in 2017 than they did in 2016, with an average of 74 days in 2017 as compared to 80 the previous year.


The end results for the 2017 housing market reflect positively for this new year. Overall positive gains are predicted for 2018. Median home prices are forecasted to grow throughout the year. This is great news for sellers. And, as sellers see the higher prices, they will be more confident to sell. This results in increased inventory for buyers, especially with the upcoming spring season.


Work with an Experienced Realtor that can help you find your dream home at the perfect price in 2018! If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Champaign County home this fall, give Champaign Rose a call today or visit my website at


Information from Champaign County Association of REALTORS®

End of Year Housing Market Update for Champaign County!

by Rose Price

The new year has begun, giving us time to reflect on 2017. The stats for the housing market throughout Champaign County are in! November 2017 saw many changes in pricing and closed sales compared to the previous year. As the market progresses, it will be interesting to see what happens in 2018. The one thing you can be sure of....we will be here to up date you along the way!


Champaign County saw a 3.97% increase in average home sale price in November 2017 compared to November 2016, at $171,759 this year compared to $165,361. The  average home sale price year-to-date through November 2017 reached $174,796, which is a 2.45% increase from this period in 2016. The median home sale price (i.e. the typical market price where half the homes sell for more and half for less) for single family homes and condominiums was down 0.64% from $139,900 in November 2016 to $139,000 in November 2017. However, in terms of year-to-date through November 2017, the median home sale price in November of 2017 was up 3.45% at $150,000.


While sale prices increased, the total number of sales decreased. November 2017 saw 171 sales, down 19.72% from November 2016 at 213. The year-to-date sales through November 2017 was down 4.45% from last year. The communities of Mahomet and Monticello saw more homes sold in November of this year, as compared to contrast. Champaign, Savoy, and Urbana all experienced a decrease in sales. Homes sold in November stayed on the market for an average of 84 days, an increase up from 79 days during November 2016.


These discrepancies between November 2016 and November 2017 are not all that surprising. November 2016 experienced an unusual 10 year high sales boom. Demand for homes, especially amongst first time home buyers, continues to increase. The supply of home continues to have a hard time keeping up. And, although increased sale prices are good news for sellers, it makes it more difficult for buyers to find homes within their price range.  


2018 will continue to see higher prices as well as higher interest rates. If you need help navigating these changes within the Champaign County real estate market, work with an Experienced Realtor that can help you find your dream home at the perfect price! Winter continues to be a good time for buyers as competition decreases and sellers are more eager to close. So do not hesitate and take advantage of this down season!


If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Champaign County home this fall, give Champaign Rose a call today or visit my website at



Information from Champaign County Association of REALTORS®


Wishing You A Very Happy New Year!

by Rose Price

As 2017 comes to an end and the New Year approaches, I want to THANK all of you for the faith and trust you have put in me to handle all your Champaign-Urbana area real estate needs this past year!


I have called the Champaign-Urbana area home for 20+ years and have loved every minute of it. I am so proud of my hometown. There is nothing I enjoy doing more than sharing all of the reasons why the Champaign-Urbana area is an incredible place to live with all of my past and present clients.


I look forward to all of the possibilities that 2018 will bring for all of us. Please contact me for any of your real estate needs in the New Year. As always, I am ready to make you a top priority and help you reach all of your goals in 2018.

Champaign Rose wishes all of you and your families a happy, healthy, & prosperous NEW YEAR!

Champaign IL Housing Market Update: 10/04/17

by Rose Price

Here's your weekly Champaign Illinois Housing Market Update!

Current Real Estate Stats:

Market Index- 27.18 indicating a Buyers Market

Total Number of Properties on the Market- 379

Median Sales Price- $203,170.

Average Square Footage- 1,897

Average Number of Bedrooms- 3

Average Number of Bathrooms- 2

Average Days on the Market- 148

Average Price Per Square Foot-  $103

Real Estate Market Trends for Champaign IL

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Greatest Midwest Food Town Celebration!

by Rose Price

Champaign-Urbana has been named The Greatest Midwest Food Town by Midwest Living!!! We cannot say that we are surprised! There are endless delicious and unique restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and more located throughout the Champaign-Urbana metro area. Come celebrate our town's victory at the Greatest Midwest Food Town Celebration!!! Representatives from Midwest Living Magazine will be heading to town on Saturday, September 9th, from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm for a day filled with fun, food celebration. Enjoy a full day of delicious samples, foodie raffles and prizes, live performances, games, and so much more!



9:00 am – 11:00 am | Urbana's Market at the Square

Corner of Illinois & Vine Streets



12:45 pm – 2:45 pm | The Blind Pig Brewery

120 North Neil Street



4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Grange Grove at Memorial Stadium

South 1st Street


Want to live in the Greatest Midwest Food Town?! Check out our Current Homes for Sale! Give Champaign Rose a call today or visit our website at


Image Credit: Visit Champaign County

Complete the Bucket List Challenge at Champaign Parks!

by Rose Price

Spend time in the beautiful summer sun as you “romp and stomp” at all the playgrounds in Champaign! The Champaign Park District is hosting a Bucket List Challenge to encourage residents to explore the amazing park facilities found in our city. Now through the end of September, have fun throughout Champaign and be entered to win prizes!  


Download the Bucket List Challenge Brochure and start exploring all of the 29 incredible playgrounds (listed below) located throughout the community. Once you have checked off all the buckets, send or drop off the completed brochure to any Champaign Park District facility  at the end of the month to be entered in a drawing for awesome prizes!


Bucket List Challenge Parks

Beardsley Park (1006 North Walnut Street)

Bristol Park (1300 North Market Street)

Centennial Park (2200 West Kirby Avenue)

Clark Park (900 South McKinley Avenue)

Davidson Park (1108 West Church Street)

Eisner Park (1301 West Church Street)

Douglass Park (501 East Eureka Street)

Glenn Park (400 North Mattis Avenue)

Garden Hills Park (1701 Bloomington Road)

Hazel Park (1209 North Neil Street)

Hessel Park (1400 Grandview Drive)

Johnston Park (701 Goldenview Drive)

Mayfair Park (1507 Maywood Drive)

Millage Park (2802 Cherry Creek Road)

Morrissey Park (1209 Harrington Drive)

Mullikin Park (2110 Mullikin Drive)

Noel Park (1110A Sterling)

Robert C. Porter Family Park (2310 South Rising Road)

Powell Park (3212 Clayton Road)

Robeson Meadows West Park (2865 South Duncan Avenue)

Robeson Park (1984 South Duncan Avenue)

Scott Park (207 East Springfield Avenue)

Spalding Park (900 North Harris Avenue)

Sunset Ridge Park (4102 Boulder Ridge Drive)

Toalson Park (502 Bardeen Lane)

Turnberry Ridge Park (910 Cobblefield Road)

Wesley Park (915 North Third Street)

West Side Park (400 West University Avenue)

Zahnd Park (2502 South Staley Road)


The parks are just one of the many fabulous amenities that make Champaign a great place for families to call home! Come discover your dream home in Champaign! Give Champaign Rose a call today or visit our website at


Image Credit: Champaign Park District

The housing market for Champaign County saw strong gains during the month of October. According to the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, total number of home sales, median home sale prices, and number of pending sales all saw an increase during the month as compared to the same month last year.


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It is anticipated that these trends in the market will continue, with the 2016 year expected to close out with a strong fourth quarter in Champaign County. Average days on the market are decreasing, meaning that homes for sale are moving quickly. Sellers can take advantage of this market trend as buyers are looking to move into their new home before the end of the year. This strong home sales market reflects overall economic trends in the area, including an expanding economy, strong job market, low interest rates, and many first time homebuyers.


These October numbers for Champaign County reflect the improving market nationwide. The National Association of REALTORS expects 2016 to finish out with the highest number of existing home sales since 2006. They predict that 2017 will continue to reflect growth in the number of home sales.


If you are interested in Buying or Selling in the Champaign/Urbana area, give Rose Price a call today or visit my website at    

Fall Home Buying in Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in Champaign-Urbana? Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall and not wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year.


Sellers with Homes still on the Market are Anxious to Sell

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.


Sellers in the Fall are Looking to Move

Sellers that leave their homes listed in the fall are doing so for a reason….they need to move. Whether it’s for a new job or because their new home is ready, these sellers are more serious about moving on to their new homes and need to have their current homes sold as soon as possible. They will likely be more open to negotiation in order to close the deal, especially before the upcoming holiday season.


You will have less Competition from other Home Buyers

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!


You have Lots of Resources at your Disposal

Since spring and summer are the peak real estate seasons, industry professionals such as agents, lenders, and movers, are incredibly busy. When the weather starts to cool and with many clients settled into their new homes, realtors and others have more time time opening up….meaning that you can have more of their undivided attention. This is extremely beneficial when you are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of all of the resources out there. An Experienced Real Estate Agent is dedicated to helping you move into your dream home this fall.


Crime Rates Go Down in the Fall

The end of summer tends to be the main months in which home related crimes, such as burglaries, occur. If you are buying your home in the fall, this allows you the opportunity to do more research prior to purchasing in order to find out about crime rates in the area and take precautions in your new home to protect yourself, if necessary.


Spruce Up Your New Home With End of Year Sales

The fall months are prime shopping season when it comes to home appliances, decor, maintenance goods, and more. Major retailers always offer these consumer goods at great discounts in the fall in order to prepare for next year’s trends and models. You can outfit your new home with amazing deals! Update your home with fresh paint and carpeting in September, when these goods are often put on sale. Prepare for next spring by purchasing your lawn mower in October. Create your dream kitchen in November with the help of new appliances and cookware at a discounted price.


Use Tax Deductions to Your Advantage

Regardless of which calendar month you purchase your home, homeowners can claim deductions on property tax and mortgage interest for your entire year’s worth of income. Payments completed prior to the loan closing will be considered tax deductible, even if they occur in November or December! You can save a considerable amount of money on the taxes you owe by purchasing your home later in the year!


Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Champaign-Urbana!! Call me today or visit my website at

Resource: Forbes

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