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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!


Easter Fun in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Easter is a few weeks away but the fun is starting now! Get in the holiday spirit throughout greater Champaign/Urbana! There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy. Come enjoy all the Easter festivities in the communities throughout our area!


Sensory Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Prairie Farm (2202 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This special event is for children with special needs and their siblings. The eggs will be specially designed with lights, sounds, and textures. There will be opportunities for socializing and enjoying treats after the hunt. Register HERE.  


Egg Hunt with a Splash  

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center (102 East Michigan,  Urbana)

Enjoy a special egg hunt in the pool! Grab your plastic bag to fill with the eggs you find. Register HERE.  


Bunny Brunch

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Come to the first ever Bunny Brunch! Enjoy delicious treats and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny! Register HERE.


Fetch! Pet Care Hoppin’ Hound Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Champaign Bark District (5001 West Windsor Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE! (residents) | $5 per person (non-resident)

Your furry friend can get in on the Easter fun! Let your dog participate in their own egg hunt. There will be treats for dogs and their owners, family activities, pet photography, and more!


Nite Lite Egg Pursuit

Date: Friday, March 30th

Time: 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Hessel Park (1400 Valley Road, Champaign)

Cost: $10 per person

Harken back to your childhood as you participate in this adult's only flashlight egg hunt. Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS has filled the eggs with great prizes. Search for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze eggs to win spectacular prize packages.


10th Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Elks Lake Pavilion - Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 South Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet)

Come meet the Easter Bunny while you fill your basket with eggs. The child that finds a golden egg will win a special prize! There are 3 separate egg hunts. Children ages 0 to 3 can participate at 9:00 am. Children ages 4 to 6 can hunt at 9:30 am. The hunt for children ages 7 to 10 starts at 10:00 am. All proceeds from this event benefit the Mahomet Parks & Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. Register HERE.  



Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Fill your basket with eggs at this old-fashioned hunt. The hunt is open for children 10 and under. Hop on a hay-rack ride after the hunt.


Children's Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sunday, April 1st

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Riggs Beer Company (1901 South High Cross Road, Urbana)

Your whole family will love this event. Enjoy a delicious cold brew while your children search for eggs in the beer garden.

Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

Located in the heart of Champaign/Urbana, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of our nation's best public universities. It is not only a great institution of higher learning for the students that attend it but also helps to strengthen our community. We are incredibly proud of the academic and extracurricular achievements of UI students.


Did you know that the University of Illinois is home to one of the world’s top ranked engineering programs? Come celebrate the innovative work and research completed by remarkable UI engineering students at the Engineering Open House 2018: Drafting the Future this Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th!


Since the 1920s, this FREE event has become a highlight for the community every year. It is open to all ages and offers fun programming both days for students and community members to explore all areas related to science and engineering while showcasing the work of the university's students. Download the Visitor's Guide for exhibit information, map, and full schedule. Be sure to check out these special events!


Friday, March 9th

Middle School Design Competition

  • 8:30 am - 2 pm | ECEB 3002

Midwestern Robotics Design Competition

  • 9 am - 4 pm | Kennedy Gym Annex


  • 9 am - 4 pm | Bardeen Quad

Startup Showcase

  • 9 am - 4 pm | Siebel Atrium

“Seeing the Beginning of Time” Screening

  • 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm | NCSA Auditorium 1122

Dorm Room Burn Demo

  • 10 am - 2 pm | Bardeen Quad

Keynote Speaker: Parisa Tabriz (UI Alumna & Google’s Engineering Director)

  • 4:30 pm | ECEB 1002

Tesla Coil Concert

  • 7:30 pm | Bardeen Quad


Saturday, March 10th

Middle School Design Competition

  • 9 am - 2 pm | ECEB 2nd & 3rd Floors

Midwestern Robotics Design Competition

  • 9 am - 3 pm | Kennedy Gym Annex


  • 9 am - 4 pm | Bardeen Quad

Startup Showcase

  • 9 am - 4 pm | Siebel Atrium

“Seeing the Beginning of Time” Screening

  • 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm | NCSA Auditorium 1122

Dorm Room Burn Demo

  • 10 am - 2 pm | Bardeen Quad


Come celebrate the achievements of our area's students and have fun learning more about science and engineering with our community. We cannot wait to see you at the Engineering Open House 2018!


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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Experience the Hops 2018 and Other Great Community Events!

by Rose Price

Enjoy a weekend of delicious beer and good company at Experience the Hops 2018! Head to Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello) on Saturday, February 24th, at 1:00 pm for this unique, fun event! Spend the day or all weekend at the estate. The event includes beer sampling, interesting educational seminars from local brewers, delicious Six-Course Dinner, fun late night games, and so much more!


Tasting Event (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Educational Seminars (Times are TBA)

  • Quality Control – Micheal, Quality Control Manager of Half Acre Beer Company
  • Contract Brewing – Todd, Owner of Main Street Brewing Company

There are multiple registration options!

  • Tasting Event Only – $5 per person (in advance) | $10 per person (at door)
  • Event + Dinner – $89 per person
  • Event + Dinner & Overnight Lodging* – $198 per person (includes 20 drink tickets)
  • Event + Dinner & Overnight Lodging** – $298 per couple (includes 40 drink tickets)
Overnight guests will enjoy breakfast (8:30 am - 10:00 am) and a hike (10:15 am) on Sunday morning. Check out all the available Guestrooms.
Do not miss out on this great event! REGISTER today!
Other Fantastic Community Events

Fighting Illini Men's Basketball vs. Purdue

Date: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: State Farm Center (1800 South First Street, Champaign)


Maple Sugar Days

Date: Saturday, February 24th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: Homer Lake Forest Preserve (2573 South Homer Lake Road, Homer)


Oscars Trivia Night

Date: Sunday, February 25th

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: The Art Theater (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

For more great community events throughout the year, check out our Website and follow us on Facebook!  


Image Credit: Eventbrite

27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018!

by Rose Price

Come see 30+ of the best bands in the Champaign/Urbana area this February! The 27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018 is here! This favorite event will take place the first 3 weekends in February at 3 different venues located throughout town. Not only will you hear incredible music but you will be supporting a great cause! Proceeds from the 27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018 will be donated to the CU One-to-One Mentoring Program, the Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Urbana Middle School Bands program. Tickets can be purchased for each evening or you can enjoy the Great Cover Up Mega Ticket for only $50 (Purchase HERE) to attend every concert! See the full lineup below!

THE CANOPY CLUB | 708 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Cost: $10 per person [ages 18+] | Purchase tickets HERE

Friday, February 2nd

Saturday, February 3rd


THE CITY CENTER | 505 South Chestnut Street, Champaign

Cost: $10 per person [ages 19+] | Purchase tickets HERE  

Friday, February 9th

Saturday, February 10th


51 MAIN | 51 East Main Street, Champaign

Cost: $10 per person [ages 19+] | Purchase tickets HERE  

Friday, February 16th

  • Nick Rainey | 8:30 pm - 8:50 pm

  • Motes | 9:15 pm - 9:35 pm

  • Ryan Groff of Elsinore | 10:00 pm - 10:20 pm

  • Tigerbeat | 10:45 pm - 11:10 pm

  • Airacobra | 11:35 pm - 12:00 am

  • The Dirty Feathers | 12:30 am - 1:00 am

Saturday, February 17th

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a great time at the 27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018!


Image Credit: The City Center

Champaign County Area Restaurant Week is Fast Approaching!

by Rose Price

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!! Explore the best culinary delights Champaign County has to offer from during Friday, January 26th, through Saturday, January 3rd. Discover the best restaurants in communities all over Champaign County. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals all week long! Enjoy special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner from $9 to $39. All you need to do is ask your server for the special restaurant week menu! During the week, share your mouthwatering pictures with #CCRestaurantWeek to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. Check out the list of participating restaurants below! Come discover some delicious new meals at one of these awesome Champaign County restaurants! Restaurant Week Menus are now available so start planning your culinary adventure!


Participating Restaurants

Baxter's American Grille | 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano | 2235 South Neil Street, Champaign

The Bread Company | 706 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

C & C Kitchen | 107 East Sangamon Avenue, Rantoul

Crane Alley | 115 West Main Street, Urbana

The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery | 126 West Main Street, Urbana

Hamilton Walker's | 201 North Neil Street, Champaign

Houlihan’s | 1902 South First Street, Champaign

JT Walker's | 401 East Main Street, Mahomet

Kohinoor Indian Restaurant & Lounge | 6 East Columbia Avenue, Champaign

Miga | 301 North Neil Street, Champaign

Monarch Brewing Company | 212 South Independence Street, Monticello

Nando Milano Trattoria | 204 North Neil Street, Champaign

Pizzeria Antica | 10 East Chester Street, Champaign

Project 47 Smokehouse | 101 West Lombard Street, Mahomet

Radio Maria | 119 North Walnut Street, Champaign

Scotty’s Brewhouse | 2001 South Neil Street, Champaign

Silvercreek Restaurant | 402 North Race Street, Urbana

Sun Singer Wine & Spirits | 1115 West Windsor Road, Champaign

V. Picasso | 112 North Neil Street, Champaign

Watson's Shack & Rail | 211 North Neil, Champaign

The WheelHouse | 109 North Main Street, St. Joseph


Rose Price wishes you happy dining throughout Champaign County!

Image Credit: Visit Champaign County

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!

Ring in the New Year in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

2018 will be here before you know it! Start the New Year off right by celebrating throughout the Champaign-Urbana area! Get your NYE plans set now! Check out our recommendations for the best events to ring in the New Year!


Party Like it’s 1900! New Year’s Day Noon Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Museum of the Grand Prarie (950 North Lombard, Mahomet)

Cost: FREE!

Learn the history of New Years Eve celebrations and traditions. Step back to 1900 with snacks, games, crafts, and more that were popular at that time. Enjoy a fun balloon drop at noon!


Noon Day Drop

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Orpheum Children’s Science Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per member | $8 per non-member | $28 per family of 4

Enjoy crafts, music, noisemakers, fun hats, and a 4,000 count balloon drop at this favorite annual celebration for the whole family.


New Years Eve 2017

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: Noon - 1:00 am

Location: Riggs Beer Company (1901 South High Cross Road, Urbana)

Celebrate the New Year with the Riggs Family. Sip on delicious handcrafted beer, listen to live music by Vinny Santanelli (6:00-8:00 pm), and dine on delicious snacks throughout the evening.


New Years Stand Up Comedy

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Times: 7:00 pm | 9:00 pm

Location: Soma Ultralounge (320 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person (7:00 pm) | $25 per person (9:00 pm)

Laugh your way into the New Year with a stand up comedy show headlined by Chris Schlichting.


New Year's Eve Bash with Feudin' Hillbillys!

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: The City Center (503 South Chestnut Street, Champaign)

Cost: $25-$60 per person

Rock into the New Year at City Center with the Feudin' Hillbillys and Josh Holland Band!


NYE Celebration: A Masquerade Ball

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:30 pm - 12:30 am

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $80 per person

Put on your best masquerade mask and cocktail best and enjoy a spectacular evening in the mansion. With cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, dancing, photo booth, and champagne toast, this is the NYE celebration you do not want to miss!



Champaign Rose wishes everyone a Happy & Safe New Years Eve!


Local Spots for Holiday Gift Shopping!

by Rose Price

Still have family and friends to buy for this holiday season? Skip the mall or the internet and find them an unique gift they will love or get a gift card from one of the fabulous, locally-owned stores and businesses throughout the Champaign-Urbana area! Our friends over at Visit Champaign County released their Local Shopping Guide for this year's holidays. We thought it was so great we just had to share! Stop by these fantastic establishments OR swing by your own favorite local spot for EVERYONE on your list! Happy Shopping in Champaign/Urbana!


For the Artist

Art Coop

Cinema Gallery

Cracked Glass

Prairie Fire Glass


For the Athlete

Body N’ Sole

Champaign Park District’s Leonhard Center

Champaign Surplus

Neutral Cycle

Urbana Boulders

Urbana Park District’s Indoor Aquatic Center


For The Book Worm

G-Mart Comic Books

Jane Addams Book Shop

Orphan’s Treasure Box


For The Fashionista

Bluebird Boutique

Circles Boutique


Joseph Kuhn and Company

Rumours Hat Shoppe

Small Town Chic Boutique


For The Gourmand

Alto Vineyards

Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch

Hopscotch Bakery + Market

Page Roasting Company

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Wyldewood Cellars

Area Resturants


For the Illini Fan

GameDay Spirit

Illini Athletics

Illini Union Bookstore

The Illini Shop


For The Interior Designer

Furniture Lounge

Monticello Mercantile

Ms. Becky’s Country Primitive Gifts & Décor

Texture Home


For The Little Ones

Art Mart

Brainstorm Escapes

CU Adventures in Time & Space

Dr. G’s Brainworks

Dallas & Co.


Live Action Games

Spark Museum + Play Café


For The Musician

Exile on Main St.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Skins-N-Tins Drum Shop

The Upper Bout




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