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Increase the Value of Your Champaign/Urbana Home!

by Rose Price

When the Top 24 Real Estate Experts in their field were asked this question..."WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO INCREASE YOUR HOME'S VALUE FOR $5,000 OR LESS? These are the most common answers they came up with:

They may not all work for you or your Champaign/Urbana Home, but they're great ideas! Just find the ones that work best for your particular home and situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you'd like additional home remodeling or selling tips for your home, visit my website or give me a call.

If you are looking for a home in Champaign/Urbana, I'd love to talk with you and show you around our wonderful community! Give me a call or visit my website at www.champaignrose.com

Champaign/Urbana IL Area Schools Get Top Recognition!

by Rose Price

I love the Champaign/Urbana IL area and don't need any other reason's to give people to move here to raise a family...or to relocate to our "neck of the woods".  However, when I receive the school reports and find that several of our area Elementary Schools have managed to make the Top 100 Elementary Schools of Illinois list,  I have to say I did get excited! Every town in the state of Illinois has several elementary schools, so you can imagine how many that add's up to in the State of Illinois, yet our little area had several that made the elite list. 

Mahomet IL- Lincoln Trail Elementary School           

102 East State St

Mahomet IL 61852

217-586-2811

Grades 3-5        622 Students

 

  

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE MAHOMET SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

Tuscola IL - North Ward Elementary School                                    .

1201 North Prairie St

Tuscola, IL  61953

217-253-2712

Grades PK-4       383 Students 

 

 


 

 
If you are looking to buy a home in the Champaign/Urbana area, contact me or visit my website at Champaignrose.com. Make sure to sign up for my FREE LISTING ALERTS. This is my PREFERRED email list where you will be notified as soon as a house with your preferences comes onto the market!
 

Things To Do In Champaign/Urbana This Weekend!

by Rose Price

1. Illini Farm Toy Show                                                                                                                        

Urbana Plaza/Holiday Inn Hotel
Sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau District 12 Young Leaders
Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, & Edgar Counties
SCHEDULE:  
Friday 5 p.m.: Open room trading-Banquet Room closes at 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.:Open room trading-Banquet Room closes at 5 p.m.
Farm Toy Consignment “LIVE” Auction at 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Adults $3; Children (6-12) $2; under age 6 FREE 
FOR MORE INFO:  ILLINI FARM TOY SHOW

 

2. Pack the House for Illini Women’s Basketball

This is a Family Affair...and admission & parking are free! There will be face painting and poster making stations for the kids and giveaways too! After the game will be autographs by the entire Illini Team..the only time it will happen ALL SEASON! Tickets for reserved seating can be picked up at the temporary ticket trailer at the northwest corner of State Farm Center, or you can enjoy general admission seating in the arena. The last two "Pack the House" games have created two of the BEST atmospheres in recent memory...so make it part of your family's weekend! Coach Matt Bollant's third Illinois team started the week 10-4, the best start in 7 years. Sunday's game against No. 19 Nebraska needs a strong turnout on the home court for this team to return to the NCAA Tournament!  So let's help them out!

FOR MORE INFO:  PACK THE HOUSE

3. In Concert at the Champaign Public Library: Banjo Billy Matthews and the Old Time Players 

When: Sunday, Jan. 11,   2:00-3:00  p.m. Where: Champaign Public Library 

How Much: FREE        For: All ages

Why You Should Go: Come enjoy over 100 years worth of high-spirited and hard-hitting musical diversity and old-fashioned fun! 

FOR MORE INFO:   CHAMPAIGN LIBRARY EVENTS

4. The Mad Scientist Strikes Again

When: Sunday, Jan. 11  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Where: Urbana Free Library

How Much: FREE          For: Elementary School Children

Why You Should Go: Come and learn some experiments you can try while waiting for your food in restaurants! 

FOR MORE INFO:   THE MAD SCIENTIST- URBANA

5. Our Furry Friends: The Humane Society                                                                                

When: Sat. Jan 10th     3:00- 3:45 pm          Where:  Champaign Public Library

For:  All Ages

The Humane Society is about more than just abandoned pets and lost animals. Come meet their live animal guests for a new perspective.

FOR MORE INFO:  CU HUMANE SOCIETY

These are just a few of the wonderful events taking place around the Champaign/Urbana area this weekend. For more information, check out my website and click on the city of Champaign link: CHAMPAIGNROSE.

Why should 2015’s financial trends impact on the Housing Market be any different today than the years before it?  Good question....it would certainly seem like we’ve seen worse. But, you wouldn’t be comparing apples to apples, because you couldn’t. ALL the trends that exist today didn’t exist then....not even last year!  So, let’s take a look:

IN: IMPULSE SPENDING

OUT: SAVING

I don't think this one needs too much explaining, however we do need to understand the #1 reason 2015 is so much stronger for impulse spending than other years. It begins with the addition of APPLE PAY gliding onto the scene of an already "incredibly easy" spending marketplace which then becomes "a genie in a bottle".  It is now so easy for you to buy anything from the convenience of your phone...not even your computer...that your bank account is never going to be the same. Unless we all put some self-restraint and budgets into place, saving money in general will be impossible and saving for your down payment and home maintenance will be a hurdle that first time home buyers will never be able to jump.

IN: LUXURY HOME BUYERS

OUT: FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS? (Not so fast!)

With rent rising at an astronomical rate across the country and student loan debt at an all time high, saving for a down payment has thus far, seemed impossible for most first time buyers and is looking very bleak for 2015.  In fact, first time home buyers are at the lowest level they have been in nearly 3 decades, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). What is driving the market? The more stable of the group....Luxury Home Buyers! With higher incomes, job security and more equity they are able to get the loans they want/need with the most desirable terms....even if they are the ones who probably need it the least. However, with rent rising at such a significant pace many would be renters may look to buy a home which will force builders to focus on building more entry level homes versus the luxury homes that have taken focus on the past several years. Rents in most states have consistently moved upward making it MORE ADVANTAGEOUS to buy than keep renting and throwing away that high dollar amount monthly/annually. The next several months will tell the tale of First Time Home Buyers for 2015....but we definitely see more FIRST TIME BUYERS entering the housing market! 

IN: FREELANCERS

OUT: TRADITIONAL EMPLOYEES 

Confused or Amazed? For some ....both! But these numbers will astound you. At present, 34% or 53 Million Americans currently work as Fixed-term Contract Workers or Freelancers!! And more and more companies are looking to move in that direction. This makes it difficult for many individuals who are applying for mortgages since many times this is NOT a stable income stream. What they need to do is make sure to document ALL work and all corresponding payments from ALL sources so that it can be turned over to the mortgage companies to be verified at the time it needs to be done.   On the other hand, this has made it very easy for a family that has chosen to have a parent stay home with children, to now have an option to work from home, with flexible hours, and still produce a great second income. Or for the older person who may have retired from a career position but now has an option of doing a “hobby” type job from their home for extra income...on their own terms. So, is it good or bad? Really depends on whom you are talking with and what side they are on.

IN: LIVING IN PLACE

OUT: AGING IN PLACE

Baby Boomers are redefining what it means to grow old!  They want to keep their homes, take in the arts, seek out new health and wellness activities and participate in all aspects of their family & friends lives....on their own terms. This means that there is a whole new need for HOME REMODELING. They want to keep the unique parts of their homes, but upgrade to include the safety and security features they need as they have grown older. Curbless Showers, Higher Toilets, and Grab Bars but still not give up the Gourmet Kitchens and Master Suites of today and don't forget technology!

With all these trends in place, and the incredible swing of the Housing Market from 2014 moving back in the right direction, the Champaign/Urbana market is looking FANTASTIC  for 2015. We are looking at a consistent upward trend with existing home sales and New Home Construction to start building again. In fact I am extremely excited to share with you this extraordinary opportunity to build your DREAM HOME in this one of a kind subdivision in MT ZION IL!  This newly created subdivision is just being marketed and I will be announcing information on my social media in the coming weeks.

If you are looking to put your Champaign/Urbana home on the market, you picked the PERFECT time! Competition is at it's lowest right now, but you must take advantage of this exclusive time frame. Give me a call today at 217-202-8843 or check out my website at CHAMPAIGNROSE.COM.  You can also get a FREE HOME VALUATION by following this link: FREE CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOME VALUATION

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Rose Price
Landmark Real Estate
One East Main Street, Suite 200
Champaign IL 61820
217-202-8843
217-352-1933
Fax: 217-378-1281