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Champaign Illinois your Weekend Destination

by Rose Price

Come visit this vibrant city! Champaign IL has so much to offer........................

This weekend is our BLUES,BREWS and BBQ festival! What's better than a little BBQ in fabulous Champaign IL,  with the Blues playing all weekend!

Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival

Then on Saturday, June 29th, our Bloomington Gold Corvette show Road Rally! Always fun to see all these great vehicles, and don't forget the GoldSchool Seminars will be held on Friday, June 28th from 8 am - 4 pm at the I-Hotel.

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Three Reasons to Buy a House Now!

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Here are three great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1.) Prices Will Continue to Rise

Standard & Poors recently upgraded their 2013 forecast for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index to an 11% year-over-year increase from their original 8% projection.

The Home Price Expectation Survey, which polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts, projects a 22.3% appreciation in home values over the next five years. The bottom in home prices has passed. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2.) Mortgage Interest Rates Are Increasing

As reported by Freddie Mac, interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have risen about 1/2 percentage point over the past several weeks.

The National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association and Fannie Mae are calling for interest rates to rise by approximately an additional ½ percentage point by this time next year. Some are trying to minimize the impact of higher rates. For example, Freddie Mac in their June U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook stated:

“At today’s house prices and income levels, mortgage rates would have to be nearly 7 percent before the U.S. median priced home would be unaffordable to a family making the median income in most parts of the country.”

However, an increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Whether you are moving up or moving down, your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3.) It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise. But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your  family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

by The KCM Crew on June 24, 2013

 
 

Happy Anniversary Big Gove Tavern of Champaign Illinois

by Rose Price

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BIG GROVE TAVERN!

EAT, DRINK AND THINK LOCAL!

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Come Join in the fun.................................Big Grove Tavern is celebrating its 1st Anniversary with a Founders Brewing TAP TAKEOVER.  You'll love our selection of the finest beers from the 2nd highest rated brewery in the WORLD!

Your experience would not be complete without sampling our supreme cuisine. We Offer the very best in fresh Farm-to-Table New American Cuisine with a wide selection of house cocktails, Midwestern craft beers and carefully curated wines.

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Downtown Champaign Illinois Things To Do

by Rose Price
 

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Every Friday through August 16, Friday Night Live continues around downtown. One of the sites is One Main Plaza. This terrific event, sponsored by M2 tenants BankChampaign and Champaign Center Partnership among others, showcases talent from the area each Friday evening from 5-7p. Sit outside at Big Grove Tavern or Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works for the best viewing and listening angles. Loving summertime!

 

Best of Summer Blockbusters Series: All summer long, The Virginia Theater is showing recent and well-known films on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays for just $4. Click on the link to view the schedule. A great way to beat the heat for just a little cash!

The Public Art League will unveil its latest round of sculptures it hopes to bring to C-U on Wednesday, June 19, 5:30-7p at Big Grove Tavern. Join them for beer and hors d'oeuvres to hear a presentation about the pieces.

 

 

The Champaign Park District presents the 43rd Annual Taste of Champaign in Westside Park on June 21-23. Stroll through the park, grab something to eat from a variety of restaurants around town, including our own Ko Fusion, and listen to live music. Lots of craft vendors and kid stuff to do also.

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The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, June 28-29, will be held behind The News Gazette building all weekend. Come eat and hear great blues music. There is also a motorcycle show. Great fun for the whole family.

 

Make Your Outdoor Space Help Sell Your Home

by Rose Price

With spring in full bloom, it's a beautiful time of year to spruce up your property and get it ready for the warmer weather. For many people, this means creating an outdoor environment that is inviting and fun to use during the warmer months. This is just as important if you're planning on selling your home as if you're going to be living in it.

Nicer weather means that people want to spend more time outdoors working, playing, socializing, and even eating. Most homeowners invest some time preparing their yards and gardens for warmer days, and the same rules apply when prepping your home for sale.

Buyers will be tempted by the accessibility and appeal that you enjoy in your yard.

Making your yard and the outside of your home enticing doesn't have to be expensive. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a few key investments – most likely the same investments you make every year as the weather warms up. Here are a few small fixes and embellishments that you can use to your advantage when making your outdoor space appealing:



Clean it up. Your outdoor space can give prospective buyers the impression of an additional "room" when viewing your home. And as with any other room in your home, you want everything to be in order. Stow lawn tools and outdoor toys in a garage, shed, or storage bench when you are not using them. Clean up anything that has gotten grimy during the cold winter months. Wash windows and clear gutters. Rent a power washer from a local home supply store to clean off siding, decks, patios, and fences that look dirty.



Make quick fixes. Replace or repair anything that has taken a beating. Paths and patios should be free of chipped or cracked tiles or paving stones. Shore up fences that are damaged or leaning. Repaint any trim or decking that is in bad shape. Make sure all of your outdoor lighting is working.



Make your landscaping stand out. While you don't necessarily want to plant a huge vegetable garden that will require maintenance (and for which you may not reap the benefits), well-placed and carefully maintained plantings are an easy and attractive way to make your home stand out. If you don't have the time to maintain flower beds, add a few pots and planters brimming with bright blooms. Hanging baskets of flowers are available at virtually any home store or nursery, while small pots of fresh herbs are pretty and you can take them with you when you move. As always, stay on top of weeding and keep grass trimmed and bushes and trees pruned. Investing in some fresh mulch will give your yard a clean appearance.



Add charm. A prospective homebuyer will likely be drawn to the allure of dining al fresco, so if you have a grill or barbecue area, make it inviting with some attractive outdoor furniture. If you have a pool, open it and maintain it. Keep the water sparkling and inviting, and store pool toys out of sight. And don't forget how your property will look during evening hours. Outdoor lighting comes in all shapes and sizes, and much of it is very affordable. Invest in some fixtures that highlight your property's best features. And keep lawn ornaments to a minimum. Remember that buyers want to imagine themselves in your home, so it's best to give them room to imagine their own belongings in your outdoor space.

With summer just a few weeks away and winter just a memory, it's time to get out and enjoy the nicer weather. The best part of preparing your lawn and yard for sale is that you can enjoy the benefits while you are waiting for an offer to come through.

Susie Shortsleeve is a REALTOR® Weston, Mass.

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Rose Price
Prudential Landmark
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Mobile: 217-202-8843
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Five Tips to Enhance Curb Appeal

by Rose Price

It's important for sellers to do what they can to get their home to stand out. Here are five quick tips to generate some excitement for your home in today's market.

  • Use Paint:  A new coat of paint can go a long way to make your home look up to date. Neutral colors work best because they appeal to the most people.
  • Mow the Lawn: Take the time to mow the lawn and clean the yard. Rake leaves and grass and put away any tools that may be lying around. Don't turn buyers off with a messy yard. If they like what they see on the outside, you'll improve your chances of getting them to look inside.
  • Plant Flowers: Seasonal or perennials can bring a splash of color to your home and brighten the view from the street. Flowers throughout the house will please the senses and make your house feel like a home.
  • Spruce Up Your Walkway: Dressing up your walkway with bricks or paving stones will lead people to your front door. Inexpensive solar lighting can further enhance your entry.
  • Window Treatments: Keep your home from looking plain or boring with some decorative shutters. Windows are very important to the overall appeal of your home. Add planter boxes underneath for an immediate improvement that doesn't cost a lot of money!

By following these tips, you will be able to capture the hearts and minds of today's buyers, as well as improve your chances for a quick sale at the best price possible.

When you are ready, contact me today for a personal market value analysis of your home. No hassles or obligation - just honest advice on how to get top dollar for your home!

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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