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Know Before You Go with Facebook

by Rose Price

In a tight economy, many people are having to look far and wide for the right job opportunities.  Which can mean moving to unfamiliar places, a daunting prospect, especially if you have school-age children.  Finding the right neighborhoods and school districts is a vital part of making the experience a good one in the long run.

To get the information you need to make a good decision, you’ll rely a lot on a local real estate professional, someone who has an established network of contacts throughout the area.  But, you probably have your own network, and it’s a perfect time to put it to use.

I’m talking about Facebook and other social media sites.  If you’re a regular online, let your friends and contacts know where you’re planning to move and ask them for information about the area.  Ask about neighborhoods, schools, local parks and attractions, favorite restaurants and other places that may soon be a big part of your new life.  If your Facebook friends don’t know themselves, maybe they have other friends that do.

You can do the same thing with other services like Twitter or LinkedIn.  Tweeting something like: “Planning to move to Champaign. What are the best schools in town? #Champaign” is a simple way to solicit information from a variety of people. 

If you already have a job in the new location, make sure to ask your new company’s human resources department for any assistance they can offer you.  Find out specifics like where you’ll need to go to get your car registered and a new driver’s license.  Churches can be an excellent resource as well.

Of course, you’re going to want to see your options personally before you make any decision. And you can plan ahead for your scouting trip by using services like Yelp to pinpoint specific shops, services and restaurants that will be important to you. 

And having prepared before you tour the area with a real estate professional, you’ll be in a much better position to ask specific questions and provide information that will make your search for a new home a much easier and enjoyable experience.

Rose Price, CIPS, CRP
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Flying History and Saturday Musicals

by Rose Price

For those of you who are looking for something unique and interesting this weekend...

Texas Raiders Overhead

Folks who love vintage airplanes are going to flip over this event.  Texas Raiders is a B-17 bomber from World War Two, one of the eleven that still fly after all these years. And you'll be able to fly aboard it throughout the weekend. It's flying into the Chanute Air Museum Friday. Flights and walk-throughs are available until Tuesday. For information on the rides , please contact B17Rides@gulfcoastwing.org or call 817-304-0393.

Willy Wonka Kids and Seussical, Junior

Something for the whole family to enjoy, the ACT Theater Company is presenting this musical double feature at the Gibson City North Park pavilion (at the corner of 13th and Church) at 7pm on Saturday. More than a hundred kids ranging in age from six to eighteen will be performing! Admission is four dollars.

I hope you have a fun weekend.  Check back next week for more event ideas!

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What Life Stage Is Your House?

by Rose Price

Family Portrait

I’m not asking how old your house is or what era of construction it is. Instead, I want to know, who is the ideal family to live in your house? Think about the family structure you can picture making a life in your home. 

First-time Home Buyers

First-timers want lower maintenance to ease into homeowner responsibilities. So, a newer home that doesn’t require much work, or a townhouse with some of the exterior maintenance included would be perfect. First-timers often don’t need much space, and a quick-turnover neighborhood works well as the family starts to grow out of the starter house.

Young Family

Let’s face it. Small children take over every square inch that isn’t dedicated space for something else. That’s why playroom space is nice to have to contain toys and games. Young families like yard space for kids to run, lots of storage space, and easy childproofing ability.

Mature Family 

Families with older children gravitate toward homes with plenty of room for teens to have their own space. Many families need garage space for multiple drivers, and a place for teens to have friends over that won’t disturb Mom and Dad.  

Empty Nester

Functionality is key for the retiring family. Empty nesters like a single floor, main-floor laundry, a low-maintenance yard, a quiet neighborhood, minimal upkeep and an atmosphere of relaxation.

Investor

A real estate investor, or “flipper,” buys up houses in good markets that are priced low and need some simple upgrades. As we would expect, they want to turn a profit.

If you’re not sure what life stage your house is, I can help you figure that out. I’ve heard lots of feedback from lots of buyers and I know what people are looking for. We should talk about why you bought the house in the first place. What was your family situation? What features really worked for you? Just email me some of the key features of your house, and I can let you know who to target!

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Is Your Lawn Feeling The Heat Wave?

by Rose Price - Champaign, Illinois Real Estate

Making a good first impression when you’re trying to sell your home is vital, and one of the first things prospective buyers are going to see is your front yard.  There’s nothing quite as important as having a luxurious, well-maintained landscape to set the scene when a buyer first sees your property. 

Unfortunately, this summer’s heat waves are taking a major toll on landscaping. But there are several things you can do to avoid a scraggly, brown grass, withered shrubs and dead flowers.

When caring for the lawn, remember not to cut the grass too short.  Making your front yard look like a putting green might be nice, but trimming that closely to the ground can wind up doing far more harm than good in a hot, dry climate.  Set your lawn mower to cut just the scraggly tops of the grass and your lawn will reward you for it. 

In dryer climates, the lack of rain means lawns will dry out and go dormant.  It won’t die, but it won’t be a gorgeous, healthy looking green.  Keeping it looking that way requires regular watering, and if mother nature isn’t helping, you’ll need to get out the sprinklers and hoses.

Now would be a good time to remind you to check to see if you’re under watering restrictions, a common ordinance in areas affected by drought.  Watering rules can be very specific and the fines expensive.  If you have a sprinkler system, double check to make sure it’s set to run only during the allowed time frame.

Watering a large lawn can be an expensive proposition when the water bill comes.  You can make the most of watering by doing it at night, when the sun won’t evaporate the moisture before it has time to soak into the ground.  Soaker hoses cost about the same as regular hoses, but use less water more efficiently.

Soaker hoses are also ideal for keeping shrubs, flower beds and gardens alive during the brutal summer months.  Heat and lack of rain can kill delicate plants quickly, so keep a close eye on them and keep them well-watered if you want them to stay looking good for the entire season.

You can save yourself a lot of headaches ahead of time by planting drought resistant strains of grass and plants, especially in areas where the soil quality is poor.  And make sure you feed your landscape with the right amount of the proper fertilizers.

Without mother nature’s help, maintaining a beautiful lawn may take a little work, but the result is well worth the effort when you want to sell your home.

 

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