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Champaign/Urbana IL 5 Reasons You Need to Buy Your Home Now!

by Rose Price

Champaign/Urbana IL Selling Tips For A Quicker Sale

by Rose Price

Making the choice to put your Champaign/Urbana IL home on the market means you've decided it's time to sell your home.  Sounds simple and accurate, right? Then it is important to do everything possible to achieve the goal of selling your home....and that sometimes means doing things that we may not think are necessary.  What do I mean by that?  Applying some tried and true tasks like these:

Here are some cheap and easy ways to get your home ready to put on the market that will help it show better....resulting in fewer days on the market, higher bids and an earlier sale.  Sound good?  

1. You need to pack away most of your personal items you have presented around your home.  Why?  Because your potential buyer needs to be able to view the home as "their possible home", not yours.  So grab some moving boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape and get to work.

2. GET RID OF THE CLUTTER!! I know you've heard it before, but I can't stress it enough. You have to get rid of all the clutter in your home, in every room;   basement and garage included.  Even if it means you rent a storage space while your house is up for sale, do whatever it takes to get it out of your home.  {I recommend going through all your items and having a yard sale to get rid of the things you truly do not need.}

3. Freshen Up!  One of the least expensive, high impact things you can do is paint a room!  It will give it a whole new vibe and a freshness that it needs for your buyers to really be drawn into the home.  Remember to use a neutral palette so that your potential buyers can put their own decorating panache into the home.

4. THE WHITE GLOVE TEST! This should go without saying...but too often still needs to be said, the house needs to be spotless! That means down on your hands and knees to scrub the floors, corners, and baseboards.  The walls and ceilings wiped down, closets, drawers, windows...everything!  And in the kitchen, your stove, refrigerator and all appliances need to be cleaned out and sparkling.  This will reflect in the amount a person will offer.....and it will be a negative effect if it isn't done.

5. Have a Professional Stager come through your home and set up each room to highlight it's best asset's.  The stager takes lighting, flow, color and more into their recommendations and will set up your home up accordingly.  Even you will be surprised at how your room/ home will look when they are done.

Like we said, these are simple things, but they make a world of difference to the "buyers" who will be coming through your door.  So make the most of each and every showing, so that you can sell your home in the shortest amount of time....for the most amount of money!

Champaign IL Mariposa Music Festival

by Rose Price


The Mariposa Music Festival is the latest of the Champaign Park District's signature Summer events.  Held right in the heart of Downtown Champaign, this fun , Summer event will feature Nationally known musicians and food and beverages from your favorite downtown venues. Be sure to come out Saturday July, 12 at 6:00 for a night of Downtown Champaign fun, food and music. 

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by Rose Price

                                                          Can you believe that the 4th of July has come and gone?  I can't....because it means that in 8 short weeks the kids will be headed back to school!  It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly summer seems to pass.  For me summer is always busy as it is a PRIME TIME TO BUY AND SELL HOMES.  

The Champaign/Urbana Housing Market is cruising off the charts right now, and there is a very good reason for that....NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME, OR BUY THE HOME THAT YOU'VE BEEN WAITING TO PURCHASE!  The National Association of Realtors, along with many other housing market experts, agree on two facts:

     1. The demand for homes is at an all time high and mortgage rates are as low as they are going     be for the foreseeable future- meaning the next two years at a minimum.

     2. Although the inventory of homes did rise 2.2% in the last 30 days, inventory on a whole is still   at an extremely low level. 

When the demand for homes outweigh the supply, then it becomes a Sellers Market.  Sellers, you are then in the drivers seat.  So, if you are considering putting your Champaign/Urbana Home on the market, this is why NOW is the time to do so.

For Buyers, if you do find a home that you have fallen in love with...DO NOT WAIT TO PUT IN AN OFFER, and do not try to play hardball by low-balling the offer.  Many Sellers are receiving multiple offers on their properties, so if you are coming in with a low offer they aren't going to take you seriously and end up throwing you out of the entire process.  Instead, offer a fair price or the marketed price, and make sure you get the home.                                                                                                     

Whether you are a Seller or a Buyer, it is important to use an experienced realtor to guide you through the Home Buying/Selling process.  Someone who understands not only the Real Estate end of the transaction, but has the local expertise as well.  As someone who has lived and practiced Real Estate in the Champaign/Urbana area for 20+ years, I can give you both.  So give me a call and let me help you with all your Real Estate needs.

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