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Champaign and Urbana: Best Small Cities to Start a Business!

by Rose Price

Interested in opening a new business in Illinois?

Starting a business is both a challenging and rewarding experience for entrepreneurs! One of the first things to think about is where do I build my company? It is a common misconception that big cities are the best places to start a new business, but depending on the type of business you are planning to run, BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. Small cities offer some very unique advantages, such as lower overhead costs and deeper relationships with your customer base.

Reboot Illinois recently published an article about the Best Small CIties in Illinois to Start a Business. To uncover this list, analysts studied factors such as cost of living, corporate taxes, office space availability, number of start ups, etc.. at more than 1,200 small cities across the United States. We were thrilled to find out that both Champaign (#10) and Urbana (#24) were on this list! Both areas are wonderful communities with an outstanding local business presence!

If you are considering relocating your family or business to Central Illinois we would love to help you! Click here to see current homes for sale in Champaign and Urbana. You can also give us a call anytime, or visit our website:

Congrats Champaign and Urbana!

Why A Leap Year?

by Rose Price

So, you’re most likely working an extra day this year and not getting paid for it!  It’s a leap year.  The strange worldwide calendrical event, where old folks finally celebrate their sweet sixteen, women propose to men and depending where you live, it can bring good or bad luck.  February will have 29 days this Month, but why? Why do we do it?  Why all this confusion of an extra day?  

 It’s all about Astrology:  

 One solar year is 365 and a quarter day long (around 365.242 days). It takes roughly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds for the Earth to Orbit the sun. It’s that extra five-or-so hours that are to blame for Leap days. Every four years, an extra day is added to the calendar to compensate for those missing quarters of a day. Since a solar year is 0.242 days longer than the calendar year, and not exactly 0.25, the Julian calendar drifted off by one day every 128 years. The Gregorian calendar fixed this problem by establishing a model which considered every fourth year a leap year. Also, according to Gregorian calculations any year which is divisible by 100 and not by 400 will not be considered a leap year (eg. the year 1900). Experts, however, say there are still tiny discrepancies with this method and our Gregorian system will have to be about 10,000 years.  Now that we got the Science stuff out of the way, there are actually a lot of really fascinating facts surrounding leap days/years.  

First let’s look at some folks who took complete advantage of this extra day:

The Month of February originally had 30 days, during the reign of Julius Caesar, but when Caesar Augustus came to power, he wanted August (the month named after him) which had 29 days then, to have 31 days, just like the month of July (named after his predecessor Julius). So, he stole a couple days from February to make the number of days in August similar to that of July. Since then, February has had 28 days with Feb. 29 as the leap day. 

During his final trip to the West Indies, explorer Christopher Columbus used a lunar eclipse on Feb. 29, 1504 to his advantage. After being stranded in Jamaica for months and the indigenous people refusing any more help to him and his crew.  Knowing that a lunar eclipse was due, Columbus gathered the native chiefs on Feb. 29 and told them God will punish them by painting the Moon red and the only way God would withdraw the punishment is if they would co-operate again. Soon, the panicked chiefs agreed and heaved a sigh of relief when the Moon emerged from its shadow. Pretty sly there Chris!

Now, one of the more fun traditions is the tradition of women proposing to men.  This happens on a leap day.  There are many historical explanations; one goes all the way back to the 5th Century, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women and to wait too long for their men to propose, so St. Patrick announced that a single day in a leap year, the last day of the shortest month would be the day women can propose to men!

In Denmark, the day when a woman can propose to her man is Feb. 24, a tradition that goes back to the time of Caesar. However, if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on that day, Danish men have to give 12 pairs of gloves to the lady and in Finland, if men refuse, they have to give fabric for a skirt.

In a few European countries such as Greece, leap years are considered bad luck and people are advised to avoid certain ceremonies and activities like weddings or buying a house. In Russia, leap years are believed to bring abrupt weather patterns and increased risk of deaths.

The town of Anthony in Texas, USA is known as the ‘Leap Year Capital of the World’ and holds a festival that includes a guided trip to an Aztec Cave, a party at the horse farm and square dancing. In 2016, the festival will run from Feb. 25-29.

Famous records associated with leap days:

St. Petersburg, Florida, became a city on a leap day in 1892 

 Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her performance in “Gone with the Wind” on a leap day in 1940.

Other Fun Leap Year Facts:

The first ever Playboy Club was opened by Hugh Hefner in Chicago, Illinois on Feb. 29, 1960, a leap day.

 A baby born on a leap day is called a ‘leapling,’ or a ‘leaper.’ The probability of being born on a leap day is one in 1,461, as four years have 1,460 days with one extra day added in the leap year, bringing the total to 1,461. 

According to leap year folklore, beans and peas planted in this year 'grow the wrong way.

 Sir James Wilson (1812-1880), Premier of Tasmania is the only notable person known to have been born and died on Feb. 29.

 The civil code in China, since Oct. 10, 1929, suggests that the legal birthday of a leapling is on Feb. 28. In Hong Kong, March 1 is considered the legal birthday of someone born on a leap day.

 Feb. 29 is also marked as Rare Disease Day. 

In Champaign, we believe it's GREAT LUCK to Buy a Home during Leap Year...especially when Mortgage Rates are at Historic Lows! If you'd like to learn more about the Housing Market here in Champaign, give us a call at 217.202.8843 or visit our website


by Rose Price

Plant Mode is a local plant shop, tucked away in the back of the Furniture Lounge in Downtown Champaign.  All you can usually find there are plants, naturally.  However, on Saturday you’ll be able buy some great records.  Green Thumbs grab your Audiophiles and head on over to Plant Mode.  You’ll both leave happy!  …and someone once told me that playing music for your pants helps them stay healthy. Who knows, give it a try.  

For the past month there’s been an amazing installation of 3D String art at the IMC Gallery. Saturday night it’s coming down, and you’ll never be able to see it again.  So, go show Artist Peggy Flavin some love and see this amazing exhibit before it goes away forever. 


Expressions is an exciting event that will showcase local multimedia artists.  The theme is experimental and psychedelic expression, featuring live video projections and manipulation, live painting and live electronic music.  This event will showcase local multimedia art with a shared theme of experimental and phsychedelic expression. There will be live video projection and manipulation on all walls as well as live painting, and live electronic music from artists Vibraspore, TwoLeggedZoo, JORTS, and Snayl.  

New Year's Resolutions: Tips For Champaign

by Rose Price



Ok Champaignlet me guess: You want to lose weight this year…or maybe you chose a simpler goal…say, eating healthy.  Maybe you want to spend less money on material things or spend more time with loved ones.  I certainly do. Self-improvement, or at least the desire for self-improvement, is a shared hobby amongst Americans, and most humans.  It’s why so many of us (an estimated 45% of Americans) make New Year’s resolutions.

***(Note that only one-third of Americans watch the Super Bowl)***

The intentions are there, but a small fraction of us actually achieve our intended resolution.  The University of Scranton research suggests that a small 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.  So, why do so many people fail? What are the secrets behind those who succeed? 


There are no shortage of studies on how the brain works, so many experts are attempting explain the science behind why we make resolutions and more importantly, why we can never seem to keep them.   



One word: Simplicity 

Many people use the New Year to attempt extreme makeovers, both personally and/or professionally.

It’s a nice aspiration, but most of us have so many competing priorities that approach is destined to fail. 


Shooting for the moon can be daunting, so much in fact, most people fail to even launch! 


So “this year, try a different approach.  Simplify your resolutions.  Make your goals smaller.  Keep your list shorter.  When you accomplish one of these goals, you will feel satisfies, and proud, which will only give you fuel to accomplish the others; and you can always make new goals throughout the year! 

Set simple attainable goals throughout the year.  This is a much better approach than setting one hugely overwhelming goal. 


It’s not even the extent of the change that matters, but the courageous act of recognizing change is important and then working toward making it happen.  


Q: How do you eat an elephant?


A: One bite at a time!


Make it Tangible

Setting huge-ambitious goals is fun and can be really exciting…but they are much more difficult to attain, and when you see yourself coming up short, you will most likely become discouraged…and then frustrated…and then…you give up.  So, Keep your goals simple, rational, and most importantly achievable.  Be honest with yourself…be kind with yourself…and make this the year you finally achieve a New Years resolution.  

The way in which we state our goals is important too.  Many people have a resolution to lose weight…which is actually pretty broad and not as easy as it sounds.  Instead, make goals that will inevitably lead to weight loss; things like No potato chips, No fried, No ice cream…you can make this goal even more attainable…set a short time goal.  No fries for 6 weeks.  Once you find you can accomplish this… set another: No fries for 8 weeks.  Simple attainable goals is the key.  Heck, you can even start with no fries for 2 weeks.  Then when you achieve this goal, use that feeling to fuel the next few weeks.  This sort of specificity helps too.  You are less likely to fall off the wagon if you are specific.   

Instead of saying “I’m going to start going to the gym” in 2016” set a clearer ambition, like “ I’m going to attend a weekly spin class on Monday and a weight training class Wednesday and Friday.  Now you have a clear schedule. 

Set goals you can really measure.  Vague goals ensure vague results.  

Hope your New Years celebrations are fantastic and safe!  Good luck with the resolutions!  If your resolution is to find your dream home in Champaign, or if you're looking to sell, please give the Rose Price Team a call at 217.202.8843.  We'd be happy to put our expertise to work and help make your New Year's resolution come true!

Veterans Day 2015

by Rose Price

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the tremendous service and sacrifice of our veterans; and let us never forget our national promise to fulfill the sacred obligation  to our veterans and their families, and though there is only one day a year solely dedicated to honoring our veterans, let not a single day pass that we forget the sacrifice these countrymen have made, to protect and defend our freedom and country.  

From the bottom of our hearts and with eternal gratitude; Thank You to all who have served this great nation!  


Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

Tuscola Veteran's Day Parade

10:30 a.m.

The Tuscola Veterans Day parade will start at Ervin Park at 10:30 am and will continue down Main Street to the Veteran’s Memorial at the Douglas County Courthouse, where a short service will take place starting at 11am, with Judge Broch speaking.  After the service, there will be a luncheon for the community at Forty Martyrs church.  

American Legion Post 71 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony 

11:00 a.m. 

The event will take place at the East Lawn Cemetery (802 North Cunningham Ave.)
Speaking at the event will be Bob Henderson, beloved teacher and veteran. 

Bob Henderson was honored in Korea for serving in the Marine Corps.  Bob Henderson pledged "Semper Fidelis" at age 17 to join the Marine Corp in 1943. Less than a decade later his duties led him to one of the most pivotal engagements in the Korean War: The battle at the Chosin Reservoir.  Service for which he was honored in Seoul, at a government invitation commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the battle that ensured South Korea’s Independence.  Bob Henderson is one of the remaining “Chosen Few” who received a plaque as one of the oldest marines at the 235th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration in Korea.

Veterans Day ONE -ON-ONE 2015: Sponsored By Rotary Clubs Of CU

4:30 p.m.

In 2011 Champaign West Rotary (Illinois) developed Veterans Day One on One, dedicated to honoring our country’s men and women who have served our country. The event is really thank you to our Veterans. You honor our Veterans by inviting them to the Veterans Day One on One dinner event.  One of the main conditions of admission is bringing one or more Veterans, buying them dinner, personally expressing appreciation for their service, and listening to or sharing stories of the Veterans experiences. This is a great way to connect with and thank those who have helped to protect the freedom that we enjoy. 

This year we are proud to have Major General Spiese, USMC (Ret) as our keynote speaker

A Chicago native, Major General Spiese was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.   His 37 year career as a Marine Corps infantry officer included many command and staff assignments worldwide. His final assignment was Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade.  Major General Spiese retired from active duty on April 1, 2013.   Major General Spiese has been awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.  He is a Military Freefall Parachutist and Marine Combatant Diver.  Major General Spiese has earned a Masters of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies   He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Board of Advisors for Blue Star Veteran Network, and is the president of the Officers Christian Fellowship national council.    



CHAMPAIGN IL, Top 40 Commuter City in Illinois!

by Rose Price

Obviously there are many great reasons to live in the Champaign/Urbana IL area, but one often overlooked is commute time!  A bad commute can get old quickly and the daily back-and-forth to work can have a serious impact on your overall well being, turning your new dream home into a cage of sorrow. Well, no worries because now we've added a great commute to our list of great Champaign/Urbana traits.  Each of these cities are well below the average American commute time of 25.5 minutes.  

#7 Champaign

Coming in at number seven is Champaign!  That's pretty high on the list and here's why:  

Champaign IL is home to the University of Illinois' Research Park, which has received numerous high profile rewards over the past few years for it's unparalleled innovation and consistent creation of new high tech jobs.  The increasing job opportunities provided from the University means that residents no longer have to travel far to work a great job.  9 out of 10 Champaign residents make it to work in 29 minutes or less, with an average commute time of 16.4 minutes. 

#8 Urbana

Urbana IL, gets the green award on this one!  Over 10% of residents carpool and 4% telecommute!  So, obviously, less cars helps commuters get to work an average of 35 percent faster than workers across America and due to technological advancements, it looks like more and more people will be working from home, which will reduce commute times even more.    

#32 Rantoul 

The University of Illinois' Research Park isn't the only innovator in the area.  The Business Center in Rantoul IL is gaining a reputation as a new hub for innovation.  Not only does it offer new businesses high tech office spaces it is also home to the Rantoul Business Incubator and the Illinois Small Business Development Center and like The Research Park, more and more high tech jobs are being created here.  So Residents here don't have to travel far for a great job either.  Half of all workers in Rantoul travel less than 15 minutes to get to work, making the average total commute time 19.2 minutes.   

*All information and graphs taken from Obrella Insider.

Visit Obrella for a complete list of the 40 Best and Worst Commuter Cities in Illinois and check back with us for more information and useful tips for living in the Champaign/Urbana area.  

If you're sick of the lousy commute time in your area, then Champaign/Urbana may be the perfect town for you! give me a call, I'd be happy to show you around my fabulous community. If you'd rather look at some homes that are available first, visit the links below for homes available in each of the area's listed.  Then give me a call with any questions you have!

Champaign/Urbana Homes for Sale

Urbana Homes for Sale

Rantoul Homes for Sale


by Rose Price



Even with sweltering temperatures all around us, you won't want to miss these great events going on Downtown Champaign IL.

Kicking off the weekend is FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE, and it's better than ever!  So sit back and enjoy Champaign Illinois' as they present free street-side performances from 6:00-8:00 pm, at these 3    locations:   

1) Neil & Church        2) Neil & Park       3)Walnut & Chester   

The performances will include an eclectic mix of music, sidewalk art contests, dance, art showcases, and Balloon are & face painting for the kids! So bring along the whole family for a night of music, socializing and tasty treats!!                                                        

And it's not over yet......

The Champaign Park District's signature event, the CHAMPAIGN MUSIC FESTIVAL, starts Saturday at 6 pm. With 3 stages ready to rock, you can enjoy the best of all genre's. In fact, CEO of One Main Development, is playing on the Main and Market Street stage at 8:45 pm! 

Get out and enjoy the summer season with family and friends, good food and drink!


Stage Schedule and Line Up:

Nail and Main St. Stage
6:00-7:00 p.m., Carrie Lyn Infusion, Blues/Soul                 
7:30-9:00 p.m., 90's Daughter, 90's Hits
9:30-11:30 p.m., Brat Pack, 80's Hits

Walnut & Chester St. Stage
6:15-7:45 p.m., Delta Kings, Blues/Rock
8:15-9:45 p.m., Mighty Pranksters, Southern Rock/Jam
10:15-12:15 p.m., James Wesly, Country

Main St. and Market St. Stage
6:00-6:45 p.m., Pete Stillwell
6:55-7:40 p.m., The Fabulous Javelinas
7:50-8:35 p.m., Justin Larkin, Blues/Rock
8:45-9:30 p.m., Cody Sokolski, Southern Rock/Jam
9:40-10:25 p.m., Hathaways


Plant a New Investment

by Rose Price

Looking for a simple way to add beauty and value to your home? Plant a tree! There are a wide variety of trees native to Illinois, but making the best choice takes a little work. Adding a healthy, beautiful tree is an excellent investment in your home’s value.

First of all, you’ll want to have a good assessment of the quality of the soil where you want to plant the tree. The pH balance of your soil, for example, can make the difference between a beautiful tree and a dead eyesore. Soil testers can be purchased at most lawn and garden centers.

You’ll also need to know how well-drained the planting area is before you put the tree in the ground. Too much water in the soil can cause problems for the roots. Adding bark mulch around the base of the tree will help add nitrogen to the soil. And wrapping trees in the fall and winter will protect them against the cold and deer.

The University of Illinois Extension has a wonderful website filled with information about trees you might want to consider. You can use the site to filter trees by size, tolerance to different conditions, exposure and use. It also contains useful warnings about pests specific to central Illinois.

Whatever your choice is, you’ll probably want to consult with a local garden center or tree farm to confirm you’re making a good decision. Do you have a favorite tree? Send me a picture! Plant a tree, invest in your home’s value, and make Illinois just a little more beautiful.

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A World of Shoes!

by Rose Price

You know you love them, and now you can see dozens of pairs of shoes from around the world and representing a variety of cultures and purposes. A World of Shoes is an exhibit this fall at the Spurlock Museum's Campbell Gallery. The main themes of the exhibit all begin with the letter “S:” Sports, Style, Soul, Service, Substance, Self, and Sensuality. There are a pair of animal shoes from The Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, a pair of Weary Willie clown shoes worn by renowned entertainer Emmett Kelly from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as well as shoes worn by Shinto priests in Hawai’i!

The exhibit is open every day except Monday and will run through February.

  • Tuesday - Noon to 5pm
  • Wednesday - 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday - 9am to 5pm
  • Friday - 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday - Noon to 4pm

The Spurlock Museum is located at 600 South Gregory [map], just across the street east of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

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DIY Painting: Ceilings and Walls

by Rose Price

Previously, we’ve talked about how a new coat of a paint is vital when you’re planning to sell your home. But, you may decide that the expense of hiring a professional painter is too much when you can do most, if not all, of the work  yourself.  In the first part of this series, we looked at the steps you need to take before you dip a brush into a can of paint. Today, we’re going to get to work painting.

The first stage of paint is treating the surface with a coat of primer. The primer protects the surface, gives the paint something to adhere to and helps prevent stains. The guidelines below work for both the primer and paint.

Wait! Put the brush down for a second. You’ve moved the furniture out of the room, or pulled it away from the walls. You need to use drop cloths or tarps to cover the flooring and any furniture still in the room. Murphy’s law says if you leave something unprotected, it will wind up with paint drops on it. Anywhere on the walls and along the edges of a ceiling where you don’t want paint splatters needs to be covered with strips of painters tape. Also, go ahead and make sure you have cleaning supplies on-hand just in case.

Okay, let’s get to work. If you’re going to paint the ceiling, and that’s usually a good idea, do that first.  Again, these guidelines work for both the ceilings and the walls. The first steps here is to use a trim brush to outline the edges of the ceiling. You’ll want a border about three inches wide. When that’s done, move on to the roller and the rest of the surface.

You’re going to pour the out the paint into a roller pan. Make sure you don’t overfill the pan: Fill it so they paint just touches the grated part of the pan.  Depending on where you’re painting, you may need to work on a ladder or with an extension pole. Dampen the roller with water for latex paint or paint thinner for oil paints. Coat the brush completely with paint, and then roll it against the grate to distribute it and squeeze out and excess.

Using a zig-zag motion, cover an area three to four feet square. Then roll over the same area in straight lines. Make sure to overlay the edges of previously painted areas to reduce visible lines when the paint is dry.  Once you’ve completely covered the surface you’re working on, move to another area and let the first dry.

You’ll want to let the painted surfaces dry before you apply a second coat, which will ensure the paint isn’t too thin or missing in places. Don’t remove your drop cloths or tape until you’re sure there aren’t any spots that need touch-ups.

The next part of your painting project is to tackle the door frames, window frames and molding. We’ll talk about that and cleaning up in an upcoming blog post. So for now, get to work on your walls. That way, when you call me to help you sell your home, we’ll already be ahead of the competition!

Rose Price, CIPS, CRP
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