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Tip for Selling your Champaign/Urbana Home in the Fall

by Rose Price

 

The leaves are changing to their beautiful shades of red, orange and gold and the days are getting cooler....it's Fall in the Champaign/Urbana area!  Well it may not be the most popular season to put your home on the market, there's no reason to wait for spring when the autumn season starts.  People are ready to buy homes year round....you just need to be prepared.

There will most likely be less homes on the market this time of year, so preparing your home ahead of time will allow a fast sale to the right buyer. Most buyers don't want to move when the weather is cold and blustery, if they don't have to, so the fall is your last chance to position your home with those buyers before the winter season moves in.

The Fall season is beautiful in Champaign/Urbana and allows for some amazing decorating both inside and out, but it also means that you need to maintain the exterior of your home so that it shows well to each and every potential buyer.  

1. Clean up the Yard. Make sure that the leaves are cleared from the yard regularly and that dead plants and blooms have been cleared.  Shrubs should be cut back as well to give your yard a nice manicured look. This will enhance the overall look of your home from the curb when a prospective buyer pulls up to the curb.

2. Clear deck furniture off for the season and store accordingly and wash deck,& siding of any mildew, mold that has accumulated with the change of season. This is also the time to put on the storm doors and windows and make sure all windows and sparkling clean for your potential buyers.

3. Embrace the Fall season! Most people love the fall color and the anticipation of the coming holidays. Decorating your home with seasonal arrangements of flowers, scented candles, or pumpkin & spice potpourri can really add warmth inside. Adding  lovely Mums to the front porch gives a splash of color that helps create great curb appeal. But DON'T over do it!  A little goes a long way.

4. You NEED the right Real Estate Agent! There's a reason you're selling in the Fall, and you need the agent who is experienced, and knows your area well, knows how to price your home and what it takes to sell your home now. Be serious about asking the right questions so you find the right agent for your needs.  Ask around and get referrals.

5. Keep it Light & Bright. The seasons are changing and that means that the sun is setting much sooner in the day.  It is critical to make sure that you have adequate lighting in place in all rooms. Your potential buyers need to be able to see each room clearly, every area, at all times of the day. Ask your real estate agent for tips on showcasing your rooms best asset's and how to do that at the different times of day.

6. Make sure your House is Priced Right. Fall is the time of year when your home needs to be priced right from the start. Some people think it needs to be priced lower to sell in the fall and winter seasons, but that is simply not true!  It needs to be priced competitively with the market. This is why you need to rely on your real estate agent to know the market and to price your home accordingly. 

Lastly, be prepared to move!  Once your home sells you need to be ready to move. When people buy in the Fall they want to be able to get into their new home quickly before the weather turns bad. So make sure that you have your plan in place and that once you have the offer on your home, you have set the wheels in motion and will be ready to move when your buyers are ready to get into your home.

HAPPY FALL SELLING!  IT'S A GREAT TIME OF YEAR TO SELL YOUR CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOME!

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The Spring Housing Market Starts NOW for Champaign/Urbana IL

by Rose Price

If you are thinking of buying or selling  a home in Champaign/Urbana IL and the surrounding towns, your best opportunity could be right now... in January!  Yes, it is cold outside, and rainy, but mortgage interest rates are most likely at their lowest levels for 2014.

The interest rate on a 30 year mortgage, if you were to obtain your loan today, is 4.51%...but predictions show the rates rising by year-end to the 5.75% level.  It is even better for the 15-year mortgage as it is at 3.56% today.  Getting into the housing market early this year is going to make all the difference in the world when it comes to costs. Rates like this make it feasible for Champaign/Urbana IL home buyers and refinancing homeowners to eventually live mortgage free!

However, with the Fed announcing the pull back of the stimulus packages of the past year, the rates will start climbing soon.  In addition to mortgages and rates, inventory of homes will be a key component in buyers being able to obtain their desired residence.  At present, the ChampaigUrbana housing inventory is somewhat low...so homeowners thinking of putting their home on the market, will want to do so now.  This way they are guaranteed more of a "sellers market" and a better chance at getting the asking price of their home. Buyer demand and limited inventory does drive up prices...and the peak selling season is NOW.

Take a look at the most recent Champaign IL Market Update below:

For more information about the wonderful Champaign/Urbana IL Homes for Sale, or to learn about my Personalized Home Buying & Selling Marketing plans,  give me a call!  My experience and knowledge of the area, along with 20 years in the real estate market, will give you the confidence that ChampaignRose is the only RE professional to handle all your real estate needs.  Let Rose be "Your Resource to all Center City Districts in Champaign IL.

 

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

by Rose Price

As 2014 comes to an end, I want to Thank all of you for your faith and trust in me to handle all your Champaign/Urbana area Real Estate Needs!

I've lived here for 20+ years, and know the area so well, and love to share with my past and present clients all the great reasons to live in the Champaign/Urbana area.

I'm looking forward to 2014 and all the possibilities it will bring for all of us. Please check out my new site...downtownchampaignrose.com to learn everything you need to know about Downtown Champaign, Midtown and Campustown.  I'm so excited for this site to go live...it's going to be incredible!

In closing, I wish you and your families an abundance of Christmas blessings and a happy, healthy & prosperous NEW YEAR!

University of Illinois Ranked Among Best in The Nation

by Rose Price

University of Illinois

With classes beginning August 27 at the University of Illinois, I thought it would be a great time to remember what an awesome University we have here in Champaign, Illinois.

In its 2013 rankings, U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges rated Illinois as the number 13 public university and the number 46 national university. According to the 2013 - 2014 U.S.News & World Report's graduate and undergraduate rankings: (If noted otherwise, it is the most recent information available.)

  • The Graduate School of Library and Information Science's program is 1st in the nation. (2014)
  • The College of Engineering is ranked 5th in undergraduate and 5th in graduate programs nationally.
  • The College of Business is ranked 14th in undergraduate programs nationally.
  •  The College of Education is ranked 19th in graduate programs nationally.
  •  The Department of Civil Engineering is 1st in graduation programs nationally.

Source credit: U.S.News & World Report

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