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Tips for Spring Home Buyers and Sellers in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring is fast approaching. As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, home buyers and sellers start looking to enter the real estate market. If you are ready to Buy or Sell you home in Champaign/Urbana this spring, it is important to be prepared and know what to expect. Here are my helpful tips for spring buying and selling in our area.

 

Spring Buyers!

As a buyer, your first step is to know the Champaign/Urbana market. Research what housing options are available to you as well as the current list prices. Before you begin to seriously search for your new home, it is important to have your Financing situated ahead of time. This allows you to accurately know what you can afford and makes you a more attractive buyer when you enter negotiations with a seller. Realize that the spring market means increased competition from other potential buyers. Once you find your dream home, you want to stand out from other offers. Consider writing a personal letter to the seller expressing why you love their home and know that it would be a good fit for you and your family. Also, remain flexible during the negotiation process to ensure that you can get the home you want.  


 

Spring Sellers!

As a seller, you need to know Your Home's Value before you list. This will enable you to price your home correctly. Since other sellers will be listing their homes this spring, you want to stand out from the competition. You can do this by improving your home’s curb appeal, staging your home, and completing any home improvement projects. Consider some updates to your home that will give you a great return on investment. To get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly, work with Champaign/Urbana’s Top Realtor!






Champaign Rose is here to help you buy or sell this spring!  Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ to get started today.

Ways to Take Care of Your Champaign Home this Winter

by Rose Price

Although winter is slowly winding down, there is still a chance for more snowfall in the Champaign-Urbana area before the season is through. It is important to protect your home during these cold winter months to make sure that you do not have any lasting problems into the future. Before and after the next snowfall, examine these areas where damage can occur and take measures to prevent and correct any potential issues. Doing so will keep your Champaign-Urbana home looking and working its very best!

 

Driveway and sidewalks. Ice and snow on concrete can lead to cracks. On top of that, it makes for hazardous walking conditions for your family and your guests. Be sure to remove all ice and snow immediately. Use eco-friendly gravel or salt to melt ice and remove those slippery areas.

Dead, large branches. Large branches that hang over your home, garage, or yard can cause serious damage. When the branch is dead, it can easily break away under heavy snow. On nicer days, go outside and cut away these branches to avoid any potential problems.

 

Roof. Large accumulations of snow on your roof can lead to cracking. This can turn into water leaking into your home and causing damage. After the snowfall, make sure to remove any areas with heavy accumulation. Also, check inside your home for water spots or bends that could indicate that the roof has already been damaged this season. If you find any problems, hire a professional to fix it as soon as possible.

 

Foundation. Moisture can enter into your foundation if there is too much ice and snow up against your home. After the snowfall, be sure to shovel around the base of your home. Also, check inside your home to make sure that there aren’t any new cracks.


Pipes. Pipes will burst if they become too cold. This can lead to a huge expense if they do due to flooding. Always keep your home’s temperature at least at 55 degrees. Add insulation to the pipes if they feel cold to the touch.

What Happens Before, During, and After the Home Inspection

by Rose Price

You’ve found your dream home in Champaign/Urbana! Congrats! You are ready to head into the final stages of the home buying process, namely closing. But before you start packing the moving truck to head over to your new address, it is important to take one last look at your potential new home….this time with a Home Inspector!

 

A home inspection is an important step to protect the buyer. It allows you to find out about any potential structural or mechanical issues with the home. It will help you determine whether or not you want to move forward and close on the home or if you need to renegotiate the agreement with the seller. No matter what is revealed in the home inspection, it is important to remember that knowledge is power and you are getting the necessary assurances for your investment. Don’t know where to begin or what to expect in the home inspection? Don’t worry! Champaign Rose is here to help.

 

 

Before the inspection

 

Your first step is to find the best home inspector for the job. In order to do so, you should interview several different inspectors to discover their background and areas of expertise. Ask to see their past inspection reports. If you find one with a highly detailed report that offers recommendations for found issues, they are a keeper. If you would like a list of great home inspectors in our area, contact me today!


During the home inspection.

 

The inspector will spend several hours examining the home. They will look at the physical structure of the home, including roof, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, and floors, as well as mechanical and electrical systems. The plumbing and major appliances will be reviewed. It is highly recommended that you attend the home inspection. This allows you to find out about issues as they are find and ask any questions. There is one important thing to remember during the home inspection. It is not a total x-ray of the home. There are still some issues that can remain hidden within the home or that the home inspector simply isn’t qualified to recognize. Keep this in mind as you continue to budget for your new home. While you can renegotiate your deal based on the findings of the home inspector, you should still expect some potential costs once you move in.

 

After the inspection.

Review the home inspection report. Discuss the findings with your realtor to determine how your deal can be renegotiated if issues were find or if it makes more financial sense to walk away from the home and find a different property. 

 

Check out my other Home Buying Tips! Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ so that I can help you find your dream home in Champaign/Urbana today.

Champaign County Restaurant Week!

by Rose Price

Explore the best culinary delights Champaign County has to offer during Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!! On Sunday, January 29th, through Sunday, February 5th, Visit Champaign County will be hosting the first ever restaurant week throughout all of the greater Champaign County area. Discover the best restaurants in communities all over Champaign County. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals all week long! Enjoy special lunch menus starting at $8 and special dinner menus for $15, $25, or $35. All you need to do is ask your server for the special restaurant week menu! During the week, share your mouthwatering pictures with #CCRestaurantWeek to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. Check out the list of participating restaurants below! More will likely be added before the start of Restaurant Week. Come discover some delicious new meals at one of these awesome Champaign County restaurants!

 

 

Baxter's American Grille | 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano | 2235 South Neil Street, Champaign

Big Grove Tavern | 1 East Main Street, Champaign

The Bread Company | 706 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Crane Alley | 115 West Main Street, Urbana

Hamilton Walker's | 201 North Neil Street, Champaign

JT Walker's | 401 East Main Street, Mahomet

Minneci's Ristorante | 2501 Village Green Place, Champaign

Nando Milano Trattoria | 204 North Neil Street, Champaign

Piato Cafe | 201 Lincoln Square Village, Urbana

Radio Maria | 119 North Walnut Street, Champaign

Siam Terrace | 212 West Main Street, Urbana

V. Picasso | 112 North Neil Street, Champaign

Watson's Shack & Rail | 211 North Neil, Champaign

Yoder's Kitchen | 1195 East Columbia Street, Arthur


There are many reasons why the Champaign/Urbana area is filled with amazing communities for families to live. One of these reasons is the excellent school districts. Top notch school districts ensure that children are receiving the highest quality education and helps improve home values!

 

 

Educational review website Niche recently ranked 404 school districts within Illinois to find out which were the best of the best in 2017. The website looked at several key factors from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews from millions of Niche users. The factors looked at included academics, athletics, teacher quality, diversity, resources and facilities, administration, and more.

 

Once the results came in, 4 area school districts came in the top 85! 

 

#30 Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 | Mahomet

 

This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and college readiness. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, administration, health and safety, sports, and food. Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 was ranked as the 24th best district for athletes in Illinois!

 

#33 Monticello Community Unit School District 25 | Monticello

This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and health and safety. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, college readiness, and sports. Monticello Community Unit School District 25 was recognized for being the 20th Illinois school district with the best teachers!

 

Other area school districts that ranked high in our area include (#78) Urbana School District 116 | Urbana and (#85) Champaign Community Unit School District 4 | Champaign.

 


If you are interested in Buying a home in one of these great local public school districts, give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

Champaign Ranked Amongst Best Small Cities in America!

by Rose Price

If small city living is for you, look no further than Champaign, Illinois! With lower living costs, a tighter community feel, and a more laid-back living style, small cities are a great place to raise a family. Personal finance website WalletHub recently ranked 1,268 cities in the United States to find the best communities in terms quality of life and affordability. Their analysts looked at metrics regarding economic health, affordability, quality of life, safety, and education and health in cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. After analyzing the results, they ranked the cities in the nation to find the best of the best. The results…...Champaign was listed as one of the best small cities in America!  

 
 

Champaign has all the benefits of a major metropolitan area but maintains its small city feel. There are a variety of housing options available in every price range, making it an affordable city for families to settle down. Great shopping, dining, and entertainment venues mean that all the amenities you could need are right at your doorstep. Champaign maintains excellent parks facilities allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors within the city limits. Education and learning are very important in Champaign with excellent public schools, an award-winning public library, and, of course, the great University of Illinois. The city has a thriving culture with numerous festivals and celebrations held throughout the year. With all it has to offer its residents, it is no wonder that Champaign was ranked amongst the nation's best small cities.

 

 

If you are interested in the small city life of Champaign, Rose Price is here to help you find your dream home. Give me a call today or visit our website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

 

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Champaign/Urbana Communities!

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the neighborhood Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Champaign/Urbana area communities! All trick-or-treating for the listed communities will occur on Monday, October 31st.

 

Champaign: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Mahomet: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Monticello: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Paxton: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Rantoul: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Savoy: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Urbana: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

 

It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:

 

  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.

  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.

  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.

  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.

  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the look out for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.

 

 


Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Update Your Champaign Home to Sell With These Hot Kitchen Trends

by Rose Price

5 Fall Home Staging Ideas for your Champaign Listing!

by Rose Price

Upcoming Events in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

The fun in the Champaign/Urbana truly never ends. There are always countless things to do occurring in the communities throughout the area. There are so many to choose from it's truly hard to narrow down which ones to attend. So why not check them all out?! Here are our picks for the events we cannot miss over the next couple of weeks.

 

Friday, September 16th

Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root: Dance the night away from 6:00 - 9:30 pm at Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello) at the Allerton Festival. Enjoy live musical performances from 3 great groups. From 6:00 to 7:00 pm, blues and folk band Lupe Carroll will be taking the stage, followed by I-Pan, a University of Illinois student run combo steel band. At 7:30 pm, dance the night away to world renowned band Rusted Root. There will also be food and beverage available for purchase at the event. Purchase tickets in advance HERE for $15. Tickets will be $18 at the door. Children 12 and under can attend the festival for FREE!

Saturday, September 17th

Monticellobration 2016: Put on your swing shoes and head down to the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Monticello from 10:00 am until 10:30 pm. This annual family event celebrates the town of Monticello. Enjoy delicious food as the local restaurants cook our around lunch time. There will be live swing and jazz music throughout the afternoon, with performances from Jim Markum Swing Band and the Night Hawks. Your kids will love all of the great activities including art projects, train pump cars, bubbles, and so much more! Be sure to check out the All Things Wheels car show to marvel at some amazing classic cars on display. More music will carry the festivities into the evening, including concerts from Bad Medicine and Feudin Hillbillies. Admission to this great Monticello festival is FREE!

 

GCC AMBUCS Scarecrow Festival: Celebrate the fall season from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at AMBUCS Park (1200 East University, Urbana). Spend the day at the park with your family while enjoying music and live entertainment and an automobile show. Pick up some unique gifts from the flea market. Join your kids on a hayrack or barrel train ride before heading off to play some games. The festival has no entry free though there will be a small cost for kids games.

Sunday, September 18th

7th Annual Oktoberfest: Dine on some authentic German cuisine at Crane Alley (115 West Main Street, Urbana) from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. All of your favorite traditional German dishes will be served, from schnitzel and brats, to croquettes and braised cabbage. Wash down the food with one of the 6 different beers that will be offered at the outdoor beer truck. You can purchase a glass liter stein for $18 and enjoy subsequent refills for only $11. Wear your best Oktoberfest outfit and eat, drink, and be merry!

 

Urbana Art Expo: Marvel at some beautiful pieces of art during the 2nd annual Urbana Art Expo from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Urbana Civic Center (108 East Water Street, Urbana). Support local artists by attending this juried art sale and exhibition.

Saturday, September 24th

Flannel Fest: Pull out your best flannel between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm at Centennial Park (2200 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign) for some fall fun. There will be live music, food trucks, games, crafts, and so much more. Enter the mustache contest! Enjoy the Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show as they showcase their speed carving, log rolling, and axe throwing skills. Be sure to also check out the Human Mattress Dominoes! This day will be filled with lots of family fun. Admission is FREE!

Sunday, September 25th

Midtown Sundaze: Listen to some classic fairytales and fables from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at Scott Park (207 East Springfield Avenue, Champaign). Your children will have the time of their lives at this family friendly event. They can meet their favorite princesses and comic book superheroes. Every half hour, beginning at 2:15, listen to local storyteller Kathe Brinkmann tell a favorite classic children’s story. In addition, there will be face painting, crafts, games, and treats!

 

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