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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!

 

Fall Home Buying in Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in Champaign-Urbana? Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall and not wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year.

 

Sellers with Homes still on the Market are Anxious to Sell

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.

 

Sellers in the Fall are Looking to Move

Sellers that leave their homes listed in the fall are doing so for a reason….they need to move. Whether it’s for a new job or because their new home is ready, these sellers are more serious about moving on to their new homes and need to have their current homes sold as soon as possible. They will likely be more open to negotiation in order to close the deal, especially before the upcoming holiday season.

 

You will have less Competition from other Home Buyers

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!

 

You have Lots of Resources at your Disposal

Since spring and summer are the peak real estate seasons, industry professionals such as agents, lenders, and movers, are incredibly busy. When the weather starts to cool and with many clients settled into their new homes, realtors and others have more time time opening up….meaning that you can have more of their undivided attention. This is extremely beneficial when you are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of all of the resources out there. An Experienced Real Estate Agent is dedicated to helping you move into your dream home this fall.

 

Crime Rates Go Down in the Fall

The end of summer tends to be the main months in which home related crimes, such as burglaries, occur. If you are buying your home in the fall, this allows you the opportunity to do more research prior to purchasing in order to find out about crime rates in the area and take precautions in your new home to protect yourself, if necessary.

 

Spruce Up Your New Home With End of Year Sales

The fall months are prime shopping season when it comes to home appliances, decor, maintenance goods, and more. Major retailers always offer these consumer goods at great discounts in the fall in order to prepare for next year’s trends and models. You can outfit your new home with amazing deals! Update your home with fresh paint and carpeting in September, when these goods are often put on sale. Prepare for next spring by purchasing your lawn mower in October. Create your dream kitchen in November with the help of new appliances and cookware at a discounted price.

 

Use Tax Deductions to Your Advantage

Regardless of which calendar month you purchase your home, homeowners can claim deductions on property tax and mortgage interest for your entire year’s worth of income. Payments completed prior to the loan closing will be considered tax deductible, even if they occur in November or December! You can save a considerable amount of money on the taxes you owe by purchasing your home later in the year!

 

Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Champaign-Urbana!! Call me today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com.



Resource: Forbes

It’s officially June which means long days, warm temperatures, sunny skies and….PATIO SEASON! There is nothing better than summers in Champaign/Urbana, and HGTV has some awesome tips on how you can spruce up your patio this season!

 

Durable Patio Furniture is a must when you want the materials to stand up to summer and fall storms, especially when made from concrete materials. Accent pillows can add some color and fun to your furniture.

Fire Pits always make an outdoor gathering more fun. Not only not it keep you and your guests warm on cool evenings, but it also creates a perfect conversational area (and a place for the kids to roast s’mores!).

Pergolas are beautiful structures that add shade and comfort on sunny days. Pair with a grilling area and a cute bistro table and you will have an outdoor space you will never want to leave!

String Lights create a gorgeous ambience! You can put lights inside an umbrella, or along your pergola, really anywhere in your backyard!

Accessorize!!!! Patio furniture doesn’t have to be boring or uninspired. Spice up your outdoor living space with pieces from local artists, or a cool antique. Have fun with it!

 

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: www.champaignrose.com

 

CONGRATS to Mahomet IL, for making the list of Safest Town to Live in Illinois!

 

Now that we know how SAFE Mahomet, IL is, what else makes this thriving village so great? Excellent schools, a wonderful array of outdoor activities in the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, and a fabulous Parks & Recreation Department are just a few! Click here to see available homes in this highly desirable, and SAFE, town!!

Safety and comfort are most always top priorities when choosing the best community for families to move, and we would love to help you find the perfect home in one of our safe communities. To see see all current listings please click here.

Would you like to see how you other towns ranked? Click here to see the overall rankings
If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Champaign community, give Champaign Rose a call or visit our website at: www.champaignrose.com

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon THIS WEEKEND!

by Rose Price

It’s almost officially the weekend, and guess what that means? It is almost time for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, one of our favorite big events in Champaign!! The 5K race begins Friday--- TONIGHT, followed by the 10K, half, and full marathons tomorrow (Saturday). The Illinois Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier so you don’t want to miss out on this premier event!

Starting at 8am on Saturday the party begins and goes until 2pm! You most definitely will want to stop by the Meijer 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash to unwind and enjoy a cool beverage (runners receive one complimentary beer from Fat City Bar & Grill) and live music from 90’s Daughter! The party will be at Memorial Stadium, located at 1402 S. First Street in Champaign.

 

RACE DETAILS // START TIMES // LOCATIONS

Friday, April 29th:

5K Walk/Run: 7:30pm start - Oak Street, south of St. Mary’s Road

Saturday, April 30th:

Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon: 7:00am start - First Street and St. Mary’s Road

10K Walk/Run: 7:42am start - First Street and St. Mary’s Road

*** Packet Pick-UpIf you have not already picked up your packet with your race number and other goodies, make sure to stop by the Health & Fitness Expo tonight before 7pm at the Illinois Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) located at 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign IL 61820. Parking for the expo will be at the State Farm Center. Click here for a map. ***


Have friends or family running in the race? Make sure to SIGN UP for runner tracking to see their progress!

 

Best of luck to all of the runners from Rose Price!

 

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: www.champaignrose.com

Congrats Champaign and Urbana!

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