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It's the Champaign Blues, Brews & BBQ Festval 2016!

by Rose Price

Join us downtown CHAMPAIGN for the 9th Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival! Enjoy this free two day event this weekend on Friday, June 24th, and Saturday, June 25th.

Bring the entire family down for live entertainment, delicious food, and much more. The two stages will feature some of the best blues musicians from around the country. Get down to the music of David Dunavent & Evol Love, Slam Allen, Edward David Anderson, and many more contemporary blues artists.

Prepare to get your hands dirty as you savor some of the best BBQ around. Delicious ribs and pulled pork will be available from some of the great local BBQ joints in the Champaign/Urbana area. Other festival food favorites will also be available for purchase.

There are many other things to enjoy doing the festival as well. Swing by the 5th Annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show. This is the biggest bike show in the state. Take some time to enjoy all that downtown Champaign has to offer with the multitude of restaurants, stores, and entertainment located right by the festival grounds. The festival truly has something for everyone to enjoy!

Come get your groove on with us this weekend at the 9th Annual Champaign Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival!!

Event Details

Date: Friday, June 24th – Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Location: Downtown Champaign behind the News Gazette (15 East Main Street)

Cost: FREE!

     The Music

    The Food

    The Motorcycles

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day! Time to celebrate the dad in your life. No matter what your dad loves to do, there is something for everyone happening this weekend around CHAMPAIGN/URBANA. Here’s a list of the top activities for you to show your dad how much you appreciate all that he does!

SHOLEM FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION. Head over to the Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign for a fun filled day at the pool. Let dad lounge on the lazy river and speed down the three slides. Your dad gets in for free. Enjoy half priced root beer floats while you watch your father in the entertaining cannonball competition.

FATHER'S DAY CAR SHOW. For the car loving dad, check out some hot wheels at First Christin Church (3601 South Staley Road) in Champaign for the Father’s Day Car Show on Sunday, June 19th. The show will feature awesome cars, a bounce house, and food.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET CONCERT. Enjoy a relaxing evening on Father’s Day at Eisner Park in Champaign for the Sounds at Sunset Concert. Listen to great music and snack on the picnic that you packed with all of your dad’s favorite foods.

TAKE ME FISHINGGrab your fishing rods and your father and head to Walnut Hill Shelter Homer Lake Forest Preserve for the free Take Me Fishing event. From 9 until 11 am, enjoy the great outdoors with your dad. Kids can win awards for the fish they catch and beginning lessons will be offered.

MONTICELLO RAILWAY MUSEUM. Enjoy a vintage train ride with dad at the Monticello Railway Museum. Dad gets to ride for free on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. After your train ride, explore the museum to see railway artifacts and exhibits.

FATHER'S DAY STORYTIME. For the little ones, head over to Barnes and Noble (65 East Market View Drive) in Champaign for a special Father’s Day reading of two children’s books, Grandpa Loves You by Helen Foster James and Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke. There will be activities held afterward for the fathers and children.

CRYSTAL LAKE PARK FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER. Dad’s swim for free on Sunday at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center when accompanied by one child. Beat the summer heat and have a day at the pool!

A big thank you to the dads in our community for all that you do!

Buying a new house is an exciting and important time! There is no better place to call home than CHAMPAIGN/URBANA! House hunting in a seller's market, though, adds more factors for you to consider during the process. Although the market might not be favoring buyers at the moment, there are many things that you can use to your advantage to help you buy your dream home! Look through the current HOUSE LISTINGS so I can help you begin this exciting journey, and follow these 6 useful tips for buyers in a seller's market.

WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED AGENT. Eliminate some of the time and stress that comes with house hunting by working with an experienced real estate agent. Champaignrose  & Landmark Real Estate is here to help you find your dream home! Let me know exactly what you are looking for. I understand the Champaign/Urbana housing market, now what is available, and negotiate the best deal for your new home! Here is WHY BUYERS CHOOSE ME!

BE PREAPPROVED BY A LENDER. Get preapproval for a loan from a reputable lender that you can present to the seller. This shows that you are serious about buying the home and makes the seller feel more comfortable knowing that your finances are in order. If you already know that you can afford the home and have a high credit score, get this part of the process out of the way when you initially start your house hunting process. It can help you stand apart from the other buyers. For help with the kinds of loans that are available for you, check out our  FINANCE INFORMATION

BE DECISIVE IN MAKING AN OFFER. Buying a home is a major decision so being thoughtful about the home you make an offer on is imperative. But don’t get bogged down in over analyzing. Before you begin the house hunting process, be sure to know exactly what you are looking for in your dream home…price, location, and type. When you find a home that checks all of the factors you have previously determined, make an offer! You don’t want to miss out on your dream home due to overthinking.

MAKE YOUR BEST OFFER. Start with a strong opening offer. You should know the maximum that you are willing to pay. Set a BUDGET so you are fully area of what you can afford and can make more informed decisions. Although we all want to get the best deal possible, in a seller’s market competition is high. If you come in with too low of an opening offer, you could miss out on your dream home. Be aware of what other houses are on the market and the pricing of the homes in the area. This will help you determine what is an appropriate amount to negotiate for the house you want. Have a strong opening offer that you are comfortable with AND that will be acceptable to the seller.

PREPARE FOR A BIDDING WAR. Bidding wars inevitably cause stress for buyers. The fear of missing out on your dream home is understandable. However, competition in a seller’s market is high. Know what you are willing to pay and search for houses below your max budget. This will help you avoid spending more than you are comfortable with should you end up in a bidding war.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. You might not get the first home that you make an offer on. In a seller’s market, it is likely that you will have to make several offers on homes before finding the perfect one for you. Recognize what happened with the transactions that don’t work out and learn from them. Stay true to what you want and realize that there are other options in the Champaign/Urbana that I will help you find!

Source: TRULIA

Follow the Farmstead in Champaign IL!

by Rose Price

Join us this Saturday, June 11th, for the 2nd annual Champaign County Farm Tours. This great event connects the surrounding community with local farms to learn about Central Illinois farming. Our area has a rich farming tradition which is celebrated through this day long tour. The Champaign County Farm tours is a family friendly event that includes demonstrations and hands on activities. Participants will have the opportunity to see farm animals, innovations in farming technology, and learn about the local food economy.

This year’s event will include six local farms and facilities located around Champaign County. Agrible Inc. will show visitors the technology it offers to help farmers collect agricultural data and improve processes. Autumn Berry Inspired and Green Island Farm Collective will showcase the local produce and food stuffs that they create while promoting sustainability. Barnhart Prairie Preserve is a prairie reconstruction site dedicated to preserving the natural landscape of Champaign County. Visitors to this site will be able to tour the prairie and learn more about the natural history of our community. Birkey's Farm Store Inc will be hosting tours between 9:00 am and noon to discuss the machinery that they supply to local farms. Pheasant Ridge Farms is a standard at local farmers markets in Champaign and Urbana. The farm will be open to the public to see their organic produce and farm animals. At the University of Illinois Beef Farm, researchers will teach visitors about work being completed at the farm. 

This fun and educational event is the perfect way to spend this upcoming Saturday! Bring the whole family out to learn about the local farming community and gain new appreciation for where our food comes from.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Farm Tour Locations

Cost: FREE!

Do you Live in a Relaxed or Stressed Out Town?

by Rose Price

We all deal with stresses in our lives and try to find ways to eliminate them. Although not the ultimate determining factor, where you live has an impact on the stress level in your daily life. Why not live some place recognized as a RELAXED town?! When compared to 340 other cities analyzed throughout the state…MOUNT ZION (#3), MONTICELLO (#13), and MAHOMET (#16) made it into the TOP 20 LEAST STRESSED OUT cities in Illinois!

How was the stress level of Illinois’ cities determined? Career website Zippia analyzed six root causes of stress and applied them to 340 cities throughout Illinois with a population over 5,000 people. The stress determinants included…

(1) population density

(2) long commute time per percentage of population

(3) unemployment rate

(4) number of hours worked

(5) income to rent ratio

(6) percentage of people with no health insurance.

Cities were deemed to be more stressed out the higher any of these numbers were.

Zippia’s research found that MOUNT ZION (population of 5,830) had a low percentage, 28.1%, of the population paying high rent and only 11.8% of the population having to deal with commute times over 30 minutes. MONTICELLO (population of 5,400) also maintained low percentages with regards to people paying high rent and dealing with long commutes. Plus, the rich history and beautiful architecture throughout the city maintain a relaxed environment for its residents. Located only 10 miles from Champaign, the people of MAHOMET (population of 7,592) have shorter commute times. Additionally, the excellent school system and extensive outdoor recreational facilities allow for the community to stay less stressed out. 

Congrats to MOUNT ZION, MONTICELLO, and MAHOMET for helping their communities keep relaxed!!

If you're interested in BuyingSelling or Investing in the Champaign community, give Champaign Rose a call or visit our website at: www.champaignrose.com.

Habitat ReStore logo preferred

June begins the “Honey-Do Season”!

DID YOU KNOW that Habitat for Humanity ReStore will pick up an entire truckload of your items for just $10!

Here’s a list of some of the items that the ReStore will happily take off your hands:

  • Furniture, couches, desks, tables, shelves-please no rips tears, stains, broken parts or animal stains.
  • Large and small appliances; in working order, 7 years old or less; washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, blenders, coffee makes 
  • Building supplies; doors, kitchen and bath cabinets with working doors and drawers, counter tops, new flooring; wood, ceramic, vinyl, and carpet; working power, hand, and garden tools 
  • Household linens, dishes, utensils, arts and crafts/office supplies

However, the following items cannot be accepted:

  • Clothing/toys/pianos 
  • Toxic materials, lead based paint or used tires 
  • Single pane windows, parts or pieces; hollow doors 
  • Older style box televisions 
  • Mattresses or box springs

All proceeds from your donations go to support Habitat local building programs in Champaign County. Call today 217-359-0507 to schedule your pick up---and start making your Honey-Do list that much shorter!

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It’s time to celebrate Mom!

THIS SUNDAY is Mother’s Day and if you have not already made plans to celebrate your mom, don’t fret, it’s not too late! A fun and delicious brunch to thank your mom over a mimosa or a cappuccino may just be your perfect solution!

Here are some ideas of fabulous restaurants in the community to take your mom on Sunday:

Minnecis Restaurant in Champaign

Radio Maria in Champaign

JT Walker’s in Mahomet

Milo’s in Urbana

Silvercreek in Urbana

Big Grove Tavern in Champaign

Dublin O’Neils in Champaign

 

A big thanks to all the Mother’s in the community for everything you do!

 

MOM & ME....Mother's Day in Champaign/Urbana IL!

by Rose Price

Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year for all of us, and we want to give you an opportunity to show your Mom just how special she really is to you!

We have created a special "Mother's Day" board on our Pinterest & Facebook page just for this very special day, dedicated to MOMS! All you need to do is submit YOUR favorite photo of you and your Mom along with a short paragraph- no more than 250 words- about what makes your Mom so special. Then email it to me: roseprice@champaignrose.com

On Saturday, May 7th I will select 2 finalist, based on their submissions and award a Gift Card to each winner.  You can then use this with your Mothers toward brunch, golf, shopping or whatever the two of you would like to spend time doing together!

So get writing and find your best photo....email it into me....and make Mom the center of attention like she so greatly deserves!

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year...TAX DAY!!!

Ehh, not so much….

 

For all of you stressing over this infamous day, Marketwatch has some great advice. File an extension!! In an article posted by the news source, there are 7 excellent reasons why many people should consider an extension.

  1. You have a balance due and need more time to save up money to cover it. Give yourself that extra 6 months.

  2. Made charitable donations over $250 to one or more charities and don’t have the proper receipts (which must include the name of the charity, address, taxpayer ID number, and a statement that you did not receive any benefits or items of value for your donation) to submit with your taxes? The IRS is very strict on submitting the required documentation so an extension would give you an extra 6 months to get everything in order.

  3. Have you recently moved homes? Or are you planning to move within the next few months? If yes, it benefits you to submit an extension because the IRS may need to follow up with you on your taxes and they send all correspondence to the address you have on file.

  4. If you are waiting for K-1 forms from partnership entities, S-Corps, estates, or trusts you should file an extension.

  5. Sometimes rushing through your personal or business bookkeeping can cause sloppy or incorrect taxes. Don’t rush and do it right. File an extension to give you that extra time.

  6. Have a large balance this year? Making contributions to your 2015 retirement plan can help reduce that balance. File an extension if you would like to benefit from this. You have until October 15th to open or add to your retirement fund.

  7. And finally…. You still have questions regarding your taxes that you have not had answered. Give yourself some time to get everything settled.

Best of luck this tax season!

Champaign IL 18th Annual Ebertfest: 2016!

by Rose Price

It's that special time of year, where film lovers from all over Illinois come to Champaign to celebrate and enjoy films inspired by the Great Roger Ebert's exquisite taste and his dedication and passion to the art of film. Founded in 1999 by Roger himself, the film festival features films that didn't receive the recognition they deserved the first time around.  Though he passed in 2013, he is a constant influence on the festival.  Some of the films come from Roger's own lists of possible films for his festival while others are selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn, based on Roger's criteria for a Ebertfest film of course. Having both worked closely with Roger for 15 years, they know pretty darn well what he would approve of and what would make him cringe.   

As Roger himself said:

"Every great film should

seem new, every time you see it."  

Well at EbertFest every film will certainly seem new!  It's core mission is to celebrate films, genres and formats that have been overlooked by distributors, audiences and/or critics; including independent, international and studio films that did not win wide audiences; overlooked formats such as 70mm; and overlooked genres such as documentaries and musicals. One of our favorite parts of the festival is that it screens one film at a time, so everyone sees the same films at the same time, which promotes a strong sense of community among audiences, filmmakers, guests, students and scholars.  

"No good movie is too long

and no bad movie is short enough." 

We know that not everyone has the same taste in movies, but if you're going to trust one critic's opinion, it should definitely be Roger's, so hopefully the above quote won't apply this week.  Come see some great films, meet fascinating directors, actors, and filmmakers and celebrate the art of film and the life of one of the world's most beloved Film Critics.  

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