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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

Resource: Forbes

Fun CU Pride Festival Events on September 10th!

by Rose Price

This weekend is the 7th Annual CU Pride Festival! Come celebrate everyone in our community at this great event. Although the festivities will be going on all weekend long, Saturday, September 10th, offers a full day of fun, free activities for you, your family, and your friends! Be sure to head down to Downtown Champaign to join in on all the fun!


Visit the Fun and Vendor Area between noon and 6:00 pm on Saturday for tons of awesome activities, vendors, and live entertainment! In the Kid & Family Area, there will be carnival games, a bounce house, and a Touch A Truck area with 7 different cars and 

trucks for the kids to explore. Your children will be able to meet their favorite characters, such as Elsa and Olaf, Cinderella, and Snow White, at the Character Corner. Catch a live musical performance by Chicago favorite Joel Frankel. As you roam the Kid & Family Area, keep a look out for the street performers who are there to provide further entertainment. Bubbles! Puppets! Stilt Walkers! This area of the festival will surely delight kids of all ages! The Vendor Area will feature over 30 different local vendors for you to buy merchandise, get more information, and learn about goods and services in the Champaign area. The Fun and Vendor area will be located in front of the Orpheum Science Museum.


Step away from this area for a little while during the afternoon to catch the Pride Parade as it dances its way through Downtown Champaign. The parade will begin at 3:00 pm on Saturday so be sure to scope out your spot along the route. Marvel at spectacular floats, see some great performers, and wave at all of the parade participants.


We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, September 10th, at the 7th Annual CU Pride Festival! 

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Fighting Illini Season Opener!

by Rose Price

Kick off Labor Day weekend with our hometown favorites, the Fighting Illini! On Saturday, September 3rd, don your best blue and orange and head down to Memorial Stadium for the season opener. The University of Illinois will be taking on the Murray State Racers at 2:30 pm.

You can make a whole day of it by tailgating at Grange Grove before the game. Enjoy food trucks, live music, and lots of games. And, be sure to check out the Illini Walk at noon, in order to give support to your team as they head to the stadium.


Can’t make it to the stadium for the game? Host a party at home with the other Illini fans in your family and catch the game on BTN.


Saturday’s season opener for the Fighting Illini marks the 127th year of football at the University. We are incredibly proud of this tradition in our Champaign/Urbana community.


There are so many exciting things to look forward to this football season for UI from the coaches to the players. It is the debut of Lovie Smith as the head coach. He brings years of college and professional experience to the team and leads a dedicated coaching staff. We are also keeping our eye out for several key players. As it is his last season in orange, quarterback Wes Lunt is sure to lead his team to victory. Defensive end Dawuane Smoot will be making big plays on the field this Saturday and in the future games to come. He is a preseason All-American and was named by Pro-Football focus as one of the top 20 best college football players in the country! With this winning combination, we are certain that the Fighting Illini will have their 19th consecutive win in a home season opener!


Whether you are catching the game or enjoying the last weekend of summer celebrating with friends and family, we wish you a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend! 

Home maintenance is considered a chore for a reason. Between work, taking care of the kids, and other cleaning that needs to be taken care of around the house, it often gets pushed to the side. It’s something that no one wants to spend their free time doing and can seem tedious. However, it can help cut energy costs and preserve your Home's Value the future. By doing regular, easy home maintenance tasks you can keep your Champaign/Urbana area home in tip top shape! Follow these Top 10 Tips for simple home maintenance.

  1. Do a Deep Clean

Perform a deep clean on everything inside of your house. Remove accumulated dust, dirt, and grime buildup throughout the rooms in your house. Clean appliances. Get rid of any mold and mildew buildup in rooms where moisture accumulates. Not only will this clean help your home looking its best but it will also allow to identify any potential problems in your house that might need further attention and repair.

  1. Clean Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer vent is one of the leading causes of house fires. Ensuring that this does not happen is incredibly easy to do! Along with cleaning out your dryer lint trap every time you use the dryer, you should regularly clear the dryer connection. The dryer connection is the tube/pipe that attaches the appliance to the outdoor vent. Pull the tube out and vacuum it clean of all the lint that has been accumulating within the pipe and the pipe connection. After cleaning it out, reattach the pipe to the dryer and make sure that it is properly connected.

  1. Clear Out Your Drains

No one wants to shower while standing in water up to your ankles. Make sure to keep your drains cleared out to avoid more serious problems such as a sewer backup. For less severe drain clogs, pouring boiling water down the drain can fix the issue. If that doesn’t fully clear it up, use a snake to remove the blockage. Always keep your plumber’s phone number handy if problems persist. Purchase a hair strainer to prevent the issue in the future.

  1. Replace Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet tank can prematurely wear out the toilet and cause water damage to the bathroom floor. If you notice that your toilet is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced. After turning off the water supply to the toilet using the valve in the back, empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Remove excess water left in the tank and the flush chain from the lever. You can then slide the existing flapper off and replace it with the new one. Reconnect the chain and turn the water supply back on.

  1. Fill Holes and Cracks in the Wall

There are very simple and cheap fixes to cover small holes and cracks in your drywall. A cosmetic sponge can be used to fill those holes. Cut it down to size, push it into the hole, and spackle over it. For those small cracks, add a bit baking soda to strong, fast acting glue and spread the mixture over the crack. This will create a strong surface that can easily be smoothed down by sanding it.

  1. Fix Your Windows

Avoid high energy bills by ensuring that your windows are keeping in the cold air or heat. With the cold winter months approaching in Illinois, you want to make sure that heat does not escape your home. Check the caulking around your windows. If there are any cracks or holes, remove the existing caulk with a box cutter and then apply a new line of it along the seam. To get a straight line of caulk, use painter’s tape. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. You can also fix a drafty window by applying an inexpensive insulating window film to the glass. Find a tiny hole in the glass? You can repair it with clear nail polish! Allowing the nail polish to dry in between applications, keep adding layers of the polish until it is flush with the glass.

  1. Get Rid of the Squeak Below Your Feet

Do you hardwood floors squeak when you walk of them? There is an easy fix for that. The culprit of the creak is moisture. Identify the floorboards that are creaking and sprinkle talcum powder on them. Take a makeup brush and sweep the powder in the cracks between the boards. This will help to soak up the moisture and remove the noise.

  1. Clean Your Fridge Coils

Your refrigerator is one of the items in your home that uses up the most energy. To help cut your utility costs, there is a simple fix. By vacuuming the coils underneath or in back of your fridge, you will keep it running as efficiently as possible.

  1. Inspect the Safety Features in Your Home

Make sure you and your family stay safe in your home by inspecting your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For the fire extinguisher, make sure that it is in an easily accessible spot, check for adequate pressure, and ensure that no wear and tear has occurred. For the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dust them off, ensure that they are working properly by pushing the test buttons, and replace batteries if necessary.

  1. Take Care of Your Gutters

Protect the exterior of your home and avoid more serious damage by regularly clearing your gutters of debris and buildup. If your home isn’t too tall, you can safely clean the gutters yourself by using a ladder. Remove all the muck that has been accumulating in the gutters. Then, take your garden hose to flush any remaining debris out and to make sure that water flows properly through them. If you notice that your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house, replace the fasteners and hangers. As the leaves begin to fall this Autumn, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for any weather that comes our way. 

Come to Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016 This Weekend!

by Rose Price








Fill your bellies with delicious food and your spirits with good cheer at our favorite Champaign-Urbana summer festival…..the Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016. Head down to West Side Park this Friday and Saturday for the ultimate celebrate. Enjoy delicious food from the finest Champaign-Urbana restaurants, quench your thirst with craft beer, dance to live music, and pick up some unique arts and crafts from local artisans! Not only will you have endless fun, but by coming to this festival, you are supporting the youth in our great community! All proceeds from Taste of CU fund scholarships for local youth to learn to swim, take dance lessons, plays sports, attend camp, and so much more! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time this weekend at Taste of Champaign-Urbana:


Full Schedule and Map of Park


Food and Beverages!

The star of this festival is truly the food! Dine on delicious menu items from 13 local restaurants and 11 food trucks! Whatever your taste buds fancy, from pizza and Chinese to burritos and BBQ, there is a food vendor that you will love! For those 21 and over, wash all the amazing food down with domestic Miller beers or beers from our favorite local brewers including Destihl, Tryptych, and JT Walker’s. Craft beer enthusiasts should be sure to hit the beer tent on Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm when local breweries will be sharing the special beers that they created specifically for this year’s Taste of CU.


Live Entertainment!

Head over to the Illinois American Water Stage for incredible performances by talented musicians and bands!


Friday, August 19th

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Alex and the XOs (Indie-Pop)

7:00 - 8:00 pm - New Souls (R&B/Hip Hop)

8:30 - 9:30 pm - Tell Mama (Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B)

10:00 - 11:00 pm - Kurtis Blow (Rap/Hip Hop) *Friday’s Headliner*


Saturday, August 20th

3:30 - 4:30 pm - CUperStars

5:00 - 5:45 pm - Katie Flynn (Cabaret)

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Elsinore (Pop/Rock)

7:45 - 8:45 pm - Dirty Feathers (Alternative Rock)

9:15 - 11:00 pm - Vertical Horizon (Pop/Rock) *Saturday’s Headliner*


Kids Activities!

Your children will enjoy endless entertainment and activities in the kids zone! There will be inflatables, paintball, face painting, balloon animals, bubble demos, crafts, and so much more!


Pie Run!

Registration for the Pie Run might be over but you can cheer the runners on along the 3.14 mile course starting at 6:00 pm on Saturday! Make sure you are there at the end line to see those participants who brave the Flying Pies finishing lane! Additional Pie Run Information.


Monarch Summer!

Visit the butterfly booth to learn all there is to know about monarch butterflies! There are plant giveaways, activities for children, and great information butterfly migration and pollination.


Event Details

Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016 - Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) and 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE Admission! Taste Tickets are $5 for 5 (needed for food, beverages, and activities)

Illinois Named Top 10 State to Make a Good Living!

by Rose Price

There are many reasons to choose a state to move to. A great educational system, climate, and access to amenities are all important considerations when house hunting. One of the most important factors, though…..your ability to make a living. Personal finance website recently ranked the top ten states to make a living in 2016. We are proud to announce that Illinois made it to this elite group of states at #9!!



To find these rankings, compared all 50 states based on several key factors that help determine the ability for residents to make a good living. These factors included average wages, state tax rates, cost of living, state unemployment rate, and workplace safety.



Illinois made its way to the number 9 spot due to its above average wages, with a median income at $37,320, and low cost of living. That winning combination allows for workers to keep more of their income for other necessities. The state also did well with relation to workplace injuries, illness, and fatalities, ensuring that employees in Illinois have safe working environments.



If you’re thinking of moving to Illinois, Champaign/Urbana is a great place to call home. With a thriving art and educational scene, access to great medical facilities and amenities, and low median house prices, there are many reasons to move to the area. Check out my Current Homes for Sale. Contact me today to help you find your dream home or visit my website at

Champaign/Urbana Days this Weekend!

by Rose Price

Celebrate all that the Champaign/Urbana community has to offer at CHAMPAIGN-URBANA DAYS!!! This amazing family-fun event is occurring this weekend on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th at the recently renovated Douglass Park.


Start the festivities off on Friday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The kids will love all of the activities planned! From face painting and joyful bubbles to touch-a-truck and  inflatables, there are activities galore. Put your creativity to the test with Cardboard Car Making! “Ride” your automotive creation over to the “Drive-In” movie where you will see the great summertime classic The Sandlot. The screening will begin at dusk.


Be sure to get some rest on Friday night because the fun continues all day Saturday at CU Days! Cheer your team onto victory as they compete in the CU Days Basketball Tournament. See all the local talent in our community at the CUperStars vocal competition and CU Day Fashion & Talent Show. Activities are planned for people of all ages, including the Senior Luncheon and Bingo at Douglass Community Center!  There will also be live entertainment all day with performances by Deshawn Music, Kevin Cory, and Young One.


Spend the weekend at the park while enjoying some delicious food and tons of fun activities for the family at Champaign-Urbana Days!


Event Details

Dates: Friday, August 12th – Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) and 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Douglass Park (501 East Eureka Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Event Map and Activities Schedule

Great Events coming up for Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

It's the last month of Summer but there are still plenty of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy. Savor these warm days in Champaign/Urbana by exploring all that our great area has to over. Here is a list of the top events we recommend to keep you entertained over the next week!


Friday, August 5th

40 North's Friday Night Live

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign - intersections of Neil & Church, Neil & Park, and Walnut & Chester

This amazing free street side performance is a summertime favorite in Champaign. Held every Friday during the summer, it features the talents of some of the best local musicians. Whatever your musical tastes, there is something you will love to hear during August 5th’s performances. At Walnut & Chester, blues musicians Jeff Arrigo and Reverand Robert will be performing. Swing by Neil & Park, to check out indie rock band Northern Border and R&B/Reggae band Nfinite Soul. For those that prefer Americana or country music, head to Neil & Church to hear Riders of the Golden Maize and the Caleb Cook Band.


Rogue Flyer's Art Show Opening Reception

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Gallery 217, 9 East University Avenue, Champaign

Come to the opening reception for the upcoming Rogue Flyer’s Art Show, which will be on display August 6th through 28th. The show features the work of local artists Hugh Bridgeford and Kelly Hieronymus. Later this month, catch a special artist talk with them both on August 17th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.



Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign

Come to this spectacular historic venue to see the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company perform Oklahoma! with live musical accompaniment. See your favorite songs from this beloved award-winning musical. Purchase Tickets.



Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Talented local performers from the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy will be presenting Dreamgirls, the story of the trials and tribulations of a 1960s R&B female group. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (217)333-6280 or stop by in person.


Saturday, August 6th

Read in the Park

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Location: Carle Park, 400 West Indiana, Urbana

Grab your favorite book and a blanket for this awesome free event. Join other book lovers of all ages as you enjoy quiet reading time for 45 minutes. Afterwards, you will have a chance to socialize and delicious treats.


Midsummer’s Night Swing

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Courthouse Square, 101 West Washington Street, Monticello

Put on your dancing shoes and swing the night away at the 4th Annual Midsummer’s Night Swing. From 6:00 to 9:00 pm, enjoy live music from Peoria band Jim Markum Swing Band. This free event will be fun for the whole family!


Adult Swim Party

Time: 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Location: Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center, 1401 North Broadway, Urbana

Adults want a day at the pool too! Beat the summer heat and come to the Adult Swim Party. This event is for ages 18 and up. Admission is $4 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Wondering what to do with the kids as you splash around? A special late night event will be held for them at Anita Purves Nature Center from 8:00 to 10:30 pm. Cost is $3 per child and includes a snack.


Wednesday, August 10th

Tour the Virginia Theatre

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign

Get unique access to this national historic landmark during a free one-hour tour. Learn the history of this newly restored movie palace and live performance space, including information about the amazing 1921 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.


Thursday, August 11th

Sunset Paddle

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Location: Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 South Homer Lake Road, Homer

Watch the sunset as you enjoy a canoe ride at the beautiful Homer Lake Forest Preserve. All equipment will be provided. Admission is $8 per person. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate and accompanied by an adult.

Photo Credit: Patrice Raplee

Illinois Fighting Illini Football is Back!

by Rose Price

Our beloved University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football season kicks off on September 3rd at Memorial Stadium (1402 South 1st Street, Champaign)! Cheer our team on as the take on Murray State at the season opener. Games will be every Saturday through December 3rd, with a bye-week on Saturday, September 24th. Here is the 2016 Fighting Illini Football Schedule! Whether you make it down to the stadium or are watching from the comfort of your home, it's time to support our boys in orange!


Coach Lovie Smith and the rest of the UI coaching staff have developed an impressive team for the 2016 season. Here are 5 of the top players to keep your eye out for on the field:


1. Hardy Nickerson, Middle Linebacker: A senior transfer student from California, Nickerson is expected to make big plays this season. A master of tackling and for causing turnovers, he will help strengthen the Illini's defensive line.

2. Wes Lunt, Quarterback: The backbone of the team, this quarterback is an excellent passer. As a senior, Lunt has much experience behind him and is ready to lead the team to victory on the field.

3. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Running Back: Getting a team high of 6 rushing touchdowns last season, Vaughn is expected to make big plays once again. Now that the team also has a fullback, this player will have any more opportunities to run the ball.

4. Dawuane Smoot, Defensive End: An opposing quarterback's nightmare, Smoot is excellent at getting the sack. With a coaching team dedicated to the defensive line, we expect this player to improve from his impressive season last year.

5. Desmond Cain, Wide Receiver: This young player is expected to continue to be a favorite target for Lunt. His ability to get open on the field for passes will help lead the team to success in the end zone.



We wish the Fighting Illini much success in this upcoming football season!!!

The Great Farmer's Markets of Champaign County!

by Rose Price

Summertime means the return of fresh produce to Champaign/Urbana and the surrounding communities. There is a FARMER'S MARKET throughout the area almost every day of the week!! These great weekly events connect local farmers and artisans to the community, help economic development and promote a healthy lifestyle. Stop at any of these markets to stock up on fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, baked goods, flowers, handmade goods, and so much more!!!


Land Connection Farmer's Market

When: Every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, May through October

Where: Downtown Champaign in Parking Lot M (310-330 North Neil Street)



Rantoul Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, June through October

Where: Rantoul Market (133 South Gerrard Street)

Homer Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Caboose Park (Corner of Main Street and First Street)



Sustainable Student Farm

When: Every Thursday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (or when supplies run out), May through November 

Where: University of Illinois Quad (1401 West Green Street)

Paxton's Market on Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Majestic Park (135 South Market Street)

Monticello Farmer's Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, June 16 through October 6th

Where: Corner of State Street and Livingstone Street



Urbana's Market at the Square

When: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, May through November

Where: Downtown Urbana, Corner of Illinois Street and Vine Street

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