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It's Time for the 2016 Champaign County Fair!!!

by Rose Price

County fairs are a great summertime tradition and there are none better than our beloved CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR! Celebrate our great CHAMPAIGN/URBANA community and the surrounding area at the fair Thursday, July 21th, through Saturday, July 30th. That’s 10 days filled with family fun and amusement!

 

Head on down to the Champaign County Fairgrounds located at the intersection of Coler Avenue and Fairview Avenue 525 South Randall Road in Urbana for all the festivities. There is something for everyone on the Midway! Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddie Land, animal shows, and much more! For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand to watch several different special events such as the demolition derbies and the 25th Annual Custom Car, Truck and Semi-Truck Show on July 23rd! On Thursday, July 28th, groove to the music of Granger Smith and Dylan Scott. The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase Tickets Here.

 

Start of the Champaign County Fair tonight from 5 to 9 pm for a special Benefit Preview Night. Admission is free with a can of perishable food. Donations will go to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. A portion of the proceeds from the carnival and food vendors will go to fund future agricultural programs at the fair! 

 

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult. A season pass can also be purchased for $25. Carnival ride tickets are $1.25, with each ride usually costing two tickets. Take advantage of the bracelet days on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 9 pm, Sunday, July 24th, from 12 to 5 pm, and Saturday, July 30th, from 12 to 5 pm where you can get unlimited rides for $25!

 

Schedule of Events

 

We cannot wait to see you this week at the 2016 Champaign County Fair!!

Congrats to Mt. Zion for being named on of the safest cities in Illinois!! Home security website Safewise recently released a ranking of the 100 safest cities, with a population over 5,000, in the state. The rankings were based FBI data which looked at the number of reported violent crimes per 1,000 residents and reported property crimes per 1,000 residents. Mt. Zion (population of 24,264) made it to the top of the list at #17 with a violent crime rate of 0.67 and property crime rate of 5.40.

A SAFE COMMUNITY is a primary factor in choosing where to buy a home. Mt. Zion’s commitment to safety is one of the many reasons why it is a great city to move to! Looking to build your dream home here? WOODBINE PARK PRAIRIE ESTATES is the perfect spot for you!

This 194-acre conservation community located in Mt. Zion offers endless possibilities for families. Live in a beautiful rural environment with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. The Woodbine Park Prairie Estates are filled with lakes, trails, and other common areas for residents to enjoy. The community is conveniently located in Mt. Zion school district and close to all the great amenities in the city. Lots are available from 1 to 10+ acres for you to custom build your dream home!

Let us help you make Woodbine Park Prairie Estates in Mt. Zion your haven! There are still several SITES available!

Contact Champaign Rose Real Estate by phone at (217) 202-8843 or at our website http://www.champaignrose.com/ to find your dream home in this amazing community!

 

15 Native Plants for Gorgeous Champaign/Urbana Gardens!

by Rose Price

Spruce up the landscaping of your CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOMES with a garden! After those long winter months, gardens are a great way to add a bit of color and cheer to your yard. You can ensure gardening success during the warmer seasons by turning to plant varieties that naturally grow throughout the Midwest. As an added bonus, native plants require less maintenance. Here are the 15 top native plants for Midwestern gardens!

 

SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia sp) – These perennials will blossom with three-petaled flowers in the spring. They can be placed anywhere throughout your garden, whether in the sun or the shade.

 

SWAMP MILKWEED (Asclepias incarnata) – Attract monarch butterflies to your garden in the summer with these pink beauties. As an added bonus, this resilient plant can thrive in average growing soil.

 

COMPASS PLANT (Silphium laciniatum) – Growing up to 9 feet tall, this stunning plant blooms yellow, sunflower-like petals. Interestingly, the Compass Plant naturally aligns itself north to south allowing it to conserve water throughout the summer.

 

WILD ANEMONE (Anemone canadensis) – Add a lovely border to your garden in the spring with Wild Anemone. This plant grows easily in moist soil and will blossom with lovely, large white flowers.

 

PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea pallida) – With pale pink petals and dark red cones this beauty adds color to your garden in the summer. It will naturally spread across areas of your garden due to the fact that it will self-seed.

 

BLOODROOT (Sanguinaria canadensis) – For shady areas of your garden, plant the Bloodroot. In early spring, there will be beautiful white flowers arranged in the shape of a pawprint. By summer, however, the plant's cycle has ended.

 

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT (Arisaema triphyllum) – Since the Bloodroot goes dormant in the summer, plant Jack-in-the-Pulpit in the same area to maintain interest throughout your garden despite the season. Also thriving in shaded areas, this unique green flower is hooded and reveals little red markings inside. In the fall, red berries also appear for continued color.

 

BUTTERFLY WEED (Asclepias tuberosa) – This resilient plant resists droughts, disease, and pests! Its beautifully bright orange flowers attract butterflies in the summer months.

 

LITTLE BLUESTEM (Schizachyrium scoparium) – This native grass will add beauty to your garden all year round! In the spring and summer, the foliage is blue-green. Starting in the fall and lasting throughout the winter, this plant turns a stunning purple-bronze.

 

POPPY MALLOW (Callirhoe involucrata) – A perfect addition to the front of your garden, this low growing plant blossoms with wine colored flowers. It can grow in dry soil, lasts several seasons, and resists pests!


PENSTEMON (Penstemon digitalis) – Returning every year to your garden in the summer, the Penstemon grows up to 2 feet tall and blossoms white flowers among its burgundy colored leaves.

 

COLUMBINE (Aquilegia canadensis) – Hummingbirds and butterflies will flit among your garden when you add this plant. These delicate yellow and red flowers will flourish in the shade or sun.

 

CULVER'S ROOT (Veronicastrum virginicum) – Make sure to always water the Culver's Root. These white flowers will grow in light shade and attract butterflies.

 

GOLDENROD (Solidago sp) – Keep your garden looking lovely throughout the fall with this plant. The golden-yellow clusters of flowers need full sun and well-drained soil.

 

BLUE SAGE (Salvia pitcheri) – Add this perennial to your garden for a splash of lovely sky blue in the early fall. Blue Sage thrives in growing conditions similar to the Goldenrod.

 

Adding these beautiful blooms to your landscape and gardens, along with stones, ponds and other accents add value to your homes and instant curb appeal! If you're thinking of selling your Champaign/Urbana home, this is one of the areas to plan on spending a little money before putting your home on the market!

 

For more Home Selling Tips  visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com or call my office to speak with me personally about your home!

Resource: Better Homes & Garden July 2016

Congrats! You’ve decided to sell your house in the CHAMPAIGN/URBANA area! After all the years of love in your home, though, you want to make sure that you get the most for it. All homes go through wear and tear that might not be noticeable to you over the years but will surely stand out to potential home buyers. In order to make the best sale for you and your family, you need to decide what repairs and upgrades should be done before listing your home on the market. It is important to go through each room with a critical eye and see what fixes are necessary. 

Selling your home and negotiating the sale can be a daunting process but you do not need to go through it alone! A great Real Estate Agent is there to assist you along the way. When deciding what fixes should be made, your real estate agent can provide you with crucial help. They will know what changes are absolutely necessary before placing your home on the market and what can be negotiated in the final deal. 

There are several simple things you can do that won’t cost an arm and a leg and will help your home look its best! We have great suggestions on ways that you can maximize your sale. Here are the Top 9 Home Repairs or Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Champaign/Urbana Home!

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint – The fastest and cheapest way to make your home look inviting to potential home buyers is adding a fresh coat of paint. Go through your home to see which rooms really need it. It is not necessary to repaint every room home. For the ones in need of some sprucing, choose light, neutral colors that will appeal to everyone. Also, make sure to remove all wallpaper! Wallpaper can be a great accent to any room but everyone’s tastes are different. By removing the wallpaper and using light paint colors, the new owners have total flexibility in how they want to make the home their own.

Fill in Nail Holes and Cracks – This one may seem obvious but you should fill in all nail holes and cracks. This simple fix will help any room appear new and will avoid buyers feeling like they have a lot of work that needs to be completed. Spackle the holes and cracks, sand it, and add a fresh coat of paint.

Provide Adequate Lighting – Lighting throughout your home can have it looking its best. Make sure that all of the rooms in your home have adequate lighting. Replace any outdated light fixtures. Ensure that all lights and switches probably work. If needed, fix any potential electrical issues that might kill the sale. Along with lighting, natural light is very important. Use light drapes on the windows that allow for maximum sunlight to come in and really make the room shine!

Hardwood Floors – Hardwood floors are attractive to potential buyers. These floors can also take a beating over the years. You do not need to spend a ton of money replacing the floors though! Make the floors look brand new refinishing or polishing them! 

Kitchen – The kitchen is truly one of the most important rooms in the home and is something that buyers definitely make decisions based off of. Full kitchen remodels are expensive and not necessary when selling your home. It is important, however, to make some simple fixes to make the kitchen look its best. Be sure to refresh the paint and replace any outdated or broken fixtures. If necessary, refinish or paint the cabinets. Granite and marble countertops can help sell your home. If there is money in your budget, replace the countertops to automatically make your home more attractive. Before showing your home, make sure that your kitchen is clean and uncluttered.

Bathrooms – Like the kitchen, the bathrooms in a house can make or break a deal. You want it to look brand new! The first step is a deep cleaning. Scrub the grout and replace any missing tiles. Fix or replace any plumbing issues. Ensure that the lighting in the bathroom is bright.

Maintain Appliances – Make sure that all appliances currently in the home are functional. Appliances are an added bonus for home buyers, but no one wants the stress of knowing they are going to have to be soon replaced. Provide any warranties for the appliances to your real estate agent. By having functional appliances, you are showing pride in your home.

Functionality – Along with functional appliances, make sure that everything else in your home is in working order. Replace broken doorknobs and locks. Have a creaky door? Remove the squeak by applying WD-40 or a natural oil to the hinges. If your home has a garage, make sure that the garage door is properly working.

Exterior – Now that the interior of your home is looking its best, it’s time to tackle the outside! After all, the exterior of your home is the first thing that buyers will see. You want your home to look like you take pride in it! We often get storms in Illinois that can cause wear and tear on the outside of the home. Repaint or replace broken siding. Refinish porches, patios, and fences. Keep the landscaping clean and attractive. You want the buyers to be excited to see the rest of your home as soon as they arrive.

For more helpful Home Selling Tips, give ChampaignRose a call at (217) 202-8843 or check out or website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

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!

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 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

 

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Champaign/Urbana

by Rose Price

Memorial Day is is THIS WEEKEND! And while having a long weekend is pretty exciting, it is also important to take time this weekend to honor and celebrate our active military and veterans!

Here is a list of events Memorial Day events in Champaign/Urbana:

 

Take Me Fishing

When: Saturday May 28th from 9:00am-11:00am

Where: Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3433 County Road 2700 E., Penfield IL 61862

Cost: FREE!

* A fun event for all ages! Basic fishing lessons for beginners, and awards given to kids for the most fish, biggest fish, and good sport! Please remember that all fishing is catch and release.

Additional Details Here

 

Tour de Fruit

When: Saturday May 28th at 3:00pm

Where: Neutral Cycle: 624 S 5th Street in Champaign

Cost: FREE!

*Come explore Champaign/Urbana’s food landscape on this fun bike tour!

Additional Details Here

 

6th Annual Campground Memorial Day Parade

When: Sunday, May 29th at 5:00pm

Where: Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3433 County Road 2700 E., Penfield IL 61862

Cost: FREE!

Additional Details Here

 

Sounds of Sunset Concert (DR Dixie Band)

When: Sunday, May 29th from 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Turnberry Ridge Park, 910 Cobblefield Road in Champaign

Cost: FREE!

*Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair and refreshments!

Additional Details Here


 

A special thanks from Champaign Rose to all of those who serve our beautiful country!

 

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