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Enjoy a quiet and luxurious lifestyle in this Tudor Home located in the beautiful Yankee Ridge Subdivision in Urbana, Illinois. With low country taxes and amazing modern amenities, you will experience the best of both worlds in this home. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has 5,736 square feet of living space. You and your family will love to call this beautiful house a home.

The main level of this stunning home features all the amenities you could need. You will have ample space for entertaining between the Great Room, featuring a cathedral ceiling, and large living room. Both of these rooms will keep cozy all year round in Urbana with their fireplaces. Your family will love to gather in the amazing open kitchen. The kitchen has been beautifully updated with corian countertops and cherry cabinets. With a built in oven, range, microwave, refrigerator, and TWO dishwashers, cooking in this fabulous kitchen will be a breeze. Your family can gather in the attached sunroom as breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared. The main level of the home also includes a formal dining room and guest bedroom. You will love the stunning hardwood floors throughout the level, plenty of natural light coming through all the windows, and central vac system!

 

 

Walk up the staircase to the second floor where you will find spacious bedrooms. Stay warm on those chilly winter nights by the fireplace in the Master Suite! There are two other large bedrooms on this floor with ample closet space in each. You will also find a spacious bonus room on this floor. Whether for a sewing room, home office, or play room, this space will cover whatever your family needs. The second floor features all new flooring.

 

 

You will love to unwind in the beautiful yard surrounding this Urbana home. The yard has been perfectly maintained with professional landscaping. The property overlooks a wooded commons area in the Cul de sac and is conveniently located near Meadow Brook park. This property is perfect for those that love the peace and spaciousness of the great outdoors while still being close to all the amenities that the Urbana metropolitan area has to offer!

 

For more information about this home located in Urbana, click HERE. Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ for more information!

5 Tips For Making Your Home More Appealing to Both Men & Women!

by Rose Price

Neutralize Your Home!

Neutralizing your home makes it appealing to both Genders.  

Here are 5 Tips on how to do it best

Whether you’re getting ready to put your home on the market or you’re simply updating your decor, there are a few important tips that will help you transform your home, while still appealing to both Gender’s personal tastes.

1. Pick a neutral base.
A good rule to follow is to start with a good base; pick neutral colors like grey, beige, and white for walls, floors, counters and your large furnishing. Then create depth with deeper tones; choose navy, black or burgundy and then add a splash of color with your accent pieces. Accent pieces can be artwork, rugs, pillows or curtains. This method is tried and true and will never go out of style.

2. Utilize tailored furniture with contemporary accents

Big tufted velvet or floral patterned sofas obviously speak more to feminine tastes with a more formal style. Using a streamlined sofa (pictured above) in a great neutral fabric with a sleek, contemporary coffee table, while adding in modern accents makes for a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.  This is pleasing to both sexes.  You can still add your "pop of color" by pairing it with a colored leather chair- which is regarded as more "manly" but the colored part lends itself to the females a well, and the whole set-up gives you some sophistication too.

3. Bring on the patterns & texture! 

Just because you're looking to neutralize a room to make it more amenable to make sexes doesn't mean you need to give up texture & patterns....it just means you stay away from sequins & fluff.  Grab a great neutral patterned rug with a cozy woven throw blanket to hang over your sofa or chair and find some mis-matched, patterned & textured pillows. Believe me, both men & women LOVE cozy blankets & great pillows.  They look chic and are comfortable too!A patterned rug along with fun accents like a cozy woven throw blanket and textured pillows is a great way to add chic appeal.

*Don't go for delicate trinkets on coffee tables or shelves! Instead opt for the cool industrial or vintage style with chrome, metal, brass side tables, floor lamps and finishing touches that are super modern.

4. Mix and match fabrics

So many times, even in regular decors, people are afraid to mix & match fabrics. Don't be! Leather or velvet fabric furniture can be neutralized by adding accent pillows in linen, cotton, or canvas.  You can simply drape a cashmere throw blanket over the back of the leather couch and it becomes more welcoming and cozy. Even a fur blanket can be draped over the brushed leather and look ultra modern and appeal to both sexes, just don't overdo it with other more feminine accents. Keep things very balanced.  You also need to keep window treatments simple! Think soft, easy flowing fabrics or a simple, tailored roman shade style in a cream, gray or white.

5. Bring natural elements inside the home.

Nothing adds more of a manly touch to a home than adding a touch of nature with earthy elements like reclaimed wood tables, tree stump stools, woven baskets, natural fiber rugs, and even twisted tree branch arrangements.  You can bring flowers indoors, but you'll need to look at succulents or berry bearing type branches & greenery. Artwork should also be kept to coastal, nautical or landscape type scenery. Remember your theme throughout the home should stay neutral in order to stay pleasing to both genders. 

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Selling Your Home During The Holidays

by Rose Price

The holiday season is upon us! November through January is often considered the absolute worst time to sell a home.  Sure, the thought of selling your home during the Holidays doesn’t sound quite that cheerful, and we’re not here to dampen your Holiday spirit, just to share that selling during the Holiday’s does have quite a few advantages!  Holiday buyers are usually more serious about buying—and buying now! Better yet, there is a lot less competition, which is obviously a huge plus.  So, first, decide if you really need to sell now.  If the decision is yes, then commit!  Jump into some Gay apparel, deck the halls and follow these Tips For Selling Your Home During The Holidays! 

Deck the halls…but don’t get all ‘Elf’ on us, more like Ron Burgundy, “stay classy…” 

Homes often look their best during the holidays, but make sure you don’t overdo it.  Decorations too large or simply too many can distract buyers.  Also, there are fierce advocates on both sides of this issue, but you may want to consider putting the religious decorations away while buyers are at your home.  This has nothing to do with your religion, or any other sociopolitical issue, it is simply a way to allow the buyer to picture themselves living there, which is what you want.  Opt for more general decorations…and you can always put up the manger when they leave.  Just a thought.  

Hire a reliable real estate agent.
So, someone who will work hard for you and won't vanish during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.  Friends and family are good resources for this, chances are you know someone who has moved recently, or knows a great realtor in town.  Get a recommendation of someone who will go above and beyond to get your home sold.  Isn’t that what you want?  This will ease your stress and ensure you enjoy the Holidays just as much as last year, when you were not selling a house.

Seek motivated buyers.
Anyone house hunting during the holidays most likely has a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel.

Price to Sell. I know you’ve heard this before…but seriously, Price to Sell!
This is one of the most important!..at any time of the year really. A home priced to sell, even a little lower for the market, will make buyers feel the holiday cheer! This is better than starring high and gradually making small price reductions.  Agents know this and many will advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.

Curb Appeal.
Autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, so maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important, You need to Rake!  daily maybe!  Keep the yard tidy.  Also remember that bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint job, make necessary repairs, clean the gutters and give your yard some extra love.  This is also another time where elegant decorations can make your home even more inviting.   Keep safety in mind as well; make sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.

High Quality Real Estate photos.
It’s well known that most people start their home search online.  Well, this is even more the case when the weather starts to get colder.  No, one wants to drive around and walk in the cold, they’d rather sip some hot coco and search from a warm Snuggie on the couch! So, make a good first impression; use lots of beautiful high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round, but definitely focus on photos of the season!..and note, the lights in all the rooms are on in the photo above...offers a nice warm glow!  This is a really nice effect!

Give a video tour.
There will be less foot traffic during the holidays, so shooting a video and posting it to the web is a good way to attract those online house hunters!  This way, they don’t need to drive in the snow in order to determine if they’re interested or not.

Keep your home cozy!
your home needs to be comfy cozy and inviting during showings.  Turn up that heat, play some soft music and have a plate of homemade holiday treats on the table!  Encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, giving them even more time to admire and imagine themselves living there!

Don’t be a Scrooge…be the opposite.
Ok, so lenders are the scrooges these days, but if you've got the means, consider offering a home loan to a serious buyer. You could get a great return on your money.

Lastly, Relax — the new year is around the corner.
Holidays are stressful enough; gifts to buy, dinners to prepare, relatives, drunk uncles at the Christmas party… just take a deep breath, and a moment to remind yourself that if you don't sell this winter…there is always next year, which by now, will only be a few days away! 

*Thanks HGTV for offering some helpful tips.

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