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5 Tips for Selling Your Champaign/Urbana IL Home:

by Rose Price

The spring home selling season is well under way in Champaign/Urbana IL. If you have chosen to put your home on the market there are a few things you can do to make sure to you get the most Home Buyers coming through the door, and more offers coming on your home.

 Here are 5 simple tips to help with selling your Champaign/Urbana  Home:


This is the "Welcome Mat" so to speak, of your home. As soon as your prospective buyer drives up to your home, they are developing their first impression. This will set the tone for the rest of their visit, so make sure it is a good one. Make sure the lawn is cut and the shrubs & trees are trimmed. If you have a porch, set out a nice colorful potted plant(s), a chair or two, new welcome mat and make sure your windows are sparkling clean. Let them know you take care of your home and let the entry way give off a welcoming vibe.


The most important piece is this! Even if you've done everything possible in your home to get it ready, if you aren't partnering with the right agent or team, you aren't going to get what you're looking for. You need the experience, local market knowledge, the ability to price a house correctly and the Real Estate marketing savvy that comes from the right Real Estate Agent partnering with you to sell your home. A great agent will spend time on the photos, marketing and doing what is necessary to get your home seen, and the buyers in, to get your home sold.


Don't underestimate the power organization has in selling your home. You must organized every room, closet, cabinet and basement. And not even just organize, you'll want to remove probably half of what you have in these places right now.  If you decide you're going to keep what is there, that is. Moving is a great time to get rid of things that haven't used and are gathering dust.  But if you really must keep them, then you'll want to either rent a storage unit or pod and remove them from the home.  This way you're allowing your potential buyers a view of what they will be able to do with the space...not see what you've done with the space...leaving it looked crammed and small to the buyer.


Whether you have a single pet;  dog or cat. You need to make sure you hide any and all signs of them.  It doesn't matter if you are extremely neat with your pets, or if your potential buyer loves them, you still need to hide the fact that you have them. That means food,  food bowls, and toys out of site. Secondly, before the home ever goes on the market you need to have your floors professionally cleaned of any stains or pet odors. Nothing will turn a buyer away quicker than pet odors and stains.


If you don't have a lot to spend then you need to focus on the essentials!  Freshly painted walls are always a must. Other cheap upgrades that pay-off big rewards are new cabinet & door hardware, new light fixtures, refinish hardwood floors (if they are in good general shape), paint old kitchen cabinets, new kitchen sink, etc. Small upgrades in area's of the house that are used most often, often have the highest return on investment. 

Bottom line, make sure your home is ready for the market when the sign goes up. You get ONE chance to make a first impression...Make it a Good One!

For more Home Selling Tips visit our website or Facebook page. If you are considering selling your Champaign/Urbana Home, I'd be happy to help you, just give me a call at 217-202-8843. You can also visit my website at:

Mother's Day Brunch in Champaign/Urbana IL

by Rose Price

It's the BEST TIME OF YEAR...because Mom is the most important person in the family, right?  For Mother's Day she is absolutely the Queen for the Day!  This is the day we make Mom feel extra special for everything she does for us all year long, and will continue to do for us every day going forward!  Mom is the person that makes our lives run smoothly, she cares for us when we're ill,  is our shoulder to cry on, always our biggest cheerleader for anything we are doing. and our fiercest defender (whether we need it or not ).  For all these things, we want to say "Thank You" and make her day special. Like many of you that starts with a FANTASTIC MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH at one of Champaign/Urbana's wonderful restaurants.

Here are a few selections, out of the many fabulous restaurants that we have in our neck of the woods, to take Mom to have an unforgettable MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH to kick her special day off right!

1. SILVERCREEK- 402 N.Race St., Urbana IL  61801   217-328-3402

Time: 10:00- 2:30 pm

Cost: $20.95 Adults, $7.95 Children 12 and Under

Serving: Their regular fabulous Brunch Menu plus a few Incredible Selections especially prepared for Mother's Day! Reservations need to be made by phone.

2. BIG GROVE TAVERN- One Main St., Champaign, IL 61820       217-239-3505

Time:  10:00 - 2:30 pm

Cost:  Menu Based Items

Serving:  A wide based Brunch menu, ala-carte based.  Scrumptious choices by award winning Chef's. Mom will be able to put together a variety of choices to her hearts desire.

3. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works- 301 N Neil Street, Champaign IL 61820     217-356-0301

Time:  10:00 - 9:00 pm

Cost: Menu Based Items

Serving: Everything on their Regular Sunday Menu plus some additional inspired items especially for all the lovely Mother's for Mother's Day! Check out the Menu at this link:  Destihl menu

4. Dublin O'Neil's-  301 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 

Time: 11:00 - 2:00 pm

Cost:  Menus Based

Serving:  Menu Based Items

** Walk-Ins ONLY- RESERVATIONS not accepted

With the University of Illinois having Graduation on Mother's Day there will be a very difficult time getting reservations at many places, and some venue's are not accepting any reservations.  Make sure you are making all your plans in advance.


The Champaign Farmer's Market Officially Opens May 5th!

by Rose Price






It's almost time for the Grand Opening of the much anticipated CHAMPAIGN FARMER'S MARKET!  

When:  Tuesday, May 5th

Time:   4:00- 7:00 pm

Where: Just North of 1 Main Plaza in the parking lot outside of Big Grove Tavern and KO-Fusion & several other area businesses.

This is such an exciting time for everyone in Champaign, especially our downtown residents! We have so many local farmers and merchants that have registered to be part of this incredible new event and even more residents who have wanted a permanent downtown Champaign Farmer's Market for years.

The main mission of the Champaign Farmer's Market is this:

* Healthy Food: increase access & availability of fresh, local produce

* Healthy Farms: Support small family farms with sustainable practices

* Healthy Communities: Connect local food growers & producers with the public

Some Questions you may have....and the Answers that I've been told:

What can I buy at the market:  They want this to be the kind of market where you can do all your food shopping for the week – not just vegetables, but eggs, meat, and bread too. Because these things all have to be grown, raised or produced locally, the food available each week will change as the seasons change.

Will my favorite farmer from the Urbana Market be there?  They are currently recruiting producers. If you have a farmer you’d like to see at the market, please let them know!

Can I bring my dog/cat/iguana?  They are tentatively allowing pets of all kinds for the first season. Please be a good owner and only bring animals who are well-behaved and enjoy being around people, and be considerate of their behavior.

Where will there be bike Parking?  They are currently working with the City of Champaign to finalize details like this.

I’m a farmer. Can I have my CSA pickup be at the market?  Yes! CSA produce may not be on display, however.

Can I use my credit card?  Hopefully! They are working on applying for an EBT machine. Other options, such as Credibles, or card readers like Square, are things vendors must set up themselves.

Can I use my SNAP benefits?  Hopefully! We are working on applying for the machine.

Why shop at the farmers market instead of the grocery store?  Eating locally grown, in season food tastes better! Knowing the farmer that grew your food personally is something many people like


What a great community we live in!  You Rock Champaign!

Taking a queue from the Blockbuster Feature Film, Fast & Furious - the last in the series, is the best way to describe the Champaign/Urbana Real Estate market

April saw gains in the Existing Home Sales Market of Owner Occupied Homes by 11.4%, in fact owner-occupied buyers accounted for 63.2% of all residential single family home and condo sales in the first quarter of 2013. This is a switch in the marketplace, especially in places like Champaign/Urbana from the investor sector of the market. 

But this isn't the BEST part! The housing market in the our area is HOT and inventory is moving fast and furiously, so this is what you need to know: (and the Fast & Furious Soundtrack to go with it!)









CLICK ON THIS LINK OR THE PHOTO /to listen to the Fast & Furious Soundtrack

WHAT IS GETTING LOW? Listings spent 10 fewer days on the market in April than in March and are expected to spend even fewer days in May!

HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? When a market is moving this fast, you need to decide a few things up front right away. Seventy-eight percent of home searches start on the Web, and 90% of buyers use the Internet at some point during the search and buying process.  Review's show that traffic, searches, and listing views are up more than 35% over last year. 

With 3 million jobs created and close to 1.5 million new households formed in the past 12 months.  More & more people want a new Champaign/Urbana area home of their own, and they want it now and they want it bad. The only bad news is that inventory is low, so finding the "home of their dreams" is going to be hard....testing their patience! This was the #1 problem for buyers in April- low inventory & not finding the home that they really liked and met their needs!  

So you need to decide... What you want, What you are able to afford, Where you want to live, and What you want in a home & neighborhood.  Lastly the big question....What are you willing to give up, if  you find the home you are really looking for?

"SEE YOU AGAIN.....FAMILIES ALL WE'VE GOT"  Although this song is obviously a moving tribute to the movies lost star, Paul Walker, the words aptly fit into our world of homes so well. HOME is where our family's heart and soul reside. It is the nucleus of our everyday lives and where we share our lives with each other. So it's no wonder that Buying A Home remains the American Dream and why so many people are STILL making it the #1 priority for themselves and their families. With the market rebounding back, interest rates still near historic lows and more homes coming onto the Champaign/Urbana market weekly....this IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR DREAM OF OWNING A HOME A REALITY!

If you are looking to move-up into that DREAM HOME, or downsize into a more manageable home now that the kids have grown....NOW IS THE TIME! With all the Real Estate Guru's reporting, these numbers will NOT hold for long and we will not see them this low for a long time to come. Don't miss your chance, come in and talk with me today and we'll find you the home that suits you wants & needs before the market turns again.

You can also search any homes directly from my website at: Search Homes for Sale Champaign IL

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What's Going On In Champaign This Weekend?

by Rose Price

Prairie Skies

Every Friday at Parkland College from 7pm-8pm there is a live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight from your backyard. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Admission is $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, and children under 12, all at the door. No shows on February 6, March 6, March 27 and April 3.


The Drowsy Chaperone

Check out the talented actors at Parkland College.  Musicals of the Jazz Age, past and present hilariously in this unique musical! A die-hard musical theatre fan is playing his favorite cast album “The Drowsy Chaperone,” on his turntable.  As he listens, the musical literally bursts to life in his apartment, telling the story of a vivacious Broadway starlet trying to find her true love! Throw in a hostess, who's less than bright and two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, an intoxicated chaperone, and you've got an evening of musical comedy gold! Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, April 30-May 2 Shows Start at 7:30



Every Sunday

Come out and shop from local farmers and vendors. Shopping, Music and food. 8am-4pm (EVERY Sunday, year round) Where: Fluid Event Center 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL

Does Your Champaign/Urbana Home Have Curb Appeal?

by Rose Price

You've heard the old saying.."Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover", well  this rule simply DOES NOT apply in the Real Estate Market! A good looking face isn't just memorable, the exterior of your home can make or break a sale! It can be the difference between you getting your asking price or settling for much less. First impressions are everything in the Real Estate business. According to the National Association of Realtors;  63% of people will stop by to view a home they found and liked online.  What will they see? Sometimes only the front of the home, driveway,landscape....the facade of the house. Meaning you have to focus just as much attention on the outdoor impression of your Champaign/Urbana home as the indoor. You want the Home Buyer that sees your Home online or driving by, to call you up and make an appointment to see the inside of your home. A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION is what is needed so that potential Home Buyer says WOW...I NEED TO SEE THE INSIDE OF THAT HOME!

So check out these simple, but low-cost, home improvement tips that create great Curb Appeal!

1. Bring a Splash of Color to your Front Door. Make your front door & whole house stand out from the others by giving it a bold blast of color. If you have a solid wood door that's in good condition you can prepare it to paint a new color, if not buy a new door in an already bold color and forego having to do any of the painting yourself.  Then choose a fantastic door fixture.  Finish with a nice wreath, swag or other ornament that reflects your personal style.

2. Install Outdoor Lighting.  Any type of low voltage landscape lighting provides a big impact on curb appeal and gives the added benefit of safety & security to you and your guests. It is also an added value when selling your home. 

3. Container GardensMany times we hear from Cheshire Homeowners that they don't have the time or space to put in flower beds or landscape gardens. This is where Containers Gardens are excellent! You can buy ready-made containers or create your own. You can use varying sizes and styles of containers and of plants and flowers to give your garden an asymmetrical look. It gives you such a unique look with a personal stamp and you can use these containers in the yard or on your porch.

4. Window Boxes. An easy way to bring Curb Appeal to your home, as well as whimsy & charm, are window boxes! Just remember to choose copper or iron for a more traditional look and painted wood for a cottage feel. Flowers should be mixed and matched to suit lighting and color schemes.

5. Outdoor Art! We love this category! So many things can be art to different people, but we'll keep it in the basic range.  The key is to choose pieces that complement your home's natural color palette and exterior elements. Water Fountains, Birdbaths, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. In fact, water sculptures can serve a dual purpose functioning as yard art and allowing the burbling sounds to soothe;  making hot days seem cooler.

6. Keep your Lawn & Greenery Manicured. One of the cheapest and easiest things you can do is keep your grass mowed and your shrubs and trees pruned and trimmed regularly. Nothing looks better than a well manicured yard and it also shows your attention to your homes maintenance, which in turn let's your prospective buyer know that you "Care" for your homes exterior. That's important because if you Care for your home's exterior, the logical conclusion would be that you MUST CARE for your Home's Interior. Therefore, they will be calling to set up an appointment to see your home.

For more Homeowners Tips visit my website or Facebook page. If you are interested in looking for a home in our wonderful communities around the area of Champaign/Urbana IL, please stop by the office or give me a call!  Id be happy to help in any way that I can.


Champaign IL It's the 17th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival!

by Rose Price

The College of Media at Illinois presents:

The 17th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival!

April 15th-19th

Held every April inside downtown Champaign’s Historic Virginia Theatrea restored movie palace with state-of-the-art 35/70mm and digital projection.  REFF celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs, giving these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.

Staying true to Roger’s vision, the twelve films screened during the five day event represent a cross-section of important cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics and/or distributors. Some of the films come from lists Roger drew up over the first 15 years of the festival.  Additional films are selected based on Roger’s established criteria for an Ebertfest film. 

You can also watch the film panel discussions live.  How cool is that?!

Patrons buying a festival pass will receive a confirmation ticket for each pass they purchase. Confirmation tickets must then be exchanged for an actual pass – the ones you wear on a lanyard around your neck. The actual festival passes will become available for pick up at the Virginia Theatre box office beginning Monday, April 13, 2015.

Seating: General Admission

Tickets: Festival Passes – $145 (available 11/1/14) Additional per pass processing fees apply (online, phone or box office)

– $2.75 service fee (per festival pass)

– 2.5% credit card fee (per festival pass)

Individual Film Tickets (available 4/1/15)
– $14 Regular Admission
– $12 Senior
– $12 Student



This festival is part of what makes the Champaign/Urbana community such an awesome place to live, work, attend college and raise our families. If you find yourself looking for a home in our little neck of the woods, give me a call. I'd be honored to show you around the area and partner with you to find the home of your dreams.







It's finally here! One of Champaign/Urbana's most anticipated events, the Boneyard Arts Festival! I'm even more excited this year because I am sponsoring an event that is near and dear to my heart...the Center City Art Walk Tours          

The City Art Walk Tours will be of select Boneyard Arts Festival venues in Center City as well as Public Art League installations. All Tour participants will have the opportunity to view the art at venues Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and meet some of the artists that have their work on display.                               

Friday’s tour includes:  the 40North offices, WEFT, Cracked Glass and the Lincoln Building artist studios. Tour participants will meet Kelly Eddington (the Boneyard Arts Festival signature artist) and Lisa Kesler as well as attend the Cracked Glass opening reception for their displaying artists. Saturday’s tour will begin at 2 p.m. and will include visits to Jane Addams Bookshop, Skins n Tins, the Lincoln Building artist studios and Flatland Gallery. Tour participants will meet author, Matt Banach, and artists Lisa Kesler and Dirt Dorner.

The Center City Art Walk Tours are free to the public but registration is required. To register visit and click on the Art Walk Tours image on the homepage.

If you've never had a chance to participate in the Boneyard Arts Festival, I'll give you a quick overview: This is a celebration of all the different Arts Genre's, by 100's of local artists and artists from around the state that come to showcase and sell their art at different venue's all around the Champaign/Urbana area.

The Goals of the Festival are:

  1. Provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors 
  2. Demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses 
  3. Illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business 
  4. Demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces 
  5. Promote the cultural vibrancy of our community -- a great place to live and visit
  6. Bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts 
  7. Provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community 
  8. Celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County​

​​So you see, this is a spectacular community event you won't want to miss! Pick a day, or go to both...but don't miss what this fantastic event has to offer!

Spring Maintenance for your Champaign/Urbana IL Home!

by Rose Price

It's spring in Champaign/Urbana and time to get our homes ready for the spring real estate market, which is already moving full-steam ahead. Is your home ready for the many buyers who will see it in the coming days? In order for your Champaign/Urbana home to stand out among the many that a potential buyer will take a look at, and for it to get the BEST OFFER possible, you want to have it looking it's absolute best!   That means you don't leave ANY stones unturned!  Make this spring's home maintenance and preparation top notch. 


Exterior Windows- Get those windows shining like the commercials we see on Television! No streaks or smudges and definitely no dirt from the winter season! Check all caulk and weather stripping too.

Decks & Patios- Power wash your decks and patios, then stain and reseal. They'll be looking like new again. If you have outdoor furniture, make sure it is staged appropriately.

Exterior Walls- Check for damage from the winter months. This can be cracks, stains, or holes. Repair as needed and be mindful of problem areas that may need more than just a minor repair.

Lawn- Pick up sticks and other debri from the long winter months, mow the grass and trim all shrubs and overgrown trees.  Lay down any herbicides and start your spring lawn care programs. 

In-ground Sprinkler Systems- Maintenance any in-ground sprinkler systems on the property so that they are in good working order.

Roof- Inspect for any missing or cracked shingles? Make sure to address any issues from winter damage or ice dams to keep your roof in top shape.

Chimney- If you have a stone chimney, check the bricks looking for efflorescence, a white calcium deposit that means your chimney is absorbing water. If you find this is the case, you need to reseal the chimney.

Downspouts & Gutters- Your favorite job! Clean the gutters and make sure all the downspouts are in the right position so water is directed away from your house.

Next Blog post I'll tackle Spring Maintenance on our Home Interior's! For more Home Maintenance Tips visit my Facebook Page and my Website.

If you are looking to put your Champaign/Urbana Home up for Sale, you'll want to do that very soon! Give me a call or you can find out what your Champaign/Urbana Home is worth by visiting this link for FREE: Get a free CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOME VALUE REPORT

I are here to help in any way I can. I'd love to partner with you to sell your home and get you the Value and Price you deserve for your Champaign/Urbana Home! Give us a call anytime.

It's an Easter Egg Hunt Weekend in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price



With the Easter holiday just a week away, the Champaign/Urbana area is filled with Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Breakfasts this weekend!  Here are some of the great activities taking places this weekend:

March 28- 9:30-11:30 am- Vineyard Church’s The Great Egg Chase, Urbana  It's an Easter Kids eggstravaganza with donuts, an Easter message, giveaways and, of course, an egg hunt. Everyone is invited to attend!

March 28- Noon to 2:00 pm- Meadowbrook Community Church- Champaign   14th Annual Easter Carnival and Egg Hunt:  Children up to age 12 , admission is fee and every child receives a coupon for a free hot dog, chips and drink.

March 28- 10:00 am 7th Annual Monticello Parks and Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt: Kids 10 years and under are invited to bring their Easter Egg baskets and get ready for some serious egg hunting! The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Forest Preserve Park in Monticello.

These take place next week:

April 4- 11:00  Champaign Park District’s 25th Annual Egg Hunt: Thousands of eggs are waiting to be found at Champaign's West Side Park!  Free hayrack rides will take place before the event from 10:00- 10:45 am for children 10 and under. 

April 4- 11:30- 1:00pm Champaign Park District’s EGGS-PLORATION!:  Join us at Douglass Park for a good, old-fashioned egg hunt. Before the egg hunt, kids will be able to get their face painted and play in inflatables. The hunt will start promptly at noon, so don’t be late! Remember your basket for all your goodies. Kids ages 1-13, free. 

April 4- 11:00 am- Farmer City’s Annual FREE Easter Egg Hunt: Over 10,000 EGGS! Candy! Prizes! Registration opens at 11 a.m. and hunts will start at noon on April 4, For Ages Birth to Sixth grade. South Park, Farmer City.

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