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Things To Do In Champaign/Urbana This Weekend!

by Rose Price

1. Illini Farm Toy Show                                                                                                                        

Urbana Plaza/Holiday Inn Hotel
Sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau District 12 Young Leaders
Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, & Edgar Counties
SCHEDULE:  
Friday 5 p.m.: Open room trading-Banquet Room closes at 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.:Open room trading-Banquet Room closes at 5 p.m.
Farm Toy Consignment “LIVE” Auction at 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Adults $3; Children (6-12) $2; under age 6 FREE 
FOR MORE INFO:  ILLINI FARM TOY SHOW

 

2. Pack the House for Illini Women’s Basketball

This is a Family Affair...and admission & parking are free! There will be face painting and poster making stations for the kids and giveaways too! After the game will be autographs by the entire Illini Team..the only time it will happen ALL SEASON! Tickets for reserved seating can be picked up at the temporary ticket trailer at the northwest corner of State Farm Center, or you can enjoy general admission seating in the arena. The last two "Pack the House" games have created two of the BEST atmospheres in recent memory...so make it part of your family's weekend! Coach Matt Bollant's third Illinois team started the week 10-4, the best start in 7 years. Sunday's game against No. 19 Nebraska needs a strong turnout on the home court for this team to return to the NCAA Tournament!  So let's help them out!

FOR MORE INFO:  PACK THE HOUSE

3. In Concert at the Champaign Public Library: Banjo Billy Matthews and the Old Time Players 

When: Sunday, Jan. 11,   2:00-3:00  p.m. Where: Champaign Public Library 

How Much: FREE        For: All ages

Why You Should Go: Come enjoy over 100 years worth of high-spirited and hard-hitting musical diversity and old-fashioned fun! 

FOR MORE INFO:   CHAMPAIGN LIBRARY EVENTS

4. The Mad Scientist Strikes Again

When: Sunday, Jan. 11  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Where: Urbana Free Library

How Much: FREE          For: Elementary School Children

Why You Should Go: Come and learn some experiments you can try while waiting for your food in restaurants! 

FOR MORE INFO:   THE MAD SCIENTIST- URBANA

5. Our Furry Friends: The Humane Society                                                                                

When: Sat. Jan 10th     3:00- 3:45 pm          Where:  Champaign Public Library

For:  All Ages

The Humane Society is about more than just abandoned pets and lost animals. Come meet their live animal guests for a new perspective.

FOR MORE INFO:  CU HUMANE SOCIETY

These are just a few of the wonderful events taking place around the Champaign/Urbana area this weekend. For more information, check out my website and click on the city of Champaign link: CHAMPAIGNROSE.

Why should 2015’s financial trends impact on the Housing Market be any different today than the years before it?  Good question....it would certainly seem like we’ve seen worse. But, you wouldn’t be comparing apples to apples, because you couldn’t. ALL the trends that exist today didn’t exist then....not even last year!  So, let’s take a look:

IN: IMPULSE SPENDING

OUT: SAVING

I don't think this one needs too much explaining, however we do need to understand the #1 reason 2015 is so much stronger for impulse spending than other years. It begins with the addition of APPLE PAY gliding onto the scene of an already "incredibly easy" spending marketplace which then becomes "a genie in a bottle".  It is now so easy for you to buy anything from the convenience of your phone...not even your computer...that your bank account is never going to be the same. Unless we all put some self-restraint and budgets into place, saving money in general will be impossible and saving for your down payment and home maintenance will be a hurdle that first time home buyers will never be able to jump.

IN: LUXURY HOME BUYERS

OUT: FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS? (Not so fast!)

With rent rising at an astronomical rate across the country and student loan debt at an all time high, saving for a down payment has thus far, seemed impossible for most first time buyers and is looking very bleak for 2015.  In fact, first time home buyers are at the lowest level they have been in nearly 3 decades, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). What is driving the market? The more stable of the group....Luxury Home Buyers! With higher incomes, job security and more equity they are able to get the loans they want/need with the most desirable terms....even if they are the ones who probably need it the least. However, with rent rising at such a significant pace many would be renters may look to buy a home which will force builders to focus on building more entry level homes versus the luxury homes that have taken focus on the past several years. Rents in most states have consistently moved upward making it MORE ADVANTAGEOUS to buy than keep renting and throwing away that high dollar amount monthly/annually. The next several months will tell the tale of First Time Home Buyers for 2015....but we definitely see more FIRST TIME BUYERS entering the housing market! 

IN: FREELANCERS

OUT: TRADITIONAL EMPLOYEES 

Confused or Amazed? For some ....both! But these numbers will astound you. At present, 34% or 53 Million Americans currently work as Fixed-term Contract Workers or Freelancers!! And more and more companies are looking to move in that direction. This makes it difficult for many individuals who are applying for mortgages since many times this is NOT a stable income stream. What they need to do is make sure to document ALL work and all corresponding payments from ALL sources so that it can be turned over to the mortgage companies to be verified at the time it needs to be done.   On the other hand, this has made it very easy for a family that has chosen to have a parent stay home with children, to now have an option to work from home, with flexible hours, and still produce a great second income. Or for the older person who may have retired from a career position but now has an option of doing a “hobby” type job from their home for extra income...on their own terms. So, is it good or bad? Really depends on whom you are talking with and what side they are on.

IN: LIVING IN PLACE

OUT: AGING IN PLACE

Baby Boomers are redefining what it means to grow old!  They want to keep their homes, take in the arts, seek out new health and wellness activities and participate in all aspects of their family & friends lives....on their own terms. This means that there is a whole new need for HOME REMODELING. They want to keep the unique parts of their homes, but upgrade to include the safety and security features they need as they have grown older. Curbless Showers, Higher Toilets, and Grab Bars but still not give up the Gourmet Kitchens and Master Suites of today and don't forget technology!

With all these trends in place, and the incredible swing of the Housing Market from 2014 moving back in the right direction, the Champaign/Urbana market is looking FANTASTIC  for 2015. We are looking at a consistent upward trend with existing home sales and New Home Construction to start building again. In fact I am extremely excited to share with you this extraordinary opportunity to build your DREAM HOME in this one of a kind subdivision in MT ZION IL!  This newly created subdivision is just being marketed and I will be announcing information on my social media in the coming weeks.

If you are looking to put your Champaign/Urbana home on the market, you picked the PERFECT time! Competition is at it's lowest right now, but you must take advantage of this exclusive time frame. Give me a call today at 217-202-8843 or check out my website at CHAMPAIGNROSE.COM.  You can also get a FREE HOME VALUATION by following this link: FREE CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOME VALUATION

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TOP NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS 2015

by Rose Price

Happy New Year Champaign/Urbana From Champaignrose!

by Rose Price

With the New Year just around the corner, I want to say "THANK YOU" to all of our clients for making it another great year at Champaignrose-Landmark Real Estate! I love what I do and the town in which I live and work but..... getting to meet and work with clients like you is truly a blessing.

Each year as the New Year rolls in we are all faced with the thought of New Year's Resolutions. Sometimes we are psyched and have our lists ready to go, while other times we may be dreading the thought of them altogether. After reading through some great articles recently, I found it really comes down to this:

Resolutions should be made by us only if it is something that we truly want to change, learn or accomplish that will make us happier, healthier or have a positive impact on our lives. A resolution should never be made because someone in your life wants you to change something about yourself, or wants you to do something differently.The ONLY resolutions you make are the ones that impact you, and only you, on a POSITIVE level. Plain and simple.

Now the GREAT NEWS! When you make your resolutions, keeping this simple statement above in mind, your chances for success dramatically increase!! So let's get down to the nitty gritty!

  1. Think about what's most important to you and then get very specific when you list out each resolution. Next to each give your reason for the resolution in detail.
  2. Remember, you're being realistic, so make sure you have no more than 3-4 resolutions and make sure they are things that are attainable with reasonable timeframes.
  3. What is your "Plan of Attack" and how will you track & monitor your progress?
  4. What is the PRIZE for achieving your goal? This is really important because you need to be rewarded for achieving this important resolution!

                                        TOP RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

We all know that starting off the New Year is easy and exciting and we are ready to ROCK our resolutions! But once February rolls around our commitment can start to wane, this is where your good habits need to take over and why having "good habits" is critical to the success of your resolutions.

Studies show that it's much easier to create "bad" habits than to cultivate good ones; we easily indulge in short-term pleasures like expensive cups of coffee and sugar-laden foods. The good news is, with frequent repetition, you can create new, constructive habits. Be patient with yourself, however; it can take several weeks for new habits to form. If you slip up for a day, just pick up where you left off. Don't give up! Build in "cheat" days for a diet plan, or an occasional shopping splurge for a savings plan, but ALWAYS go right back to your plan so you WILL reach your ultimate goal....your resolution.

I sincerely hope these tips help you reach your resolution goals during the New Year! And if buying or selling a home in Champaign/Urbana is among your goals for 2015, I'll be happy to help you!  I have the local market experience & knowledge to help you succeed and am here whenever you need me. 

If you are new to Champaign/Urbana, I will be happy to be your guide and introduce you to our community! Whether you have questions about Champaign/Urbana real estate or you would like more information about our Award Winning Schools or community, please feel welcome to contact me today!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

 

Santa Claus and the Magic Champaign/Urbana Key!

by Rose Price

"You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.....Santa Claus is Coming to Venice!"

Yes, that’s right! The countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus is quickly winding down and that means one thing to us! We MUST be on our BEST BEHAVIOR if Santa Claus is to shimmy down our chimney with his enormous red velvet bag of wonderful toys.

While you are decking the halls, and hanging the mistletoe, you may be wondering how Santa is going to be dropping off your presents if you're part of the 55% of homeowners without a fireplace. With only 45% of homes in the U.S having a fireplace, according to the Hearth and Home, it looks like good ole' Mr. Santa Claus needs an alternative entry point into 55% of the homes in Champaign/Urbana on Christmas Eve this year!

No need to fret, Champaignrose believes in the Magic of the Home & family, especially around the holidays! I knew Santa had to have a very special way of getting to all those good children in all the homes that didn't have the Fireplace for him to come down.....so I asked his head Elf. "How does Santa get into a home that doesn't have a chimney for him to get in?" 

He looked up at us with his snow, sparkling face, smiled and said.....that's easy!  Magic and his special Champaign/Urbana Key!

Santa’s Magic Key Poem                                                                      

Dear Santa, we have no chimney                                                                                                                                                                                       as you can plainly see,

And I was terribly worried

that you would pass over me.                                                                                                                

We hung this very special key

right by the door.

Then Mom told me to jump into bed;

and not to worry anymore.

Your magic will make this key fit,

to open our door.

So you can come in tonight

and tip-toe across the floor.

So you see, Santa has his special key he uses whenever he can't get in a chimney, or if a chimney is a little too small from all the Christmas Cookies Santa has eaten at the houses he has already visited. So little ones rest assured that Santa will always be able to bring you your presents wherever you may be. Just remember to leave him some cookies and milk...... and maybe some carrots for the Reindeer too.

If you'd like to become a homeowner in Champaign/Urbana IL, please give us a call or check out our website at www.champaignrose.com

Preparing Your Champaign/Urbana Home for A Snow Emergency!

by Rose Price

We all want a White Christmas for Champaign/Urbana, but sometimes that fluffy white stuff comes in with sleet or in far more greater amounts than we were really looking to receive. Often times that weather creates an emergency situation in our community, both on our roads and for our homes. The best defense for this situation is to be prepared to cope with it, before it ever arrives. We have two checklists below, one for your home and one for your vehicle when traveling. Both are the basics you should have on hand in the event you are faced with a snow emergency in the Champaign/Urbana.

YOUR INSIDE STORY:

Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and basic supplies to last a minimum of four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.

  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration (canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, energy bars, and the like)
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Cellular phone (read this article re: "Keep Cell Phone Charged During A Power Outage")
  • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
  • One Week supply of prescription medicines
  • Battery-powered radio​​    
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
ON THE ROAD!
This is where things can get tricky and dangerous very quickly. Coping with ice and snow covered roads are extremely hazardous and conditions can change in and instant. So before you leave your home, give your cars a "Winter Preparedness" once over.
  • Check and replace older batteries                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
  • Check antifreeze and add if needed.
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
The list of items below should be KEPT IN YOUR VEHICLES at all times to help you handle winter road hazards:
  •  Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Gallon jug of drinking water
If you have to use these items at any time throughout the winter months, make sure you replace them as soon as  possible after use. 
For more tips on Champaign/Urbana Home Care check out my website at www.champaignrose.com or my Facebook Page.
 

Champaign/Urbana IL Christmas Tree Farms & Stands

by Rose Price

It's that wonderful time of year to purchase your Christmas Tree....but where do you go to find that perfect one?  Lucky for you Champaign/Urbana is home to some of the most beautiful Christmas Tree Farms and Trees available due to the fact that our local growers are "Top Notch" in their field of expertise! Whether you'd like to cut your own, pick out a live tree and have someone cut it down for you, or casually peruse the ones available and pick it out and put it in your vehicle already cut, wrapped and ready to be brought into your home. Champaign/Urbana IL Nurseries and Tree Stands are sure to have want you are looking for! If you plan on cutting your own Christmas Tree, make sure you take a look at the tips at the following link so that you have the proper tools necessary and you know what to expect:  WHAT DO I NEED TO CUT MY OWN CHRISTMAS TREE.

CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS & STANDS IN CHAMPAIGN/URBANA:                                                       

  1. Tate Trees- 2659 County Road 900 East, Champaign IL
  2. BE Farms- 1128 County Road 1500 East, Urbana IL
  3. Hardee's Reindeer Ranch- 1356 County Road 2900 North, Rantoul 
  4. Seifert Tree Farm- 1414 River Bend Lane, White Heath, IL
  5. Sunset Christmas Tree Farm- 1417 E 2950 North Rd, Mansfield
  6. Prairie Gardens- 3000 W Springfield Ave, Champaign IL
  7. Forest Hills Tree Farm- North 1365 East Road, Danville IL

 

All the tree farms offer a variety of trees: Balsams, Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs, Scotch Pines, and White Pines. Many offer the option to cut down your own trees and all have Pre-cut options from which you can choose. Please check out the website of each of these companies by clicking on their name, prior to driving to their locations, so you know what they offer and any other information you may need.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO PAY

The prices of Christmas Trees have not changed much over the last five years so we don't expect much of a change this year. The prices below reflect the averages in the Champaign Area and should be viewed as such. They do not represent an offer by any of the companies listed above, or by Champaignrose.

  1. Balsams- $25 and Up ( 8 FT Tree approx $30)
  2. Fraser Fir- $32 and Up  ( 8 Ft Tree approx $45)
  3. Concolor Fir- $38 and Up ( 8 Ft Tree approx $55)

**All prices include the trees being trimmed, tied and bagged...by a wonderful staff of individuals at any one of these locations you may choose.

This is such a joyous time and we love the great smell that the Christmas Tree brings into our homes. I love the festive mood I instantly find myself in when I see my home transform into the Christmas Wonderland of my youth. Enjoy the season and try not to stress!  Instead, look at it through the eyes of a child, with the pure joy. amazement and excitement that each day brings.

If you're looking for a home in the Champaign/Urbana IL area,  give me a call or check out my website at www.champaignrose.com

 

Have you checked out my new site....DOWNTOWNCHAMPAIGNROSE.COM?

by Rose Price

Everyone has a special connection with their hometown. For me, that special place is right here in Champaign-Urbana.IL. Moving to a new city can be a little stressful. Let me show you around and help make my city your new home. I have crafted my new website downtownchampaignrose.com to help guide you to the best places and events around town.

The website is divided into three main areas: Downtown, Midtown and Campustown.  This way you can research the area that meets your needs. Information will be added to this site on a consistent basis, along with networking with other local businesses to give you the "one stop shop" experience that I want this site to provide.  All of the local information you will want to know is located at the click of a button. Whether you are searching for that perfect cup of coffee, looking for a great bite to eat, or trying to experience something out of the ordinary, my website provides you with all things CHAMPAIGN/URBANA IL.

Check it out here: DOWNTOWNCHAMPAIGNROSE

 

VETERAN'S DAY 2014 Champaign/Urbana IL!

by Rose Price

Whether you are a Veteran or you know a Veteran....today is a day that is significant to you. It is a day to honor our heroes, a time to honor those who have served in the US Military and for those who have made great sacrifices to preserve the freedoms we live with everyday.


"Home of the Free....Because of the Brave". It is a statement we hear more and more lately, and there is a good reason for that! The men and women who serve in our armed forces exemplify the extraordinary commitment to excellence in service, duty and honor that truly goes beyond that of anything you will see in ordinary life....and YES, they have and will lay down their lives for us when duty requires it of them. Think of the magnitude of that statement!  That is why we need to honor and remember our Veterans today...and everyday.


Today, VETERAN'S DAY 2014, seek out our Veteran's and do something special for them. You won't need to look very far, they are our neighbors, coworkers, family & friends. This day is set aside to honor them for all they have done for us and they certainly have deserved this and so much more.

FOR VETERAN'S DAY DISCOUNTS AT AREA BUSINESSES CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY!
 

Champaign IL Energy Saving Tips for the Winter Season

by Rose Price

For many of us in Champaign/Urbana IL the winter season brings visions of the holidays, winter sports and nights sitting around the fireplace wrapped up in a comforter sipping on our favorite hot drinks. For others it causes headaches and sleepless nights of cold or worries over a soaring energy bill.

Instead of worrying, there are things that can be done to limit the damage to our wallet, and still keep you and your family safe and comfortable during the winter months.  Here are some “easy to do” energy saving tips to try:

  • GET A HOME ENERGY AUDIT-most companies will do this for free.
  • CLEAN & MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
  • REPLACE BROKEN WINDOWS & DOORS                                           
  • INSULATE YOUR WINDOWS
  • SEAL ALL LEAKS IN YOUR HOME- including where cables come into the home, around sump pump, and where pipes are.
  • WEATHERSTRIP- Windows & Doors                                                                    
  • REPAIR ROOF DAMAGE- REPLACE IF NECESSARY
  • MAINTAIN, REPAIR OR REPLACE WATER HEATER
  • WRAP (INSULATE) WATER HEATER
  • CLEAN FIREPLACE/CHIMNEY BEFORE SEASONAL USE
  • ADD ADDITIONAL INSULATION to attic, basement, exterior wall

A few other things to do ……:

  • Unplug all unused appliances,  and electrical components
  • Use Energy Star Products
  • Install Programmable Thermostats
  • Always Turn off Lights in rooms not being used
  • Turn down your thermostat at night time
  • Make sure your curtains are open during the daytime (Sunshine) hours
  • Make sure all your Heating Vents are free and clear of any furniture or blocks of any kind

Keep in mind that if you are planning on selling your home, buyers are very conscience of energy costs associated with a home. Buyers will always ask for the prior heating and cooling records for that home. So anything you can do to make your home more energy efficient will not only help you, but will also help you sell your home at a later time.  Buyers at this time are not just looking for the home to be the “beautiful home” on the outside….they need it to be the “energy efficient” home on the inside for them to grab it when it goes on the market.  

If you are a Champaign/Urbana homeowner and find yourself in need of assistance this home heating season, follow this link for more information:  CCRPC

If you're interested in more tips or information on becoming a homeowner in the Champaign/Urbana IL area give me a call, stop in my office or check out my website at www.champaignrose.com.                                                      

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