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Champaign/Urbana IL Protect Those Pipes From Freezing!

by Rose Price

With temperatures in Champaign/Urbana getting into the deep digits,  the chance of pipes freezing becomes a very real possibility, and untreated pipes in your basement and crawl-spaces can be an expensive scenario for any homeowner in the event of a burst.  What can you do to limit the chance of this happening to you & your home? Here are several preventative measures you can take:

  • First & foremost, you need to seal any air leaks inside near where the pipes are located in your home! Do a complete inspection around dryer vents, outdoor pipes, and electrical wiring. You'll need to use insulation, caulking, and sealants to ensure you've blocked the airway. Even a small opening can allow enough of this frigid air in to freeze a pipe.
  • Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing so you'll need to check your basement, and crawl-spaces where these pipes are located. Make sure you inspect all pipes to make sure each is properly insulated. Remember....ANY pipe can freeze, so inspect each one.
  • Heat Cables (thermostatically controlled)or Heat Tape can be used to wrap pipes. (Make sure any products used have been approved by Underwriters Laboratories Inc or other independent testing organizations & that you are using the products only where they are intended to be used IE: Inside or Outside, and you follow all installation and operational instructions). Check your local hardware store for supplies. 
  • To reduce freezing in the short span of the pipe, use indoor valves to shut off and drain water from the pipes that lead to outside faucets.
  • Many of us have gotten into the habit of turning down our thermostats at night, however this is NOT the time to do that! During these weather conditions it is very important to keep your thermostats set at the same temperatures both day & night. Because temperatures drop even deeper at night, if you set your thermostats lower at night you can run the risk of those pipes freezing over night.
  • Remember when your Mother told you to "Let the faucet's trickle overnight or if you are going to be gone for a day or two!"? Well, Mom was RIGHT! Trickling of hot and cold water, just letting it drip from the faucet on an outside wall, can keep your pipes from freezing! THANKS MOM!
  • Lastly,  keep the doors to your cabinets (on exterior walls) open, to allow heat to circulate through to the uninsulated pipes. Yes, I know you thought people were joking when they said that, but it is true, it can help keep your pipes from freezing as well.

Now, what can you do if your pipes have frozen?  SCREAM!  Just kidding, this isn't a laughing matter. If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, keep the faucets turned OFF and call a plumber immediately.  If your pipes are frozen, please keep these 4 things in mind:

  1. NEVER try to thaw a pipe with a blow torch or any other flame. 
  2. NEVER try to wade through the flooded waters in a basement or touch ANY electrical appliances or items in that area.  They will still be "ACTIVE" if plugged in prior to your basement flooding and would be cause for electrocution.
  3. If your pipes have BURST, Turn your water OFF at the main shut off valve.
  4. If trying to warm a Frozen Pipe, start as close to the faucet as possible then work toward the frozen section.
  5. Before you turn ANY water back on, MAKE SURE THERE AREN'T ANY LEAKS IN THE PIPES!!
  6. Make sure to check your Homeowners Insurance Policy and call them immediately.
I hope you'll just need to use my preventative tips and that our lovely communities around Champaign/Urbana will start to see the beautiful beginnings of spring sooner rather than later! Until then, check out my website and social media for more Homeowner tips!
If you're looking to move to the Champaign/Urbana area, and why wouldn't you Wink, give me a call! I'd love to be your tour guide and show you all the wonderful neighborhoods, schools and other points of interest in the Champaign/Urbana area. You can also sign up for my EXCLUSIVE EMAIL LISTING ALERTS! This allows you to be the first notified of homes that come onto the market that meet your personal preferences.  It's so easy, just follow this link: FREE LISTING ALERTS.

Champaign/Urbana...Go Red for Women!

by Rose Price

Today is NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY! Why red? Easy....RED is a vibrant color that demands attention! It stands out and screams "I'm here! Look at me!" And that is exactly why it was chosen for this incredibly important campaign! NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY is really just the kick off for the month long awareness to bring attention to the #1 killer in women. Heart disease claims the lives of 500,000 women every year!

This year marks the 12th Anniversary of the NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY Campaign! Much has been accomplished in this time:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.

Despite all the efforts, more work still needs to be done. So spread the word among all the women you love! Make sure they know the facts and the risks. Join in the fight....and WEAR YOUR RED proudly today, and all month long!

#GoRedforWomen #AmericanHeartAssociation #NationalWearRedDay #ChampaignRose #ChampaignIL #UrbanaIL

Why Have a Champaign/Urbana Realtor Represent You?

by Rose Price

As we embark on the spring selling season I thought it might be important to go over what it means to be"REPRESENTED BY A REALTOR".   What BENEFITS you receive when you are being "represented" by a realtor instead of being on your own. When it really comes down to it, there are so many different things that can potentially go wrong in a Real Estate transaction.

A great Real Estate Agent can predict problems ahead of time and resolve them or maneuver around them to protect their client. It's all part of "representing" their clients. But if you're on your own, it can be a very tough, and often expensive, lesson to learn. As a realtor, we put your needs and interests as the #1 priority and will use all our skills and knowledge to navigate the sale or purchase,  to your benefit. That's how it works and we always do the BEST for you. Here's how it  breaks down:

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR NEEDS- First and foremost, being represented means that we take the time to truly understand your needs backward & forward. Finding out your home needs as well as the neighborhood & community desires. We are YOUR advocate throughout the entire transaction. Unless it feels right to you, nothing goes forward. You need to understand and feel 100% about what is taking place before we will go to the next step in the process. As long as you have a realtor that is working with you, and truly understanding your needs and what you need to get from the transaction, then you are in good hands and should move ahead.

 

HAVING THE INSIDE 411- A great Real Estate professional is going to have many years of knowledge in the Champaign/Urbana housing market, community, people and just about everything you need to know about purchasing a home in their "territory". Now I don't want to align myself with "Mrs. Kravitz" but you know what I mean, your agent needs to know the 411 so that you can be confident that you are truly getting the local point of view and not the "canned" version of the area and the homes that reside there.

 

KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR- Having a Realtor "represent" you also means you have someone protecting you every step of the way! I'm not going to let you get in over your head in any real estate transaction. If you've given me your top price point...then that's where I'll make sure you stay. If we are having an issue with a contract, I'll make sure we get that resolved before going forward. Helping you stay within the home search criteria that you provided me is another great benefit. It is very easy to get sidetracked when looking for your perfect Champaign/Urbana home. Great realtors take the time necessary to really get to know their clients. I will protect your information and take care of you if complications arise. These are the things that are handled by a Realtor, on your behalf, when we represent you.

 

 

MEDIATOR/NEGOTIATOR- When a Realtor "represents" you, you now have your own mediator/negotiator. You can sit back and direct how the sale/purchase of your Champaign/Urbana home will go down. Think of how much easier it is to make decisions with someone else having to do the stressful business of delivering the information?!  Let me do the hard stuff!  I am a trained mediator/negotiator and know how to work within the confines of the contracts of Real Estate. I can help prepare you for this moment when you will be faced with the different scenarios that will be thrown your way. Then, once I am at that point, you will not only be ready, you will have me at the table and you will calmly be making the decisions you've already been practicing making.

BOTTOM LINE:Getting a Champaign/Urbana Real Estate Professional to work with you on the Sale or Purchase of your Real Estate transaction is a great financial decision. After all, you wouldn't try to put a new motor in your car without taking it to your Certified, professionally trained mechanic, would you? Then why try to muddle through one of the biggest financial decisions in your life without an expert that has been professionally trained to do that job? Let Champaignrose partner with you on this important venture in your life. Take a look at what my Clients have said about my service, then come in and talk to me so I can get to know you better. Together I'll help you with any Champaign/Urbana Real Estate need. 

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Increase the Value of Your Champaign/Urbana Home!

by Rose Price

When the Top 24 Real Estate Experts in their field were asked this question..."WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO INCREASE YOUR HOME'S VALUE FOR $5,000 OR LESS? These are the most common answers they came up with:

They may not all work for you or your Champaign/Urbana Home, but they're great ideas! Just find the ones that work best for your particular home and situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you'd like additional home remodeling or selling tips for your home, visit my website or give me a call.

If you are looking for a home in Champaign/Urbana, I'd love to talk with you and show you around our wonderful community! Give me a call or visit my website at www.champaignrose.com

Champaign/Urbana IL Area Schools Get Top Recognition!

by Rose Price

I love the Champaign/Urbana IL area and don't need any other reason's to give people to move here to raise a family...or to relocate to our "neck of the woods".  However, when I receive the school reports and find that several of our area Elementary Schools have managed to make the Top 100 Elementary Schools of Illinois list,  I have to say I did get excited! Every town in the state of Illinois has several elementary schools, so you can imagine how many that add's up to in the State of Illinois, yet our little area had several that made the elite list. 

Mahomet IL- Lincoln Trail Elementary School           

102 East State St

Mahomet IL 61852

217-586-2811

Grades 3-5        622 Students

 

  

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE MAHOMET SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

Tuscola IL - North Ward Elementary School                                    .

1201 North Prairie St

Tuscola, IL  61953

217-253-2712

Grades PK-4       383 Students 

 

 


 

 
If you are looking to buy a home in the Champaign/Urbana area, contact me or visit my website at Champaignrose.com. Make sure to sign up for my FREE LISTING ALERTS. This is my PREFERRED email list where you will be notified as soon as a house with your preferences comes onto the market!
 

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

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