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New Burn Ordinances for McHenry County - 04/16/08 04:09 PM
PROHIBITED AT ALL TIMES · Burning of manure, garbage, litter, etc. on any property in McHenry County. · Burning of landscape waste within 100' of a habitable structure (i.e. residence, school, etc). · Burning of landscape waste within 50' of a non-habitable structure (i.e. detached garage, barn, etc). Summary of Open Burning of Landscape Waste Regulations McHenry County Public Health Ordinance Article III - Section 1.29 Effective April 1, 2008 Health Department Home (0 comments)
How Much Should You Spend to Prepare Your Home For Sale - 04/12/08 01:09 PM
In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Your REALTOR® is familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to (3 comments)
How Much Should You Spend to Prepare Your Home For Sale - 04/12/08 01:09 PM
In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Your REALTOR® is familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to (0 comments)
Why Use a REALTOR When Buying New Construction? - 04/10/08 06:23 PM
Many buyers that I have talked to and worked with were unaware that they can and should use a REALTOR when buying a new home from a builder. They also assumed they didn't need a home inspection. My take on this situation is that when you are buying a home directly from a builder, you are negotiating with their sales people. These salespeople always have the builders best interest at the forefront of their minds, not necessarily the buyer's. Yes, they may offer fancy upgrades and bonuses, but are they offering their absolute best deal? This is where the REALTOR comes (1 comments)
Different Types Of Homes Explained - 04/08/08 10:08 AM
Here is a quick guide to remember the different types of homes out there and the difference between them. Single-family homes: One home per lot.Multiple-family homes: Some buyers, particularly first-timers, start with multiple-family dwellings, so they'll have rental income to help with their costs. Many mortgage plans, including VA and FHA loans, can be used for buildings with up to four units, if the buyer intends to occupy one of them. Condominiums: With a condo, you own "from the plaster in." You also own a certain percentage of the "common elements" - staircases, sidewalks, roofs, etc. Monthly charges pay your share of (1 comments)
Finding a Balance Between Too High and Too Low When Pricing a House - 04/07/08 02:02 PM
When setting a list price for a home, you should be aware of a buyer's frame of mind. Consider the following pricing factors: If you set the price too high, the house won't be picked for viewing, even though it may be much nicer than other homes on the street. You may have said to "Bring me any offer. Frankly, I'd take less." But compared to other houses for sale, the home simply looks too expensive to be considered. If you price too low, you'll short-change yourself. The house will sell promptly, yes, but the home sells for less than if you had set a higher (0 comments)
Maximizing the Exterior and Curb Appeal - 04/06/08 01:54 PM
When preparing to put a home up for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior. If the outside, or "curb appeal" looks good, people will more than likely want to see what's on the inside. Here are some tips to enhance a home's exterior and curb appeal to buyers: Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered. Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds. Be sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling. Paint the front door. In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance. In snowy areas, keep walks neatly cleared of (1 comments)
To Inspect or Not Inspect, That is the Question - 04/03/08 02:40 PM
One question many buyers are faced with when purchasing a home is "Do I need a home inspection?" My answer to that is YES! What would you do if you bought your home, and 6 months later discovered there was moisture trapped under your hardwood floor and you now have to deal with a nasty case mold? Or what if after the first heavy rain or snowfall you discovered you have a leaky roof! A good home inspection is an objective, top-to-bottom examination of a home and everything that comes with it. The standard inspection report includes a review of the home's (7 comments)
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