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Appealing Your Edwardsville Home's Assessment in 2011 - 08/24/11 07:09 PM
If you'd like to appeal your Madison County, Illinois home's assessment -- that includes homes in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Troy, Collinsville, Granite City, etc. -- you only have until September 12, 2011 to get the paperwork and supporting materials to the Madison County Board of Review. The Madison County Board of Review requires that homeowners who want to file a complaint must fill out a form listing a wide variety of information about the property in question and also submit supporting documents such as comparable sales, or construction cost, or an appraisal or an operating statement for the last two (0 comments)
Why Isn't Your Home in the MLS? - 08/24/11 03:57 PM
I answered a consumer question from the real estate website Trulia today that has me wondering. The consumer asked for more details about a property here in Edwardsville, Illinois. I searched our MLS (multiple listing service) and, finding nothing, searched the public records in Madison County for that address. That's where I found the property and noted that it had been sold in the last couple of years. I replied that the home was not currently listed for sale in our MLS and told the consumer about the prior sales history. Here's where the story gets interesting... I received a reply (1 comments)
Just Sold Postcards Tell Neighbors You're a Hard Working Realtor - 08/23/11 12:13 AM
This post from Belinda Spillman, a great Realtor in Aurora, Colorado -- and the response she received from other Realtors -- really made me think about the value of those old-fashioned "Just Sold" postcards. I've gradually come to realize that some of the old school real estate marketing techniques have been around for such a long time for one reason -- because they actually work. "Just Sold" postcards allow you to tell the neighbors and others nearby that you participated -- as a listing agent or selling agent -- in the deal that sold a property in or near their neighborhood. (1 comments)
Tips From My Cleaning Professional: Get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - 08/22/11 11:37 PM
Tips From My Cleaning Professional: Get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Some of my listings need a good cleaning before they go on the market so they can be presented in the best possible condition for potential buyers. When that happens, I have a wonderful cleaning professional in the Edwardsville, Glen Carbon region. (If you'd like an introduction, let me know.) The most recent house she sparkled up for me is a terrific three-bedroom, all-brick ranch in the Leclaire neighborhood in Edwardsville, Illinois. It had been a rental and when the renters moved out, the cleaning service moved in at my (13 comments)
Selling a Home? Here are Some Factors that you CAN Control - 08/20/11 09:59 PM
Everybody likes to be in control, right? So what can you control when you're selling your home? My blogging colleague Jason in Austin Texas has a great post that is just as relevant for us selling homes here in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Collinsville and Troy, Illinois. I agree with Jason completely. You as a seller can control your home's price and condition. And you can control your selection of an agent to help you get your property marketed and sold. Read on... Via Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC): When you’re trying to sell your (1 comments)
Hummingbirds Are Zipping Through Illinois Gardens This Summer - 08/20/11 02:57 PM
Hummingbirds Are Zipping Through Illinois Gardens This Summer Anyone else feel like your garden is a busy landing strip this season? I seem to be seeing more hummingbirds than usual. Maybe it's that we'd put out more feeders filled with the sweet, red nectar they consume at an alarming pace. Or maybe their annual migration to our home along the Mississippi River flyway has brought greater numbers of the little guys to my house. Here's a link to an interesting article on hummingbirds from the University of Illinois extension office. (5 comments)
Illinois Home Sales Up 18.4 Percent in July 2011 vs July 2010 - 08/19/11 12:22 AM
According to the latest report from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR), statewide home sales in July 2011 totaled 9,708 homes sold. That's up 18.4 percent from 8,197 homes sold in July 2010. In our local MLS (Southern Illinois Regional MLS) here in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs, there were 508 sales in July 2011 compared to 491 in July 2010 -- an increase of 3.4 percent. The average sale price in our market was $128,843 in July 2011 versus $141,270 in July 2010 -- a decrease in price of 9.1 percent. IAR has issued a news release with an analysis of (0 comments)
Need a Horse Property Near Edwardsville, Illinois? Ask Mr. Ed If This is a Good Time to Buy. - 08/18/11 04:55 PM
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course" --or so went the title jingle from the 1960s TV program, Mr. Ed. Mr. Ed was a talking horse who was a real troublemaker for his owner, Wilbur. He was sort of like the Lucille Ball of horses. If Mr. Ed lived in my area of southwestern Illinois, he'd tell his owners to stop waiting around and take a look at one of the properties currently on the market that could accommodate him ...and some of his friends too. Mr. Ed was one smart equine. After all, he would know that right (0 comments)
Riding the Trails in Madison County, Illinois? Know the State's Bike Rules. - 08/18/11 12:27 PM
Madison County, Illinois is criss-crossed with an amazing number of well-used bike trails, (like the one pictured here in Troy, IL) but you will find yourself also riding with traffic to get to and from trailheads or when traveling about the region. The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) urges riders to be familiar with the state's bike law, wear helmets and to ride in a predictable way. And they'd like motorists to be prepared to share the road. Here's a video that may help. If you're a serious rider, consider joining the LIB at this link. The Illinois Department of (0 comments)
Price Change: 651 Roosevelt, Edwardsville Illinois - 08/16/11 10:29 PM
Price Change: 651 Roosevelt, Edwardsville, Illinois This three-bedroom, all-brick storybook cottage in Edwardsville, Illinois has dropped to $164,900. With hardwood floors, fresh paint, new living room carpet, a two-car garage and almost an acre of land, this home has huge potential. It's located just down the street from historic Leclaire Lake and is part of the Edwardsville School District. Call Nancy at 618-791-8007 to see this house or learn more online at Goshen Realty Group.com. Offered exclusively by Goshen Realty Group at RE/MAX Preferred Partners, One 157 Center, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Agent: 618-791-8007, Office: 618-655-1188. (5 comments)
I hate spiders. And I really hate ugly three-inch spiders like this one. But would you look at the amazing web he's made? There is a traditional old-school spider web behind him and then this zig-zag type structure running through the middle of the web. Knowing nothing about spiders, I surmise that this is sort of an access ladder so he can scamper from one end of the gigantic web to the other to get to his unfortunate prey. (Anybody who can tell me more, please do.) I'm struggling with (8 comments)
Relocating to the Edwardsville School District? Here Are Some Helpful Links - 08/16/11 07:35 PM
If you're relocating to the Edwardsville, Illinois area with school-age children, you may need more information about District 7 schools. Here are some of the basics: The district is large -- about 185 square miles -- and encompasses the cities, villages and areas of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Hamel, Worden, Midway, Moro, Dorsey, Prairietown, Holiday Shores and rural areas in between. If you have questions about whether a property you're considering is located in the district, you can ask the Madison County Treasurer's office. The phone is 618-692-6220. If you're working with me as your buyer's agent, I will verify the school (0 comments)
What's For Lunch? Edwardsville Schools Offer Food Service with a Smile - 08/16/11 06:58 PM
I remember the rush to get my grade school-age daughter out the door each morning and sometimes forgetting to slip her some lunch money as she ran toward the school. Well, Edwardsville's schools have solved that problem with a service called MyLunchMoney.com. Parents can place a balance on their student's account and then use the service's online system to track their child's purchases, set weekly or monthly spending limts and get account balance information. The nifty meal history feature lets parents get information on what their child has chosen from the cafeteria. Check out the service on the MyLunchMoney.com website. (0 comments)
Back to School at New Times in Edwardsville, Illinois - 08/16/11 06:11 PM
Pack your lunches and sharpen your pencils. Wednesday, August 17 is the first full day of school in the Edwardsville School District. This year the district has adjusted starting times and dismissal times for Edwardsville High School as well as for Liberty and Lincoln middle schools to accommodate a new transportation schedule designed to use the district's buses more efficiently. Edwardsville High School will start at 7:20 a.m. and dismissal will be at 1:50 p.m. Liberty and Lincoln middle schools will begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss students at 2:45 p.m. The start and end times for the district's elementary schools (0 comments)
The "Big Six" Home Selling Factors - 08/02/11 11:57 PM
Sellers -- Here is a great explanation of the factors that go into selling your home from my blogging colleague Karen in Virginia. Questions about selling your home in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs? Let's talk! Via Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty):
Although they can be stated in different ways there are only six factors that affect the sale of a home. It is important for you, as the seller, to understand who or what has control over them and how they impact on each other. You control 3 of the 6The Market controls (6 comments)
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