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illinois real estate: Carbon Monoxide: What's the Big Deal in Illinois? - 10/29/12 07:15 AM
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that is a byproduct of incomplete burning of certain types of fuels, including natural gas, coal, wood, charcoal and kerosene. it is on the hit parade of the the leading causes of poisoning deaths in the U.S. Back in January 2007, every Illinois home was required by a new law that went into effect on Jan. 1 to have a least one carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of every room that is used for sleeping. There are a couple of exceptions to that rule. If your house does not rely on (3 comments)
I know it's hard to believe, but the state of Illinois may be able to really, truly help you if you're falling behind in your mortgage because you've been hit with unemployment or substantial underemployment. The Illinois Hardest Hit program provides temporary mortgage assistance to homeowners who have experienced an income reduction due to those conditions. The program allows homeowners who are eligible to stay in their home while they work to get back on their feet with employment and become financial stable again.Homeowners who are deemed eligible can receive either: 1. A one-time payment for all of their mortgage arrearage, fees, (0 comments)
illinois real estate: Search Edwardsville Homes for Sale and Real Estate with No Registration Required - 04/17/11 08:04 PM
Search for Edwardsville Homes for Sale and Real Estate with No Registration RequiredWant to search for homes for sale in Edwardsville, Illinois and surrounding communities but don't like forced registration on real estate websites?You know what? Neither do I.Before I was a Realtor, I was a consumer, just like you. And one thing I hated was being forced to give up my contact info before I was ready. So when my teammate and I created the site for Goshen Realty Group at RE/MAX Preferred Partners, we tried a bunch of different options: immediate forced registration, forced registration after X number of (0 comments)
My colleagues, friends and I have been talking about a category of home for sale that we're calling Blank Slate Properties. They are nice homes in lovely neighborhoods, but they haven't been updated since they were built in the 1980s and 1990s. (Which doesn't seem like a very long time to me, but in "house years," when you're competing with new construction and homes built in the past five years, it can be forever.) During those two decades, homes started getting larger and amenities that were luxurious for the time began to be added. For example, a mid-1980s home might (3 comments)
illinois real estate: I Hold the Key -- the HUD Key. Seven Easy Steps to HUD Foreclosure Success in Illinois - 07/11/10 11:26 PM
Have you considered buying a HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) foreclosure for your first home or as an investment property?If so, I literally hold the key to all HUD homes in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs. (Only HUD-approved real estate brokers and their agents are permitted to represent buyers for HUD homes. We are issued keys that unlock all of the foreclosure properties for our investment or owner occupant buyer clients.)If you're interested in pursuing a HUD foreclosure, particularly in Madison or St. Clair counties and the communities of Edwardsville, Highland, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Collinsville, Troy, Wood River, Bethalto, (2 comments)
illinois real estate: 2009 Recap: Illinois Home Sellers Looked for the Right Size - 12/30/09 01:51 PM
We've talked about the characteristics of Illinois home buyers in 2009, now let's take a brief look at what sellers reported about their transactions during the year. According to the Illinois Association of Realtors' (IAR) 2009 Profile of Illinois Home Buyers and Sellers, recent sellers sold their homes for 95% of the listing price on average.That figure holds true in my territory in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs in Madison County. More than half of sellers -- 58 percent -- reported they reduced the asking price for their home at least once before it sold. Incentives played a role in nearly half (0 comments)
illinois real estate: 2009 Recap: First-Time Buyers Pushed the Illinois Real Estate Market - 12/29/09 10:09 PM
The Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) told us officially today what many of us knew from our personal experiences this year: more than half of home buyers in 2009 were first-timers and the vast majority of buyers used a real estate agent to help guide them through the process of aquiring a home. The IAR attributes the rush of first-time buyers in 2009 to the one-two punch of the Federal tax credit and increased affordability of homes. The 2009 Profile of Illinois Home Buyers and Sellers survey, which was released today, found 51% of Illinois buyers were first-timers, compared to 47% (0 comments)
illinois real estate: How to Turn a Bad Fridge into Cold Cash - 11/17/09 11:17 AM
I find a lot of our buyers are excited about seeing an older refrigerator in a house they're considering purchasing. Their first reaction is, "Let's get the appliance we want for the kitchen after we move in and move this bad boy to the garage/laundry room/wherever as the "Beer Fridge!" Maybe it's because we're from the metro area where "The King of Beers" has been brewed since the 1800s, but the feeling about a secondary refrigerator is almost universal here in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs. Even people who don't, uh, "indulge," see the appeal of an ugly duckling fridge in an (7 comments)
illinois real estate: JUST LISTED: 51 Red Bud Lane, Glen Carbon, IL, $179,900 - 08/03/09 03:28 PM
Home for Sale: 51 Red Bud Lane, Glen Carbon, Illinois. This immaculate three-bedroom ranch offers you a chance to live in desirable and convenient Glen Carbon for less than $180,000. The 2,205-square-foot home is filled with extras. From gleaming hardwood floors to a vaulted ceiling in the living room and dining room, 51 Red Bud been updated from top to bottom. A tasteful color pallet has been used throughout and new tile accents the sunny kitchen where you'll also find an island, a large eat-in space, plenty of cabinets and counter space and a door to the deck. The soothing master suite includes its (0 comments)
illinois real estate: Homes for Sale in the Savannah Crossing Neighborhood in Glen Carbon Illinois - 07/28/09 11:11 PM
Once apon a time, Glen Carbon, Illinois was just a small coal-mining village on the east side of the Mississippi River near St. Louis. But today the thriving town is ranked as one of Money magazine's 2009 Top 100 Places to Live. Learn more about Money's ranking here. The village's children attend schools in the Edwardsville School District or a variety of private institutions. The award-winning Glen Carbon Centennial Library is one of the country's top small libraries and Glen Carbon's covered bridge is a well-known symbol of the village. This is one of a series of blog posts that will take a look (1 comments)
illinois real estate: SAVE THE PINK BATHROOMS - 07/15/09 10:18 AM
As a child of the 1950's (LATE 50's thank you very much), I was imprinted from birth with certain home design aesthetics that might not be as appreciated by a mass market today. Our family's first house, was the hip of heights for its time. The kitchen counters were cut from a boomerang patterned formica from a design created by one of my heroes, proto industrial designer Brooks Stevens. The living room was dressed with blonde accent furniture (some of which I still have today). Guests sat on a curving, red sectional sofa. A great gold zebra, captured in mid-prance, hung on (2 comments)
illinois real estate: Call Us About ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery Relocation Homes - 04/05/09 11:29 AM
The massive ConocoPhillips EnCana Wood River refinery in Roxana, Illinois is expanding, bringing great new jobs to our area for skilled craftsmen and contractors. That's excellent news for Madison County, Illinois in the midst of the ongoing national recession. According to the companies, the $2 billion project is expected to be completed for production to begin in the early months of 2011. The expansion will upgrade capacity and will increase the production of clean fuels for the Midwest. The refinery, located on approximately 2,200 acres at the intersection of IL Highway 111 and Madison, is operated by ConocoPhillips in cooperation with EnCana Corp., a (0 comments)
illinois real estate: Attack of the Killer Countertops - 07/30/08 11:20 PM
Right now I am caressing my old Formica countertops. I'm gazing lovingly at their knife nicks and flirting with their not-quite-tight seams. Suddenly their beige boringness is making me swoon. What's caused this love affair with my un-updated kitchen? This article in the New York Times. According to the Times' story, your carefully selected and hand-finished granite countertops might be emitting radon, a colorless and odorless gas that occurs from the deterioration of radioactive elements in the earth. Why worry about radon? Because we're told that it is a leading cause of lung cancer. You needed something else to worry (0 comments)
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