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2009 

Courtesy of HGTV.com Did you know? Most homeowners tend to stay in their homes for about six years. The average bathroom remodel costs $10,500.  They also have the highest return on investment- about 102%. The average kitchen remodel runs nearly $44,00 and can bring a return of about 90%. 13% of ...
04/29/2009
A very common question I see in the news feeds is how investors are taking advantage of the Elgin housing market.  But first, a clarification: the Investor I refer to is one who does this professionally, for a living either full time or part time, buying, selling and flipping/rehabbing.  They nev...
04/20/2009
There sure are a bunch of mystery houses out there these days.  I go out prepared when I am previewing properties or meeting investors.  I don't always get to view the pretty houses, but after ruining enough pairs of shoes, one gets smart about what is practical.  A big flashlight that works is t...
04/15/2009
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Anytime an Elgin investor asks me about the market and short sales, I always try to mention REO's.  Why?  Well, because short sales take forever, they can be messy, the offer can get lost in the shuffle and another offer can come along and trump yours in the middle of it all.  Nothing worse than ...
04/13/2009
Like many Realtors, I use technology in my business for a wide range of things.  Social media just started this past year for me, although I am addicted to my Sprint Mogul and all things email.  I get frustrated when I am given an email address that goes to neverland and usually will pick up the ...
04/06/2009
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