real estate: 2611 Crooked Creek - On the 18th Green of The Den at Fox Creek - 06/20/14 05:02 AM
Luxe Homes BN is delighted to offer this beautiful, custom, luxury home on the 18th green of The Den at Fox Creek.
The minute you step inside 2611 Crooked Creek, you are greeted by soaring ceilings and sunlight. Two stories of windows face southwest with a view of the 18th green and fairway at The Den at Fox Creek.

To the left of the open foyer are the dining room and the open floor plan living room and kitchen. Up the stairs, is a huge landing, overlooking the living room, which is currently being used as a home office. This … (0 comments)

real estate: Homes for Heroes Program Now Available in Bloomington Normal - 07/30/13 06:43 AM
What exactly is Homes for Heroes?  Homes for Heroes®, The Company Our mission is to provide extraordinary savings to local heroes who provide extraordinary services to our community every day.
Homes for Heroes® is a company that affiliates with Realtors®, lenders and other real estate-related service providers who offer substantial rebates and discounts to the Heroes who serve our nation and its communities every day. Our Heroes include military personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers and others who make our communities a better place to live.
This program was created after the tragic events of 9/11 as a “Thank you” to the … (2 comments)

real estate: Eagle View Subdivision Bloomington IL - 06/13/13 06:54 AM

Eagle View is a beautiful new subdivision at the northeast corner of Bloomington Normal IL. On the west it is bordered by Towanda Barnes Rd (County Rd 1900 East) and to the north is Ft Jesse Rd.
between 2500-6500 sq ft custom homes and spec homes very quiet but convenient to main roads beautiful landscaping including a lake soon to be a neighborhood park (see link below for latest news) single family homes, estates and villas average LIST price since development began $357,000 average SOLD price since development began $351,000 average DOM … (0 comments)

real estate: What does $400,000 Buy You in Bloomington Normal IL Real Estate? - 06/11/13 02:49 AM
What does $400,000 Buy You in Bloomington Normal?
Let’s see what you can get for your money. As of today, June 11 2013, there are only 18 active listings in this price range. We are low on inventory in several price ranges and this is one of them.

Of these listings you can get up to 6 bedrooms and 4 full baths. The largest house is 4400 square feet and is in Hawthorne II. The smallest one is 1080 square feet, with 3bed/2bath, but it has beautiful frontage on Lake Bloomington. Average DOM, Days on Market, … (0 comments)

real estate: 5 Ways to NOT Sell Your Home - 05/30/13 12:35 PM
5 Ways to NOT Sell Your Home - 2013
By Mary Borth, Keller Williams Realty, Bloomington Normal IL  
1.      Be difficult about scheduling showings. The more you limit your times/directions for showing, the more you limit your buyers.
2.      Don’t do any decluttering or staging. If your home is cluttered, buyers will think there is not enough storage space. If not staged properly, buyers will not know how to use the space. For example, if you have turned a second living space into a toy room, buyers with no children (or older children) might not have the vision … (6 comments)

real estate: Beginner's Guide to Buying a Home - 05/30/13 12:10 PM
Beginner's Guide to Buying a Home – 2013
 By Mary Borth, Keller Williams Realty, Bloomington - Normal, IL  
1.      Talk to a lender early in the process. There may be some issues on your credit report that you are not aware of. A good lender will be able to tell you what you need to do to raise your credit score. Some issues can be resolved easily but some may take several months (or years) to repair.
2.      Get pre-approved and ask for a copy of your pre-approval letter. Your Realtor will ask you for a pre-approval letter … (0 comments)

real estate: 5 Great Resources for Low Cost DIY Projects! - 03/05/13 02:30 AM
If you are like me, you constantly have projects in your home that need attention. And the list probably grows every day like mine! There are endless resources online for DIY projects around the home that are easy to do and low cost. Here are 5 of my favorites.
Check them out, like them on Facebook, follow them on Pinterest – do whatever you can to show appreciation for the content they so willingly share!
Enjoy browsing and happy DIY!
1. Making It Feel Like Home
I LOVE this frosted privacy window project - you will not … (2 comments)

real estate: Monday Market Snapshot for Bloomington-Normal IL - 03/04/13 02:08 AM
  What's been going on in the Bloomington Normal real estate market this past week? Showings are picking up but inventory is still low. What does this mean? If you are selling, list NOW before you have all the late Spring Competition. If you're buying, get moving while rates and prices are still low!
Call me today to see how the market is doing in your neighborhood! 309-830-6378
Ready to list? I am the only certified Internet Marketing Specialist in the Bloomington/Normal area. Find out what that means for YOU @
Ready to buy? Start your search here!

real estate: Eagle Creek Subdivison in Bloomington IL - 02/28/13 07:03 AM
Eagle Creek Subdivision in Bloomington IL Eagle Creek Subdivision in Bloomington IL is located on the east side of the Bloomington Normal area.The neighborhood primarily consists of one and two-story vinyl and brick homes. Eagle Creek is located south of GE Rd and east of Airport Rd. The subdivison was established in 1996 and has matured into a beautiful neighborhood with access to parks and lake.
3 Numbers You Need to Know   Average Sold Price for Eagle Creek in 2012   $194,800   Average DOM (days on market)In 2012    27  
Average List Price to Sales Price Ratio in 2012   … (1 comments)

real estate: Mortgage Rates for Bloomington-Normal IL *2/26/13* - 02/27/13 12:46 AM
Good Morning Bloomington Normal! It is a beautiful snowy day. I know you have cabin fever and I bet you can feel Spring Fever coming on! Have you been thinking about moving? If you are selling a home, you need to move NOW while inventory is very low (and so is competition). If you are buying, you need to start looking now because prices are on their way back up! Take a look at the current rates.
  Call me right now for lender and listing info!  309-830-6378   … (0 comments)

real estate: Monday Market Snapshot for Bloomington Normal IL Real Estate - 02/26/13 04:41 AM
Monday Market Snapshot for Bloomington-Normal, IL 2/25/13  

What is the most important thing you need to know about real estate market stats? They are LOCAL. What they tell us on the news is a very broad picture. I have heard it said that a national real estate forecast is about as useful as a national weather forecast.  
Every week we'll be back with another market snapshot, so YOU can stay informed about what is happening in YOUR market.  
Have a great week and stay warm - Spring is coming!   … (1 comments)

real estate: Top 11 Home Decor colors for 2013 via Houzz - 02/03/13 03:06 AM
Taste a Rainbow: 11 Top Home Decorating Colors and How to Use Them   If you have a love for interior design or just want to keep current on what's new in the interiors world, is the place to be.   Houzz defines itself as "A collaborative platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community."   The visuals are amazing and you can collect ideas by room category. The use possibilities are endless. You could start your own ideabook for your current or future home. You can start ideabooks for specific … (6 comments)

real estate: Tuesday DIY Idea - Quick, Easy and Useful - 10/16/12 01:34 AM
Tuesday DIY Idea
This is a great idea that has tons of possibility!

Above a changing table
Craft room
Makeup storage
mail storage
Hats and mittens
Dog leashes
Quick, Easy and Useful

Come back every Tuesday for
a new DIY idea

real estate: Monday Market Snapshot for Bloomington Normal IL - 10/15/12 07:31 AM
A snapshot of the Bloomington Normal Real Estate Market over the past week; active listings, solds, average days on market, average list price and average sold price. 
Check back here every Monday for current, local market info. Why? Because a national real estate forecast is about as relevant as a national weather forecast! 
For more detailed neighborhood or subdivision information contact me.


real estate: Fall Produce Explodes - Bloomington Normal Lifestyle and Real Estate - 08/27/12 02:17 AM Bloomington Normal Real Estate and Lifestyle Blog  
Fall Is Right Around the Corner  
I love fall produce; plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, etc. This is a photo I took last week while shopping at Fresh Market in Normal - and this was only a small portion of the selection they had!! Recently I have been buying my produce exclusively at Fresh Market and I highly recommend giving it a try if you haven't already. Most of it is grown in the US and the variety is great. Enjoy! And happy fall!   … (0 comments)

real estate: Bloomington IL Local Real Estate Indicators for August 2012 - 08/23/12 02:19 AM
Local Real Estate Information for Bloomington Normal IL

National Real Estate Data is About as Valuable as a National Weather Forecast This is SO true. We hear doom and gloom about certain markets and freak out. But how is our local market doing? You might be surprised to hear that our market is doing very well. Take a look at where we were a year ago vs. where we are now,...  
August 2011
total # of sales                         1,011 average list price                $191,000 average sold price              $182,000 average days … (0 comments)

real estate: Do I Have to Be Pre-approved Before Looking at Homes for Sale? (Bloomington - Normal IL) - 04/19/12 01:26 AM
As a real estate broker, one of my most important responsibilities is to protect you and your money. 
The need for a pre-approval letter prior to looking at homes is important for a couple of reasons. First, what happens if you absolutely fall in love with a home, then find out you don’t qualify to buy it? Also, how will I know what homes to show you if we don’t have a price range to start with? And what about the seller and listing agent who are excited about a showing only to find out it wasn’t a qualified buyer at all?

real estate: 3bed/2bath Country House for sale in Anchor IL (2520 sf) - 04/01/12 01:51 AM
3bed/2bath Country House for sale in Anchor IL  (2520 sf)
Anchor is located about 25 minutes east of Bloomington Normal IL

This is country living at its best!! A traditional big old house with a deep wrap-around front porch (with ceiling fans). Current owner has replaced all utilities and electrical. This amazing house sits on a big, double, corner lot with a detached garage and separate storage shed.
The view is incredible. You can see for miles to the south since there are no neighbors. Anchor is a small town about 25 minutes east of Bloomington. It is … (3 comments)

real estate: Keller Williams RED DAY 2012 - Wounded Warrior Project - Bloomington/Normal IL - 03/21/12 11:02 AM
Red Day is an annual Keller Williams event when offices around the country are closed so employees and agents can take the day off to "Give Where We Live".               
Our office is working with the Wounded Warrior Project this year. If you are not familiar with their program, it is amazing. Take some time to check out their website at Or watch the video below.

I am so proud to be part of a company that fosters this kind of committment to community. If you are affiliated with Keller Williams, I would love to hear about your plans for Red … (3 comments)

real estate: First Time Homebuyers Looking for Bloomington Normal Real Estate - 02/27/12 06:54 AM
First Time Home Buyers Looking for Bloomington Normal Real Estate If you are a first time home buyer in Bloomington Normal, I will help you find the perfect home. Where you can put down roots, build memories and perhaps raise a family. The home buying process can be daunting, especially for first time home buyers. I will help you navigate the process from your first showing to walking in the door of your brand new home!
I have a First Time Home buyer Packet that will give you all the information you need to begin the process. Fill out the form below to give me … (0 comments)

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