plainfield: Halloween 2020 Tips, Tricks and Treats - 10/13/20 02:42 PM
Happy Halloween! 
This year Halloween falls on a Saturday which lends itself to more opportunities to party. Health experts caution that people should not attend crowded indoor costume parties or indoor haunted houses, attend hayrides or tractor rides. Stay safe this Halloween with these safety tips. 
1) Wear a mask! Not just the scary kind but one that covers nose and mouth. 
2) Stay outside. COVID transmission rates go up with prolonged indoor activities. 
3) If you're sick, STAY HOME and don't answer the door. Keep others safe by staying quarantined.
Trick Or Treat 2020 Hours
Plainfield - 4pm - 8pm
Aurora - 3pm - 7pm
Naperville - No official hours
Oswego … (1 comments)

plainfield: Real Estate Market Update - 10/07/20 07:41 AM
September 2020 Market Update
In September 2020, the average sales price for all single family property types (single family, townhouse, condo) increased to $302,301 from $295,100 in August. The number of homes for sale and market times continue to decline. The number of home closings declined for the first month since May 2020 (120 closings) from the high in August (247 closings). The market continues to favor sellers as buyers scramble to find a home and beat out other buyers with frequent multiple offer situations. This is reflected in a 99.7% sale price to last list price ratio, indicating sellers are getting … (0 comments)

plainfield: Plainfield's Best Wedding Photographers - 09/09/20 12:24 PM
It's so important to find that special someone who will catch the very best details of your wedding. A photographer is an intimate partner in any wedding ceremony and they've got to be GREAT. Here's a list of the top photographers in our area.
Neil Gates Photography
(630) 428-4540
Most Recent Yelp Review - Being a good photographer takes more than owning a nice camera.  It requires technical savvy and artistic talent.  Neil Gates has both and he is a truly gifted photographer.  I needed some high quality professional head-shots in a hurry.  Neil was able to fit me into his schedule and quickly provided everything … (0 comments)

plainfield: 3 Home Seller Hacks to Save Time and Money - 09/09/20 10:59 AM
Are you looking to sell your home? Now is always a great time to sell as we can't go back in time to a better time and we can't reliably predict the future! Whether or not the deck is stacked in favor of sellers or buyers, it all tends to even out as most people still need a place to live. Here's 3 Home Seller Hacks to Save Time and Money.
1) Price it Right
It's nearly impossible to underprice real estate with the amount of exposure you can get today. There are too many people looking for good deals. There was a … (0 comments)

plainfield: Search for Rental Homes - 04/22/14 04:51 AM
Rental Homes - Get A List of Homes For Rent Nextage Realty Solutions specializes in helping tenants find rental homes.  Our team of REALTORS and Leasing Agents are committed to helping clients find the perfect rental home.  Competition for rentals is fierce and you need someone on your side helping you to identify the newest and best rentals and taking action so you can get moved as easily as possible.
At Nextage, we believe that all clients are entitled to a safe, affordable home and we've created a system to help all of our clients find their next home. … (0 comments)

plainfield: 2409 Cactus Court, Plainfield, IL 60586-Duplex Townhome for Sale - 03/30/13 07:18 AM
2409 Cactus Court, Plainfield, IL 60586 - Move in Ready Duplex Townhome For Sale MLS # 08303591
Offered at $138,034
HOA: $160/mo
2409 Cactus Court, Plainfield, IL 60586 is a move in ready 1/2 duplex townhome for sale.  Near the intersection of Caton Farm Road and County Line Road, this Plainfield home for sale is located on a quiet, low traffic cul-de-sac.  Other exterior features include a pond view from the large wooden deck, a fair amount of yard space on the side of the home and extra parking located on the cul-de-sac.
Inside the home, wood floors cover the entire 1st … (2 comments)

plainfield: Find Rent To Own Homes in Aurora, IL - 11/27/12 05:32 AM
Interested in Rent To Own in Aurora, IL?  Not sure where to start?  We can help. Nextage Realty Solutions in Aurora, IL has partnered with Restart Real Estate Group to create a rent to own program that turns many homes into rent to own homes.  Rent to own (also known as lease-purchase) works much like a car lease.  A buyer enters into an agreement to lease the property for a set period of time.  At the end of that period (typically 2-3 years or less) the buyer finalizes the purchase by obtaining a mortgage on the home and completes the rent … (0 comments)

plainfield: The Importance of Pre-qualification - 10/07/12 05:28 AM
The Importance of Pre-qualification
Getting pre-qualified before you start searching for a new home is very important. The first reason why you should get your credit and financial information checked by a qualified adviser is that you may learn that you qualify for more or less than you think. It will also uncover unknown credit issues which should be addressed prior to shopping for a new home.
Credit and Renting
Renters often overlook the importance of credit. Many of the best homes are listed in the Muliple Listing Service (MLS). REALTORS are involved in listing these homes for a fee … (1 comments)

plainfield: Whatever Can Go Wrong, Probably Will Go Wrong - 03/01/12 02:49 AM
Whatever Can Go Wrong, Probably Will Go WrongShort Sale Pitfalls to Watch Out For Short Sales are still difficult to get closed.  Don't let anyone lie to you and tell you that they are easy.  They aren't as difficult as they used to be, but there is still a long way to go before every buyer should consider this type of real estate transaction.Case 1:  Buyer enters contract with seller.  Seller's attorney manages to get the seller's lender's approval.  They then wait 1 week to notify the buyer that the sale has been approved and that the closing must take place … (1 comments)

plainfield: Separating "VALUE" from "SALEABILITY - 11/18/11 07:53 AM
Separating "VALUE" From "SALEABILITY" An error commonly made by sellers when pricing their homes is that they fail to distinguish value from saleability.  The value of a home references the factors related to the property to cause it to be worth more or less than other properties.  Saleability references the factors related to the property that cause it to be more or less salable than the competition.Some factors that create value are : Location, Location, Location.  If you're in a more desirable location, you'll get more money than a similar house in a less desirable location.  Examples of more desirable locations … (41 comments)

plainfield: 25130 W Pauline Dr, Plainfield, IL 60586 - 5 bedroom Home For Sale in Plainfield with Lots of Character - 10/31/11 06:33 AM
25130 W Pauline Dr, Plainfield, IL 60586 - 5 bedroom Home For Sale in Plainfield with Lots of Character - Fond Du Lac SubdivisionOffered at $328,975MLS # 07933976This custom built Plainfield home for sale features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and over 4000 square feet of living space.  Situated in South Plainfield in unincorporated Fond Du Lac Subdivision, the home sits on over 1/2 acre of land with mature trees surrounding the home.  Fond Du Lac is located at the northeast corner of Caton Farm Road and Drauden Road just a few miles west of Route 59.
Upon entering the home, to … (0 comments)

plainfield: Renter's Bible - 8 Commandments for Tenants to smoothly find a Rental Home - 09/17/11 07:06 AM
Renter's Bible 8 Commandments for Renters A follow up to the popular Buyer's Bible.  This is for all the renters out there.  Keep these commandments close and you'll get to live where you want without paying an arm and a leg for it.I.  Thou shalt know thy credit and keep it clean.  One of the biggest factors considered by landlords is a potential tenants ability to pay.  This is most easily measured by credit score.  A FICO score over 600 should be desired by all but the fussiest landlords.  If you're under 500, find someone who won't pull credit to rent to you … (0 comments)

plainfield: Buying a home? Consider using an ARM to Save LOTS of Money - 07/15/11 07:10 AM
Buying a Home?  Consider using an ARM To Save Lots of MoneyLast week, (July 11, 2011) the Wall Street Journal printed an article entitled "A Home is a Lousy Investment".  The basic premise was that $1 invested in a home in 1980 would have grown to $2.98 in 2010.  That same dollar in the Dow Jones would have grown to $11.49 in 2010.  At no point during the 30 year time period would the dollar invested in the home outperform the dollar in the stock market.  Does this mean you shouldn't buy a home?  NO.  But you do need to evaluate … (3 comments)

plainfield: States Attempt to Stop Foreclosures & Foreclosure Update in Plainfield, Shorewood and Joliet, Illinois - 10/14/10 03:44 PM
Probe Continues as all 50 States Attempt to Stop ForeclosuresThe Chicago Tribune (10/14/10, page 27) reported today that President Obama would likely not take action to stop foreclosures.  The administration believes that the foreclosure moratorium that some banks have voluntarily undertaken will drive prices down more and delay the recovery of the real estate market if there were a nationwide suspension of foreclosures.  In September, 1 in 99 Plainfield homes received a foreclosure filing with 208 homes receiving notice.  This represents a decline in foreclosure activity as there were 266 Plainfield foreclosures in July and 243 in August.  The average price … (2 comments)

plainfield: Foreclosure Freeze May Expand to More Lenders - Effects of the Foreclosure Freeze - 10/12/10 02:41 AM
Foreclosure Freeze May Expand to More Lenders10/12/10Up to 40 states may begin investigating the foreclosure practices of many banks.  This will add pressure to many more banks to follow Bank of America's lead on declaring a foreclosure moratorium.  JP Morgan Chase and Ally Bank have also suspended foreclosures. There is no timetable currently for the bank to resume foreclosures.  Wells Fargo reportedly will not suspend foreclosures.  The moratorium on foreclosures will give many distressed homeowners an opportunity to sell their homes via short sale as they may be allowed more time to market the home.  Also, banks like BoA may be … (3 comments)

plainfield: Plainfield Real Estate Market Report, Oct. 10, 2010 - 10/10/10 05:40 PM
Plainfield, IL Real Estate Market Report, 10/10/10Currently, Plainfield, IL has 486 single family homes for sale with a median list price of $223,500.  There are 32 homes under contract.  The average market time is 191 days.  Prices range from $110,900 to $410,000.  See all of these listings at  In the last 30 days, 67 homes for sale have closed at a median price of $203,500 and 100 homes have had the listing expire or have been cancelled.  Sold homes had an average list price of $263,855 and were on the market, on average, for 170 days.  Expired/cancelled Plainfield homes for sale … (0 comments)

plainfield: Successful Short Sale Strategies - 10/04/10 02:59 PM
Successful Short Sale Strategies If you've never done a short sale transaction, it can be very intimidating.  However, with a little patience, preparation and this guide to short sales, you will get your deal approved and closed.  The first steps to a successful short sale start before the house is even on the market.  You must prepare your seller for what is to come.  You need to have the right forms to enable you to market the home as a short sale.  In my MLS, this includes a Short Sale Marketing Agreement and an Authorization to Release Information.  Pricing is also … (0 comments)

plainfield: Help For Sale by Owner in Plainfield, IL - 09/06/10 05:26 AM
For Sale by Owner in Plainfield, IL?
Selling your home is a big decision.  You need to find the right price, maximize your investment in marketing, manage showings, paperwork and more.  Its a big job that many people leave to the professionals.  But for many people, the opportunity to save that brokerage fee drives them to do-it-yourself real estate. 
Most for sale by owners run down to their local hardware store and buy a FOR SALE sign to stick in the yard.  They take out an add in the local paper.  Some spend hours searching the internet for inexpensive ways to … (0 comments)

plainfield: Foreclosed Homes Continue to Dominate Real Estate Market - 08/24/10 03:02 AM
Yesterday, a report on the status of Obama mortgage-aid program stated that 1/2 of the people receiving government sponsored mortgage relief have dropped out of the program. 
More than 2.3 million homes have been repossessed since 2007.  2010 is on pace for almost 1 million more foreclosures.  Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, expects up to 1.5 million foreclosures and short sales in 2011.  This will continue to put downward pressure on home prices with another 5% in losses expected by spring 2011.  In Plainfield, Illinois, 359 of 1352 homes for sale as of 8/24/10 were catagorized as short sale, … (2 comments)

plainfield: Get Started with McColly Real Estate Classes - 08/16/10 05:35 AM
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McColly Real Estate, a Leading Real Estate Company of the World, offers real estate classes from its offices located throughout Chicago Southland and NW Indiana. 
Real estate is a rewarding career that offers opportunities for both high income and personal freedom.  REALTORS are independent contractors who are able to set their own schedule and make as much money as they want to.  The recent real estate market has reduced the number of REALTORS, creating an opportunity for new salespeople to step in and be successful.  Full time REALTORS had a median income of … (0 comments)

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