Have only a little time before your guests are due to arrive? Check these seven must-dos off your list and you can be sure you haven’t forgotten something in the mad rush to get ready. And if you do find yourself with a bit of extra time, pick from a bonus checklist of nice extras to add to the guest bedroom and bath, to make your guests’ stay even sweeter.
With the first snow of the year expected this weekend, you may be trapped inside for a bit. Make use of your time inside and try some of these decorating ideas. A little wallpaper, paint, and or colorful accents could make such a big difference in your home.
Thinking of selling your Braeburn home? Now is the time…
If you own a home in the Braeburn subdivision of Batavia, NOW is the time to sell! Real estate trends in your neighborhood have never been more favorable and the chances of a quick, successful sale are high.
Where are you supposed to have Grandma sleep when you don’t have a guest room? Who controls the thermostat? Who gets the first shower? And do you have to let your brother bring his dog? Having family come to stay can be both easier (you know what to expect) and harder (fighting is more familiar) than having friends as houseguests. Here’s how to handle these quandaries and more.
Conditions Are Ripe For A Home Sale in the Cambridge Subdivision of St Charles
If you own a home in the Cambridge subdivision of St Charles, NOW is the time to sell! Real estate trends in your neighborhood have never been more favorable and the chances of a quick, successful sale are high. Continue reading →
Before the snow starts to fall, this is what you should be doing in your garden.
Crisp air, burnt orange leaves, pumpkin spice lattes – we are in the thick of autumn, which puts winter right around the corner. That means it’s time to put finish up your fall planting and start preparing your garden for the colder days ahead.
Homeowners in the Woodland Hills subdivision of Batavia, Illinois have a lot to be happy about! The opportunity for a successful home sale is highly likely right now as current housing statistics are very favorable. Continue reading →
Get your home in shape before the real cold weather comes.
Autumn is a great time for football, hot apple cider — and preparing your home for the cold weather. While temperatures are still relatively warm and the ground is not yet covered with snow, take advantage of fall to complete some around-the-house projects. These 10 tasks don’t require a lot of time or money, so you can get them all done in a morning or less.
If It’s Time To Sell, You’ll Have to Face Your Fears
Selling a home is one of the most challenging activities we undertake in life. It’s a huge transaction with financial, emotional and practical implications. Not unlike meeting with your CPA or going to the dentist, the thought of putting your home on the market may be enough to make you run for the hills.
If this is true for you, rest assured — you’re not alone. Here are five big fears many sellers face, and ways to cope with them.
Michael Jordan is no quitter, even when it comes to selling his home. So although the NBA legend’s mansion in Highland Park, IL, has been languishing on the market since 2012, he’s back with a bold—and, some say, risky—new game plan.
Jordan’s new home-selling strategy? A series of six Hollywood-style videos that show sweeping aerial views of the 56,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom, 15-bathroom estate along with a peek inside its massive entertaining area, full gym, and (of course) basketball court.
Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? With so many details to coordinate, guests to host and dishes to cook, having a plan will save headaches and pave the way for a beautiful feast you can really feel grateful for. This breakdown of just what to do and when, from the early preparations to Thanksgiving day, can help.
You’re just about to drift off to sleep, when suddenly there’s that strange thumping again. Your mind goes wild with the possibilities. Could it be wind? An animal trapped in the walls? Or perhaps a ghost?
Here’s a look at what you need to know in order to understand what you’re hearing—and how you might be able to quiet your house without having to call in the pros.
It’s natural for a change of season to make you crave a change of scenery. Satisfy your desire for a new look by swapping out your home’s fabric accents for fresh ones in rich autumnal tones. Bring harvest hues indoors with these pillows, throws and poufs from the Houzz Shop, and decorate for the season in style.
Making a minuscule bathroom appear practical, tidy, and even a tad stylish is pretty darn impossible, right? Wrong! If you focus on clever storage solutions and go bold with color and accents, you can create a space that’s both functional and stylish without breaking the bank. Or the commode, as it were.
Here are clever design secrets to get the most out of your Lilliputian powder room.
Professional cleaning services are becoming increasingly popular for all of us, who simply can’t or don’t want to find time to clean our houses. This is no wonder, considering the fact that most of us spend years to find the ultimate work-life balance and extra help with home chores will always be more than welcome.
While hiring reliable house cleaners may not sound as the hardest thing you will have to accomplish in your life, there are certain tips and tricks that will allow you to always stay on the safe side. Here are the top 5 really simple tips to follow when hiring house cleaners.
Sarah Richardson’s 6 Essentials for Making Guests Feel Welcome
As the holidays draw near, we prepare to gather with friends and family. Designer Sarah Richardson’s new book, At Home: Sarah Style, is a room-by-room guide to creating a cozy space. Here are her essentials for making guests feel welcome.
Here are the latest homes for sale in North Aurora IL
If you’re looking to get the scoop on other home buyers out there, you need to keep your eye on the latest homes for sale.
Our team provides you with the most accurate and up-to-date information available! We show you every home for sale, regardless of who has it listed. And unlike the big real estate sites, our list comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service, the same database Realtors use, and is updated every 15 minutes!
Townhouses offer home ownership without a lot of the hassle or worry of owning a detached home. Most all Elburn townhomes provide exterior maintenance, lawn care and snow removal. Some townhomes provide even more benefits making day-to-day life even easier. Continue reading →
Real estate is a hyper-local industry. You can read the Wall Street Journal, surf Realtor.com and Zillow, but when it comes to your family’s home, you need to trust a local professional. National headlines sell papers, local knowledge helps you realize the truth.
Condo’s offer home ownership without a lot of the hassle or worry of owning a detached home. Most all condos for sale in Batavia provide exterior maintenance, lawn care and snow removal. Some condos provide even more benefits making day-to-day life even easier. Continue reading →
School has officially begun here in St Charles, IL!
All across town parents have loaded up their shopping carts with school supplies, picked out that all important first day outfit (with the help of their kids no doubt) and sent their little ones out the door to begin another year of learning.
With almost 5,000 elementary school students enrolled in St Charles School District 303, we wanted to take a look at how these schools stack up and how our young ones are learning.
We’ve put together an interesting infographic detailing student enrollment by school, class size, ISAT scores as well as what percentage of households in each school are on the move. Continue reading →
The family will fall in love with this exquisite ranch on a half-acre cul-de-sac lot. A beautifully terraced front yard will soon burst forth in colorful blooms highlighting the stone paver walls and flagstone steps to front entry. A large paver patio and cedar deck in the fenced rear yard are perfect for your outdoor entertaining. Inside, gleaming Brazilian cherry hardwood floors and custom millwork add a touch of elegance. Vaulted ceilings, skylights, gorgeous Schrock custom cabinets in the kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are just some more of the features to make this such a great family home. All bedrooms are on the main floor and there are two masters, one which makes a nice guest or in-law suite. A full hall bath is also on the main floor and there’s even a convenient laundry chute. The stairs from the foyer lead to a large rec room in the walk-out lower lever with brick fireplace and access to the garage. A den with closet could be bedroom 5, if needed, and there is a good-sized laundry room and another full bath, not to mention all the great storage. This lovely ranch is more than a house, it is your forever home!
People often ask whether they should buy a home now or wait. Recently released data suggests that waiting may not make sense as prices seem to again be on the rise. Let’s take a look at some of the data and commentary on the subject: Continue reading →
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the results of theirExisting Home Sales Report. Despite the fact that properties are selling faster than they have at any other time since July of 2013, existing home sales declined 3.3% from March.
Have you been wondering if now is a good time to sell your home? The real estate market has surely had its ups and downs over the last few years. The Kombrink Lobrillo Team has put together an easy to read, insightful, eBook to help answer this question.
This chart shows the cost of waiting if you were to buy a $500,000 home. Waiting just 12 months would raise the price of the home and with projected rates you would be looking at paying almost $5,000 more per year. Continue reading →
The reason that your home didn’t sell is that the market thinks your home is overpriced.
As an expert in real estate marketing, both online and offline, I would like to offer you a free review of how the following items could increase the market’s perception of the value of your home:Continue reading →
There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold yet, maybe it’s not priced properly.
The holiday season is behind us, time to focus on what exciting new experiences 2015 can bring! If you’re planning on becoming a homeowner, or moving up to the home of your dreams in 2015, here are four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting until spring.
Are you a serious homebuyer looking for a home now that the holidays are over? Well bundle up and see some of these open houses in the tri-cities.
Unlike Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com, this list is pulled directly from our local MLS by The Kombrink Lobrillo Team at RE/MAX Great American North and is updated every 15 minutes. This is the most complete and up-to-date list of open houses in the tri-cities you can find. If you have questions about any of these homes for sale, or would like to confirm the times, please contact us at (630) 488-3300. Continue reading →
Have you been wondering if now is a good time to buy a home? The real estate market has surely had its ups and downs over the last few years. The Kombrink Lobrillo Team has put together an easy to read, insightful, eBook to help answer this question. Download your complimentary copy now and find out; Continue reading →
Have you been wondering if now is a good time to sell your home? The real estate market has surely had its ups and downs over the last few years. The Kombrink Lobrillo Team has put together an easy to read, insightful, eBook to help answer this question. Download your complimentary copy now to find out; Continue reading →
There are many young people debating whether they should renew the lease on their apartment or sign a contract to purchase their first home. Based on a recent study, here are two reasons buying a home might make more sense:Continue reading →
The New York Times recently published an editorial entitled, “Homeownership and Wealth Creation.” The housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment.
Do Fox Valley luxury home buyers know something we don’t?
As we come to the end of 2014 it’s time to look at how the real estate market performed. This gives us a good indicator of where things are headed.
For this article, we decided to take a look at the change in home sales year-over-year by price point. While home sales in the Fox Valley were down overall by 4%, there are some price points that experienced a rise in sales. Continue reading →
With the year quickly winding down, let’s look back and see how local real estate markets performed in the Fox Valley.
When we set out to write this post, the idea was just to rank cities in the Fox Valley by the number of closed sales. We soon realized however, that doesn’t really provide much insight. Of course the cities with the most sales would be those with higher populations and more amenities. We would end up with a list of the tri-cities (St Charles, Geneva and Batavia) ranking at the top. Continue reading →
Despite the gloom and doom reported in the media…the signs are out there. Step away from the headlines and talk to your local real estate professional. Real Estate is Back!
Over the last few years, existing home sales are up overall. Of course they fluctuate month-to-month and seasonally. New home construction is also on the rise.
Average home prices across the nation have stabilized along with expected appreciation. According to financial experts, not Realtors, the average home in the U.S. is expected to appreciate over 3% each year for the next 5 years.Continue reading →