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Orland Park – Holiday Light Recycling

Temperatures are supposed to increase this weekend, making it a good time to put up those holiday lights. When you’re testing out last year’s lights or lights you may already have and they don’t work – please recycle them.

Recycle your lights, from November 4 to February 16, at various locations throughout Orland Park, including the Franklin Loebe Center, Sportsplex and more. See below for details.

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Checklist: Nine Steps to Stress-Free Home-Buying

Are you a first-time home buyer? Or maybe it has been a while since you’ve bought a home. The process does not have to be stressful. Being prepared, organized and knowing next steps will help. LearnVest has a great checklist for those looking towards home ownership.

home with keysSTEP ONE: Before you even contact and Agent and start looking at properties, know what you can actually afford. You will need a loan pre-approval first (from a bank/lender showing your max purchase price, type of loan, etc.).

For more information on the loan process and to see the other steps to home buying, click here to go to LearnVest.


Five Reasons to Sell Your Home Over the Holidays

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With the fall/winter holidays right around the corner, most people get busier. If you are thinking of selling, now may a great time. You may think it’s counter-intuitive to sell during the holidays or winter, but…

Here are 5 reasons why the holidays are the right time to sell your home:

– According to Bankrate.com, interest rates are down to an 18-month low and buyers are taking advantage of these historically low rates.
– There is less competition from other sellers.
– Buyers may want to close quickly in order to move in before the holidays.
– Buyers who are looking now are serious about purchasing.
– Cozy holiday décor may make your home attractive to buyers.

 

(post originally shared by Lana Simon at Coldwell Banker)

 

Five Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

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1. They don’t ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing out on the best deal.

2. They don’t act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house.

3. They don’t find the right agent who’s willing to help them through the homebuying process.

4. They don’t do enough to make their offer look appealing to a seller.

5. They don’t think about resale before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years.

Source: Real Estate Checklists and Systems, www.realestatechecklists.com.

Coldwell Banker Previews International – The Judy Glockler Group

Coldwell Banker Previews International logoAs one of the luxury real estate leaders for 80 years, the Coldwell Banker Previews International® program continues to leverage sophisticated real estate marketing tools and international connections that attract the most qualified luxury home buyers to your home. Enlist a Previews® Specialist, just as ourselves, to show you how our heritage and expertise can make a difference in your next sale or acquisition of a luxury home.

The Judy Glockler Group is a Previews Property Specialist, having received the Luxury Real Estate designation.

The Previews® program has a track record of being selected to represent some of the world’s most exquisite properties. In 2013, Coldwell Banker Previews International® Property Specialists sold four of the top six most expensive properties in the U.S. according to Forbes*: Casa Casuarina in Miami, FL and Le-Palaise – The Crescent Palace in Beverly Hills, CA.

Home Tip: Get a Home Inspection

Understand the home you are buying and any potential problems.

Some homeowners might be tempted to skip getting a home inspection because of cost or even timing. Today’s Home Tip of the Day, from Coldwell Banker corporate, explains why getting a home inspection is one of the most important steps in the home buying process.

Home inspections are usually conducted within a week of an accepted contract and item negotiations/repairs, if there are any, are done through the buyer and seller’s respective real estate attorneys. In addition to getting a regular home inspection, some buyers also choose to include a mold and radon inspection as well to protect themselves and those living in the property.

Five Tips for Protecting a Home from Water Hazards

There’s no need yet to acquire an ark, but water certainly has become a bigger menace in many parts of the country. Even storms that don’t escalate into the next Katrina or Sandy can still destroy basements, foundations, roofs, and interiors that once seemed immune to heavy rains.

To prevent damage and avoid large out-of-pocket expenses, home owners should stay on top of maintenance and repair needs. The average water damage insurance claim between 2008 and 2012 for a worst-case flood totaled more than $38,000, according to National Flood Insurance Program data.

These are key steps home owners should consider to protect their property from the ravages of water.

  1. Block Water From Entry Points:
    • Roof shingles that are missing or damaged need to be replaced. Curling shingles can allow water to leak in, and rusty nails or cupping shingles may indicate damage.
    • Gutters and downspouts that are too narrow, aren’t cleaned periodically, or aren’t pitched properly may permit water to come too close to a house, seep in, and damage the foundation, according to Wayne Owczarzak, owner of Mr. Handyman in Wheaton, Ill.
    • Windows and doors with broken glazing will likely allow in water and should be repaired or replaced.
    • Foundations, basement floors, and walls with cracks are additional sources of water entering from the ground, says Owczarzak. White haze, baseboard warping, and paint cracking are all warning signs.
  2. Put in a Second Line of Defense:
    • Sump pumps collect water and send it away. Because they operate electrically, a home owner may want to consider purchasing a generator in case power goes out during a storm. Pumps need to be cleaned periodically so silt from yard waste doesn’t settle, says Randon Gregory with Ram Jack, a foundation repair company in Ada, Okla.
    • French drains collect water along the perimeter of a home and direct it to a sump pump. Exterior waterproofing offers even more protection.
    • Interior drain tiles direct water that gets in to a drainage system under the floor, which pumps it out.
    • Boilers and furnaces should be elevated to keep from being flooded, says builder Jeffrey Collé of East Hampton, N.Y.
    • Window wells should drain properly and be accessible for debris removal. Precut plywood to cover window glazing is useful for hurricane-prone areas.
    • Alarm systems in your home can connect to a computer, the Internet, or a mobile device to warn you of impending disaster. ConnectSense, for example, makes sensors that monitor water and temperature extremes.
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Orland Park Real Estate Market Update

What was the Orland Park, IL real estate market activity in September 2014? Click the image below or this link to learn more.

Orland Park IL Real Estate Market Update

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