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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

Looking for an Orland Park Realtor? Judy Glockler is consistently one of the top producing agents in the Orland Park / Palos Park / Homer Glen market. She may be contacted via the contact form to the right of the site or by calling 708-364-6216.

Palos Park Real Estate Market Update

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

Palos Park market update

Looking for a Palos Park Realtor? Judy Glockler is consistently one of the top producing agents in the Orland Park / Palos Park / Homer Glen market. She may be contacted via the contact form to the right of the site or by calling 708-364-6216.

Orland Park Named Chicago Magazine’s Best Place to Live

Chicago Magazine Top Cook County Suburbs

Chicago Magazine has named 12 suburbs and 12 city neighborhoods as its best places to live based on great homes, low crime and more. The magazine named Orland Park again, citing it as…

“The big kahuna of the southwestern suburbs,” known by many Chicagoans primarily for the huge Orland Square Mall, the shops of Orland Park Crossing, and its scores of retail plazas…Home buyers with a hunger for recreation will find well-kept fields, forests, and ponds.

In addition, the village has three Metra stations, various restaurants and local businesses, many golf courses and fitness options and a variety of housing options – from spacious homes to an abundance of townhomes, condos and the newly-developed apartment complex Ninety7Fifty. Orland Park is conveniently located with access to Interstate 55, 355 and 80.

Are you looking to buy or sell in Orland Park, Palos Park, Homer Glen or the surrounding communities? With over 35 years of experience in the local market, and a consistent top Agent in her office and the area, Judy Glockler offers unparalleled experience and unmatched marketing. You can contact her at: 708-364-6216.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO KNOW IF BUYING OR SELLING BEFORE THE YEAR’S END

Home prices are on the rise, interest rates are low…this fall may be busier than expected. The end of November and December, with the various holidays, usually is a slower time of year for home buying. If you are a seller or a buyer looking to make a move before the new year, check out these tips from American Home Shield on how to best prepare:

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P.A.W.S Tinley Fundraiser

As an animal lover, rescue / shelter / animal welfare supporter and volunteer, I strongly encourage you to please help animals in need. On Sept. 27, from 6 to 10PM, at Jenny’s Steakhouse, 10160 W. 191st St., Mokena, P.A.W.S. will host is second annual Bark and Brew event to raise money to help offset the rising cost of medical care for the animals at the shelter (8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, IL 60487)

The ticket price is $30 and includes beer samplings from 10 area craft breweries, pizza, pasta, entertainment and raffles. The cost is $15 for nondrinkers. The breweries that will be featured are Arrowhead, 350, Badenbrau, Banging Gavel, Brickstone, Granite City, Hailstorm, Imperial Oak, Lagunitas, Pecatonica and Rock Bottom.

PAWS Tinley fundraising event

Tickets for the event can be purchased through John Greenan at (708) 228-6026 or by sending send payment to P.O. Box 542, Tinley Park, IL 60477 Attn: Bark and Brew.

If you can’t attend the event, please consider helping animals in other ways by donating money, providing items on shelter’s needed list, or volunteering with/at the shelter or fostering animals. Please support your local and national shelters, helping deserving animals in need: TLC Animal Shelter, P.A.W.S. Tinley, Will County Humane Society, South Suburban Humane Society, West Suburban Humane Society, Animal Welfare League, CASA Chicago alliance and so many more. These animals don’t deserve to be in the position they’ve been in. They deserve a caring, loving home. Adopting a pet is a win-win situation.

PAWS is celebrating its 40th year as a no-kill, humane shelter, providing an invaluable service to animals and our community. To learn more about PAWS, visit www.pawstinleypark.org.

 

 

Real Estate Terms: Contingent, Reactivated and Pending

When a property is active (ACTV) and closed (CLSD) on the multiple listing service, it is pretty self explanatory, but do you know it means when a property shows/your Agent tells you that listing is contingent (CTG), reactivated (RACT) or pending (PEND)?

Real-Estate-101Contingent (CTG) is another word for under contract with conditions, meaning the seller has accepted an offer on the property. However, there are often conditions/contingencies to be met, such as: attorney review/inspection (A/I), financing (FIN) or even CTGO, which may be used for a short sale.

The Pending (PEND) status means that contingencies have been met or waived (by the buyer/lender). In other words, in most cases, pending means the transaction will be closing soon. It may be placed as a pending status when the lender issues a clear-to-close, if the buyer is taking out a loan, and a closing has been set.

Reactivated (RACT) reactivated means that the listing was under contract, contingent, and is now back on the market. There are a variety of reasons why it would be reactivated, including but not limited to: buyer and seller couldn’t agree on inspection items to be fixed, buyer couldn’t obtain financing, or extensions on terms weren’t granted, or the seller/lender in a short sale didn’t accept the offer that was sent over, to name a few.

Another status you may be see is TEMP, which means that there are temporarily no showings. The sellers aren’t taking their property off the market, per se, but they are not currently showing.

 

Safety Precautions When Your Home Is Listed

I saw a great post by the Association of REALTORS® and I wanted to share some important safety advice that we share with clients. Before photos are taken of your home, in advance of any showings, remove and hide personal items, including but not limited to:

– prescriptions

– mail/bills

– work

– jewelry

– keys

– family photos and anything with names on it

– anything of great value/great sentimental value, hierlooms, etc.

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