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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



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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Fast Fixes for Common Gutter Problems

(Originally posted on the HouseLogic website…)

Maintaining gutters is the most important thing you can do to prevent water damage to your home. Gutters are designed to do one thing — channel water away from the foundation — and they’re critical to protecting the structural integrity of your house. But in order for gutters to do their job properly, they have to be kept in shape and free of clogs, holes, and sags.

gutter-covers-house-dmr_9ef2e69e28802c8a1b1c8ad557cdcad3_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85Here are the gutter problems that the pros see most often, and the recommended solutions.

Clogged gutters

This is the most common problem of all. Left untended, gutters and downspouts get so clogged with debris that they’re rendered useless. The excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can also make them sag and pull away from the fascia.

Clean them at least once a year, and twice a year if you have a lot of trees nearby. Gary Mindlin, managing partner of New York City-based Top Hat Home Services, schedules gutter maintenance four times a year, with additional checks after big storms.

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Phone Apps and Midwest Homes

Today Apple has released some info. on their new phones, which has led me to want to write a post about phone apps and the home search as more people home search on-the-go.

MRED midwest homes appThe best app for home buyers and the home search is, no surprise, from the best way to initially search for a home and view listings…though the MLS (multiple listing service). Our local MLS (MRED – Midwest Real Estate Data) has a great free app called Midwest Homes, which features interactive map searching, finding nearby listings via your GPS, specific location searches and more. The MLS is the epicenter of all listings. Other sites obtain their info. from the MLS and the MLS is where Agents input their listings. Some sites don’t show properties as under contract or closed, when they are unavailable, which confuses buyers. When an Agent or office changes the status of a property on the MLS, or updates info, it will show on the MLS. If you’d like to receive listings e-mailed to you directly from the MLS, let us know via the contact form in the right sidebar of this site. People like receiving listings directly from the MLS because the listings within your criteria are sent to you  (you don’t have to go searching for them) and you have your own client dashboard, where you can make notes, mark what properties you are interested in, etc.

Another app people like is the app. The listings are accurate and frequently updated/refreshed.

However, unlike MLS, which shows all listings provided they were entered into the multiple listing service, some Agents/office choose to only have their listings on the MLS and not other sites, which may include, Trulia, etc.

You should be able to find both apps either via Google Play or iTunes.

Understanding Credit

Of course, credit is important. If you are looking to move, and will be taking out a loan, getting a pre-approval from a lender if the first step in the home buying/viewing process. You will need a pre-approval before you look at homes, so you know your loan amount /how much you’ve been approved for, which depends on different factors, including your credit. Here Credit Karma  debunks some common credit myths.


Homer Glen – Ranked Safest Illinois Suburb by Movoto

Real estate blog ranks safest suburbs

Where’s the safest place to live in Illinois?

The Village of Homer Glen is the safest place to live in Illinois, according to a list released this month by a real estate website.

“If you’re looking for safety in all areas, it has to be Homer Glen. … In fact, if you live here, you only had a one in 127 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2012,” according to the list published by Movoto Real Estate.

A number of other Chicagoland suburbs were on the list’s top 10 safest places. Buffalo Grove came in second, followed by Geneva, Bartlett, Roselle, Lisle, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, New Lenox and Libertyville.

The list looked at data pulled from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2012 crime statistics of the most populated places in the state. A list of the top 50 shows each town’s population and rank, along with the number of murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes per 100,000 residents.

— Quan Truong, Tribune reporter

This was posted on the Tribune, originally from Movoto, it is not written by us.

Will County Job and Population Growth

Will County, Illinois is fairing very well – experiencing great job growth and population growth.

* Will County is 1st in population growth of all Illinois Counties
* Will County is 1st in new home construction in Illinois
* Will County is the 10th fastest growing county in the USA
* Will County is 36th Nationally in New Job Creation


Here is an excerpt from Chicago Agent Magazine’s article on New Construction, Job Growth and Population Growth…

Will County new job growth

WIll county growth