LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Laura and Gene called in September and asked me to sell their bungalow house in Portage Park. They owned the home for 10 years. Laura received a great job offer in Portland that will fulfill their long-awaited dream to move to the west coast where Gene sees many opportunities to build his business. I met with them two months ago to talk about selling. At the time, they expressed concern about a low appraisal value, from a couple years ago, at a value that wouldn’t bring them enough to settle their loan. After walking through their home and researching the current market, I made recommendations that would easily reconfigure the space, such as doing some painting and updating their bathroom, that would likely bring them more value.

They mentioned they were hoping to buy in Portland but weren’t sure how to pull that of long distance. I mapped out a strategy and timeline for selling and buying long distance. I researched and found them a great realtor that I trust who is with Keller Williams in Portland.

We put their home on market and scheduled an open house for the weekend they were planning on a home buying trip. They were delighted when I brought them two offers within a week. Their Portland realtor kept looking for a home for them and found one that they loved. She sent them a video and them made an offer.

I met the appraiser in Chicago, gave him the comparable sales with lost of details on all the improvements they made over the years, and happily the home did appraise out at the sale price. They closed earlier this week and are moving into their new home on Thursday. Life begins when they stepped outside their comfort zone.

Maggie Finegan, Move with Maggie, making your dreams a reality.

THE GIFT OF A LOVELY CLIENT

NORTH PARK LEGACY

Our favorite clients seem to be the ones that open a door to a world of experiences.  She called a couple of weeks ago and asked us to sell her home. Her insurance agent at AAA had referred her. She is 91 and ready to move to a retirement village in South Carolina. She has lived in her home for 60 years having moved there as a young bride, and raised her family in the home. Her parents lived in the apartment upstairs. She thanked me every time I showed her home and we had many wonderful conversations, sharing stories over tea and chocolates, about her work, raising her family and her values. We put her clean, and very well maintained North Park 2 flat up for sale, and quickly put it under contract after receiving multiple offers and selling it for more than the list price. Now the hard part. We need the Village. Gathering estimates from electrician, HVAC, window company, movers and estate sale providers. Although she won’t be taking much of her furniture to the new apartment when she moves, she is leaving behind a wonderful legacy for all of us to smile about.

THE BUYING PROCESS

Thinking of buying a home? Here’s what you need to know.

If you’re a first-time buyer or if it’s been a few years since you’ve purchased a home, you may wonder what to expect during the homebuying process.

The information we have this month will give you the scoop on what to expect at every major step of the way, from home search to closing. The piece is intended to help you understand the process, think about what you want in a home, prepare for financing and answer some of the questions you may have. While every transaction is different, the steps outlined are typical in most transactions.

If you or someone you know is ready to buy, give us a call! We’ll be happy to walk you through the process and help you find the right home for your needs.

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HOME SELLING 101

For many people, especially first-time sellers, the selling process may seem intimidating because they’re not sure what to expect. A sure way to ease any anxiety you may feel is to learn more about the process.

This month’s information provides an outline of what to expect during the selling process. From getting your home ready for its market debut to handling offers and the closing process, this piece helps you understand what may happen and offers tips to get your home ready. While the specifics of your sale may be different, the steps listed consistently occur in the majority of transactions.

When you’re ready to list your home, we’ll be there every step of the way to explain the process. Give us a call today to get the scoop on the selling process!

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APPRAISERS AND SELLERS REALLY NEED OUR HELP!

We are happy to be closing this afternoon on the sale of a 2 bedroom condo in West Rogers Park, in spite of inaccurate Zillow estimates and misleading MLS data.  More and more I see how the role of a real estate agent is to advocate for a client’s property and their needs.

When I met with the sellers in June to talk about selling, they told me they really need to move to get their son in a high ranked High School, as he is an honor student. They shared that they weren’t sure they could sell the home, based on what they were seeing as values on Zillow.

I showed them the comparable sales and they could see that Zillow wasn’t accurate.

We priced the home correctly and had an offer within 2 weeks.

The buyer’s agent making the offer tried to justify the low offer, saying it wouldn’t appraise out. I reviewed our comparables with her.  We negotiated and the buyer ended up agreeing on a price that was much higher than she initially offered.

I met with the appraiser 10 days ago and shared my comparables.  He commented that several of mine were superior to the condo, and shared his assumptions, that were based on MLS data. I let him know about the inaccuracies in the MLS listing. One comparable showed it had an owned parking space but in fact there is no parking in the building and is instead rented next door.

Another comp said they had a swimming pool when in reality it was more like a grotto/wading pool.  I had several comps that were higher than the appraiser’s and he wanted to discount them saying they were east of Ridge.  I let him know that the condos are in an area with schools and parks that are inferior to our location.  I made sure he fully understood the value of my client’s condo, its location, its schools, park, and safety.

The appraisal came back at the sale price of the condo, and so we are closing today. Now the sellers are very excited to work with us to start looking for a home in Taft HS district.

Helping our Buyers, Sellers and Investors Make their best real estate Move with Maggie!

HOW TO MAINTAIN AND REPAIR YOUR CREDIT

Do you feel your credit score needs improvement? Whether you’re getting ready to make a large purchase or striving to achieve a perfect score, one thing is clear: there’s no time like the present to improve your credit.

This month I’m sharing five tips to help you improve your credit score. From reviewing your credit history and addressing inaccurate or incomplete information to paying down debts and keeping a budget, these tips are sure to help you repair negative history and boost your future credit. With effort, time and patience, you’ll be well on your way to great credit.

Share this information with your family and friends who would like to improve their credit scores. Also, if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, give us a call.

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How to Maintain Great Credit

MAKE MOVING EASIER

Moving is stressful. Thankfully, with proper planning, you can ease the transition for your entire family. The more prepared you are, the easier the move will be. Plus, you’ll feel more confident when handling unexpected challenges.

This month’s information is intended to reduce the stress of your next move. Page one outlines three tips to help your move go more smoothly. Moving is tough enough, but with the addition of children and pets, stress may increase exponentially. For those moving with little ones and furry friends in tow, page two offers insight to help keep every member of your family happy.

Not moving in the near future? Share this information with your family and friends who are moving to help them make it less stressful. If you’re thinking of buying or selling, give me a call.

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THE EASIEST WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET

$100 IN THE CAN IS WORTH $1,000 ON YOUR WALL

For less than $100, a can of paint and some basic supplies can totally transform a room in your home—and might even result in a new attitude.

Unfortunately, many do-it-yourselfers find it intimidating to select a new paint color. This month’s resource offers advice for choosing the perfect hue as well as the appropriate finish for your particular project. It also includes a number of helpful tips for getting the job done right.

Better yet, that $100 investment will most likely deliver a generous return if you decide to sell. Please call if you would like a referral to reputable paint contractor or a design consultant who would be happy to help you renew your décor and possibly even your frame of mind!

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“KNOWING YOURSELF IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL WISDOM.” – Aristotle

One of the best investments you can make is the investment in yourself. Personal development is more popular than ever as more people strive to achieve higher levels of success.

This month’s information outlines seven ways to invest in yourself through a commitment to personal growth. From taking seminars and reading more books to listening to podcasts and finding a mentor or coach, the list includes options for even the busiest person. The piece also includes the benefits of adopting a growth mindset and committing to lifelong learning and personal development.

Achieve more success in all areas of your life with these helpful tips. Share this information with your family and friends to help them achieve their goals as well.

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THESE 7 FEATURES MAY SELL YOUR HOME FASTER

Are you thinking of listing your home this spring? You may be wondering what you can do to make your home more attractive and allow it to stand out from other similar homes in your market.

This month’s information is about the seven features that may help your home sell faster. From energy-efficient windows and appliances to hardwood floors, these are the most popular features buyers look for when searching for homes. The second page outlines other features that help your home stand out, from updated kitchens and bathrooms to home offices.

If your home has these features, we’ll be sure to highlight them if you decide to list. If not, and you want to renovate to add them, give me a call and I’ll connect you with a great contractor in my network. Also, if you’re thinking of listing your home in the coming months, I’d love to discuss the market with you. Give me a call and I’ll give you a comparative market analysis of your home and answer any questions you may have.

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How to Pay for Your Home Renovation