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So Your Property Won’t Sell: Next Steps

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When you’re trying to sell a home that hasn’t had any offers or there hasn’t been any movement, it can be a stressful situation. The pressure can feel desperate, particularly if you have already purchased another house or are currently living out of state. If you have not yet found a buyer, it is important to take a step back and access exactly why your house isn’t selling. 
Consider the market. Does the current market favor buyers or sellers? Talk to your agent to about the median number of days on the market in your neighborhood for comparable homes. 
Adjust your expectations. You might think your house is a great deal but now is the time to look objectively at your house situation. How does your house stand up to the comparables in the area? It is crucial that, as a homeowner, you are honest in your assessment. Sometimes vanity or pride can end up costing you money. 
Rethink the price. Beyond the housing market temperature, the most likely reason for the lack of offers is the home pri…

Do I need a REALTOR®?

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In the modern world, it seems like you can do anything online. But what about buying or selling a home? While it may be possible, there are many benefits to using a REALTOR® to navigate the turbulent housing market. While you might have good intentions, using your own resources to buy or sell a home could end up costing you a lot of time and money and unneeded stress. Here are a few benefits to hiring a realtor:  
Expertise - Your REALTOR® is a licensed expert. Buying or selling a home is complicated. There are a lot of forms, disclosures and legal documents that are involved and need meticulous attention to detail. In addition, real estate has its own complicated language and jargon that can be confusing if you are not well versed on the terminology. REALTORS® have valuable education and field experience that will get you the best deal possible and give you peace of mind.
Local Knowledge -   Every region is different so it’s important to have someone who knows the ins-and-outs of a par…

3 Tips When Selling Your First Home

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Selling your home for the first time includes many moving parts. From staging the home to showings, it’s important to understand these moving parts and be ready when it’s time to sell. When the house for sale sign goes up, you’ve made the decision to sell and look for a new home. Buying your first home may have felt exhausting but selling this house is a little bittersweet. Are you selling your first home? Here are some tips from a trusted real estate agent, Nancy Hibler.
Pricing Your Home When you are ready to list your home for sale, make sure the price of your home is accurate. Find a listing agent to help deciding on an appropriate price. A listing agent will compare other properties and give an estimate on comparative market analysis. Stay away from choosing a family member who only dabbles in real estate from time-to-time. Find an agent who has experience and sells a large number of listings, preferably listings in your neighborhood.
Home Staging Prepare your home for showings by ha…

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Fixer-Upper

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It’s something we’re sure at one time or another, you’ve imagined. You take a house, a house that many would see as decrepit and decaying, and turn it into something extraordinary. You’ve seen it done on countless shows on the always entertaining HGTV channel. You might have even had first-hand experience on how a drastic interior renovation can be successful. But no matter what first might have introduced you to this concept, one thing is certain: people’s love and fascination with buying a “fixer-upper” home are not going away any time soon.
But sometimes, a television show, or one person’s successful project, doesn’t necessarily guarantee success for your own “fixer-upper.” Any number of unforeseen complications can arise with any large undertaking, and unfortunately, big complications often translate into big expenses. Many homeowners like you, or those considering purchasing a “fixer-upper” may be asking themselves, “is all that trouble really worth the end result?
Here are the Pro…

Why You Need a Home Inspector on Your Side

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Buying a new home is one of the most costly — if not the most costly — purchases you’ll make in your lifetime. It’s a big decision, and the process itself can be stressful for homebuyers. That’s why it’s important to have good, knowledgeable professionals in your corner, like your realtor and a reputable home inspector. Working with a home inspector is kind of like hiring a house doctor to perform a checkup. The home inspector will examine the house from roof to foundation and everywhere in between, paying special attention to major systems such as plumbing, electrical, and heating. Here are a few reasons you should work with a home inspector:
Ensures Safety A quality home inspection can detect potential safety issues lurking in your new home, such as radon, carbon monoxide, and mold. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that releases naturally front the ground, sometimes in dangerous amounts. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. If too much radon is detected …

Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Their REALTOR®

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Buying a home can be exciting, overwhelming, and stressful all at once. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or have done this before, you’re likely to have at least a few questions for your REALTOR® regarding the process. Here are just a few of the essential questions to ask your REALTOR® before you sign on the dotted line.


How old is the roof?You should ask as many questions as possible about the condition of the home if that information hasn’t already been offered up. Asking about the roof is one of the more important questions to ask. Knowing how old the roof is will give you a good idea of how soon you may need to get it repaired and replaced, and that is something you should factor into your budget if the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.
What’s the history of the house?There are potentially a lot of things that could have happened to a home over the course of many years. Ask your REALTOR® whether the home you’re looking at has ever had a pest infestation, such as termites…

2017 Illinois Sales and What to Expect in 2018

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When it comes to the housing market, numbers can be confusing, which is why your trusted REALTOR®, Nancy Hibler of Karges Realty, is here to help you understand what 2017 looked like, and what you can expect in 2018.
What We Saw in 2017 Illinois ended the year on a positive note, ending in positive marks in both sales and median prices. However, the problem we saw all too often was the market being affected by the lack of available inventory. December 2017 home sales showed a slight decrease from the year before, going from 11,803 in December 2016, to 11,488 in December 2017, a 2.7% drop. Even though the amount of sales slightly dropped, the statewide median home price ticked upward, going from $174,000 in December 2016, to  $185,000 in December 2017. This median is a typical market price where half the home sold for more and half sold for less. “The Illinois housing market posted a solid performance in 2017,” said Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broke…