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Shredding Event

by Denise D'Amico
 
 
Village of South Barrington
Shredding Event

 

Saturday, September 22nd
9a.m. to Noon
Village Hall

How To Lose A House in 10 Days

by Denise D'Amico
 
How to Lose a House in 10 Days
 
 
 
Home buying is arguably one of the most stressful purchasing experiences in adult life. Why is the process so draining? Unfortunately, there are myriad of issues that can make a deal fall through – especially if you aren’t working with a professional agent. RE/MAX has 10 ways you might lose out on your dream home and how working with an experienced RE/MAX agent can help you avoid them:
 
1. You don’t have enough saved up for the down payment Surprise! Homes are expensive. In addition to closing costs, there can also be unexpected fees around every corner. Make sure that you have significant cushion savings in addition to whatever you plan on putting down for your house-you never know how these things will play out.
 
2. You don’t have your ducks in a row Staying organized is essential when you’re house hunting. Are you serious about the bid you’re putting down? Make sure that you’re fully aware of all deadlines, contingencies and paperwork involved in moving forward with your home purchase.
 
3. You’re shopping way out of your budget As Andie Anderson puts it in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, “You can’t lose something you never had.” Looking for houses that are priced outside of your budget is the first way to “lose a house” – you’ll lose out on a home that you never had a chance of buying. Pre-plan for the strong possibility of putting in an offer above the asking price. This may mean looking at homes listed a few thousand below your budget to create padding in your budget to make a higher offer.
 
4. You lose a bidding war Quick, decisive, assertive-these are all necessary traits to win a bidding war. Working with an experienced RE/MAX agent who can negotiate on your behalf is a great way to ensure you play your cards right. Remember, all is fair in love and [a bidding] war.
 
5. You come down with a bad case of buyer’s remorse What’s the most obvious symptom of buyer’s remorse? Cold feet. Sales contracts fall through all the time because buyers back out at the last second, succumbing to the fear of such a life-altering decision. Keep your wits about you and trust your gut.
 
6. You close too slowly Sellers are trying to get sales contracts through as swiftly as possible. In this climate of high demand and limited inventory, residential real estate is a hot market. There will almost always be someone behind you, vying for your potential future home – if you really want it, work hard to satisfy the seller and make things official as soon as possible.
 
7. Your inspections aren’t timely Speaking of closing quickly-inspections are sure to take some time. If you’re lucky, all you’ll need is one inspection. If an inspector discovers any problems, you’ll have to start making appointments with specialists to look further into the house’s issues. This is a race against the clock, limited by the timeframe set out in the sales contract. Don’t waste any time getting the inspections going or you might find yourself without a house to inspect.
 
8. Your seller isn’t happy with their appraisal An appraisal that comes in lower than anticipated is always taken by the seller as a personal blow. This proves to be an issue for the buyer, too. Either the seller will become difficult or, even worse, you’ll have to pay the difference between the appraisal and the sales price out of pocket. Make sure to keep communication with the seller open and diplomatic when frustrations are running high.
 
9. You can’t secure a mortgage You’re so close to the finish line-and then your mortgage application is declined. Apply for pre-approval so the seller knows that you’ll be able to buy their home. If you are proactive throughout the buying process the odds of you losing the home are significantly slimmed.
 
10. You don’t have an agent on your side None of the above issues are simple. Having someone on your side that knows the ropes of the home buying process is the most valuable tool in your home-buying box. Don’t go it alone-let a professional help you with the most important purchase of your life. Going agentless can leave you more vulnerable to losing a house you have your eye on. Without an agent you’ll find yourself drowning in the details.
 
Don’t make a bet or pick someone random. Call The Denise D’Amico Real Estate Team today at 847-551-9290 or email Denise.

Lake in the Hills Homes For Sale

by Denise D'Amico
 
View Homes For Sale
 
 
 
If you are thinking about Buying or Selling a home
in Lake in the Hills, call The Denise D'Amico Team
today at 847-551-9290

5 Tips For Purchasing A Home in a Seller's Market!

by Denise D'Amico

 

 

5 Tips for Purchasing a Home in a Seller's Market!

 
Purchasing a home in a Seller's market doesn't have to be challenging.
Some preparation and a strategy may give you an advantage over other potential buyers and increase your chances of having your offer accepted by a seller.
1. Get lender preapproval or prequalification. Determine your loan options and obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender prior to beginning the home search. Some homes are going under contract within days, if not hours, so being able to move quickly with financing is often a plus. The letter gives you an idea of how much home you can afford – so you can easily eliminate homes not in your price range – and lets sellers know you have been vetted financially. Remember, being pre-approved does not guarantee a mortgage – be prepared to shop around with different lenders or work with a mortgage broker.
2. Be available to close as quickly as the seller requires. A seller wanting to close within 30 days may not be interested in an offer from a buyer who also has a home to sell prior to closing on a new one.
3. Offer more earnest money. Earnest money, typically 1% to 5% of a purchase price that eventually goes towards a down payment, is held in escrow until a sale closes. By offering more earnest money, you’re letting the seller know that you’re a committed buyer.
4. Make your best offer. In a seller’s market, you probably won’t be able to present an offer that’s below the asking price. If you love the property, present the seller with your best offer price.
5. Include an escalation clause. If you want your offer to compete with multiple offers, consider having your real estate agent include an escalation clause. The clause details how much you’re willing to pay over competing offers. Including an escalation clause in your offer is another way to show a seller that you’re a serious buyer. Still unsure how to navigate the housing market as a buyer? The right home starts with the right agent.
 
Contact Denise D'Amico at The Denise D'Amico Real Estate Team to purchase your dream home. With 24 years experience The Denise D'Amico Real Estate Team can help you achieve your dreams.

Ideas For Accent Walls

by Denise D'Amico
 
Ideas for Accent Walls
 

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project.

The starter accent wall

You can easily add an accent wall to your room in one afternoon by applying a new paint color. Deep blues and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic.

Interesting textures

Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct. Floor-to-ceiling wood planks can make your home seem both rustic and modern all at once and provide a natural, outdoors-inspired feel. It’s more work than simply painting a wall, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. You can source the wood from pallets on Craigslist and stain it yourself before attaching it to your wall. It takes a little extra elbow grease, but it’s worth the effort.

Patterns, murals, and more

Paint and wood are bold enough on their own to transform a room, but they’re still pretty subtle compared to other accent wall options. A chalk paint accent wall is a creative idea for any room and makes for some fun moments when you’re entertaining. There are also endless options for wallpaper and stenciling if you want some patterns or you can get really bold with a mural or oversized art print.

Make Your Home Buyer Friendly

by Denise D'Amico
 
 
Make Your Home Buyer Friendly
with Focused Staging
 
 
You’ll want your for-sale home to look its best. And that requires focus. Focused staging, that is.
 
Staging your home can increase the offer amount by up to 10%, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of Home Staging. But what if you haven’t the time or cash to stage the whole house?
 
You focus on the rooms that push buyers’ buttons. A messy mudroom may not kill your sale, but an unusable kitchen or master bedroom may be a deal-breaker.
 
Few buyers can see beyond your personal style, particularly in hot-button areas like the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. So concentrate on staging these.
 
According to the NAR Profile, the living room is one of the most popular to stage. Make it feel larger by replacing bulky furniture with smaller pieces. Help buyers to imagine their things here; leave lots of space on shelves and around furniture.
 
In the kitchen, declutter countertops, the fridge and inside cabinets (yes, buyers willlook). Add color with a bowl of fruit.
 
“Most bedrooms don’t need much more than the bed, dresser, end tables, and a mirror,” the article suggests. Make the bed the focus with beautiful, but not necessarily expensive, linens.
 
A clean bathroom is a saleable bathroom. The master bath, especially, should gleam. Add attractive towels and battery candles for atmosphere.
 
And don’t forget to tidy the outside. You know what they say about first impressions.
 
If you are thinking about selling your home and we'd be glad to share our proven staging ideas
with you. You can contact the Denise D'Amico Real Estate Team at 847-551-9290 or e-mail us.

3 Reasons Why A Home Isn't Selling!

by Denise D'Amico
 
3 Reasons Why A Home Isn’t Selling!
Have you ever driven by a For Sale sign and wondered, “That house has been on the market for a long time, I wonder why it isn’t selling”? You might have asked that question because you were worried the same thing would happen when you put your own house on the market!
 
Often a home doesn’t sell for one of three reasons:
1. The price is too high.
Sometimes a homeowner will set the listing price exceptionally high in the hopes of getting lucky. What happens instead, however, is potential buyers stay away. In today’s real estate market, a house usually sells at a price that is close to its market value. Fortunately, the current market value of your house - and, hence, its approximate selling price - may be higher than you realize. It’s worth getting a free market assessment.
2. The house doesn’t show well.
Sometimes a house is strategically priced for the market but doesn’t show well. It’s difficult for buyers to look past issues, such as clutter, and see the potential. In those cases, prospective buyers who view the property, don’t like what they see, and move on. If you put your house on the market, make sure it looks its best for prospective buyers.
3. The listing is poorly promoted.
Clearly, buyers won’t become interested in a property if they don’t know about it. The listing must be promoted effectively, and that involves more than a For Sale sign. Want more tips on selling your house?
 
Call Denise D'Amico today at 847-551-9290 or e-mail me at denisedamico@remax.net

OPEN HOUSES---Sunday, April 22nd

by Denise D'Amico
 
 
Visit our 2 OPEN HOUSES
in the gated Glen of South Barrington
Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
3 Ambrose Lane offered at $1,099,000
and 12 Corey Drive offered at $897,000
Please stop in and see
Denise D'Amico
and
Matt D'Amico
 
3 Ambrose Lane
South Barrington
 
 
12 Corey Drive
South Barrington
 
 

How To Remove Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

by Denise D'Amico

 

How To Remove Wallpaper in 3 Easy Steps

http://www.elledecor.com/home-remodeling-renovating/home-renovation/g11834771/how-to-remove-wallpaper/

17th Annual Scarecrow Festival

by Denise D'Amico

 

Everyone is invited to Barrington’s 17th Annual Scarecrow Festival, a family-friendly FREE event held at Memorial Park (Hough and Lincoln Avenues) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

This extremely popular event is emceed by Bob the DJ and features free pumpkin, scarecrow, and cookie decorating. Also on tap are pony rides, inflatable games, face painting, and other fun activities throughout the day. Pumpkins, cookies, and painting supplies are provided for free; please bring old clothes for scarecrow decorating. Food and beverages offered by Kooker’s and Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company will also be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by ChiroFit, Heinen’s Grocery Store, Costco, and the Village of Barrington. For more information, please go to www.barrington-il.gov.

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