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by Denise D'Amico



4 Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

by Denise D'Amico


4 Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid



When a prospective buyer pulls up to your home, it's your yard that greets them. Don't get off track, then, in your outdoor efforts. Here are a few things not to do.

1. Ignore maintenance. Many people love the idea of a beautifully landscaped yard, but they aren't willing to put in the work to maintain it. Make sure that any updates you make won't require an intimidating amount of upkeep for buyers.

2. Forget that seasons change When planning your landscape improvements, remember to include appealing elements for each season and not just a yard full of flowers that will wither in September. Evergreens add color through the winter, deciduous trees will flower in spring and turn color in autumn, and annual and perennial beds can bloom with color in the warmer months.

3. Neglect growth Keep your trimmers sharp. Overgrown shrubs and trees can make your home look rundown. And a well-edged lawn suggests that the rest of the property is as well-maintained as the yard.

4. Let clutter sprout Kids' toys, athletic equipment and excessive lawn furniture can ruin the effect of even the most well thought-out landscaping. Keep it neat.

Ready to dig into other improvements you can make to your home to increase its appeal before listing it for sale? Talk to Denise D'Amico to find out exactly what features buyers in your unique market are looking for. Email Denise.

3 Questions To Ask Before Listing Your Home.

by Denise D'Amico
3 Questions To Ask Before Listing Your Home
Are you considering putting your home up for sale? Before you do, be sure to ask yourself these three questions.
1. Is now a good time? Talk with a Realtor who knows your specific market (find one here) and can analyze the current sales inventory and trends. A good agent can determine whether it is a prime time to sell your home to get the best price. There may be all kinds of reasons to wait a season to sell, such as a glut of homes on the market similar to yours.
2. Is the price right? Setting the right price and understanding how that price was calculated is critical to getting top dollar for your home. An experienced Realtor can provide comparable sales in your area, and evaluate the specific features of your home to set a price that will bring you the most value for your house in the shortest time.
3. What's my exit strategy? You never know how quickly your home will sell, so establish a plan in case it happens quickly. Before you list it, know where you'll go if a buyer swoops in immediately, whether it's temporary housing, your brother's basement or your next home.
Having a post-sale plan takes some of the anxiety out of selling your home. The most important step in the selling process? Working with an experienced agent, like Denise D'Amico who will provide unmatched service throughout the sales process.

Should I Buy A Fixer Upper?

by Denise D'Amico
Should I Buy A Fixer Upper?
It looks so simple on TV: Find a diamond-in-the rough with "good bones," hire a few telegenic workers, perhaps squabble with your significant other about the interior paint color and presto – the home has doubled in value. The reality, of course, is not so easy. Here are a few things to consider before investing your money – and time – in a fixer upper.
1. Can you afford it? After consulting an experienced building inspector to assess the home, a contractor for a time and money quote on the work to be done, and a Realtor to make sure the renovations are in line with what buyers want, do the math. Be sure to include materials and add an extra 10-15 percent for renovation "surprises" that may arise. Once you have the general price tag, you can calculate whether you have the funds to cover the cost of renovation or need (and are qualified) to take out a renovation loan.
2. Do you have the time? Even if you plan on hiring contractors to do most of the work, coordinating with with them still takes a big chunk of time. If you just started a job, are expecting a baby or simply don't want to commit the necessary hours to the project, it might not be prime time for a fixer-upper.
3. Do you have skills? (Or handy friends?) Doing the labor yourself can save you money. A lot of renovation work, especially cosmetic projects, is not rocket science. But if most encounters you've had with power tools have ended at the ER, it may be best to go with a contractor. 4. How do you feel about living in a construction zone? Unless you're able to live elsewhere during renovations, think long and hard about whether living in an unfinished house, complete with workers and a power tool soundtrack, will drive you nuts.
Before you dive into a fixer-upper, talk with Denise D'Amico who can help you identify promising homes and emerging neighborhoods where you might get the most bang for your building bucks.
Contact Denise D'Amico today at 847-551-9290, or E-Mail Denise here.

OPEN HOUSE Sunday, May 15th - 1pm to 3pm

by Denise D'Amico
Sunday, May 15th
1pm to 3pm
26 Overbrook Road  -  South Barrington, IL 60010
Offered at $725,000
Completely Remodeled and
Located on Private Pond!
Updated home in the heart of South Barrington. Quaint Pottery Barn feel. Sunset Ridge Farms boast rolling streets, mature trees, large front yards. Enjoy your private vaulted screened porch overlooking a private pond. Master Bedroom with sitting area, fireplace and balcony overlooking yard. Updated kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances. Updated baths, new Pella windows, recently repainted. New Rock Hard Maple flooring throughout. Finished walkout basement with kitchenette with powder room. Award winning schools, close to I-90, low taxes

A Rare Opportunity at $32 Million!

by Denise D'Amico
The Most Expensive Home in Arizona
8 bedrooms - 10 baths·- 29,700 sf - For Sale at $32,000,000 
Rarely does an opportunity come available such as this: A true estate property on approximately 17 acres centrally located in the highly esteemed Silverleaf, which is the exclusive guard gated estate community in Scottsdale, AZ. Built in 2005 with a backdrop featuring the McDowell Mountains and Windgate Pass, this property begins with a stately point of arrival featuring its own private gate opening onto a paver and hand laid stone bordered drive. Flower bed gardens and tasteful water features mixed with palatial green spaces blend with the professionally designed desert landscape dotted with mature Saguaro cacti to enhance the property's already breathtaking architecture. Entering the main home, it becomes clear the property was designed to capture dramatic views with the dazzling city lights framed in the arched floor to ceiling windows. Attention to every detail has been made creating a warm retreat with custom ironwork lighting and chandeliers, wood beamed ceilings as well as cross beamed ceilings with inlays, reclaimed wood plank flooring, stone and tile flooring, Cantera stone accents, mantles and fireplaces, real Venetian plaster, designer tiled bathrooms, arched doorways, architecturally capped chimneys, imported tile roof and more. A formal living room with a full bar area flows to an elevated dining room featuring a temperature controlled wine cellar created for both red and white vintages as well as a humidor for aficionados. An expanded veranda accompanies these areas to promote the indoor/outdoor living year round for which Scottsdale is known. The vaulted high beamed ceiling kitchen encourages more casual gatherings with a breakfast nook and dining bar attached to the center island while the state of art appliances, extensive cabinetry for storage and prep space will impress upon the gourmet. The family room progresses from this area expanding to the outdoor dining area complete with a double sided fireplace, soothing water feature, and cook station featuring a grilling station, sink, and refrigerator. The executive office with wood plank flooring, cross beam ceiling, and a library cove can double as a both a secondary media room or small gathering space, opening to its own private patio outdoors and interior balconies overlooking formal areas. The master suite begins with a formal entry accented with a mosaic floor inlay before opening into a sitting area with library shelving, interior double sided fireplace, and doors leading to a private patio with plunge pool. A luxurious master suite has spa-like amenities from tumbled stone accents, hand tiled showers including steam, soaking tub privately overlooking the mountains, double sided fireplace, refreshment/ coffee bar, private water closets, double walk-in closets, and dressing area. A separate wing featuring secondary bedrooms each with their own seating areas, designer bathrooms, walk-in closets, and private patios begins with its own living/ seating room with fireplace and flat screen TV. An acoustically sound home theater with full size screen and interior sport/basketball court will sure to astound as will the below grade sound proof ranges for shooting and target archery . Outdoors, the amenities expand out to a negative edge tiled pool surrounded by lush green lawn with gentle stone accents, mature trees, flower beds and pots, and water feature all designed to frame the dramatic view of the valley below. An 8 car main house garage featuring wood carriage doors and motor court will delight car enthusiasts while its discreet location allows the main facade to be the showcase. Upon the property, a 7500 SF Guest House designed with individual guest apartments and a standard sized yoga studio stands separate while maintaining cohesiveness with the design of the Main House; 2 more carriage door garages are located here with the option of 4 total. Silverleaf Golf Club is located within the community as a private club available through membership application approval.

Motorola Sells Harvard Campus

by Denise D'Amico
Vacant 325-Acre Motorola Property With Heliports,
4 Buildings Sells for $9.3 Million
The former 325-acre Motorola campus that has sat vacant along Route 14 in Harvard for eight years has a new owner, the Northwest Herald reports.
The property sold for $9.3 million during an online auction to an unnamed bidder, according to the newspaper. ran the online auction, which went live on April 19. The company marketed the property as a "state-of-the-art corporate office" that is in "move-in condition" and could "be utilized by one user or multiple tenants."
Harvard officials are hopeful the new owner will renew interest in the massive campus, which includes over 1.5-million-square-feet of space through four connected buildings, designated for manufacturing, distribution, office and administration use. The campus also includes two heliports, two on-site daycare facilities, an auditorium that can seat 500 and a cafeteria that can fit 1,100. The building has sat vacant since 2003 and the hope is that a new buyer will come on board with a plan that could spark economic activity in the small community located near the Wisconsin border, according to the Northwest Herald.
"It's progress," city administrator Dave Nelson told the Northwest Herald."We need to move forward from the old owner and see something positive happen there."
Motorola opened the massive campus in 1996, investing $100 million and bringing 5,000 employees to work at their cellphone plant, according to the Daily Herald. The addition to Harvard brought big hopes for economic growth. But then the recession hit in 2008, Motorola split into two companies and laid off tens of thousands of employees, according to the article.
Optima International in Miami, Florida, bought the property in 2008 for $16.9 million. In 2014, a tax lien was placed on the property after the Florida company failed to pay property taxes, according to a November 2014 Northwest Herald article. The company also turned off the heat in the buildings in 2014 and stopped maintaining the property.
Optima has continued to market the property with the hopes of selling it. But finding someone to purchase the property was fruitless up until the recent online auction.
Charles Eldredge, executive director of the Harvard Economic Development Corp., told the Daily Herald there is a "short list of companies that have a need" for the large campus though the property has been considered as a site for a water park, a college, light manufacturing and even a state or federal prison.
"It's extraordinarily large, on more than 300 acres, and the buildings are larger than anything around it for miles around," Eldredge said. "Besides the economy, very few companies want a building that size."

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