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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Walk aways want to come back


"Home sales are slowly climbing back, thanks to investor demand, improving consumer confidence in housing, and the surprising return of former homeowners who once walked away from their commitments.

These so-called, "strategic defaulters," some of them investors and some owner-occupants, are coming back to the market, despite damaged credit, and apparently the market is welcoming them back..."

They Bailed On Their Homes - Now They Want Back In
CNBC

Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's cold outside!

Good article today in the New York Times about reducing your "carbon footprint."  Energy-saving strategies are often free or inexpensive, and technology makes it easier to follow through on advice.

However, for a limited time, when homeowners arrange for cost-effective and permanent energy efficiency improvements, they can reduce their energy bills and receive up to $1,750 in instant rebates, provided by Energy Impact Illinois and local utilities.

Check it out!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

5 fixes that help sell your home!


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The home of the future?

What's that smell?

"Everyone loves the smell of freshly baked cookies, but don't expect that aroma to sell your home, new research suggests.

Homeowners are often coached to create pleasing aromas when potential buyers pay a visit. But complex smells, like baked goods and potpourri, are likely to damp enthusiasm for a fast sale for top dollar...."

Using Smell to Make a Sale
Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In honor of Abraham Lincoln

Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  When I was young, February was such a great month.  Not only did we have Valentine's Day with cards and candy, but we also had two school holidays: both today and on February 22nd, when we celebrated George Washington's Birthday.  Now there is just this one generic President's Day.  I wonder if the young kids today even know, it's Abraham Lincoln's birthday today.

While historians may disagree about various presidents, Lincoln is universally ranked number 1 as our best president ever.  I happen to agree: Lincoln has always been a personal hero of mine... I feel like his birthday should be celebrated in all 50 states - not just Illinois.


In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.  - Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, February 10, 2013

What's your style?


"Americans are on the hunt for new homes — on the Internet, at least.

....What are house hunters looking for? Google analyzed searches for eight house types for The Wall Street Journal, ranking the top states where people were searching property terms such as "Colonial," "ranch" or "craftsman."

The results, which tracked searches from November 2011 to November 2012, showed that many people keep to traditional regional preferences: The Craftsman is popular in the Northwest, while Tudors have appeal in New York. But a few surprises emerged: Connecticut beat out states such as Colorado in searches for ski houses, and "penthouse" got more searches in Florida than in New York.

Here's a breakdown of what feels most like home in different parts of the country."

MSN Real Estate
Home styles: What's popular where?



Friday, February 8, 2013

Best places to buy foreclosures

"In some parts of the country, it's much easier to land a good foreclosure deal than in others...."

Best places to buy foreclosures
CNN Money


Investors are betting big on the housing recovery

"Hedge funds and private equity firms have been rushing in to buy up companies and assets in every part of the housing supply chain, including undeveloped land, homebuilders, foreclosed homes, and building parts manufacturers..."

Big money betting big on housing
CNNMoney

Friday, February 1, 2013

Is housing going to drive economic growth?


"The bursting of the housing bubble plunged the economy into a recession from which it has yet to fully recover. But economists say this could finally be the year that housing lifts us out of the doldrums.

Just over half of economists surveyed by CNNMoney identified a housing recovery as the primary driver of economic growth this year. The rest were split fairly evenly between consumer spending, increased domestic energy production and stimulus from the Federal Reserve as major growth drivers..."

Housing to drive economic growth (finally!)
CNNMoney

What's in our food?


The League of Women Voters - Lake Forest Lake Bluff in conjunction with Lake Forest Open Lands Association is planning to present an informative community program on agriculture and health:
Nutritious or Malicious? What we eat affects our health and the world around us.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Gorton Community Center 
400 E. Illinois 
Lake Forest 

Experts in the fields of agriculture and health will present and be on-hand to answer questions. 

-Bill Kurtis, broadcast journalist, conservationist, and founder of Tallgrass Beef Company - a leader in the grass fed cattle industry. 

-Ruchi S. Gupta, MD/MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a health services researcher at Northwestern University and Children's Memorial Hospital. Author of "The Food Allergy Experience: Real Voices. Real Disease. Real Insights.