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HouseTalk – Open House Glen Ellyn, IL

HouseTalk – Looking forward to a great Open House – Sunday afternoon 2/21 1:00 to 3:00p.m. at – Great Glen Ellyn split level near College of DuPage, Glen Crest Middle School and Glenbard South High School. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Hardwood Floors, 2 Car Garage and a large yard! Stop by and take a look!


February 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

HouseTalk – Check out my new 3 bedroom town home listing in Four Lakes.

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

HouseTalk – 270 S. Ellyn, Glen Ellyn – Reactivated! Great 3 Bedroom Split is available! Located in Glen Crest Junior High School and Glenbard South High School districts. Less than 5 minutes to College of DuPage (COD) and the Morton Arboretum. If you know someone that wants to take advantage of the “Tax Credit” – tell them to check out this spacious home!

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Enjoyed working with 2 buyers today! We saw some great choices for their future homes. They will be able to take advantage of the low interest rates, low home prices & the tax credit!

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

HouseTalk – IL Cell Phone Law Changes

HouseTalk (literally) I am always using my cell phone.  Along with all Illinois cell phone users – on January 1 – we will all need to make adjustments.  The law changes are below.
Laws that Affect Your Mobile Businessby Kara Kienzler on December 28, 2009

37033948Text Messaging Ban

Effective January 1, 2010, text messaging while driving becomes an illegal act in the State of Illinois, with fines starting at $75. The law (Public Act 096-0130) says: A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device to compose, send or read an electronic message. Electronic message includes, but is not limited to electronic mail, a text message, an instant message or a command or request to access an Internet site. A stop sign or stop light does NOT waive this restriction.

This new law does have certain exceptions. They are:

  • a law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle while performing his or her official duties;
  • a driver using an electronic communication device for the sole purpose of reporting an emergency situation and continued communication with emergency personnel during the emergency situation;
  • a driver using an electronic communication device in hands-free or voice-activated mode;
  • a driver using an electronic communication device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway; or
  • a driver using an electronic communication device when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the driver has the motor vehicle transmission in neutral or park.

No Cell Phones in School Zone

busstopAnother new law that will take effect January 1, 2010 is vehicular phone use in school zones. According to the law (Public Act 096-0131) a person, regardless of age, may not use a wireless telephone at any time while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway in a school speed zone or on a highway in a construction or maintenance speed zone. There are a few exceptions such as a person engaged in a highway construction or maintenance project for which the speed zone is established, a person using the wireless telephone for emergencies, or a person using a phone in voice-activated mode.

Reminder on Other Miscellaneous Cell-Phone Restrictions

Illinois has current statutes governing cell phone use by teen drivers and operators of a school bus. Drivers under the age of 19 are prohibited from using a cellular device or any type of hand-held communication device wile operating a motor vehicle.

Additionally, Illinois is one of six states that allow municipalities to establish their own laws regarding cellular phone use while driving. Chicago’s hands-free ordinance went into effect on July 1, 2005.  The Chicago law makes it illegal for drivers to talk on cell phones while operating a motor vehicle without a hands-free device.

Be sure to investigate similar municipal regulations before your travel.


December 30, 2009 Posted by | 1st Time Buyers, Community Information, Investors, Real Estate Tips, Repeat Buyers, Seniors on the Move, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Increase Home Value by Improving Curb Appeal – Exterior Spruce Up Tips

This week has been a glorious week with the spring weather!  After our long-hard winter, we are all ready for spring!  I wanted to share with you ways to Increase Your Home’s Value by Improving the Curb Appeal of your home.  I think you will agree that these Exterior Spruce Up Tips are easy to do and will make a tremendous difference in your “curb appeal”!

Whether you are staying in your home for 10 years or wanting to sell within the next few months – we can all benefit from some spring “spruce-up tips”. 

Most of us drive home everyday and click on the garage door opener and drive into the garage without really looking at the front of our house.  I want you to walk across the street and look at your home.  This is the 1st impression a “potential buyer” has of your home.  Buyers make a decision when they drive by either on the street or the web whether they want to see more. Take a photo!  This is going to be your “before” photo.  Now create a plan for what you want to spruce up to improve your curb appeal.

Here are some ideas to get you started.  They are easy for you or a family member to do.  Or if you wish, check out my web site for a list of service providers that can help.

Lets start with the front door, garage door and shutters.  Are they in good repair?  Do they need a fresh coat of paint?  A new garage door gives your home an entirely new look!  ( I replaced my garage door a few years ago and I couldn’t believe the difference – it’s also the first thing most people see when they pull in your drive.)

Next – look at your windows – again are repairs needed to the windows or the trim?  Does the trim need to be painted

Spring is the perfect time to fertilize the lawn.  Time it a day or two before they are forecasting rain.  You will enjoy a green and lush lawn all summer. 

Your sidewalks, porch and driveway will sparkle after being powerwashed. 

Winter came early and many people were unable to remove all the leaves.  Spend an afternoon raking your flower beds and around your trees.  It’s a perfect time to add some flower bulbs and “cool weather” flowers for a touch of color.

To enhance the appearance and for safety reasons – check out your house numbers, porch lights and mailbox.  Your house number should be large enough that it is visible from the street.  Does your mailbox need painting or replaced?  A new exterior light fixture can be relatively inexpensive and give you the the “punch” you want to spruce up the front.

Your entry should be welcoming!  If you are planning to sell – you will want to add flowers or home decor that will entice the visitor into your home.  And if you are not selling – the flowers will look great!

Your curb appeal should say to your visitors that you are proud of your home.  Whether selling or staying – you will be glad you took the time to spruce up the exterior!  Your home will look better!  The neighborhood will look better!  By taking care of your home on a regular basis – your home will maintain it’s value and hopefully increase the value and the curb appeal.

Don’t forget — walk across the street and take that “after” photo for comparison! 

Have a great spring and take time to enjoy your home everyday!

April 10, 2009 Posted by | Real Estate Tips, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment