What will $29,950 buy you in Champaign? How about a foreclosed home with a scary shower??

If you have thought about purchasing a foreclosure home because of the allure of getting an amazing deal, remember that in our area, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet a client at one of the least expensive homes available in Champaign right now, a two-story foreclosure with a basement, priced at $29,950 (there are several homes priced even lower).  I was the first to arrive, so I thought I’d go inside and take a look around before meeting my client.  This home is not for most people, so keep this in mind when you look at the photos.  Remember also that this home is less than $30,000, a rare find anywhere. read more and view photos

Avoiding Real Estate Pitfalls Prior to Closing

Whether you are considering selling or buying your home, it is common to go through times of stress and through times of joy.  Regardless of how stressful things may be, when a home goes pending (a contract has been accepted), it is fair to expect that things will go normally, and in complete accordance with the dates and criteria set forth in the contract.  After all, when everything is written out in black and white, there is no room for mistakes, right? Continue reading Avoiding Real Estate Pitfalls Prior to Closing

How Long Has This Home Been On The Market?

As I take potential home buyers around to look at properties, one of the questions that often comes up is "How Long Has This Home Been On The Market?". I just added a feature to my website that makes it easier for you to answer this question.

When you do a home search, you will now be automatically told how long a home has been on the market. On both the search result page, as well as the details for an individual home, there will be a bullet item indicating the number of days that a home has been on the market.

You might wonder why the answer to the question even matters. It can actually make a lot of difference! Here are a few reasons why:
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How Far Away From Work Is This Home I’m Wanting?

When a lot of my clients start looking for a home, location is very important. Not only is the neighborhood important (contact me for information about neighborhoods in the Champaign-Urbana area that you might be interested in), but people also care about how close a home is to things they care about.

For instance, a very common question is, "How far from work is this place?", or "How far is it to little Johnny’s school?". I have found that clients who are moving to the area are very concerned about this, as well as those of us who care about how much gas we use. I have just added a new feature to my website that will make answering this question much easier for you.

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