5 Tips to Create a Cozier Bedroom

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

As a child, one of the best days ever was a snow day. Think about it. You’d wake up early and find out you can crawl right back into bed. As an adult, weekends and holidays are a chance to replicate that feeling. Is your space prepared for you to spend the entire day there? Read on for 5 tips to create a cozier bedroom.

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3 Tips for Packing More Efficiently for Your Move

Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Brett Murray

Moving can be a stressful experience. While some things can be prepared in the weeks leading up to the move, packing and moving out in a single day can still be a challenge.

Related: 5 Tips to Make Moving Less Stressful

These packing tips can help you avoid common issues and save you time and effort:

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Winter has finally settled in, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Sure, we’ve gotten a few short reprieves from the bitter cold and icy precipitation so far, but we have a long way to go before spring arrives. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do at home to help you stay cheerful and ward off those mean ol’ winter blues.

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Instead of decorating your home for the holidays, why not buy a new one? While winter is part of the off-season in real estate, many buyers find that it's the perfect time of year to buy the home of their dreams. After all, you'll have a lot more fun decorating a new home than your current one. Here are some reasons to consider buying real estate in the off-season:

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The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting, with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage, in 98 of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

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You Need An Agent Who Will Always Put You First

Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighborhood you are looking to move to, as well as the trends of that area, should be your goal while home shopping.

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Q: I will soon make our final mortgage payment. My wife will retire in two years and I will work to age 67. We are both 60 today. Because I don’t get a pension I really have been looking forward to this final payment. We bought the house 25 years ago, but I shortened the term of the loan by refinancing to a 15-year loan in 2003. Are we doing well to have the mortgage paid off by age 60?

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Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes For Their Dream Homes

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Denise Rivers

A new trend has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes and moving right into their dream homes.

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Recently, our WingHaven office challenged the Northwest, Troy, and St. Charles branches to a battle for the ages. Our offices visited Wacky Warriors Paintball West in peaceful Millstadt, Illinois and duked it out, all for one of our favorite charities, The Sunshine Kids.

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Selling Your House On Your Own Could Cost You

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
Denise Rivers

In this extremely hot real estate market, some homeowners might consider selling their homes on their own which is known as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). They rationalize that they don’t need a real estate agent and believe that they can save the fee for the services a real estate agent offers.

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