Marjorie Allabastro's Blog Posts

How Are Property Values Affected by Nearby Businesses?

How Are Property Values Affected by Nearby Businesses?____________________The old adage "location, location, location" is as relevant as ever in 2019. Completely independent of a home's age, upkeep,

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Top 5 Questions to Ask at an Open House

TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK AT AN OPEN HOUSE!Checking out lots of Open Houses these days?  Then you should come prepared with some key questions in hand.  Please see our list of the top 5

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What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? With interest rates hovering around 4% this year, there is real cost to waiting to purchase until 2020.  Take a look at the scenario

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5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.Get your finances in order.Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your

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Relocating to the Big City

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.Research before you move. It’s

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Preparing to Sell

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time

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Dealing with Financing

Originally posted Feb 22, 2016As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril.

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Burned by Real Estate? Learn to Love—and Buy—Again

Glow Images, Inc/Getty ImagesI divorced my first husband in 2006 and eagerly married my second two years later, falling in love again quickly and barely giving a second thought to whether another

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Mortgage Resources

Feel free to reach out to any one of my mortgage partners. It is always important to have an A+ team on your side. Each of these mortgage professionals will provide the top level of service possible

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Attorney Resources

After having a great Real Estate Agent and Mortgage Broker, the final member to round out your A+ team is your real estate attorney. It is very important to have a well skilled attorney who focuses

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Inspection Resources

The Home Inspection needs to happen quickly, usually within 5 days after the contract is signed and should be completed by a licensed professional. This is critical to buyers as any misses during

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Listen to Your Real Estate

Want to become a bit more educated on Real Estate? Feel free to stream and listen to Real Estate Today Radio compliments of the National Association of.

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How Much Home Can You Afford?

There are many ways to answer the question of how much can you afford? First, you should verify with a professional mortgage broker (check out my Mortgage Resources for help) how much

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City of Chicago Resources

Here is a shortlist of some valuable numbers that can help when living in the city.City Contact InformationHomepage: www.cityofchicago.orgEmergency/Fire/Police: 911City Info Line: 311City Hall:

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Utility Resources

Utility ResourcesGasNICOR- 888-642-6748https://nicorgas.com/Peoples/North Shore Gas- 866-556-6001http://www.peoplesgasdelivery.com/ElectricComEd- 800-334-7661https://www.comed.com/Pages/default

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Charitable Donations

When it is time to move, it is time to donate! Here are some great charities that will help make your move lighter!Salvation ArmyPhone: 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) Website: https:/

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Mover Resources

Please feel free to contact any of the following companies for quotes on moving. Some will even offer temporary storage solutions.Windy City MoversMove-TasticNew City MovingQuick reminders-Most

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Home Owner Resources

Whether you use the referrals below or find a contractor through other sources, in any Proposal you sign there should always be two non-negotiables:1) ALL EQUIPMENT OR MATERIALS WILL BE INSTALLED

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Buyer Research Tools

Every buyer has different criteria for their search. For some, this includes information that requires buyer reseach. Please feel free to take advange of the tools below to help give you a complete

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Spring Ready?

Warmer weather is just around the corner! Are you ready? Spring brings lots for us to celebrate, including all the outdoor color we've been missing through the winter months. If you want to get your

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