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March 18, 2014

5 Spring Lawn Care Tips

by Melissa Stevenson

With Spring officially beginning this week (Thursday, 3/20/14) I felt this was a fitting article to share. Let’s hope we start seeing green soon! Spring is the time of year when the sun is warm, the breeze is cool, and the steady hum of lawnmowers once again fills the air. American homeowners take a great deal of pride in…

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March 7, 2014

Spring Forward on Sunday!

by Melissa Stevenson

Although we are still experiencing winter weather in Peoria, the warmer temps today and the forecast after tomorrow for the next few days gives promise of Spring. With that comes Daylight Savings Time which happens to be this weekend. Remember to “Spring Ahead” by changing your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night. We’ll…

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February 15, 2014

Tips For Choosing The Right Listing Agent

by Melissa Stevenson

It is not uncommon for sellers to feel at a loss when it comes to knowing where to begin when they are ready to sell their house.  Choosing the right listing agent can also be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some tips to help with your search. As always,…

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February 4, 2014

Congratulations!

by Melissa Stevenson

Congratulations to Wendy on the closing of her first home yesterday!

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January 31, 2014

Thinking About Renovating Your House?

by Melissa Stevenson

Home renovations can be daunting, especially if you are thinking about resale value.  I came across this article and thought I’d share with you in the hopes that it will shed a little light on this topic.  If you have specific questions about home renovations and resale or would like resources for contractors please feel…

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January 25, 2014

Maintenance Checklist For Your HVAC System

by Melissa Stevenson

One of the most important interior components of a house is the HVAC system.  Like anything else, it requires maintenance to run efficiently and extend its life expectancy.  I came across this checklist and thought you might find it helpful. ~Melissa Checklist for HVAC Maintenance By: Douglas Trattner Published: July 17, 2013 Here’s an easy, doable…

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Happy New Year! Despite a very cold start to the new year, I am seeing the local real estate market pick up quickly-this is a great sign!  I think many people find it difficult to think positively during the winter months but what better time to do so than at the start of a new…

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Homeownership has many benefits and at tax time, why not take advantage if you can?  Here is an article that may help you to do this. -Melissa What You Should Know About Your Home and Your 2013 Taxes By: Dona DeZube Published: December 12, 2013 It’s the last year for three sweet home tax benefits, but…

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December 27, 2013

Congratulations!

by Melissa Stevenson

Congratulations to Carrie & John on the closing of their new home today!

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December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

by Melissa Stevenson

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, just a busy time of year not only with holiday preparations but year-end work too.  I just wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas from my home to yours! Christmas Card 2013

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5 Things You Can Do While You Wait For Your Home to Finish Closing BY BRITTANY ANAS published July 23, 2022 Credit: Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Homebuying involves a lot of “hurry up and wait” intervals, especially during the closing process. On average, it takes 49 days to close on a home. So, if you’re a first-time buyer, you’re probably…

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