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February 19, 2023

Too much Clutter, Help is on the Way

by Melissa Stevenson

  Tips to Declutter I’m always amazed at how quickly my home gets cluttered.  I try to keep up with children’s outgrown clothes and toys they no longer play with.  I clean out my frig and pantry regularly. The list goes on, but you get where I’m coming from, right? I try to be aware…

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January 16, 2023

21 tips for a Positive New Year

by Melissa Stevenson

21 Tips for a Positive New Year Updated for 2023 1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible. 2. Take a daily “Thank You Walk.” You can’t be stressed and thankful…

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  Excerpts from Southern Living Magazine The holidays are filled with special moments spent with family and friends from near and far; Time to get planning a memorable holiday this year and maybe make a few new traditions.   Bake Dozens of Christmas Cookies If you think you’ve made enough, make another batch or two.…

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    This article was written by Barbara Bellesi Zito.  You can get some great advice from this article and wanted to share it with you.  Don’t forget to talk with me too.  I always have my finger on the pulse of real estate in Peoria and surrounding areas. You’ve probably heard that the real…

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October 27, 2022 Commercial & Investment Real Estate By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey Many under the age of 40 are looking at real estate as a means to generate income rather than looking for their own home to live in, a new survey shows. A growing number of young adults are charting a different path toward building…

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September 5, 2022

Home Fall Maintenance Tips

by Melissa Stevenson

Homeownership is a big responsibility. There’s the financial commitment of a mortgage, taxes and insurance, but there’s also the responsibility of maintaining your home. Tasks like HVAC tuneup, landscaping upkeep and gutter cleaning help you avoid the cost and stress of unexpected repairs. It can be hard to keep up with maintenance when you own a home, but we…

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August 18, 2022

Door Appeal

by Melissa Stevenson

HOW CAN I MAKE MY FRONT DOOR MORE ATTRACTIVE?  Written By: Jennifer Ebert The term ‘curb appeal’ refers to the attractiveness of a home’s external appearance, particularly the way it looks when viewed from the street – that all-important first impression that molds the opinion of every visitor. Designing a home with universally aesthetic appeal…

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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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June 10, 2022

Competing with All-Cash Offers

by Melissa Stevenson

Here’s How a Seasoned Real Estate Investor Says You Can Compete with All-Cash Offers byBARBARA BELLESI ZITOpublished APR 17, 2022   Image: Stockvault.net   Cash is king in real estate, which is bad news for many first-time home buyers trying to break into this super-competitive market. An all-cash offer — even when it’s lower than asking price is…

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Written by Rebec Staff/ Photo by Shutterstock You aren’t just a homeowner. You are a household manager! Running a household isn’t that different from running a business. Everything in your home is inventory. Anything that comes through the door will have to be stored, organized, and maintained. So, the less that comes in, the less…

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Prepping Your Home For A Successful Sale When you’re ready to sell your home, doing a little preparation beforehand can potentially help your home sell quicker and for a higher price. Maximize Curb Appeal Getting buyers through the front door starts at the curb. Manicure the lawn, and trim the trees and shrubs. Pull weeds…

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