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Space Heater Safety Tips

(Published on - 12/10/2017 5:01:06 PM)

The humble space heater gets a bad rap, but when used correctly it can actually represent a good option for taking the edge off the winter chill. Here are some tips about how to safely use a space heater and when it’s a good choice:

Are you heating a whole house when the family is concentrated in the living room? Turn down the central heat and use a modern space heater rather than heat the empty rooms.

  1. A space heater can be a wise choice when you live in an uninsulated or poorly insulated home.
  1. Avoid unvented combustion space heaters. Instead, look for electric space heaters, preferably with a fan to circulate the hot air.
  1. Never plug a space heater into an extension cord.
  1. Maintain three feet of clear space around the heater in all directions. Be aware of loose rugs, blankets, or other potentially flammable objects nearby.
  1. Unplug your space heater when no one is around to keep an eye on it.
  1. Do not use a space heater in a damp room (i.e. bathroom!) unless it is specifically designed for outdoor or bathroom use.
  1. Don’t hide the space heater electrical cord where it might get torn or degraded under foot. Run it where it is visible, but does not create a tripping hazard.
  1. If you’re shopping for a space heater, consider this handy Consumer Reports buying guide.

By the way: Heating and cooling a large home after the kids have moved out can be a waste of your retirement dollars. If you’re thinking it might be time to downsize (or rightsize!) your home, get in touch today:

Realty Executives Midwest
1310 Plainfield Rd. Ste 2 | Darien, IL 60561
Office: 630-969-8880
E-Mail: experts@realtyexecutives.com


What Buyers & Sellers Are Thankful For In A Real Estate Agent

(Published on - 11/19/2017 4:31:31 PM)

Realty Executives Midwest
1310 Plainfield Rd. Ste 2 | Darien, IL 60561
Office: 630-969-8880
E-Mail: experts@realtyexecutives.com


Realty Executives International Conference Recognition

(Published on - 11/12/2017 5:22:52 PM)

Realty Executives Midwest located at 1310 Plainfield Rd in Darien, IL was recognized at the annual Realty Executives International conference in October by receiving an “Agents’ Choice” award. This award celebrates the office’s agent retention record, as well as the support staff that makes it all possible. The company boasts a 25-year legacy of building a culture of top notch agents that is second to none, resulting in superior service to buyers and seller throughout the Chicagoland area.

Pictured: Joe Kenny & Jana Pinc receiving the award on behalf of Realty Executives Midwest

Armed with the latest tools in the real estate industry, Realty Executives Midwest agents have unlimited access to a proprietary platform called PrimeAgent. These tools are all built in-house by Realty Executives International—cutting costs without cutting quality.

Imagine one platform with access to: personalized local websites, lead management, contact management, automated email marketing campaigns, print marketing materials, on-demand mobile marketing via SMS and listing automation features. What’s notably impressive is that there are NEW features and enhancements continuously added to adapt to changing industry standards. All of this PLUS the unwavering support of our admin team who is only one call or email away from providing excellent assistance when agents need it.

“I am utterly grateful to all the wonderful members of our team whose loyalty, dedication and enthusiasm has not only made our success possible but also has made this journey exciting.  I feel honored to be the managing broker of this office.” says Jana Pinc, Managing Broker for Realty Executives Midwest.

Realty Executives Midwest
1310 Plainfield Rd. Ste 2 | Darien, IL 60561
Office: 630-969-8880
E-Mail: experts@realtyexecutives.com


7 bogus pricing myths sellers shouldn’t fall for

(Published on - 11/5/2017 6:02:05 PM)

No matter how beautiful or well-maintained a property may be, how many upgrades it has or how well it shows, if a home is not properly priced, it’s going to be a tough sell. The battle for agents most often lies with aligning what sellers’ think their home is worth with its true market value. Here are 7 myths sellers shouldn't fall for:

1.) It is better to price the home on the high side because the seller can always come down. If buyers are interested, they can make an offer.

Well, not quite. If a home is overpriced, a seller risks losing potential buyers who aren’t stretching their search into an uncomfortable price range.

The asking price sets the stage and may invite or dissuade buyers based on the dollar amount. Just as you would painstakingly prepare your home for sale, you never get a second chance to make a first impression price-wise.

2.) If a home is priced just right, a seller risks leaving money on the table. 

Actually, the opposite is true. A well-priced home tends to generate a lot of interest and can result in multiple offers. A shorter marketing span brings strong offers that could result in a home selling for over asking price. Buyers are less likely to play “let’s make a deal” and nit-pick every little thing; they feel the urgency of competing with other interested parties for the same house.

3.) The price gets better with time. If it doesn’t sell this time, the seller will get a better price by re-listing next spring, next summer, etc.

It has been said before, but it needs to be said again: A home that sits is not like fine wine — it does not get better with time. The longer a home stays on the market, the more likely buyers are to question its value.Subsequently, any offers that come in tend to be perceived as too low by an already-frustrated seller who thinks there weren’t any buyers for their home while it was on the market the first time.Granted, some seasons can be better than others — and that really depends on where a home is geographically located. The additional carrying costs of a mortgage, maintenance and upkeep as well as the possibility of needing to make repairs to an aging roof or AC system eat into the profitability of commanding a better price next year.

4.) X price is as low as the seller will go.

When faced with an offer that is less than what they want, sellers love to draw a line in the sand and dig their heels in over an arbitrary number that they deem to be “their bottom line.” Sellers can decline an offer based on a number, but they may never get there with another buyer, and a subsequent offer may be lower or layered with conditions and complications.

5.) An offer should come in close to asking price.

Sellers are often disappointed at the initial price when an offer is received and ask “why so low?”

Does a seller really think a buyer is going to be generous with their initial offer?Unless it is a really hot property, priced aggressively or in a low-inventory market, no buyer is going to willingly offer more than they have to, especially on a first pass. They want to get a sense of the seller’s flexibility or lack thereof before deciding their next move.

6.) Outdated features shouldn’t impact the selling price.

So the home has “upgrades” circa 1990 with white melamine cabinets, beveled edge laminate counters and builder grade 12-by-12-inch tile with brass fixtures, and the seller expects the buyer to pay full asking price or close to it? Reality check!  The buyers are looking at how much they are going to have to spend to bring the home up to today’s standards and are going to deduct accordingly when formulating an offer.

7.) The buyer’s offer is simply too far off the asking price to counter.  

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. A buyer has stepped up and put pen to the paper with a proposal. An offer is an invitation to negotiate and begin discussions about the property.

It can be easy to get offended, but it’s best to keep emotion out of negotiation as much as possible and work in good faith with what’s presented. Pricing a property is a delicate dance. Setting the stage with the right pricing will often set the tone for how smoothly the listing experience will unfold.

Weighing sellers' expectations against market realities can be a delicate dance. Contact our office Today:

Realty Executives Midwest
1310 Plainfield Rd. Ste 2 | Darien, IL 60561
Office: 630-969-8880
E-Mail: Experts@RealtyExecutives.com

Excerpt from an article by Cara Ameer, a broker associate and Realtor with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Link to the full article .


The Top 6 Spots Where Mold Makes its Home

(Published on - 10/29/2017 4:45:39 PM)

For a healthy home, monitoring and eliminating mold is crucial. Mold is sneaky, though, and it can creep up on you when you least expect it. Spores are known to stay dormant until they have the moisture and nutrients they need to bloom. While some forms of mold are obvious, others hide and thrive until musty smells become prominent or members of your family begin developing health problems.

To be a mold sleuth you need to know the top 6 spots where mold makes its home. Check this list to see spots you may have missed:

  1. The Bathroom. Yes, it’s the most common, but are you checking all the spots in the bathroom? Toilet seals, wet walls, shower curtains, and beneath sinks are well-known spots, but it’s the shower where things can get grimy. To keep mold from penetrating the tiles, you need to be sure your caulking and grout is in good shape. Otherwise, water can seep in and make a new home for mold.
  1. The Kitchen. Monthly, take a look under the sink, behind the fridge, and around the dishwasher. A quiet leak in any of these areas will up the odds of a mold problem.
  1. The Basement (or Crawlspace). Darkness? Check. Proximity to the earth? Check. Hidden from view? You betcha. If basements flood or older homes have poor drainage and ventilation of the crawlspace, mold can take hold.
  1. The Windows. Condensation can build up here as temperatures fluctuate, and spores hanging around can gradually take hold and bloom into a black, spotty mess. This is especially true if the windows are shaded or are routinely covered by curtains.
  1. The Drywall. Here’s a hidden killer in the mold battle. When water gets into the materials which make up drywall, they can promote mold growth. To cure this problem you often have to remove considerable sections of drywall to identify and remove the mold. Your nose is your best guide here.
  1. The Carpet. Much like drywall, carpet can hold mold and need to be replaced. The underside of carpet hides much of the visible mold, and culprits contributing to the cause include flooding, moisture from concrete foundations, or even spills.

Realty Executives Midwest
1310 Plainfield Rd. Ste 2 | Darien, IL 60561
Office: 630-969-8880
E-Mail: experts@realtyexecutives.com


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