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Even a later afternoon rain cloud didn't stop these two from smiling on closing day of their new home! What super people to have worked with, - and I can say I'll stay friends for many years to come. Wishing all the best to Jeff and Deana's wonderful family in their new home and community. Congrats!

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city like Chicago can be an intimidating proposition. Even moving from a smaller town to one of Chicagoland's larger suburbs like Naperville, Schaumburg or Aurora can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

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Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who lives there, like a local Realtor.

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Did You Know?

44% = Homebuyers found the home they purchased from online search.

33% = Homebuyers found the home they purchased from their Agent.

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Sell Your Home with the #1 Listing Company in Naperville and the Largest Real Estate Company in the World - Keller Williams Realty.

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The Graham Real Estate Group specializes in homes with values over $500,000, and has sold hundreds of homes throughout Chicago's Suburbs over the past 13 years. We've developed a strategic home selling plan which has been extremely effective.
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The market it-is-a-changin. What's your home worth now? http://www.joegrahamhomes.com/home-worth

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 credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford...

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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.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want bu...

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As 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. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home.

Get pre-approved. Sub-primes may be history, but you’ll probably still be shown homes you can’t actually afford. By getting pre-approved as a buyer, you can save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can’t afford. You can also put yourself in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Unlike pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender ...

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