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Alison Rosenow
Alison Rosenow Team at American Realty-Sharing Team Love for NIU Huskies!
What do we love most about DeKalb, IL? Only 65 miles west of Chicago, you can appreciate less traffic, friendly peeps, and plenty of activities and events without leaving town!
DeKalb, Illinois population 43,193
Home of the Northern Illinois Huskies, which offers fun-filled sports venues and events! Also, a wide array of educational opportunities found here at Northern Illinois University.
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10 things We Love About Our Town
Sycamore, Illinois-Population 17,519
It's a small town; you will always run into someone you know! You will always run into someone you know at the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Weekend!
It's only an hour outside of Chicago driving, and you have the option of taking the Metra Train in from Elburn, IL (about 25 min commute) to Chicago.
We love the seasonal changes, every three months, the weather changes!
It only takes us a "few&...
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It's the little things–
Often times, I speak with people who are just a bit leery of life an hour outside of the Windy City. "What is there to do out here?" and "Where do you go to eat?" are common questions as well as "You're so far from everything. Doesn't that get annoying?" "What about culture and opportunities for your kids?"
But, if we need to answer these questions in a concrete fashion, this is it:
1. Education, College S...
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Preparing your home to sell can seem like a daunting task. But if you want to get the best possible selling price in your market, spending a little extra time looking at your home with a fresh perspective can payoff.
Begin by tackling one room at a time. If it helps, take photos of each room and prioritize by concentrating on those areas that make the most impact – the kitchen, the bathrooms, and your front entrance. Remember that you are trying to market your home to the largest p...
Alison Rosenow
The path to finding a home and locating a broker has certainly changed over the last 15-or-so years. In days gone by, realtors kept a printed list of homes for sale with them as they showed their clients all the latest listings in the area.
Today's buyers (over 90% of them) have completed much of the decision-making process by selecting the homes they would like to see online. Powerhouse real estate websites such as, Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin not only display the homes availa...
Alison Rosenow
We all know that buying a home is one of the most difficult decisions many of us face in our lifetimes. Just like any other major decision in life, education and planning can alleviate a good deal of stress. Here are some tips to help you navigate through the process.
Know your score. Whether you are a first-time buyer, moving up or downsizing, knowing your credit score is the first step. Although many things have changed in the mortgage business, the credit score is still king (or queen)! Th...
Alison Rosenow
When we talk with homeowners about putting their homes on the market, we are often asked for advice on what improvements will best boost their home value.
The most important thing we want homeowners to know is that regular maintenance of your foundation, roofing, windows, and doors must take priority over anything else. Think of it this way – a big sexy remodel of your kitchen is something almost everyone can get excited about. But, if there are visible signs of a leaking roof or a foun...