REAL ESTATE BLOG Archive

  • Illinois Home Sales Down in September, Up Year to Date

    Illinois Home Sales Down in September, Up Year to Date

    The Illinois Association of Realtors announced that the Illinois housing market sales was down for the month of September but stronger on a year-to-date basis compared to 2009. Statewide home sales in September 2010 totaled 8,024, down 4.7% from August’s 8,419 home sales. Year over year sales were down 23.4 percent compared to September 2009 […]

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  • Fireplace Inserts:  Pros and Cons

    Fireplace Inserts: Pros and Cons

    Gas Fireplace Inserts: Pros and Cons Add a gas-burning fireplace insert if you want clean air and the ultimate in convenience. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2010 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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  • The NEW Lauschke Real Estate blog

    The NEW Lauschke Real Estate blog

    We have updated the blog to a new format to enhance the browsing experience.  Please be aware that our main homepage is located at http://www.lauschkerealestate.com.  Our listings are being moved over to the blog, but the most complete set of listings is still located at our main website for now.  Please visit our parent site […]

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  • Minimum Improvements to Make Before Selling

    Minimum Improvements to Make Before Selling

    Thinking of selling your home?  Before you consider showings, get the basic checklist done.  Home inspectors check theses same types of items.  Once this list is complete, you are ready to stage your home for showings and open houses. Patch all holes and cracks in walls and ceilings. Fix all broken appliances and HVAC systems. Repair leaky faucets. Replace worn carpeting. […]

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  • Madison County Community Development Programs

    Madison County Community Development Programs

    Information regarding development funds that are available to provide a portion of the minimum down payment and closing costs is below.  If you need assistance or have questions about these programs, please contact me. Rick Lauschke Madison County Community Development Homebuyer Program Many homebuyers are not aware of the existence of community development funds that […]

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  • Home Remodeling Projects that Return the Most Money

    Home Remodeling Projects that Return the Most Money

    Thinking About Remodeling your Home For the second year in a row, Realtors® report that exterior remodeling projects return the most money as a percentage of cost, as detailed in the 2008 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. On a national level wood decks and siding replacements returned more that 80 percent of the project costs […]

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  • Take the Stress out of Buying a Home

    Take the Stress out of Buying a Home

    Buying a home can be stressful, especially for the first time buyer. Keep in mind some of these tips to make the process as stress free, and potentially fun, as possible. Find an agent you can be comfortable with. Your home is a big financial commitment, and at times an emotional one. Therefore it’s critical […]

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  • Protect Your Pets

    Protect Your Pets

    If you have pets and cherish them the way we do ours, you will want to be aware of holiday hazards that could cause your pets to be very sick or even die.  Check out this link, http://rismedia.com/wp/2008-12-14/tips-for-protecting-your-pets-during-the-holidays from RISMedia for tips on protecting your pets during the holidays.

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  • Five Big Moving Mistakes

    Five Big Moving Mistakes

    Many individuals may look at moving to a new house or apartment as a huge undertaking, especially the first time.  Having moved four times in 20 years, I think the following article from Rismedia(http://rismedia.com/wp/2008-08-08/5-big-mistakes-consumers-make-when-moving/) could prove helpful. The 5 big mistakes include: – Getting a quote over the phone or internet – Waiting too long […]

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  • Avoid Mortgage Rescue Scams

    Avoid Mortgage Rescue Scams

    In today’s economic environment many homeowners are facing the real threat of losing their homes and out of desperation may grasp at any solution to remedy their problems. Beware of potential mortgage rescue scams. These companies will claim they can save your credit rating and home by working as an intermediary and collect upfront fees […]

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  • Tips to get your house in tip top shape

    Tips to get your house in tip top shape

    Spring is a great time to sell your house. It is important to get your house in tip top shape to sell in this historically slow housing market. Selling in this environment requires the house be priced right and sellers pay attention to detail so that their house competes best in the market. A recent […]

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  • First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended Through April 2010

    First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended Through April 2010

    Not much time left on this.  Originally posted 11/10/2009… The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. The tax credit now applies to sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April […]

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  • Welcome to the new LauschkeBlog.com

    Welcome to the new LauschkeBlog.com

    We hope you like the new blog format.  Our recent updates should address some of the issues with browser compatibility and offer easy access to  news from Paul Lauschke and Associates.

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