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Freeport Illinois

Historic Wrigley Field replica

Freeport Illinois

Famous 1914 ice cream parlor

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Home of Lincoln-Douglas debate

Freeport Illinois

Aquatic Center, neighborhood parks, programs

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Supportive living, villas, skilled nursing


Welcome!  At Choice Realty we understand that buying or selling real estate is among the most important financial transactions of your life. We are dedicated to providing personal and thorough service with a sharp focus on our clients needs. Our licensed staff looks forward to assisting you in any of the following areas: Residential, Condominiums, New Construction, Land, Farms, Commercial, Investment,  Auctions or Leasing. At Choice Realty we don’t want to be the biggest, just the best. We look forward to helping you with all your real estate needs.

 

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Easy Landscaping Ideas to Spruce up Your Yard

Since many of us are still staying home and the weather is finally feeling like spring you might want to spend some time outside on your landscaping. Garden centers are allowed to be open so you can pick up some supplies to help you with the transformation and help out some local businesses too! If you are thinking of selling your home, curb appeal is very important in getting a buyer interested in viewing the inside. If you aren’t planning on selling, a fresh new look for your yard might be just the project you need right now. Either way, here a few simple, DIY ideas to get you started. Window boxes are a good project to start with because they deliver a punch of color and can really transform the front of your house. You can build your own or buy them pre made. Make sure you leave a space between the box and the house for drainage. You can buy plastic liners to set inside the boxes to make planting easier and to make the removal of the plants at the end of the season simpler. Choose flowers that do well in either sun or shade depending on the way your house faces and pick colors that will pop against your paint color for the biggest impact. Installing edging around your bushes and flower beds also can make your landscape look much more attractive and well kept. Lay out the pattern with a hose or some rope so you have a guide for installation and you can determine how much you will need. Look for the rigid... read more

How the Stay At Home Mandate is Affecting Real Estate

As you all know, Illinois is under a “Stay At Home” mandate ordered by Governor Pritzker requiring all “non-essential services” to shut down and asking all residents to stay home. While this has had a huge impact on all businesses, it is also having an impact on the real estate market. I will explain the steps our local Realtor Association is taking to try and keep our members and clients safe and some of the implications we can expect to see as this situation progresses. Real Estate is one of the “essential services” that is still allowed according to the Governor. Most of the local real estate offices have chosen to close and allow their Realtors to work from home in order to minimize contact and try to keep everyone safe. Our Association has implemented a policy which allows sellers with homes currently on the market to suspend all showings until it is deemed safe in our area. If the home is vacant or the seller chooses to allow showings, the property can continue to be shown. If clients are out looking at properties, we are following social distancing rules as well as using hand sanitizer, masks and disinfectant wipes where appropriate. If your house is currently on the market and you are still allowing showings, I would encourage you to disinfect doorknobs and frequently touched surfaces after any showings. At this time we are actively trying to limit showing activity to “essential” showings only. This is not the time to decide to go out and look at houses because you are bored or have cabin fever. There are... read more

The Home Buying Timeline

If buying a home is on this year’s To-Do List you may be wondering exactly how long it will take. There is no magic number of days that I can give you, because there are a lot of variables that go in to purchasing a home. On the average it takes about 60 days from offer to closing, but that too can vary depending on your specific situation. To give you an idea of the process involved I will try to summarize the steps you need to go through and the timeline that you should follow. The first step is critical to the success of the process and should be your first stop. Get pre-approved with a local lender. Everyone gets excited at the prospect of finding a new home and your first instinct is to run out and start looking at properties. Resist the urge and visit your lender first! This is the only way you will know how much of a house you can afford and what kind of mortgage you qualify for. Both of these things are crucial to the process. Looking in the wrong price range can set you up for disappointment, wastes valuable time and isn’t fair to the sellers that think you are a potential buyer if you can’t afford the home. There are also specific things that the property must have to qualify for certain types of financing. For example, if you are pre- approved for a USDA rural development loan, that foreclosure property that you have your heart set on probably won’t qualify for this type of loan. Knowing the price... read more

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