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Spring is here and summer is coming sooner than we think!  It’s time to start planning our flower garden.  And if you are like me, you wouldn’t mind saving some of that money you have been spending at your local garden center every year. Why not grow your own flowers from seeds?  Let’s get started. Start...

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Do you want to pay off the mortgage on your home faster?  Are you at the beginning of a thirty-year mortgage or getting closer to the end?  Do you have a great interest rate or is it higher than you would like it to be?  Do you have other higher interest debts like credit cards?  Is there a tax consequence to...

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For many people, finding a new home is more than a matter of personal taste and financial considerations – it’s a family affair. Perhaps the your first house hunt was before kids, cats, hamsters and job changes happened. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering potential new homes for your...

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When your real estate agent mentions a CMA, the MLS or HOAs, are you always certain what those terms mean? Every industry uses acronyms and jargon, and residential real estate is no different. To help you follow some “Realtor-speak,” here’s a guide to 10 commonly used terms: CMA – A comparative market...

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The word “ultimate” is a pretty extreme word and should not be taken likely. However, in this case, I believe it is appropriate. This spring cleaning checklist may have items on it that do not apply to you, but that is just what makes it so “ultimate!” If you are thinking about selling your home, this would...

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On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish and looking to celebrate. So plan a party! Bust out something green to wear, invite your guests to do the same and get into the spirit on Friday, March 17. St. Patrick’s Day is all about traditions and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Irish heritage and...

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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…right? This year, my goal is to make my side of the fence the greenest! Our grass is more crabgrass than actual grass, so I’ve been trying to tackle the problem. The previous two years, the weeds have won. But is the year that we conquer weeds – I can feel...

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Man caves have been around since the beginning of time, and they continue to serve as a sacred masculine refuge within a home. But what do these spaces look like in 2017? What are the features that every man cave must have these days? Interior designer, Donna Mondi and Shireesh Reddy, owner of Digital Living, answered...

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If you enjoy hosting great theme parties, the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, is a perfect occasion. Invite your film buff friends, roll out the red carpet and have some fun. Tell your guests it’s black tie— a good excuse to glam up! Ask a few friends to help by acting as photographers and interviewing...

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We became homeowners of an almost 100 year old Chicago bungalow in Old Irving Park two years ago in December. Yes, we bought during the winter. And yes, it was a great decision. At first I was a little overwhelmed and a little scared about not having a landlord to rely on for repairs, but now I wouldn’t trade it for...

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