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Is the cost of waiting worth it?

by Kandace Conn, Transaction Manager/Team Leader

Below shows what the interest rate is now and what it is projected to be next year. It is a significant amount of money if you wait until next year. 

 

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Buying or Selling: Now Is The Time!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader/Transaction Manager

With the winter months around the corner, most will expect the real estate market to slow down. However, there are many motives as to why both buyers and sellers should dive into the market now rather than wait until the spring.

Buyers
There will be two major details that will factor into the cost increase of purchasing a home next spring: homes prices and mortgage rates.

Sellers
One simple concept. Supply and Demand. When the inventory is low, sellers will get the best price because the demand is high and due to the above, demand will remain strong throughout this winter.

EXCITING NEWS for The "Stick with Steve" Team!

by The "Stick With Steve" Team

Please join us in welcoming Steve Cohen's son, Daniel Cohen, to the Stick with Steve team.

Daniel grew up in the Palatine area and went on to study at the University of Illinois graduating in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.

Prior to joining the team, Daniel worked as a Senior Associate for Madison Street Capital, which is a middle market investment bank. Daniel is Steve’s son and it has always been his goal to make a transition into the real estate business.

Daniel has always loved playing as well as watching sports, but instead of becoming a sport agent he has unquestionably decided to join the team and become a Realtor. With his widespread knowledge and background of the business, Daniel will do whatever it takes to find his clients their dream home.

Say Goodbye to 3% Interest Rates

by The "Stick With Steve" Team

Say farewell to the ultra-low mortgage rates. For the past month, rates have been on the rise and are expected to continue this way. 

This week, an average 30-year fixed rate mortgage has jumped another 10 percentage points, bringing it closer to 4%. For those seeking a 15-year loan came to an average of 3.03% which is up from 2.56%, which is a record LOW!

"It's unlikely that rates will ever be that low again," said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae's chief economist.

With all that being said, mortgage rates are continuously rising and it is best to take advantage of the rate we have now than to wait for them to drop again. Give us a call today and we can help you find your dream home!

Can’t Buy? WE CAN HELP!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader/Transaction Manager

The “Stick with Steve” team works directly with an amazing company who can help you find the home of your dreams if you are not currently qualified to buy! We know, it sounds too good to be true, but it is not! We are devoted to providing help to families or individuals who want to become a homeowner. This company will buy the home of your dreams that you personally pick out, CASH, and rent it to you for a minimum of one year but you will have Lease with Purchase Right. If this sounds of any interest to you, please call us at 847-222-8686 and set up an appointment to hear more about this program!

Read About Our Buyer's Agent, Desmond Clark Former Tight End For The Chicago Bears!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader/Transaction Manager

 

Thursday afternoons used to involve the installation of third-down strategies. Now, Desmond Clark utilizes those days to construct a different type of offensive game plan.

Last week, it meant meeting with a relocated Florida couple in Palatine to show off and answer questions about a two-story, 3,000-square foot townhome.

Such is the daily routine of the football player turned real estate agent. 

 

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Steve Cohen and Desmond Clark's Weekly Real Estate Market Moment!

by The "Stick With Steve" Team

15 Year Old Purchases Second Home!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader/Transaction Manager, The

While searching the internet for an stimulating topic to write about, I came across a story that hits home for us in the real estate industry. There are many rumors going around the industry as to whether it is the right time to purchase a home or if you can afford it.   This fascinating story is about a remarkable 15 year old named Willow.

When Willow was 14, she purchased her first home with her mother, as partners, from the money that she had saved up from selling items that she herself fixed up. I am excited to announce that she just purchased her second home and her goal is to purchase 10 homes by the time she is 18. Now how about that for ambition? This story was covered by ABC News last week. 

Real Haunted Houses in America!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader, The Stick With Steve Te

Creaking flooring, mysterious cold drafts and peculiar sounds usually don’t top the list of dream home features. Most people wouldn’t dare to put in an offer on any of these ghostly homes that I am about to briefly summarize. So let’s get in the Halloween spirit and let me tell you about some of the most haunted houses in the US!

Let’s start off in San Jose, California where the Winchester House resides. Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Winchester (founder of Winchester rifles), held séances seeking guidance from the spirits and her dead husband in order to achieve the home’s design. According to the stories, Sarah was told by a medium that there was a curse on her family and that she must keep building the house in order to stay alive, which lead to it taking 38 years to build. Twisting and turning hallways, dead ends, secret panels, a window built into a floor, staircases leading to nowhere, doors that open to walls, upside-down columns and rooms built, then deliberately closed off is the end outcome of this baffling structure. 

Moving on to 716 Dauphine Street, New Orleans is home to the Gardette-LaPrete House. This home was the location to one of the ghastliest murders in New Orleans’ history. A Turkish mercantile, whom rented this home, was buried alive in the backyard whilst his associates executed. This home is still said to be the site of the mercantile wanderings, some night’s unusual music and incense from old parties waft from the home.

The next historic home, 507 E. Saint Julian Street, Savannah, Georgia, was moved from its original site to said location in Savannah by a restoration professional. Whilst working on this home, peculiar noises were described along with the presence of an unknown male. A crypt was discovered on the building location partially occupied with water, but it was then closed off. This home was finished, in spite of the hearsays of hauntings and was last on the market in 2011.

Making our way back to New Orleans, we stop at LaLaurie House located at 1140 Royal Street. The horrific story of the LaLaurie was that this was owned by a doctor and his socialite wife. This house was the reported site for brutal cruelty against their slaves. Unbeknownst to the community, it was said that the slaves were exposed to torturous medical trials that were only exposed due to a fire that broke out and help came they discovered horrific scenes of torture. Madame Delphine fled and never to be seen again. Throughout the years, this home has passed through many owners (including Nicholas Cage, who lost the home in 2009 to foreclosure), who claimed to hear mysterious cries and see ghosts of the tortured slaves.

Out in San Diego, you will find the Whaley House, which Thomas Whaley purchased at staggeringly low price because of the hangings which were once held at this property. Whaley ripped down the gallows and constructed a Greek Revival brick home which after him and his family moved in, they started hearing hefty footfalls moving around the house. Currently, this home is a museum which is open for tourists to explore themselves.

Cleveland is home to the Franklin Castle which was built in 1864. The disturbing past  history of this home counterparts the gothic-style exterior which includes a stone tower and turrets, gargoyles and wrought-iron fencing.  Also mentioned to be heard are the echoes of babies crying, footsteps and doors slamming.

Our very own Alton, Illinois is home to the McPike Mansion, but also Alton claims to be one of the most haunted towns in America. Residents and visitors alike have said to be embraced by an unseen woman, see puzzling hazes and balls of light and hear the laughter of kids about. 

There you have it, some of the most haunted houses in America. Would you be interested in buying any of these homes, probably not!? But if you are in the market to sell or buy a home, call The Stick With Steve Team and we would be happy to help you in your real estate transaction! 

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