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Sometimes your home will produce creepy sounds. And when those sounds happen, we understand that your first reaction is likely to assume the worst. (Because, well, we've been there, too.) Thankfully, odd noises around the house don't automatically mean total danger. Here are five creepy house noises, explained - and what to do about them:


1. Unexplained flushing in every bathroom


You're minding your own business when all of a sudden, a toilet flushes. Minutes later, another toilet follows suit. The weird part? Your entire family is in the living room watching a movie.

Well, we have good news: Your house is not haunted! You just need to replace the toilet flappers. It was only a coincidence tha...

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What's it like being a real estate agent?

I'm sure the internet will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about being a real estate agent in general, but what's it like being an agent in this town and this market?

Well, it's hectic!

Mortgage rates and home inventory are lower than ever before! This makes for the perfect storm of more people buying and less time for homes to be on the market. That means we have to be constantly aware of new listings and ready to be quick and aggressive to get those listings for our own clients.

We have to make sure that our clients are well educated about what the process looks like and what they can expect. What we thought at 9am was going to be an ea...

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I'm in real estate. That means I sell my town right along with the houses built there. I never intended to get into real estate, nor did I intend to live in Rockford, Illinois, yet here I am. And I am here gladly. Why? Because I've raised four kids in Rockford and have run three businesses here for the last 35 years. I get it. I live it. It confounds me when people complain about where they live or haven't experienced the best of where we live.

I had a friend visit from Barrington, a beautiful Chicago suburb East from Rockford. I took him to Anderson Japanese Gardens and dined at the beautiful Fresco at the Gardens restaurant overlooking the grounds. "Are we still in Rockford?" "Yes, we are!...

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Home is an adventure too!

I grew up in the Rockford area, but lived out of state for a few years. Living in an unfamiliar place made me appreciate the idea of being a tourist in your own town. There are so many things available right where we live that we don't take advantage of because they have always been there. When I moved back to Illinois, I was excited to re-explore and embrace Rockford. It has so much to offer! Local business and restaurants, City Market and neighborhood farmer's markets, sporting events, orchards, fairs and festivals, and great outdoor spaces to name only a few.

This year, with so many events cancelled and businesses closed, I decided to focus on outdoor activities t...

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Hey everyone, Inspector Gary here!

Today I am going to talk about safety concerns. There are some typical safety items that make home inspection reprots that with just a little effort can be avoided on the report. First, let's identify a safety concern. A safety concern is anything that can possibly cause bodily injury to a person due to a defect within a product or structure. There are lots and lots of things that can go into reports under this description so today we are going to stick with the basic easy-to-fix and the ones that are low cost but will come up on a report most every time if they are defective.

1. GFCI Outlets

Let's talk about GFCI's. I used to be surprised when someone ask...

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Hey all!

I hope you're enjoying what is left of summer and gearing up for whatever lies ahead for "back to school" season. It has been a strange time for sure, but thankfully it's also provided some extra time to work on some of those home projects that we've been putting off (yep, me too).

I have been asked to write a series of blog posts covering some tips for staging and getting your home ready to sell. After giving it some thought, I decided the first thing I want to cover is PAINT since that is the #1 thing that comes up in my consultations. It’s also one of the best ROI (return on investment) projects you can do. Paint is so versatile, so after thinking some more (any other overt...

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https://www.mystateline.com/news/home-sales-in-stateline-booming-as-nation-sees-record-low-mortgage-rates/

Dylan Srocki, Eyewitness News


Home sales across the nation are booming as mortgage rates hit record lows. One local realtor shared what's behind the buying frenzy and says the deals are good enough to draw those who've moved out of their hometown back after decades away.

Realtors say the Stateline housing market has drastically improved over the last several years. Rather than looking to move out of the area, people are looking to move in.

Conor Brown from the Rockford Area Realtors says homes in Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle counties sold at record-setting prices in July.

"Certainly, over the ...

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The time has come and you are ready to buy, but before you start searching for your next home, review this checklist. This list helps you prepare your budget in advance and guide you to financial success in the future.


  1. Reduce Debt & Increase Credit Score: Before you start looking for your next home, you should request a credit report. This will give you a starting point on understanding your credit score before you request a loan. Your credit score will influence the interest rate of your loan.

  2. Save Money to Set Yourself Up with a Large Down Payment: While it is possible to purchase a home without a 20% down payment, it's best to get as close as possible. This will allow you to have a smalle...

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The market is ON FIRE! Partly because of the time of year we are in and partly due to the dramatic shift in our marketplace. As of just a few months now, we are completely in a seller's market where there are far fewer homes for sale than there are buyers. So how does a seller in this environment get top dollar on their property? It's more than just time of year or general buyer trends; it's a matter of actively, aggressively going after the best outcome. Here are three tried and true strategies that we use to get our sellers top dollar.


Price Your Property Effectively

We're not suggesting you set a price lower than everyone else if the neighborhood in order to get it sold. But we are sayi...

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