Tax Breaks for Illinois Homeowners

Feel like you’re paying way too much in property taxes? If you’re an Illinois homeowner, you probably are. The Land of Lincoln has the second-highest property taxes in the country.    The statewide average of 2.16% is nearly double the national average and translates to a typical annual property tax bill of $4,527 for Illinois… Continue reading Tax Breaks for Illinois Homeowners

Get Rid of These Kitchen Features Before You Sell

Kitchens sell homes. Even a minor kitchen remodel can increase the value of your home. In fact, you can expect to see an average return on your investment (ROI) of 95% with a minor kitchen remodel.   It can get overwhelming thinking about all things you need to add to your kitchen to improve it.… Continue reading Get Rid of These Kitchen Features Before You Sell

Can I Buy or Sell Real Estate During My Divorce?

Buying or selling real estate during a divorce can be a complicated endeavor. In the best of times, selling a home with a partner can be stressful. Selling a home with a partner you no longer see eye to eye with can seem impossible.    Additionally, you need to consider where you will live after… Continue reading Can I Buy or Sell Real Estate During My Divorce?

Austin, Texas Neighborhood Spotlight: Northwest Hills

Northwest Hills is a group of subdivisions just a short commute from downtown Austin. Full of wildlife and winding streets, this neighborhood is ideal for families and commuters.    A Unique Cliffside Community   This neighborhood was founded in 1952 by the Barrow family. It was created in response to Austin’s expansion and provided a… Continue reading Austin, Texas Neighborhood Spotlight: Northwest Hills

Are Solar Panels Worth It?

Electricity rates are on the rise. In April of 2021, ComEd filed for its first electricity delivery rate increase in four years. Rising electricity rates make installing residential solar panels seem like a no-brainer. But are solar panels really worth it?   To determine if the investment will pay for itself and reduce or eliminate energy… Continue reading Are Solar Panels Worth It?

Austin’s Spring Housing Market: Predictions and Trends

Austin’s spring housing market is on track for another record-breaking season. Even with the predicted rise in mortgage rates, experts agree that it’s still a great time for home buyers and investors to jump into Austin’s spring housing market.    “For Austin’s 2022 spring housing market, I’m anticipating similar inventory, price, and overall trends as… Continue reading Austin’s Spring Housing Market: Predictions and Trends

How to Finance Your Energy Efficient Upgrades

Energy efficient home improvements can save you 5-30% on your energy bills annually, and while most upgrades will pay for themselves over time, some come with a steep upfront cost.    The starting cost for a 6-kW solar panel system in Illinois is $16,740 according to Consumer Affairs. Weatherizing your home can cost thousands of… Continue reading How to Finance Your Energy Efficient Upgrades

Three Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Energy Efficient Home Upgrades

Want to save the planet and money? Energy efficient home upgrades can help you do both.    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s notes that energy efficient upgrades can save you 5-30% on your energy bills or $103-$618 per year based on estimates that the average American household spends $2,060 per year on energy costs.    Not… Continue reading Three Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Energy Efficient Home Upgrades

Planning to Downsize? Here’s What You Need to Know

Planning to downsize, whether it’s a part of your retirement plan or strategic lifestyle choice, can be a major stressor. A solid plan, a strong real estate team, and the support of your friends and family can help ease this transition.    1. Create a Fool-Proof Downsizing Plan   One of the best ways to… Continue reading Planning to Downsize? Here’s What You Need to Know

Zimmerman Group’s 2022 Housing Market Predictions

At the onset of the pandemic, many experts predicted a backslide in home prices and overall sales. Instead, we got a market boom with home prices and sales soaring to record highs.    So what can we expect for 2022’s housing market? The details are debatable but one thing seems certain: the real estate market… Continue reading Zimmerman Group’s 2022 Housing Market Predictions