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Today’s Solar Isn’t Yesterday’s Solar

tumblr_static_twitterIf you haven’t read up on residential solar in a while, it’s a good idea to start with a clean slate as a lot has changed in the past few years. Older solar installations were large, clunky and inefficient, and homeowners paid a high premium for being an early adopter of the technology. Thankfully, rapid innovation has improved both the panels and the power delivery system while bringing down the price. Modern solar panels are also durable and essentially maintenance free, and most come with a warranty of 25 years or longer.

Solar is an Investment, Not a Purchase

Modern residential solar panels are becoming one of the most popular home upgrades for a number of attractive reasons. Solar is an investment that tends to add immense value to a home. If and when you choose to sell your home, you will attract the attention of forward-thinking buyers who are thinking about sustainability. In Cook and Lake counties we generate enough sunshine throughout the year that power-smart homeowners with an average solar setup can actually generate electricity to send back in to the power grid.

Scoop Up Tax Benefits and Cash Incentives

Don’t forget that there are numerous federal, state and local tax credits and other incentives to help offset the initial cost of a residential solar energy system. The federal income tax credit provides a credit for up to thirty percent of the total cost of the system. These are just a few of the many incentives – your solar professionals of choice will be able to explain everything.

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a frontBreathtaking expansive home in Hawthorn Woods Country Club! This prestigious home features premium finishes throughout. Luxurious Cook’s kitchen, stained hardwood floors, sunroom, theater room, bonus room & a 2-story family room with gorgeous fireplace. Attention to detail throughout with many incredible upgrades including soaring ceilings, grandiose bridle staircase with wrought iron hardware, Juliet balconies, Palladian window and 2 story foyer make this an entrance one to remember. Luxurious Cook’s kitchen with huge island/breakfast bar overlooking the sunroom. With built-in stainless steel high-end appliances, a large walk-in pantry and a huge eat-in area, you have amazing functionality. Upgraded trim work and moldings throughout along with 2nd story landing overlooking the family room which is perfectly suited for a future library. 3 spacious additional bonus rooms perfect for playrooms, offices or whatever your lifestyle calls for. Volume ceilings everywhere along with bright oversized windows capture the essence of peace and tranquility this home offers. Oversized additional bedrooms with volume ceilings, plush carpet and bright windows with great views. Nothing was spared or over looked in this home with only the finest craftsmanship utilized. Retreat to your custom master suite with cathedral ceiling, Jacuzzi tub and jetted dual shower. Massive closet space and sitting room along with Roman columns make your master bedroom a true haven. Your walkout lower-level is ready for your personalization and features bright windows and terrific views. Enjoy 6,222 square feet of space with amazing water & conservancy views throughout the home. You have to see it to believe it. This home is enormous, highly upgraded and features a premium location. Simply stunning!

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Thinking about adding a home gym?  What do you think the best equipment is?



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Hawthorn Woods Country Club

Wednesday Nights


Enjoy a juicy sirloin burger for $6.25 or the Weekly Specialty Burger for $7.25!!
Reservations are requested; Dine In or Order Out, call the Club at 847.847.3250.
Check our Facebook page for the new Specialty Burger each week!
Denim Approved

“These burgers are amazing….and make dinner so easy.”

~ Helen ~

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Thinking of adding a pool? Want to add a new edition to your home? Planning to renovate the kitchen? While you may be thinking of these things for your own enjoyment, the big question is always how much is it going to add to the value of my home.

Most people just assume the bigger the renovation, the better the return is going to be when the time comes to sell. Truth be told, that may not be the case. There are a variety of reasons that the expensive additions you are adding to your home may not pay off in the long run.

That great pool you just added may worry buyers with young children who are concerned about safety. They would rather pay less for a house without the pool or opt for an amenity that will be more beneficial to their family, which could result in fewer offers for your home. This is not to say that a home with a pool isn’t going to yield a bigger return (they usually do). However, it is worth considering before renovating for the sake of adding value.

The fact is that the value of your home is determined by the market and what a buyer is willing to pay for it. There’s no rule that says that 50% of what you spend on the renovation or upgrade will be added to the value of your home. You have to look at comparable homes in your area with such upgrades and what they are selling for to know for sure. Then you have to consider when you are selling and if the market will still be the same.

If you are not looking to sell soon and want to renovate, be sure you are doing it for your enjoyment and not for the added value that you may not get. If you are selling soon, contact an expert on what will make the biggest impact on the value of your home. You may find it’s better to update the electric or kitchen instead.

Helen would be happy to review all your options and the market with you, so you can make the most educated decisions possible. Call her today at 847.967.0022 or email

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