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The Future of the “Starter Home”

Why ‘Starter Homes’ Aren’t What They Used to Be The concept of a “starter home” is quickly becoming a real estate relic, like track lighting and brass hardware. Time was, young families with average incomes who were shopping for a first house would choose a small one in an affordable neighborhood — maybe with just

Events in Our Community – Hawthorn Woods Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 6pm – 8pm Village Barn 2 Lagoon Dr. Hawthorn Woods, IL. 60047   Please join Mayor Mancino, the Village Board of Trustees, your Village Staff and your Hawthorn Woods neighbors at this annual event. The tree will be set aglow while we listen to the Stevenson High School Caroling Choir followed

Events in Our Community – Santa Claus is Coming To Town

  Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 11am – 3pm The Helen Oliveri Team Office Cherry Hill Plaza 101 W. Gilmer Rd Hawthorn Woods, IL. 60047 Santa Claus is coming to visit Helen and The Helen Oliveri Team. Stop by our Hawthorn Woods office at 101 W. Gilmer Rd. in the Cherry Hill Plaza on Saturday 12/3/2016

7 Ways to Cover the Cost of Emergency Home Repairs

If you’re a homeowner and your water heater hasn’t gone out yet, just wait. They bust a seam or spring a leak or otherwise go on the fritz every 10 years, give or take. So you’ve got that to look forward to.   That’s just one of many things that can and will go wrong for

Events in Our Community – Helen’s Pumpkin Pie Pick Up

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 9am – 5pm The Helen Oliveri Team Office Cherry Hill Plaza 101 W. Gilmer Rd. Hawthorn Woods, IL. 60047   We want to give back, so we’re giving away free Pies! Thank you for your continued support. Stop by our Hawthorn Woods office at 101 W. Gilmer Rd. in the Cherry

Events in Our Community – HW Java With Joe

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 9am – 11am Hawthorn Woods Country Club 101 W. Gilmer Rd. Hawthorn Woods, IL. 60047   NEW DATE! Come enjoy a cup of coffee and meet Hawthorn Woods Mayor Joseph Mancino along with other Village Officials. Stop by the Hawthorn Woods Country Club on Saturday, November 19 between 9:00 a.m. and

How Your Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage Rate

Without a high credit score, you won’t qualify for the best mortgage rates available, which could mean you’ll end up paying more money over the term of your mortgage. The difference between 3.5% and 3.75% can add up, especially if you’re applying for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. If you want to buy a home, it’s

6 Ways You Could Sabotage Your Mortgage Preapproval

Homebuyers make a lot of mistakes that hurt their chances of getting a mortgage preapproval from their lender. You don’t want to join their ranks and sabotage your home purchase. To find out what those missteps are, we talked to two lending experts: Casey Fleming, a mortgage advisor with C2 Financial Corp. in San Jose, California,

What it Really Costs to Buy A Home

It would be nice if houses for sale came with giant price tags so a buyer could easily compare “all-in” costs. Imagine trying to buy a gallon of milk and having to separately compute what it costs to feed the cow, distribute the inventory and stock the shelves. Let’s bottom-line your home ownership costs, from

4 Ways to Keep your Bathroom Remodel on Schedule

How to work with your professional to meet or beat deadlines. Double sinks, walk-in showers, mosaic tiles, oversized tubs, radiant floor heat, and storage, storage, storage. These are just some of the defining attributes that can turn that outdated and cramped bathroom into an oasis of relaxation and escape. The choices can get overwhelming, but