1507 Waterford Place is a beautiful 2 story home situated on large 1 acre lot with water views! Soaring 2 story entry and gleaming wood floors welcome you to this quality built home in desirable Devonshire South. Open floorplan offers plenty of space to live and entertain in style. Enjoy cooking in the upscale kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and abundant storage. Convenient butler’s pantry leads to the formal dining room. The family room is highlighted with fireplace, built-ins and wet bar. Private 1st floor office features wall of built-ins & waterviews. Retreat to the master suite and relax in the spa like bath w/whirlpool, large shower, dual vanities & huge walk in closet. Finished basement with full bath provides additional living space for guests, hobbies, crafts and more. Outdoor living can be enjoyed on the large deck, patio or gazebo all while enjoy views of the water with color changing fountain. Pre-inspected! Numerous updates and amenities, call for complete list. A must see!

This listing is  presented by licensed broker, Lisa Duncan with Sharon Harkness Inc at Keller Williams Realty: The Real Estate Center of Illinois. Come join her this Sunday, 2pm – 4pm and view this lovely home!

Why Fall Might Be The Best Time To Buy A Home

A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market.

And, it is…

…in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Spring. But, there’s also a heck of a lot more buyers trying to buy those listings.

The thing is, some of the houses listed back in the Spring don’t end up selling. (Usually just because they were overpriced.)

Now, it isn’t like new listings don’t happen in the Fall. There’s always new listings coming on the market. But it’s not like, just because it’s Fall and not Spring, prices are necessarily going to fall. In other words, new listings aren’t likely to list for a lot lower than you would have seen in the Spring.

However, the homeowners who did list back in the Spring, are much more likely to be anxious (perhaps even desperate) to sell their home. They’ve created their own problem…they missed the boat by pricing too high.

Which is great news for you, if you’re looking to buy a home:

  • Less competition. (Many buyers stop looking at this time of year…for no good reason.)
  • Motivated sellers. (They’re sick of being on the market, and wondering why nobody bought their house.)

But it isn’t always easy to find those listings. They don’t wave a white flag, or lower their price to some ridiculous amount everyone would notice. If only it were that easy…
Just because someone listed their home back in the Spring doesn’t mean they’ll be all that negotiable.

There are certain things a great real estate agent will know to look for.

And I love rolling up my sleeves and finding the ones we can most likely negotiate the best deals on.

So, got anything you want me to roll up my sleeves and look for? Real estate deals won’t just fall in your lap, but I can certainly help you find one this Fall.

Want another reason to buy a home in the Fall?

You can take advantage of year-end sales to outfit your home!

Hardly anybody buys a home who doesn’t want (or need) to make improvements, however small. So why not coordinate your purchase with sales on items you’ll need? According to Consumer Reports, September is an ideal time for buying carpet and paint. In October lawn mowers go on sale, and the same goes for appliances and cookware in November.

Safety Tips When Using The Grill Master

Summer is the season for grilling. Cooking out can be done anywhere outside the house: poolside, patio, and beyond. It is also worthy to note that using gas and charcoal grills leads to 16,900 emergency room visits and $96 million in property damage every year. Indeed, the safety of our family and home is of utmost importance. It is dependent whether we follow guidelines in grilling.

Here are a easy to remember tips on keeping your family and your home safe. Consider printing a list and posting near the cooking area to remind you or anyone grilling before getting started:

  • Maintain distance. Keep the grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep the barbeque grill clean. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended, and keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill at all times.
  • Always make sure the lid of a gas grill is open before lighting.
  • Give the grill special attention.If using starter fluid for a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid, and never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • If your charcoal grill has an electric starter, use an extension cord.
  • When finished grilling, let the coals cool completely, then dispose in a metal container.

Source: National Fire Protection Association, DTE, PA Insurance 

Home Sales in Champaign County Dips to 3.9% in May 2017

In Champaign County, sales of homes dipped in May this year compared with the same time last year. In May this year, 271 homes were sold, a decline of 3.9% from 282 last May 2016.

“I think they’re right around where they need to be,” said CCAR President Jim Waller. “Last year was a good year, and we’re not that far down from that.”

“We’re still lacking some inventory,” he said. “We’d love to see some more listings. There’s a lot of buyers, and they’re not all able to find what they want.”

Of the homes sold this May, 124 were in Champaign, 60 in Urbana, 23 in Mahomet and 14 in Savoy. Homes stayed listed for 61 days though as compared to 69 days last year.

The median price of homes currently listed is $155,00 in May, a 5.8% increase from $146,500 in May 2016.

“Low mortgage rates are still triggering more buyer demand in this market but some buyers are finding it taking a bit longer to find the right property that suits their prerequisites. The number of new listings and inventory of homes for sale continue to decrease in the Champaign market area,” said Jim Waller, president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. “REALTORS report inventory sales and strong buyer demand is leading to more multiple offer situations in this hot spring/summer selling market and buyers have to proceed quickly on their offer if they find the home they wish to purchase.”

Sellers should note that buyers are eager to purchase and are searching the market right now. In fact, Waller expounds that Champaign County is a still a viable place to reside despite the dip in sales.

“It’s economically stronger than most of the state,” he said. “And we have some companies in town that are hiring.”

Home Upgrades that Work

An  upgrade is commendable when it can either serve to lower your average cost for basic items while you remain in the home or increase the value of the home’s sale price when you choose to make it available.

1. Barn Doors

The sliding entryway is an extraordinary approach to add a redesigned look to the room, and it’s a generally straightforward upgrade with little cost. If your closet doors have been overused, a barn door is a good replacement.

2. Paint

The fastest approach to make a room look new again is to include a new layer of paint. Homebuyers frequently observe the measure of work that would go into painting over a splendid red divider, and may even request that the seller paint over it themselves.

3. Working fireplace

Don’t remove that fireplace. 54 percent of agents polled by Angie’s list said a gas-burning fireplace builds the home’s estimation most, however, a review of 2,000 mortgage holders and homebuyers showed 58 percent want to have a fireplace that burns wood at home. It is clear that having a fireplace is a positive for your home value.

4. Landscaping 

Frequently underestimated by homeowners when they put their home available is the home’s curb appeal. As the first thing any buyer will see when they come to visit the house, it’s critical to seed dead grass, mow the lawn or garden regularly and add some blossoms or shrubberies without overpowering the yard.

5. Minor Bathroom Remodel

Expel dated wall covers and apply a crisp layer of paint. Spraying on the surface gives speedy scope. For that old tub,  re-caulk or re-caulk it for a like-new look

6. Minor Kitchen Remodel

Cover old vinyl with floor leveler.  Light up the kitchen by sanding and painting existing cupboards. It’s a great deal less costly than purchasing new ones. Change curtains and window molding.

7. Deck, Patio or Porch Addition 

Include planters on the front porch. Give a yard an amazing passage with a unique gate.  Ensure patio railings are safe and alluring. Cover cooling units with a wooden trellis.

8. Light Fixtures 

Outside lighting is a simple and practical approach to adding magnificence and security to your home. Consider adding lighting to the walkway, a hanging pendant light to the front entryway. Also, an extra light close to the garage works Discover styles that supplement your home.

9. Windows and Trim 

Replace broken glass. Sand, scrape and paint the trim. Clean within and outside of the windows until they sparkle. Include a few window boxes to offer a homey appeal.

Reasons Why You Should Not Do a For Sale By Owner

Some homeowners choose to sell their homes thinking they could save time and expenditures. The term For Sale by Owners is used in reference to properties put by the market by owners.

However, there are several reasons why deciding to do an FSBO might not be a good idea for many sellers:

1. Too Many People To Deal With

Sellers who want to sell their own homes have to prepare to meet and negotiate with different kinds of buyers, buyer’s agents, home inspections and appraisers as dictated by prospective buyers.

Scams may happen and FSBOs may even find hiring a representative which is an added expense.

2. It is Too Complicated and Difficult

The 2015 National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers  revealed that the paperwork  involved is just too much and can be daunting for owners wanting to sell their homes. Aside from the legal forms that has to be filled in, understanding them as well as customizing the contract to a one-size-fit-all can be difficult and time consuming.

3. Online Search Results More Common

Many FSBOs may not get the right selling price and get stuck in the market. Another reason for this is that more buyers find their homes in the internet:

44%  on the internet
33%  from a Real Estate Agent
9%    from a yard sign
1%    from newspaper

4. Dealing with Prospective Buyers

Most real estate agents have online marketing campaigns for their listings. FSBOs may simply rely  on their circle of friends and family and also social media. But these have setbacks and limitations as well.
With technology on their side, it won’t take long before a real estate agent sells a home in their listing. A homeowner may take longer to sell.

5. Earn More Net with an Agent

Homeowners decide to sell their homes with the purpose of saving money. Little do they know that they spend a considerable chunk of money for extras like flyers, home warranty, home inspection, contracts and so on.

Studies also have shown  that an FSBO in markets have lower price points.

So, before making any decisions whether to sell your home on your own or to work with an agent, contact a real estate professional, listen and see what they have to offer.

Recycle your Electronics!

electronics recycle

View the list below of acceptable electronic items to recycle.  There is a limit of 10 items per household.

Computer components:

– Computers, printers, copiers, monitors*, keyboards, speakers, mice, cables, PDAs

– Software, CDROM/floppy disks, UPS, tablet computers

– Computer parts including but not limited to: circuit boards, hard drives, optical drives, power supplies, ribbon cables, RAM

– Networking equipment, hubs, switches, routers, cables, modems, scanners

– Ink cartridges


– Televisions*, VCRs, Radios, stereo equipment, tape recorders, record players, remote controls, MP3 players, compact disc players,


– Electronic toys, amplifiers, electronic keyboards

– Hand-held gaming devices, game consoles, Walkmans, sewing machines

– Digital cameras, camcorders

Communication Devices and Other Office Electronics:

– Cash registers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators

– Copiers, duplicators, voice recorders

– Label makers

– Portable power banks and coin counters

– Telephones, PBX systems, answering machines, fax machines,

– CB radios, ham radios, cell phones, pagers, Black Berry/ Palm Units, GPS units, Bluetooth serial port adapter

– Rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and adapters, surge strips

– Video recorders, video monitors, security systems, walkie-talkies

Miscellaneous: – cables/cords/wire

* not accepted: broken glass cathode-ray-tube televisions or broken glass cathode-ray-tube monitors – not accepted:

For a complete listing of items not accepted, please visit the Champaign County RRR webpage at

New Wedge location is now open!



Wedge Tequila Bar and Grill, which already has a location in downtown Champaign, has just opened a second location at Village at the Crossing in the old Cabo’s spot.  Not your normal Mexican food fare!  Wedge offers great ambience, over 100 different types of tequilas, fantastic food and outdoor seating in the warmer months!  Since out Keller Williams office is just steps away from this new location, I forsee many team lunches there in the future 🙂


Sun-Tues: 11am – 11pm   |   Wed-Sat: 11am – 2am


 415 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820   |   217  398  2869


2411 Village Green Crossing, Champaign, IL 6182 2  |   217  355 3855