Your Home’s Front Door

This helpful info comes from Diane Loomis, Keller Williams agent in Langhorne, PA.

Oh, The Things Front Door Colors Convey

Your home’s front door is the portal to your domain.

What color you give it says a lot about what visitors can expect, from a warm welcome to a cold rejection.

Paint Quality Institute color cop Debbie Zimmer just won’t let it go.

Zimmer previously explained how colors can get people in the right frame of mind and how colors can put people in the spirit of the season.

Use hues right and it can be love at first sight. Use them wrong and you could be headed for a fight.

She’s not alone in her advice.

Spiritual artist Yohanna Jessup of Painting Sacred Spaces, works with the essence of paint as a liquid that becomes a solid and bonds with the surface of living spaces and, through color, texture and design, radiates energy that effects the quality of life.

“It opens doors to a greater sense of passion and purpose,” writes Jessup, who explains the use of color and design in a YouTube video with Mira Brey, interior designer, feng shui consultant, and owner of Present Moment Designs.

Speaking of doors, Zimmer is now knocking at yours with a bucket of fresh advice about what five popular door colors could mean to you and your guests.

“Whether or not we realize it, the colors with which we surround ourselves – in our clothes, cars, and homes – reveal a lot about us. For example, bright colors often indicate an outgoing personality, while subdued colors imply a more low-key persona,” Zimmer says.

Color, explains Zimmer, has a psychological component through which people often communicate their moods, feelings, emotions, and personality, even if they aren’t always aware of what they are saying.

While the entire exterior color scheme has meaning, the color of paint on the front door is key.

“Like a necktie, which is the focal point of an outfit, the front door is the focal point of the home. The color there sends a strong message,” Zimmer says.

Here’s what color psychologists say your front door color says about you.

Blue: Rest Stop – Behind the blue door is an owner who thinks first of the home as a refuge – calm, serene, and relaxing, the perfect retreat from an often harsh and demanding world.

Green: Peace Conservatory – Green connotes health, safety, tranquility, and harmony, all highly desirable attributes for the home environment.

Black: Power Center – A black front door projects strength, sophistication, power, and authority, indicating to all who enter or even passersby that the home is a serious place inhabited by a person of substance.

Red: Passion Palace – A color with punch, red is vibrant, full of life, energy and excitement. Here’s an exciting place to live.

Brown: Holistic Home or Dark Dungeon – Painted or stained brown says “natural” and “organic” and feels warm, stable and reliable. However, darker shades can be foreboding, signaling a desire for privacy or isolation.

If you’ve chosen the color for your front door, perhaps that’s the way you want it and you viewed. If you inherited the color, maybe it’s not sending the right message

Written by Broderick Perkins

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5 Ways to Get Ready to Sell Your House

This great advice for home sellers comes to us from our Keller Williams friend, Diane Loomis in Langhorne, PA:


Five Tips Before You Sell

Deciding to put your home on the market can bring on a wide range of emotions. You may feel excitement at the prospect of moving on or moving up. Some sellers feel anticipation about what the future holds and about what kind of deals buyers may bring to the table.

On the opposite end of the spectrum you may be feeling sadness or even regret. That’s because selling your house can feel a lot life selling your home. Any and all of these emotional responses are normal!

In order to stick to your guns and to keep on the sunnier side of the selling process it’s important to do five key things before you sell. Feeling prepared and in control of a situation is paramount in feeling good about your decision.

Here are the five pre-selling tips:

  • Organize Paperwork: You most likely have papers regarding any home warranties. Prospective buyers are going to want to have these. Having them ready for viewing is a great selling point. You might also consider putting together a list of current contacts for pool maintenance, lawn care, and even repair work companies.
  • Get an Inspection: Even almost new homes can have hidden damage. Most every buyer in today’s market will be getting an inspection. Beat them to the punch and have your own inspection performed so that you are not surprised come negotiation time.
  • Perform Repairs/Get Estimates: Having your own inspection gives you the time to identify problem areas and either repair them or get estimates to have ready for prospective buyers. They’ll love how organized and up-front you are!
  • Get Organized: Start packing as soon as you decide to list your home. Removing or packing away some of your personal belonging has two great benefits. First, it allows your home some breathing room to be staged and cleaned for showings (see #5). Buyers want to be able to see the house, not your stuff. Second, it starts the process of moving on. As you pack up your stuff you’ll find that the house will feel less and less familiar, which can be great for letting go of attachment.

HUGE LAST STEP>>>Stage: This means it’s time to amp up your curb appeal for starters. Trim trees and shrubs and pick up any debris from your yard. Keep you lawn in showing ready state all year around. You should also consider staging outdoor areas with freshly potted flowers, comfy chairs, and even outdoor accessories, such as lanterns, throws, and dinnerware. You may wonder what these very practical tasks have to do with emotions, but the truth is they are so inextricably linked! Our experiences dictate our emotions. So, take the time to prepare for the selling process. Dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s and then sit back and enjoy your journey into a new stage of life!

Written by Carla Hill

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Great Source for Researching a House

We got a note on our blog recently from a woman moving to Urbana. In the process of finding a home she created a resource on her blog for doing research on historic homes.

This eight point treasure is a cool one- perfect with those fascinated with the history of this area and of Champaign Urbana real estate in particular.

Thanks to you, fortheloveoflibraries !

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New Hyatt in Downtown Champaign

Hyatt Place Champaign
This new Hyatt Place will be built soon in downtown Champaign- photo from The News Gazette.

The News Gazette is reporting that the new hotel coming to downtown Champaign will be a Hyatt Place. Here are the opening lines of the recent article:

CHAMPAIGN — The developer of a proposed downtown Champaign hotel said he has applied to have it branded as a Hyatt Place.

Hans Grotelueschen called Hyatt Place “an upscale, select-service brand” well-suited for the project proposed for the southwest corner of Neil and Church streets.

Hyatt Place hotels are generally mid-sized properties, with 125 to 200 rooms, often located in suburban areas or near airports. They offer limited services, compared with the larger Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt brands.

As proposed, the Champaign hotel would have 145 rooms, with rooms located on the top five floors of the nine-story building.

Parking would be on the second through fourth floors, with the lobby and a small bar-cafe on the main floor.

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Homeownership at lowest level in 15 years.

Homeownership Stats

The U.  S. Census Bureau released stats the other day showing that the numbers of people owning homes has slipped to its lowest level since 1997. While there are many good signs for the Champaign Urban real estate market and for the economy overall, this was not good news. But in reality there are good aspects of this both for real estate sellers and home buyers….or those who dream of owning a home.

Good News for Real Estate Buyers

1. There are lots of homes still on the market

2. Banks expect to foreclose on more homes in the next few months and these properties will come on the market at bargain prices.

3. Interest rates are expected to stay very low for at least 15 months according to how lending experts interpret the Federal Reserve now.

Good News for Real Estate Sellers

1. There is a huge population of people who are renting now and who could own a home for less.

2. The economy is on the upswing even though the real estate market is sluggish.

3. Homes are selling in Champaign Urbana and while there are many homes still on the market. there is room.

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University of Illinois Flash Index

“Good news for the economy” said J. Fred Giertz (Who compiles this stat at the University of Illinois) as this economic indicator broke through 100 with the highest reading since Seotember 2008.

The News Gazette published this visual of this indicator showing continual growth for almost two years:

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Downtown Champaign…alive and well!

In the last 10-15 years, downtown Champaign has become an important part of the life of this “micro-urban” community. Before then it was empty, the traffic sped through, and the stores closed up nights and weekends.

All that has changed now.

The Virginia Theatre has been renovated and is now home to frequent quality and sometimes nostalgic events. Bars and restaurants such as Boltinis, Seven Saints, the vintage Esquire Lounge, and Escobars as well as scores of others crowd the byways of downtown Champaign.

All of this is close to the University of Illinois and is easily accessed by Champaign Urbana MTD as well.

Real estate in downtown Champaign is hopping now as well. Developments such as M1 and M2 have put this area on the Champaign Urbana Real Estate map.

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Housing trends in a down market

There have been huge changes in this recession. Everywhere (including the Champaign Urbana real estate market) it is called the housing slump and the bottom line is that homes are worth less.

This is a boat load of bad news for home owners. But for home buyers it presents a huge opportunity- especially when they are not an owner as well. If first time home buyers have decent income and good credit, they are in the driver’s seat.

An article in a recent edition of The News Gazette pointed out how this is affecting builders and the market:

-The prime customers for builders are well-employed people who don’t have a home to sell.

-McMansions are rarely built now and a “new frugality is at work driven largely by today’s buyers”.

-Smaller homes can often actually double living space for today’s renters for just a bit more monthly payment.

-If people can sell their home, there is a great choice of homes for sale and they are bargain priced right now.


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Blue Line Station Update

The historic Blue Line Station continues to take new life on north Neil.

The News Gazette reports that ” Surface 51 has agreed to lease 5,000 square feet on the building’s northwest side, with a target occupancy date of July 1.”

The overall plan with Blue Line Station is a combination of Urban lofts and commercial according to developer Jeff Mellander,


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