April 2019

Found 8 blog entries for April 2019.

How to Calculate a Home Seller’s Closing Costs

Realtor.com reports that a home seller’s closing costs round to roughly 1%–3% of the sale price aside from real estate commissions. Where do these costs come from?

 What a Seller Typically Pays For

At the closing, Illinois home sellers are often responsible for the following main costs:

  • Real estate transfer taxes
  • Any unpaid liens or judgments against the property
  • Recording fees
  • Title transfer fees
  • Title insurance premium and fees
  • Attorney fees
  • Survey fees

Additionally, sellers need to be prepared to cover prorated tax amounts and any homeowner association fees up to the closing date. Real estate commissions are also paid at closing, but are typically decided at the

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It's Marketing Friday!

Fridays are always our favorite at American Realty because everyone learns something new. This week's Social Media marketing workshop was "All About links" - bit links, link trees, photo links...all the tools we need to effectively utilize our social media advertising power. Did you know that link trust siginificantly increases click rates? Our agents do!

By the way - we're always looking for awesome people to join our team. If you're searching for noticeable career growth, talk to us today. No monthly fees, no franchise fees, 90% splits and a full career growth package. Don't miss out!

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Most Spring 2019 Buyers Are Looking for Homes in Need of Renovation

Are you worried about updating your home before you put in on the market? With all the beautiful home renovations we see on TV and Pinterest today, sellers may sometimes feel the need to modernize their home to be competitive in today's market. But recent data shows otherwise. In fact, new realtor.com® studies show that as many as 60% of buyers this spring are considering homes that need renovations; of these buyers, more than half are willing to spend as much as $20,000 on remodeling.

"The combination of rising home prices and limited entry-level homes for sale is prompting many home shoppers to consider homes that need renovating," says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®'s chief

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This month's sales class focused on seller lead generation. Our Managing Broker, Bogdan, spoke from his 30+ years of experience on how to really, practically, generate seller leads and convert them into sales. Every example came with an interesting story, and every advice was backed up by practical experience.

Bogdan was a top 10 agent for 5 consecutive years during his award-winning real estate career. At each seminar, he shares stories, advice, and the real truth about how to real actual success based on his record-breaking sales history.

If you're interested in learning from the best and multiplying your real estate business, we'd love you to join our team! We're always looking for agents who are seeking a thriving, growing career and won't settle

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5 Profitable Home Upgrades You Can Actually Do

Last month, Realtor.com's data team searched through more than a million home sales to find out what top features make homes sell faster and for more money. But as always, many of these features - such as 3-car garages, or fireplaces - are impossible to add to your home if you don’t already have them. Here’ you’ll find five of these features that you can actually add to your home if you’re looking to make good upgrade investments.

1. Chef’s Kitchen

Kitchens have become the centerpieces of our homes. Today, a beautiful kitchen is the #1 feature that increases a home’s sale price. This often includes a large island, open layout, trendy colors and higher-end appliances. According to Realtor.com, the

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Data shows that homes listed in Chicago during the first week of April sell for more than those listed in any other week during the year.

According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, homes listed the first week April have 14 percent more views, 5 percent less competition, and sell 6 days faster then any other week of the year.

Most importantly, typical homes listed in the first week of April have seen almost 6 percent higher prices (around $17,000 more on average).

Economist Hale states that “June is often considered the peak of home buying season, but our analysis found the first week of April is best for sellers looking to maximize list price, and also reduce the risk of price cuts and competition from other sellers.” Why? buyers are

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