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Published by Happenings Magazine, 2019-10-17 15:00:25

HOMES PLUS 101719

HOMES PLUS 101719

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MARIO SALDANA

LOAN ORIGINATOR
NMLS: 1413225
(262)818-5270

7001 30th Ave
Suite 8
Kenosha, WI
53142

mario.saldana@primelending.com
lo.primelending.com/mariosaldana

FREE

October 17 - November 13th, 2019
Volume 19 - Issue 10

Excellent customer service
ensures clients are in good
hands with Margaret Jacobson
of RE/Max Newport Elite

Installing drywall might look Go green with this eco-friendly four-bedroom
easy on television, but it home overlooking a charming meadow in the
takes more skill than you
might think .............page 7 prestigious Strawberry Creek subdivision

The specifics of a buyer/sell-
er agreement can vary from
state to state ..........page 10

Should you go
for PEX or cop-
per for your
new water sup-
ply lines? ‘Ask
the Builder’ Tim
Carter delivers
the pros and cons ....page 11

PLUS • Area Property Listings
• Monthly Mortgage Calculator
• Kenosha County Home Sales
• Financial Q&A


This four-bedroom contemporary home in

Strawberry Creek is a certified Green-Home

superior environmental located in the upper level. The master
suite is beautiful, with a tray ceiling, a
performance. More than 10,000 grand walk-in closet, and resort-style
master bath, with classic vinyl tile,
homes and multi-family units double bowl vanity (with Moen
WaterSense faucets and a whirlpool
have been built to the Wisconsin tub/shower combo.

Green Built Home standard and

the program was selected as the

National Green Building Program

of the Year in 2006. This home When it’s party time, bring the gang
offers solar power, Low-E down to the lower level, aka the
windows, closed-cell spray foam basement, which is completely finished
insulation, and a 95% high- with all-around ceramic flooring and
efficiency furnace. has a huge rec room with plenty of

But enough with that, let’s get room for a pool table, a multi-media

to the fun stuff, and this home center, and even space for a bar. A

has plenty of that. With two full small kitchenette is currently in the

baths and two half baths across lower level for snacks and drinks, as

Patio door off the dining area open up to a gorgeous this home, there will be no lines well as a half bath. There is also easy

back deck overlooking a huge back yard for the bathrooms in the access to the back yard through sliding

Ah, the good old country club, a High ceilings, walnut laminate flooring, and a gas fireplace patio doors. To protect your
place for people to go for exercise, make this living room a room worth living in. valuables in the lower level, an
networking, dinner, whatever their exterior basement waterproofing
heart desires. Spend the day on the membrane has been added
golf course, then follow up with a around the outer foundation.
beer and some cheese curds at the
bar and grill. Or, send the kids to a As far as location, this home is
summer camp day adventure while just off of Highway 50, and just a
you take in a day of tennis and few miles west of I-94 - probably
swimming, followed up by a fine the busiest intersection in the
Dry-Aged Filet Mignon for dinner. county. It is less than five-
minute drive to plenty of
For most, these activities require shopping, dining, and
one to make some plans, start up entertainment options.
the car, and head over to their
country club. But if you are the next This fantastic home is now
residents of this month’s home, you available at $349,900. For a
will have your very own country closer look, call Margaret
club within walking distance. Jacobson of RE/MAX Newport
Elite at 262-496-1212.
At The Club at Strawberry Creek,
By Jason Hedman

membership means many things. morning. The main level has
Rendezvous with family, blow off some an open concept throughout,
steam in the fitness center, engage in with nine-foot ceilings and
new activities, socialize with friends. fabulous dark walnut laminate
It’s all part of being a member of flooring. A direct-vent gas
Strawberry Creek. From a peaceful day fireplace keeps the room cozy
on the golf course, to parties at the on cold winter nights. The
pool, private club membership has main level also has a laundry
never felt more down to Earth. room, making that tedious

This month’s featured home, located chore a little bit easier. The
at 15307 73rd Street, has so much more
to offer than simply the nearby country kitchen offers gorgeous
club. This 4-bedroom contemporary
offers all the bells and whistles you stainless steel appliances, a
could ever expect, with so much more.
walk-in pantry and the dinette
This two-story home, built in 2009, is
eco-friendly and certified as a Green area has sliding doors leading
Built Home - which means the home
has been verified as committing to out to a grand patio deck

overlooking the backyard and

a meadow of greenery and

wildlife. Get yourself a pool table and a few beers and the lower-

The four bedrooms are all level is ready to bring the gang over for a fun night

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In this healthy market, look for Bear enters Florida home
experience in your real estate needs through sliding glass door

“Although the real estate market has A Florida man said a bear came inside his home through a sliding
been shifting, it remains quite healthy glass door while he was upstairs, and he didn't realize his home
and active,” says Margaret Jacobson of had been visited until later. Shawn Warley said he noticed a paw
RE/MAX Newport Elite. “We continue to print on his sliding glass door after working upstairs for a while at
see an increase in new residents his Apopka home. Warley said his son found objects in disarray so
relocating to our area.” they checked the security camera and discovered a bear had
pushed its way in through the glass door.
Margaret began her career in real
"He pushed it wide open. I don't know if he wiggled it enough
estate back in 1981 and has seen plenty to get the lock to come out, but he pushed on it and he was able
to open it up," he told WKMG-TV. Warley said he has now
of fluctuations in the market. As the installed a new lock to keep bears out.

leader of the local branch of RE/MAX "It's frightening. It's kind of funny at the same time. I just don't
want him to come back. He can stay out there," he said.
Elite, Margaret is aware that being under
MONTHLY MORTGAGE CALCULATOR
the umbrella name is assuring and
With this chart it’s easy to compute what your monthly mortgage payment would
familiar to the public. Margaret be. Multiply the factor by the number of thousands in the loan amount to calcu-
Margaret Jacobson represents both the sellers and buyers in late the monthly payment.
For Example:
the market and received the Lifetime 30-year mortgage of $80,000 at 7.0%, multiply 6.66 x 80 = $532.80

Achievement Award. Marge is proudly Intrst Rt 30 Yrs 15 Yrs 10 Yrs

certified as a Seniors Real Estate 3.00% $3.37 $5.52 $7.72
3.25% $3.48 $5.62 $7.81
Specialist (SRES). With this designation, 3.50% $4.49 $7.14 $9.88
3.75% $4.63 $7.27 $10.00
she has been trained in understanding 4.00% $4.77 $7.39 $10.12
4.25% $4.91 $7.52 $10.24
the distinct real estate goals, concerns 4.50% $5.06 $7.64 $10.36
4.75% $5.21 $7.77 $10.48
and needs of senior citizens today, 5.00% $5.38 $7.91 $10.61
5.25% $5.52 $8.04 $10.73
including: the key differences in housing 5.50% $5.68 $8.17 $10.85
5.75% $5.84 $8.03 $10.98
options, what age-restricted 6.00% $6.00 $8.44 $11.11

communities can provide, application

for the Housing of Older Person Act

(HOPA), the ins and outs of reverse

Anita Rosales mortgages, the use of pensions, 401k
accounts, and how IRAs work in real

estate transactions.

With honors such as these, it is no surprise that Margaret
provides the best service possible with the utmost honesty
and sincerity. She is proudly aware of her client’s needs and
works for them. Margaret also gives a share of her earnings
from each closing to the Children’s Miracle Network, as well
as other favorite charities in the area. Although Margaret
finds print media like Homes Plus to be valuable marketing
tools, she also stands by the age-old tradition of yard signs,
combined with the new technology of the internet, social
media, and her personal webpage,
www.thejacobsongroup.com. She feels that utilizing all
possible means of communication with the public garners
the best results.

With the unemployment rate now at a 50-year low,
economists believe this as a prime example of a healthy
economy. If you are in the market for a home, Margaret can
not only help you find that perfect house, but can also assist
you in finding the right finance company, a contractor for
upgrades, or whatever else you may need. Margaret strives
to be involved in the entire process of the turnover of all her
listings, from attending the home inspection, to being on site
with the appraiser, to handling both sides of the buyer/seller
relationship when need be.

Call Margaret Jacobson at RE/MAX Newport Elite — “The
Sign You Want, The Agent You Need!” for all your real estate
matters, office direct at 262-925-3011, cell at 262-496-1212.
Or her Administrative Assistant, Anita Rosales (Se Habla
Espanol) office direct at 262 925-3012.

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Is The Difference

Joseph F. Madrigrano Jr.
Attorney at Law

Real Estate Purchase and Sale
Don’t be unrepresented in what may be the

single largest purchase you ever make.

1108 56th St. • Kenosha, WI

262-657-2000

Visit Our webpage:
www.kenoshalaw.com

Email Addresses
Joseph F. Madrigrano Jr.:

jm@kenoshalaw.com

HP


Margaret Jacobson 6905 Green Bay Road, Alexander Feuker
Suite #104 Kenosha, WI
Broker Associate, GRI, CRS, ABR, Sales Associate-Buyer Agent
SRES, CDPE, AHWD Cell 262 818-2185
Cell 262 496-1212
Email mjacobson@thejacobsongroup.com Email alex@thejacobsongroup.com

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Should home sellers have
disclosed past tornado damage?

Q: My husband and I bought a home two years
ago and we had a multitude of problems.

Ilyce Glink First, the real estate agent forgot to offer us a
walk-through until the last minute before we
were due at our attorney's office for the closing.
Going by her advice and being on a tight
timetable, we declined. We only had a VA
inspection of the home.

When we moved in, we noticed that there was
water damage to the wood floors and damage
that was fixed with different colored wood. This
damage was not noticeable during the several
Samuel J. Tamkin times we saw the home. There was spilled paint
under one of the beds that we could only see
once the bed was removed. The master bath floor had so many
cracks that had been covered up by furniture and other items.
Everything had been covered with furniture and was beautifully
decorated.

Once we moved in, one of our neighbors told us that the home
had damage from a tornado several years back. When I tried to
get a new insurance quote I was asked if I knew there had been
$40,000 worth of damage and whether everything had been
repaired. Of course, we were not aware of the damage and had no
way of knowing.

We originally went back to both real estate agents, but they
didn't offer any help. I was recently told it was fraudulent not to
disclose the tornado damage. We are in the process of redoing the
bathroom and am terrified the concrete is cracked.

My husband is 73 and I am 68, and we don't have the kind of
money to fix this up. If this is true that the real estate agents
committed fraud, do we have any recourse? We live in Alabama
and would really like to sue for undisclosed damages

Q: While yours is a difficult story to hear, we hesitate to say that While you referenced cracking concrete, you didn't mention
you have been defrauded. That's a strong word and has many whether you found out if the foundation has problems. If you
legal implications. For that, you'll need to sit down with an don't have foundation problems, it's quite possible all your issues
attorney whose practice is in the area of seller disclosure and are considered cosmetic and not structural. Fixing bathroom tiles,
fraud issues. refinishing or replacing floorboards and taking up the paint on the
floor can be costly items for you but may not rise to the level of
But let's start at the top. For the life of us, we can't understand fraud -- or even a misrepresentation in the seller disclosure
why you didn't take up your real estate agent on their offer to see statement given to you.
the home before the sale. We say it repeatedly: As a buyer, you
must go to the home and walk through the home one final time When you obtained homeowners' insurance, you were told the
after (preferably) the sellers move out and before you put down home had damage in the past and you could have asked at that
your hard-earned dollars. If you see something wrong, the time to point to get more information about the issue. If you ask, the
say or do something is before you close. Your cash is the leverage seller must be honest with you. In many states, when a seller
you have. makes repairs to a home, the seller is not obligated to tell you
about those repairs. The seller must only to be honest with you
OK, so you didn't walk through the home. Now what? We can't about whether they are aware of any material defects with the
speak specifically about Alabama law, but most seller disclosure major components to the home.
laws require the seller to disclose known defects or problems the
home has at the time or before you sign the contract. We know Let's say the seller replaced the roof following a hailstorm five
you mentioned that the floors are a different color, but that years before selling the home. If the repair was made, we doubt
doesn't mean that they are defective. The variation in color may most seller disclosure forms would require the seller to disclose
be more cosmetic than structural. The same goes for the tiles in the repair.
the bathroom. Many older homes have cracked tiles. These
cracked tiles could be cracking over time but not as a result of a It seems to us that not only didn't you go through the home
structural problem with the home. before you closed to inspect it, you failed to inspect it altogether.

The paint on the floor under the bed is another problem, but See TORNADO on page 15 for more
without seeing it, it's hard to know if it rises to the level of being
a defect with the home. HP

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Ask The Builder with Tim Carter

Installing drywall requires more
muscle and skill than you might think

Q: Tim, I need your correct consistency. I prefer
advice. I'm pondering to have mine like moist
installing new drywall mashed potatoes or warm
in a room addition cake icing. Put too much
while I'm on vacation. compound under the tape
I've watched cable TV and you'll have humps in
shows and numerous your walls. Put too little
online videos, and I've under the tape and you'll
read a few articles. It end up with blisters when
doesn't appear to be you apply the second coat.
that hard. I've got a
few helpers, so I'm I recommend that you
convinced we can
install the material and build a test wall and
finish it.
practice finishing it before
Is drywall work
harder than it looks? you ruin your new room
What are a few tips
you can offer to help addition. You'll be stunned
me complete this with
minimal work and how hard it is to get
frustration? --Mike M.,
Tyler, Texas professional finishing

A: It's easy to get results if you've never done
overconfident after
watching home improvement shows and such. But too often the it before.
producers tend to gloss over the hard stuff. And that's intentional:
If the impression you took away from DIY TV shows is that the Q: It's been really hot here
work is too hard to do, you'd probably stop watching. I can tell the past few weeks. Our
you that's the last thing the show producers want you to do! deck and our house have
begun making cracking or
Lots of books have been written about the craft of drywall popping noises. Sometimes
installation and finishing. One of the best is "The Gypsum I hear it up in the roof, but
Construction Handbook" published by USG Corp., one of the top it's often a noise in a wall. I'm worried that our house is going to
manufacturers of the drywall and finishing compounds. I highly fall apart and collapse. What's causing the cracking and popping,
recommend reading the chapters about drywall so you make sure and should I be concerned? Elizabeth B., Knoxville, Tenn.
you're installing it correctly.
A: My house does the same thing. What we're hearing is the
One thing that might surprise you about working with drywall is lumber and decking moving as they cool down from the extreme
the weight of the material. You can now buy drywall or sheetrock temperature swings that happen on brilliant sunny days.
that weighs less than its predecessors, but even the lightweight
material's weight might stun you. Lifting and holding a 4 x 12 The sun heats up roofs and walls. Here at my own home, my
sheet of 1/2-inch drywall over your head while trying to monkey roof temperature gets close to 160 F. The wall siding is just a little
around with the screws and screw gun might extract all the below that and my composite decking gets so hot you can't walk
strength and skill you have. I guarantee you'll be sore the second on it with bare feet. Composite decking that's got lots of plastic in
day. it expands quite a bit when heated.

Installing drywall can be nasty, dusty work. Razor knives are This heat is transferred to the framing lumber in the roof,
used to score, snap and cut the large sheets. Professionals use exterior walls, and deck structure. If you pay attention in the late
small hand-held routers with special bits to make the cutouts for morning, you might also hear cracking and popping as the lumber
electrical boxes and other fixtures. You might use a traditional is expanding.
punch saw made for drywall. By all means, do not use a circular
saw to cut drywall like you might plywood or OSB! When the sun is setting, the house material starts to cool down
and contract. This movement can create a cracking sound much
Be sure you use the correct length screw and recess it just like when you crack a knuckle or an ankle tendon. It's normal and
enough so it doesn't tear the paper facing. Screw guns have not a reason for concern.
precision depth adjustments so you get the screws just right. On
ceilings, place the screws on 12-inch centers. On walls, the screws I'd only start to be concerned if I saw cracks in the interior
can be 16 inches on center. finishes that started growing in size. If you are extremely
concerned, you can hire a residential structural engineer to
Finishing drywall is an art. It requires significant hand-eye inspect your home and confirm all is well.
coordination. You need to mix the finishing compound so it's the
By Tim Carter
HP Subscribe to Tim's FREE newsletter and listen to his new

podcasts. Go to: https://www.AsktheBuilder.com.

To hear more from Tim Carter, tune in to Happenings Q&A on
Friday, November 8th at 12:30 p.m .when Tim rejoins the show.

Find us on your radio dial at AM1050 WLIP or streaming live
online at www.wlip.com.

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Homebuyers: Know your state's law
regarding agency agreements

Ilyce Glink Q: I saw your recent article on exclusive buyer side of the question that we did not address in our original
agents and buyer agency agreements, discussing answer.
an agent that required the homebuyer to sign an
agreement for the showing. I feel your article Our answer only addressed the question of the terms that may
misleads buyers in the state of Connecticut. be listed in some buyer agency agreements, but we'll try to
address some of the other issues involved in hiring a real estate
Connecticut has a law that requires agents and agent in a purchase or sale of a home. (We don't have space to go
buyers to sign an agreement in order to show a through all the intricacies and can only give a broad overview.)
home that is not listed by the agent's brokerage.
Agents who do not have buyers sign a Many years ago, real estate agents got paid a commission by the
representation agreement are breaking the law! seller at closing, and because the seller paid the commission, the
real estate agent was seen as representing the seller. This included
In Connecticut, Realtors can show our broker's the real estate agent that brought the buyer to the table. Over
listings without the consumer signing a buyer time, the law has progressed to a point where you could have a
Samuel J. Tamkin representation agreement; however, we need to real estate agent represent only the seller, only the buyer or, in
provide the consumer with an unrepresented some situations, both the buyer and seller.
persons disclosure, which the consumer is asked to sign. An
unrepresented persons disclosure does not bind the buyer to the Where the real estate agent represented the seller, the agent was
agent; it advises the consumer whose best interest the agent more like a traditional agent from years ago that owed a duty of
represents. loyalty to the seller. The agent that represented the buyer would
be a buyer's agent and owe a duty of loyalty to the buyer. In either
Nowhere is your article did you advise the consumer to check case, the buyer and the buyer's agent would need to sign some
with their state's real estate laws. Your article is written from the form of documentation to formalize their arrangement. The seller
perspective that buyer representation laws are the same always had to sign a listing agreement with the listing agent.
throughout the country.
With the advent of discount listing brokers, iBuyers and other
A buyer representation agreement is flexible. It can be for a online providers that can list a home for a seller, the real estate
specific property, properties in a specific town or county, and/or agency game has changed. Sometimes it's hard to know who
for a specific period, as mutually agreed upon by the agent and represents you in the purchase of a home -- who is your true
the buyer. buyer's agent.

Since people believe what they read, I encourage you to write a Dual agency is another wrinkle. It describes a situation where
follow-up article advising consumers to check their state real the same agent represents the buyer and seller in the same
estate laws regarding buyer representation agreements and when transaction. The dual agent might also be known as a facilitator
they are or are not required. or nonagent, since they don't represent anyone's best interests
and have no fiduciary duty.
A: Thank you for your comment. The article was about a
homebuyer interviewing agents to represent them in the purchase See HOMEBUYERS on page 15 for more
of a home. Your point is well taken, and we'll clarify the other

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Ask The Builder with Tim Carter

PEX or copper: Which is the best?

Q: I have to install some new water supply then end the tubing at the fixture. There are
lines in my home. My current home has no joints at all that can leak between the two
copper water supply lines. I'm intrigued by points.
the plastic PEX material, but it seems too
good to be true. Using PEX, I'd only have a I prefer the Uponor PEX system. You create
joint in my basement and then up at the a leakproof connection using a small PEX
shutoff valve at the fixture. Hard copper collar that slides over the end of the tubing.
requires many more fittings and lots of A tool is used to expand the PEX so it can
soldering. What's been your experience with slide onto the end of a fitting. It's far easier
both materials, and what would you use in to create a joint using PEX than it is using
your own home? --Victoria C., Grand Rapids, copper, and I created a "Connect PEX" video
Mich. at my website to show you just how easy it
is to do.
A: I've been a master plumber since age 29.
The good news is I've got deep experience The PEX tubing has a memory and wants
with both copper and PEX water supply lines. to go back to its original shape, so it starts to
squeeze very hard onto the ridges on the
I could write an entire book on the topic of fitting. After a short time, it's impossible for
copper vs. PEX water lines. There's that much me to try to pull the tubing off a fitting. I've
information to know about both products never ever had a leak with PEX tubing.
when considering the pros and cons to each.
Another thing to keep in mind: There are Another benefit to PEX is its resistance to
different types of plastic PEX piping and splitting when water freezes inside the
different systems. Having said that, I'm going tubing. In my current home, which I did not
to give you the Cliffs Notes version. You'll be able to make a sound build, a second-floor water line to a sink
decision for sure. always freezes in bitterly cold weather because the builder and
plumber goofed up installing the PEX. The tubing has never split
I cut my teeth as a young plumber using copper. PEX hadn't and leaked.
been invented at the time. Plastic PEX tubing first was introduced
into the USA market as a radiant floor heating product in the You can purchase electric tools that expand the PEX, or you can
1980s. Just over 20 years ago, in the 1990s, PEX started to appear use hand-powered versions. Cutting the PEX accurately is
as piping material for use in domestic potable drinking water important and a simple hand tool cuts the tubing square and
supply. perfectly each time.

Copper is a time-tested water supply line material, but it's not You can install PEX as you would a traditional copper system,
immune to trouble. There are places in the USA where the water where a larger-diameter pipe supplies water to all the fixtures as
chemistry is aggressive. The water can dissolve the copper and the large line snakes through the house. Or you can install a
cause pinhole leaks and other catastrophic failures. Copper is also separate water line from a manifold to each fixture. The manifold
liable to splitting if the water in tubing freezes and expands. method ensures you have no hidden joints or fittings hidden in
walls or ceilings, but you end up using much more tubing
Copper is easy to work with. Believe it or not, a homeowner with material.
just a little practice and inexpensive tools can cut and solder
copper, creating leakproof joints. It may seem intimidating, but I I'm a big believer in PEX. And because it's so easy to install, I'd
recorded a video years ago showing how to solder copper in just use it in any new home I'd build. I just installed over 6,000 feet of
minutes. You can watch it on my AsktheBuilder.com website. hePEX in my daughter's home for radiant heating, and I installed
about 1,500 feet of PEX for her hot and cold water lines. We went
The issue with copper is that it takes quite a bit of time to install with the manifold system because I didn't want any hidden
a water line from one part of a home to another. You might have fittings anywhere.
five or more fittings to get from point A to point B. Each fitting
requires you to cut and clean the pipe, clean the fitting, apply flux Subscribe to Tim's FREE newsletter and listen to his new
and solder. Working with a hot propane torch around wood can be podcasts. Go to: https://www.AsktheBuilder.com
dangerous. Countless house fires have been started by plumbers
and DIYers who underestimate how fast a torch can ignite nearby Have an issue?
combustible materials.
Ask the builder!
There's a newer system to attach fittings to copper tubing
without solder. The fittings have a rubber O-ring inside them and Award-winning builder and
an expensive tool crimps the fitting onto the end of the tubing to nationally syndicated columnist Tim
make a leakproof connection. I doubt you can afford to purchase Carter is featured in every issue of
the required tool. The fittings are also expensive compared to Homes Plus - if you have a question
those you solder. for Tim, he will be addressing your
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September 2019 Kenosha County Home Sales

Bristol $337,000:15427 68th St $154,000:1551 16th Ave $132,000:5019 29th Ave $115,900:6855 99th Pl
$265,000:9205 184th Ave $331,000:3109 50th Ave $145,000:3307 85th St $130,000:5715 34th Ave $399,000:8023 98th Ct
$225,000:20319 68th St $330,500:6610 85th Ave $134,000:4612 28th Ave $130,000:1020 83rd St $369,900:5414 116th St
$193,000:19542 101st St $329,900:1541 25th Ave $121,000:6101 18th Ave $126,500:5309 35th Ave $349,300:10216 83rd Pl
Kenosha $297,000:6925 55th St $115,000:1803 84th Pl $100,000:6926 36th Ave $300,000:11116 79th St
$546,000:7944 Sheridan Rd $297,000:6942 55th St $114,000:5905 48th Ave $92,500:6611 7th Ave $224,900:1004 92nd St
$515,500:121 68th Pl $257,000:6027 5th Ave $113,500:6353 25th Ave $70,500:1507 57th St $215,000:5515 89th St
$264,900:6944 78th Pl $255,000:4031 35th Ave $104,000:1500 71st St $60,500:2022 61st St $190,000:6623 102nd St
$260,000:3419 86th St $244,000:5205 66th Pl $93,000:3812 13th Ave $44,000:4607 19th Ave Randall
$235,000:9934 70th St $228,900:7854 49th Ave $85,000:6922 34th Ave Paddock Lake $313,000:31845 117th St
$232,200:8805 43rd Ave $225,000:5512 63rd St $65,000:1439 59th St $219,000:6600 235th Ave Salem Lakes
$180,000:7841 6th Ave $221,000:4335 45th Ave $60,000:2009 64th St Paris $360,000:7623 288th Ave
$179,900:4916 40th Ave $211,000:8013 50th Ave $52,000:6315 30th Ave $610,000:3053 213th Ave $272,000:27470 CmpLkeRd
$169,900:6929 Pershing Bl $210,000:7933 20th Ave $50,000:6205 25th Ave Pleasant Prairie $235,000:847 Lakeview Dr
$168,500:2315 73rd St $210,000:2804 28th Ave $47,000:6511 19th Ave $500,000:11203 61st Ave $200,000:21937 121st St
$165,000:7438 36th Ave $206,000:1720 21st St $750,000:3501 30th Ave $210,000:9207 8th Ave $155,000:23614 124th Pl
$149,900:2108 74th St $184,900:7304 98th Ave $750,000:3619 30th Ave $189,000:6623 102nd St $365,000:24522 118th St
$145,000:1574 22nd Ave $180,000:5912 56th Ave $354,000:3810 23rd St $110,200:10907 68th St $224,500:1027 Meadow Dr
$139,900:2940 21st St $179,900:2547 81st St $326,700:6531 108th Ave $6,840,000:6600 235th Ave $210,000:26300 103rd St
$135,000:7303 10th Ave $177,000:1914 25th St $302,500:1821 12th Pl $708,000:11958 24th Ct $188,800:26722 105th St
$133,900:5035 28th Ave $175,000:2908 33rd Ave $285,000:5319 41st St $470,000:10196 47th Ave $128,000:23522 127th St
$130,000:7031 40th Ave $173,500:7521 12th Ave $275,000:3512 15th St $355,000:12205 85th Ave $95,000:23419 127th Pl
$122,000:1803 84th Pl $169,900:7847 38th Ave $248,000:5612 70th St $343,000:9708 33rd Ave $36,000:23412 81st Pl
$100,000:6717 12th Ave $169,000:7006 Pershing Bl $245,000:315 55th St $342,000:9098 62nd Ave Somers
$389,000:3403 13th Pl $167,000:8539 17th Ave $237,000:1240 25th Ave $298,000:11213 3rd Ave $255,000:510 10th Pl
$375,000:5116 33rd St $167,000:922 71st St $210,000:5511 64th St $270,000:10099 32nd Ave $821,000:4837 16th St
$359,900:11305 62nd St $165,000:4128 46th St $185,000:2807 21st St $260,000:4750 84th St $405,000:632 39th Ave
$352,000:15430 67th St $160,000:2019 87th St $177,000:1775 19th Ave $257,000:4906 83rd St $380,000:225 26th Ave
$345,000:6515 94th Ct $154,200:5604 55th Ave $164,000:1503 24th Ave $249,900:11823 26th Ave $360,000:4204 6th St
$158,000:2112 27th St $235,000:10007 64th Ave Twin Lakes
Small, Local, Family Run Business Since 1985 $155,000:5627 40th Ave $231,000:6950 88th Ave $189,300: 1606 Willow Rd
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Step Up The Transformation If hardwood and laminate are not your style, paint is another
option. Paint is very affordable and offers endless possibilities. You
Along with entrances and exits, stairways are some of the most can open up the space by painting the stairs white. You can
heavily trafficked areas of the home. You and your family probably brighten up the space with bolder paint color choices and
go up and down the stairs a dozen times a day, and if there is freehand designs. You can add some whimsy to the space with
carpeting underfoot, that can lead to a lot of wear and tear. stenciled or tiled stairs. Just paint the stairs whatever color you
Fortunately, there are many options for dealing with a carpeted want and stencil in some designs or apply tile to the risers. Tiled
stairway that has seen better days. risers are a feature in many homes of the Southwest. For those
concerned about falling on slick, painted stairs, carpet tiles are
Study the carpeting on your stairs. What kind of condition is it available for the treads.
in? Is it just soiled and stained? Give it a good cleaning. Fill up a
bucket with warm water, grab a bottle of carpet cleaner and a The sky is the limit when it comes to transforming your stairs.
scrub brush, and get busy. For a deeper cleaning, you might want Rethink that tired, worn carpet. New carpet. Hardwood. Paint. It’s
to rent a steam cleaner or hire a carpet cleaning service. your choice, and depending upon the route you take, you might
just cut down your cleaning time.
For carpet beyond cleaning, replacement might be your best bet.
This can be costly, but if you live in an area with cold weather or By Tresa Erickson
with young children or seniors prone to falls, it is worth
considering. Tramping up and down hard, cold steps is never fun,
and falls down hard steps can lead to serious injury. Bring
warmth, comfort and cushioning to your stairs with new carpet.
You can opt for wall-to-wall carpeting or a runner, though with a
runner, you may have to have the stairs refinished.

While nice, carpeted stairs can be difficult to keep clean. Along
with regular vacuuming, you may have to do a deeper cleaning
from time to time. If you’re not one for hauling the vacuum
cleaner or steam cleaner up and down the stairs, consider some
alternatives. Many homeowners these days are replacing the
carpet on their stairs with hardwood. Although expensive to
install, hardwood is durable and easy to clean. Laminate is a more
affordable option, and like hardwood, it is easy to clean. Just
sweep and dust with a wet-dry mop.

Tornadoes Homebuyers

continued from page 6 continued from page 10

Did you hire your own inspector to give you an evaluation There are further distinctions within each of these categories. For example,

of the home? We always tell buyers to hire a good home exclusive buyer agents only represent buyers and never sellers. Exclusive

inspector to go through the home. That inspector owes you buyer agents do this to avoid any potential conflict of interest in their

the duty of loyalty to go through the home and see what's representations.

wrong with it. The Veterans Administration (VA) inspector Having said all this, all brokers will request some form of documentation

may not be looking for the same things your home to work with a buyer or a seller, even discount brokers and brokers that

inspector was looking for. provide other services and benefits to buyers. The questions you should ask:

Given all of this, we don't know if you have much of a What does the documentation say? How does it affect the buyer or seller?

case. We don't even know what your damages are. If your What are the terms of the representation?

damages are the paint in the bedroom, the different color Many states have their own version of the documents that brokers can use

floors and cracked tiles, it may be costly, but may not be with their buyers and sellers. Some of the real estate brokerage houses have

worth the time and money that it will take you to sue the their own customized forms that may add terms to the requirements under

seller. Oh, and by the way, you never mentioned whether the applicable state laws. In other words, a buyer's agency form from the

the brokers even knew about the home having survived a State of Illinois wouldn't be valid in any other state.

tornado. If the brokers didn't know, they wouldn't have You can ask the agents you interview to provide you with a buyer's agency
known to tell you.
agreement to review. You can also go online to your state's department or

The only one to know would have been the seller. If your agency that regulates real estate agents and brokers and review the forms

state requires sellers to disclose tornado damage to a buyer, online. Finally, you can always consult with an attorney to go over any of the

then you have a case. But from where we sit, we can't tell legalities that may be included in those forms and what specific state

you whether you have any chance of winning if you sued requirements exist that you should know about.

the seller. For that, please consult a litigation attorney with Whatever document a buyer or seller signs in connection with a purchase
expertise in seller disclosure law.
and a sale of a home, we hope that the buyer and seller both understand

Ilyce Glink is the author of 100 Questions Every First- what they are signing, ask questions before signing and make sure that the

Time Home Buyer Should Ask (4th Edition). She is also terms of the representation are right for them. Thanks again for writing.

the CEO of Best Money Moves, an app that employers Ilyce Glink is the author of 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer
provide to employees to measure and dial down financial Should Ask (4th Edition). She is also the CEO of Best Money Moves, an app

stress. Samuel J. Tamkin is a Chicago-based real estate that employers provide to employees to measure and dial down financial
attorney. Contact Ilyce and Sam through her website, stress. Samuel J. Tamkin is a Chicago-based real estate attorney. Contact
ThinkGlink.com.
Ilyce and Sam through her website, ThinkGlink.com.

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