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Chicagoland Real Estate

By Helen Oliveri | Broker in Hawthorn Woods, IL
  • Another HW Home SOLD – Way to go Helen!

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Hawthorn Woods, Home Buying in Hawthorn Woods, Home Selling in Hawthorn Woods  |  October 20, 2014 2:27 PM  |  7 views  |  No comments

    30 Rosewood – Hawthorn Woods, IL. 60047
    $530,000 – 97% of the list price!

    30 Rosewood

    Looking to SELL or BUY?  Make "Your Best Move" and call Helen today at 847.967.0022 or email helen@helenoliveri.com.

  • Purchasing Power

    Posted Under: Market Conditions, Home Buying, Investment Properties  |  October 20, 2014 12:16 PM  |  15 views  |  No comments

    How far does your dollar get you in the real estate world?  Watch Helen’s new video to find out.


    Watch more of Helen’s videos at http://bit.ly/Z9A6OF.

    Looking to SELL or BUY?  Talk to the expert!  Call Helen today at 847.967.0022 or email Helen@


  • Helen did it again.....Another one sold in Hawthorn Woods!

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Hawthorn Woods, Home Buying in Hawthorn Woods, Home Selling in Hawthorn Woods  |  October 17, 2014 2:21 PM  |  30 views  |  No comments

    17 Hawthorn Grove Circle – Hawthorn Woods, IL. 60047
    $485,000 – 95% of the list price!

    17 Hawthorn Grove

    Looking to SELL or BUY?  Make "Your Best Move" and call Helen today at 847.967.0022 or email helen@helenoliveri.com.

  • How to Get the Home You Want

    Posted Under: Home Buying, How To..., Investment Properties  |  October 16, 2014 1:59 PM  |  47 views  |  No comments

    Delighted at having sold

    No two transactions are exactly the same in real estate. Buyers who have an idea of how things work will have the upper hand. Working with an agent you can trust is key. After all, there are hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line.

    Know the market

    In real estate, things can change quickly. Make sure you keep up on what's happening with mortgage rates as well as home sales and prices in your target neighborhood. You'll also want to know if any homes are in default - this will shed some light on neighborhood stability, and may also uncover a great real estate deal for you.

    Know your neighborhood

    You don't want to end up on the news as a witness to a drive by, so make sure you consider more than price when narrowing down neighborhoods. How are the schools? Great Schools can give you some insight, but asking those who live in the area will give you a better picture. If you don't know anyone, reaching out to your contacts through social media is a good way to make use of your extended network. You'll also want info on area crime rates, which your agent should be able to provide.

    Know your credit score

    Minimum scores needed to qualify for a mortgage vary depending on the type of loan, the lender, the going rates, the amount of money you are putting down. It's a complicated equation, but your lender can review all your options with you.

    Know how much it really costs to buy a house

    Down payments are one thing. Have you factored in any upfront fees you are expected to pay? You’ll need earnest money to show the seller good faith, and don’t forget about your closing costs. These will vary depending on your lender and your loan, but closing costs are usually between three and five percent of your loan amount, which can be a hefty and sometimes unexpected output of cash on top of everything else you just paid.

  • 50 Easy Fall Decorating DIY Projects

    Posted Under: Design & Decor, How To..., Home Ownership  |  October 16, 2014 6:50 AM  |  53 views  |  No comments

    Getting ready for fall?  These are some fun ideas.



  • Helen does it Again! 960 N. Virginia Ln. - SOLD

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Elmhurst, Home Buying in Elmhurst, Home Selling in Elmhurst  |  October 15, 2014 1:10 PM  |  52 views  |  No comments

    Helen and her team brought the buyer and seller together on this sale and negotiated an amazing deal for both sides.

    Congrats to both and thanks for your trust!!

    Way to go team!

     960 Virginia

  • Preparing Your Home for an Open House

    Posted Under: Home Selling, How To...  |  October 14, 2014 1:35 PM  |  66 views  |  No comments


    An open house is a great way to showcase your home to serious buyers. Without them, you are not going to get a sale! A great real estate agent will give you all the specifics you will need to do, but here are some key tips.

    Attract the Right People


    The best communication in today’s tech savvy world is online. Social media and websites such as Trulia or Zillow are the best way to get the word out to people. To get the right people you’ll also need to reach real estate agents. They bring the buyers in most transactions.

    There are still many people who attend open houses on a whim because they saw a sign. Don’t skimp on the signs. They draw attention, which will draw traffic.

    Don’t be home

    Beagle puppy

    Remember, they are evaluating your home for them. Buyers want anonymity when comparing homes, and if you’re there they may not be comfortable speaking freely.

    If you have pets, take them with you. You don’t want a serious buyer to get turned off because there was an animal in the home. Take their items out as well. A dirty litter box is the last thing that a buyer will want to see or smell!

    Take a Whiff

    Speaking of smell, it is extremely important to make sure your home is smelling fresh and clean. One of the biggest turn-offs to potential buyers is a home that smells less than fresh.


    While you should obviously get rid of any trash and clean out your fridge before potential buyers come by, be aware of odors that you might be used to but that newcomers to your home might find offensive. Avoid cooking onions or other strong-smelling foods in the days before prospective buyers come over. Lighting a scented candle or plugging in a new air freshener never hurts either!

    Clear Out Clutter

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    We know you have to live in your house, but the fastest sales are made when the buyers can picture their stuff in the space. Whether you’ve got piles of clothes taking up space in the kids’ rooms or a huge collection of DVDs stockpiled around the house, it’s time to do some tidying up!

    Yes, the new family that buys your home will likely add their own clutter to it, but the truth is, people like to see homes in “perfect” condition when they’re shopping.

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