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Vince Romano, REALTOR®
Direct: 847-458-5527
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest
Harnish Drive at Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Fax: 847-658-5050
Hello and thank you for visiting our website. We know that buying or selling a home is one of the most important things you will ever do, and we want to help make that experience as smooth and successful as possible.
Our extensive experience and expertise in the Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Lake In The Hills and Huntley real estate market will benefit you whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in the area.
Buying a home? We will help you find the home of your dreams by taking the time to listen and understand your needs and desires. Once we know what you want, we will work tirelessly to find the right home for you, because no one should have to compromise when it comes to such a huge purchase.
Selling your home? Our expertise in the Algonquin, Crystal Lake, and Lake In The Hills real estate market will help ensure that you get the best price for your property. Our finely-tuned marketing program will make sure the right people see your home.
We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for Sale , , Moving Resources , or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.
We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to with questions any time!
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Buying a home is an exciting time in one's life. Making the smart move of choosing a REALTOR® is your first step to ensuring that your new home and community meets your needs. Our services and experience range from financial aid to helping you find the home that best suits you and your family. For your convenience, we also provide listings by email . We pride ourselves on repeat business and hope you'll come to understand why.
How We Can Help
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As Your Agent, We Will:
  • Assure that you see all the properties in the area that meet your criteria.
  • Guide you through the entire home buying process, from finding homes to look at, to getting the best financing.
  • Make sure you don't pay too much for your new home and help you avoid costly mistakes.
  • Answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy, and more.
Before You Start Looking For Your New Home:
  • Check your credit rating. Straighten out any errors before its too late.
  • Determine a comfortable monthly budget for your new purchase, including down payment and monthly payment.
  • Find a loan program that meets your needs and get pre-qualified (preferably pre-approved).
  • Choose a REALTOR® that you trust and who understands your needs.
  • Determine what neighborhood best matches your needs.
  • Identify important features you need your new home to have.
Closing Costs to Expect:
  • Lender fees include charges for loan processing, underwriting, preparation and establishing an escrow account.
  • Third-party fees include charges for insurance, title search, and other inspections such as termites.
  • Government fees include deed recording and state & local mortgage taxes.
  • Escrow and interest fees include homeowner's insurance, loan interest, real estate taxes, and occasionally private mortgage insurance.
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The more you know about the mortgage process the better. Access a wealth of mortgage information and helpful tips here .
Getting prequalified for a home loan is an essential first step in the buying process. Find out exactly how much home you can afford based on your income, debt, and other factors. It can also help you lock in a good interest rate and it puts you in a stronger bargaining position with the seller once you find the home you want.
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Selling your home shouldn't be a stressful ordeal. Making the smart move of choosing a REALTOR® is your first step to ensuring that your investment in your home pays off. Our services and experience allow you to focus on your move while We manage your home sale from our initial consultation to the closing deal, and beyond. We pride ourselves on repeat business and hope you'll come to understand why.
What We will do for you
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As Your Agent, We Will:
  • Complete a comparative market analysis that will compare your home's value to that of your neighbors.
  • Compile a comprehensive plan detailing all the efforts we will employ to sell your home, including Internet and local media.
  • Present your home to as many qualified buyers as possible getting your home maximum exposure.
  • Help you stage your home and generate curb appeal to ensure you get the highest price.
  • Assist with obtaining offers and help you in negotiating the best deal as smoothly as possible.
  • Help you find your next home and answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy, and more.
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What are homes selling for on your street? Use to find out what neighborhood homes are selling for, free of charge, or choose a more detailed analysis of the value of your home.
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Curb appeal is key and could make a difference whether people stop and take a flyer, or drive right by. Here are a few tips to increase the curb appeal of your home . Staging your home is important. Many buyers will stay in your home longer if it's staged appropriately. We have compiled some ideas to present your home in the most effective manner .
Closing Costs to Expect:
  • Title insurance fees depend on the sales price of the home.
  • Broker's commission is a full-service fee and will cost anywhere between 5% to 7%.
  • Local property transfer tax, county transfer tax, state transfer tax, and state capital gains tax are the charges that you'll pay for the privilege of selling your home. Credit to the buyer of unpaid real estate taxes for the prior or current year are variable and depend on when you close and when your taxes are due.
  • FHA fees and costs are all fees are now negotiable between an FHA buyer and seller.
  • Home inspections fees are in some circumstances paid for by the seller and include pest, radon and other inspections.
  • Miscellaneous fees can accrue from correcting problems noticed during the home inspection.
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  • Prepping and staging a house . Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.
    Difficulty: Average
    Time Required: Seven to 10 Days
    1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.
      • Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house -- a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
      • Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
      • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
      • Say goodbye to every room.
      • Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

    2. De-Personalize.
      Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."
    3. De-Clutter!
      People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.
      • If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
      • Remove all books from bookcases.
      • Pack up those knickknacks.
      • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
      • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
      • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

    4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
      Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
      • Alphabetize spice jars.
      • Neatly stack dishes.
      • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
      • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
      • Line up shoes.

    5. Rent a Storage Unit.
      Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"
    6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
      If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
    7. Make Minor Repairs.
      • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
      • Patch holes in walls.
      • Fix leaky faucets.
      • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
      • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
        (Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
      • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
      • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

    8. Make the House Sparkle!
      • Wash windows inside and out.
      • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
      • Clean out cobwebs.
      • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
      • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
      • Clean out the refrigerator.
      • Vacuum daily.
      • Wax floors.
      • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
      • Bleach dingy grout.
      • Replace worn rugs.
      • Hang up fresh towels.
      • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
      • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

    9. Scrutinize.
      • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
      • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
      • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
      • Make sure window coverings hang level.
      • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
      • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

    10. Check Curb Appeal.
      If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.
      • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
      • Mow the lawn.
      • Paint faded window trim.
      • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
      • Trim your bushes.
      • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

      Watch Weintraub's video about Preparing a Home For Sale.

      Read How to Stage Your Home NEXT!!!
      At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

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    A large percentage of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal—the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing. You can help make sure they want to come inside your house by spending some time working on the its exterior appearance.
    It's difficult to look at our own house in the same way that potential home buyers do, because when we become accustomed to the way something looks and functions, we can't see its faults. Decide right now to stop thinking of the property as a home. It's a house—a commodity you want to sell for the highest dollar possible.
    The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings.
    1. What is your first impression of the house and yard area?
    2. What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them?
    3. What are the worst exterior features of the house or lot? How can you minimize or improve them?

    Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the approach clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive?
    Take photos of the home's exterior. If you have a digital camera, view the color versions first, then remove the color and look at it in black and white, because it's easier to see problems when color isn't around to affect our senses.
    Make a list of the problem areas you discovered. Tackle clean up and repair chores first, then put some time into projects that make the grounds more attractive.
    • Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
    • Stow away unnecessary garden implements and tools.
    • Clean windows and gutters.
    • Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.
    • Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete or bricks.
    • Mow the lawn. Get rid of weeds.
    • Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
    • Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the home's roof.

    Buyers doing a drive by will try their best to see your back yard. If it's visible from another street or from someone's driveway, include it in your curb appeal efforts.

    Do your curb appeal exercise again at dusk, because it isn't unusual for potential buyers to drive by houses in the evening.
    One quick way to improve evening curb appeal is with lighting:
    • String low voltage lighting along your driveway, sidewalks, and near important landscaping elements.
    • Add a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front porch.
    • Make sure lighting that's visible through front doors and windows enhances the home's appearance.

    There are times that adding elements to your landscaping can improve curb appeal, but there are other times when removing something is even more effective.
    For example, we had a listing for a large brick house with large white columns. Tall evergreens, planted in front of each column, had grown taller than the roof. They obscured the columns and windows and made it difficult to see the front of the house.
    We suggested that the owner remove them. She trimmed them back, but it didn't do the trick—they were unattractive and still kept potential buyers from seeing the true character of the house.
    I sold the house to a couple who could see past the trees. One of their first tasks after closing was to yank them out of the ground, instantly boosting the home's curb appeal.
    Most buyers cannot visualize changes, and often won't take a second look at a house if the first look doesn't appeal to them. Home buyers who can visualize changes, and are prepared to make them, expect you to reduce the price of the house to compensate for the work they plan to do.

    • If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders for a dingy house. Drive around your town to find color schemes that are appealing.
    • Install a more attractive front door, maybe something with leaded glass inserts.
    • If you can't justify the cost of a new door, consider replacing plain doorknob hardware with something more attractive.
    • If new hardware is beyond your budget, repaint or stain the door and polish the hardware?

    If you brainstorm, you'll find that there's a solution to most problems—one that lets you stay within your budget. The trick is to find the areas where improvements are needed, then work on them as best you can.
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