WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KEN? - by Marla Mink-Johnson
Painting Tips - by Jeffrey Lambert
1. Different paint finishes have their advantages Before you begin to paint, consider wall imperfections and other factors. High-gloss paint offers greater durability and is very easy to clean. If your wall is less than perfect, however, high-gloss paint can enhance the imperfections. Flat paint will do a much better job of hiding imperfections, but it's much easier to damage than high-gloss. Eggshell is a great middle-of-the-road option.
2. Small samples prevent big surprises. It's very difficult to tell what a color is going to look like on your wall using a small paint swatch. Investi... Continue Reading
SHOULD YOU RENT OR BUY? - by Marla Mink-Johnson
Central Illinois housing prices are very affordable right now. More homes were sold in 2015 with fewer available on the market. Prices are down a bit so it is a great time to buy before they start following the national trend and start rising again.
How do you know if buying is right for you? Renting may be the way to go. I have always heard that if you are staying somewhere for 4 years or less you should rent rather than buy. Well, guess what! Google knows ALL and led me to the following New York Times link. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html?_r=0
I played with it a bit and plugged in a sales price of $ 89,000, planning to stay 7 years, 3.2% 15 year mortgage with a 5% down payment, a 1.1% growth rate in home prices, 2% growth rate in rent prices (which as a landlord I believe is pretty accur... Continue Reading
STUNNING TRI-LEVEL REDUCED! Priced for fast sale! NOT your ordinary Tri-level! Soaring vaulted ceilings in the living room and kitchen, beautiful wood burning fireplace in the lovely living room. Extra nice kitchen with lots of cabinets plus room for family sized table. Sliders open out to a 2 tier deck. Extra nice master bedroom and bath. Lower level contains 1/2 bath and great family room with built in oak cabinets-would be a great family room or office or even 4th bedroom. Fenced rear yard with flowering shade trees. MUST SEE THIS BEAUTY!
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