NEW IL 1st Time Buyer Down Payment Assistance

April 16th, 2014

The Illinois Housing & Development Authority, known as (IDHA), just released a new program for 1st time buyers or buyers that haven’t purchased a home in 3 years!

Here are the main points:

*$7,500 cash assistance to cover down payment

*30-year fixed interest rate below market interest rate

*Variety of loan options, including FHA, Conventional, VA, and USDA


Must be a 1st time homebuyer or have not owned a home in the last 3 years


Contribute 1% or $1000 of the purchase price, whichever is greater

Purchase a one- or two- unit property within Illinois

Live in property as primary residence






Home Tip Friday – 15 Home Staging Secrets

February 14th, 2014

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Today’s home tip–15 Secrets to Home Staging

Now that you have read last week’s virtual remodeling blog, you are ready to stage your newly remodeled home!

1. Say goodbye to clutter: Too much furniture can be a deterrent. When prepping your home to sell, you want your room to       look larger. You can do that by removing as much of the furnishings as possible.

2. Group furniture: People often think that putting furniture again walls will make their room feel larger. That is a myth. Keep in mind these simple rules…float your furniture, create conversational groups with your furniture, and create clear & precise traffic flow areas.

3. Simple furniture: Decorate so that you can move your furniture on a whim. That chair that you use in the living room can be also used in the bedroom with a different pillow, etc.

4. Transform a room: If you have a room that collects only junk, reposition it so that it creates a purpose. Add a comfortable chair, a small table, and a lamp and you’ve created a reading room. This will create value in your home!

5. Lighting: It turns out, most homes are improperly lighted. Make sure you have 3 types of lighting, ambient (overhead), task (pendant or under-cabinet), accent (table & wall).

6. Make it appear larger: If you want a room to appear larger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a sunroom, paint it green to draw the outdoors in as it blends more!

7. Color it neutral: Painting a room a neutral color, especially living room, tones down any dated finishes in that space. Usually a warm hue will do!

8. Use dark colors: The days of saying painting small rooms in a dark colors makes the room feel small is a myth! If you use darker colors, you can make a room feel more intimate, cozy, and you make it dramatic. Experiment with color! It’s okay.

9. Vary your wall art: Most homes have their artwork hung in a straight line. Wrong! This can make the art almost invisible. Staggering your art will make it appear as a focal point and draw the eye into the space.

10. Three’s the number: Feel free to mix and match accessories. The magic number in grouping these pieces is 3. The odd numbers are favorable, so if you have a larger space go 5, and for a more focal piece to really impress, simple is more. Choose 1!

11. Raid your yard of plant clippings: Most homes staged well have fresh flowers or arrangements. Instead of spending $10-20 or more on a boutique from the store, grab foliage per the season. Ferns, flowers, or even color leaves from trees and bushes in the fall create a warm feeling in the kitchen and other spaces throughout your home.

12. Serenity: Create a relaxing and serene bedroom. Fresh linens and soft colors will make a buyer want to be in that space. Here’s a trick if you’re on a budget: if you don’t have the money to buy a whole new bed, get the frame and get an air mattress and dress it up with neutral patterned bedding!

13. Facelift in the kitchen: Here are some great pointers if you’re on a budget! If you can’t afford new cabinets, either paint the existing ones or just get new doors! Paint everything the same color & get some new & more modern, inexpensive hardware. Also, if you have an old dishwasher, you may be able to check with the company to see if you can order a new, modernized face for the dishwasher!kitchen pic

14. Repair wood: Unfinished projects can scare off potential buyers, so finish them. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag, for example, and they cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.

15. Polish it up: Having tile professionally painted can make a bathroom look brand new. And accessorizing can make buyers feel like they’re in a spa. Put out items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles. It’s a great way to create a polished look, and it doesn’t cost much to do.

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Home Tip Friday – Virtually Remodel Your Home!

February 11th, 2014


Today’s Topic – Virtually Remodel Your home!

Have you been thinking of remodeling your home but not sure if you’ll like the final outcome? Well, I have found the perfect resolution! Lowe’s offers a virtual remodeling tool and it’s super easy to use! Just click HERE! to access the tool. Once the page opens,  click Launch Designer. You’ll have to do a simple download of the program but then you’re good to go!

The site allows you to design your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. Just enter the dimensions of your room, choose your wall color, flooring, finishes, lighting, decorating items, etc. and waaaalaaa! You can see see what you’ll room look like after you update it!

Check out what I was able to do with the investment property we have listed!

Lowes virtual designer


**To see additional photos and information regarding the property for sale at 3949 4th Ave click HERE!

Using different finishes totally changed the feel for the room!  Check it out and let me know what you think!!

NEW LISTING – 3934 4th Ave, East Moline, 61244 – LOTS OF POTENTIAL!!!

February 4th, 2014

New Listing!!

3934 4th Ave, East Moline, 61244

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This lovely home has a lot of potential! With a nice, large lot and an over-sized 1 car garage, this house is a must see!


Home Tip Friday – De-Germ Your Home!

January 31st, 2014

It’s finally Friday and that means it’s also Home Tip Friday!

Today’s Topic: De-Germ Your Home!

The flu has been taking over the Quad Cities!! So I thought it would be good to cover some ideas/tips on how to de-germ your home and make sure no body else gets sick!

Use your dishwasher to disinfect!

That’s right, run nearly anything through your dishwasher to kill off those germs! Just don’t put anything in there that has fabric, holes that water cold leak through and destroy, anything wooden, anything that’s battery operated or anything with loose parts. You could put in toothbrushes, hair brushes (once the hair has been removed), kids toys, pet toys, etc. Just put the dishwasher on a gentle cycle, use a little bit of detergent, turn off the heat dry and you’re all set!!

Wash all sheets and blankets!

To help prevent germs from spreading, wash ALL sheets, blankets and pillow cases. Add a teaspoon of bleach to the water and let it agitate a few minutes. Then add all your sheets, blankets and pillow cases and wash as normal.

Wipe down surfaces with high traffic!

This includes (but not limited to):

  • Door handles
  • Cupboard handles
  • Refrigerator handle
  • Microwave handle
  • Car Keys
  • Oven/stove handle/knobs
  • Computer keyboard/mouse
  • All electronic game systems/toys

Use a disinfectant that is sure to kill all germs!!

If you do end up getting the flu, remember to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids!!

Stay healthy friends!

Home Tip Friday – Winterizing Your Home

January 24th, 2014

It’s FRIDAY!! And that means it’s Home Tip Friday!

Today’s Topic: Winterizing Your Home!

It happens to everyone…

Temperatures around here dropping on the daily! Luckily, I haven’t had any frozen pipes burst or slips on the ice this year but I’ve had a few friends who have. So in honor of those who’ve fallen on the ice or had a frozen pipe burst, I thought it’d be a good idea to go over some ideas/tips to help winterize your home and ensure no more wintery accidents occur!

  • When it’s really cold (like -30), turn up the thermostat a few degrees (It’ll be a lot cheaper than fixing a frozen pipe burst!)
  • Let your faucet drip and every once in a while, run the hot water for a few minutes (Fun Fact: Pipes don’t burst from water freezing and expanding; they burst from the pressure that builds up between the ice blockage and closed valve. Letting the faucet drip helps relieve some of this pressure.)
  • Make sure exterior hoses are disconnected
  • Make sure gutters are clean to prevent ice dams
  • Have De-icing agents available (rock salt, etc)
  • Double check to make sure those handrails are secure (No more slips and falls!)
  • Shovel walks and drive for access and view

Have any other tips to help prevent wintery accidents? Comment below!

Happy Friday Everyone!


Just Listed!! – 1009 27th Ave Court, Silvis, IL 61282

January 22nd, 2014

Come check out this beautiful home in Silvis, Illinois!!

With 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, an open floor plan and handsome updates, this house is sure to impress! It won’t be on the market long, so don’t miss out!!

1009 27th Ave Court, Silvis, IL 61282


MLS: 4148842

Home Sweet Home! Check out my Updates!

Home Sweet Home! Check out my updates!!



Find out more information about the property HERE!

Contact me today to schedule a showing!

Keller Williams Greater Quad Cities is Up, Up, Up!!

January 20th, 2014

We had our monthly sales meeting last week and found out some awesome information!! It looks like Keller Williams Greater Quad Cities is “Up, Up, Up”!

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2013 was a great year for Keller Williams Greater Quad Cities and we’ve set our goals even higher for 2014. I’m excited to see what this year will bring for our team!!

Go Keller Williams Greater Quad Cities!

Home Tip Friday

January 17th, 2014

It’s finally Friday and that means it’s Home Tip Friday!

Todays Topic: Update Your Fireplace

Check out these 3 inexpensive ideas to update your fireplace with a fresh, modern look everyone’s sure to love!

1. A Fresh Paint Job

Photo Credit : Better Homes and Garden

Photo Credit: BHG

The easiest and most inexpensive way to update a brick fireplace is with a fresh coat of paint. It can turn an overpowering fireplace into a nice subtle focal point. Accent it with a few unique pieces and you have a simple, yet chic fireplace!

Painting Brick: When painting brick remember to clean, clean, and clean some more!! You want the surface to be clean so  the paint adheres and dries correctly. (Try using a wire scrub to get all the dirt and dust off.)  Also, remember to use a primer and a roller specific for textured surface. Annnnnd don’t be shocked if you have to apply two or three coats of paint.

2. Professionally Cleaned & Etched

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 Photo Credit: BHG

Try having the stone professionally cleaned and etched to lighted the color on the stone. It creates a light and cheerful vibe in the room. Add a nice mantel piece and, waa-laa! You have a beautiful fireplace!

3. Faux Stacked Limestone

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Photo Credit: BHG

This idea might be a little more pricey than the other two but it’s sure to bring a modern look to your fireplace! (Just make sure you use the fake stuff. It’ll save you some dollars and no one will know the difference!) To find Faux Stacked Limestone, check out your local home improvement stores. I was able to find some pretty inexpensively priced material at Lowe’s and the instructions say it’s easy to install!

Have any other ideas on how to update our fireplace inexpensively? Comment below!

Information and photos provided by BHG

Home Tip Friday – Coming Soon!

January 10th, 2014

I’m starting a weekly series called Home Tip Friday next Friday!! From here on out I’ll be posting a Home Tip every Friday. Topics will range from DIY ideas, cost savers, easy fixes and anything else I think of that will benefit your home. So make sure you check back every Friday to see what new and exciting things I have to share!

I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Happy Friday!!