I just completed a new community page for the Indian Trail West subdivision on the west side of Aurora. This is a larger subdivision located on the south side of Indian Trail just west of Edgelawn across from the Vaughan … Continue reading →
Today my family and I took a trip out to Wheaton to visit the Cosley Zoo – lured out by the sunny weather and the promise of near-60 degree temperatures. It was a close choice between the Cosley Zoo and the Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora but we have been to the Phillips Park Zoo dozens of times and wanted to check out something new. I have to say, for a smaller regional zoo, the Cosley Zoo is excellent. We had a great time checking out the baby sheep just born on 3/31 and watching an American Kestral and a pair of Red Foxes being fed. A few of the animals were still off-exhibit for the winter but most of them were out and about. The facilities at the Cosley Zoo were pretty well-kept and the price was just right – free for Wheaton Park District residents and $3 for non-residents.
As the weather warms, many families are going to be looking for those short, cheap day-trips and I definately want to bring the Cosley Zoo up as a great way to spend an afternoon.Continue reading →
One of the latest issues at hand is a Kane County Forest Preserve District referendum to ask permission to issue $30 million in general obligation bonds to fund the acquisitionof up to 2,000 acres of open land as well as maintenance and preservation of currently held lands and facilities. At such a sensitive time in the economy – when unemployment and foreclosure remains high and with gas prices soaring, many Kane County residents are having a hard time swallowing this request. I think the big question everyone is asking is this: is this the best time to burden the taxpayers with additional expenses for what could be called something that’s non-essential?
I, like I’m sure many others, have conflicting opinions on the subject. On one hand, I don’t like to see new taxes added to my bill. Officials have estimated the average tax burden for a $300,000 home to be about $15 a year. Now that doesn’t sound too bad but like the saying goes, those little pieces of straw can add up fast and quickly become back-breaking. For many Kane County homeowners who have sometimes had to choose between eating and making mortgage payments, $15 for more forest preserves seems ridiculous.Continue reading →
QR codes are just starting to make their way into the real estate industry. Are they going to be the next big real estate technology or will their limitations hold back their capabilities? If only 17% of current cell phone users even have a smartphone, will this cause many real estate professionals to turn away from this technology as time-consuming for little added benefit?Continue reading →
Winterizing a home is an important factor for homeowners in the Fox Valley. If you have a home that will be vacant for a period of time, consider taking the proper precautions to prevent a potental flood in your home.Continue reading →
In two short days, the current First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit is up for renewal. This Friday, November 6th, a bill extending this popular tax credit goes to full vote in the House of Representatives for approval. Already approved by the Senate, this bill would extend the current $8,000 tax credit for first time homebuyers until April 1st, 2010.Continue reading →