Steve Lona's Blog Posts

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To make a first impressionSteve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Should A Realtor Answer That Question?

Realtors do not give legal advise; or do they?Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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How's The Market? Divergent!

Bolingbrook, Plainfield Going In Different DirectionSteve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Weak Earnest Money Deposit = Weak Offer

Go Big or Go To Your Old HomeSteve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Escalation Clause?

Don't use an escalation clause!Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Why Do I Need A Realtor In The Internet Age?

People at the top of their game use coaches; why don't you?Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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August Data for Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville

Is there a housing bubble brewing?Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Dark Reason For No Inventory

It's because of interest rates!Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Can't Put A Price On It

I'm not in it for the moneySteve Lona"Prepare To Be Moved"630-343-9839 Direct

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What Does It Mean To Be An Agent?

Does your Realtor understand agency?Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Prices Converge at $300K Price Point

Market division in local communitiesSteve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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More Buyers In Bolingbrook

More Sellers in PlainfieldSteve Lona"Prepare To Be Moved"630-343-9839 Direct

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Existing Home Sales Down And Up

What To Make Of Existing Home Sales Numbers"Prepare To Be Moved"Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct

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Appeal your assessed value

How you can lower your taxes"Prepare To Be Moved"Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct

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Rates going up?

How an increase in rates impacts which home you buy."Prepare To Be Moved"Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct

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June Market Update

Will We Turn The Corner?"Prepare To Be Moved"Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct

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Does an agent's broker matter?

Why it really doesn't matterLet's talk about it."Prepare To Be Moved"Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct

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Ensure Your Offer Is Accepted

Find your voice when making an offerIt's what I do"Prepare To Be Moved"Steve LonaDirect/Text-630-343

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Who Paid For That TV Ad

National brokerages paying for ads that few people watchI use my assets to get you what you want.That's what I do.Steve Lona630-343-9839"Prepare To Be"

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June Market Update

Plainfield moved into a normal marketThis is what I doSteve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Do You Love Real Estate

Should you remove emotion from real estate?Well, yes.Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Interest Rates Are Going Up What Can I Do

What's up with interest rates?If your lender isn't sure how to protect you from raising ratesreach out to me and I'll get you help.That's what I do.Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be

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Yes I Hear You

Everyone has something to say and people tend to talk over each other. If you need a professional's help, shouldn't that pro be listening more than they're talking? I think so. If it's

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Home Inspection Or Warranty

If you're going to sell your home, consider an inspection first.If you'd like more details, let's talk.Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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Video Market Update May

Here is the most recent market information that is impacting your home buying and selling.This is what I do"Prepare To Be Moved"Steve Lona630-343-9839 Direct

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You Might Be Leaving Money At The Closing Table

In this second installment I talk about how making improvements to your home prior to bringingit to market will pay at the closing table.If you'd like to learn what your home may be worth and

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Do This To Get The Home You Want

Are you ready to beat the competition this spring?It's what I doSteve Lona 630-343-9839 Direct/Text"Prepare To Be"

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First In A Series Flip Your Own Home

First in a series on making improvements to your home prior to bringing it to market. Hit the link to get started http://bit.ly/moreatthetable"Prepare To Be Moved"Steve Lona630-343-9839

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Good Under Contract Data March Bolingbrook Plainfield

With all the data available, there is only one stat that looks to the future rather than the past; that is homes "under contract". With this number we can peek into how the market is shaping up in

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Why Is That Number So High

There was a good response to my blog from a few weeks ago. In it, I indicated the reason it makes sense to make repairs to the home prior to bringing to market. One question was, "if there are fewer

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Best Return On Investment For Home Renovations

Numbers for 2018 remodeling cost vs. value, have just come out. This analysis explains which renovations are most likely to provide the best return if resale is done within a reasonable timeframe. I

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Half Of You Used The Internet To Buy A Home

I'm not surprised. I've been sharing this information with my peers since the data came out last week from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Most of the Realtors I shared this with weren't

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Bolingbrook Plainfield Market Conditions February

Pricing in the southwest suburbs continues it's upward trend for the last 18 months. We've seen the measure of price per square foot, jump to an increase of over $10 per Sq Ft in the last 2 years.

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I Want To Move And Sell My Home But

It needs work! You look at that tired kitchen and you think; "I know our house could sell for more if we able to update this space." So why would you sink money into a space in your home if you're

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Important First Step You Are Not Doing When Selling Your Home

This time you're serious; "We're going to move". For whatever reason you've come to that conclusion, it's likely that you are not considering an important step before making that listing.

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An Important Number To Understand When Bringing Your Home To Market

There is a bit of a disconnect by homeowners when agents refer to the "sellers market" condition. I've been illustrating how there is little inventory available in the Bolingbrook/Plainfield area.

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Do You Even Need An Agent

Most people search for homes on a device   Today, you don’t need a Realtor to find a home because with just a few clicks you can find countless properties to buy or even find a range of how

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Bolingbrook And Plainfield Will See Mostly Increased Property Values 2018

It's official; the area is seeing fewer short sale and bank-owned houses for sale.That means the comparable values of homes will be higher because there are fewer of these properties. When there is

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Bolingbrook Plainfield And Romeoville December Market Trend

During the first week of December I illustrated the market opportunities for people thinking about selling their home. Indeed, as I indicated then, it's sellers season. Well, as predicted, the trend

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Love To Make An Offer But

If you've seen homes in the past that appealed to you and thought, "I'd buy this place if it wasn't for__________. If you had a trust relationship with your advocate broker then you should've shared

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5 Tricks To Keep Your Pipes From Exploding This Winter

5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes From Exploding this WinterEven if you think they’ve already started to freeze.Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But

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Plainfield Bolingbrook See Fewer Distressed Homes For Sale

It's been a long slog through the last 8 years; fighting the negative impact that foreclosure and short sale properties had on home prices in our neighborhoods.Bolingbrook and Plainfield to a lessor

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Bolingbrook Library To Host Social Media Safety Event

BOLINGBROOK, IL — With growing concerns regarding safety on social media, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, and state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, will welcome representatives from Facebook to

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Counties Of Will Dupage And Lake Will Take It On The Chin

I'm not one to climb aboard bandwagons, but in this case the citizens of Illinois are facing serious consequences if the new tax cuts are passed.There has been a lot of discussion among my

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Bolingbrook Holiday Tour

I love the way Bolingbrook lights up around this time of year..

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Bolingbrook Plainfield Romeoville Market Insights For November 17

Significant drop in listing to contract daysThis is the average amount of time it takes a listed home to receive a firm offer. It's an indication that more buyers are moving into the marketplace

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Bolingbrook Market Condition December 17

Opportunity to sell your home is heating up in the Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Romeoville markets this fall. I expect the trend to continue into the winter selling season. Each community is

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