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Carol Shroka

Carol Shroka &
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C S Real Estate - Aurora IL
Bordering Naperville IL
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Real Estate News

Today's Real Estate News and Advice

Updated: June 10, 2010

Housing Market Isn't What it Used to Be
A new book by a best-selling real estate author will help you navigate tumultuous change in the housing market. If you are buying in and want to stay put once you get there, this tome's for you. FULL STORY->

Should You Move Up?
You have another baby on the way. Your aging parents have decided to move in. You are starting your own home-based business. There is an endless supply of reasons why a family may need to move up to a bigger, or nicer, home. FULL STORY->

Five Biggest Pricing Mistakes Condo Developers Make
Regardless of the market, remember two imperatives, if your primary market is first time home buyers. FULL STORY->

Jones Lang LaSalle, Other Companies Add Solar to Service and Product Lines
Jones Lang LaSalle recently announced the expansion of its formidable Energy and Sustainability Services group with the establishment of a comprehensive Solar Power Solutions capability. The Solar Power Solutions team, led by industry veteran David Gralnik, allows the firm to provide local and worldwide solutions designed to meet each client's unique renewable energy objectives. Gralnik is also responsible for maximizing the solar optimization of clients' rooftops by leasing roof space and providing installation and ongoing management services for those sites. FULL STORY->

Managing HOA Construction
Your homeowner association may be faced with a large siding, dryrot or structural repair. These projects often involve a number of disciplines like carpentry, electrical, plumbing and engineering that must be properly integrated for a satisfactory end result. When it comes to accomplishing complex renovation projects, it makes sense to use the services of a professional Construction Manager (CM). FULL STORY->

Cheer Up Before Making a Big Change
Have you noticed that if you're feeling down in the dumps about your business, it only seems to get worse? You and your bad mood seem to attract more to be in a bad mood about. It's an ugly, frustrating, discouraging death spiral. FULL STORY->

Jones Lang LaSalle, Other Companies Add Solar to Service and Product Lines
Jones Lang LaSalle recently announced the expansion of its formidable Energy and Sustainability Services group with the establishment of a comprehensive Solar Power Solutions capability. The Solar Power Solutions team, led by industry veteran David Gralnik, allows the firm to provide local and worldwide solutions designed to meet each client's unique renewable energy objectives. Gralnik is also responsible for maximizing the solar optimization of clients' rooftops by leasing roof space and providing installation and ongoing management services for those sites. FULL STORY->

Cheer Up Before Making a Big Change
Have you noticed that if you're feeling down in the dumps about your business, it only seems to get worse? You and your bad mood seem to attract more to be in a bad mood about. It's an ugly, frustrating, discouraging death spiral. FULL STORY->

Managing HOA Construction
Your homeowner association may be faced with a large siding, dryrot or structural repair. These projects often involve a number of disciplines like carpentry, electrical, plumbing and engineering that must be properly integrated for a satisfactory end result. When it comes to accomplishing complex renovation projects, it makes sense to use the services of a professional Construction Manager (CM). FULL STORY->

Mortgage Rates Touched New Low Friday
Conventional fixed mortgage rates touched a new all time record low Friday. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate available to well-qualified consumers at 1 point origination dropped to 4.375%, from 4.5%. The 15-year fixed-rate also declined, from 4% to 3.875%. Mortgage rates have never been this low. FULL STORY->

A Propped Up Market Is Better Than No Market At All
"The best thing about the market today is that it’s not the market yesterday," said Nicolas Retsinas, director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. While that could hardly be called an upbeat assessment, it wasn’t gloom and doom either. FULL STORY->

Getting into Hot Water
Hot water tanks don’t get much attention because they last for years with no maintenance. But some aggressive door-to-door sales tactics have thrust them into the news in Ontario. Here’s what you need to know about your most-ignored appliance. FULL STORY->

Real Estate Outlook: Positive Trends
Positive news on housing and real estate keep rolling in -- thanks in large part to federal home purchase tax credits and continuing near-record low mortgage rates. FULL STORY->

Assistance For Buyers
When it comes time to buy a home, you may need to strap on your thinking cap to come up with some creative ways to boost affordability. This can come in the form of assistance programs, special financing, leasing, and mortgage ideas. FULL STORY->

Business Clarity
One of the most difficult tasks in life is defining your purpose. The pay off of clarity of purpose is enormous. In working with some of the top Agents across North America, I have found that clarity is a big concern. There is a direct correlation between clarity of purpose and success. The more clarity you have in your business, the more profit you will make, and the time spent in business mode will be reduced. The people with clarity achieve more with less time worked. FULL STORY->

Transform Your Home with Home Staging
We know that dressing for success is important when it comes to establishing an image. Well, when it comes to selling your home, it's important to dress it up too. Staging homes has become increasingly more popular because it works. FULL STORY->

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