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The perfect closing

Yesterday I was fortunate to be part of a perfect real estate closing.  My clients signed all the document and we were celebrating their home purchase in just 60 minutes.  It is so exciting for me to be involved in such a big moment in the lives of families!

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Apple Picking, anyone?

apple_pickingMy family has already made it out to Honey Hill Orchard in Waterman IL for our annual apple picking.  Here’s a list of U-pick apple orchards in Illinois.

http://www.americantowns.com/il/features/apple-picking-and-apple-farms#

Check out the western Suburban farmers market guide

Aurora

Wilder Promenade, 350 N. River, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 2-Oct. 27.

West Plaza Shopping Center, 1901 W. Galena, 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11-Sept. 12.

Spring Lake Park, McCoy Drive, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11-Sept. 12. 630 256-3370.

Batavia 28 S. Water, between Wilson and First. 8 a.m. to noon. Saturdays, June 16-Oct. 27. 630 761-3528.

Brookfield Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-Oct. 27. 708 268-8080.

Burr Ridge Village Center, McClintock and Burr Ridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-Sept. 13. 630 920-1969.

Downers Grove Main Street Metra parking lot, 1000 Burlington. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 12-Oct. 20. 630 968-8400.

Elmhurst Parking lot, northeast corner of York and Vallette. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6-Oct. 31. 630 832-4550.

Geneva

Metra parking lot. South and Fourth. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, May 6-Oct. 28. 312 575-0286.

Green Market, 75 N. River. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 7-Oct. 25. 630 377-0373.

Glen Ellyn Main Street parking lot, adjacent to Giesche Shoes. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, May 25-Oct. 26. 312 575-0286.

Hinsdale Burlington Park, on Chicago Avenue, between Garfield and Washington. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, June 4-Oct. 8. 630 323-3952.

La Grange Parking lot, Sixth and Harris. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, May 10-Oct. 25. 708 387-7550.

La Grange Park 31st Street and LaGrange. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, May 8-Oct. 23. 708 387-7550.

Lisle Commuter lot, west of Village Hall, 925 Burlington. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28. 630 222-3403.

Lombard

French Market. Metra parking lot, on St. Charles between Garfield and Martha. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-Sept. 29.

Yorktown Mall, Highland and Butterfield. 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6-Sept. 12. 630 235-1376.

Maywood Maywood Public Library, Fifth Avenue and St. Charles. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 4-Oct. 15. 708 865-8028.

Naperville Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave. 7 a.m. to noon. Saturdays, June 2-Oct. 27. 630 369-5638.

Oak Park Parking lot of Pilgrim Congressional Church, Lake and Elmwood. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 19-Oct. 27. 708 358-5780.

Oswego Tripp Insurance parking lot, 5 N. Main. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June 3-Sept. 30. 630 554-4433.

Riverside 27 Riverside Road. 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13-Oct. 3. 708 447-2700.

St. Charles Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, Fourth and Main. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26. 630 584-6680.

Sugar Grove Village Hall, 10 S. Municipal. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-Oct. 20. 312 575-0286.

Villa Park Park and Ardmore. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, May 6-Oct. 28. 312 575-0286.

Western Springs On Hillgrove, between Lawn and Grand. 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, May 3-Oct. 25. 312 575-0286.

Wheaton Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main and Liberty, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 10. 312 575-0286.

Winfield Prairie Trail Center, southwest corner of Geneva and County Farm. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6-Oct. 31. 630 682-3712.

Yorkville Town Square, Illinois 47 and Church. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 9-Oct. 27. 630 553-4357.

via Check out our annual farmers market guide – Aurora Beacon News.

Ravinia – Classical or NOT?

Ravinia is such an great venue in the summer to catch a classical concert.  But they have also had a nice line-up of non-classical artists.  Take a look…   

June 29   Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw

June 30   Sarah McLachlan with orchestra

July 9   Santana

July 10   Natalie Merchant

July 20   BoDeans

July 22   Seal

July 27 & 28   James Taylor

August 3   Crosby Stills & Nash

August 10   Huey Lewis & The News/Joe Cocker

August 11 & 12  Train

August 24   Lyle Lovett

August 26   John Hiatt and combo

August 29   Duran Duran

September 1   Hall & Oates 

To see the full schedule http://www.ravinia.org/Calendar.aspx .

Test Drive a New Ride & $20 goes to support Autism

I ‘m going to head over to a Naperville dealership to test drive a Ford Explorer.  The dealerships in the link below will donate $20 to Turning Pointe Autism Foundation for every test drive.  A good friend of mine is very involved with this organization as her family is affected greatly by this disorder.  What are you going to test drive?

via TestDrive « Turning Pointe Autism Foundation – Center for Autism Lifestyle Development and Education – Naperville, IL.

I am going to head over to a Naperville dealership to test drive a Ford Explorer.  The dealerships in the link below will donate $20 to Turning Pointe Autism Foundation for every test drive.  A good friend of mine is very involved with this organization as her family is affected greatly by this disorder.

via TestDrive « Turning Pointe Autism Foundation – Center for Autism Lifestyle Development and Education – Naperville, IL.

College Planning Workshop

Illinois College Authority LLC presents College Planning Workshop at the Sugar Grove Public Library, Sugar Grove, IL.  Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CT) Reservation is required, so reserve your seat now.

“HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COLLEGE FOR YOUR STUDENT AND YOUR POCKETBOOK”

This will be a valuable class for all parents with college-bound students. The class will focus on high school Juniors & Seniors (all grade levels are welcome). Parents, bring your students!

IMPORTANT: This class will reveal how families with annual income of $80,000-$225,000 received assistance to help pay for a college education! Come learn the details about how many families have found ways for their students to attend the best colleges without wiping out their wealth.

In this informal class you will learn:

  • Insights into the SAT/ACT tests and tips on how to score higher
  • How to help students know which colleges to apply to
  • What the more selective colleges really want to see in your student’s application
  • The 5 questions to ask colleges before applying
  • How to maximize your potential for scholarships, grants and other gift-aid
  • Is it possible to attend a PRIVATE COLLEGE for a Public College price!!!
  • Why procrastination may cost a family thousands of dollars
  • We will provide a time-line for success — where one should start

Financial aid comes in many different forms from a variety of sources. Our researach and program guides families to uncover their greatest opportunities.

Obama reduces refinance costs for FHA mortgages – Mar. 6, 2012

NEW YORK CNNMoney — Borrowers with some federally insured mortgages will be able to refinance into lower interest rate loans more easily and cheaply under a plan unveiled Tuesday by the Obama administration.

At a news conference, President Obama announced that the Federal Housing Administration will cut upfront fees for refinanced loans it already insures.

The new fees are for borrowers whose FHA loans were issued before June 1, 2009. An estimated 2 to 3 million borrowers could take advantage of the savings, which could reduce mortgage payments for the typical FHA borrower by about a thousand dollars a year, according to the administration.

“Its like another tax cut in peoples pockets,” said President Obama.

Borrowers who refinance their existing FHA loans will pay an upfront insurance premium equal to 0.1%, the lowest allowable rate, of the mortgage amount — $100 for a $100,000 loan — plus an annual fee of 0.55%.

The new refinancing fees contrast sharply with the cost of obtaining a FHA loan, according to Jaret Seiberg, an analyst with the Washington Research Group. A borrower making a 3.5% down payment on a home purchase as of April 1 will pay a 1.75% upfront fee and a 1.25% annual fee. Those purchase fees were raised barely a week ago to improve the FHAs capital reserve.

via Obama reduces refinance costs for FHA mortgages – Mar. 6, 2012.

ca technologies expanding sales force

 
My husband work for ca technologies.  They just announced that they are growing their sales team by 300.  Exciting news in this economy especially at this time of year!  Please pass the word along to those who may be interested.  Kevin can deliver a resume for whomever may be interested or check out http://www.ca.com/us/careers.aspx
 

 

 
 
 

December 21, 2011

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2011 West Virginia University Marching Band Armed Forces Salute – YouTube

I would have posted this for Veteran’s Day if I had seen it then but coincidentally it is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor…. enjoy the half-time show!

2011 West Virginia University Marching Band Armed Forces Salute – YouTube.

Dear Occupy Wall Street … – daveramsey.com

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Yeah, that’s great. But what do you want? What are your goals? What are your demands? What result are you looking for?

The beauty of being vague is that anyone who has any emotion can get caught up in the excitement and join your crusade. They’ll just get mad at something and assume that you’re both mad about the same thing. Put a few hundred of these people together, and boom. You’ve got a crowd, a headline and a lot of attention … but no message.

A lot of people on Twitter are saying I totally agree with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demands and goals. The only problem is that I have no idea what their demands and goals are. And neither does anyone else.  READ MORE…

via Dear Occupy Wall Street … – daveramsey.com.