Vince De Paul's Real Estate Reality Blog


Preparing For The 2021 Real Estate Market as a REALTOR®

There is no question that the 2021 real estate market will be different than in the past. In general, homes are selling faster and at higher prices than ever before. Here are five tips to help you prepare for this changing and challenging marketplace.
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January is ‘Radon Action Month’ in Illinois

IEMA, American Lung Association Encourages Home Radon Testing


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Throwback Radio Thursday - The Costs of Refinancing

Refinancing can spare you hundreds of dollars per calendar month, but it is vital to know all the related costs and long-term effects. The scope of your loan and the state and county where you reside will play huge roles in how much you pay. Just like with any large financial undertaking, it is very much advised that you do your homework, ask questions, and look thoroughly at your short-and long-term goals before choosing to refinance.
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Throwback Radio Thursday - The Stress in Refinancing

Refinancing your home may seem like a good idea, but it can be quite stressful. Who really wants to sit down and crunch numbers and speak with lenders when you already have your home? But the stress it may cause you to refinance your home could be worth it, after all, you do not want to leave free money on the table!


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Throwback Radio Thursday - "Try it Themselves For a While"

We all know that selling a home can be one of the most stressful things people go through in life, a lot must go right to end up with that “perfect” buyer. Selling a home is not as easy as some people may think, and, for a lot of people, the for sale by owner process ends up being a huge waste of time and money. 


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Throwback Radio Thursday - Seller Wanting an "X" Amount of Dollars From a Home Sale

For most everyone the home they own is their most prized possession in life, so why wouldn’t someone want to get the best price possible when they go to sell it? Overpricing a home is the #1 reason why sellers do not end up getting the price they want on their home sale. Pricing a home higher will NOT lead to a higher home sale price. And sometimes a seller will try and sell their home on their own with for sale by owner to try and save some money. This method, called FSBO for short, will end up hurting the seller more in the end.


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Throwback Radio Thursday - For Sale By Owner: Part Four

For sale by owner, or FSBO for short, is a term used for a certain method of selling a property. FSBO means that the owner of the property sells the property without the use of a broker or agent. Sellers who usually use this method want to try and avoid paying the real estate agent or broker commission on the sale. Let us go over the fourth and final reason why someone would want to FSBO their home.
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Throwback Radio Thursday - For Sale By Owner: Part Three

For sale by owner, or FSBO for short, is a term used for a certain method of selling a property. FSBO means that the owner of the property sells the property without the use of a broker or agent. Sellers who usually use this method want to try and avoid paying the real estate agent or broker commission on the sale. Let us go over the third reason why someone would want to FSBO their home.
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Throwback Radio Thursday - For Sale By Owner: Part Two

For sale by owner, or FSBO for short, is a term used for a certain method of selling a property. FSBO means that the owner of the property sells the property without the use of a broker or agent. Sellers who usually use this method want to try and avoid paying the real estate agent or broker commission on the sale. Let us go over the second reason why someone would want to FSBO their home.
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Throwback Radio Thursday - For Sale By Owner

For sale by owner, or FSBO for short, is a term used for a certain method of selling a property. FSBO means that the owner of the property sells the property without the use of a broker or agent. Sellers who usually use this method want to try and avoid paying the real estate agent or broker commission on the sale. Let us go over the first reason why someone would want to FSBO their home.


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A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, (NAR) the largest trade group in the country.

Every agent is not a REALTOR®.  You become a REALTOR® after you pass your real estate course, pass the state license exam, join a real estate company and then join the National Association of REALTORS®.

According to the NAR, the term REALTOR has one, and only one, meaning:
"REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics."

Michael Fair, President and Director of Your House Academy is an NAR member.