Jan. 16, 2018

2520 Edgewater Drive

New ranch in Elgin's Del Webb community.  Gorgeous updated kitchen, great open floor plan, tons of natural of light, large master suite, office, and an amazing outdoor entertaining space.  $324,900

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Jan. 15, 2018

2017 Year End Market Statistics

Posted in Market Trends
Jan. 9, 2018

619 Maple Lane

New ranch listing in Batavia on gorgeous landscaped 1/2 acre lot with incredible heated sun room with a beautiful wall of glass. Vaulted family room, living room with fireplace, den with fireplace, and partially finished basement.  $350,000. 



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Jan. 4, 2018

39W597 Bealer Circle

New listing in Geneva with 5 bedrooms and 5.1 baths.  Fabulous open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, large family room, and a full finished basement.  Spacious fenced yard located in the popular Mill Creek subdivision. $538,900. 



Posted in Listings
Dec. 26, 2017

6 Qualities Of A Top Realtor


6 Questions to ask when trying to pick a fantastic real estate agent:


1.  How long have you been in business.? Experience matters, greatly in this job and many other jobs...Confidence is gained in any profession by doing the job daily and solving all the issues that come up during the transaction. I know I would rather have a heart surgeon that is known for his/her success in the procedure I am having, than someone who is "new" to the field...They may be as good as the seasoned doctor, but my confidence level and feeling of well being is higher with the veteran. Inexperienced agents may not know the best way to prepare and stage a home, may miss important details, may not know all the nuances that are important in today's market...They may also over or under price your home, as they do not have the years of experience and hundreds of transactions to help in their decision. 

 2.  What's your track record in this area?  How many sales and listings have you done in the area in the last year? List to sale ratio in the last year...(Also always ask to see how many times the homes has been relisted, as days on the market start at one...The history is online, but in the MLS, it is only the last listing that is used for list to sales ratio and days on the market...Many agents relist NUMEROUS times to make their statistics look better than they really are). Recommendations on Zillow, Trulia, etc., (reviews) are another way to see comments on performance and also how many clients took the time to fill one out)...You can ask for current or past client reviews, but remember that the agent is only going to give you "positive" ones...Zillow, Trulia, and reviews cannot be "controlled.

 If your perspective agent is not from your general area, how can they field questions on locations of schools, churches, parks, benefits of your subdivision compared to others, etc. and authentic knowledge of homes they have listed and sold in the area...Our main target areas are St Charles IL, Geneva IL, Batavia, IL, Elburn IL, Wayne IL, and South Elgin IL.

 3.  Negotiation skills and familiarity with contract requirements---Experience and unusual circumstances aid an experienced agent in the art of negotiation, if they are the listing agent...The key to a good negotiator is for them to find out what you want (price, terms, closing date, etc.) and then structure all responses to the selling agent to ultimately get you to the desired end result, without seeming overbearing, and maintaining the spirit of working together to accomplish the end result. Good questions to ask BEFORE listing your home would be:  How long is the listing period...Is there any fee to cancel or a certain time you have to wait BEFORE you can cancel...I have seen many listing contracts state they need one month's notice to cancel...Commission rate and how much of the commission is going to the selling office and how much is retained by the listing office? What is included in the listing commission--professional pictures, drone photography, listing brochures in the home, what internet websites will your listing be on? Your list may be longer depending on what your home has to offer and what you wish done by the agent.

4.  How will they communicate will you and how often?  After a showing, how long will it be to get feedback on that showing? Do you want it sent to your email, text, or call? Will they be honest about the feedback and let you know when something is not right---strip wallpaper, etc.

Will they update you on the general market area where your home is located? How often will they let you know when a competing home is listed or reduced...Will they let you know when one gets a contract and possibly if that means your home is overpriced?  Keeping up to date on a daily basis is very important, so your home does not get lost in the inventory... 

Good agents, which are usually top agents, work together with sellers to do whatever it takes to sell the home...Does the agent take calls at all times or texts?  Some agents return calls for 2 hours in the middle of the day and 2 hours at night...Is that what you are looking for? Do you get to talk to the listing agent, or one of the others on the team? All of these are just some of the questions that are really important to the successful sales transaction.

 5.  Are they willing to tell you the truth? How to stage for pictures, what you need to do to sell (strip wallpaper, etc). Remember, you are working with your chosen agent as a team to sell your home...Just as in football, frequent huddles are necessary to "win the game."

Will your Realtor let you know if homes on acreage or selling better than in-town homes? Do they know and keep up with the current buying trends...Do they show homes in the area, or do they have buyers' agents who do that---harder to know the inventory if you are not showing it...

6.  Marketing Strategy---Some of this is also in paragraph #3, but the pictures should be changed if season changes, so the listing does not look "old." Will agent be honest and let you know if some issues need to be updated or changed? If prices are dropping and sold homes have gone down, it is important to present all of this data to the sellers, so they can make constant, informed decisions on the pricing of their home...Marketing is a continual daily process of keeping everyone informed...Does this agent agree to do that? Exposure online is the way consumers search for real estate now.  Top Agents have HD YouTube videos, Facebook ads, Zillow premium marketing, HD 8 page property brochures, active blogs, etc. Internet marketing and exposure are the keys to getting your house seen, and hopefully, getting a showing due to what they see.

Also, do you like the agent and do you feel that you could work with their style? Selling homes is just like a marriage---you have to like each other and work together to the end goal!  We at the Purcell Group offer all of these advantages to help you successfully sell or buy a home.  

Eric & Lynn Purcell, CALL US 630-327-2570 or 630-380-6427



Posted in Real Estate Advice
Nov. 15, 2017

October 2017 Market Trends

October 2017 Market Trends. Sometimes the numbers can be easily interpreted, 2017 is almost an exact mirror image of 2016. The number of homes sold in St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia are all up slightly across the board. I am still seeing price growth and strong demand for homes under $400,000, and still seeing stagnate to declining values for homes over $500,000, most of this is due to high taxes and job growth issues in IL. The exceptions, In-Town Geneva (On Fire), ranches, 1st floor master bedrooms, and updated homes on larger private lots. Townhomes continue to sell well with some price growth depending on the property and location. Please contact us if you or someone you know is thinking of moving. Thanks for all the continued support!!!! 

Posted in Market Trends
Nov. 10, 2017

101 Crissey Avenue

Gorgeous new ranch in Geneva, walk to the downtown shops.  Cute home with an updated living room, kitchen, and bath.  Basement is waiting to be finished.  $210,000. 

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Nov. 6, 2017

2101 Bridle Court

Fabulous price for this large custom home in St. Charles.  3-car garage, updated Chef's kitchen, vaulted family room with brick fireplace, 1st floor office, big bedrooms, and a full finished basement.  $384,900!!! 

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Oct. 24, 2017

25 S Conway Court

New South Elgin listing with St. Charles Schools! Two-story foyer and living room.  Redone Chef's kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances, island, high-end refrigerator, and tons of cabinets! Family room with bamboo flooring and fireplace. 1st floor den and laundry. Master bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets, and redone bath with dual vanities, soaking tub, and shower.  Great lot with open, green space and park. $324,900

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Sept. 26, 2017

4N061 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Place

Gorgeous new listing in St Charles on a beautiful private lot backing to trees and greenery.  Huge updated Chef's kitchen, cozy sun-room, and large vaulted sun lit family room with gas fireplace.  Enormous master suite, finished basement with full bath, and a nice brick paver patio to sit and enjoy the fabulous views on.  $574,900. 

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