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Lake County's Largest Bridal Fair

"Lake County's Largest Bridal Fair" will be held on Sunday, January 4th, 2009 from 12 noon to 3:30 pm.

The Bridal Fair will be held in new Monaco Banquets at the Sundance Saloon, 300 Lakehurst Road in Waukegan, Illinois.

The Bridal Fair will feature over 70 of Lake County's top wedding vendors. Admission is free.

Although realtor services are not directly tied into the wedding day, many couples are looking for a new home for their new life together. And many couples have one or two homes to sell first, before they can purchase a new home together.

I will be one of the vendors at this bridal fair. If you are in need of a realtor, I would be happy to discuss your situation with you and show you how I can be of help.

If you or someone you know is getting married, check out the Bridal Fair's website at www.lcbridalfair.com.

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Comparing Schools

A helpful website for comparing information on schools is www.GreatSchools.net.

The website has a search box "Find and Compare" feature that allows you search for information on schools by school name, district or by city.

Articles include:

Advice on public versus private school
Checklists for your school visit
Grade specific articles
Advice on choosing the right school for you
Moving with kids
Homework help

There's a parent community and special groups for elementary school parents, middle school parents, high school parents and for parents concerned with learning and attention difficulties.


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Grayslake Fall & Winter Farmers Market

The Grayslake Fall & Winter Farmers Market is Lake County's only winter market.

This farmers market is held on Saturdays from October 11, 2008 to December 20, 2008. The hours on Saturday are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The farmers market is held at Centennial Park, located in the middle of dowtown Grayslake on Center Street, near the intersection of Center Street and Whitney Street.

Additional information on the Grayslake Fall & Winter Farmers Market is available at their website: www.GrayslakeFarmersMarket.com.

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Mortgage Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention

If you are looking for mortgage counseling or advice and assistance on foreclosure prevention, there are many nonprofit organizations available to help you.

Here are a few nonprofit organization websites that you can check out:

National Foundation for Debt Management

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America

ACORN Housing

Homeownership Preservation Foundation

I am also available to talk to you about your current housing situation.

Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call, and I will do my best to help you out and lead you in the right direction to some available resources.

Jim Starwalt Thinking of making a move? Log onto my website at www.StarHomeFinders.com and search the Multiple Listing Service from over 150,000 homes for sale. Registering is quick and easy! Jim Starwalt, Broker Associate RE/MAX Center, Phone: 847-548-2625 Jim@StarHomeFinders.com

The Benefits of a Home Warranty

As your listing agent, I would advise offering a home warranty to the buyer, when marketing your home for sale.

As your buyer's agent, we will ask for a home warranty to be included in the home purchase.

Home Warranty of America has a short video explaining the benefits of a home warranty.

Click on the link to view this fun, short video: Home Warranty of America Video

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High School Homeownership Education

Effective January 2009, Senate Bill 2387 (Public Act 95-0863) requires that school officials add homeownership education, including lessons on mortgages to their consumer education curriculum.

The Senate gave its approval to Senate Bill 2387. This bill adds homeownership, including the basic process of obtaining a mortgage and the concepts of fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, subprime loans, and predatory lending, as a component of consumer education courses taught in Illinois high schools.

As a licensed real estate professional, I believe this is a good addition to consumer education.

One of the very first steps in buying a home is mortgage pre-approval.

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WalkScore.com - Find a Walkable Place to Live

WalkScore.com - Find a Walkable Place to Live. This website lets you input an address to determine what is close by or within "walking" distance.

From their website WalkScore.com:

"Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking."

From the website, an explanation on scoring:

"What does my score mean?

Your Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:

90–100 = Walkers' Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.

70–89 = Very Walkable: It's possible to get by without owning a car.

50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.

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ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick

If you have five minutes and your last 12 months of utility bills, use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick to compare your home's energy efficiency to similar homes across the country and get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements from ENERGY STAR. You will also need to enter some basic information about your home (such as zip code, age, square footage, and number of occupants). If you don't have your bills, contact your utility company for a 12-month summary.

Complete an online energy audit for your own home at the Government's ENERGY STAR site.

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What To Do With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

The weather this year, on Halloween Day in Lake County, was great. Mild temperatures, no rain. It was nice to see the neighborhood kids having so much fun.

But now that Halloween is over, you may be trying to decide what to do with your extra or leftover candy.

Here is a great solution from our local Realtor board:

"...Wanted: Your extra Halloween Candy.

RANWC Charitable Foundation Helping Our Heroes would like to take that extra Halloween candy that is always hanging around after the holiday off your hands.

We will use that candy to send overseas to give a little Halloween spirit to soliders.

If you have extra candy that you would like to donate to Helping Our Heroes - please drop it off at any of RANWC's offices.

Thank you!..."

The local office locations are:

Arlington Heights RANWC Office
1114 N. Arlington Hts. Rd.
Arlington Hts, Il 60004
Ph: 847-506-5002
M-F 8:30AM to 4:30PM
Saturday 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Libertyville RANWC Office
400 Peterson Road
Libertyville, Il 60048
Ph: 847-506-…