Take Advantage of the Homestead Exemption

July 20th, 2016

What if i told you there is a way to save even more money on your tax return!

Have you ever heard of a ‘Homestead Exemption’?

A lot of people haven’t.

A Homestead Exemption is a legal regime designed to protect the value of the home from property taxes, creditors and other unforeseen circumstances.

As your agent, it’s my duty to look after your best interests, and I’m more than happy to check and see if you’re eligible for the program.

For more information about the Homestead Exemption call me at 773-8517636 or email JohnCastelli@kw.com

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Burglar Proof Your Home Tips by John Castelli

July 19th, 2016

Home burglars are on the rise and it’s actually easier than you think to fall victim to one.

But don’t worry I’ve got you covered with these simply tips.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, American homes are victims of burglary about every 15 seconds.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent becoming another statistic.

The most surefire way to protect your home is to install an in-home security system.

Motion sensors, cameras and timers for your lights are great tools for warding off thieves.

Lock all doors and windows whenever you leave your home.

Use shades, drapes and other window treatments to keep household items out of view.

Trim back any overgrown vegetation around windows, porches and doors.

And finally, be sure not to draw undue attention to your home by discarding empty boxes at the curb with your trash.

These are just a few steps you can take to keep your home and all of your belongings safe and sound.

For more tips on how to burglar proof your home contact me at 773-851-7636 or JohnCastelli@kw.com

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Noisy Neighbors?

July 19th, 2016

Is apartment living wearing you down?

Then I am sure you can relate to this video.

Are your days being effected by nights?

Tossing and turning with no rest in site?

Many reasons can cause a bad nights sleep, don’t let noisy neighbors be one.

Reclaim your slumber and move out!

I can help you realize the dream of owning your own home.

Contact me today at 773-851-7636 or JohnCastelli@kw.com

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Monday Motivation

July 18th, 2016

Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend and are ready for a HUGE week! As always I like to start off the week right with some words of inspiration…

Consistency is key to any Success!

One of my favorite Dwayne Johnson quotes, which I couldn’t agree more with is:

“Success isn’t about ‘greatness’. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.”

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There is nothing more important than consistent hard work….. even imperfect consistency trumps non consistent actions all day. Your dreams will not create themselves… You MUST be willing to take massive consistent action and eventually you will see the fruits of all your hard work!

It all starts with being consistent with your actions… the faster you can start becoming consistent with your actions and the faster you can start taking MASSIVE ACTION the faster you will start to see MASSIVE RESULTS!

Have an amazing week and please contact me anytime if you need anything!

Sincerely,

This Month In Real Estate for July 2016

July 8th, 2016

Welcome to This Month in Real Estate for July 2016.

Here are just a few of the national real estate numbers we’re tracking for you right now.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the number of projected home sales rose to 5.5 million.

And the national median home price for existing homes increased to $239,700.

That’s up 3.8% from last month and up 4.7% from this same time last year.

If you’re looking to sell, now is a great time to enter the market.

Finally, according to Freddie Mac, the national average for a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage is down from last month to 3.54%.

Happy July 4th!

July 4th, 2016

Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th holiday.

We’re honored to be your real estate professional of choice and look forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs.

Independence Day KW Happy 7:4

 

1655 N. Talman Chicago, IL 60647

June 25th, 2016

2 Bedroom 1 Bath – First Floor – $1,495/mo. 

Corner of Talman and Wabansia 

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Central A/C & Forced Air Heating

In Unit Laundry – Washer & Dryer

All Stainless Steel Appliances Included – New Samsung Dishwasher & Refrigerator

Walk to CTA Blue Line, North Ave. and Western Ave. CTA Bus Stops.

1 block to 606 Bloomingdale Trail, 1 Block to Grocery Store and 4 blocks to Humboldt Park.

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Available Now!

$1,495.00/mo.

$500 move in fee

Tenant responsible for gas and electric

No pets allowed

Private parking available

Showing Tuesday, June 28 from 6pm – 7pm

$39.95 Rental Application Fee:

https://www.rentapplication.net/castellimanagement

Proof of Income and Verification Required

 

 

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This Month in Real Estate for June 2016

June 2nd, 2016

Wondering how the housing market is doing?

Welcome to This Month in Real Estate for June 2016.

Here are just a few of the national real estate numbers we’re tracking for you right now.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the number of projected home sales rose to 5.5 million.

And the national median home price for existing homes increased to $232,500.

 

 

That’s up 5% from last month and up 6.3% from this same time last year. If you’re looking to sell, now might be a good time to enter the market.

Finally, according to Freddie Mac, the national average for a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage is down from last month to 3.58%.

Whether you’re looking to Buy, Sell or Invest in Real Estate contact me today to learn more on how these numbers effect the market in your area.

 


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Happy Memorial Day!

May 29th, 2016

Memorial Day is a time to honor our brave soldiers who answered the call to defend our nation and make the greatest sacrifice.

We will never forget those who have gone before and those currently defending freedom around the globe.

Thank you to all who have served!


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Top Things Happening This Weekend In Chicago

May 27th, 2016

Happy Friday! I hope your week is going amazing!
Just in case you do not have plans I wanted to share a link with the

“Top Things Happening In Chicago this Weekend”….
http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-events/events-calendar/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need anything I am around and working all weekend!

Sincerely,