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Quickly Fill Those Unsightly Holes

by Allyson Hoffman

Before you put your house on the market, you have to address a variety of issues. Not the least of which is making the house look fantastic. So as you survey your home, you'll start to see little problems that have to be dealt with. For example, damage to drywall where you have hung artwork or secured tall furniture pieces. And that's what I want to talk about with you. If you've got something larger than small holes, you'll probably need some professional help. It's pretty remarkable what a contractor can do to make repairs. But, if you've just got some small holes, you can save yourself some money by doing it yourself.

It's not going to take long, but we need to get some tools. You’ll need to have spackle, a putty knife, a sanding block, primer, paint and a paint brush. I’ll wait while you go get them.

Fill – Okay, we’re going to use the spackling paste to fill the hole itself. Spackle is just a putty made of plaster and glue. Fill the hole and then use the putty knife to scrape off any spackle sticking up out of the hole.

Sand – A tiny hole won’t need much, if any, sanding. But, if you can You’re going to want to use a sanding block or even a dry wall sanding screen to make sure the result is perfectly flat. Just using sandpaper by hand won’t cut it.

Paint – Again, with a small enough hole, you don’t really need to prime, but it’s not a bad idea. Then you’re going to want to find the paint that was used to cover the wall you’re working on. Usually, when an interior is painted, the contractor will leave a can of the color they used in a storeroom or garage.

If you can’t find the right paint, you’re best bet is to repaint the entire wall: Any odd color patches are going to really stand out when the room is empty of furniture. And, if the hole is a bit bigger, you can find self-adhesive patching kits that include a metal mesh and come in a variety of sizes. You’ll still need to sand, prime and paint.

If your walls are bare, you can tackle this chore quickly. And a lot less expensively than a contractor will do it!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
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Art for the Weekend

by Allyson Hoffman

There's no question that the right piece of art can be the perfect accent to a room design, and a subtle note to potential buyers. So, if you're looking for something special, here's a suggestion for this weekend.

Art at the Glen Town Center kicks off Saturday for it's ninth year. More than 175 juried artists are participating, showing and selling everything from photographs and paintings to jewelry and sculpture. Some of the artists will be doing live demos of their work. The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 6pm at the Glen Town Center in Glenview [map]. The site used to be Hanger One of the Glenview Naval Air Station. There will be live music and food available. The show is free and big crows are expected.

Let me know if you find anything interesting and have a great weekend, friends!

Moving? Make Your Social Network Work for You

by Allyson Hoffman

In this tight economy, many people are having to look far and wide for the right job opportunities.  Which can mean moving to unfamiliar places, a daunting prospect, especially if you have school-age children.  Finding the right neighborhoods and school districts is a vital part of making the experience a good one in the long run.

To get the information you need to make a good decision, I provide a complimentary relocation assistance program.  But, you may have a fantastic social network, and it’s a perfect time to put it to use.

I’m talking about Facebook and other social media sites.  If you’re a regular online, let your friends and contacts know where you’re planning to move and ask them for information about the area.  Ask about neighborhoods, schools, local parks and attractions, favorite restaurants and other places that may soon be a big part of your new life.  If your Facebook friends don’t know themselves, maybe they have other friends that do.

You can do the same thing with other services like Twitter or LinkedIn.  Tweeting something like: “Planning to move to Glenview. What are the best schools in town? #Glenview” is a simple way to solicit information from a variety of people. 

If you already have a job in the new location, make sure to ask your new company’s human resources department for any assistance they can offer you.  Find out specifics like where you’ll need to go to get your car registered and a new driver’s license.  Churches can be an excellent resource as well.

Of course, you’re going to want to see your options personally before you make any decision. And you can plan ahead for your scouting trip by using services like Yelp to pinpoint specific shops, services and restaurants that will be important to you. 

And having prepared before you tour the area with a Real Estate Professional, you’ll be in a much better position to ask specific questions and provide information that will make your search for a new home a much easier and enjoyable experience.

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This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company

Chicago's Memorial Day Parade

by Allyson Hoffman

The parade will step off at 12:00 pm and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street in Chicago.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be General Raymond T. Odierno, United States Army, Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command. During the parade, Odierno will swear in new recruits representing many branches of service.

The General’s command focuses on supporting current operations while shaping U.S. forces for the future. He oversees USJFCOM's roles in joint concept development and experimentation, joint capability development, joint training, and force provision and management as outlined in the Department of Defense's Unified Command Plan. Prior to this, Odierno commanded Multi-National Force –Iraq and then U.S. Forces –Iraq. He oversaw the transition from surge to stability operations and directed the largest redeployment of forces and equipment in 40 years. He assumed command of MNF-I less than seven months after completing a 15-month deployment as commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

Have a safe Memorial day in Chicago!

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Family Fun Day

by Allyson Hoffman

Spring into FREE Fun at the Gurnee Park District’s Family Fun Day and Passport Journey! Enjoy kite flying entertainment and our Touch a Truck event! Also, meet with Gurnee-area agencies to learn about the services and amenities available.

Fill your passport and receive a gift! Friday April 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Hunt Club Park Soccer Field located at 4374 Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee.

Sponsored by Dr Robert Bard D.D.S. and Oana Honey D.M.D.


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Marriott Theatre: How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back?

by Allyson Hoffman

Bring the family on Saturday, March 5th at the Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, where the hit musical How Can You Run With A Shell on Your Back is playing.  This production shows how creativity and an open mind can unlock the magic in any situation.  Here, six wildly different students ranging from the jock to the nerd not only learn valuable lessons but also how important individuality and friendship are.

Head over to 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire and enjoy this event with your family.  It all begins at 10:00 AM. Ticket prices are $15 per person plus tax and handling fee and can be purchased at the Marriott Theatre Box Office or online at Groups of 20 or more receive a discount: Call the group sales department for pricing at 847-634-5909 or visit




Foreclosure Filings Down Nationwide

by Allyson Hoffman

In mid-July, RealtyTrac, one of the nation’s largest foreclosure listing firms (pre-foreclosure, auction and REO properties) reported that foreclosure filings were down by 5% in the first half of 2010, but numbers remain above those from 2009 by 8%. This is the latest in the good news/bad news reporting when it comes to the U.S. housing market.

"The second quarter was a tale of two trends," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. "The pace of properties entering foreclosure slowed as lenders pre-empted or delayed foreclosure proceedings on delinquent properties with more aggressive short sale and loan modification initiatives. Meanwhile the pace of properties completing the foreclosure process through bank repossession quickened as lenders cleared out a backlog of distressed inventory delayed by foreclosure prevention efforts in 2009."

According to Saccacio, U.S. housing market will exceed three million properties with foreclosure filings by the end of the year. As with the stock market, the housing market has rolled up and down in 2010 and has not shown signs of stabilization. Even with some positive numbers being reported and a level of improvement in housing inventory, the market is sitting on a significant number of distressed properties and delinquent loans.

The foreclosure rates are also very regional in nature – Nevada posts the highest rates this year (6%), with Arizona and Florida following.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation's 10 highest were California (2.54 percent), Utah (1.91 percent), Georgia (1.79 percent), Michigan (1.73 percent), Idaho (1.68 percent), Illinois (1.61 percent), and Colorado (1.40 percent).


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