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Becky Bauer is an expert realtor in the Bloomington, Normal, Illinois area. She has many years of experience delivering stellar service to home buyers and home sellers. Becky loves to share her knowledge with others so that they can make the best decisions. Please feel free to read and share these articles on your social media platforms.

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7 Household Expenses You’re Probably Wasting Your Money On

"They were this gorgeous, greenish-teal, and they looked great in my laundry room," says Eliesa Prettelt, avid DIYer and author of "A Pinterest Addict" blog. The washer/dryer combo was perfect. Such a delightful way to brighten laundry day — with a cheerfully colored...

Getting Your House Ready to Sell: Amazing Tips to Get You Top Dollar

Your home is one of the most valuable assets that you will own. So I understand that the decision to sell is a big deal - many thousands of dollars are at stake here! Are you getting your house ready to sell? Do you want to get all the equity you’ve put in over the...

5 Ways to Keep Severe Weather from Doing a Number on Your Yard

Contrary to what many may believe, severe weather doesn’t just beat up on the other guy. Mother Nature can wallop anyone’s home and yard. That doesn’t mean you’ll have to watch your house reduced to briquettes by a wildfire or flooding test your home’s capacity for...

Buying and Selling Houses? Then Check Out These Tips!

Will you need to move? Do you plan on buying and selling houses at the same time? Then buckle up, because you’re going to have to do a lot! Plus, you never want to be stuck with two mortgages - that would be bad for your finances. But you can make your housing market...

Roofing: Repair or Replace?

Deciding whether to repair or replace roofing is largely an exercise in timing — you don’t want to reroof too soon and waste money, but you don’t want to wait too long either. Eventually, all roofs wear out and need to be replaced. In a tight economy, the decision...

How to Sell Your House in 5 Days at a Price You’ll Love

Selling your home is a significant undertaking. Furthermore, there’s a lot that you will have to do to get to closing day. But what if we told you that you can sell your house in record time? Like 5 days? Yes, it’s possible! Let’s discuss how to sell your house in 5...

Moving Across Country: Tips You Should Keep in Mind

Do you have a long-distance move coming up? Packing all your possessions, arranging the logistics of your move, and getting to your new hometown takes a lot of time, money, and effort. I want to share some moving across-country tips that will help you have a...

How to Move Past Student Debt — and Into a Home

You want to buy a house. But you’re worried you won’t qualify for a mortgage because of your student loan debt. You’re not alone. Half of non-homeowners (51%) say student loan debt is delaying them from buying a home, according to a survey from the National...

Things to Consider When Buying a House: Important Factors and Tips

Purchasing a house is very important and every homebuyer has a unique set of priorities. The whole process of buying a house is complex and takes a lot of time. You need to be aware of what you need in a house, create a prioritized list, and be sure to share that list...

4 Things Proactive Homeowners Do in September

Fall’s cooler temps are perfect for deck and yard improvements Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we're getting back to our normal, post-summer routines. It's also a great time to give the house a little extra love and maintenance. Stain the Deck Help your...

When is the Best Time to Buy a House? Your Optimal Home Purchase

Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases that you’ll ever make. Therefore, you need to time your home purchase just right so that you get the best price. Certain times of the year, even specific months, dates, and days of the week matter a lot. The time...

How Long Does It Take to Buy a House? A Quick Home Ownership Guide

You’re looking at houses on the market and you’re so excited to get into your first home! You just can’t wait! But wait! How long does it take to buy a house? As much as you want to move into your new home right away, there’s a process. And that process takes time. So...

You Only Think It’s True: 10 Myths Costing You Time and Money

You can't swing a tool belt without hitting a website or TV network offering tips on taking care of your digs. Save money by watering your lawn at night! No, water it in the morning! No, dig it up and replace it with a drought-hardy meadow! Throw in the info you pick...

Buying a Home? Keep Track With This Real Estate Buyer Agent Checklist

Buying a home is a serious business: there are many stages to complete and it can get confusing. If this is your first time buying a home, then the process may be anxiety-inducing. However, you can allay your worries and fears with this real estate buyer agent...

Why Invest in Real Estate? Let’s Consider the Benefits!

Generally, when we think about real estate, we focus on family homes or primary residences. However, real estate is one of the popular ways to invest. But why invest in real estate? With a portfolio of good assets, investors can benefit from predictable cash flow,...

9 Gorgeous Kitchen Materials That Are Practically Indestructible

What's the point of a Pinterest-perfect kitchen if it doesn't stay that way? Kitchen surfaces, especially countertops, need to be able to take hit after hit. And these nine will. And look gorgeous doing it. #1 Laminate for Countertops Don't worry. Laminate won't make...

What Do Realtors Do? Exploring Their Role in the Real Estate Market

At some point, most of us will need a realtor to either purchase or sell our homes. But what do realtors do? Is there more to their role than meets the eye? Most realtors are like a swan gliding across the surface of a pond, but there’s a lot of work going on below...

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent for Selling Your Home

Selling your home is a serious matter. It can be a stressful process, regardless of whether or not you’re a first-time seller. This means that you need an experienced, dedicated realtor to get you through it all in one piece. Keep reading for some valuable tips on how...

Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent and What You Should Do

Whether you’re a home buyer or a home seller, the last thing you want to encounter is a bad realtor.  How could you fall into such a predicament? There are many ways this could happen. It could be by hiring a friend’s relative who “just got their real estate license”...

10 Home Design Features for Pets

For most of us, our pets are family. We let them sleep in our beds, ladle nutritional supplements on their organic kibble, and throw birthday parties for them. In fact, we love our animal companions so much that we even choose a home and a home design for pets. These...

4 Smart Home Devices: Which Are Right for Your Home?

When you’re not home, little doubts can plague you. Did I lock the door? Did I leave a key for the housekeeper? Is the AC still on full blast? Smart home devices can resolve those questions and ease your mind. They can also make your home more comfortable and...

8 Credit Score Myths Even Shrewd Home Buyers Fall For

Forty percent of us think our credit score will climb if we carry a small balance (nope), and 52% don't realize bad credit can increase the amount needed for deposits on utilities (it does!), according to a NerdWallet survey. "There are quite a few myths and...

4 To-Do’s for July to Save Money & Get Ready for Fall

When it's hot outside, smart homeowners focus their energies inside on these four tasks. You know, like taking advantage of your nice, cool basement. #1 Organize the Basement The two most common types of clutter? Old clothes and seasonal items. Just the kind of stuff...

The Right Way to Pick a (Gorgeous!) Color Scheme for Your Home

Because the wrong paint job can seriously wreck your home. Picking a color for one room can be challenging enough. But picking a palette for your whole house? That feels daunting. Coordinate your colors too much, you'll end up matchy-matchy. Don't coordinate your...

Sharp Homeowners Know June Is the Best Time to Do These 5 Things

Could it really be summer?! Tackle these five summer maintenance tasks during June's longer days and better weather — and save yourself time and money this winter. #1 Update Outdoor Lighting In June, winter nights are probably the last thing on your mind. But early...

Is It a Good Time to Buy a House During COVID-19? Let’s Find Out!

Buying a home represents one of the most important decisions that you will make. In normal times, this can be a scary prospect. However, buying a home during the COVID-19 pandemic is far more challenging. Is it a good time to buy a house? If you are financially secure...

7 Ways to Make Your Yard & Home a Bug-Free Zone

A lush spot for outdoor entertaining? Great. Perfect. A constant swarm of insects that invade your patio and home? No, thank you. Here's how to keep bugs away from your patio and yard, and from getting inside your house. #1 Install Patio Fans Mosquitos may have a...

5 Things Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Spaces Do (and Yours Can, Too)

Outdoor entertaining spaces aren't always equal when it comes to home value (think about that house with the falling-down above-ground pool with no curb appeal at all). Homes that get them right, though, have patios and backyards that blur inside and outside spaces....

‘I-Really-Can’t-Deal!’ Patio Problems Solved

Summertiiiime and the living is supposed to be easy — but not if you live on a hot mess of a patio. Whether it's dying plants, a view of your neighbor's garbage cans, or mosquitoes that threaten to drain you before you can drain a beer, patios tend to develop some...

The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (Plus 8 Others)

Once there's even a glimmer of spring, you're ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year. If you're an allergy sufferer (and who isn't?), that's the last thing...

8 Simple Rules for Negotiating Your Offer and Getting That House

Here’s the dream: Your offer is perfect, you don’t need to negotiate, and you can spend the next few weeks addressing more pressing home ownership questions like, “Why is it called wainscoting?” and “Do I want a new couch in blush or emerald green?” And it could...