Out and About with Compass: Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights

Posted by Emma Johnson on 12/8/16 9:30 AM

Year round, Cosley Zoo in Wheaton offers visitors a small-scale farm zoo experience that is perfect for the little ones in your life. But at Christmastime, the zoo transforms into a colorful winter wonderland during their Festival of Lights, and the entire family will find the experience magical!

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Mortgage 101: 5 Types of Insurance You May (or May Not) Need When Buying a Home

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/7/16 9:00 AM

Buying a home is likely the largest purchase you will make in your lifetime, so protecting it (and your belongings within it) is essential as a homeowner. There are several types of insurance associated with homebuying, some of which you have a choice in and others required by your mortgage lender to protect their collateral. See what you need here.

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Out and About with Compass: St. James Farm Sleigh Rides

Posted by Emma Johnson on 12/6/16 9:30 AM

St. James Farm, located in Warrenville, is a 612-acre forest preserve containing native plant and animal species, agricultural fields, barns and horse stables. It’s a scenic place to visit year-round for a leisurely picnic, or a hike through the woods on the various paths. The preserve offers exciting opportunities to explore all year round, like nature photography excursions and geocaching, but during Christmas St. James Farm becomes especially festive!

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Winter Housing Market Update: 6 Facts for Winter Homebuyers & Sellers

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/5/16 12:47 PM

Often pegged as the “slow season” in real estate, winter may be an optimal time for you to enter the housing market or sell your home and buy again. See what mortgage rates, home prices, homebuyer traffic and home inventory are doing to shape the winter housing market.

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Preparing to Buy Your First Home in 2017: 5 Things You Should Start Doing Now

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/4/16 12:51 PM

Increasing mortgage rates coupled with rising home prices and rent costs are among a few of the reasons 2017 could be a good year for you to buy a home. Here’s what you can and should be doing now if 2017 is the year you want to get out of the rental circuit.

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10 Home Decor & Design Trends to Watch for in 2017

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/3/16 10:55 AM

Last year interior designs were predicting large florals, bold color combos, statement pendants and soft lines. This year home design trends include eclectic mixtures, luxe fabrics and an overall cozier décor. If you’re thinking of revamping your home décor, use this list for some of the biggest trends in 2017.


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Weekly Economic Review: Mortgage Rates Continue Climbing, Pending Home Sales Slow

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/2/16 1:10 PM

This week's economic review includes mortgage rates, which reached highs not seen in over a year. Meanwhile, employment reports indicated strength in payroll growth while the unemployment rate fell.

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Out and About with Compass: Christmas Around the World

Posted by Emma Johnson on 12/1/16 9:30 AM

Christmas is a time to celebrate family traditions.  These customs we share with our loved ones remind us of what's important, and they allow us to reflect on our past while looking hopefully to the future.  This year, start a new tradition of your own with your family while you observe and learn about the traditions of other cultures around the world by visiting the Museum of Science and Industry's Christmas Around the World exhibit! 

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Adding Value to Your Home: Should You Do a Master Suite Addition?

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/30/16 10:50 AM

The desire for a master suite has been trending upwards in the housing market, topping lists alongside updated kitchens and bathrooms and open floor plans. While the benefits of a master suite, such as a private bathroom and separation from the home’s other bedrooms, may seem priceless to some homeowners, the budget of a master suite addition can become one of the priciest home renovations.

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Out and About with Compass: Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum

Posted by Emma Johnson on 11/29/16 9:30 AM

Each fall, hundreds of Chicagoans flock to the Morton Arboretum to enjoy the season and see the beautiful trees change their colors. But the colorful spectacle doesn't end once the last leaf has dropped! In the winter, the Arboretum strings thousands of colorful lights for a one-of-a-kind Holiday experience you shouldn't miss!

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