Remodeling Your Kitchen: 9 Kitchen Trends to Look for in 2017

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/22/16 10:00 AM

Looking into remodeling or renovating your kitchen in the near future? According to Remodeling magazine's 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, minor kitchen remodels boast a cost recoup of 83 percent. If you're looking for some renovation inspiration, check out our list of kitchen trends for the new year.

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Weekly Economic Review: Existing Home Sales Surge, First-Time Homebuyers on the Rise

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/21/16 8:42 AM

In this week's economic news, mortgage rates increased to a 4-month high while September existing home sales data came in surprisingly positive.

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Out and About with Compass: Mac and Cheese Fest

Posted by Emma Johnson on 10/20/16 9:30 AM

As the weather cools down, things begin to heat up in the kitchen! We crave hearty comfort food during this time of year, and while we can cook it ourselves, nothing beats leaving the hard work of preparing it to someone else.

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8 Ways Millennial & First-Time Homebuyers Are Shaping the 2016 Housing Market

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/19/16 11:43 AM

Coming of age in the recession has painted a different homebuying picture for the Millennial generation. With surmounting student debt and rent prices, the real estate market was once asking, “Where are the Millennials?” But according to a new study performed by Zillow the Millennials are making their own waves in the housing market with their new approaches to shopping, financing and purchasing.

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Out and About with Compass: Santa's Village Azoosment Park

Posted by Emma Johnson on 10/18/16 9:30 AM

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, located in East Dundee, is a theme park for children which focuses on fun rides and attractions, as well as exotic and interesting animals! This one-stop-shop holds all sorts of fun to entertain all the children in your family, no matter their age or interest.

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USDA Rural Development or FHA: Which Is the Best Mortgage Option for a First-Time Homebuyer?

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/17/16 2:33 PM

Today’s first-time homebuyers face a new set of homebuying hurdles. From saving for a down payment and closing costs to credit scores and debt, mortgage affordability is a key concern for many homebuyers. So today we’re reviewing pros and cons and costs and eligibility requirements associated with two affordable mortgage options: the USDA Rural Development and FHA loan.

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Buying Your First Home: Should You Save For a Down Payment or Pay Off Debt First?

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/16/16 10:54 AM

Many potential homebuyers cite existing debt or saving funds for a down payment as the biggest hurdles in their homebuying journey. But what if you have existing debt and a low balance in your savings account? Where do you start?

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10 Simple Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Complete This Month

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/15/16 11:25 AM

As the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler, there are a few home maintenance tasks you need to put on your to-do list. Follow our checklist to get your home, both interior and exterior, in the best shape this month for the fall elements.

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Weekly Economic Review: August Job Openings Fall to 8-Month Low

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/14/16 12:35 PM

Reports of slowing in the job market reverberated this week as monthly job openings fell sharply in August, down 7.3 percent to 5.443 million, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. This is the lowest number of job openings since December 2015. Hiring also slowed by 0.9 percent.

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Out and About with Compass: Brick-or-Treat

Posted by Emma Johnson on 10/13/16 9:30 AM

Legos are a classic childhood toy that offer the chance to build, play and be creative.  Over the years, they have become more innovative and diverse, offering a wide variety of experiences to children of all ages!  Legoland Discovery Center, in Schaumburg, offers the young and the young-at-heart, the opportunity to engage with Legos in amazing ways! While there are special exhibits and events happening all throughout the year, a great time to visit is this month for their Halloween event appropriately titled “Brick-or-Treat.”

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