Focus Friday: K. Hollis Jewelers

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/9/18 2:16 PM

Today for Focus Friday we talked to K. Hollis Jewelers!  What began as a hobby has grown into a thriving business with an emphasis on creating meaningful jewelry pieces while fostering a sense of community with their customers.  Take a look at their story and plan your visit before Valentine’s Day!

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We Remember

Posted by Emma Johnson on 9/11/17 4:41 PM

Today is a somber day in America as we remember the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which occurred sixteen years ago today in New York City and in a rural field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The anniversary of the attacks causes us to pause as we pay tribute to those who lost their lives that day, and to the service men and women who worked tirelessly to help bring peace and comfort in a situation pierced with terror. We will never forget.

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Advice for Managing Credit Cards while Buying a Home

Posted by Emma Johnson on 6/7/17 9:30 AM

When applying for a mortgage, a lender determines how much house you can afford based on your debt to income ratio, not solely your total monthly income. With this in mind, how you manage your debt, specifically credit card payments, is critically important! If a home purchase is on the horizon for you, you’ll want to remember a few key things.

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A Buyer's Guide to "For Sale By Owner"

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/31/17 9:30 AM

When you’re shopping for a home, you may come across one you’re interested in that is listed as For Sale by Owner. In 2016, 89% of homes sold involved an agent, so while this DIY approach is not the most popular choice, it is something you may come across during your search.

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Jester Park

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/25/17 11:00 AM

Spring and summer are for exploring and enjoying the outdoors, especially in the Midwest since a good part of the year is cold and snowy. This summer, plan a visit to Jester Park, a 675-acre park with lots for your family to see and do!

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Out and About with Compass: Wahoo Woods

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/25/17 9:30 AM

We ask a lot of our kids each day. From standing patiently in line while running errands, to sitting for extended periods while focusing on school work. Finding appropriate ways for them to expend all their build up energy can be tricky for parents.

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What to Expect When They're Inspecting

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/24/17 9:30 AM

A home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process. In fact, according to a recent poll by All Star Home Inspectors, 99% of realtors recommend a home inspection to their clients. Neglecting to have a home inspected could be devastating as a new homeowner. Here are four things you should know about home inspections: 

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Out and About with Compass: Shoreline Architecture Tours

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/18/17 9:30 AM

It’s a good time of year to be a Chicagoan! The warm weather is here to stay and the city is coming alive again. We’ve earned the nice weather, so as you’re making your spring and summer to-do list, put an architecture tour from Shoreline Sightseeing on your list!

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What's the Difference?: Homeowner's Insurance vs. Home Warranty

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/17/17 9:30 AM

While buying a home holds lots of excitement for new opportunities, it also comes with a plethora of new responsibilities. It will likely be the biggest purchase you make in your lifetime, and protecting your investment is critical! When you're buying a home, purchasing a homeowner’s insurance policy and a home warranty are both smart ideas that can help to offer you protection as a new homeowner, but understanding the difference between the two is important because they’re quite different.

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Out and About with Compass: Smart Museum of Art

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/11/17 9:30 AM

Looking for somewhere to hang with mom this weekend that she’ll enjoy just as much as the rest of the family? Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Smart Museum of Art on the University of Chicago campus. The museum is one of the best in the city, and even better—it’s always free!

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