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October 2017


Home Price Increases Lead to Equity Gains for Homeowners  

According to CoreLogic’s Q2 2017 Home Equity analysis, home equity for all homeowners with a mortgage increased 10.6 percent annually since the second quarter of 2016. The equity growth is driven by the rise in home prices across the U.S., with prices increasing 6.3 percent from July 2016 to July 2017. Equity is also more than double the amount from five years ago. 


Homebuyers Remain Optimistic According to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homeowner Sentiment Survey 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices released their most recent Homeowner Sentiment Survey which showed that homebuyers remain optimistic about the market. 71 percent of prospective homeowners believe now is a good time to buy a home, and while 72 percent acknowledge a very competitive market, the same percentage still feels confident about buying a home. For more information, please click here. 


The KoenigRubloff Cares Foundation Welcomes the Sunshine Kids to Chicago for Teen Getaway

From September 18th to September 21st, the KoenigRubloff Cares Foundation welcomed Sunshine Kids from all over the U.S. to Chicago for the Teen Getaway Experience. For four days, our agents and staff showed hospitality to the Sunshine Kids by exploring the wonderful destinations this city has to offer such as the Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, and Navy Pier. They were also able to visit the set of Chicago Fire and see the Blue Man Group! To see photos from the week, please click here.


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Spice Up Your Fall 

Along with the change in the leaves, you can also tell fall has arrived by the scent in the air and the evolving food options incorporating seasonal items! offers ways to add your favorite fall spices to delicious recipes. Among the suggestions are using ginger to create pumpkin and gingerbread ice cream sandwiches, or infusing some cloves into your homemade chai tea. To read all of the tips, please click here.


Preparing Your Home for Winter 

As the weather starts to cool, it may be time to start thinking about preparing your home for the winter through fall cleaning! Real Simple put together a fall cleaning checklist for the both the interior and exterior of your residence that includes cleaning your gutters, replacing a furnace filter, testing smoke and carbon detectors and cleaning patio furniture. To read all of the suggestions, please click here.


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