Real Estate With Jake | December Newsletter

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Hello, December!

December is a month filled with traditions, gatherings with loved ones, and the opportunity to reflect on the journey you have traveled for the last 12 months. What have you learned? What are your dreams for the future? Do you feel you have found your place? 


Market Updates


Save Your Energy

It's (gas) fireplace season. Is your carbon monoxide detector placed correctly and tested?

Having a carbon monoxide detector only helps if it's installed in the right location, and there are some misconceptions about what the "right location" is. While these detectors do not need to be installed near the floor (carbon monoxide is not heavier than air!), doing so can be helpful if the detector needs to be plugged into an outlet, which tend to be near the floor. Likewise, some have screens that need to be at a low enough height that you can read them. Apart from these considerations, it's most important to simply install these detectors near the bedrooms and away from bathrooms (which can get humid) and fuel-burning and cooking appliances (which may release small amounts of carbon monoxide when started or turned on). When in doubt, double-check your specific detector's instructions for guidance. The more you know!


Real Estate in the News

It's Taking Americans Much Longer in Life to Buy Their First Home...

The typical age to buy a first home has jumped to 36 years old, the oldest ever on record. The rising age is a sign that high housing costs and mortgage rates are pushing homeownership out of reach for younger Americans.

Courtesy of CBS News


Local Happenings

Ice Skating in the City

There are a number of ice skating options in and around Chicago, including;
- Maggie Daley Park
- McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
- Winterland at Gallagher Way
- Navy Pier
- Parkway Bank Park
and select Chicago Park District Locations. 

See the Winter Flower Show at the Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning botanical conservatories in the US. During the entire month of December you can see their Winter Flower Show exhibit.


Lifestyle Tips and Tricks

Best Places to Retire in 2024

The Best Places to Retire ranking can help you decide where to spend your golden years. Where will you end up?

Courtesy of US News

25 Dated Design Trends and Solutions

As design trends come and go, there are some that we wish would never come back around. Check out these dated design trends and their solutions.

Courtesy of HGTV

Best Outdoor Christmas Lights

After you've decked your halls and your tree, it's time to take the holiday glow outside. We've rounded up the best sparkle and shine for your home's exterior.

Courtesy of HGTV

Best Practices for Using Storage to Organize a Home

New homes are shrinking in size and storage space, and older homes have their share of storage woes as well, which makes it difficult for homeowners to keep their homes tidy and organized.

Courtesy of NAR


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