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When it comes to entertaining outdoors, there's no place quite like your very own backyard.  Many families enjoy the warm summer weather by spending as much time outside as possible, and one way of doing that is by making it a fun place to be.

Get Out Your Grill

The smell of a freshly grilled hot dog or hamburger… the unmistakable taste of a meal that's been prepared outdoors… the excitement of getting together with family and friends for a barbecue… these are all things that you are sure to enjoy and, if you really want to get things cooking, you will get out your grill and cook up something that your entire family will love.

A cookout is a fantastic idea for summer entertainment, which means it is perfect for both small and large

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  • The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.6% by next year.
  • CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 5.3% over the next 12 months.
  • If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!

Source: http://mykcm.com/

About Us
The Adam Merrick Team is dedicated to putting our experience and local knowledge to work for you in all steps of your real estate transaction, from start to finish. We are one of the most respected teams for buying and selling in Peoria area. Whether you are buying or selling a home in Peoria itself, or one of its

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Many a home seller has been there-the house has been on the market for months and there is no sign of a sale.  At what point should you pull the house off of the market, assuming it is even an option for you?  When you start to feel like you are getting nowhere, it's important to step back and consider the facts of the situation before you make any decisions.

Is The Season A Factor?

If your house has been on the market through the summer and well into fall, and the holiday season is approaching, you may feel there is no point in keeping it listed through the winter.  You may be right.  The holiday season is a notoriously difficult time to sell, and you yourself may want to just take a break and enjoy your holidays without interruptions from

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The decision to purchase a home can be an exciting but sometimes confusing undertaking.  When beginning your search for the perfect home, there are a number of factors that you will want to consider.  Whether you are a first time buyer or already own a home and want to move up, getting pre-approval for your mortgage is a necessary and time saving step.  Here are some of the benefits of getting pre-approved!

Know Your Budget!

Getting pre-approved means that you will have a clear picture of the credit you have available to you to purchase your new home, as well as your price range.  This will prevent you from spending time looking at homes that may be out of your budget and perhaps getting attached to a home that you cannot afford.  It means that

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How To Buy A Home With A Low Down Payment

Purchasing a home with a low down payment is important for a number of reasons, including the buyer's ability to have extra cash left over for closing costs, decorating expenses, upgrades and/or other essentials needed to turn their new house into a home.  Thanks to the level of competition between mortgage lenders, it's now easier than ever to buy a home with a low down payment.

First-Time Homebuyers

There are a lot of perks to being a first-time homebuyer, including the ability to get in the door with a low down payment.  Many lenders will ask for a down payment as low as five percent (three percent for FHA loans) to those looking to purchase their first home.

A first-time homebuyer is someone

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Peoria is a pleasant, small community that is one of the oldest cities in the state. It is a business, industrial, and agricultural center known as the headquarters for Caterpillar, Inc. and the heavy-equipment industry. It is also home to the United States Agricultural Research Laboratory. Consistent with its mainstream Midwestern stereotype, life in Peoria is generally quiet. Downtown is clean and unremarkable but has some new entertainment venues, including a new museum center, civic center and high-rise residential units. The Illinois River waterfront is nice, and attractive older residential areas surround the city in the nearby hills.

Great Outdoors
The city has more than 9,000 acres of parks, which include the Peoria Zoo, Luthy Botanical

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