Ice is Nice!

Enjoy some ice time

Make the most of our winter climate while enjoying family time on the rink.

Davenport

River’s Edge

Bettendorf

Frozen Landing

Moline

Center Ice at Bass St. Landing, Riverside Park Lagoon

Rock Island

Sunset Park, Longview Park

Galesburg

Rotary Park

Rather ski or snowboard? Head to Snowstar in Andalusia where you can also go tubing.

 

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Looking For a Seasonal Home or Relocating? Relocation Specialists are Here to Help!

Thinking of a second home?

If you’re considering finding a winter home or moving permanently, start your search with a Mel Foster Co. relocation specialist. Find a property in the U.S. or take your search worldwide with our global connections.

Mel Foster Co. has experience helping families relocate outside of the Quad Cities to anywhere in the world. Our relocation specialists provide multiple services at no additional cost to you. Mel Foster Co. is a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the premier national relocation network. They’ll also be able to connect you with another agent in your desired location to help with your home search.

A relocation specialist can provide cost of living comparisons, including state withholding tax rates. If you’re moving with family, they’ll also be able to provide a list of schools in the area and schedule a school visit. During your home search, a relocation specialist will also assist with finding temporary housing until you find your new home.

Whether you’re looking for a snowbird lifestyle or a permanent relocation, Mel Foster Co. will be able to help you find a home to meet your needs. Get started with relo today.

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January Events in the Quad City Area

Enjoy some tea.

Enjoy some of these special events to keep your calendar filled up in January.

Icestravaganza at Freight House Farmers’ Market in Davenport

Saturday, January 13

11am – 4pm

Slay Bells Ring Murder Mystery Dinner at Skellington Manor in Rock Island

Saturday, January 13

6:30pm – 9:30pm

MLK Jr. Celebration: The Time is Now at Augustana College in Rock Island

Saturday, Jan 13

6pm

The Little Mermaid Musical at Kewanee High School

Saturday, January 13 at 7pm

Sunday, January 14 at 2pm

Community MLK Celebration at Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, January 14

2pm – 4pm

Free Swimming at Indoor Pool at the Center in Geneseo

Monday, January 15

1pm – 3pm

Discovery Depot Children’s Museum Pajama Party in Geneseo

Friday, January 19

6pm – 8pm

Mother Daughter Tea at the Butterworth Center in Moline

Saturday, January 27

11am -12:30pm

Chili Cook Off with Hand-in-Hand at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport

Saturday, January 27

2:30pm – 7pm

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

Avoid having to do this.

Increase precautions when the temperature drops

Temporary measures:

  1. During extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures, increase thermostat settings to at least 60 degrees F throughout the home to help ensure adequate temperatures are maintained in colder spots.
  2. Open bathroom or kitchen cabinet doors that run along outside walls so that warmer room air can circulate through them. If you have pets or children, be mindful of chemicals stored in the cabinets.
  3. To prevent exterior faucets from freezing, shut them off from inside the home and drain remaining water from pipes. Exterior irrigation systems should be winterized.
  4. Still water freezes faster than running water. During periods of low usage and on frigid nights, turn on a faucet at the highest point in the home.  Keep the water stream low, so that only a small amount can trickle through pipes running through cold spaces.
  5. If the water meter is operating but your water in not running, you may have a frozen pipe. Once the pipe thaws, it could burst.  If you discover a frozen pipe, close the main water shut-off valve and call a plumber immediately.
  6. If you’re away from home for extended periods of time, turn off the water. This may not prevent frozen pipes, but it can significantly reduce the damage.

Permanent measures:

  1. Install an automatic shut-off system designed to stop water flow when a leak occurs. Contact your independent insurance advisor for additional information and a list of approved devices.
  2. Add several low temperature sensors to your central station alarm system. Place them in remote areas of your home.

If damage occurs:

In the event of water damage, take the following steps immediately to minimize the impact:

  1. Locate the main water shut-off valve and close it.
  2. Call an emergency service restoration company to facilitate repairs and stare the dry-out process.
  3. Move undamaged items away from affected area.
  4. Contact your insurance agent, or the emergency contact number.

Source:  AIG Private Client Group

 

 

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Remodeling for Best Return on Investment

Best Remodel Return

When remodeling your house, spending money efficiently is important to get the biggest possible return on investment (ROI). But what rooms of the house will give you the best ROI? Here is a general breakdown of the value of each part of your house.

Kitchen Value: 10-15%                          Master Bathroom: 10%

Bathroom: 5%                                       Finished Basement: 10-15%

Patios and Decks: 2-5%

Other Rooms (Bedrooms, Living Rooms) 1-3%

You might not be concerned about return on investment if you’ve found your forever home. But if you’re likely to move in the next 10 years, you should be smart with your remodeling spending to make sure you get some of that money back through increased home value when you sell.

Generally if your home is worth $100,000 and you’re planning on redoing the basement, you should aim to spend about $10,000-$15,000 on improvements. This will improve your chances of earning that money back in the long run if you sell your home.

You should initially focus on spaces that are functionally outdated or useless. If you finish an unfinished basement, your home’s value will increase significantly. Smaller cosmetic changes like light fixtures can be inexpensive, but won’t net you a large return when you decide to sell.

Lastly be prepared for unexpected expenses during your renovation projects. It’s best to try to plan a little under your budget to make sure if any additional costs appear during renovations they won’t break the bank. Or better yet, set aside 20% of the budget as contingency plan to be sure you have money available in your budget for the unexpected.

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Four Tips for Buyers in a Seller’s Market

With housing supply running low, competition is fierce among buyers. It’s important to be prepared for the process of buying a home as soon as you enter the market. Follow these tips for a less difficult and low stress buying process.

  1. Set a Realistic Budget

Before you start looking at houses, determine your price range. Visit one or more lenders to verify the amount of money you’re able to borrow and be sure to consider taxes, utilities and insurance. When listings are scarce, multiple bids can often be made on the same house, so be prepared to walk away if the price rises above your budget.

  1. Determine Your Wants and Needs

When housing inventory is low you may need to be prepared to make some compromises. Consider repairs, appliances, finishes and location when choosing a home. Some things may be easier to change than others, so decide what matters most to you.

  1. Be Ready to Decide Quickly

In a seller’s market homes won’t stay available for long, especially if they’re a great deal. If a house meets your needs, is under budget and available, you should be prepared to make an offer as soon as possible if you want to secure the house.

  1. Work with a Professional

It can be overwhelming to track new listings and schedule showings, so if you want to avoid the hassle consider working with a Mel Foster Co. agent. There’s no cost for the buyer, and you’ll have someone in your corner with industry knowledge and experience. Contact an agent today .

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Meet Santa.

Giggles with Santa

Believe in the magic of the season and take the little ones to visit Santa.

Christmas in the Village, Davenport

Festival of Trees, Davenport

NorthPark Mall, Davenport

Lighting of the Commons, Moline

SouthPark Mall, Moline

Teske Pet and Garden, Moline

Breakfast with Santa at Happy Joe’s, LeClaire

 

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Find the Perfect Tree.

Gather up your family and head to a local tree farm to find just the right tree for your home.

Burns Tree Farm, Hampton, IL

Corn Crib Nursery, Coal Valley IL

Magerkurth Christmas Trees, Geneseo, IL

Nelson’s Christmas Tree Farm, Geneseo, IL

Pine Acres Christmas Trees, Coal Valley, IL

Richland Grove Tree Farm, Coal Valley, IL

Stone’s Apple Barn, Hampton, IL

Voltz Tree Farm, Geneseo IL

Weber’s Christmas Forest, Joslin, IL

Wyffels Tree Farm, Moline, IL

Kelly Tree Farm, Tipton IA

 

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How to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Sell during the holidays

With home inventory so tight, there is no reason to avoid trying to sell your home during the holidays. With a little planning, you can make your home appealing to sellers even when it’s decked out for the holidays.

  1. Decorate, but Don’t Go Overboard

Everyone loves to see holiday decorations, but you don’t want to distract potential homebuyers. Consider displaying a few less decorations than you typically would. Highlight features of your home that are major selling points, such as finished basements or newly remodeled rooms. If your decorations are crowding the space, it’s hard for buyers to see room sizes.

  1. Use Great Photos for your Listing

Most home searches, especially during winter months, start online. You want the listing photos to look as perfect as possible to draw in more potential buyers. Taking the time to take your own professional looking photos or even hiring a photographer, can make the difference when it comes to buyers scheduling showings.

  1. Make Your Home Cozy

Make your home a sanctuary from the cold. Crank up the heat, play classical music and offer holiday treats to make your home comfortable and relaxing during showings.

  1. Hire a Reliable Real Estate Agent

Mel Foster Co.’s dedicated team will help you sell your home any time of the year. Our experienced agents will be able to provide invaluable help and advice when selling your home. Find an agent by name or office location to get your home on the market today.

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Holiday Events in the Quad City & Surrounding Area

Enjoy the holiday happenings!

Explore a new holiday event this season and see what our local towns have to offer.

Lighting of the Commons at Moline’s John Deere Commons

November 18, 3:30-6:00 pm

 

Savanna’s Downtown Christmas Walk

November 27, 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Pioneer Village Christmas Walk at Long Grove’s Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village

November 27, Noon-4:00 pm

Christmas in the Village in Davenport’s East Village

December 1-2, 6:00-9:00 pm

Christmas in LeClaire in downtown LeClaire

December 1-3

Savanna’s Museum Festival of Trees

December 2-10

East Moline’s Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown East Moline

December 5, 6:00 pm

Geneseo Christmas Walk in downtown Geneseo

December 9, Starts at 8:30 am with a 5K and continues through the 5:00 pm lighted parade

Winter Nights Winter Lights at the Botanical Center in Rock Island

December 2, 4-7, 10-24, 26-30, 4:30 pm-8:30 pm

 

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