CarMarc Realty Group is Still here to Help you with Real Estate

Even during a “New Normal”

As we learn how to adjust to a new normal in Illinois and the world, we want you to know that CarMarc Realty Group is still here to service your real estate needs.  The great thing about having a boutique brokerage is the ability to adjust quickly.  Many of you know my story, but for those who don’t, I come from the technology industry.  In the early 90’s, I had the opportunity to work for a computer company then transitioning to a technology company that was on the leading edge of virtual meetings.  From their I worked for a non-profit producing their television program.  I also worked for one of the largest real estate commercial companies in the world, McDonald’s Corporation.  Basically, technology comes easy to our business.

Because I have a working knowledge of technology, when we launched CarMarc Realty Group in 2016 we opened the company as a paperless and virtual office.  Although, we have a brick and mortar location, most of our agents were already working from home.  We were already using, Docusign Rooms an online filing cabinet and Docusign an e-signature tool, virtual training tools, virtual meetings, and virtual one on ones to educate that agents in our office. 

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Thus, making it easy to begin working with our clients and strategic partners in the virtual space.  So how are we adjusting to the new normal?

  1. We are stilling working with buyers and sellers
  2. The way we sell has been adjusted because of the “Stay at home Order”.  Yes, real estate was deemed essential, but it doesn’t mean we are doing our best to protect ourselves, our agents and our clients
  3. We are already a virtual office
  4. Our agents are trained and consistently trained on paperless tools and technology
  5. We use Docusign Rooms an online filing cabinet
  6. We use Docusign and Dotloop for e-signatures
  7. To collaborate using face to face tools we use, Zoom, FaceTime, Imo, Google Duo, Skype, Whereby or any tool that makes it easy to work with you, our buyers and sellers

Listing a house is still handled through the same process.  However, we start the listing process using face to face tools to pre-view your home.

Showing homes have new restrictions.  We can’t show homes to more than 4 people, including the REALTOR, in Illinois.  We ask that you are fully underwritten.  When you go through the loan process and turn in all of your paperwork, when we start looking at homes, it makes the process seamless.  Thus giving you power when you write an offer. 

We are recommending that you always wear a mask and gloves, bring hand-sanitzer when we view homes. If you are a seller, we have a new process when listing your home. 

If you have any questions during these uncertain times, reach out to us, via phone, email or text.  We are here to answer your questions.

Carrie J. Little, BS, MS

Designated Managing Broker/Owner
630.485.7323 office
630.999.9700 Marc – The Little Team
[email protected]
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City of West Chicago, Illinois Hit Hard by Storm July 1st, 2012

Around noon on July 1st DuPage County was hit hard by a storm with winds over 100 miles per hour.  The storm only lasted 40 minutes or so.  It’s unbelievable what a storm can do in such a short period of time.  At the time of the storm I was in Belvidere Illinois holding an open house.  I could see storm clouds but the storm never hit Belvidere.  My husband told me to take my time coming home because  the weather was so bad.

As I was driving down Route 59 I could see how hard the storm hit areas like Bartlett, West Chicago, Carol Stream, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Winfield and Warrenville.  Route 59 and Stearns was the beginning of where some of the damage occured.  Power was out from Stearns to Batavia Road in Warrenville.  Driving through these cities was slow go. Every stop light was out. The only places that had power were the businesses with generators.  When I made it home I couldn’t believe what I saw.  It had to be a tornado.  Trees and power lines were down everywhere.  My kids said it was like a nightmare.  Later that day we took a trip to Reed Keppler Park, a 5 minute walk from my house, and we viewed the ABC News Van getting ready to video or shoot live around 10pm.  We couldn’t walk because the power lines were down.

ABC News says you can go online to check the Outage Alerts from Commonwealth Edison.   If you don’t  have power take advantage of the local Starbucks, Panera, McDonald’s or anywhere you can get online.  Check on your neighbors and if you are looking for a place to cool off go to the mall.  If your home is on the market and you are out of power make sure you empty the icemaker, take out the clothes in the washing machine and hang them to dry.  Let the listing agent know to put your home temporarily off the market until the power comes back on.

As of today, around 5:30pm Power for many is still out. We were without power from 12:30pm until 3:40am on July 2nd. Check out the photos from behind the Willow Creek Townhomes and the down trees at Reed Keppler Park.  If you need help don’t hestiate to ask your neighbors and remember for all emergencies call 911.