Cozy & Clean in Palos Heights



This Stunning Renovation is ready to be called HOME.

3 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in this beautiful Palos Heights split level, with refinished hardwood floors through out the first floor and bedrooms. The kitchen  is GORGEOUS with white cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances! Both bathrooms were fully remodeled with quality fixtures and tile from Floor & Decor.

The home has brand NEW windows and a NEW Roof so you won’t have to worry about these major repairs any time soon.

Huge fenced in yard and Partially finished basement. Come see this beauty for yourself. Email Tressa, the listing agent, for a showing ->

It’s for sale only. Listed at $275,000.


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Lansing Ranch Coming Soon


Affordable ranch style home in Lansing, IL is almost ready to hit the market.

Call Tressa @ iCandy Realty for details!  (507) 841-3697

Take the Leap in 2018


As the New Year approaches, I am sure that many of you are laying out your goals for 2018.  Here is a question -

Are you aligning your goals based on your limitations or based on your potentialities?

Meaning, are you putting a glass ceiling on yourself?

I recently faced one of my biggest fears during a personal development retreat in South Africa with my coach Meir Ezra.  My fear of heights.  I knew months ago that one of the group activities would be bungy jumping.  And I was certain that I was NOT going to participate.  After a few days of the retreat, I started to think,

“What if…” 

What if I jumped?  What if I conquered my fear?  What if I stomped out those voices that were telling me that I couldn’t do it?  If I could do it, if I jumped off of that bridge, I could do anything.

That really got me to thinking.  What else were those voices stopping me from doing?  These are the same voices that are telling me that…

* Contractors are hard to find in Tampa

* Houses don’t sell in the winter in Chicago

* I’m not good at math

* I’m too busy to plan

* I can’t influence all areas of my company

 Am I living my life based on those doubts, or based on my true power?

So I decided to do it.  I was just wrapping my head around this decision when I stepped onto the bridge with the Guaranteed Prosperity group, and they called my number.  Me first??  Really?!  Well, those voices started to rally against me.  As I stepped forward to get connected to the cords, those voices were screaming at me.  I have never felt such anxiety.  But I did not turn around.  I did not refuse to proceed.  I was crying, I was sobbing.  But I kept going.  I took the next step and the next step and the next, and I was flying.

I have not shown this video to anyone, but I am ready to show you now.  Here is my jump on that day.

I had done it.  Even as I returned to the bridge after the jump, the voices came back, trying to minimize my accomplishment.  The doubt started to creep back in.  But I said NO.  I did it.  It was ME.  In spite of the screaming voices, I still did it.  I would not be invalidated.  And how many times do I do this to myself?  I hit a milestone, and then immediately minimize what I did.

Validate every improvement. 

Celebrate your accomplishments!  Every step along the path to your goal is a step which you should recognize and acknowledge.

I realized that when I shoved those voices aside and jumped, I was actually the real ME.  I had removed the glass ceiling and can accomplish anything.

And now, in case you did not already think I was crazy, I decided to jump again!  This time, I was excited!  I wanted to experience it without the emotional melt down.  I wanted to exercise my ability to silence the voices.

Remove doubts.  Silence those voices. 

It is a purposeful, repetitive ability that you should practice.  For me that meant jumping a second time.  For you, that could mean purposefully validating yourself, making confident decisions and trusting yourself.

Listen closely… Are the voices holding you down, or are YOU lifting yourself up?

Take a look at the things that you “can’t” do.  What limitations are your voices putting upon you?

Now take a look at what you can achieve when you remove those limitations.

As you enter 2018, I challenge you to stomp out the voices.

Be willing to take a leap.

All the Best, Janelle



Our Month in Review: November 2017

November was another successful month of growth and learning for us at iCandy Homes! We had one new deal close, we also lined up December closings, progressed through our current deals, and made the necessary adjustments to our operating basis to ensure that we continue to have the results we are after as a team!


Before we dive into the details on the projects that are currently taking place for us, let us first have a look at what we are putting into our near future.


During the month of November, we were able to get another 2 properties locked up and set to close at the beginning of December. Both of these deals were found on the MLS and believe it or not, we were not the highest offer! We were able to make the offer stronger than others by doing our due diligence before submitting our final offer, removing our inspection contingency and upping the earnest money. We’re lucky that the one who offers the most money is not always the best offer.


On the Flip Side


As we hinted, we were able to get closed the property that we had under contract in Oak Lawn. It’s the only off market deal we’ve close on recently and we have high expectations for it. We are now in the final stages of permitting and getting our plans approved. We’ll start the demolition of the property this week and prepare ourselves to be full steam ahead once permits are in hand. This one needs almost $90,000 in renovation. It should hit the market upon completion in March.


The first property we locked up is a small house in Worth. It is a 3/1 with no basement, roughly 1200 square feet. This property will require a full cosmetic renovation, including siding, windows, and a full interior remodel. It’s full budget is $38,000 so it should be a quick flip and we’re excited about this one!



The second property that is lined up for closing in the first week of December is a 4/3 in Bensenville. This property is 2200 square feet and will be another major transformation. We will be installing a new roof, siding, windows, and as always a full interior remodel. This property will be a bit out of the norm for us as we are working with a different color pallet and tile selections! It’ll be fun to see it all come together. If you want to see it for yourself during the process follow us here.


To check back in on our current renovations, we are nearing completion of our property in Lansing! The remaining items include installation of the countertops, backsplash, final plumbing hook ups, and punch list items. We are expecting this one to officially hit the market in the next week or so. We will do a final walkthrough video of this property upon completion on our Facebook page, so keep an eye out for that!


There has also been a lot of headway made on our project in Palos Heights as well. Currently we are working on getting the interior painting complete, installing the cabinets and the tile in the bathroom. There will also be updates on Facebook about this house as well, so check in for those and let us know what you think about the finishes!

To wrap things up on the project side of things, there was one lesson that was learned that stands out among the others for this month. We found that we have the most success in holding our projects to the timeline we projected in visiting them at least twice per week! Even if you’re working with a great contractor!! If you want the in depth explanation Dustin did on this topic check out Mini-Class Monday Episode 19 here!


During November we kept our event hosting and attendance light. We hosted a rehab case study at our renovation in Lansing. It was a great learning opportunity for those that came.


We have no plans to host an event in December. :) It’s a very busy month, But hopefully we’ll get out to an event or 2.


Other Gains from November:


Even though we had two closings lined up for December we new that we had to improve our lead flow to keep the pipeline full. We did a CRM update for ourselves so that hubspot had the best categories for our flow, and set up new policies around tasks associated with our leads so that there is always attention on each lead. From here on out, every property has an active task associated with it and it won’t get lost or left behind. That’s a big improvement for us. We were managing to pull enough closings without being as organized, but we’re sure this is going to make our system cleaner, and our process easier.


Another improvement we made was tackling the exact actions that need to be done to fulfill our goals. We recently updated our goals and realized that we hadn’t ever tackled the action plan to there. Sure in general we were headed in the right direction… But perhaps not on the timeline we had expected or with the right volume. Dustin will do a mini class to better explain this soon. But if you have your goals laid out, I challenge you to pick one thing and work out what specific actions have to happen in order to reach that one goal. Write those actions down and then figure out how to work them into your daily plans/schedule. Let us know how it goes for you!


Have a Great December and Happy Holidays!!

From the iCandy Homes Team 

Our Month in Review: October 2017

October was a bit slower than our previous months, but there was still a lot of progress to be talked about!

Let’s Dive In…


On The Flip Side


Before we get into the details of new things happening, let me first give you an update on the projects that are currently active for our company.

Our project in Lansing is moving along smoothly and is turning out to be a very eye catching renovation! We picked some brand new finishes for this home which can be a bit nerve wracking, but as it’s coming along, everythings looks just as beautiful together as we’d hoped. In the recent weeks we have completed all of the tile work in the bathrooms as well as the painting. All of the exterior work has been completed as well. Our next steps in the process include installing the hardwood flooring, finishing the kitchen, and finalizing all of the details!

We are projected to complete in two weeks! Keep an eye out for a case study soon, where we will invite you to come through our renovation and we will walk you through the project as a whole, from acquisition to completed renovation! This is a great way to learn how to flip houses yourself and meet other real estate investors.

(Here’s a peek at some of the new tile we picked for the basement bathroom)




The property in Palos Heights has also gotten a face lift. So far we have removed all of the old shrubs and trees have been trimmed, new roof installed along with new gutters, and bathrooms prepped for tile. There will be a lot of progress happening there within the next 4 weeks as well, so I am very excited for next month’s’ post to give you those updates!

Now onto the new deals in our pipeline. Our most promising deal is the off market lead we have under contract to close in Oak Lawn. The property is a 4 bed 2 bath house approximately 1450 square feet with no basement. We will be doing a full gut renovation to bring the property back up to pristine condition with new siding, roof, windows, mechanicals, and iCandy Homes style finishes! This one will definitely be a transformation. We can’t wait to share the pictures!


The last thing I wanted to go into more detail on this month was about our experience with the importance of following up with leads. We all know that finding new leads is definitely a great way to get closer to your next deal, but going back through your older leads can be just as profitable.

Think about it – how long does it take you to find a new “lead”? Twenty minutes? Thirty minutes? One hour? Now think about how many leads you have left that are untouched for any reason from a seller rejecting your offer at the time or just plain no response to your offer. Take that number of leads and multiply it by the amount of time it takes to get that lead and you will find quickly that you have a lot of time invested into those leads!




So here is my suggestion.

  1. Plan for yourself once per week to go through your past leads and find any that still have not sold (I typically allow the property to sit on the market for about 30 days before reaching back out).

  2. Send an email or make a phone call to the agent or owner and ask let them know who you are, that you submitted an offer on the property X weeks ago, and that you are still interested in buying the property. The more time passes without a sale, the more interested they become in your offer!

  3. Third and really the first step is find a way to organize your leads (if you haven’t already) so that you can make the most of your follow up. That can be using a CRM or setting up an excel, etc.


We are currently using a CRM (Client Relationship Management) program called HubSpot to help us keep our leads organized and our follow-up game  strong. The platform allows you to customize your “pipeline” or your deal flow however you would like to best track your leads. It is a totally free program as long as you only use the CRM side and not the marketing side.

Education & Events:


This month at the Chicagoland Real Estate Connections Club meeting Dustin spoke on one of our keys to renovation success. He talked about how we utilize fully the time between getting a signed contract and signing the final paperwork at the closing table. There are quite a few key items done during that time frame that greatly affect the profitability of our deals and he did a beautiful job explaining the How & Why!

A replay will be available soon.

There were no other events we held for others in October but we continued our own education this month and you can find a Mini-Class Monday or two on our facebook page here. ;)


If you haven’t already be sure to like us on facebook. We regularly do facebook lives and share more of what we’re working on and learning in real time! We’d love to see you over there on our page!


Quick Summary:

This month we recognized that following up on “Old” leads can be just as beneficial as finding new ones, if not more beneficial for your business! We sent out fewer offers this month but increased the amount of follow up we were doing on offers already sent. During this month we ended up getting a handful of properties under contract and now two that we’ll move forward on. The first is a short sale in Evergreen Park, the second is an off market lead that looks to be a slam-dunk deal brought by one of our contractors! We made incredible progress on our properties purchased earlier this fall and we’ve continued our growth as a team this month, executing better than ever with help from our coach Meir Ezra.


All in all, October has been another month of progress for us, even if it is in slightly different ways than we anticipated. We have new targets set for November with our lessons and gains from October coming with us!

Happy Halloween & We’ll See You Next Month!!


The iCandy Homes Team