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By Nick Caruso

Groundhog_Day_manorThe need to know: Bill Murray stayed here. The man, the myth, the legend, people! Well, his character Phil Connors did in the 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day”—but hey, count it!

The Royal Victorian Manor, as it’s called in the real world, is located in Woodstock, Ill. It’s a bed & breakfast (or a family home!) that was featured in the Harold Ramis film as the inn. Built in 1894, the inn has six bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and an innkeeper’s suite. Included in the 6,000 square feet of living space is the original hardwood floor, leaded glass windows and three fireplaces. Another added bonus: everything in the home has been updated within the last five years.

The B&B is only a few blocks from the historic Town Square, the Woodstock Opera House and Metra train station, and about an hour from O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago.

May its new owners never hear Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” inside its walls.

Listed for: $885,000

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It’s important to focus on financial protection, and with National Consumer Protection Week being observed fromMarch 1-7, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) isparticipating by connecting consumers to key resources.

“Consumers who are informed about their rights have an advantage over thosewho don’t,” says Bruce McClary, spokesperson for the NFCC.

The following tips can help people learn more about managing their personalfinances while protecting themselves from scams and abusive practices:

Know the consumer rights associated with debt collection. During the past
five years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed legal actionagainst 180 debt collection agencies. Threatening phone calls, abusivelanguage, calling at odd hours, and revealing account information to othersare among the ways that some debt collectors are violating consumer rights.All consumers should be familiar with the rules that protect their rights inthese situations.

Review credit reports every year. Credit reports are not only the gateway toloans, mortgages and credit cards, but are often reviewed by landlords, cellphone providers and utility companies. The report reflects a person’sfinancial track record, and can strongly influence a lending decision. Beyour own personal watchdog by routinely reviewing your credit report.Consumers can access a free copy of their credit report once every 12 months
from each of the three...

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By John Voket

video_FSBOEvery good film maker from Chaplain to Tarantino started off with a single camera – and look what happened.

That is not to say anyone with a hand-held video camera or i-Phone can produce a timeless classic. But a growing number of FSBOs are marketing their homes, along with a growing number of agents, using simple but effective videos.

Stephen Schweickart is the founder and CEO of VScreen, the leading video content provider within the real estate industry recently blogged multiple tips for shooting videos for real estate marketing.

Schweickart says make a plan dependent on the type of video you’re producing. Doing a simple project like a blog video, he says with controlled lighting and usually a single camera, you can easily fix your settings and go.

Some of Schweickart’s other tips include:

  • First, check your resolution and frame rate. Schweickart says if you’re shooting with more than one camera, make sure the settings are the same on each one. If they’re not, editing will be difficult, and the shots will have an inconsistent look and feel.
  • Next, look at the white balance. Schweickart says shooting in different locations will require multiple white balance settings — especially when moving from inside a home to outside and then back in again.
  • Choosing the right scene profile (or picture profile) mode can make or break your image. Schweickart says the standard setting will save you some work in...

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