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Brian Dombrowski VP Lending Guaranteed Rate

https://youtu.be/IBPYRCiJUIg Leslie Glazier of @Properties sits down with Brian Dombrowski, VP Lending at Guaranteed Rate
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Old Pueblo Cantina

Leslie Glazier of @Properties visited Old Pueblo Cantina https://youtu.be/WyEepaMU7ec
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Windy City Wednesdays – Asrai Gardens

Leslie Glazier with @Properties visits Asrai Gardens for Windy City Wednesdays. LeslieGlazier.com, Asraigarden.com
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Fall into Autumn with These Festive Activities

Fall is officially here, and fortunately there’s no shortage of fun activities to make the most of the season. Whether you’re in the mood for...
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Windy City Wednesdays – Virtu Jewelry & Gifts in Bucktown

Leslie Glazier of @Properties visits Virtu Jewelry & Gifts in Bucktown https://youtu.be/V0zYIn9QGQU
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Moving to Chicago? 9 Things Newbies Need to Know

Moving to any new place is a huge decision that warrants lots of research and careful consideration. But moving to one of the country's biggest,...
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Windy City Wednesday – Felt Boutique

FELT is in an area of Chicago called Logan Square. In 2015, Women's Wear Daily named Logan Square as the next up-and-coming shopping destination in...
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Windy City Wednesdays – Centered on North – a contemporary Pilates studio

Leslie Glazier Realtor, Broker of @Properties visited Center on North, a contemporary Pilates https://CenteredonNorth.com
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7 Plates Cafe for Windy City Wednesdays

Leslie Glazier of Realtor with @properties in Chicago visiting 7 Plates Cafe.
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Relocating? Here’s what you need to do before your home-finding visit

Whether it’s a new career or the opportunity to move closer to loved ones, there are a number of reasons for relocating. But a long-distance...
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How to Create the Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space

Summer may be winding down, but there is still time to sneak in a few outdoor gatherings before the temperature drops. We’ve talked about maximizing small...
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What is Accessory Staging? 7 Ways It Can Help You Sell Your House Faster

What often makes the difference between a home that looks gorgeous and one that looks underwhelming is the accessories. They are what bring life, character...
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Beat the Heat: Chicago’s Best Ice Cream

Summertime is arguably Chicago’s best season, complete with neighborhood festivals, sunny skies and an extreme desire for cool, tasty treats. To help you beat the...
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2019 Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral in Action

Earlier in the year it was announced that Living Coral was 2019’s Pantone Color of the Year. Chosen for its vibrant, but mellow tone, it evokes...
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Renovation Loans Open the Door for First-Time Buyers

Chic and stylish modern home interior. Homes that are financially within reach for first-time buyers are often in need of updates....
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Wallpaper is Back with Mitchell Black

Its no secret that wallpaper is back on the scene. Prints, colors and texture are gracing the walls of homes and commercial locations everywhere. Talk...
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Is it time to Move-up and Upgrade your Home?

Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate...
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Chicago Festivals to Enjoy This Summer

From food festivals to art fairs, there is something for everyone to enjoy during Chicago’s festival season. Start planning your weekends now. JUNE 7 –...
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Divorce And Your House: 3 Real Estate Tips To Ensure Your Financial Safety After Divorce

Original article By Jackie Pilossoph, Divorced Girl Smiling Editor-in-Chief “I just hope I get to keep the house.” When it comes to divorce and your...
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The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price

Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging. 62% of seller’s agents say that staging a...
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Multi-generational Homes Are On The Rise

As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone?  Will they need someone there...
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Leslie’s The Little Orange Book

Home ownership is rewarding, but there’s a lot to know. From spring cleaning + maintenance to preferred vendors -- think painters, handymen, and beyond --...
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5 Tips to Maximize a Small Outdoor Space

For city dwellers, having outdoor space is the ultimate goal. If your urban home is equipped with a tiny yard, balcony, or rooftop, maximize every inch to...
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Patio Prep Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

With consistent warm weather on the horizon, there is nothing more appealing than day dreaming of long summer days outside, soaking in the sunshine. To...
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Timing Matters When It Comes to Price Adjustments for Selling Your Home

In Chicago, more homebuyers are house hunting during the months of March, April and May than in any other three-month period throughout the year. So,...
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Real Estate Terms Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

It’s no secret that purchasing a home can be a major undertaking, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. As you navigate the process, there are...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of May 3, 2019

  Is it just us or does it feel like the city truly comes alive every year around this time? With outdoor events ramping up...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of April 26, 2019

  If a few of your favorite things include wine, flowers, Hamilton and classical music, then you’ll probably want to cancel all your plans and...
April 19

The Best Chicago Events for the Week of April 19, 2019

  We don’t want to jinx it, but we think it might be safe to say that spring has finally sprung. Chicagoans are coming out...
April 12

The Best Chicago Events for the Week of April 12, 2019

  Live your best Chicago life this week by filling your belly with local wings & beer, exploring barter culture, rocking out with your kids...
April 5

The Best Chicago Events for the Week of April 5, 2019

  In the week ahead, Chicago will host celebrations of some of the greatest things in the whole world: bacon, Tom Hanks, Star Wars, and...
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Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of March 29, 2019

  Spring has sprung, Chicago! It may not be cocktails on the sidewalk weather just yet, but you can feel a new energy in the...
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What are the Best Apps for Getting to Know a New Neighborhood?

When it comes to searching for your next home, a new neighborhood can either make or break a property’s appeal. While nothing can replace time spent...
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Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready Today?

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream....
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5 Reasons You Should Hire a Real Estate Attorney

We all know someone who knows someone who knows an attorney. Like all professions with specialties, it is best to stay in your own lane....
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of March 22, 2019

  Over the next week in Chicago, you can eat sustainable food, get a cool tattoo, throw colored powder at strangers, drink whisky next to...
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What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House Today?

There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of March 15, 2019

Chicago, you feeling lucky? If not, then you may want to pin your hopes on the ol’ luck of the Irish this week. As a...
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No-Fail Paint Selections for Staging Your Home

When preparing to sell your home, it’s important to consider every step that will increase its appeal to potential buyers. While the existing color scheme made...
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Preparing To Spring Forward

Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of March 8, 2019

Women’s Day, chocolate & Asian street food, oh my! There are so many cool Chicago events happening over the next week that you may have...
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The Best Chicago Events for The Week of March 1, 2019

There may still be snow in the forecast, but spring is most definitely in the air. And March just sounds and feels a little better...
February 22

The Best Chicago Events for The Week of February 22, 2019

  It’s the final week of one of the most maligned months for Chicagoans, nd the siren song of March can finally be heard in...
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How Does Escrow Work in a Residential Real Estate Transaction in Illinois?

When negotiating to buy the house of your dreams, it is your real estate agent’s job to introduce you to the many tools available to...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of February 15, 2019

Is February over yet? That’s often the feeling Chicagoans get this time of year as we count the days until spring. And while we still...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of February 8, 2019

  With it being the week of Valentine’s Day, there’s no shortage of Chicago events this week for local lovebirds. And while that’s all well...
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7 Valentine’s Day Dates in 7 Days Across Chicagoland

Valentine’s Day can conjure tired images of a dinner and movie, or an overpriced prix-fixe menu at a restaurant you weren’t thrilled about visiting in...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of February 1, 2019

  The last week has been absolutely brutal, even for the very toughest of lifelong Chicagoans. So, we don’t blame you if you haven’t stepped...
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The Ultimate Guide to Staging a Home That Sells

  Click to Download My Ultimate Staging Guide According to NAR, 77% of buyers’ agents indicated staging a home made it easier for a buyer to...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of January 25, 2019

Yes, the weather outside is officially frightful. But these upcoming Chicago events are so delightful that you’ll be more than happy to brave the cold....
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The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country,...
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Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes...
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The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of January 18, 2019

Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Cubs fanatic, a classical music lover or an Instagrammer looking for good photo ops, there’s something special happening this week to...
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What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

    Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices...
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Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they...
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How Does Tax Proration Work?

Taxes may be the last thing on your mind as you advance through the homebuying process. Yet, there are important tax considerations that need to be worked...
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Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the...
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Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study....
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Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a...
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Condo vs. Co-op: What’s the difference?

  Condo vs. Co-op: What’s the difference? In searching for an apartment, you might find some described as “condos” or “condominiums” and others as “coops”...
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The Best Chicago Events for the Week of January 11, 2019

By now, we should be over our holiday hangovers. The Christmas cookies are finally gone, the tree is down and we’re ready to jump into...
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How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end...
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VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Some Highlights: The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans & 2 million...
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The Difference an Hour Will Make This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Every Hour in the US Housing Market:  596 Homes Sell 278 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $1.20
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How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?

There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here...
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Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own...
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20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There...
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Baby Boomers are Downsizing, Are You Ready to Move?

For a while now baby boomers have been blamed for a portion of the housing market’s current lack of housing inventory, but should they really...
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What’s Going On With Home Prices?

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since...
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The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your...
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Buying a Home is Cheaper than Renting in 38 States! [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights: According to a study by GOBankingRates, it is cheaper to buy a home than rent in 38 states across the country. In...
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Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market?

Home sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has...
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2 Factors to Watch in Today’s Real Estate Market Whether Buying or Selling

When it comes to buying or selling a home there are many factors you should consider. Where you want to live, why you want to...
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Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should You Wait to Buy?

Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and...
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Where Are Mortgage Interest Rates Headed In 2019?

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment; the higher the rate, the greater the payment...
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How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?

Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. In CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, they revealed that national home prices have increased by 6.2% year-over-year. CoreLogic broke...
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Make It Better’s Best Real Estate Company: @properties

  @properties has been named Best Real Estate Company by Make It Better Magazine’s annual Best Of survey for the third year in a row....
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4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights: Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market. Buyers are often competing with one...
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25% of Homes with a Mortgage are Now Equity Rich!

Rising home prices have been in the news a lot lately and much of the focus has been on whether home prices are accelerating too...
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How One Of The Youngest Executive Chefs In Chicago Went From Grilled Cheese To mfk

Alisha Elenz is the top chef at mfk., which has received three Bib Gourmands in three years. LAKEVIEW — Alisha Elenz has spent all her life...
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Is Buying a Home Really More Stressful Than Planning a Wedding? [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights: According to a new survey from Open Listings, 62% of Americans ages 25-54 believe that buying a home is more stressful than...
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Home Prices Have Appreciated 6.9% in 2018

Between 1987 and 1999, which is often referred to as the ‘Pre-Bubble Period,’ home prices grew at an average of 3.6% according to the Home...
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Top 3 Myths About Today’s Real Estate Market

There are many conflicting headlines when it comes to describing today’s real estate market. Some are making comparisons to the market we experienced 10 years...
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Home Sales Expected to Continue Increasing in 2019

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting that home sales will increase nicely in 2019. Below is a chart depicting the projections of...
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Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts

It should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com,...
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Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

For many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that...
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Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few...
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Existing Home Sales Cooling Off This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights: According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Existing Home Sales Report, sales in June were down 2.2% from last year. Inventory...
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The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their American...
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Lack of Listings Slowing Down the Market

As the real estate market continues to move down the road to a complete recovery, we see home values and home sales increasing while distressed...
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What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you...
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Housing Will Not Fall Victim to Next Economic Storm

Some experts are calling for a slowdown in the economy later this year and most economists have predicted that the next recession could only be...
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4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

We often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful...
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Want to Sell Your House Faster? Don’t Forget to Stage! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging. 62% of seller’s agents say that...
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Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand

Since the beginning of the year, mortgage interest rates have risen over a half of a percentage point (from 3.95% to 4.52%), according to Freddie...
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How Long Do Most Families Live in a House?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of their data points, which has changed dramatically, is the median tenure of a...
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Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000

Rising home prices have many concerned that the average family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream...
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Next Recession in 2020? What Will Be the Impact?

Economists and analysts know that the country has experienced economic growth for almost a decade. They also know that a recession can’t be too far...
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4 Reasons to Sell This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for...
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10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact,...
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Top 4 Home Renovations for Max ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there...
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Homeowners & Appraisers See the Most Eye-to-Eye on Price in 3 Years

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home...
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4 Steps to Follow When Presenting an Offer in Today’s Market!

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a...

Will Home Prices Fall as Mortgage Rates Rise?

Mortgage interest rates have increased by more than half of a point since the beginning of the year. They are projected to increase by an...
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Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes for Their Dream Homes

A new trend has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes...
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Why You Need a Digital Comparative Market Analysis

One of the most important tools for selling your home is a Comparative Market Analysis. Traditionally, a CMA would be a handout from your broker....
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These Chicago Chefs Reveal Their Kitchen Must-Haves

We asked local Chicagoland chefs to help us narrow down the kitchen essentials and what we can finally declutter from the back of our houses....

Why Have Interest Rates Jumped to a 7-Year High?

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, which marks...

Access: An Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD!

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you...

Home Inspections: What to Expect

So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Oftentimes, agents make your...

4 Reasons Why Today’s Housing Market is NOT 2006 All Over Again

With home prices rising again this year, some are concerned that we may be repeating the 2006 housing bubble that caused families so much pain...

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value Over the Last Year?

Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. In CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, they revealed that national home prices have increased by...
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3 reasons why spring is an ideal time to buy a vacation home

While it still doesn’t quite feel like spring, the spring real estate market is already well underway. And with the peak season for housing in...
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5 Reasons Why to Sell This Spring!

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. Source: 5 Reasons Why to Sell This Spring!
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Boomerang Buyers: Most Qualify for Financing in 2-3 Years

According to a new study from Lending Tree, Americans who have filed for bankruptcy may be able to rebuild enough credit to qualify for a...
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6 simple spring cleaning tips for new homeowners

Spring cleaning can either be the best, or worst, part of the new season. On one hand, who doesn’t love spring weather? Plus, it can...

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts....
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House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & Demand

Why are home prices still rising? It is a simple answer. There are more purchasers in the market right now than there are available homes...
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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying Today [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent...
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Buyer Demand Still Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners...
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates rise on expectation of future rate hikes

  Mortgage rates continue to post increases, and while the Federal Open Market Committee voted against raising rates in January, interest rates rose with the...
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5 things sellers should do to prepare for the spring market

You may have heard, “The spring market begins after the Super Bowl.” That of course was 2 Sundays ago, and from all early indications, the...
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To Stage or Not to Stage – 5 Reasons Why Home Staging Works

Staging Is Not Interior Design Staging and interior design are not the same. In fact, staging is almost the exact opposite of interior design. Interior...
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Here’s where to go ice skating this winter

You know when you see someone jogging and it’s less than 20 degrees outside and you think: “that man must be insane?” Then you think...
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Here’s what You Need to Know About Prepaying Your Property Taxes before 2018

Tax season is on the horizon and big changes are ahead – the new tax bill will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Depending...
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October home sales reach fastest pace in four months

  Home sales don’t seem to be slowing down as October recorded the fastest pace of sales since June, according to the latest report from...
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Mortgage Rates Climb This Week

  Borrowing costs are increasing, but home buyers can still snag an interest rate that is lower than a year ago. “This week’s survey reflects...
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Why selling your home over the holidays has its advantages

  It’s no surprise the housing market slows down during the holiday season. Between all the parties, family activities and holiday vacations, many buyers and...
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The Big Question: How do I prepare for holiday guests with my house for sale?

Selling your home during the holiday season can add stress to an already busy time of the year. While selling your home over the holidays...

Mortgage vs. cash: which is the better option when buying a home?

  No matter where you are in your real estate journey, the idea of never having to make a rent or mortgage payment again is...
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Why selling your home over the holidays has its advantages

It’s no surprise the housing market slows down during the holiday season. Between all the parties, family activities and holiday vacations, many buyers and sellers...
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What You Should Know About River North Real Estate

Living in downtown Chicago has never been more popular - or more appealing.  Some of the most popular condominiums in downtown Chicago are located in...
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Is the Evanston Il Real Estate Market for You?

Are you looking to live in the suburbs of Chicago, but with the conveniences of downtown just around the corner?  If so, then living in...
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Looking for Luxury Real Estate in Downtown Chicago?

Are you a buyer looking for the best luxury condominium buildings in downtown Chicago?  Your choices are many, but arguably the finest luxury real estate...
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Why is Streeterville Real Estate So Popular?

Some of the most popular real estate for sale in downtown Chicago is located in the neighborhood of Streeterville.  Once a sandbar, then a sleepy...
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Spotlight: The Palmolive Building Condos – Streeterville Real Estate

Buyers looking for condos that are for sale in Streeterville know that this vibrant neighborhood is one of the best areas to purchase units in...
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Design Inspiration: Think Brick

Chicago loft condominiums have quickly become a hot commodity in neighborhoods where raw living space meets bustling restaurant and art corridors, ultimately helping to develop...
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Realtor + Millennial = A Match Made in Chicago

These days, finding the perfect loft with exposed brick, a subway-tiled kitchen backsplash, and wood floors, in a trendy neighborhood in the West Loop or...
FELT

Felt of Chicago

Slowly but surely, all the nooks and crannies of Chicago’s hippest neighborhoods are getting rehabbed, refurbished, and occupied by local aspiring chefs, juice-iers, and fashion...