Chicago Real Estate Blog

These Neighborhoods Are Already Leaving Their Marks On the ‘20s

The 2020s should be an exciting time for real estate in Chicagoland. Urban neighborhoods are emerging as trendy yet affordable hotspots, while more established suburbs are providing undeniable value to homebuyers looking outside of the city.

Curious Calculus: Zillow Home Assessments

Rising property taxes is a frustrating fact of life in Chicago and greater Cook County. However, the City and County’s rising debt has caused politicians to increase real estate taxes to solve city and county’s budget woes. Even worse, county assessor’s valuation methodology has come under increasing scrutiny. Savvy homeowners need to understand how the…

5 Real Estate Pricing Myths Sellers Need to Know

When it comes to selling homes, the price is very often the “hot topic” whether you are the seller or buyer. The process involved in determining the appropriate listing price isn’t always what one might think, though.

Considering Moving to Chicago? Ten Things You Need to Know!

Nestled on the shores of majestic Lake Michigan, Chicago’s unique history and blend of cultural influences offer individuals and families alike home that never gets boring or repetitive.

Best Chicago Events for the Week | December 13, 2019

Check out the latest events around Chicago, including Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen, the Potted Potter parody, BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley, and more.

Millennials Say, “OK Boomer” to Sprawling, Outdated Baby Boomer Homes

Every week it seems like there’s a new thing that Millennials have supposedly “killed” – cereal, casual chain restaurants, cable TV, and diamonds are just a few of the things this generation is credited for offing in the last couple of years. But perhaps it makes more sense to look at why people who are…

Best Chicago Events for the Week | December 6, 2019

View these exciting upcoming events around Chicago. Events include Lincoln Park ZooLights, Wrigleyville Wonderland, Santa Hustle 5K, Chicago Wine Fest and more!

Five Questions to Ask Your Realtor in a Divorce Case

70% of divorces involve property and it is important to find a real estate agent trained in divorce. These five questions can help you identify how an agent will approach your case.

Pick Up a Picture-Perfect Thanksgiving Pie from These Chicago Shops

In a pinch to make Thanksgiving dessert? These pie shops have all of your baked good bases covered.

The Future of Gold Coast Luxury Real Estate

An evident trend is a wide gap between new construction and existing housing stock. What does that mean for Gold Coast luxury real estate?

10 Things We Love About Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is not only a North Side anchor, but a place that people from all walks of life call home. Here are a few things we love about Lincoln Park.

Can I Keep the House? How Divorce Impacts Your Home Ownership

There’s a long list of things that make divorce complicated, emotionally taxing and overwhelming. But the question of a shared home is pretty high up on that list.

Fall into Autumn with These Festive Activities

Last updated: December 3, 2019 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 antiquing, sipping warm apple cider, picking pumpkins or watching football, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace all things autumn in the Chicagoland area. Northwestern…

Moving to Chicago? 9 Things Newbies Need to Know

Last updated: December 4, 2019 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, oldest and most important cities? Well, that’s on a whole other level. It’s important that you don’t just look at salesy or romantic write-ups that sugarcoat everything.…

Relocating? Here’s what you need to do before your home-finding visit

Last updated: December 4, 2019 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 home search can present more challenges than a local one, especially if you’re unfamiliar with your destination city. If you’re planning to relocate, it’s essential…

What is Accessory Staging? 7 Ways It Can Help You Sell Your House Faster

Last updated: October 27, 2019 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 and style to a home. General home staging involves replacing most or all of your furniture and home decor with new items for the duration…

Renovation Loans Open the Door for First-Time Buyers

Last updated: October 27, 2019 Homes that are financially within reach for first-time buyers are often in need of updates. Fortunately, there are a number of home-loan products that offer an affordable financing solution by allowing rehab costs to be included in mortgage payments. “Fixer-uppers provide an opportunity for homeowners to get into a home,…

Wallpaper is Back with Mitchell Black

Last updated: October 27, 2019 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 about interior elevation! With an increasing amount of interest in wallpaper, we sat down with Marcy Swerdlow of Mitchell Black to answer some FAQ’s and shed light…

Is it time to Move-up and Upgrade your Home?

Last updated: October 28, 2019 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 market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house. Much…

Divorce And Your House: 3 Real Estate Tips To Ensure Your Financial Safety After Divorce

As a Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert, here are my top three tips for navigating a divorce with shared property.

The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price

Last updated: October 27, 2019 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 home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market. 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value offers from buyers.…