Chicago Real Estate Blog

What Amenities Are Buyers Looking For With COVID-19 In Mind?

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) forces many people to social distance and stay home, many homeowners who are thinking of putting their home on the market are now attempting to improve their home’s value. Just as the world rapidly adjusted during the beginning of the pandemic, the real estate market must also adapt to changing buyer…

7 Ways Love Showed Up Before, During and After I Moved

Moving is probably one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life, especially if you’ve lived in the same place for a long time. But add Covid-19 into the mix, and moving just got a lot more complicated and nerve-wracking. I would know, because I just did it.

What Do First Time Homebuyers Need To Know? [Video]

What do first-time homebuyers need to know to find the right home at the right price in our market? There are a couple of key steps to take that will put you on the path to a successful purchase. To find out what they are, watch this short video.

5 Ways to Navigate Home Maintenance During Divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, it’s hard to know exactly who should be paying for any home-related expenses. Should you both still have to split costs even if one of you no-longer lives at the property?

Demystify Your Water Bill

In life, it’s a good thing to know what exactly you’re paying for – water costs included. With prices increasing year on year, it’s worth understanding where your money’s going.

A stitch in time: A Living Trust Now Can Prevent Big Problems Later

Don’t let lack of estate planning cause financial hardships for you or your loved ones. Learn how to protect your assets and your family.

Pre-Listing DIY Home Inspection Checklist

This do-it-yourself home inspection checklist will help you identify and address issues before you list your home to ensure a smooth selling process.

5 Top-Rated Dog Parks You Have to Check Out from Rogers Park to South Loop

Man’s best friend is usually happy with a fenced area that allows them to run off-leash, but the Chicago dog parks on this list go beyond Rover’s wildest dreams. These canine havens are a testament as to how far humans will go to show love for our furry companions. Dog parks in Chicago are generally…

Buying or Selling? What’s the Chicago Real Estate Market Like?

Whether you’re thinking about buying a house or selling your own, you’re going to want to know what the real estate market is like in Chicago, and we can help.

Is Now the Time to Buy a Home?

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home for a while and can afford a down payment, now might be the time to start looking for your dream home. Interest rates are at a historic all-time low right now and moving towards a buyers market. One of the best opportunities for buyers is when there…

7 Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep You Busy

COVID-19 and the shelter in place order for Illinois has significantly increased the amount of time we are spending in our homes. Boost your productivity by tackling those projects that you’ve been meaning to get to all winter. Spring cleaning can either be the best or worst part of the new season, depending on who…

Windy City Wednesdays: Eat Local at John’s Place

Eat Local at John’s Place in Chicago As Chicagoans practice proper social distancing, many of us are experiencing the direct impacts of our local restaurants, bars and shops being closed. These closures impact Chicagoans in different ways – but one thing is the same: the resilience shown our neighborhood locals. Many restaurants and eateries are…

Sellers: Now Is The Time To Keep Your Listing Active. Here’s Why.

This article originally appeared on One of the most common questions among home sellers during this crisis is, ‘Should I take my home off the market?’ We understand that in times of fear and uncertainty the first instinct is to pull back. However, if your goal is to sell your home in 2020, there are…

Windy City Wednesdays: Cooking Up Culinary Dreams at The Kids’ Table

In this week’s edition of Windy City Wednesdays, I visited The Kids’ Table in Wicker Park. I was very impressed by the personal feel of their teaching style with the kids, making sure each child had a fun and engaging experience while helping them understand the values of healthy cooking and a clean kitchen. Tots,…

Windy City Wednesdays: Laudi Vidni Showcases Chicago’s Individualistic Style

Located in Lincoln Park, Laudi Vidni provides a unique cultural experience, far away from the mainstream big brand outlets. Founded by two friends (two Harvard Business School grads!), Laura Kofoid and Grace Tsao-Wu, Laudi Vidni pairs two fashion veterans enamored with customization. Their mindset? Be different than everyone else. Their shop allows them to use…

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.

Windy City Wednesdays: Nearly 1,000 Pets Rescued by One Tail at a Time in 2019 Alone

Founded in 2008, a group of friends started a dog rescue out of their apartment that would go on to become One Tail at a Time dog rescue. One Tail takes in dogs and cats from other shelters while providing them with the best care possible. This rescue group saves the lives of hundreds of…

Windy City Wednesdays: The 3,500 Cultural Works of the DePaul Art Museum

Chicago is known as a cultural hub in the United States, blending together multiple cultures from European immigrants, such as the Polish, Latin Americans, and African Americans. Additionally, the city of Chicago features a progressive tone of acceptance and renaissance for all walks of life. In this edition of Windy City Wednesdays, Leslie visits the…

Windy City Wednesdays: The Rich Family Tradition and Personal Health Knowledge of Merz Apothecary

Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Merz Apothecary offers an array of personal health products with a knowledgable staff and a rich family ownership tradition.  The shop was founded in 1875 and was passed down through generations of the Merz family until Abdul Qaiyum purchased it in 1972. Qaiyum moved the shop to its present location…

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.

Windy City Wednesdays: Tilly’s Custom Vintage Appeal in Chicago’s Andersonville Neighborhood

In Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, one local boutique’s class and vintage appeal are easily apparent. At Tilly, vintage women’s clothing, jewelry, purses, hats, belts, styling, designing, and so much more are available. Susan also has a dedicated designer at her disposal should you find a piece you love and need it altered. Tilly’s unique appeal Located…