Chicago Real Estate Blog

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.

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 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 Football Game – EvanstonSeptember thru December…

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, 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. No place is perfect, including…

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 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 to be prepared for your…

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 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 of your sale. That can…

Renovation Loans Open the Door for First-Time Buyers

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, make it their own and…

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 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 on the options you have…

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 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 of the demand for housing…

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 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. 77% of buyer’s agents said…

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 create your own metropolitan oasis. A few tweaks can turn the tiniest outdoor space into a livable, beautiful retreat. 1. Add foliage Just because you have limited space does not…

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, it stands to reason that sellers who price their homes correctly during this peak period have a great chance of generating strong interest…and a sale. By the same token, if…

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 all kinds of real estate terms that you are likely to encounter along the way. Knowing and understanding these terms will not only help you communicate with your broker but…

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. Would you trust an ophthalmologist to perform foot surgery? Hopefully your answer is no, but I know some of you are serious risk takers. For most, buying a home is…

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 score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown…

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 keep your investment secure and protected throughout the home-buying process. One such tool to protect your interests in a residential real estate transaction, whether you are the buyer or the…

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to $1.5 trillion.

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 visualize the property as a future home. Before you list your home, follow this list of staging preparations to highlight a home that sells. Create space Many buyers are looking…

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.

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 out before you get to the closing table. One of those considerations is property ta…