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Walking Away from a Home – Inspections

In part 1 of this series, I talked about walking away from a home when the property is overpriced and the seller isn’t being realistic. Sometimes you can open up the discussion with an offer and be surprised that a seller will be willing to accept a lower offer than you expect. And sometimes they…

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Walking Away from a Home – Negotiations

When you make an offer on a home, there are always a multitude of reasons why it may not work out. Sometimes it goes smoothly, other times you have to walk away. This series on walking away from a home purchase will look at a few of those reasons, drawing on the experiences I’ve had…

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A Tale of Two Listings (part 2)

As I was trying to sell the first place, I had another 2 bed/2 bath listing come on the market in Lakeview. This was a duplex in relatively older building with garage parking and some dedicated yard space. It held a special place in my heart because I had sold it to the owner, a…

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A Tale of Two Listings (part 1)

What follows is a tale of two listings. Real estate can be a perplexing game at times. Sometimes you know exactly how the market will react to a property and other times you are surprised by a listing that won’t sell or a buyer that does a complete 180 with their search. I recently had…

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A Deeper Look into Determining Chicago Home Value

Recently I showed my client a condo in a building where I had made a sale in the summer of 2017. Before even seeing the place, I knew it was overpriced. This was based on my knowledge of the market and this particular building. What was interesting to me was that it was clear as…

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5 Fall Tips Before Listing in the Spring

If you’re planning to list your home in Chicago, you may or may not know that time of year is a huge factor in the success of your sale. A property that doesn’t sell after listing around Thanksgiving may get multiple offers if it’s a beautiful week at the end of March. Additionally, the price…

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Top 23 Restaurants in Lakeview Chicago

Are you looking for the top restaurants in Lakeview Chicago to eat at with friends and family? I’ve put together a list of the best of the best in Lakeview, restaurants I have eaten at in the past that I absolutely love. The Lakeview community in Chicago has a lot to offer as it’s one…

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Steps to buying a home in Chicago as a first time homebuyer

Steps to buying a home in Chicago

It’s that crazy time of year yet again: buyers are out in full force trying to score that perfect home while fending off all the competition. Buying a home in Chicago is not much different than other cities across America. But I find that most first time homebuyers have no idea the number of steps…

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Dealing with Financing

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home. Get pre-approved….

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When is the best time to sell a home in Chicago

When should I sell my house in Chicago?

When is the best time to sell a home in Chicago? Should you list in the spring when the rush happens or in the slower months of fall and winter? Should you avoid the holidays? When should you sell your house in Chicago? There are a lot of circumstances to consider when deciding when to…

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