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6 Questions Home Sellers Have About A Comparative Market Analysis

Before listing, home sellers will often receive what’s known as a Comparative Market Analysis. While foreign to some, this report is actually one of the most important tools your real estate broker has to offer.

Fall landscaping tips to help increase your home’s curb appeal

As the leaves begin to turn and we await the arrival of sweater weather, it’s time to start thinking about fall landscaping.

Why Fall is a Great Time to Tackle Home Improvement Projects

Whatever your reason for putting off those home improvement projects, there’s no need to worry. In fact, fall is a great time to tackle your to-do list.

Selling your home next spring? Here’s what you need to do now

There’s no time like the present to plan ahead. If you’re even thinking about selling your home early next year, there are a number of things you can (and should!) do now to prepare.

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 […]

Pricing Your Home to Sell This Spring

When it comes to generating maximum interest and top dollar for your home, setting the right listing price (the first time) is crucial. Why? An overpriced home can scare off buyers, so it’s essential to set the right price during that critical “New Listing” period in which the largest pool of potential buyers will see your property. […]

How to Create the Ultimate Home Entertaining Mecca

With hygge, an emphasis on self-care and a focus on home, there is no question that staying in is the new going out. Whether you’re hosting a few close friends or a large crowd, adding a few extra touches will make an evening at your home feel particularly special. Put these ideas into action to […]

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 seller, is an […]

Why video is essential to your home-marketing strategy

With new inventory hitting the market each week, it’s no surprise the spring real estate season is a competitive time of year for sellers. If you’re thinking about making a move this spring, it’s crucial to create a marketing strategy that sets yourself apart from the crowd. One way to do this is through powerful […]

How to use social media to market your home

Did you know that 79% of internet users in the U.S. actively use Facebook? It stands to reason that using social media to spread the word about your real estate endeavors can go a long way. Think about it. Chances are the buyer and seller of the same property will have similar interests. After all, […]

The Ultimate Guide to Staging a Home That Sells

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 to move to gain more space, so help […]

Market Within a Market

@properties claimed the #1 market share in the entire Chicagoland region in 2018. Why does market share matter to home buyers and sellers? Exposure – We market sellers’ homes to the broadest, captive audience of potential homebuyers. Likewise, buyers have access to the largest pool of listings, including pocket (off-market) listings. Market Insights – With over 2,500 […]

New Construction vs. Existing Home – What’s Right for You?

What makes a house a home? It depends on who you ask. For some of us, it’s shiny new appliances and a full slate of amenities that serve as an extension of the home. For others, it might be a home with vintage charm or an established neighborhood with a quaint downtown. When it comes down to […]

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 tax proration. Property tax proration is a way to split property taxes fairly to ensure that […]

Create an At-Home Haven to Recharge This Winter

A home should be a destination to recharge after a chaotic day of work, commuting, running errands or transporting kids around. It should serve as a retreat to help you feel nurtured and relaxed — not stressed from unfinished chores and to-do lists. Cultivating a calming space is the first step in creating an at-home […]

5 Smart Upgrades That Boost Your Home’s Appeal

From money-saving gadgets to devices that provide an extra level of security, it’s easy to see why smart-home technology is becoming more and more popular. In fact, it can even increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers should you plan to sell. Here are five smart upgrades that can potentially add value to […]

Four Perks to Buying a Home over the Holidays

The thought of adding a new home to your holiday shopping list might sound a little insane. Although it might seem like an overwhelming time to add the biggest transaction of your life into the shopping, parties and celebratory mix, there are actually a lot of perks to buying a home over the holidays. If […]

How to Convert Your Guest Room into a Hotel-Inspired Haven

Create a welcoming retreat for guests this holiday season by creating a relaxing oasis for them to retreat to amid the holiday chaos. Envision your own dream hotel stay to design a luxury getaway for your guests within your home. Consider incorporating the below elements into your perfect guest room to create a welcoming escape […]

5 Updates to Consider Before You Sell Your Home

One common theme among today’s homebuyers is that many are looking for a home that’s move-in ready. If you’re planning to sell, here are a few updates that can help give your home an updated look and make it more attractive to buyers: Paint Your Home  A fresh coat of paint can instantly enhance the […]

How to Create a Functional Space Without Sacrificing Style

There are inevitable home items — storage containers, hardware, fixtures, among others — that are necessary to create a functional space. Including these practical pieces in your home helps contribute to an overall comfortable way of living. However, these unavoidable selections don’t need to be generic or eye sores. Below are room-by-room options to improve […]

5 Must-Have Apps for Homeowners

As a homeowner, your work is never done. Whether you’re planning to buy a home or you already own a home, there are plenty of apps that make buying or owning a home easier than ever. Here are five apps for homeowners that will make life easier for you. Mortgage Calculator App Before you even […]

Where to Grab the Best Fall Beverages

Whether you are team #PSL or prefer a plain cup of joe, there is no denying that pumpkin everything is front and center as soon as fall begins. Expand your pumpkin palette, and grab a fall-inspired drink at one of the many options across the ‘burbs. Fall Beverages in the Chicago Suburbs Photo: Mud and […]

10 Things To Get In The Fall Spirit Before It’s Too Late

Summer in Chicago is fun and winter evokes that sentimental end of year feeling, but we’d say Chicago looks its best during the fall. Celebrate this vibrant season by taking full advantage of local offerings– from visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard to enjoying autumn from your own home; we’re dishing on some of […]

Empty Nest: How to Transform Your Existing Rooms

After several decades of helping your children plant their roots, it can be hard to believe it’s time for them spread their wings. With kids at college or officially moved out on their own, this is the time to downsize or transform the additional space you now have. Aside from the obvious choice of creating […]

Decor Inspiration To Brighten Up Your Front Porch This Fall

Ahhh, ’tis the season for crisp fall air, pumpkin spice everything and cozy vibes. Today, we’re giving you all the fall feels with the ultimate fall porch inspiration. Whether you’re going for something classic, modern, or even spooky — we’ve got you covered. Feel free to get creative with gourds, colorful pumpkins, hay, wheel-barrows, and […]

The Best Ways To Enjoy Fall In Chicago’s Suburbs

Fall vibes in the suburbs can be contagious. The seasonal porch decor, local festivals, and influx of pumpkin patch photos across social media can make even summer’s biggest fans wear all the plaid, order a pumpkin spice latte and appreciate the full essence of autumn. Join in on the harvest fest season fun, by adding […]

When Downsizing Your Home Is Right For You

The change of seasons often comes with the itch to make other changes, including at home. With students returning to college, and recent graduates setting in new jobs with plans to venture out on their own, the house may seem a little more empty. Or maybe you are on a mission to Marie Kondo your […]

How To Transform A Room With 3 Simple And Inexpensive Tricks

Do you ever feel stuck when it comes to decorating your house? Lately, I’ve been experimenting with inexpensive ways to transform a room. It’s important to stay away from the ‘full makeover’ mindset and start small with statement pieces you may already have around the house. It’s been scientifically proven that room design affects moods […]

Home Decor: Where to Spend and Where to Save

When decorating your new home, it often pays to invest in higher-end pieces. However, expensive doesn’t always mean better; sometimes it is smarter to go under budget and re-allocate those dollars to items worth the investment. Below is a guide on where to spend and where to save, when turning your new house into your […]

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 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. In fact, it ultimately comes down to a position within the existing competition. Let’s take a moment to […]

6 Questions Home Sellers Have About A Comparative Market Analysis

Before listing, home sellers will often receive what’s known as a Comparative Market Analysis. While foreign to some, this report is actually one of the most important tools your real estate broker has to offer. But don’t panic if you’ve never heard of it before and are looking to list your home, we’re here to […]

5 Ways To Stage Your Home For Listing

It’s time to find your dream house but there’s just ONE thing standing in your way: selling your old home. So how do you stage your current home to make it photo ready? Glad you asked! Here are 5 simple tips to make your home full-price listing worthy: Pack Early When we were house hunting, […]

5 Real Estate Negotiation Tips You Need to Know

In many real estate transactions, there is a fair amount of real estate negotiation – offers and counteroffers – before both parties are satisfied. Whether there’s only one offer on the table or you’re navigating a multiple offer scenario as a buyer or navigating a multiple offer scenario as a seller, negotiation skills are critically important in today’s […]