10 Reasons Why Real Estate Agents Charge What They Do

During a real estate career that goes back to 1998, I have often been asked (confronted,challenged)) with the notion that real estate agents make too much money.  It’s easy for buyers and sellers to think that when they get the HUD statement at closing and see the commission numbers. Particularly for sellers since the amount... Read more »

How Long is Too Long to List Your Home for Sale

If you are trying to sell your home, market time is not your friend.  The longer your house stays on the market, the more the value decreases for the potential buyer.  If your list price is too high and does not match the perceived value, your house will linger, unsold and stale. Sellers who price... Read more »

Defining "Under Contract" for your Home Sale

What does it really mean when your home is under contract in the the North Shore and Chicago area?  Do you celebrate with champagne?  As a seller, do you start packing in earnest? Are the showings finally over?  As a buyer, is the house really yours now? I have found over the years in real... Read more »
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Veterans Day Tribute - to my Parents and all Veterans

War time photos of my parents
My parents were World War II veterans.  They fought with the Allies against the enemy in their native Poland with the Polish Underground Army and emigrated and were welcomed to this country in 1951 as veterans and refugees. My father spoke little about the war – other than a scar on his leg and the... Read more »

North Shore Houses with 1000+ Days on the Market- Why Does this Happen?

North Shore Houses with 1000+ Days on the Market- Why Does this Happen?
Throughout the North Shore suburbs where I sell real estate – Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield, there are some homes that have been on the market forever.  Actually, it just feels that way, particularly for the sellers.  But yes, more than 1000 days on the market is an awfully long time. Why does this... Read more »

Indian Hill Road in Winnetka IL

My favorite section of Indian Hill Road on the south side along Wilmette
Indian Hill Road in Winnetka is a beautiful winding road that is perfect for walkers and runners.  It encirlces Indian Hill Country Club and runs for about 2 1/3 miles and winds through the golf course and past large stately homes. Years ago I lived a block away and it was my regular jogging and baby walking... Read more »
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Illinois Real Estate Agents or Brokers - What's the Difference

Illinois Real Estate Agents or Brokers - What's the Difference
When I became licensed to sell real estate in 1998, I took a course that certified me as a “real estate salesperson.”  The public called us “agents.”  If you wanted to open your own office or manage one, you needed to take additional, extensive training.  Becoming a “broker” was prestigious. But several years ago, Illinois... Read more »

Think You Can't Find Modern Architecture Homes in Winnetka

One and one-half acres in central Winnetka
Winnetka and the North Shore suburbs are all about tradition.  The Fourth of July Parade down Elm Street ending at the Village Green.  The lighting of holidays trees.  The sidewalk sale every July during predictably hot weekends.  And a McDonald’s with no golden arches. So you may think that modern style architecture would be difficult... Read more »

The Real Estate Agent's Risky Business

The Real Estate Agent's Risky Business
No, I’m not referring to putting strangers in a car and driving them around.  I’m talking about the big risks we take when we don’t get paid for work performed.  Because every time we work with a buyer or a seller, there is no guarantee we’ll be paid. I love this business and have been... Read more »
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The Hottest Price Range in the North Shore

The Hottest Price Range in the North Shore
I have several out-of-town buyers looking for homes in the North Shore – specifically Winnetka, Wilmette, and Glencoe.  One couple was in town two weeks ago to get a first look at what’s available.  With the exception of one house that’s been on for a long time, all the others quickly went under contract. The... Read more »