Archive for 2010

Real Estate Stats and Beautiful Holiday Views!

The Illinois branch of the National Association of Realtors released a report showing three consecutive months of stability in the median home price for Illinois.  Sales for November were down compared to November of 2009 but it is important to consider that the original deadline for the Homebuyer Tax Credit was the end of November... Read more »

Top Ten Buildings of the Last Decade and Seasonal Sights!

As the year and the Decade draw to a close, there have been many Top Ten lists come out.  Here is one of my favorites:  The Huffington Post had a great article on the Top Ten Architectural Achievements of the last ten years.  Here is a link:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-slevin/10-best-architecture-mome_b_798929.html#s212691 and below are a few of the... Read more »

Children's Hospital Notes and Holiday Events

The employees of Coldwell Banker had the wonderful new Apple Store on North Avenue and Clybourn to themselves for a holiday reception recently.  It was a great chance to see one of the most talked about store openings in town up close and personal.  The whole neighborhood will profit from having such a classy building... Read more »
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Groupon Dream Homes and Other Real Estate News!

My recent interview with a prominent Chicago-based magazine will not be published because the premise was that if the Chicago company named Groupon was sold it would create a large number of newly minted multimillionaires, and the reporter was asking me to speculate on which buildings they would go to, to buy their new Dream... Read more »

Real Estate Updates and the Sights of the Season!

I was honored to be interviewed two different times by Chicago Crain’s Magazine recently.  They sometimes interview experienced brokers to get their take on the Real Estate market.  One of the key points I made is that I was able to work with my clients and get a price reduction on a listing recently, and there... Read more »

Lots of Things to Be Thankful For!

One night some time ago I had the honor of attending a dinner with some successful Chicago women – one of whom was recently featured in a USA Today cover story.  If you haven’t heard of the Conservation Center feel free to take a look at their website at www.theconservationcenter.com .  The CEO, Heather Becker,... Read more »
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Two Gold Coast Beauties!

As a high end broker I have seen many beautiful homes and many examples of great interior design over the years.  But recently I was lucky to be invited to social events at two homes that are truly the nicest I have seen in the city.  First off, here is a picture of me and... Read more »

November Charity Events and Real Estate News

I was reflecting recently on the wonderful generosity and support that people are showing for good causes.  A ‘heartfelt’ campaign is under way for the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Hospital.  Around 200 acrylic Hearts will be decorated between now and February and then they will be placed at prominent intersections and important public spaces... Read more »

Chicago Music and Real Estate News

A friend of mine recently went to see Bob Dylan at the Riviera Theater in Uptown, and it struck me that Chicago has the best variety of music venues in the country.  We have great music every night of the week!       We have made the most out of the old movie theaters... Read more »
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Real Estate Notes and November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month!

The Chicago real estate market is continuing its slow rise up from the slowdown of 2008.  I have seen more buyers coming out to look at my listings, most recently a stunning condo in the Elysian.  I had an Open House two days ago and it was well attended.  Here is a link to a... Read more »