Much Ado About Nothing: Trump Sign Just Isn't That Big of a Deal

Much Ado About Nothing: Trump Sign Just Isn't That Big of a Deal
Why is everyone so upset about Donal Trump branding the building he created? Is the lettering too garish? Is it the principle?   Would we have preferred a life size statue of the man facing the riverwalk?! Trump has arguably developed one of the most iconic skyscrapers dotting Chicago’s skyline.  It is  the second tallest... Read more »

Iconic Ferris Bueller House Finally Sells

Iconic Ferris Bueller House Finally Sells
After 5 years of trying, the Chicago Tribune reports that the “Ferris Bueller” home has sold.  In May of 2009, the property was listed for a whopping 2.3M. 5 years, a number of price cuts (6!), and ton of publicity, and one cancelled contract later.  It is sold! Final Price: $1.06Million Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Full Want to... Read more »

Presenting Offers In Person: Good Idea?!

Interesting Tidbit: Did you know that in and around Chicago, Buyers Agents have the right to present their client’s offer in person? This new old sales strategy has been around for quite some time but few agents know about it. Chicagoland’s Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), sets out Rules for Associations and Brokerages participating in their MLS.... Read more »
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#TBT - Getting Nostalgic- College Apartment Edition

#TBT - Getting Nostalgic- College Apartment Edition
The things we are all willing to put up with during our college years… My final semester in college was spent renting in a hotel converted into student apartments. “The Atrium” featured all of the amenities you would come to expect from a college-town hotel (life-size chess set, catfish pond, and a hotel pool with... Read more »

Awesome Real Estate Signs - NY REALTOR'S Funny Sign Goes Viral

Awesome Real Estate Signs - NY REALTOR'S Funny Sign Goes Viral
It is nice to know that the real estate world has not lost their sense of humor.  Mary Shelsby of New Hope, NY is giving Phil Dunphy a run for his money with this gem. George Takei, of Star Trek fame, posted the image of this sign on his facebook timeline and the world has... Read more »

Say What?! Most people pronounce REALTOR incorrectly?

Say What?!  Most people pronounce REALTOR incorrectly?
Are you saying REALTOR wrong?!  You just might be! A recent article by Business Insider puts REALTOR at #8 on their list of words commonly being mis-pronounced. If you or someone you know is  referring to a “real-a-ter” feel free to correct them. *If you already have a pesky habit of correcting your friends also... Read more »
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Reason #47 We Love Curbed Chicago: Fun with Bad MLS Photos

Reason #47 We Love Curbed Chicago: Fun with Bad MLS Photos
The good, the bad, and the ugly – welcome to the wild world of MLS photos. Curbed Chicago has just started a new series highlight MLS photos to make you laugh and cry.  Their inaugural post states: Welcome to Curbed Chicago’s newest series in exploring the very best and worst in online multiple listing service (MLS) ads. Every day, Chicago... Read more »

Related Pockets How Much?!: Refinancing Related's 500 Lake Shore for 175 Million - What's Next?

Related Pockets How Much?!: Refinancing Related's 500 Lake Shore for 175 Million - What's Next?
Today Crains reported that Related just refinanced their luxury apartment building at 500 N Lake Shore Drive for a cool 175 Million.   Mass. Mutual Life Insurance handled the refi which enables Related to payoff the 100M construction loan while leaving everybody with that warm fuzzy feeling an extra 75 Million  leaves you with. This... Read more »

Former Chicago Cub Carlos Zambrano Sells Lakeview Home

Former Chicago Cub Carlos Zambrano Sells Lakeview Home
Carlos Zambrano finally unloaded his Lakeview home for a loss. The house sits on an extra-wide lot and was designed in 2005 by Pat Landrosh (Pappageorge/Haymes). The house was listed for 2.3M back in December of 2012 and was under contract until April of 2013 when it was reactivated . For almost a year there... Read more »
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GEMS World Academy Chicago: When Ugly Facades Happen to Good Buildings

GEMS World Academy Chicago: When Ugly Facades Happen to Good Buildings
Why?! The K-4 building of GEMS World Academy is nearing completion.  While the school’s completion is sure to be a huge asset to the Lakeshore East community, the aesthetic is reminiscent of Helmut Jahn – but that in that unfortunate 1980s Thompson Center sort of way… The Building Designed by bKL Architecture, the 9 story K-4... Read more »
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    Rebecca Thomson is the Vice President of Agent Development at @properties, the largest independent brokerage in Chicagoland. She is responsible for training and business development initiatives for @properties’ 1300 agents. Before coming to @properties, Thomson handled residential sales, luxury leasing, and new construction for an international luxury firm. Thomson’s industry involvement is extensive and in 2013 she served as the President of the award-winning Chicago Women’s Council of REALTORS. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Association of REALTORS, chairs the Illinois YPN, and serves on state and national committees for the Women’s Council of REALTORS. Thomson pens a top real estate blog, The Condoist, for Tribune Media Group’s Chicago Now platform. She also speaks locally and nationally for the Women’s Council of REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS on topics including leadership, social media, membership strategy, and business development. Outside of real estate, Thomson is dedicated to her community and serves on boards for both the Union League Club of Chicago and Step Up. She also founded Give Back Monday, a group raising funds and awareness for local charities through social media and events. In her spare time, Thomson is an avid reader, a scotch aficionado and a self-proclaimed foodie. Thomson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. Her professional recognitions include the National Association of REALTORS “30 Under 30” (2014), Chicago Association of REALTORS President’s Award (2013), Chicago Agent Magazine’s Who’s Who in Chicago Real Estate (2012, 2013), and RE/MAX Vision Rookie of the Year (2006)

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