New Listing Alert: 6000 sq ft West Loop Penthouse

New Listing Alert: 6000 sq ft West Loop Penthouse
The West Loop is always full of surprises.  This time it’s a mammoth 6000 sq ft penthouse complete with 4 bedrooms , 4 1/2 baths, and a closet large enough to be another bedroom. Have fun ogling at the gallery photos and be sure to have a tissue handy for this drool-worthy urban oasis. Price:... Read more »

To Sell or Not To Sell?!: How To Decide If Now Is The Right Time To Sell Your Home

To Sell or Not To Sell?!: How To Decide If Now Is The Right Time To Sell Your Home
Spring is officially here  – at least according to our calendars… It’s that magical time of year when homeowners everywhere start to get that itch.  How much is my place worth?  Is it time to sell?  Should I wait? Is the news true?! Are buyers really begging you to take their money?!! If you find... Read more »

Choosing a Real Estate Agent To List Your Home: How to Weed Out the Crappy Agents and Choose The Right REALTOR For You

Choosing a Real Estate Agent To List Your Home: How to Weed Out the Crappy Agents and Choose The Right REALTOR For You
There are plenty of reasons you might be looking for a new real estate agent Did you hated your last agent or just can’t remember their name?  Did they retire to Boca Raton or did they jump ship when waters got rough?  Maybe you just want to test the waters.  Whatever the reason, there are some... Read more »
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REALTOR.com and Zillow Showdown In Court

REALTOR.com and Zillow Showdown In Court
They say that breaking up is hard to do… Former REALTOR.COM exec Errol Samuelson is finding that out the hard way. He just jumped ship and took a new position at ZIllow and the interwebs have lit up with people crying foul. On Monday  Samuelson and Zillow were slapped with a 16 page Complaint in... Read more »

The Chicago Spire: Is It Back On?! Survey Says...

The Chicago Spire: Is It Back On?!  Survey Says...
Today is St Patricks Day and developer Garrett Kelleher seems to have the luck of the Irish.  For months years we’ve been speculating about the future of this sexy supertall. Unfortunately, in recent years, there’s been little to say about Streeterville’s deepest swimming hole. Just last summer, Curt Bailey and Related Midwest seemed poised to put the nail... Read more »

The Waive: Weighing Buyer Risks In Multiple Offer Situations

The Waive: Weighing Buyer Risks In Multiple Offer Situations
To waive or not to waive?! That is the question. In the chaos of multiple offer building, some sellers are asking for a lot more than price. As a buyer, should you put out?! Most Illinois residential contracts include an attorney approval, inspection, and financing contingency.  As a buyer, these are intended to protect you... Read more »
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Block 37 Development Update- Apartment Tower on the Horizon?

Block 37 Development Update- Apartment Tower on the Horizon?
We’ve been talking about Block 37 for years.  Back in 2010, we rated it #2 on our most disappointing developments.  There was nothing too exciting about Block 37 until recent rumors began to hint at an upscale apartment building. Today, Alby Gallun and Crain’s gave some insight into the proposed plan: a 500 unit apartment... Read more »

In The Weeds: What To Expect When Negotiating in Multiple Offer Situations - The Buyer Perspective

In The Weeds: What To Expect When Negotiating in Multiple Offer Situations - The Buyer Perspective
You’ve made it through step 1:  You’ve found a great property and submitted a strong offer.  It’s game on! Time to talk about what to expect in multiple offer negotiations and how to play the game. Next Steps:   Get Confirmation Before doing anything else, you need to make sure your offer has been received.... Read more »

Multiple Offer Tips for Buyers: How To Master Making Your Offer

Multiple Offer Tips for Buyers: How To Master Making Your Offer
It’s Wednesday morning and your TPS reports lay sprawled across your desk, ignored.  After catching up on your Facebook feed, you start combing through listings when, there it is: the perfect new listing. It’s priced well, has great pictures; it’s the one you’ve been waiting for. Unfortunately for you, 10 other people just had this... Read more »
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Multiple Offer Madness: A Series on How to Navigate Multiple Offer Situations in Today's Real Estate Market

Multiple Offer Madness: A Series on How to Navigate Multiple Offer Situations in Today's Real Estate Market
Multiple offer situations are the new reality for Chicago’s real estate market. To help you come out ahead we have the tools and tips to make you succeed. How Has The Market Changed? From Lincoln Park to Lincoln Square, inventory is down, properties are selling closer to list price and in a shorter period of... Read more »