“[Total existing home] sales are now at their highest pace since February 2007 (5.79 million), have increased year-over-year for nine consecutive months and are 9.6 percent above a year ago (5.01 million).” -Larry Yun, Chief Economist at NAR Nationally existing home sales are at their highest level in 8 years. Home prices have surpassed the… Read More

WARNING: Chicago Winter Parking Bans Enforced, Cars Towed, Even When No Snow.

The year was 1979 when an “avalanche of snow protest votes carried Jane Byrne to the most stunning political upset in Chicago history… as the second biggest primary election turnout in 40 years crushed the legendary Democratic political machine and ended Michael Bilandic’s two-year reign in City Hall.” – The Chicago Tribune Many still remember… Read More

The Advantages of Buying in the Fall Season

Noah and Harper have spent years saving up to buy their dream home. Something a little unique on an oversized lot, with a sports bar for him and a walk-in closet for her, and a yard so their kids can play baseball. They’ve been saving for quite awhile. And over time as they’ve saved, they’ve skimmed through real estate websites… Read More

How to De-Clutter Your Home

The wonderful, beautiful thing that happens when you rid yourself of the things that don’t see your worth? You make space in your life for all the glorious things you deserve.” -Mandy Hale It happens to all of us. One day, we wake up and realize that our home, our sanctuary, the single most place in… Read More

Lollapalooza 2014 Survival Guide

With Lollapalooza less than one week away (Hard to believe, right? Where did summer go?) it’s time to start prepping for the best festival that the Midwest has to offer. If you were lucky enough to grab tickets at face value before Lolla’s website crashed and sold out, then nicely done! If not, StubHub is… Read More

2014 Schedule – Chicago Park District’s ‘Movies in the Park’

  2014 Movie Schedule: JULY 7/15    Chicago PG-13 Montgomery Ward Park 7/17    The Sandlot PG Wicker Park 7/19    42 PG-13 DuSable Museum of African American History 7/20    The Book Thief PG-13 Humboldt Park 7/20    Ghostbusters PG Jonquil Playlot 7/20    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13 Tuley Park 7/21    Sixteen Candles PG-13 Fulton River Park 7/28    The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer NR Belmont Harbor 7/29    Gravity PG-13 Montgomery Ward Park 7/30    The Muppet Movie G  Touhy Park AUGUST 8/2    Mr. Peabody & Sherman PG Jonquil Playlot 8/2  … Read More

IHDA Offering SERIOUS Cash Incentives for First-time Homebuyers this Summer

I’m back!!!!! First I would like to apologize for my SUBSTANTIAL disappearance from my beloved blog. As barren as Chicago’s winter was is as busy as the spring and summer have been! So to all of my thousands of loyal readers (ha!) I apologize for my absence. It took something REALLY important to make me see sense… Read More

Young, Fabulous and Sick of Paying Rent: Can You Afford to Buy?

Leasing a fabulous apartment in the city is a lot like dating Mr. Right Now. It’s fun, it’s pretty easy and there are practically no strings attached. You can basically move in with nothing but a mattress, a table,  your favorite bottle of Trader Joe’s ridiculously inexpensive wine and start having fun. Buying, on the… Read More

Most Dog Friendly Neighborhoods, According to Me

It’s pretty safe to say that I go to a lot of buildings on a regular basis. And I mean, a lot. It’s essentially the most important aspect of my job as a real estate agent in Chicago to go and check out real estate in Chicago. Shocker, I know. But while most people expect me… Read More

February Market Update

Chicago’s weather isn’t the only heat wave we’re experiencing. Our real estate market is on fire too, but unlike these temporary forty degree days, this fiery market looks like it’s here to stay. I caught up with the rest of my top-producing team, The Straub Milito Group, to find out what they had to say… Read More