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Chicago Real Estate... Worst Expressions

Have you read this great post from  I couldn't have said it better and I was laughing as I read it!   Whether you are looking for homes for sale in Buffalo Grove Illinois or Orland Park...  we see these cliches everyday and have to laugh!

Must See: Chicago Real Estate Clichés


Chicago Real Estate ClichesIf you’ve ever searched for a home or condo for sale in Chicago, then you of course have scanned through dozens of home listings on the MLS. And contrary to what the property description reads for each home, not every condo in Chicago sits on a “quiet tree-lined street” or is an “amazing opportunity.” We see clichés in many aspects of life, but because I work in the business every day, I seem to get a kick out of real estate clichés the most. Real estate clichés exists for every market, but I’ve listed a few below that I tend to see most in downtown Chicago:

1)      A short walk to restaurants, cafés, shopping!

A condo located a short distance from McDonalds, Little Caesars Pizza, and Dollar Tree may technically mean a short walk to restaurants and shopping, but I certainly wouldn’t say this makes a particular location desirable. But I will say that the $5 Hot & Ready deal Little Caesars has going is pretty awesome.   

2)      Close to transportation

I think someone needs to come up with a universal definition for “close to transportation.” Note to all real estate agents: a 25 minute walk to the “L” is not close to transportation.

3)      Private Outdoor Space

Everyone loves summers in Chicago. And because of this, outdoor space is a highly sought after condo amenity. However, if a balcony attached to a condo isn’t even big enough to fit a single patio chair, I’m thinking that might not be the determining factor in whether or not a buyer wanting outdoor space will pull the trigger on...

Chicago Homes for Sale- Tip 2 Staging your home

Chicago Homes for Sale- Tip 2 - Staging Tips

There are 4 main areas of focus that must be considered when staging a home

The first relates to a buyer's initial impression.  When a buyer initially dirives up to a home he will generate a first impression and this impression will effect how they view the inside of the home.  If the landscaping looks overgrown,  or the painting on the front door is chipped,  the buyer will have a glass half empty view of everything inside. I try to make sure the seller keeps everything properly manicured and updated so the prospect is looking with a glass half full eye.

The second critical step is to declutter and depersonalize the inside of the home.  Prospects need to be able to view how their personal itmes will fit in the home home to make it their home.  Sometmes we advise he seller to get a storage locker or borrow a friends basement to store their excess clutter.   At the same time of decluttering,  we accessorize tastefully to create a greater perception of value.  Room that needs to be staged!

The third important aspect is to make sure there is enough light in the home.  Light creates a feeling of space and cheerfulness. I recommend that all drapes and blinds be open,  anything blocking windows should be removed and repainting cetain areas lighter colors.  If necessary,  I bring in decorative lamps to create more light.  Ligting sells.

The fourth area of focus relates to the homes state of repair.  We make sure fitures and appliances are working properly,  fix and chipped tiles, remove any carpet stains, caulk bathroom tiles. etc.  A buyer qucikly discount homes that appear in need of a lot of maintenance. 

If you would like to hear more about these staging tips,  please watch the Channel 2 news at 5:30 am on July 3, 2012.






Chicago Homes for sale- Tips from top Realtor

Chicago Homes for sale- Listing Tip 1

As a Full time Realtor in the Chicago area, I feel that I can give you many different strategies on how to sell your home in the Chicago area  for the most money in the least amount time. 

If I know that you are planning to sell you Chicago  home in the next 4 years, or even if you are not planning to sell your home,( a job transfer may pop up unexpectantly) I will advise you to take pictures of your home in all seasons.( especially if you live in the Chicago area)   Spring has sprung in Chicago, summer is almost here and the flowers are in bloom..   If you blink and you don't smart smelling the roses or enjoy the beauty of the tulips, you will miss one of the most gorgeous seasons we have in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs.    Use your digital camera and start clicking away.  Can you guess that tulips are my favorite flower! 

Let's say you want to put your home on the market in early March, one of the times most people ultimately first think about selling their home.  Imagine what the photos of your home would look like at that time of year.  If you live in Chicago or any of the nearby suburbs,, your pictures would either include dirty snow or ugly barren trees.  (Sometimes not a pretty site and one that does not make a good first impression.)

In my opinion, it's the photos -- and good photos -- that gets a potential buyer in your home, and you only get one chance to make a first impression.   A good picture is worth a 1000 words, a bad picture on the other hand  may result in the consumer skipping over your home in their internet search and you not selling your home.   

According the National Association of Realtors, nearly 80% of homebuyers start their home search on the Internet.   Start Clickiing Away....