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Barb Van Stensel brings her 3rd Generation experience to the table when Selling or Buying Your Chicago Home.

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2011 

              UPDATE 7/6/2011 THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2011 a/k/a Neighborhood Events and Festivals   July 4th -  Fireworks at Navy Pier begins at 9:00 p.m.                Independence Day at History Museum from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.               Location:  1601 N. Clark Stree...
06/30/2011
Chicago, IL 60625 - Way to go Lincoln Square! Market Recap for June 2011 for Lincoln Square: A year ago, there were 9 closed sales for the month of June.  This year we had 11 closed sales!  But the interesting thing is we moved Lincoln Square with a record sale number of 30 houses.  Only one home...
06/30/2011
Broker Bryant in Florida just shared an amazing Short Sale Success Story where the homeowner needed to move closer to work.  They were not behind in their mortgage payments and there was no deficiency.  Another success story to encourage those to reach out.  It just isn't about doing a Short Sale...
06/30/2011
Contrary to "popular" belief, it is possible to buy a home 3 months after your short sale your other home.  But there are Caveats that you need to know in order to do this.  It isn't done on conventional but FHA.  Read it and learn.  If you qualify for this, then two things, reach out to me and l...
06/30/2011
There is a move called "The Jane Austen Book Club" where the characters create this club and read every book that Jane Austen has written and meet once a month on that book for discussion.  All women, except for a man is invited.  It is this man, who wants to become part of the Club because he is...
06/30/2011
There is a move called "The Jane Austen Book Club" where the characters create this club and read every book that Jane Austen has written and meet once a month on that book for discussion.  All women, except for a man is invited.  It is this man, who wants to become part of the Club because he is...
06/30/2011
Back in th 1990's there were roughly 24% Vinyl Replacement Windows.  Today there is roughly 66% of the typical home has vinyl windows in them.  As most of you know, I also do rehab work, and I can, because I am a workaholic.  But what I didn't know that Consumer Report results show that vinyl rep...
06/29/2011
One of the simple things we don't put on our to do list right after we close on our homes.  CHANGING THE LOCKS.  You think that the keys submitted are all of them?  Think again.  Whether it is a older home, a new construction, resale, REO, somebody retains keys.  I actually have the locks changed...
06/28/2011
    Chicago's Housing Market is like this photo of stairs.  There are three levels of stairs in this house and that is what I want to address today about understanding Chicago's Housing Market. PREFACE:  In 1987, the Home Pricing Index for Chicago was at 53.85.  Housingwas affordable.  The condo...
06/28/2011
Well, as most of you know, the City of Chicago has pulled back on the huge fireworks display but there will still be fireworks at Navy Pier on the July 4th beginning at 9:00 p.m. That got me wondering what other options, fun sort of things one could do and you've got options: From June 24th to Ju...
06/27/2011
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