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Real Estate Agent - Baird & Warner
Market statistics, neighborhood happenings, real estate future planning by local municipalities, and "straight from the hip" observations of a residential Realtor who cover the north side of Chicago and the northern and northwestern suburbs.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
Time for a new clothes washer? Have you been promising yourself to get rid of that cranky old second fridge or freezer in the basement? Your timing couldn't be better! ComEd, the Chicagoland primary provider of power, is giving you incentive to "get off the fence." Earn a $50 check for simply sch...
03/20/2012
The local high school here in my hometown of Evanston, Illinois, is not only supporting, but improving upon its program for students that prepares them for a career in (drum roll, please, for this trade that keeps us Realtors on the roads and byways as we serve our clients!) Automotive Technology...
02/05/2012
My modest little home is a townhome in a complex of 36 neighbors who ALWAYS see eye to eye, NEVER disagree about anything, and ALWAYS have the right answers to any challenge that comes along. (and yes, I have a bridge to sell you.) The most recent situation in which our homeowner association lead...
04/17/2011
I am experiencing a growing trend in the Chicago area; listing agents are instructing buyer agents to email or text an appointment request to the listing agent. And the listing agent affirms the appointment by email or text back to the buyer agent. The listing agent has no way to really know who ...
04/16/2011
Illinois, where I live outside of Chicago, it admittedly one of the worst States in the nation for foreclosure activity and short sales. It's becoming a way of life for real estate agents here, working through these hard times for our clients. Beyond the homeowners and would-be purchasers, of cou...
04/15/2011
I had my customary monthly luncheon yesterday with my local chapter of Women's Council of Realtors, a professional networking group that embraces "affiliate" members, and promotes professional growth of women Realtors. The theme of the luncheon was "green" homes. Multiple vendors were invited, se...
04/14/2011
This post is more of an FYI item.    Here are some Interesting numbers that are probably of interest to not only licensed real estate agents in Illinois, but also to private citizens in Illinois who are considering a home purchase in this year of 2011 (data supplied by the Illinois Association of...
04/12/2011
There was a lively conversation amongst agents today about a blog post from an agent who wondered about the fairness of a homeowner being pursued or penalized in any way, when that homeowner walks away from a property that has lost value since purchasing that property. Indeed, I have a personal a...
07/05/2010
A client of mine asked to see a new property listing this week.  Fine. I took a quick look at the online data for this property, and discovered the seller's lender had filed lis pendis on the deed in July 2009.  Huh? A filing from last July would typically mean this property is scheduled for auct...
06/12/2010
I just inherited a client who is living a nightmare, through no fault of his own.  His employer has relocated him to my community of coverage from out of state.  The client leased a nice condo unit in a popular building.  That was three weeks ago.  This client is now being forced to move out.  Wa...
06/07/2010
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Daily musings on residential real estate in Chicago and the northern suburbs, with the consumer and property owner in mind.