All Blog Entries by Christine Hancock

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The windy city is such a wonderful place to be during the spring break season. When you round up the whole family and set your sites on Chicago, you can almost guarantee it will be a good time. With fine dining, theatrical activities, and tons of amazing things to do, Chicago will fill your travel with excitement around every corner. It is always good to have a few pointers before you visit though. Here are some of the best ways to have a good time in the city with the family during spring break.

Technical tips

Before we get to the juicy tips, we have to go over a few things that you must know before your Spring Break. For starters, ride sharing apps are highly recommended to get you and your family around the city. This is handy when you do not

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The windy city can be a delightful place to visit. You have beaches all along Lake Shore Drive where you can feel as if you are at an ocean, Michigan Ave where the shopping experience is one of a kind, and that gorgeous Willis Tower that will allow you to stand on the 103rd-floor Skydeck and kick your fear of heights into overdrive. What people fail to mention, however, are the tips you need to really get around Chicago. Most people have a terrible first experience because they never really understood what was going on. Here are some weekend travel tips to the great city of Chicago.

Avoid Tolls

Set your GPS up to avoid those tolls! You wouldn’t believe how many tolls there are going into Chicago and how easily avoidable they are. The last thing

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West Loop condominium sales report for 2017 YTD

 Inventory remains low, with only 88 condos active as of 11/11/2018 in the entire West Loop market. Prices start at $215,000 with the highest priced condo priced at $5,679,999. With 668 condos sold in 2017 we have barely 1 months worth of inventory for sale. If a condo is correctly priced, you can almost expect to sell within weeks, maybe even days. Multiple offers is not unusual. There was definitely some new construction in the West Loop in 2017, the 2 biggest projects are the 111ume at 111 S. Peoria and The Hayden at 1109 W. Washington. They offer 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes priced from $875,000 - $3,900,000.

The West Loop is also offering many more luxury condos than they have traditionally offered

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As the year starts off in the Windy City it's worth taking a look at the events that were out there for the remainder of 2017 and what we can expect with the new year.

Travel and Leisure called Chicago one of the top 10 cities for events in the county thanks to its robust collection of music festivals along with annual traditions like Oktoberfest and Christmas lights. The city is also famous for dying the Chicago River green in celebration of St. Patrick’s day and Taste of Chicago, one of the nation’s more prominent food festivals. So what do we have to look forward to in downtown Chicago this winter? 

The end of October

As the month of October winds down there are plenty of places to go get your spooks before the season it over. Here are a few

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No matter where in Chicago you call home, the first week in January means back to school. Don’t make the mistake of falling into last year’s routine. Add these tips to your daily agenda and get the kids to school quicker, safer, and more efficiently.

1. Spend the week before school doing educational activities to get your kids back into a learning mindset. Visit the Children’s Museum at the Navy Pier, or take a tour of historical monuments around town. Try checking out one of Chicago’s many libraries to help your kids get excited about reading.

2. Set wake-up and bedtimes on weekdays and weekends. Start the new schedule two weeks before school starts so your kids are fully adjusted. Having a set bedtime routine can help with younger kids who

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Last month we talked about how to navigate a multiple offer situation as a buyer. On the flip side, if you’re in the enviable position of dealing with multiple offers as a seller, handling the situation thoughtfully can make all the difference.  Here are few tips on how best to handle the process.

Make a game plan

Go through each offer with your broker and discuss your negotiation strategy. Will you inform all buyers that there are multiple offers and invite them to present their ‘best and final’ terms within a set time frame? Or, will you counter one offer before making a decision on the others?

There are a number of different strategies so be sure to consult with your broker to make sure you are getting all of the details from each buyer and

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When you decide to sell your home, you of course want the highest return from its sale. Determining your asking price is the most important step in preparing your house for sale. It's pretty clear that pricing your property too low won't provide you the best return. You will probably be overwhelmed with lookers and may get many offers, but you could lose thousands of dollars on your family's largest investment. On the other hand, pricing a property too high holds its own risks. Homes that are priced too high miss their target market. Qualified buyers who might find the home just right for their needs won't see your home, or make an offer on it, because it is out of their price range. If they are shown a home that is overpriced when it first comes on the

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Chicago has many different styles of homes to choose from, and there is something for almost everybody’s unique taste and preference! But there are many reasons to take up dwelling in a luxury condo here in Chicago! What do I mean? Let’s explore.

1.Total comfort living

If you invest in a luxury condo, some of the incredible necessities you can expect to benefit from are central air, customized closet spaces, high-end stainless steel appliances, and spectacular skyline views! Many of our luxury condos come with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout that let in natural light, ample for the at-home worker or the stay-at-home-parent!
The majority of our units are highly upgraded with the finest luxuries money can buy like marble baths, double sinks,

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1.Neighborhood

Chicago's Gold Coast is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city because it is home to some of the most lavish homes and most breathtaking views!

The Gold Coast is bounded by North Avenue on the north, Oak Street on the south, Lake Michigan to the east, and Lasalle Street to the west. What’s special about this neighborhood is that it is within walking distance from the beautiful Lake Michigan’s North Avenue Beach and bike trails! It’s also steps from the magnificent Lincoln Park and attached Zoo, Michigan Avenue shopping, Division Street bars and Rush Street nightclubs!

2.Dining

The Gold Coast is one of the best hot spots for fine dining in Chicago! Step into Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse for incredible Black Angus

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Are you thinking of a Lake Shore Drive Home? Lake Shore Drive, also known as The Drive or LSD, is an expressway that runs along the shoreline of Lake Michigan for nearly 16 full miles. The sweeping freeway showcases the best of Chicago, running through as many as 15 neighborhoods from Hollywood Avenue in Edgewater to Jeffery Drive in Woodlawn. The neighborhoods in between include: Uptown, Buena Park, Lakeview East, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Streeterville, The Loop, Oakland, Kenwood and Hyde Park.

There are many stories about how Lake Shore Drive was conceived, however, the most popular story is the one that includes Potter Palmer. In 1899, Mr. Palmer started The Drive when he requested a street renovation in front of his mansion at 1350 N. Lake Shore

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