Barb Van Stensel Chicago Real Estate Insider

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



Live Each and Every Day as a GIFT as it has been given to us.   Valuing every precious moment is no longer wasted.  My brother lost the love of his life, his soulmate of 10 years in marriage.  She was in the hospital for tests.  She wasn't hooked up any monitors, as so I was told.  She took pain ...
Today, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae announced that effective May 1, 2009 a new Code of Conduct for the realiability of Home Valuation for Single Family homes will be implemented May 1, 2009. To strike out and "lash" out at appraisers leading it to be something that may have caused the downfall on b...
2251 W. FARRAGUT #1 is now available for it's new occupants.  This unit was recently rehabbed and features gleaming hardwood floors, oversized window and base molding trim work, a new eat-in ktichen with warm cinnamon toned 42" kitchen cabinetry with a dishwasher, range/oven, microwave, insinkera...
  I loved watching Barney & Friends when my nephews and nieces were growing up.  I loved their songs.  Those songs promoted good healthy feelings towards one another.  Yesterday, Chicago had a really nice snow storm.  All day long the flakes came floating down.  They were big, fluffy and my idea ...
  Granted it is 45 degrees outside while I am writing this post, but it's not about the weather!  The Chicago Tribune posted some good news which is reflective of the neighborhood economic changes.  All is not doom and gloom here people.  How can Chicago show neighborhood home price increase?  It...
 I'm in my office finishing up for the day with alot of thoughts flying through my head.  I feel like there are so many that they out number the stars in the sky.  Right now, Illinois is facing a sad time with Governor Blagojevich being charged by the U.S. Government for an alleged "pay to play" ...
You're up to your eyeballs in debt.  You are standing on the kitchen stool to see above the wrath of paper.  You don't answer your phone.  You are embarrassed to get your mail but figure after dark, nobody will see you and it is safe as you think someone is spying on you.  photo courtesy of paper...
Today, I'm sitting with a pile of contracts for one of the properties I have listed.  While this is good, it's bad news for those who submitted and here's how you can get rejected when we are at the final stages with highest and best offer: Two buyer's name with only one buyer's name on the contr...
Today, of all the days I stood in front of my client's building to show it to 5 buyers.  This is the building that I have been talking about that had offers last week, but only one buyer qualified and before we signed any papers, I had him do an inspection.  The property has been disclosed as hav...
Hey Chicago, If you haven't heard the news, Mayor Richard Dailey proposed Tuesday to create a long lease parking meter program for the City of Chicago.  Right now, meter costs run us $0.25 an hour in Lincoln Square.  His proposed program would increase the hourly rate to $1.00 an hour for meter ...

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