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.



"As Is", "Where Is", What Is?  - hot topic and one not to overlooked when you are selling or buying a home whether first time or as investment. "As Is" Take me with all my imperfections and I am not going to tell you what they are. I am going to disclose a few things but if the home inspection sh...
    This awesome two bedroom well maintained ranch has a new asking price: $239,000 Located in Chicago's northwest neighborhood community, this property is situated on one of the biggest lots: 40 x 131       The kitchen has clean lines, updated with newer oak cabinetry. Newer vinyl windows keep ...
Lincoln Square has seen some activity in the condo arena for the Month of March, 2010.  2 Bedrooms with 1 or 2 baths ranged from $269,000 to $310,000 in list price that went under contract this month. Upper Bracket Condominiums in the $599,000 Price Range also went under contract. On the whole, t...
Here in Chicago, Illinois when selling a property, disclosure forms for Lead Based are required when a property was built prior to 1978.  Lead Based Disclosure Forms are there because lead was used in the paint prior to that year.  Then there could be lead in your pipes.  Your water line from the...
If you are thinking about putting your home on the market one of the things you need to know is:  "What's your PLA".  PLA stands for "price living area" and that figure is arrived at is by taking comparable properties similar to yours in style, bedroom and bath count, similar utiility, square foo...
Today I am writing about Chicago's Rooftops.  I am focusing on the flattop roofs, you know the ones .... the tar roofs.  Those roofs are on the turn-of-the-century buildings here in Chicago and are on mostly brick buildings. A STORY: Two years ago, I was selling a two flat here in the western bor...
      This awesome loft unit 701 at 1516 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL in the South Loop has a new selling price.   Asking Price:  $304,900   This unit faces Lake Michigan and has 26' of east window space that is just great for night time entertaining.  Enjoy grilling out on your own terrace.     The g...
    Selling ones home in today's economy is more taxing on the seller and with the buyer who is using the VA Certificate, one needs to understand how to get that home successfully. I am seeing VA financing contracts for my single family homes that are on the market.  I did have one a couple of y...
You may be pre-qualified to receive the Homeowner and Senior exemptions on your primary residence for your home here in Chicago or Cook County, Illinois.  It's not too late but you need to act now.  Here's the qualifications for the Senior Freeze:   If you were born prior to, or in the year 1944,...
    You have a property that would qualify under the VA program. Should you market it for VA financing? I generally do not market my properties for any type of financing so as not to limit the potential of offers. However, one of the things that buyers need to understand when submitting an offer...

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