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.



How can there be an arms-length transaction in a short sale? If you are considering doing a Chicago Short Sale and can't quite figure out when the standardization description of an arms-length transaction used to be:  "Where there was a willing seller and a willing buyer and nobody was under dure...
Where is Chicago's Real Estate Market heading? Currently, Fannie Mae is cracking down on strategic defaults/foreclosures. Q: What is a Strategic Default/foreclosure?  Answer:  When the homeowner simply walks away from their mortgage obligation when in fact they can make the mortgage payment.  Gra...
Will your newly finished (former) enclosed porch render any value? I just wrote about "Buyer Beware" whether it comes to selling your home or buying.   Permits are needed for a good many things when upgrading, adding duct work, replacing hot water tanks, and then there comes the issue of taking y...
Buyer Beware Today I was reviewing some listings that re-entered into the marketplace here in Chicago and one of the things that just blows me away is when the real estate agent mentions "a lot of new, electrical, bathrooms updated, new kitchen ..." but there are no permits for a good portion of ...
      Winter Budget Strategies     Whether we like it or not, here in Chicago, it is truly cold outside and inside.  It’s time to think about turning on the heat and keeping our homes nice and warm.  Here are just a few ways to trim your winter heating budget down:   1.  Get your furnace cleaned....
Ideas to Obtain the Highest Selling Price in Today's Chicago MarketSelling in Today's Chicago Market is no easy task for any homeowner where the competition used to be against your own neighbor but now more then ever, you are competing against the Short Sales and Foreclosures.    Here is a list o...
    THE QUESTION:  When is the best time for you to sell your Chicago home? NOW   NO JOKING!    Just because the market has adjusted in a downward trend doesn't remove the statistics that serious Chicago buyers are looking in the fall for the serious Chicago sellers.   The fall and winter season...

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