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.



  2720 - 198th, Lynwood, IL Built:  1987 Real Estate Taxes:  4,974.97 Other:  Rainmaker, Security System, Three Car Driveway     Enjoy living in this recently updated Three Bedroom Split Level home on a corner tree-line lot.  The exterior of this home was rehabbed with newer architectural shingl...
I was taking my usual walk through Chicago's Lincoln Square Neighborhood and low and behold, there she was:  the NOTICE - from the City of Chicago.  Why would someone get one of these orange stickers?  Well, there was and I believe there are "stop work order" stickers still flying out there as I ...
I have been following Don DeBat's column for quite some time.   Mr. DeBat is a weekly syndicated columnist with Chicago Suntimes.  He reports what he sees and what everybody is talking about when it comes to the real estate industry.  Where I disagree with Mr. DeBat is his approach.  While the Fe...
                        This is the 8th year that Kevin Turk has hosted a fundraiser for Lifeline Energy.  Tom Hanks has agreed to match the chicago donations up to $10,000.  What exactly is Lifeline about?  Well, it focuses on bringing self-sufficient and environmentally friendly technologies t...
    Will the appearance of Robert Redford at the Chicago Cubs Opening Game on April 1, 2011 help break the Cubs Curse?  Redford will be throwing the first pitch at the Cubs Opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  No, he didn't come here to try to assist in breaking "the curse" but actually, well ...
Well, this one is a first and if you haven't noticed the tents outside the Lincoln Park Zoo then you need to pay closer attention.  This is a sold out event in which people can watch the nocturnal animals at the zoo up close after the zoo closes down. The event begins with a dinner and then the Z...
  The latest for Chicago is that  the Adler Planetarium is vying for one of the retired shuttles.  Granted there are 21 organizations showing that they deserve one of these shuttles.  Granted we have to raise $30 million and that includes shipping and handling, of course.  Chicago appears to be ...
There are some really terrific values out there for people who want to "buy low and sell high".  We're seeing some gutted out properties in the Bowmanville neighborhood that have been acquired by the bank and are closing out around the $15K price range.  No drywall, electrical kind of missing, pl...
                                Happy St. Patrick's Day, Chicago! The Chicago River has been turned GREEN, we are wearing Green, the mortgage broker just brought in cupcakes with what else?  Green Sprinkles in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I am sure Green Beer is being served at the Celtic Crown i...
DISCLOSURE:  I am not an attorney nor do I play one on television.   TODAY, I was checking up on a property that I have been monitoring as it is a bank repossessed home.  It didn't show up in the MLS because the contract came into place at the tailend of the listing by the developer/owner.  What ...

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