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.



  Comparing Vineyard to Vineyard  and then Apples to Apples   For the last two weeks I have been analyzing an appraisal from an out of state appraiser who compared and gave the same ratings for  comparables to arrive at a final market value.    This appraiser gave the same rating in condition an...
  Chicago’s New Vacation-Rental Law  is in effect   Chicago’s new “vacation”-rental law basically is an ordinance that prohibits rentals of residences for periods of less then one month.  “Vacation” rentals have become popular for those who are distressed homeowners but have moved out of state, o...
    Chicago Children’s Weekend Events   October 22, 2011 – October 23, 2011   One of the great things Chicago offers is activities for kids all ages but more importantly from a fun, yet educational perspective!   The Chicago International Children’s    Film Festival begins!  Open from October 21...
Chicago Halloween Happenings   In   Lincoln Square     Originally from Michigan, Halloween was a special time for us as children as we made our own costumes, went to the local park and received donuts and apple cider from the local police and then off we went with our pillow cases to get the most...
  Chicago Mid-Month Market Update  For Lincoln Square Condominiums     How does one compare an apple to another apple when they are two different varieties?    I believe the above question is “spot on” when trying to put a selling price tag on a Chicago Condominium.  My logic is basic and that be...
  Mid October Market Update  Lincoln Square  Single Family Homes    Chicago’s Lincoln Square only saw one closed sale in the Month of September but that is totally unusual for the area.  Let’s look at the activity for the first half of October and see what is going on in the Lincoln Square Neighb...
  Chicago Lake Shore Drive   Over the course of the next 24 hours, it is advisable to take a different route to and from work then Lake Shore Drive here in Chicago.  Currently, Chicago is dealing with gusts of winds from the tropical storm which over the course of the next day, winds on the lake ...
  Using Color Tastefully when Selling Your Chicago Home   One of the issues that I see when talking to potential sellers is the display of colors that they use in their home can begin with “bland” and go all the way up the scale to “color wheel”.   I met with a home seller to discussing “Staging ...
      Pumpkins in the Park 5K   October 15, 2011       Fleet Street is one of the sponsors for this year’s 12th Annual Pumpkins in the Park 5K where runners of all ages will enjoy the winding course in Lincoln Park.   Registration this week is $35.00 per person.  This event is to assist in the Pa...
  Neutralizing the Subconscious Mind through Staging     Staging a Chicago Home is about de-personalizing the home, allowing that home to be viewed by the potential buyer(s) so that they can imagine themselves being in that home versus being distracted by what is in the home and not allowing thos...

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