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.



Today, I went to the cemetery to pay homage to those who served our country.  My Dad was a "Navy" man and taught me "his love" for our country, America.  I say "America" because a lot of people are forgetting the price our freedom cost those before us and the sacrifices that the Moms, Dads, and f...
Once again, the Bowmanville Neighborhood Street Sale will be taking place come rain or come shine on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   What is the Bowmanville Neighborhood Street Sale?  It’s an annual community wide garage/yard sale.  All of the residents living in the Bowmanv...
Have you heard about House Bill 506 in Illinois?  It's regarding home stead exemptions that is an initiative by Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. Basically, HB 506 will subject violators to incur a tax lien, plus 18% interest per year going forward, if the homeowner simply fails to realize and no...
  We've all seen those cabinets.  The oak ones that have been there for years and you want to change them but it doesn’t fit in your budget.  Here’s an idea that I love and I wish I had photos to show you but I will start taking them on these type of projects:  Tools you will need:  ·        Corr...
  Let’s face it, we all want a deal.  We want a break on gas price, the grocery store, most use Groupon for vacations, those little perks.  Shoot, even when there are six blue cars on the dealership parking lot, you know you can negotiate.  Ah, skip the blue car, you can negotiate.   When buying ...
  I was searching the Chicago MLS (“NIMLS”) this morning for three bedroom, two bath condo units for one of my clients.  I recognized a property address as a girlfriend, who used to be in real estate, converted this building and added a top floor to it back in 2006.  I am familiar with the buildi...

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