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Whole Foods Moving Midwest Office to River North - 01/31/11 10:22 PM
Whole Foods Moving Midwest Office to River North We all love Whole Foods! All the samples! All the natural, healthier foods! There is so much to see inside each whole foods. And now they are planning on moving their Midwest Office to River North Neighborhood in Chicago! (Crain's) — Grocery stores have been good to local retail landlords trying to survive this past recession. Now the downtown office market is benefiting, too. Whole Foods Market Inc., the nation's biggest grocer specializing in natural and organic foods, is moving its Midwest headquarters from the Lakeview neighborhood to 640 N. LaSalle St. in (0 comments)
Zero Down Payment on a Home Loan - 01/30/11 10:53 PM
Zero Down Payment on a Home Loan! If you are an employee (uniformed, civilian, or retired) of the Department of Defense, or are a family member of someone who is, you may qualify for a no-down payment mortgage from the Navy Federal Credit Union. A down payment, typically 20% of the house’s value, is often the biggest hurdle first-time homebuyers have to face. Navy FCU’s zero-down payment home loan is a remarkable offer in a shaky housing market still battling widespread foreclosures and depreciating home values. Titled the HomeBuyers Choice Mortgage, Navy FCU is offering 15- or 30-year fixed rate loans with (3 comments)
Old Town - 01/29/11 10:35 PM
Old Town Distinguished by a captivating past that lingers in the occasional brick alley, the thriving commercial district along Wells Street, and the faint toll of bells from St. Michael's Church, Old Town is a historic Chicago neighborhood, reborn into the 21st century with an ardor that has captured many people's interest as an enchanting place to live and a safe environment to raise a family. Old Town's beautiful residential blocks, lined with century-old grey- and brownstone walkups, are broken up by the flurry of activity along the neighborhood's central thoroughfare. Old Town boutiques are known for their specialty items, local designer wares (0 comments)
Is Housing Still A Good Investment? You Bet! - 01/28/11 10:16 PM
This is some great information. 2011 is going to be a great year for real estate, since the rates are still low, this year is the time to buy. Via Mario Greco (The Mario Greco Group): It’s easy to be down on the housing market these days. After all, more than 16 million U.S. homeowners now owe more on their mortgage loans than what their house is worth. In other words, they’re underwater. But, as a recent Associated Press story shows, owning a house is still a good investment, despite the struggles we’ve seen recently in the housing market. According to the story, (0 comments)
At the farthest reaches of Chicago's northern city limits, East Rogers Park is a charming neighborhood along Lake Michigan, where architecture of old and new mingle, providing the community's diverse group of residents with both classic and contemporary homes. Beautiful lakefront parks and beaches give the area a relaxing, vacation-like feel that spills over into the neighborhood's laid-back lifestyle. Corner coffee houses, sandwich shops and delis are popular hangouts in East Rogers Park, while fine restaurants, posh nightclubs and a successful theater district bring sophistication and culture to the heart of this sought-after Chicago zip code. East Rogers Park is also (0 comments)
Allergy Proofing Your Home Do you often suffer from the sniffles or a sore throat? Your home might be the one to blame in this situation. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, between 40 and 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, and a large percentage of them suffer from the effects of indoor allergens. Controlling your home environment is the best defense against allergies. Here is a list of some of the most common and where they are found. Dust Mites: These bedroom dwellers feed on the shed skin of humans and (2 comments)
How healthy is your home investment? Is it time for a check-up? You may discover that wealth has been accumulating right under your own roof.
A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is a tool, the only tool, which provides an up to the date report of home prices in your neighborhood. A recent CMA, combined with knowledge of your home’s condition relative to others on the list, gives you an accurate reading of the dollar value of your house. A CMA is an evaluation at a (2 comments)
People often focus all their energy on decorating the inside of their house while living in it, before they start trying to sell it. But the outside of your house is your buyer’s first impression of the house. By making small improvement to the exterior of your house, you can create a home that truly reflects your personal style. Often, people put off simple inexpensive improvements until they are ready to sell and by doing this they miss out on the opportunity to fully experience living in a home that is an expression of themself. They often only see (5 comments)
I was online today and I hear this webinar about Conserving Your Energy in everyday activities. It was talking about the 4 different areas that we are in mentally and physically. They are Performance Zone, Recovery Zone, Burnout Zone and Survival Zone. Each one is unique in its own ways.
So Some of the characteristics of the Performance Zone are: · Calm · Optimistic · Challenged · Confident · Engaged Some of the characteristics of the Recovery Zone are:
· Carefree · Mellow · Peaceful · Relaxed · Relieved Some of the characteristics of the Burnout (3 comments)
Want to Know The Marketing Trends of 2011? Are you trying to keep up with all the changing trends of marketing? There are many different options when it comes to connecting with clients and potential leads. Some swear by just plugging away at the database, not even wanting to add anything into their routine. Some use social media to meet all their clients. Others mass produce marketing materials and distribute everywhere possible. Some use the old fashioned way of working by referrals.
It seems that no matter where Realtors are or what they do, the industry always has some (1 comments)
The Field Museum Chicago Do you want to know some of the cool things to do in Chicago? I am going to be writing a series on the different museums in Chicago. To start off, let’s look at The Field Museum. Some of the great exhibits that are currently at The Field Museum are:
The Ancient Americas Discover what Field Museum scientists and others have learned about the Americans who lived here before us, and how it’s changing nearly everything we thought we knew!
Gold Known as one of the rarest and most prized minerals (1 comments)
The Loop, Part 3 - 01/17/11 08:58 PM
When talking about The Loop, there is one thing that cannot be left out, all the great festivals and things to do downtown. Here are a few of the major one that are definitely worth seeing.
When you see a major street closed off in this Chicago neighborhood, chances are it's not for repairs -- just listen for the sounds of a marching band and cheering spectators to know you're about to witness a full-blown Chicago parade. As part of the city's main parade route, Columbus Drive (between Balboa and Monroe) is famous for its long-standing parades celebrating the rich (1 comments)
While many of the Loop's precedent-setting structures have been replaced, the neighborhood is still home to some of Chicago's most renowned skyscrapers -- one in particular: The Willis Tower, formally The Sears Tower (233 S Wacker Dr, 312-875-9696). As the city's tallest structure, the 1,450-foot building is an iconic symbol of Chicago. Designed by Bruce Graham for Sears Roebuck and Company, the Sears Tower was completed in 1973 and held the title as world's tallest building for 25 years until the Petronas Towers went up in Kuala Lampur in the late 1990s. If you add the height of the antennas, which are equipped (4 comments)
The Loop, Part 1 - 01/15/11 04:04 PM
As Chicago's hub for finance, transportation, government, retail, tourism and culture, the Loop is the city center and the point from which all other destinations in Chicago are measured. The city's most recognizable landmark (the Sears Tower) is located in this section of town, as is the Chicago Institute of Art and the Chicago Board of Trade. Despite its density and towering skyscrapers, Loop residents have plenty of open air and outdoor space at Millennium Park. Occupying a nearly 25-acre plot of land, the park is a great spot to stroll through gardens, have a picnic on the grass, see live concerts and (1 comments)
If you want Quick, Cheap and Guaranteed Delicious Thai Food then you need to go visit Penny's Noodles! The service there is always great, and you get a ton of food with your order. The staff is nice and the food is to die for. The restaurant is casual, each location with different decor. The De Paul location has art hanging on all the walls from local artists that are available for purchase.
Penny's Noodle Shop specialize in Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese food. They have appetizers, soups, veggies, rice dishes, noodle dishes, (2 comments)
Running Out of Things to Write About - 01/13/11 11:06 PM
I am having such a hard time with this 31 days of January challenge. It most definitely is a challenge!!! It is hard enough to find enough topics to blog about. But it is even harder to find the time to do the blogging! Is anyone else struggling with this as well. I have gone through many lists of topics to write about on blogs, but most of the time nothing sticks out. First I would have to do some research on a topic, then write the blog, then spend another hour editing and adding photos. Before I know it 3 hours have (8 comments)
Perhaps you'd like to wait for warmer weather or once the kids are out of school before you put your home on the market. That gives you several months to start doing some extra work on your home now that could pay off when it comes time to list it. Getting your home in tip-top shape before taking your chances on the real estate market could mean not only a higher list price, but also a quicker time frame for closing the transaction.
Consider the following items to add (1 comments)
Writing Goals in 2011 - 01/12/11 07:16 PM
Writing Goals in 2011 Do you want your business to be successful this year? Do you want to see growth and improvement, not only in your business, but in yourself as well?
One of the easiest ways to improve is through writing goals. You should put your goals on the first page of your journal and visit this page often. You could also put a copy of it around your home and your office. Constant visual reminders of your goals will help you stay focused and remain on the path.
It is good to start off with basic goals that (3 comments)
Just Finished a Webinar - 01/11/11 01:24 AM
So I took one of Active Rain University's webinars on improving your blogging. It had some good information in it. I am also signed up for the one tomorrow on SEO. I am very excited about this one. Has anyone else taken any of the webinars from Active Rain? Have you gotten anything out of them? I am really trying to learn all I can about networking, growing my clientele, and capturing leads right now. Has anyone had success capturing leads on Active Rain? What were some of the techniques you used that were successful? (10 comments)
How To Enjoy Your Fireplace... Safely... - 01/11/11 01:16 AM
I haven't come across many posts about fireplace safety, but I thought this was excellent and worth re-blogging. I hope to share this information with all my clients! Via Phyllis Lerner, Realtor - Broker / Owner - Westchester County NY (William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC): As we enjoy the season and invite friends and families to our home, the fireplace often serves as the iconic focal point of our get-togethers. In fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), approximately one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances. We know that a fireplace can be important to making a house a home. (0 comments)
Whether your house is new or old, a professional home inspection is a great asset to use. The seller doesn’t always know about every little problem in the house. And you might not want to buy into something that is going to cost you tons of money to fix up front. Some people feel that if the home is new, (0 comments)
Blogging on Active Rain - 01/10/11 12:10 AM
I have been trying to do more blogs on Active Rain that include videos and pictures, but I am having the hardest time trying to get them all to line up right. Has anyone else had this problem? Or is there any easy way to fix this? I was using Microsoft Front Page to help ease this problem but I no longer have this program. Does anyone know any other programs that have helped them? (4 comments)
Enter an eclectic, art gallery-filled area that meshes artists, hipsters and yuppies together harmoniously. For those who love both upscale boutiques and resale shops, chain restaurants and mom-and-pop joints, dive bars and lounges, this west side Chicago neighborhood is your bread andbutter. Wicker Park has long been a popular community for young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants Chicagoans, but in recent years the scope of residents has adjusted to include families and older generations that enjoy the energetic youthfulness and quirky vibe. Wicker Park is teeming with fashionable restaurants bolstering a culinary scene that stretches far and wide, offering options for all palates and budgets. Tucked (0 comments)
Trendy restaurants and independent shops mingle with classic neighborhood spots and unique artists' galleries in one of Chicago's most established and eclectic west side neighborhoods. Bucktown is a mecca of popular dining establishments that attract people from all over the city to enjoy a nice dinner out, or just grab a bite before heading off to catch a live music show. The menu choices in Bucktown are endless, covering all the culinary cravings, and the nightlife here is just as satisfying with block after block of hip lounges, (1 comments)
After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 ravaged the city, the section of Lincoln Park between Clark Street and Fullerton Avenue was left devastated and in need of rebuilding, while residences in the portion of the neighborhood north of Lincoln Avenue and west of Larrabee Street were spared. A construction boom following the terrible tragedy resulted in 10,000 new inhabitants in Lincoln Park as folks feverishly worked to reconstruct their lives or start new ones. (In fact, more than half of the neighborhood's existing structures were built in the period between 1880 and 1904.) (1 comments)
Lincoln Park - 01/05/11 09:34 PM
Here is a Great Video on Lincoln Park. I hope you enjoy it. I will try to post a bunch of different videos over the next few weeks about different neighborhoods around Chicago. Subscribe to my blog to get up to make sure you catch them all! Chicago Real EstateLincoln Park (2 comments)
DREAMTOWN.COM ROCKS LINCOLN PARK - 01/05/11 08:59 PM
Dreamtown.com is rated #1 in Illinois and here are some reasons why! Dreamtown.com offers great information about specific neighborhoods in Chicago, with tons of information. Here is some of the information on Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park Over the years Lincoln Park has gained a reputation as one of the city's most desirable communities. Its shady, tree-lined residential streets and stretches of exciting entertainment and nightlife are the ideal union of serenity and fun. The majority of Lincoln Park holds an old-fashioned appeal, reinforced by rows of brown- and graystone walkups and ornate, vintage architecture. DePaul University campus adds to the neighborhood's historic character (0 comments)
100 Days to Greatness Success? - 01/04/11 09:47 PM
I am thinking about taking on the 100 Days to Greatness training with Brian Buffini. I have been to his seminars in the past, but I wasn't working in Real Estate at the time. I know that he teaches building your business on referrals and I agree with that the most. How does his training differ from the other lead generation companies out there? Has anyone else done the training? And with what results? I really wish to start this new year off right. Can someone give me information on their results working with Brian Buffini?
31 Day Challenge for January 2011 - POINTS UPDATE!! - 01/04/11 07:11 PM
I just found this great challenge for posting everyday in January. And I am going to try it out. Wish me luck in completing my challenge of blogging everyday. Via Connie Harvey Realtor Nashville TN Real Estate (Prudential Woodmont Realty): 31 Day Challenge for January 2011 - POINTS UPDATE!! Two weeks ago I wrote a post, 31 Day Challenge for January 2011 - My New Years Resolution basically as a challenge to myself to post every day in January. This is the time of year that we work on our business plans and set goals for the following year. I figured that (3 comments)
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