Live and Play in Chicago

Real Estate Agent - Jennifer Ames Chicago - Coldwell Banker
There are pros and cons to having your home on the market during the holidays. Typically, there are far fewer buyers actively looking this time of year, but the good news is that those who are out tend to be serious about finding a home. This means that if you must interrupt your holiday to show ...
I've written twice before about fire safety, once after a friend’s home sustained significant damage after an appliance caught fire and again after I took my children to a fire station for a tour and safety demonstration. Now, I want to let you know about an important new exhibit on fire safety a...
When I entered the real estate industry over fifteen years ago, I was the “chief cook, bottle washer and rainmaker” all in one, juggling every task and initiative on my own like most agents. As my business grew, I kept bumping into the same problem… not enough hours in the day. As technology evol...
Are you thinking about buying your first home, or perhaps upgrading, downsizing or buying an investment property? Or maybe you’re searching for a home to buy or thinking about starting? If either case describes you -- and you live in the Chicago area -- we invite you to join us for our two upcomi...
My “Live and Play” brand is no longer just a blog. My Team and I will soon be releasing the very first edition of Live & Play Chicago, the magazine. This 84-page full-color publication will include profiles of the homes we have listed for sale and rent, information about favorite neighborhood ame...
Halloween is almost here again, and if you live on Chicago's North Side, there's a wide variety of family events available to you. I've once again compiled a map of the Halloween parades, park district events, and other activities being hosted on the North Side this Halloween holiday. Read more a...
I recently sat down at our Gold Coast office with the Joe Askins from YoChicago to talk on camera about developments in the residential market as well as my experience starting and maintaining my blog, Live and Play in Chicago. You can view our interviews at the links below: Five questions with J...
This Sunday, approximately 45,000 runners will fill the streets of our city for the 32nd Chicago Marathon. The runners will travel as far north as Addison Street in Lakeview on a course that will take them through much of the city. Here's what you need to know to enjoy the race and navigate the s...
If you’re considering buying your first home, time is running out to take advantage of the first-time home buyer tax credit. The up-to-$8,000 credit, which can also be used toward a mortgage down payment, expires on December 1st. Buyers must close on their purchases and receive the title transfer...
Last Thursday I was featured along with one of my clients in a Crain’s Chicago Business video reporting on the recent rise in Chicago home sales. I’d like to make one important correction. The reporter states in the video that in September, I received three “offers” on the luxury properties I had...

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