naperville real estate: Living the life of our dreams in Naperville... - 04/30/20 09:47 AM
Ann Marie and I live an almost idyllic life. We are happy, healthy, and live in a beautiful neighborhood in the city of Naperville…
We also live a life full of dreams. Dreams for ourselves. Dreams for our family. And dreams of our future…
We dream of buying a new home. A home large enough to accommodate our combined family. A home in the school district we hope to have our children educated in. A home in the neighborhood where our kids are starting their own lives. With safe streets. With children playing together. With kind and friendly neighbors…
I am sure you and … (4 comments)

naperville real estate: Growing our Naperville Real Estate Business during the Coronavirus... - 03/31/20 07:02 AM
Good morning!!
These are certainly crazy times we are living in…
With the Coronavirus on everyone’s mind, our health and the health of our loved ones is threatened daily…
Our financial health is also at risk. With most of the population quarantined in their homes and practicing social distancing, many who had been planning moves are holding off right now, waiting for more certain times…
As realtors, Ann Marie and I are small business owners, and we are always keeping an eye on our sales pipeline as well as the growth of our brand…
So as business owners, we have decided this is … (1 comments)

naperville real estate: Saturday morning coffee with Ken-3/28/20 - 03/28/20 02:08 PM

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naperville real estate: Cleaning our Naperville garage on a Sunday afternoon... - 03/09/20 01:12 PM
Good afternoon!!
Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon was one of those gorgeous days in early spring that make the winters in Naperville seem worthwhile…
It was March 8th, the temperature was over 60 degrees, and there was endless sunshine
Just a gorgeous day to be out and about…
After a busy morning filled with a church service with the kids and showing homes to a new buyer, Ann Marie and I returned home and discussed what we should do with the rest of this beautiful day…
“Let’s get out of the house!” voted Ann Marie…
We considered our options, which consisted of going to a … (5 comments)

naperville real estate: Choosing a paint color when selling your Naperville home... - 02/20/20 01:39 PM
Paint is a topic that pops up with nearly all of our sellers...
"Do I need to paint my home?" "What color?" "Will it make a difference in the sale price?"
Often, we recommend that sellers put a fresh coat of paint on their walls prior to listing their home. It gives the home a fresh look and fresh smell, and can translate into shorter market time and thousands of dollars in our seller's pockets at closing.
Throughout the years, we have compiled a list of painters to refer to our clients that range from getting the job done at an affordable price … (0 comments)

naperville real estate: A surprise live video on an afternoon in Naperville... - 02/19/20 08:33 AM

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naperville real estate: Lessons learned and a recovered car today in Naperville... - 02/17/20 11:47 AM
Good afternoon!!!
Today is a happy day. As many of you know, about a month ago, my car was stolen from my driveway in Naperville…
The car was recovered about 24 hours after it was taken, found on the south side of Chicago. The thieves clearly weren’t professionals, and appear to have just taken it looking for a joy ride. I hope they did enjoy it…
Today, I got my car back…
In the end, I have learned lessons from the experience. Most notably, lock my car doors and don’t leave the keys inside. Seems obvious now, however I still prefer to believe … (4 comments)

naperville real estate: Saturday morning coffee with Ken...2/15/20 - 02/17/20 11:10 AM

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naperville real estate: Ken and Ann Marie discuss pricing your home to sell... - 02/03/20 10:26 AM

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naperville real estate: A stolen car on a sunny January day in Naperville... - 01/20/20 12:25 PM
Good afternoon!
I sit this afternoon at my favorite Starbucks in Downtown Naperville…
The Starbucks is bustling and full of energy. Reflective of the town on this lovely day in mid January…
Despite the energy in this Starbucks, I sit here, somewhat stunned…
This morning, after waking from a good night’s sleep and drinking my coffee as I went through my morning routine, I headed out the door, excited by several new business opportunities which had recently come my way…
As I walked to the driveway, however, something was missing. That something, unfortunately, was my car...
Thoughts raced through my mind. What had … (8 comments)

naperville real estate: New Years Eve. Giving love a second chance in Naperville... - 12/31/19 10:50 PM
Good evening…
 
It is 5:49 pm, December 31st.  New Years Eve…
 
Two years ago today, I was invited to celebrate New Years Eve by a young woman at her home in Aurora…
 
I didn’t have any plans for the evening, and was excited for the invite…
 
The woman told me she didn’t have much to offer.  It would be just her and her three kids getting dressed up, playing games, and celebrating the final few hours of 2017 as a family…
 
And she asked if I would be part of that celebration.  What I didn’t realize at the time was it was really an invitation to … (5 comments)

naperville real estate: Getting started and experiencing life in Naperville... - 12/19/19 05:10 AM
Good morning!
It is Thursday morning. December 19th. A cold morning with temperatures in Naperville in the mid teens…
I sit at my computer. My fingers bounce on the keyboard, typing words and thoughts, yet none of the words seem to be coming together in any worthwhile, cohesive story…
This is unusual for me. Usually one with lots to say, I enjoy typing my thoughts every morning, creating something worthwhile, and sharing them with you…
However, today is somewhat different. 
I have no great vision. No plan for my writing. Directionless a bit, I guess…
Perhaps that is my mood of the day?
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naperville real estate: A Tuesday morning in Naperville... - 12/17/19 04:53 AM
Good morning!
Tuesday morning. 6:24 AM.
I am at my “desk”. Not really a desk. Just my couch, my feet up on the coffee table, my laptop on my lap…
The morning is good. It is dark outside and will be for a bit longer. The mornings are very dark at this date in mid December…
As I sip my coffee, listening to soft piano music over the speaker, I am happy.
I have made it. I am here. I am alive and feeling healthy.
There is much to be thankful for…
I am finding joy in the moment. Typing away at my … (3 comments)

naperville real estate: Worries, "to do" lists, and facing the day as a kid in Naperville... - 12/16/19 05:05 AM
Good morning!!
When I woke this morning, the clock on my phone read 5:50 am…
I had hoped to sleep in a bit later, as my plans for the morning weren’t urgent…
Yes, I had written a long "to do" list the night before. The list had actually filled up a whole page in my journal…
However, those “to dos” were just a series of errands. Errands I wasn’t going to start before 6 in the morning…
So I lay there, contemplative. My thoughts went to my week, and this week I am facing a few issues. Adult sized issues…
These issues were … (4 comments)

naperville real estate: A calm and peaceful Sunday morning in Naperville... - 12/15/19 06:08 AM
Good morning!
It is Sunday morning December 15th. The clock reads 7:21 as I sit on my couch, touching the keys on my computer and relaxing peacefully…
My girls are asleep in their rooms. They both had big days yesterday, so I don’t expect them to be emerging for at least a couple more hours…
I love these times. My girls are with me at my home, and they are content, sleeping blissfully in their room…
Just having them here gives me peace. I don’t need to do anything with them, or entertain them in any way, but they are with me. I … (7 comments)

naperville real estate: Considering love, life, and relationships in Naperville... - 12/13/19 05:04 AM
Good morning!
I woke this morning thinking of relationships…
The kind of relationships that can break your heart as well as make it sing…
After what was an emotional and drama filled spring and summer, I had decided to swear off dating in early August…
I knew I had work to do on myself. I wanted to focus my efforts on improving myself and building my brand and my real estate business…
I worked hard on myself. I dove deep inside. I faced some demons. I learned to look myself in the mirror with love and pride…
So, after a couple months of … (2 comments)

naperville real estate: Seeing ghosts this morning in Naperville... - 12/12/19 05:21 AM
Good morning!
I woke this morning thinking of ghosts…
Not the ghosts that you see in a horror movie. And certainly not the Casper the Friendly Ghost kind…
The ghosts that were on my mind were those of people from my past. People that at one time played a large role in my life, but for reasons of survival and self improvement, had been removed from my life…
People that once brought out great passion in me. But people that also brought out the worst in me…
Jealousy. Anger. Frustration. Fear. Sadness…
These people from the past are best left in the past. … (6 comments)

naperville real estate: A light snow, fond memories, and excitement in Naperville... - 12/11/19 05:47 AM
Good morning!!
I woke this morning from a deep sleep. Nine hours of nearly uninterrupted bliss…
After starting my coffee, I opened my blinds to see the day, and was pleasantly surprised to see snow falling down, and a light coating already on the ground…
Such a beautiful sight. Fresh. Clean. Fun…
Fresh powder has always filled me with a sense of delight. Bringing me back to my days as a young boy where I would play endlessly with friends building snow forts and having snowball fights. Good memories…
It feels great to look back on my life with such fond thoughts…
As … (4 comments)

naperville real estate: A morning of comfort, doubt, and hope in Naperville... - 12/10/19 06:10 AM
Good morning!
I woke today in great comfort…
The kind of comfort that can only come from a warm and safe bed on a cold, dark December morning…
And I wallowed in that comfort.
Peacefully laying in bed for 30 minutes after waking, my thoughts were calm and happy…
The moment was good. I was safe in my home, with the blinds shut, the lights off, and the hustle and bustle of the outside world was where it should be. Outside…
And I am thankful for my bed, for it brings me the feeling of safety and comfort, even on the coldest and … (2 comments)

naperville real estate: Faith, hope, and optimism in Naperville... - 12/03/19 05:12 AM
Good morning!
I woke this morning thinking of optimism…
Where does it come from? 
Why do some people look at the world in a glass half full sort of way, while others always seem to see life with the glass half empty?
Why are some people dreamers, while others are “realists”?
A friend texted me just last night, asking “How are you? How do you stay so positive all the time?! 😊😀”
Hmmm. Good question…
My first thought was that I don’t stay positive all of the time. Ask those that know me…
I struggle with doubts and fears like everyone else. I have … (5 comments)

 
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Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

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