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By Brian Ortiz, Chicago Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Vision 212)
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You've decided to sell your home, so what is next? Pricing your home is obviously a key part of the home selling process. A home that is under-priced needlessly costs the client potential return. An over-priced home can remain on the market for an extended amount of time, forcing the seller to ei...

By Brian Ortiz, Chicago Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Vision 212)
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If you are currently in the market for a home, you will find my website an excellent resource. The site is continually updated with new and valuable information to aid in your decision making process.The search feature allows you to filter thousands of listings based on characteristics that you s...

By Brian Ortiz, Chicago Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Vision 212)
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If you're considering buying or selling a home, selecting a real estate agent is the first important decision you will have to make. While there are many qualified real estate agents out there, it's important to decide on a professional who will understand your needs and individual preferences, s...

By Brian Ortiz, Chicago Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Vision 212)
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In today's real estate market, a good selling plan can truly excel when properly combined with current Internet technology. Modern homebuyers expect on-demand home shopping, and meeting that expectation is a crucial element of marketing a home. My website allows homebuyers to search and sort thro...

By Brian Ortiz, Chicago Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Vision 212)
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Home sellers who purchase a Home Warranty for the home being sold offer significant advantages to the eventual buyers.  Purchasing a home with a Home Warranty provides the buyers with "peace of mind" should an unexpected repair to an appliance or major mechanical system be required.  Home Warrant...

By Eric Rojas
(Rubloff Residential Properties)
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Chicago Market Predictions for 2007 Hope we are all enjoying a great holiday season. I'm back in the loop... at least writing again... barely legible, but writing.Good story written by Mary "Zillow" Umberger titled "A market in need of a push: Home buyers and sellers must break stalemate for sect...

By Brian Ortiz, Chicago Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Vision 212)
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To see the flyer of this gorgeous home in full size, you can download it at:   http://marketing.remaxdesigncenter.com/30590/153359/153359.jpgTo see additional pictures, or to take a visual tour of this property please log on to my website, http://www.BrianOrtizProperties.com and click on my featu...

By David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City
(Keller Williams Northland)
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Chicago active listings for those areas where you don't have to ask for the price. If your looking for that cozy corner over $10,000,000, this is your spot. And the saying goes, "Close to everything."  Active ListingsList Price Range# ListingsAvg. Days on MktLess than $149,99987139$150,000 - $199...

By Jana Wulffleff
(Chicago Stager)
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 In Chicago, the condo market is slowing.  And developers can feel the heat.  The word is starting to get out about staging, slowly but surely.  They realize the importance of furnishing a vacant single family home or condo, and how the buyer makes a connection with the space that they wouldn't w...

By David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City
(Keller Williams Northland)
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This is for information is only the north side of Chicago, no suburbs included. The data is for single family detached and single family attached only. All are active, no contengencies or off markets included.This may indicate why there are over 41,000 agents in my MLS. How does this compare with...
Well I am about to a hit a personal milestone here in the rain. My next post will be #100! And while that may not seem like a lot for some bloggers here in the rain... it is for me. You see prior to joining Active Rain I barely knew what a blog was... let alone write one. (Who says you can't teac...

By Geno Petro
(GenoPetro.House)
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I realize the majority of 'Rain' community readers live in more 'bucolic' (a Brian Brady term!) settings than here but I thought I'd give my fellow Realtors around the country a little 'slice of life' peek at the 'Windy City'.  Click on the links to visit our neighborhoods. If you've never been ...

By Geno Petro
(GenoPetro.House)
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  I make mention from time to time when I happen across something worth passing on to the new or 'soon to be new' agent. Yesterday I was having a conversation with another Realtor from another Chicago brokerage when she mentioned how when she first started in the business "it was sink or swim...b...

By Geno Petro
(GenoPetro.House)
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I read (or at least peruse) on a weekly basis most relevant published articles concerning Chicago Real Estate--both the positive and the not so rosy. I subscribe to a dozen or so RSS feeds that are Real Estate centered and pull from the best independant and syndicated articles in the media. The N...
It's no secret how much I admire and am inspired by Oprah. So when I finally watched last week's show on preparing a home for its sale I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. While I applaud the shows desire to help home sellers who currently find themselves emotionally and financially burdened...

By Eric Rojas
(Rubloff Residential Properties)
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Overnight averages for a 30 year fixed mortgage dropped to 5.76% in the Chicagoland area. A friend I ran into yesterday at Starbucks in Lincoln Square (yes, the only place open to get coffee on Jillian's and my walk) asked what I thought would happen in the spring market... with sales and mortgag...

By Geno Petro
(GenoPetro.House)
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Most days I have lunch with my Broker at this small Chinese restaurant in Lincoln Park. Almost always seated toward the back is this one elderly individual, clearly from China and always reading the same old book with Asian characters on yellowed pages. For no other reason than this he reminds me...

By Eric Rojas
(Rubloff Residential Properties)
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I have not been much on posting raw sales statistics for the Chicago area. This is popular with many real estate blogs. I've stayed away from posting the "numbers" because I believe the overall, state wide and city wide sales statistics may have little to do with an individual's situation.Crain's...

By Geno Petro
(GenoPetro.House)
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 Give or a take one or two--and depending on the property type and Buyer circumstance--the following examples listed below are 30 typical stages a Buyer in Chicago must go through--from the initial decision to Purchase until the last box is unloaded from the moving truck--before the deal is reall...

By Geno Petro
(GenoPetro.House)
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 This is a rewrite of an earlier blog I posted in an earlier sales cycle. I am of the opinion that now is not the time for Chicago Sellers to be "testing" the market. Hovering above correct pricing hoping to "see what happens" only makes for agonizing market time, frustration and interesting fodd...

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