REAL ESTATE RESOURCES

June 26, 2019

For the past 19 years, one of our goals at @properties has been to help our clients find a home that sparks joy, excitement, and comfort. We are thrilled to announce our “Find Your” campaign, which celebrates the home-buying experience.

Whether you’re looking for a backyard with treehouse potential, a kitchen filled with culinary bliss or a view of Lake Michigan, we look forward to helping you find your perfect place.

June 26, 2019

From food festivals to art fairs, there is something for everyone to enjoy during Chicago’s festival season. Start planning your weekends now. 
 

JUNE

7 – 9 ANDERSONVILLE MIDSOMMARFEST
Clark St., Foster to Catalpa

7 – 9 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL
Millennium Park

7 – 9 SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL
Poplar Creek, Hoffman Estates

8 – 9 WELLS STREET ART FESTIVAL
Wells St., North to Division

8 – 9 OLD TOWN ART FAIR
Old Town Triangle Historic Dist.

14 – 15 RIBFEST CHICAGO
Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park

21 – 23 COUNTRY LA...

June 26, 2019

Is there anything more satisfying than a home renovation WITH before and after photos? We’re thrilled to show off an amazing home renovation by our very own James DeMarco. This minimalist home filled with bright and bold contrast was once shades of beige and darker tones.

This 1,450-square-foot home makeover is a modernized dream. The kitchen walls were removed to create openness and flow, while offering breathtaking views. That is just a piece of the transformation. While the space is now bright...

May 3, 2019

When preparing to sell your home, it’s important to consider every step that will increase its appeal to potential buyers. While the existing color scheme made it feel like home to you, pressing the reset button to neutral will help potential buyers envision themselves living in the house. Skip the paint research-induced headaches by using these no-fail staging paint selections, and watch the sold sign go up in no time.

All-Over Neutral: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

This greige hue is a go-to choice to...

May 3, 2019

Taxes may be the last thing on your mind as you advance through the homebuying process. Yet, there are important tax considerations that need to be worked out before you get to the closing table. One of those considerations is property tax proration.

Property tax proration is a way to split property taxes fairly to ensure that each side is paying for the specific time that they were owners of the property. Since Illinois property taxes are paid in arrears, tax proration ensures that the buyer is fairl...


When it comes to searching for your next home, a new neighborhood can either make or break a property’s appeal.

While nothing can replace time spent traversing your new terrain, technology can help familiarize you with a potential new neighborhood before you decide to purchase a home or sign a lease.

There are the obvious smartphone apps that provide insight on local businesses, such as Yelp and Grubhub, and then there are the less obvious apps that will help teach you about your new community. Here a...

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, prices appreciated by 6.9% year-over-year from December 2016 to December 2017 on a national level. This marks the fifth month in a row with at least a 6.9% increase.

Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, gave insight into the reason behind the large appreciation,

“The number of homes for sale has remained very low. Job growth lowered the unemployment rate to 4.1 percent by year’s end, the lowest level in 17 years. Rising income and consumer...

 You may have heard, “The spring market begins after the Super Bowl.” That of course was last Sunday, and from all early indications, the spring market of 2018 has begun.

As the busiest time of year for the housing market, spring – actually, February through May – brings opportunity for buyers and sellers alike.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, here are some keys to success.

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 The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.

Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see, interest rates are projected to increase steadily over the course of the next 12 months.


Depending on the amount of the loan that you secure, a half of a p...

2018 is the Year of the Dog and that means it is time for action, lifestyle change and prosperity.

There’s no better beneficiary of all this zodiac goodness than your beloved pup.

Chicago is an extremely pet-friendly city and the surrounding suburbs are equally hospitable to our four-legged friends.

If you feel like spoiling your dog, try one of these nine pup-friendly pampering spots in the city and suburbs.

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