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Jan. 12, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Cook County Property Taxes

Cook county property tax bill

It's that fun time of year when we get hit with the first installment of our property taxes in Cook County. The tax bills will be mailed out January 31st and the due date for the first installment of 2016 taxes are due Wednesday, March 1st. (It's always ...

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Aug. 2, 2016

Real Estate Commssions: Who Gets All That Money?

Many people think real estate agents on the North Shore get paid an awful lot of money for what they do. They think, "Wow, if that agent sells my house for $400,000, and the fee is, let's say, 6%*, they make $24,000! What a cushy job!"

Let ...

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July 18, 2016

Today's Starter Home is Different

Back when we bought our first house, we were looking for something with "potential." Decent neighborhood, enough space, a good floor plan, some vintage details and a yard for our future dog.

We understood that a house we could afford would need some TLC: a fresh coat of paint, some ...

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July 12, 2016

Why The First Offer On Your Home Is Often The Best Offer

yard sign of desperate home sellerThere is a truism in real estate that the first offer you receive on your home is the best one you will get. And while that's not true 100% of the time, our experience is that it IS true in about 85% of cases.

When a North Shore homeowner ...

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June 22, 2016

9 Questions To Ask Before Choosing a Realtor To List Your House

Choosing the right Realtor to sell your house is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. Your home is your most valuable asset after all. Of course you want to hire someone you trust, which is why many homeowners turn to family and friends who are real estate ...

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June 6, 2016

Why Marketing Matters When Selling Your House

When you go to list your North Shore home, there are three things that will determine if it sells, how quickly it sells, and for how much:

1) The list price

2) How well it shows

3) How well it's marketed

When it comes to price, your agent will ...

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June 5, 2016

Buying, Selling or Building a Home in a Flood Plain: What You Need to Know

One of the first questions prospective buyers ask about a house they are considering purchasing is: "Has the basement ever had water?"

And with good reason. The heavy rains and repeated instances of "100-year floods" in recent years have become a nightmare for homeowners and municipal governments alike, causing extensive ...

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May 2, 2016

Using the St. Joseph Prayer To Sell Your House

 St Jospeh

The process of selling a home can be stressful, especially in a slow market. Given the anxiety that comes with listing a home, keeping it clean and show-ready, negotiating a contract, living through inspection and appraisal and getting to the closing, it's only natural to desire a little ...

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April 10, 2016

Open Houses: 6 Reasons They Might Just Get Your Home Sold

open house sign

There's an ongoing debate in the real estate community about whether open houses actually help to sell a home. Many agents say they're a waste of time because, according to research, a relatively small percentage of homes sell because of the open house; they contend that the only ...

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March 1, 2016

Appealing Your Property Taxes In New Trier Township

Every year the Cook County Assessor's Office reassesses one third of the 1.8 million parcels of property in Cook County. This year, it is reassessing properties in New Trier Township. That means you have the opportunity to reduce your taxes for the next three years by filing an ...

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