March 17, 2018

It's Time to Appeal Your Property Taxes In New Trier Township

Property tax appeal form

New Trier property owners: you have until April 19, 2018 to appeal your property taxes.

Once that's done, you then have until April 29 to provide supporting evidence for your appeal.

Each year the Cook County Board of Review opens each township for property tax appeals. The appeal window ...

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Feb. 25, 2018

12 Best Paint Colors To Sell Your North Shore Chicago Home

 12 Best Colors To Paint your North Shore home

Ask any home stager where you'll get the biggest bang for the buck when preparing your house to sell and they'll tell you to give your walls a fresh coat of paint.

Good advice, as far as it goes. Paint is relatively cheap and can have a ...

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Feb. 20, 2018

12 Ways to Make a Small Room Feel Bigger

small living room with neutral colors

While cozy can be chic, claustrophobic definitely is not. De-cluttering is one way to add breathing room to a home, but that will only take you so far.

There are many other tricks decorators employ to add the illusion of space and make a home look and feel larger. And ...

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March 22, 2017

Home Inspection Advice for Home Buyers and Sellers

home inspector

What You Need to Know About Home Inspections on Chicago's North Shore

When you buy a home, it is common practice to have the property professionally inspected. Based on the standard Illinois purchase contract, the inspection must take place within the first five days of offer acceptance, and this ...

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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

starter homeBack 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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