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Real Estate Agent - Jennifer Ames Chicago - Coldwell Banker
One of Chicago’s many great qualities is its fantastic architecture. The style and craftsmanship found in the city is without comparison. After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, architects from across the globe came to Chicago to help rebuild, laying the foundation for the disctinctive skyline that...
Chicagoland Television's HomePlus program recently filmed a great segment with me about my listing at 1213 W. Henderson here in the city. You can watch it online here. As you can see, it's a unique, beautiful home, and it was fun to be able to show it to a broader audience.
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and the City of Big Shoulders shows even bigger heart when it comes to offering ways to make your February 14th one to remember. Whether its a Swedish massage for two, a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, or a stroll though a tropical conservatory, the options are man...
Everyone knows that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to selling your home, buyers will certainly be judging your property on its presentation. With that in mind, making a little effort to ensure that your home shows well before putting it up for sale can really pay off - bot...
Winter in Chicago may not inspire thoughts of summer camp in most people, but if you want to get your child registered for some of the city’s many exciting camp programs this summer, now is the time to act. Whether you’re looking for a multi-day diversion or a month-long adventure, there is somet...
The recent rollout of our Live & Play Chicago real estate magazine was a great success. Ten thousand copies were delivered to Chicago area homeowners as well as business and community leaders. If you weren't able to get your hands on one of the hardcopies, don't worry. The magazine is available i...
I love winter in Chicago. The city is full of tradition for young and old alike, especially where the holidays are concerned. My favorite childhood memories include watching the animated holiday displays in the store windows on State Street, getting my picture taken with Santa at Macy’s (then Mar...
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It used to be that a home seller’s biggest challenge was getting a buyer to simply make an offer with terms that the seller could accept. In today’s world, however, agreeing on a purchase contract gets you only halfway toward your goal of selling your home. The process of moving from contract to ...
Those of us with retirement accounts have likely noticed the upward trend in the stock market over the past several months, but it's also important to point out that some key figures are up in the national and Chicago real estate markets as well. Pending home sales - the sales that are under cont...

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