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Just when I was starting to get back to blogging here I find out that House Values has made a "minority purchase" of AR which has sparked some interesting posts making suggestions to HV such as the  Open Letter To HouseValues (CC. Active Rain) post and two others you can read  here and  here.Many...
Having been in the biz for 24 years I've seen it all.  Well, almost everything.  Some agents have seen naked homeowners and thank goodness I haven't had that opportunity.But a disturbing trend I've seen more than in the past are many homes stuffed with furniture that a buyer simply can't see the ...
http://search.chicagosuburbshomes.com/i/orland-park-homes-for-saleI'm still amazed that in today's competive selling market I'm seeing so many homes where the sellers just don't get it.  I've shown my share of grossly overpriced homes recently which really educate buyers quickly on what homes are...
The weather is perfect for this weekend's Centennial Street Fest in Forest Park, IL.  The festival starts today and runs through Sunday and will be located at the south grove on Van Buren south of Madison St.  The CTA Blue Line's stop is very close and the Green Line will get you into Forest Park...
Alsip is a southwest suburb of Chicago and in 2002 it had 19,000 residents.  Alsip real estate offers affordable homes and attracts many first-time home buyers.  The average price of a single family home in 2006 was $237,085 and the average price of an attached property was $122,352.   Alsip has ...
Although I've lived in different Cook County towns, I've spent the most time in Oak Lawn and I currently reside in Oak Lawn now.  In fact, I just left my long-time Oak Lawn brokerage that I was with for 22 years to work in a better company with offices in Chicago and Orland Park. I have built up ...
For anyone that trades articles or blog posts with others, you need to think beyond the initial trade.  In my opinion, article exchanges are done for three reasons - content, traffic and backlinks.   If you have found some partners to trade articles with you need to make sure their article gets i...
I just sold a beautiful townhouse in Forest Park IL to another couple who started looking in Chicago but ended up looking in Forest Park and the adjoining town of Oak Park.  Like my other recent couple they really wanted a place in Chicago but weren't happy with what they were getting for the mon...
When I first started selling real estate the only thing I really knew about Berwyn was that it was part of a gag on The Svengooli TV show started by Jerry G. Bishop as the original Svengooli and since taken over by Rich Koz who started out as the Son of Svengooli until he was promoted to plain ol...
I had received an inquiry from first-time home buyers looking in Chicago and possibly some suburbs close to Chicago.  They were interested more in the north side of Chicago so I referred them to one of my referral agents in the city.  They weren't too happy with the areas they were being shown in...

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