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The brick and mortar of this blog is the expertise, insights and experiences I have gained as one of Chicago's top real estate professionals. With my team The Real Estate Lounge Chicago I am affiliated with @properties. My success is partly due to hard work and market knowledge, but mostly it’s old and new clients choosing me. I hope you enjoy. I also hope when it’s time for you to buy or sell a home that you turn to me.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
It may seem strange, what I say next, but you wouldn't believe how hard it was to find a good Mexican place in Paris. Truth be told, on a two-week sojourn from Chicago, you wouldn't believe how hard it was to find any Mexican place in Paris. Then again, maybe you would. First things first, the fo...
01/05/2011
From 50 to 20. And so the new year commences with a capricious if not pernicious drop in temperature in Chicago. Shocking! After two weeks in Paris where the mercury rarely approached the upper 30s and typically wavered at or below freezing, yesterday's venture into spring-like territory was beyo...
01/02/2011
Working vacation. While the term "stay-cation" gained currency in the past year or so, a truer, more real term for most of the populace links working with vacation. The challenge comes in ensuring that one maintain his compass to ensure that the vacation portion not be overwhelmed by one's  worki...
01/02/2011
Have you ever met a well digger? Well, neither have I. So it's hard to gauge how cold the guy gets. Especially in specific parts  that may just be best left described as where the sun doesn't shine. And while the sun seems to be shining today, old Sol is having little impact on the mercury here i...
12/02/2010
Daylight savings... The idea conjures doughy faced leprechauns prancing about with dust pans and brooms sweeping up the remains of the day and piling captured  seconds, hours and minutes into pots not at the end of the rainbow. About 12 hours from now these overworked and fatigued green-clad lad...
11/06/2010
If ever there was a day to stop on a dime, today would be that day. Three of them in a row. Ten / ten / ten. A few years back, when the days lined up in a sequence of sevens, we traveled to Vegas. Like droves of others I figured that since numbers don't lie, I would be set up for a big payday. In...
10/10/2010
Tony Two Hands. I think that's what he said his name was. I entered the waiting room where I waited, awaiting the arrival of the person who would shepherd me to a blissful state of relaxation. And in came Tony Two Hands. "Tom," said he. Fortunate as to the monosyllabic nature of my name, he must...
10/09/2010
  Today Chicago. The boys and I returned home to Chicago Monday evening, an unfurling bit of ribbon that traced the sky from Dallas to Austin and from Austin home to Chicago. Jackson and Lucas won the admiration of surrounding single-flying adults for their big-boy behavior and smiled heartily in...
09/25/2010
Checklists. Like it or not checklists begin each and every day. Alarm rings, hand extends, terminates the ring, commences the day. Checklists. Whether you head down the hall f or a home-brewed cup of joe or dash out the door for a out-of-home office, checklists continue. Some folks like to inscr...
09/11/2010
One door closes, another opens. I've always loved the symmetry of those words and the belief they establish. My only admonition is don't have your fingers inside either door jamb when those doors close. In one instance last week I didn't take my fingers out. I had been off kilter with who-knows-...
09/07/2010
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