There will be no art hung here

Since we’ve decided that we are definitely moving out of our current place either at the end of the lease this summer {or sooner}, I’ve been really torn over how much I really want unpack and get settled in. Do I want to unpack books? Do I want to hang art? What do I do with stuff if I don’t want to unpack, am I just supposed to live surrounded by boxes? We’ve unpacked a lot, and negotiated through most of our duplicate items which is a deal in and of itself {do we really still need three carrot peelers??!}…

The dream loft that is kind of a nightmare…

Today it’s totally gloomy and rainy here in Chicago. And of course I’m in a funk and if you want to talk about energy… energy is when you are randomly in a bad mood for no reason.. or you wake up with ferocious back pain out of nowhere… and you just can’t seem to snap out of it. So I thought what better topic to talk about than our place that we are so not in love with. Because that’s energy too, lol. My manfriend moved from his amazing bro-partment last summer and I helped him find his new place. I…

Cohabitation and the merging of the things

You guys! It’s official. I moved in with my man friend {all the way moved in} last week. It’s turning out to be a lot bigger of a deal than I was expecting. I starting working on this post quite a bit before actually living with a significant other, and I have to say, I’m glad I set it aside until my manfriend and I actually moved in together because holy moly ~ the experience has been a lot different than I expected! First can I just say ~ how do we have so much stuff?! I moved from a…

Moving, Do’s & Don’t’s, and a Case Against Junk Drawers

Definitely my least favorite thing to pack up this past weekend was the ‘junk drawer’ in my kitchen. Doesn’t everyone have {at least} one of these in their house? Where all of the random things that don’t really have a home anywhere else go to be forgotten… it seems like a good idea when you have it ~ oh, these 100 things don’t have a home, or I’m not sure if I really want this but it could be useful, so I’ll put it in here. But then come moving time I am faced with what is essentially a drawer…

Be the Rare Find

Things are absolutely crazy right now as I pack and arrange movers, everything is moving so much faster than I was expecting. It’s definitely not the ‘picture’ I had in my head of a peaceful, well organized and graceful move. Once my manfriend and I decided to make it official and move in together, and I finally stopped dragging my feet about re-letting my place, I was a little worried about finding someone in what is typically a pretty slow time of year. But when I finally posted it, I had multiple applicants before the end of the first day,…

Sellers: Your Fall to-do list

The real estate market right now is great for sellers no matter what time of year it is. There continue to be far fewer properties than buyers, even during traditionally slower times of the year. But even in a market where it feels like you just can’t lose, the spring still remains the busiest and most ideal time of the year to sell your house. If you are considering selling your house next spring, there are some important things you need to get started on now. It might seem like you have plenty of time {it’s only September!}, but we…

The Curse of the Cancelled Deal

Having a deal fall apart is kind of like the real estate version of the Scarlet letter. It’s a black mark that is most often perceived by other potential buyers {and agents} as a warning sign of something being wrong with the building or space that came up during the inspection. Back. Away. Slowly. But does a cancelled deal always mean that something is wrong with the building? In today’s market low inventory and high demand, it’s not always fair {or accurate} to assume that a cancelled deal means a big red flag. Yes, it very well might, but there…

How to be Successful as a Buyer

More contracts were written on properties this January than in the past nine Januaries. We’re still a few months away from spring, {or maybe not since it was 70 degrees in Chicago this weekend!} and it’s already very busy… I don’t know for sure, but right now it feels like there are even fewer places on the market than last year, or maybe there are just more early year buyers… either way, it means it’s even more competitive for buyers. That’s great for property values which continue to climb, but it can be really discouraging for people who want to buy a property and…

Sellers, let’s talk family photos

I’m in the middle of reading “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Part of the message is that you can’t have room for the new things, until you’ve gotten rid of the old things. Personally I think this is 100% true, but man it can be such a deal to let go of the old stuff! Am i right?! This could be happening in any area of your life, but few things epitomize this struggle better than the dreaded family photos in a property for sale. Especially when they are really big… and mounted in a very prominent place, like over the fireplace…

The biggest ‘secret’ of selling your house

In the real estate world it’s already spring, even if mother nature isn’t on board quite yet. And it’s busy. There is a huge demand for listings, but that doesn’t always ensure automatic success as a seller. Today’s post is all about something that I don’t think any agent shares with their sellers, but it really is the essence of how to get what you want out of the sale of your house. Before you even think about thinking about starting to declutter or moving even one piece of furniture to get your house ready to sell, you have to be in…