The ‘in-between’ space, and how it’s turning out to be a blessing for our real estate search AND my purge!

If you’re buying a house you might need an ‘in-between’ space. Maybe just for a few days, or maybe for a few months… Cue the panic. And the resistance. Noooooooooo!….. Often there is considerable stress about timing when it comes to real estate. People selling their houses are worried about being able to find something new, so they won’t put their house on the market until they’ve found ‘the one’. The trouble with that is that great spaces sell extremely quickly, and the market is competitive enough right now that most sellers also won’t accept a home sale contingency {that’s when…

One big secret to a quick sale: preparation

Price is important when it comes to selling your house. It is definitely one of the most important factors in either attracting, or deterring, interest. But there is something else that is equally important that a lot of people underestimate, and that’s preparation. You only get one chance to make a first impression on a potential buyer, and if your space isn’t looking it’s best, people won’t trust that you’ll address small things that need to be taken care of, and they won’t come back. It’s a little more work up front, but it’s worth it to help get a…

A small project makes a big difference in this Logan Square house!

Last year we met with some clients, Carla and Andrew, who had bought a fixer upper back in the winter of 2014 and were just about ready to sell and get started on a new project. They wanted our input on a few potential projects and timing so that they could really get the house in tip top shape, and at it’s peak value, to be able to maximize their investment when they were ready to sell. Carla and Andrew are awesome people, and they are smart when it comes to their house.  They also have a killer sense of…

How much is a new coat of paint worth?

From time to time I see articles that talk about the ROI of different home upgrades. Hardwood floors give you a 110% return, a new back porch will give you 100%… new landscaping in the spring… priceless {not really, but close, lol}. While I always think it’s interesting to see what improvements people {statistically} think are more important, the reality is that just because you put in hard wood floors it doesn’t mean you can increase the price of your house by that exact amount of money… it doesn’t quite work like that. However, without a doubt, some improvements pack…

A soda pop factory gets a stunning makeover

I love Architecture, and I’m obsessed with renovations and bringing an outdated or neglected space back to life. Recently I came across an absolutely jaw dropping space that just sold that I’m excited to share today. I’m so sad I didn’t make it over to see the space before it sold {in a whiplash inducing three days at just over $1 million}, maybe I can make friends with the new owners and get an invite over for dinner, ha! Too often people think that updates have to be very neutral and safe so that their space is appealing to the…

No, I don’t want your bad bathroom renovation… a real talk about the importance of pricing right.

When you are planning to sell your house, and considering potential upgrades, it’s important to look at your property as a whole to be able to strategize what might be the most appealing to potential buyers. It’s also important to be realistic about price, and the value of your home. I recently looked at a condo that was a really cool loft, great space overall. The kitchen was around 20 years old and the space needed to be renovated. I did some digging and saw that originally the space was a two bedroom, one and a half bath. Here is…

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,…

Real Estate ~ The Weirdest Investment

I don’t really think real estate is a weird investment, not in a bad way anyway. But I do think it’s unique and unusual in the way that it’s our largest investment, and it’s really the only one that we can actually touch, feel, be inside, experience, and grow emotionally attached to. I mean, I guess you can be emotionally attached to your stock portfolio, but definitely not in the same way that people get attached to their house. People’s homes are their safety, their shelter, their haven from the outside world. It’s only natural that we have an emotional connection…

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…

But the stairs are gross | a cautionary tale to condo owners…

I was recently giving a client of mine a little bit of a hard time because she was completely dismissing a potential property because the carpet on the stairs in the main part of the building was old and overdue for replacement {kind of gross looking if we’re being honest… definitely less than fresh}. I teased her for being too picky, but she was onto something even if she didn’t realize it. How a building maintains it’s common spaces says something about how it approaches maintenance and upkeep in general. One challenge in living in a condo building is that you…