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…

Hey Hey L.A.!

January isn’t even over yet and I’m totally rocking my ‘non’ resolutions. {Watch out 2017!} I spent this past weekend out in L.A. on a ‘just for fun trip’ and it’s been so. great. I was kind of waffling about whether to go or not when I ended up reconnecting with an old friend from my very first adult job after grad school. I haven’t seen her for almost ten years {also, wow, I’m old}. So I pushed through my weird indecision and hesitation and booked it! Plus I still hadn’t officially done anything to celebrate getting my license so what was I waiting for anyway?!…

My non-resolution resolutions

Last year I had so many huge life changes and it was amazing. This year I want to take everything I achieved to a new level, and also work on having more of certain things in my life. So I decided this year to do a different kind of resolution… more like non-resolution resolutions. I’m usually not a resolution kind of person. I wasn’t ever really successful, and felt like there was this idea that January was the only time anyone made any big changes… but this year I’m making some less traditional resolutions and I’m loving them. 1. Own Everything: this might…

This is a teardown… or is it

I looked at this building with one of our clients the other day. In the description of the property there was the phrase “potential teardown”. From the photos it didn’t really look like there was anything obviously wrong with the building, you can see some slight sagging in the center of the facade, but it doesn’t look major – so I was definitely curious. Usually if the pics look fine and someone is saying – don’t bother saving this one – it means one of two things: there are big time problems that you just can’t see yet this is just…

Beware the gut rehab…

The These days it seems like everyone and their brother is buying and flipping houses. What am I talking about, this has been going on for a while now. I’m pretty sure HGTV is completely responsible for this horrible trend… all that DIY shit everywhere you turn… house hunters, flip this, remake that.. making it look so easy and like you can do an entire renovation in a weekend. Not. True. It is 100% possible to do a spectacular job on a gut renovation/rehab, and there are lots of people who do spectacular work.. but, there are also lots of people who…

Love and affinity -it might just be the biggest deal

I’ve been thinking a lot about affinity lately.. you’re love for something. And how much of it we have {or not} in our everyday life. Have you ever walked into a space, met someone, or discovered something in life and your whole self kind of falls in love in a whole new way? You feel excited, inspired, different parts of you awaken and you feel like you discover a new level of how much you can love and feel for something? You can’t always explain it or make sense of it, but you know it when you feel it. It’s…

The Beauty of Stillness

Today is such a beautiful snow day. At least in Chicago. There is a distinct energy and feeling when it snows. Especially in the moments before people have gotten up and rushed outside to start shoveling… or playing. It’s a really profound stillness, a quiet, that emerges. I’m not sure I’ve experienced this specific quality of energy as distinctly any other time than when I’m outside in that white blanket of tranquility. There’s a hush that falls over everything… it’s perfectly quiet… perfectly still… For me there’s an almost intangible beauty, a feeling you can’t quite put words to, when you…

sometimes everything just goes ‘wrong’

We all have days when no matter what we do, everything seems to go wrong. It feels like every step is a stumble… into a brick wall… and we get nothing but bad news and bad surprises. If only we could go home and crawl back into bed until it’s over. If only we didn’t have to deal with all the other people and things in the world that are completely out of our control things would go so much more smoothly! If only my dream motto of ‘just do what I say’ actually worked! As much control as we…

just for fun friday

I had a couple of completely unrelated experiences recently that got me thinking about how important it is to have amusement and fun. Over the holidays my little four year old nephew was telling ‘jokes’ at dinner. They had no punchline and made absolutely no sense, but he was laughing hysterically the whole time and thought it was the funniest thing ever. If you want to tune into fun and play energy, go hang out with a four year old for a while. Then we had a little delay on the start date for Kim & Scott’s kitchen project, partly…

the secret to connecting with your biggest dreams

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 is off to a spectacular start. Inevitably during this time of year we are looking back at last year, seeing what did and didn’t happen, and looking forward to this year (whether we make resolutions or not) thinking about what we want moving ahead. There’s always a lot of energy around changes (big or small), doing everything you didn’t do or stick with last year… or maybe finally doing things you haven’t been able to do yet for many years… no big deal. At first we are full of inspiration and determination,…