Home Buyer Resources

March 29, 2024

Choosing a Dog-Friendly Backyard: Essential Tips for Home Buyers

Tail Wagging Spaces: Finding Your Dog's Dream Backyard

When you and your furry companion are on the hunt for a new home, the backyard isn't just an outdoor space; it's the potential for adventure, relaxation, and endless games of fetch. As a seasoned Realtor and a dog ...

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March 23, 2024

Decoding Basement Issues: Waterproofing vs Sewer Backup Prevention in Older Homes

Fixing Flooded Basements: Understanding and Preventing Basement Flooding

Have you ever woken up to a flooded basement and wondered what the culprit could be? The answer isn't always straightforward. Your problem could stem from either water seepage or a sewer backup. Understanding the difference is crucial to effectively addressing ...

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March 7, 2024

Urban Oasis: Attract Pollinators with Native Plant Containers

Embracing the Wild: The Magic of Native Plant Pocket Gardens in Urban Jungles

Hey there, green thumbs and nature lovers! It's Laurie here, your go-to guide for all things Chicagoland, bringing you a little slice of the great outdoors, right to your doorstep—or balcony, or windowsill, or wherever you ...

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Feb. 12, 2024

Smart Downsizing Tips: Making Space for Millennials and Avocado Toast

Why Millennials, Avocado Toast, and Your Next Big Move Are A Perfect Blend

Ah, Millennials. The generation that’s been accused of killing everything from doorbells to department stores, yet here they are, keeping the avocado industry thriving single-handedly. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why that 30-something is snapping a ...

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Jan. 23, 2024

Prepare for Chicago’s 2024 Real Estate Market with 2023 Insights

Navigating the 2024 Chicago Real Estate Landscape: What the Latest Trends Mean for You

Hello, Chicago home enthusiasts! It's Laurie here, your friendly neighborhood Realtor, ready to unpack the National Association of Realtors' (NAR) 2023 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. This goldmine of information sheds light on current ...

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Jan. 13, 2024

Moving to Chicago Made Easy: A Newcomer’s Journey

From Texas to Chicago: A Relocation Story with a Happy Ending

When a family from Texas decided to move to Chicago, they didn't expect a real estate rollercoaster, but that's exactly what they got. It's a tale of resilience, adaptability, and the quest for the perfect home ...

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Dec. 30, 2023

Your Dream Home Awaits: Guide to Buying & Renovating in Chicago

Revitalizing Diamonds in the Rough: The Fixer-Upper Advantage

Uncover the joy of transforming a fixer-upper into your ideal home in Chicago. Learn how this smart choice can enhance your lifestyle and build your home’s equity.

Rediscovering Hidden Gems in Real Estate

Ever looked at a worn-out house and thought, "There ...

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Dec. 28, 2023

Balancing Profit & Ethics: Investment Opportunities in Chicago

Navigating the Real Estate Market with a Heart: My Take on Investment Properties

Recently, I stumbled upon a post on Facebook that resonated with me deeply, and I thought it deserved more than just a quick reply. It's about the delicate balance between business acumen and human empathy in ...

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Dec. 27, 2023

Eco-Friendly Yard Designs for Stormwater Control in Chicago Suburbs

Harness the Rain: Eco-Friendly Gardening for a Better Tomorrow

Hello, fellow Chicagoland green thumbs and nature enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into a fascinating topic that marries the beauty of gardening with the practicality of stormwater management. Inspired by insights from garden expert Jeff Lorenz, featured on Gardenista, we're ...

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Dec. 22, 2023

Illinois Population Growth 2023: Debunking Myths

Correcting the Narrative: Illinois' Growing Population and Your Next Home Adventure

Hello Chicagoland friends and future neighbors! Today, let's debunk a myth and embrace an exciting reality: Illinois is not losing residents; it's actually growing! That's right, recent data reveals a story quite different from what you ...

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