motto in life and business. As an exclusive senior broker
representing buyers, sellers, investors, developers, and financial
institutions, I am dedicated to providing high quality service in
the Chicago suburbs and city as well as exposure on a global level
for your property. I possess an intimate knowledge of the local
market and am a Luxury Collection™ Specialist in both residential
and commercial properties.
Berkshire Hathaway President Circle-Top 4% in nation
Zillow review! *****Highly
likely to recommend
Probably the best I have seen in marketing a
property and keeping it in front of the public. Uses every avenue
especially digital media right down to holding open houses. A pro
in presenting the facts, even when you don't agree. However he is
usually accurate in his market knowledge. He is one of the few
brokers that I feel is on my side.
never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”
statement that rings true in real estate. Buyers are quick to
jump to conclusions about a home after a single glance. That’s
why more sellers are turning toward professional home stagers to
prepare for a sale.
lot of what staging accomplishes occurs on a subconscious
level—creating a positive link between your house and the
prospective buyer. It’s easy enough to repaint after moving in,
but first impressions are difficult to undo.
the vast majority of buyers searching first on the Internet for
homes, photos and virtual tours are extremely important in the
selection process. Staging, as a priority instead of as a
last resort, will give sellers key advantages.
professional stager will:
eliminate clutter: That means picking
up shoes from the hallway, removing papers from tables and
furniture and even taking down personal items that add to the
unnecessary clutter such as diplomas, pictures and trophies.
buyer demographics and buying psychology:
They use design elements in planning out the rooms, space and
lighting. They understand traffic patterns to highlight positive
attributes of a home while downplaying its negative features.
They know not to overwhelm potential buyers with wild colors and
furniture, even if you think it makes your home “special.”
making your home look like a model rather than lived-in can make
all the difference in selling a home.
HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS
Working Kitchens Catch the Eye
of Aspiring Chefs
show ratings are at an all-time high as viewers are enamored with
the idea of being culinary masters. Home sellers are upgrading to
professional-style kitchens to capitalize on the craze.
·One of the easiest
steps appealing to today’s tastes is adding stainless steel
appliances and sinks. They resist scratches and are easy to
·Cast iron is
another attractive choice for sinks, as it adds color and cast
irons sinks are usually large enough for pots and pans.
amenity is a pot filler. It serves as an extendible faucet that
can be installed next to your stovetop or sink for easy water
·Granite and quartz
countertops provide a proper working space and cool surfaces that
are attractive, durable and popular.
boards, rinsing baskets and various trays aren’t too expensive
and will help open the eyes of potential buyers.
advantage of the gourmet explosion with kitchen upgrades that
appeal to the home chef. Your effort and investment may yield
some tasty results.
Facts About Radon and your Home
can’t see, smell or taste radon, yet it can make you sick. It is
believed that radon is a contributing factor in lung cancer in the
United States. So what exactly is radon? Here are some quick
·Radon comes from
the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and
·It can penetrate
the air in your home through cracks in the foundation.
·It can be
discovered in all parts of the country and can cause a dangerous
high indoor radon level in any home.
·According to the
Environmental Protection Agency, roughly one out of every 15
homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
it’s not necessarily a requirement, it’s a good idea to ask for a
Radon Inspection Contingency. It can potentially initiate a
“short-term” test done on any home to make sure the lowest levels
of radon of the home are below 4.0 pCi/L—a target set by Congress
for indoor air quality. The EPA enforces that mandate.
and sellers should be smart about radon. Every new home should be
tested after occupancy, even if it was built radon-resistant or
with a radon-reducing system installed.
should test for radon before they put their homes on the
market. This can save valuable time if you have all the
paperwork and testing data to show prospective buyers.
Time for an Appraisal?
important that your real estate agent develop a comparable market
analysis to help in determining the right selling price for your
home. If your property isn’t attracting serious shoppers, you may
want to invest in an appraiser for a second pricing opinion. They
perform their service for a fee rather than a commission—a better
chance for a more unbiased result.
provides sellers and buyers with a “fair market value” and also
allows a lender to know how much they can safely lend. It will
provide a comparison of your house to comparable properties in
the neighborhood. A home appraisal can range in length from two
pages to more than 100 and can include:
·Details about the
·Description of the
·Evaluation of the
area’s real estate market.
·Notations of major
problems with the property that will affect its value.
·Estimate of the
expected time to sell the property.
are some tips for both sellers and buyers seeking to ensure their
transactions are completed in a timely manner:
·Make sure the
lender hires a qualified appraiser (such as a designated SRA,
SRPA or MAI member of the Appraisal Institute). The lowest-priced
appraiser does not necessarily equate with the most qualified.
appraiser during the inspection of the property, if possible. The
more active you are, the more you will understand it and be able
to catch any errors.
·Request a copy of
the appraisal report from the lender. Federal law requires that
you receive a copy of the appraisal within 30 days.
appraisal, if appropriate. Market conditions do change,
especially in these economic times. If you feel that new
information may affect the appraisal, be sure to speak up.
·Have your agent ask
the lender to order a second appraisal by a qualified and
·File any legitimate
complaints with appropriate state board or professional appraisal
you needn’t agree with the outcome of an appraisal. You and your
agent can work with the figures and determine if you should
change the sale price. A home appraisal—no matter how
scientific—is still an opinion that can be questioned.