Lake Michigan may be covered in ice. Blustery winds may be howling down your street. You may be able to see your breathe every time you step outside.

But make no mistake… In Chicago, the spring market is already heating up.

If you want to get your home ready for the market’s springtime peak, the time to prepare is now. Here are a few things to keep in mind…

The Key Spring Benchmark? The Super Bowl

There’s a reason why our own Jason Finn says that you should list your home the day after the Super Bowl. As we’ve noted before, the big game may just be the single most important milestone of the real estate year.

Why? Well, its position on the calendar – smack-dab in early February – perfectly coincides with the start of the spring season for real estate. For buyers and sellers alike, one of the most fallow periods of the year is the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. People are busy, weather conditions are bad, and general interest in diving into a major transaction tends to dwindle.

Once we make it through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the grim days of January, however, the market begins to regain its energy – right around the time when those championship rings are passed out.

Even better? By preparing now, you’ll get a jump on other families planning to list their homes in the near future, many of whom won’t get started until spring hits in earnest. That’s what we call playing defense.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to look ahead and get ready to turn over a new leaf. That’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular!

Whether the goal is to get healthy, improve their financial outlook, or mark a major life milestone, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to estimates from Forbes. With all that said, in the end, only about 8% of Americans successfully accomplish those resolutions.

We’ve got some news: If your New Year’s resolution is about buying, selling, or owning a home in Chicago, you can end up among that 8% this time!

Here at Real Group, we pride ourselves on our expertise on all things real estate – and we’ve got all the guides and resources you could ever need to help you turn the page on your biggest New Year’s resolution, once and for all. ! If you’ve got any questions about buying, selling, or managing real estate, you’ve come to the right place!

Consider this your one-stop shop to checking off your 2018 real estate “to-do” list. Below, we’ve got tons of handy advice, expert opinions, and market forecasts, perfect for guiding you through every step of the home process with ease.

One of 77 designated community areas in Chicago, the Hyde Park area is home to some of the city’s most beautiful and iconic institutions, ranging from the Museum of Science and Industry to the world-renowned University of Chicago.

Located about seven miles south of the Loop, Hyde Park is officially bounded by 51st Street/Hyde Park Boulevard to the north, the Midway Plaisance to the south, Washington Park on the west, and Lake Michigan on the east. Some locals stretch their definition of Hyde Park to include some of the southernmost parts of Kenwood, which is, officially, a separate community area.

A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, Hyde Park played home to the 1893 World’s Fair. Also known as the Columbian Exposition, this major turning point in American history introduced the idea of electricity – not to mention the modern ferris wheel – to nearly 30 million people.

Today, Hyde Park still has plenty to offer, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s world famous Robie House, great access to the beaches of Lake Michigan, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Hyde Park Art Center, which has been an influential institution in Chicago’s art scene for decades.

Want to learn more about this historic and welcoming neighborhood? Here are a few resources worth checking out:

Curious about Hyde Park’s housing market? Here are the market conditions you need to know right now:

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you can make in life.

For better or for worse, purchasing a house will affect your lifestyle and your finances for years and years – so it’s important that you go into this important, engaging, occasionally trying process with a clear head and the right attitude.

Often though, getting it “right” is more easily said than done. So instead, let’s talk about the ways that you can avoid getting it “wrong,” by running down a list of common buyer mistakes – the attitudes, misconceptions, and missteps that have prevented many would-be buyers from snagging the best possible property.

Here are four common mistakes to look out for as you begin the homebuying process – and some expert advice on what you can do to avoid them.

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