So, you’ve found the house of your dreams and you’re ready to talk with your real estate agent about making an offer.

At this point, many people’s minds tend drift ahead, to the amazing days and relaxing nights they’ll spend in their new home. Remember, though – the hard part isn’t over yet! There’s still plenty left to be done before you get to call this place home.

Your first step? Making sure that your offer is a success! Here’s a checklist of what you need to have on hand when making the next move – before the big move:

1.) Direction

Knowing how to make an offer will take some savvy – and this will come straight from your agent, after you decide to put in your offer.

When you hired your real estate agent, if you asked the right questions and collaborated closely from the get-go, you've ensured that you’re working with someone who offers a style of guidance and communication that suits your needs.

What Are the Current Real Estate Conditions in Lincoln Park? (Source: wikimedia.commons)

Why Lincoln Park?

We've got two words for you: "Free Zoo." 

Lincoln Park is home to one of the country's last free zoos, meaning that your neighbors would be actual party animals. But if a sweet sloth and its friends aren't enough to draw you to the neighborhood, there are lots of other perks to living in Lincoln Park. It offers institutions devoted to preserving Chicago's history and culture, including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 

And, if you're hungry, there are a ton of diverse dining spots, along with plenty of beloved old school mainstays (the Wiener's Circle, anybody?).

Looking to learn more about this iconic Chicago neighborhood? Check out some of these handy resources:

Lincoln Park blends sophistication with Chicago's salty sense of humor and is a great place to call home. Ready to take a look for yourself? Here are the current stats for Lincoln Park's condo and housing market:

Lincoln Park's Current Condo Market 

1. The Median Sale Price of a Lincoln Park Condo Remains High

Watch any TV show about the homebuying process - maybe something on HGTV - and you’re bound to see a prospective buyer frown at a property and announce to their real estate agent something like this:

“I love the land. I like that the kitchen and baths have been redone. And I love that it’s so close to a great school. But I don’t think I could live here. Why? Well, do you hear that? Or that?”

After saying this, the buyer points to a road, where one or two cars whiz by. Or maybe they point overhead, where a plane appears to be coming in for a landing

At this point, the agent tries to make their case: “Sure, it may be a little loud outside, but-”

“No. Way too noisy. Next house.”

For many homebuyers, a little bit of noise pollution can be a very big deal.

In a city like Chicago, noise can be a particularly tricky issue to navigate, because it can come from so many sources. With cars and buses on the road, metra and L trains rumbling by on elevated tracks, and planes taking off and landing from two major regional airports, Chicago can be a loud city, no matter where you choose to put down roots.

But what effect do noise and noise pollution have on home values in the Chicago market?

What are the Current Market Conditions for North Center? (Source: wikimedia.commons - used as royalty free image)

Want a little bit of everything? Chicago's North Center - a community area bordered on the north by Montrose Avenue, on the south by Diversey Parkway, west by the Chicago River, and on the east by Ravenswood Avenue - is notable for its small community feel, proximity to great schools, and easy access to the best that Chicago's North Side has to offer, including live theater, comedy, music, and just about every cuisine you could imagine, from traditional German pub fare to cutting-edge sushi. 

North Center also boasts some of Chicago's most charming residential architecture, large parks, and pristine, tree-lined streets.

Want to learn more about this up-and-coming area and all it has to offer? Here are a few great resources on North Center:

Ready to get a feel for North Center's quiet charms? Here are the current market statistics for North Center you should know:

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