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Why the Near North Side?

Located north and east of the Chicago River, the Near North Side is one of the most visually stunning areas in the city, and is the home of countless great restaurants, theaters, and museums. 

Comprised of Gold Coast, Old Town, Goose Island, River North, and Streeterville, the Near North Side is home to some of Chicago's most iconic sites, including the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, as well as some of the most famous skyscrapers in the country. Of Chicago's downtown community areas, Near North has the largest population, along with the highest number of skyscrapers. 

For more on this bundle of great Chicago neighborhoods, here are a few resources worth checking out:

Home to great shopping, easy access to public transit, and thriving nightlife options, the neighborhoods of the Near North Side have all of the assets that make Chicago a prime destination for buyers. Whether you're looking to buy or sell in the area, here are the current stats for Near North's condo and housing market that you need to know:

Near North Side's Current Condo Market 

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 history, 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 Has Been Climbing

Why Dual Agency is Bad for Home Buyers and Sellers

Historically, many home sellers have believed that their best course of action is to hire a real estate agent who could "bring me a buyer." Home buyers have similarly, historically, tended to underestimate the value of  having their own representation in a home purchase. In part, many people have believed the myth that they can save money by not hiring their own agent.

Although it may seem like an attractive or easy option to buy or sell your property, with quicker communication and a smaller chance for mix-ups, we believe that the practice of dual agency is a net negative for both buyer and seller. Let’s explore why...

What is Dual Agency?

While we all have our personal style when it comes to decorating and designing our homes, there are features that potential buyers tend to look out for when choosing their next house.

For instance, says that 80% of home buyers of all ages think of the kitchen as one of their three favorite rooms to use in a home.

When selling your home, choosing to modify the most used spaces and rooms, including the kitchen, might just help you appeal to a wide range of buyers. According to a report completed by Remodeling, when homeowners complete smaller renovations they’ll be able to recoup 81.1% of the cost, while major remodels come in at 59%.

There are often small fixes, like updating the hardware on your cabinets or choosing a newer backsplashes, that can draw in buyers and make your property stand out. Larger fixes like replacing old appliances or changing a layout may seem like a large investment, but they can also help to create the dream kitchen that buyers want.

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