You’ve found a buyer for your old house, and you’re ready to head to the closing table. First off, congratulations! This is a huge step, and you deserve a minute to be recognized.

Now, on to the next part... 

As your attorney prepares your settlement statement, there are a few closing costs for which you should be prepared. (Although hopefully this isn't the first time you're hearing of them!) 

Have you ever heard the old adage that you need to spend money to make money? That holds doubly true for home sales. While sellers won’t need to pay as many fees and expenses at closing as buyers, there are still a number of closing costs associated with selling your home. None of these costs are particularly egregious, and they'll always be part and parcel of closing; we just think it's important to go in to your sale as prepared as possible!

So, just how much should sellers expect to pay at closing? While every transaction is unique, here are a few expenses that you will likely be responsible for…

We all know when summer is in full swing in Chicago. There’s sun, beach days at the lake, and the most noticeable sign of them all: construction. While much of the construction we see consists of little things like fixing potholes and digging up old water lines, one of the major sources of activity stems from both development and redevelopment projects.

But beyond adding driving time to your daily commute, what could major development projects mean for you? A few things.

First off, these major projects often become attractions that reach residents, visitors beyond the neighborhood, and tourists. Development projects can give existing and newly formed businesses an opportunity to set up shop in up-and-coming and established Chicago neighborhoods. They also can become catalysts for rising home and rental prices.

Major development efforts in Chicago are full of complexities that can leave you with a few lingering questions. Whether you want to stay up-to-date on changing property values or take note of new recreational green spaces, Real Group RE has you covered. 

The world’s first air conditioning system was developed in 1902 - and prior to that, Chicagoans resorted to some pretty extreme measures to keep cool (like, you know, submerging their heads in ice buckets).

Today, we have a few more options when it comes to beating the heat, especially during the long summer months.

From taking advantage of our local waterways to seeking out a chilly sweet treat, here are seven ways that Chicagoans can keep cool, even as the temperature rises:

1.) Head to the Beach (or River)

One of the advantages of living around Chicago? The gorgeous blue water and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan are never more than a stone’s throw away!

There are miles and miles of beautiful lakefront spots worth checking out when the weather heats up, with most accessible no matter what neighborhood you call home.

Even better, there is no shortage of things to do during your day at the lake. From splashing in the water, to lounging under an umbrella, to grabbing a frosty drink from a waterfront bar or restaurant, there are plenty of ways to keep cool, whatever the weather.

Plus, if you don’t feel like making your way to a beach, you still have other options! Navy Pier is a beloved tourist destination, full of some amazing sites and tasty bites. And the world-famous, award-winning Riverwalk is another great place to stay cool, whether that means hopping on a boat, laying under the shade of the iconic Chicago skyline, or just hanging out in the gentle breeze.

2.) Take a Dip in a Local Pool

Want to enjoy some time in the water without hitting the beach? Why not make your way to one of the many pools around Chicagoland?

The Chicago Park District manages 49 outdoor pools, 28 indoor pools, and runs 14 pools connected to public schools, which offer community programs and events. The Park District’s website is a great way to find a pool near you, as well as a resource for finding opening and closing schedules, accessibility information, and more.

Plus, there are other local watering holes worth looking into, as well. Plenty of gyms and community organizations around town offer access to pools, with a membership.

What are the Current Market Conditions for Roscoe Village? (Source: Wikimedia.Commons - used as royalty free image)

Roscoe Village has been called a "village within the city," and it's easy to see why: This quiet little area is home to lots of small boutiques, independent shops, mouth-watering brunch places, and off-the-beaten-path cafes and taverns, each with their own eclectic feel and classic Chicago sense of hospitality. 

Tucked in near North Center and Lakeview, Roscoe Village is bounded by Addison Street (to the north), Belmont Avenue (south), Ravenswood Avenue (east), and the Chicago River (west). Home to lots of parks and other places for children to play, Roscoe Village is also notable for its central location, which makes it easy to walk, bike, or take public transportation to just about anywhere you want to go in Chicago. 

Curious about what this vibrant spot has to offer? Here are a few resources worth checking out:

Ready to join Roscoe Village's thriving community? Here are the current market statistics for Roscoe Village:

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