Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Paint

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Many people agree that a little paint can go a long way in making a room look pulled together and finished, but so many people are afraid to paint the exposed wood on their cabinets and doors. Here are some pictures of a project that is in process. I hope you can see how the paint will help complete the overall look of the kitchen.

Won’t that be nice against the stainless steel appliances? Don’t be afraid to take a risk! After all, it’s just paint.


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Home Seller’s Checklist

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To sell your home fast and for top dollar requires a lot of up front work! The quickest way to sell any property is to declutter and stage, i.e. make it look like it belongs in a magazine.

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The following checklist should help you remember the little details that can make a big difference:

  1. Finish all unfinished projects such as painting, hanging curtains, updating switch plates, door knobs, etc.
  2. Touch up any warn, scratched, or scuffed paint.
  3. Wash all marks off of walls, including the baseboards.
  4. Clean the fireplace. If it is a gas fireplace rinse off the rocks and fake logs.
  5. Clean out closets, bookcases, and all areas of storage. Sell or donate anything that is no longer useful to you.
  6. Clean appliances such as the refrigerator and oven.
  7. Start packing. Pack all excess knick-nacks, books that aren’t read often, personal pictures. Clear surfaces of loose papers and unnecessary personal items.
  8. Make sure all lights are in working order.
  9. Arrange furniture to create well defined, spacious areas in the home that show off unique aspects such as a fireplace or great view.

The biggest and most challenging step is probably #7. Here are some things to consider for this step:

  1. You will need a place to store everything that you have packed. Many people rent a temporary storage unit for this.
  2. Remove photos of family. It helps perspective buyers imagine themselves in the home and keeps your privacy.
  3. Consider very carefully what you actually use that sits out. For example, on an average day my desk has on it, loose papers, nail polish, pens, pencils, highlighters, envelopes, a tin of paperclips, etc. These are all common items to have on a working desk, but they are all very small and therefore look like clutter when they are all visible. If I were staging my home all of these items would be placed in a drawer. I might keep a few pens and a small pad of paper on the desk along with my laptop, but that would be it.
  4. Carefully declutter your bookshelves. If you have books with beautiful bindings keep those out, but most books can be packed away. The shelves can then be used to display some knick-knacks and the prettiest books.
  5. If you have an open liquor cabinet pair it down. Keep visible only the essentials for your favorite one or two cocktails.
  6. Store away out of season clothes. Even if you don’t normally do this, it will help your closet look spacious.
  7. If you are an art lover take care with how you have curated your walls. Art can certainly help highlight the architecture of a home or brighten it up with color, but it’s best if your art and the space on your wall are in sync. This means the walls shouldn’t be so full of art that you can’t see the color of the paint, but the wall shouldn’t dwarf your art either.

If you can plan ahead, give yourself a few months to do these projects. Good luck with your sale!


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July 2014 Chicago Street Festival Schedule

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Weekends in July are jam packed with neighborhood festivals and events for everyone, from Ribfest, to the North Michigan Art Fest, to the Sheffield Garden Walk. Click on the calendar to see what else July has in store. Visit the City of Chicago’s website for a list of summer festivals by month.

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Spacious & Bright Printer’s Row Loft

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Listing Details 

Spacious & Bright Printer’s Row Loft

523 S Plymouth #404, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $354,900

MLS number: 08654893 

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Square Footage: 1400

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

A Loft Full of Character

Featured in the Chicago Sun Times & several Loft Walks, this lovely home is filled w/ character; exposed brick, 11 ft. ceilings & a preferred western exposure, providing plenty of light. An original mural in the kitchen makes for a unique and inviting place to come home to.

523 s plymouth, chicago printer's row loft

523 s plymouth, chicago printer's row loft

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Original Mural Adds Color and Whimsy

The artist of the tree column, that anchors the kitchen, hid woodland creatures, not just in the nooks and crannies of the trunk, but also hidden within the pattern of the trunk. Look carefully to find deer, an owl, and women, to name a few surprises that are guaranteed to entertain and awe.

Printer’s Row: Home of Chicago’s Original Loft Conversions

Printer’s Row became an iconic neighborhood of Chicago shortly after the Great Fire. At that time, following the Industrial Revolution, big printing manufacturers were building factories and many found a home in, what is now known as, Printer’s Row. When Dearborn Station was built in 1885 the neighborhood became a transportation hub. Today the neighborhood is still an easy walk to most train lines, as well as downtown. Most of the printing factories have been converted to residential lofts.

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Construction in the Loop

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Remember in 2006 when the skyline looked like this:

Look closely, how many cranes and partially built skyscrapers do you see? I think I can count seven cranes. Back then, 41 high-rises were under construction at the same time! Our skyline doesn’t look quite like that now, but it does sometimes seem that there is construction around every corner.

Curbed Chicago does a good job of keeping track of all the projects. Here is a roundup of what is going up in the Loop, lots of apartments as well as office buildings, parks, hotels and schools:

Current Loop Construction

  1. Navy Pier Flyover to decrease congestion on the busiest section of the lakefront path.
  2. British School new South Loop campus.
  3. Hilton Garden Inn 27 stories to be squeezed between the Chicago Motor Club Building and the Church of Christian Scientists.
  4. Chicago Riverwalk extension.
  5. Arkadia Tower apartments in Greektown.
  6. Maggie Daley Park.
  7. OneEleven apartments at 111 W. Wacker delivery expected July 1.
  8. JeffJack LEED certified apartments at Jefferson and Jackson.
  9. 200 N Michigan a John Buck apartment project.
  10. River Point Plaza commercial high-rise.
  11. Wolf Point three tower project.

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Is it Time to Sell Your Home?

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Did you know that once a home sells similar properties have a better chance of selling shortly after? We see this all the time and it makes sense. Especially in the seller’s market that we are in now. Currently there isn’t a lot of inventory and many buyers are finding themselves in a multiple offer situation. The buyer who doesn’t get the home with his best offer still needs something similar.

Have you been on the fence deciding whether it is a good time to sell? Do you know if your neighbors have sold recently? You can find out with a market snapshot of your area. Visit WhatIsMyHouseWorthToday.com for a custom report of your home. Here is a video of what you will find in your report:


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South Loop Townhome in a Park-like Setting

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Listing Details 

Spacious South Loop Townhome

1242 S Federal E, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $520,000

MLS number: 08631231

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Square Footage:

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Room For Everything

With living rooms on two levels, two fireplaces, and two outdoor areas this spacious townhome has all the comforts one could want. Whether you are entertaining or having a quiet night in, this townhome has all the amenities you will need.

Exterior 1

Patio 1

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Across the Street from South Loop School Park

Both outdoor spaces in this home offer park like settings. Situated across from the South Loop School Park the ground level patio is fenced in for privacy and surrounded by lush greenery. The balcony on the second floor is located on the interior of the townhouse complex offering a respite from the traffic of the surrounding city.

South Loop: One of Chicago’s Oldest Neighborhoods

The South Loop has been a vital neighborhood for most of Chicago’s history. From Dearborn Station as an early a transportation hub. To the Prairie District, once home to leaders of early Chicago such as Marshall Field and John Glessner. Later Printer’s Row became a popular place for book manufacturer’s. A residential revival started in 1979 with Dearborn Park. Today the neighborhood is home to many Chicagoans, as well as tourist destinations such as Museum Campus.

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Movies in the Parks Chicago 2014 Schedule

It’s summer in Chicago which means it’s time to get outside! Here are a few of the movies that will play in parks in and near downtown.

Fulton River Park No 551
353 N DesPlaines

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June 24 9:00 p.m.
Gravity

July 21 8:30 p.m.
Sixteen 

August 19 8:00 p.m.
Fast and the Furious 6

Bartelme Park
115 S Sangamon

June 25 9:00 p.m.
Dirty Dancing

July 24 8:00 p.m.
Star Trek: Into Darkness

Heritage Green Park
610-30 W Adams

August 5 8:00 p.m.
Ghostbusters

Grant Park
337 E Randolph

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

June 23 9:00 p.m.
High Anxiety

August 25 8:00 p.m.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

 

 

Sheridan Park
910 S Aberdeen

July 21 8:30 p.m.
The Little Rascals

Daniel Webster Park
1401 S Indiana

July 29 8:30 p.m.
The Croods

Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 S Wentworth

The LEGO Movie teaser poster

August 29 8:00 p.m.
The Lego Movie

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens
1801 S Indiana

August 28 8:00 p.m.
The Lego Movie

Dunbar Park
300 W 31st

June 19 9:00 p.m.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

July 8 8:30 p.m.
Hotel Transylvania

For a complete list and an interactive map visit: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies/#.U35hLPldU7s


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Large South Loop Duplex

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Listing Details 

Large South Loop Duplex

51 W 15th H2, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $525,000

MLS number: 08611633

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2.1

Square Footage: 2074

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Spacious Living on Every Level

This freshly painted duplex has plenty of living space on each level. The living room, complete with a fireplace, looks out to the 400 sq/ft terrace. A large family room next to the kitchen makes entertaining a breeze. The second level boasts a large den including a staircase for direct access to the terrace.

Exterior 2Deck 3

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Expansive Terrace with Skyline Views

Enjoy long summer days and nights on your 400 sq/ft terrace. With access from both levels of the home this space can be your central living area in the warm months. Watch the twinkling lights of downtown in the evening.

South Loop: One of Chicago’s Oldest Neighborhoods

The South Loop has been a vital neighborhood for most of Chicago’s history. From Dearborn Station as an early a transportation hub. To the Prairie District, once home to leaders of early Chicago such as Marshall Field and John Glessner. Later Printer’s Row became a popular place for book manufacturer’s. A residential revival started in 1979 with Dearborn Park. Today the neighborhood is home to many Chicagoans, as well as tourist destinations such as Museum Campus.

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