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Nov. 6, 2018

A walk through Chicago's Magnificent Gold Coast Neighborhood

Chicago Gold Coast real estate for sale

It’s a crisp Fall day in late October, and I am taking my out of town clients to tour properties in the Gold Coast area.   We have a full day planned and initially see several beautiful vintage apartments along Lake Shore Drive with elegance, charm and spectacular views.  

Next, we set out on foot to tour the heart of residential Gold Coast.  As we walk along Dearborn and Astor Streets we are instantly transported to another time and place.  Historic landmark buildings, mansions and rowhomes, nestled along quiet tree-lined streets evoke feelings of peace and tranquility.

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The neighborhood is alive with magnificent Halloween decorations all in grand scale!  Giant spiders the size of buildings, graveyard scenes with skeletons, and ghosts hanging from trees are both realistic and impressive!  As you walk among these great masterpieces, you feel the enormous sense community and pride residents have for their homes and neighborhood.

My clients are beginning to see that the greatest advantage to living in this premier area is its walkability and access to everything.  Bordered by Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan to the East, Oak Street with its shops restaurants, entertainment and nightlife to the South, Lincoln Park to the North and Old Town to the West.

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I tell them about the popularity of Division Street Farmers’ Market which runs from April through October.  We briefly visit Restoration Hardware which is a destination in itself having 6 levels of shopping and dining in the historic Three Arts Club.  Mario’s Table and 3rd Coast are two neighborhood restaurants on Dearborn that I recommend to my clients.

As we finish our tour, and I bring my clients back to their hotel, they thank me, and tell me that the day was tremendously helpful to them in understanding the Chicago real estate market and Gold Coast neighborhood.   They return home with new insight and a better sense of what they are looking for, and look forward to their next trip.

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Whether you may be looking to relocate, retire, downsize, or just would like a weekend home in the city, I would love to help you!

~ Carolyn Durocher

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April 26, 2018

2018 Spring Market Update

Spring Market is here and it's a great time to Sell your home!

 

 

Now that Spring has finally arrived, the Chicago Market has been heating up.  Here's what we have been seeing in the marketplace.

  • Multiple Offers resulting in highest prices for homes - often over 100% of list
  • Properties under contract within a few days
  • Low inventory driving multiple offers
  • Favorable Seller terms

We will get you the Highest Price Possible for your home!  To get started, contact us today!

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March 12, 2018

Here are our 3 BEST TIPS for hiring a Real Estate Broker who will help sell your property quickly and for the highest price possible!

Thinking about selling your home, condo, or multi-family property in Chicago?

Here are our 3 BEST TIPS for hiring a Real Estate Broker who will help sell your property quickly and for the highest price possible! 

Experience – Look for a Real Estate Agent with experience

How long have they been selling in the industry?

Have they sold in your neighborhood?

        What type of properties have they sold?

Negotiation skills – can they negotiate the best price for you?

Track record of success – list of recent properties they have sold

 

Marketing – What is their Marketing Plan?

What is their plan for marketing your property besides the MLS?

Postcards, Newspaper, Advertising, Video, Social Media

Do they use Technology to increase buyer traffic?

 

Communication – What is their Communication Style?

Do they have good communications skills?

Do they provide Feedback on showings?

Do they provide Market Updates?

How quickly do they respond to calls/emails/texts?

Schedule a private consultation….where we will not only provide you with a value estimate of your home, but also advise on how to increase your property value!

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Jan. 2, 2018

Lincoln Park 3 Flat | SOLD!

Just Sold!!!

Lincoln Park Multi-Family Building

Our recent sale of this 3 Flat Multi-Family Property in Lincoln Park was a huge opportunity for both our Seller and Buyer!  

High demand for multi-family properties in Lincoln Park created a great deal of interest with buyers!   High demand = high value!  We generated multiple offers on the property with a sales price of $1.55M

Location! Location! Location!  Buyers are interested in living in this prime area of Lincoln Park – located on Fullerton near Clark Street.   Walking distance to restaurants, shops, entertainment and the Lakefront!

Oversize Lot – this property sits on a 25x175 lot which is rare to find in Lincoln Park.  The beautifully landscaped backyard creates an urban oasis perfect for relaxing or entertaining!

If you are thinking about selling your Multi-Family property, give us a call today!

 

 

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Dec. 8, 2017

Selling a Multi-Family Property

4 Important Tips for Selling a Multi-Family Property

Selling a Multi-Family property is completely different than selling a single family property or condo.   To obtain the highest price for your multi-family property, we have compiled 4 important tips to help you prepare to sell.

 

  • Hire an investment savvy realtor who specializes in selling multi-family properties.

They know how to price and market the property as well as sell it to potential investors/buyers.  Buyers are interested in the financials and whether they will make money.

  • Prepare a Financial Breakdown of your property

Income, Operating Expenses, Cash Flow, Property Management Fees

  • Prepare a Lease Abstract/ Rent Roll

Review all your leases, expiration dates, rents for each unit, tenants, occupancy

Raise rents when leases expire – the more cash flow the higher the value.

  • Update or Renovate to Increase Value

Update common areas-hallways, stairs, doors, basement (laundry room).  First impressions count to buyers.  

Update or renovate units – kitchens and baths are main areas to keep as updated as possible and to increase value

Schedule a Private Consultation Today! 312-788-7079

 By: Jose Hernandez & Carolyn Durocher of Coldwell Banker in Chicago

Aug. 4, 2017

Testimonial from Home Buyer in Streeterville

When you can't see the property "live", what do you do?

This is an interesting story of how I helped clients buy a Chicago condo "sight unseen"!   My buyers lived out of state, and were interested in purchasing an in town condo in Chicago.  After meeting them briefly one Sunday afternoon, and keeping in touch, my client called me and said she had found a condo online that she really liked and asked me if I could tell her anything about it.  

Having personally seen the unit a few days earlier, I conveyed how stunning the renovation was, and that I thought she would love it.  I also was familiar with the building amenities and knew the building was well managed and financially sound.  Plus, I knew she would love the Streeterville neighborhood and the view of the Lake from the high floor of the condo.  

Since she was not going to be in town for another month, and could not come up to see the unit in person, I recommended doing a virtual showing through iphone's Facetime technology.   She was able to see each of the rooms, the view of the Lake from the windows, and the building amenities.  It was a successful showing, my client and her husband made an offer and bought the condo!!!

They love the condo, the building and the neighborhood and very happy with their purchase!

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May 3, 2017

Zillow sued over Zestimate

In today's Crain's Chicago Business we read an article that said a suburban Chicago homeowner sued Zillow for it's 'sloppy' estimate.  The homeowner is alleging that Zillow's estimate of her home's value has created a "roadblock" to selling at what she thinks it's worth. 

So that posed the question: How accurate is Zillow's Zestimate?  Not as accurate as you think!  

Zillow's method of creating a Zestimate draws on public records and a proprietary algorithm. Zillow estimates the accuracy of chicago area homes come within 5 percent of the eventual sale price 47 percent of the time. It comes within 20 percent of the sale price 86 percent of the time. 

Why is Zestimate inaccurate?

  • Inaccurate basic information
  • Mistakes or omissions in sales prices and property tax records 
  • Upgrades or unique features that are unaccounted for

 

The best way to learn the value of your home is to contact a real estate professional and get a property valuation. 

Call Carolyn at 312-545-2834 or Jose at 312-799-7088 today!

Click here to read the Crain's publication

April 26, 2017

How to Navigate a Multiple Offer Situation

How to Navigate a Multiple Offer Situation

The real estate market in Chicago is very competitive right now.  Lack of inventory has created a challenging environment for today's buyers who often are finding themselves in a multiple offer situation.  Whether you are just getting started in your search, or have missed out on a couple of properties due to multiple offers here's our best tips to help position you for success.

  • Work with a real estate agent who understands the market and can provide expert guidance in establishing the value of the property and help you put together an offer that stands out to the seller.
  • Make a strong offer upfront.  Make your best and highest offer from the beginning, especially in a multiple offer scenario.  Avoid coming in low as a negotiation strategy, as it could backfire and have the seller completely disregard your offer.
  • Come in with a Clean Offer.  Remove as many contingencies as possible.  If you are financing, offer more of a down payment.  Avoid asking for seller closing credits, unless you add that amount to your offer.
  • Be Flexible with the Seller's Needs.  Ask your agent to find out the terms the seller is looking for and try to meet those needs with your offer.  It may be the key to winning the bid!

FYI - Highest offer is not always the winner.

Whether you are buying your first home or an "old pro", we are always here to help!  Give us a call!

Nov. 29, 2016

10 East Delaware Place 17D

Just Sold!  10 E Delaware Place Unit 17D, Chicago, IL 60611

Price:  $1,692,500

We just sold this gorgeous 3 bedroom 3.5 bath southwest corner unit at 10 E Delaware Place.  This former model unit features high ceilings, two terraces, floor to ceiling windows, Chef’s Kitchen with Poggenpohl cabinets, Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, Carrera subway tile backsplash, a kitchen island with quartz countertop, wine fridge and rectangular Kohler sink. Fireplace with custom millwork mantle. Recessed lighting, surround sound, crown molding and dark stained hardwood flooring throughout the unit.  Fabulous split floor plan with separate guest suite. 

10 E Delaware Place is a luxury full amenity building situated in the heart of the Gold Coast and just blocks away from Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Magnificent Mile and the Lakefront.  Built in 2009 and designed by Lucien Lagrange Architects, this building is 35 stories with 121 units.  Amenities include a rooftop garden terrace and outdoor pool, private owners club with full kitchen and fireplace, state of the art fitness center featuring Techno Gym, climate controlled private indoor parking, 24 hour Door Staff, spacious balconies with gas line, storage lockers and bike racks, wiring for cable and internet, and housekeeping and 24 hour room service available from the Talbott Hotel.

Located at State and Delaware, the premier place to live in Chicago, 10 E Delaware Place is just steps from luxury shopping, fine dining, luxury hotels, and the best entertainment in the city.  Favorite restaurants along Rush Street, include Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse, Luxbar, Tavern on Rush, Carmine’s, Hugo’s Frog Bar, and Morton’s Steakhouse.  Barneys New York, Hermes, Kate Spade, and Vera Wang Bride are just a few of the many luxury shops along Oak Street.   World renowned Talbott Hotel located next door, Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile are all just a few steps away.    Schools and universities include the highly rated, Ogden Elementary, Loyola University of Chicago, Loyola School of Law, and Quinlan School of Business.  Holy Name Cathedral, Fourth Presbyterian Church and Christ the Savior Orthodox Church are within a short walk.

10 E Delaware Place offers a truly luxurious lifestyle and more!

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Oct. 22, 2016

Sellers in Edison Park

A Challenge Turned into a Success!

Just Closed! 6451 N Northwest Hwy - Edison Park, Chicago

When our clients contacted us in early June, they were very frustrated!  Their home had been on the market for a year and a half, was listed with two different real estate agents, but they had not been able to sell it.  They were desperately looking for someone who could help them get it sold for the right price and as quickly as possible.   We knew it would be a challenge to take on a listing that had been on the market for so long, and we needed to develop a strategy that would help us successfully sell their home.

Edison Park condos for saleWe met with our clients to gain an understanding of their goals and plans for the future.  We asked a lot of questions about the history of the listing, what was working, what was not working and why they felt their home didn’t sell.  We were interested in the number of showings, feedback received, price adjustments, and offers received.  Through our discussion, we learned that the clients had received offers; however, were unwilling to negotiate from the price they had set, and therefore could never reach an agreement with potential buyers.    

We realized that to sell this property we needed to educate our clients and help them understand the home buying process and how to become successful sellers.  We explained that our top priority was to price the home to sell and to be responsive to the market.  Through the use of our unique online marketing plan, we expected to attract the most qualified buyers within the first couple of weeks and would likely receive an offer.  Our clients liked our plan and decided to hire us.  

We listed the property after it had been on the market 475 days!  Within 20 days, we not only had an offer, but we helped our clients successfully negotiate the best price and terms, and sign off on the contract!  

Our clients were very happy with the price they received for their home, and told us that we really helped them realize that they got a great deal!  We wish them the best of luck!

Thinking about selling? Schedule a private consultation with us!