July 2012

Found 4 blog entries for July 2012.

Chicago Real Estate ClichesIf you’ve ever searched for a home or condo for sale in Chicago, then you of course have scanned through dozens of home listings on the MLS. And contrary to what the property description reads for each home, not every condo in Chicago sits on a “quiet tree-lined street” or is an “amazing opportunity.” We see clichés in many aspects of life, but because I work in the business every day, I seem to get a kick out of real estate clichés the most. Real estate clichés exists for every market, but I’ve listed a few below that I tend to see most in downtown Chicago:

1)      A short walk to restaurants, cafés, shopping!

A condo located a short distance from McDonalds, Little Caesars Pizza, and Dollar Tree may technically mean a short walk to restaurants and

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Gold Coast & Rush Street Chicago

Rush Street is a brief thoroughfare with a long history in Chicago. Once a well-trod Indian trail leading all the way to Green Bay, it was named in honor of the patriot Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration—a fitting pedigree to be part of Chicago’s Gold Coast.  Yet to most, Rush Street is less about what happened then what’s happenin’! Ever since the sixties it’s been the destination for Chicago nightlife—Party Central for dining, dancing and carousing till the sun peeks up over the lake.  While maturing over time, its tastes growing more refined and debonair (just like those of you who may have sown your wild oats here!) the irresistible energy of Rush Street still sparks the social swirl of the city.


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A List of My Favorite Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago Dog Friendly RestaurantsDog friendly estate in Chicago plays a key role in my real estate business. Finding the right downtown Chicago condo that fits a buyer’s specific demands and living criteria, along with being a dog-friendly building, can often pose some difficult challenges. However, once finding the perfect dog-friendly condo in Chicago, my clients will usually ask me where the nearest dog-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood are located. And since Chicago is such a tremendous dog-friendly city, you might be surprised at just how many restaurants will allow both you and your four-legged pal. Back in 2008, Chicago passed a “Dog Friendly Dining” ordinance, which allows dogs in outdoor dining sections,

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A South Loop Condo-Market Revival on the Way?

South Loop Condo Market In a great article from Crain’s Chicago Business, it appears there will be a new attempt to revive the struggling South Loop condo market-a segment that was arguably hit the hardest during the recent housing crash. Related Midwest, a division of Related Companies of New York, has acquired nearly 500 unsold condominium units in three separate South Loop high-rises in an attempt to re-market and jump start condo sales in the neighborhood once again.

But what seems most intriguing about the latest plan from Related Midwest is that renting out some of these condos doesn’t appear to be an option. As stated in the Crain’s article, Curt Bailey, President of Related Midwest, believes that occupying a building with

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