Broker Blog: Get Your Home Winter Ready With This List

As we enter the colder months, it’s always a good idea to make sure your home is prepared and ready to withstand the winter. You don’t want to be dealing with a home maintenance emergency during the holidays or a snowstorm! Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or are getting ready to enjoy your first winter in your new home, the following checklist will help guide you in making sure your home is in good condition as well as give you peace of mind knowing you can avoid emergency repairs or make a trip to the hardware store in the dead of winter. 

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Where You Can Volunteer in Chicago Today

The year 2020 has brought many of us face to face with the inequalities and injustices many American’s face. It has also increased awareness of the impact of a hyper-focused and hyper-local effort. It has also allowed many of us and our neighbors to identify the local outlets and organizations that need our resources. Regardless if it is your time, financial donations, blood, extra clothing, or food, the support is needed and the support can be applied today! We’ve compiled a list of a few local Chicago organizations that are looking for volunteers today.

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3 Costs You Should Consider Before Closing

Closing costs come hand in hand with purchasing a home. For many first-time buyers, it’s imperative that you discuss with your Fulton Grace agent all of the potential fees you face prior to closing as it is undoubtedly imperative to factor into your budget when you begin looking for your first home! When the property title is transferred into your name, you can expect a few of the costs (including a handful of others) to appear that are either generated by the seller or buyer. The list below is by no means exhaustive so be sure to consult your agent early in the process to understand exactly what you will be expected to pay. 

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Sellers, Fix These Issues Before a Home Inspection

Selling a home can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. If you’re green, you might be surprised to find the lists of items you need to complete, check in on, or contract before listing. But doing your research and hiring a seasoned agent can greatly impact your experience and result in a smooth, stress-free process. With that, doing preemptive research and housing prep doesn’t hurt. Home inspections have a reputation for either sweetening or ruining a deal. Skip the headache and take note of the items below that you can address ahead of time to make home inspection time a breeze for you and your Fulton Grace agent. 

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Broker Blog: Fight or Flight: City vs. Suburbs

To many city dwellers, the suburbs signify a more relaxed, slow-paced lifestyle compared to what they’re used to in the city. However, 2020 has managed to shed a light on many different aspects of city living versus suburbia. The coronavirus pandemic paired with stay-at-home orders have made many upgrades such as outdoor and office space a “need to have.” The many offerings of urban living, such as extensive nightlife, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options, have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Limited capacity, outdoor-only dining, timed reservations, or complete business closures, as well as the increased risk of exposure by living in densely populated areas, has led some urbanites to rethink their decision to live in the big city. 

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Broker Blog: What You Need to Know Before Investing in Mixed Use Property

Mixed-use developments sprouted across the country in the mid-2000s as developers sought ways to blend urban-style living with walkable communities. Since then, demand for mixed-use developments has attracted domestic and foreign investors as well as young home buyers. If you’re considering investing in mixed-use property, it’s safe to say that these developments are here to stay. Mixed-use developments provide multiple streams of income for investors by offering commercial and residential space, they’re often in close proximity to other community amenities which makes the building and location more desirable, and the variety of revenue lessens the overall risk for real estate investors. Investing in mixed-use development property is a great way to diversify your portfolio, but here are three things you should know before investing in mixed-use property.

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Broker Blog: What to Consider When Investing in New Properties

Due to COVID-19, record-low interest rates and loan assistance programs make now a great time to consider investing in real estate. The thought of looking at multiple potential properties and weighing their pros and cons can be daunting, but knowing what to look for in these properties, and their potential tenants, will not only help you decide on the right property but also if real estate investment is right for you. 

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How to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

Making the most of the last long weekend of summer looks a little different this year. But that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a memorable one. Savor the last days of late sunsets, long daylight hours, shorter workweeks, and bearable temperatures in the Windy City with these fun, seasonal activities available to Chicago’s residents and local visitors. We know that many of these activities have been altered to ensure safety guidelines and measures are taken but note that keeping a safe distance from individuals and groups as well as wearing a mask at all times is an added measure that you can control! We’ve aimed to select activities that are conducive to these precautions. 

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Broker Blog: Why It’s Called Rogers Park

Rogers Park is a vibrant and diverse community 9 miles north of downtown Chicago, known for beautiful parks, spectacular early 20th-century architecture, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and a bustling art community. These days when housing developments are built and new neighborhoods created, their names contain little to nothing that ties them to the land or the history of the area. (Canyon Estates or Highland Lakes…really? Wasn’t this place a cornfield two years ago?)

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