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@properties and The Lyric Opera recently hosted a cocktail gathering to celebrate The Sound of Music, starring actor Billy Zane. More than 100 guests attended the event, which was held in the White Room at 850 Lake Shore Drive. Check out Michigan Avenue for photos and details.
850 Lake Shore Drive, the transformation of the historic Lake Shore Athletic Club building to luxury apartments, has won a Chicago Association of REALTORS® 2014 Good Neighbor Award. The development by Chicago-based Integrated Development Group LLC, in partnership with the National Electrical Benefit Fund, based in Washington, received honors in the Residential/Multi-Unit Renovation category.
Good Neighbor Awards showcase groundbreaking new and newly rehabbed or redeveloped properties in the Chicago metropolitan region that have increased economic vibrancy in their neighborhoods and bolstered local pride. Volunteer judges representing the real estate industry visit each property to help select the winners. Winners are selected based on quality construction, service to a special population, care to complement the surrounding neighborhood, market value and architectural significance.
Buying your first home can be confusing and overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Educating yourself about the real estate market and staying informed on the latest trends and tips for buying a home can make the process smooth and seamless.
Before you embark on your home search, remember that a little research can go a long way toward getting you in your new front door — and with minimal stress.
Before you start searching for a home, check your credit score. Make sure the facts are correct and fix any problems you discover. Be sure to determine your budget — and take into consideration hidden fees like special assessments and any home repairs or renovations you need to make once you move in. Even when you’re eager to move toward a sale, shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deals on your loan/mortgage rates.
Find an agent you can trust to help you throughout the whole home buying process, from searching for a home in the neighborhood you desire to placing an offer that will stand out and even navigating a successful close. You don’t want to make an offer in haste before you’ve thoroughly researched the market’s availability, and your real estate broker will know
the market better than anyone.
Some of the most common mistakes homebuyers make occur because there’s little awareness of the common pitfalls. Your real estate broker already knows what is necessary to prevent potential negative situations, so utilize your resources.
Faults in your home may not catch your attention at first glance. When deciding to not invest in a home inspection, you’re risking incurring extra expenses and discovering hidden defects in your house. Being educated about the current condition of your home is worth the low up-front fees and will lessen the likelihood of incurring pricy home repairs when you move in.
Be careful when examining homes that need to be fixed up. You might end up pouring more money and time into it in the long run than you think.
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When looking for the perfect place to live, we at @properties know that what’s around a home is just as important as what’s in it.
That’s why the all new AtProperties.com not only has enhanced search functionality and other features you’d expect from Chicago’s #1 independent real estate company; it also emphasizes hyper-local content that gives consumers a better idea of what it’s like to live in the communities we serve.
The revamped site is your go-to source for all things local including neighborhood overviews; write-ups on dozens of condominium buildings ; market trends; and information on nearby schools, shops, restaurants, and transportation. Other highlights include neighborhood videos and a new @properties blog that is regularly updated with buying and selling tips, housing news and the scoop on what’s happening around town.
@properties, the Chicago area’s largest independent real estate brokerage, announced that it has launched a new company website at AtProperties.com. The ground-up re-design features a brand new look and integrates everything from in-depth neighborhood information and local market trends to social media sharing.
Features on the new @properties website include: