Although many Chicagoans thrive in the winter (with a few who even dip into our icy Lake Michigan waters during the chilly months), most of us are thrilled when spring finally arrives.

Well, patio dwellers and 606 runners, it’s time to celebrate. The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are starting to rise into the 40s and 50s. Spring is finally coming to Chicago!

If you’re pretty keen about the housing market, then you know how important timing is for the spring. In fact, conventional wisdom is that you should start paying attention before the real spring even hits.

If you’ve kept up with our blog, then you know that we think of the Super Bowl -- that big game positioned in early February -- as the actual date when the real estate market really starts to bloom. It’s during this time, in late February and early March, that the market starts to get that springtime pep in its step once again.

1544 N Hoyne #1B is a charming 2 bed / 2.1 bath corner duplex down condo in a 4 unit walk up building in the heart of Wicker Park/Bucktown. The unit features a large living space with sunny southern south, east, and west exposures. The modern kitchen boasts granite counter tops and an open entertaining space with a wood burning fireplace. The primary bedroom suite has a spacious walk-in closet that has been professionally organized! The generous sized bedrooms are located on the cozy lower level, near the stackable washer/dryer. The attached deck is great for lounging and grilling out. There is an assigned outdoor parking space included. Ideally located one block from the Blue Line, with close proximity to the 606 Trail, 1 block away from 6 corners in Wicker Park, restaurants, shops and nightlife. Come take a look.

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you can make in life.

For better or for worse, purchasing a house will affect your lifestyle and your finances for years and years – so it’s important that you go into this important, engaging, occasionally trying process with a clear head and the right attitude.

Often though, getting it “right” is more easily said than done. So instead, let’s talk about the ways that you can avoid getting it “wrong,” by running down a list of common buyer mistakes – the attitudes, misconceptions, and missteps that have prevented many would-be buyers from snagging the best possible property.

Here are four common mistakes to look out for as you begin the homebuying process – and some expert advice on what you can do to avoid them.

Beautiful 4 bedroom single family home ideally located in the vibrant Southport Corridor neighborhood. This sunlight-filled home offers pure Chicago charm with updated and well-maintained conveniences. The main floor is home to the living and dining room, private office (built-in bookcase), breakfast area/mudroom, and an updated kitchen featuring Wolf, Bosch, and GE appliances. Three bedrooms are upstairs, with a fourth, a family room, and massive storage on the lower level. This atypical Chicago lot allows for a side garden, plenty of green grass, parking for two cars, and easy alley access. Blaine Elementary and Southport highlights are visible from the home’s new front porch, with all of the neighborhood’s shops, restaurants, and theaters just around the corner, and Wrigley Field four blocks away.

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