How to Sell Your Home in the Winter (Source: Pixabay.com - used as royalty free image)

Winter in Chicago means a lot of things to different people. It means holidays spent with families for some, weekend-long Netflix marathons for others. It means embracing the wind and the cold and the shoveling for some, and relaxing trips to much warmer climes for others. But given the freezing, brutal weather, can winter in Chicago mean it’s time to sell your home?

Believe it or not, the answer is yes! In fact, some experts believe that the winter months are actually the ideal time to list your property. Let’s explore why winter may be the right time to sell – and how to make sure your sale doesn’t go into the deep freeze:

Why Sell in Winter?

What Are the Current Real Estate Market Conditions in Portage Park? (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Looking for a home with easy access to parks, a quick commute to plenty of local businesses, and winning views of some iconic Chicago sites? Then it's time to start looking at Portage Park, which boasts all of these features and more. 

Located on the northwest side of the city, Portage Park is bounded by Jefferson Park and Forest Glen to the north, Irving Park to the east, and Belmont-Cragin to the South. In addition to its beautiful homes, Portage Park also offers a ton to see and do, including its namesake park, a 36-acre area that once played host to the Pan-American Games, as well as Chopin Park, named for the famous Polish pianist

If shopping is more your style, the area also contains the iconic Six Corners shopping district, located at the intersection of Irving Park Road, Cicero Avenue, and Milwaukee Avenue. Portage Park also plays home to some amazing glimpses into the past and future of Chicago, including two iconic old movie palaces in the Portage Theater and The Patio. 

For more neighborhood information, we'll leave that to the neighborhood association and local guides:

Ready to give this charming and historic slice of Chicagoland a look for yourself? Here are the current market statistics for Portage Park:

Want a little bit of everything? Chicago's North Center - a community area bordered on the north by Montrose Avenue, on the south by Diversey Parkway, west by the Chicago River, and on the east by Ravenswood Avenue - is notable for its small community feel, proximity to great schools, and easy access to the best that Chicago's North Side has to offer, including live theater, comedy, music, and just about every cuisine you could imagine, from traditional German pub fare to cutting edge sushi. 

North Center also boasts some of Chicago's most charming residential architecture, large parks, and pristine, tree-lined streets.

Want to learn more about this lovely neighborhood and all it has to offer? Here are a few great resources on North Center:

Ready to get a feel for North Center's quiet charms? Here are the current market statistics for North Center you should know:

Chicago Home for Sale

You’ve put your home on the market… Now what? While selling a home will always take some patience, there are typically four main reasons that houses don’t sell as quickly as you’d like In 2021’s housing market, it’s important to understand each of these in depth, so you can take measures to sell your Chicago home during a time of high demand. 

Reason #1: You aren’t reaching the right audience. 

To sell anything, you need to get it in front of the right people. With real estate, it’s no different. If your Chicago home is not selling in 2021’s housing market, the first thing to consider is whether it’s reaching the right people.

This generally has to do with pricing– your home needs to be shown to the people who are able to purchase at or above your selling price. But how do you get your listing in front of those people? 

At a bare minimum, homes need to be listed on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and promoted across real estate listing websites on the web. Simply posting your home on one website won’t reach enough people, which could slow down the sale of your home. 

More importantly, your home should be the nicest home available at its price point. “Nicest” may be a subjective evaluation, but if your competitors are notably larger, or substantially more updated, homebuyers will look at the competition - and not your home.

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