The Real Group Team at Baird & Warner is thrilled to congratulate Marc Dumas, Kenneth Arrizola, and Jason Finn for being named as “Five Star Professional” award winners for 2020!

This is an enormous honor! Five Star’s research and review standards are incredibly high, and only the very top real estate agents in a market are awarded this coveted title. For Jason, this marks the record-setting tenth year of earning the Five Star Professional award; he has been recognized each year since 2011, Five Star’s first year evaluating professionals in Chicago. Kenneth’s mantle is getting crowded as well, as he adds yet another award to his virtual display case. Marc was previously named a Five Star Professional Rising Star for 2017, and receives the established Five Star Real Estate Agent recognition for the 2nd year in a row. 

Five Star Professional is a research firm based upon the idea of helping consumers find the very best service professionals in their area. The “Five Star Professional” title is awarded to real estate agents who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to professional excellence in their local markets. Winners are selected for their integrity, communication skills, and customer service, as recognized by their clients and industry peers.

Chicago's Near North Side, Market Conditions

Why the Near North Side?

Located north and east of the Chicago River, the Near North Side is one of the most iconic and picturesque areas in the city, and is the home of countless great restaurants, theaters, and museums. 

Comprised of famous sub-neighborhoods like Gold Coast, Old Town, Goose Island, River North, and Streeterville, the Near North Side is home to some of Chicago's most legendary sites, including the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, as well as some of the most famous skyscrapers in the country. Of Chicago's downtown community areas, Near North has the largest population, along with the highest number of skyscrapers. 

For more on this bundle of great Chicago neighborhoods, here are a few resources worth checking out:

Home to great shopping, easy access to public transit, and thriving nightlife options, the neighborhoods of the Near North Side have all of the assets that make Chicago a prime destination for buyers. Whether you're looking to buy or sell in the area, here are the current stats for Near North's condo and housing market that you need to know now:

Near North Side's Current Condo Market 

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 2020’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 2020’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.

5 Essential Steps for Making a Successful Offer 

After months of preparation and weeks of searching, you’ve finally found your dream home. You didn’t think you’d ever luck into it, and yet there it is: The “Forever Home” that’s the perfect fit for you and your family.

Of course, in today’s competitive market, it’s always possible for that dream home to slip away in the blink of an eye. Don’t let it happen to you! Instead, it’s important that you’re ready to make an offer quickly and effectively.

What many first-time homebuyers don’t know is that being ready to make an appealing offer at the right time takes a bit of preparation beforehand; fortunately, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

In our experience, and with additional thanks to Keeping Current Matters and Freddie Mac’s “Four Tips for Making an Offer,” here are the key steps to take to make sure that you’re ready to make an offer for the right place, at the right price:

1.) Get a Secure Handle on Your Finances

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