Take a look at this wonderfully maintained 620 square foot junior one-bedroom condo in River Plaza, a luxury, full amenity building in the heart of Chicago’s legendary Near North.

The corner unit features wraparound windows that provide a 10th floor view of the city, while letting in tons of natural light. Enjoy ample closet space and a neat and well-apportioned kitchen. Ideal for a turnkey investment, Chicago pied-à-terre, or your next full-time home in the heart of the city. Enjoy easy access to the best the city has to offer, including outdoor dining, the Riverwalk, Michigan Ave. shops, nightlife, theater, and lakefront entertainment. Assessments include an in-building health club and swimming pool, plus heat, AC, TV, and Internet. The building has a 24-hour door staff, a party room, a restaurant, and a dry cleaner. Parking available in the building for sale or rent.

Your Home's Healing Powers

For a long time, we’ve known that home ownership is a sound investment for financial future. But could owning a home actually help your health in the long term as well? Believe it or not, all signs point to yes!

Owning a Home Has Social and Personal Benefits

Numerous studies have highlighted the links between home ownership and mental health – and the results are genuinely incredible. In general, home owners are “happier and healthier” than non-owners, according to the National Association of Realtors’ Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing report.

While the NAR’s findings are, of course, influenced by a number of factors – including education and income level – the fact that remains that numerous scholars have found links between homeownership and an improvement in physical and emotional well-being. For instance, one study suggests that people who become homeowners report “higher life satisfaction, higher self-esteem, and higher perceived control over their lives.”

Similarly, the NAR’s American Attitudes About Homeownership report suggests a definite connection between homeownership and social and community health. According to that report, homeowners are more likely to know their neighbors and participate in civic activities than renters, and are thus “more satisfied with their community and family life” and are more likely to “describe their communities as safe and stable.”

You Can Customize and Create Your Own Living Space

Bright or Beige? How Color Affects Your Home Sale

A dab here, a splotch there… A little paint can do wonders for completely refreshing the feeling of a living space. But when it comes time to sell your home, are there certain colors or patterns that may actually turn off prospective buyers?

According to some extensive market research from Zillow and Better Homes and Gardens, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

And it’s not just homes! According to marketing research blog Kissmetrics, when it comes to purchasing a new product, consumers prioritize “visual appearance” over other factors, including smell and texture, 93% to 7%. And when it comes to visuals, color is king. In fact, that same Kissmetrics survey suggests that a full 85% of customers place color as a primary reason for buying one product over another.

So, it’s clear that color plays a big part in the psychology of selling. How exactly does this translate to your home? Let’s break down some of the biggest color trends and tips to be gleaned from those major consumer reports:

Avoid Orange, Black, and Purple

It's been weeks. You've fretted about pricing your home correctly and researched your neighborhood market extensively. You've sprung for staging and high-quality photography. But now, your seller's journey is finally approaching its amazing end. Your listing agent has helped you secure the perfect buyer for your Chicago home, and now it's time to seal the deal.

You are under contract on the sale of your home.

So, that leaves you with just one loaded question: what comes next?

Once you're under contract, what are the responsibilities for sellers and their team? From contract to closing, here's what sellers need to do to get ready to turn over their old home to a new buyer:

1.) Get in Contact with Your Real Estate Attorney

In Illinois, your real estate attorney will be one of your most important partners once your home is under contract. (Don't have one? Here are some attorneys that have taken great care of our clients in the past.)

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