What Do You Want in a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions (Source: pexels.com - used as royalty free image)

When it comes time to start hunting for your first home, sometimes the process can be a little overwhelming. Questions abound:

What can I actually get within my budget? How long will it take? What do I really want in a home?

The most important step that a first-time homebuyer can take is to build out a list of their wants and needs. Once you have these guidelines in place, it then becomes easier to prioritize the features that you "can't live without" from the ones that "would be nice," helping you set your limits for what you are and are not willing to compromise on when looking at homes.  

Be prepared to see this list grow and change as you go through the process. And be forewarned that almost all prospective homebuyers will not get everything they want on their list within their budget; compromise has always been a key cornerstone of buying a new home. 

jefferson park chicago

Located on the northwest side of Chicago, Jefferson Park is one of the city’s 77 designated community areas. It is bordered by nearby Norwood Park and Forest Glen, and is located directly north of 
Portage Park.

Originally founded as a settlement for traders, hunters, and farmers, Jefferson Park was annexed by the city of Chicago all the way back in 1889. Today, you can still feel the history in this quiet, residential-focused community. Poke around Jefferson Park, and you won’t only find lovely homes, tasty restaurants, and top-notch parks and green spaces - you’ll find a stunning old movie palace-turned-cultural center. You’ll find the headquarters of the Gift Theatre, one of Chicagoland’s top companies. You’ll find cultural festivals that woo visitors from around the region - and around the country.

Interested in learning more about this charming Chicago neighborhood? Here are a few local resources worth taking a look at:

Want to buy or sell in Jefferson Park? Here are the current housing market statistics you should know:

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

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Why Rogers Park?

Located just south of Evanston, Rogers Park is a quiet community with a rich history, offering the best of suburban and city living in one lovely package. 

An extremely walkable neighborhood boasting a fair share of restaurants, easy access to Lake Michigan, and a thriving arts scene, Rogers Park is one of the most eclectic and charming neighborhoods in Chicago - and maybe even in the entire state! Part of the reason why? As the home of Loyola University and just a short commute away from Northwestern, Rogers Park is a haven for students and academics alike.

Interested in learning more about Rogers Park? Here are a few handy resources worth checking out: 

Ready to join a charming community bursting with opportunities? Here are the current stats to know for Rogers Park's condo and housing market:

Rogers Park's Current Condo Market 

When it comes time to sell your house, you’ll suddenly find that everyone around you becomes a bit of a know-it-all.

“Here’s how I did it!”

“This worked for me, so it will DEFINITELY work for you!”

And the advice isn’t just going to be coming from friends, family, and random passersby on the street. The internet hivemind also loves to buzz with selling advice. The only problem with these kernels of wisdom from all over? A lot of so-called advice is actually complete bunk, and could easily do you more harm than good as a seller!

It’s time to sort out the facts from all of the fictions. Here are five common home selling myths that people like to parrot as truths – even though they could easily harm your sale:

1.) “Only List Your Home in the Spring or Summer!”

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