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  • How's the Market? - September, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in August, 2016
    Around the House - How to use color to boost emotion and well being in your home
    Best of My Blog - It ain't over until the fat lady sings....
    In the News - Why Corporate America Is Leaving the Suburbs for the City
  • How's the Market? - August, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in July, 2016
    Around the House - I Hate the Open-Plan Kitchen-and Amazingly, I'm No Longer the Only One
    Best of My Blog - Is it time yet?
    In the News - Property taxes jump, and jaws drop
  • How's the Market? - July, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in June, 2016
    Around the House - Does staging a home lure buyers into paying more?
    Best of My Blog - Please don't shoot the messenger.
    In the News - Did you lose money on your home sale? Join the club
  • How's the Market? - June, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in May, 2016
    Around the House - Luxury Garages Become A Swanky Social Space
    Best of My Blog - It's Business
    In the News - Chicago homes get less affordable for more people
  • How's the Market? - May, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in April, 2016
    Around the House - How to enhance your home's curb appeal
    Best of My Blog - Predicting the Future
    In the News - Did you lose money on your home sale? Join the club
  • How's the Market? - April, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in March, 2016
    Around the House - Things That Will Make Your Home Extremely Awesome
    Best of My Blog - When things go wrong ... or 6 reasons why real estate deals fall apart
    In the News - High-End Home Sales Track Equities Market
  • How's the Market? - March, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in February, 2016
    Around the House - The Art of Home Staging
    Best of My Blog - My life in Real Estate: Lessons learned at a conservation meeting
    In the News - Why the Chicago spring home market may disappoint
  • How's the Market? - February, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in January, 2016
    Around the House - Luxury Bathroom Designs
    Best of My Blog - When is the best time to sell my home?
    In the News - Millennials and boomers are key to Chicago residential market in 2016
  • How's the Market? - January, 2016
  • North Shore's Top Sales in December, 2015
    Around the House - design Trends for 2016
    Best of My Blog - Basements
    In the News - 4 real estate trends we'll see in 2016
  • How's the Market? - December, 2015
  • Why It Pays to List Your Home in Winter
    Luxury-Home Developer's Latest Pitch
    Highlights from the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
    6 surprising real-estate tips
    Hot 20 Toys for 2015
    Best of My Blog: Do you know this place? No Man's Land
  • How's the Market? - November, 2015
  • Selling Stocks to Buy a Home?
    Ceramic is the New Granite
    Tips for Tax-Savvy Homeoweners
    6 Home Projects That Save Energy and Money
    Martha Stewart: Thanksgiving Decorations
    Best of My Blog: Full Disclosure
  • How's the Market? - October, 2015
  • October is Energy Action Month
    Color Wheel of Popular Paints
    Kitchen Back-splashes
    Pocket Listings
    TRID Comes this month
    Best of My Blog: Selling your home quickly
  • How's the Market? - September, 2015
  • What to Know about Roofs
    Real-Estate Horoscope
    Decorate the Kids' Bedrooms
    Homeowner Insurance
    Half a bathroom can be better
    Best of My Blog: Selling your home quickly
  • How's the Market? - August, 2015
  • The Secrets of Street Names
    House Value Jumping?
    Making Decisions on Elder Housing
    High-End, Built-in Barbecues
    Location, Location...Investment?
    Best of My Blog: Do you know this place?
  • How's the Market? - July, 2015
  • Best of My Blog: Curb Appeal
    Age in Place
    Equity Rising
    Luxury Kitchen Appliances
    Ensure You're Insured
  • How's the Market? - June, 2015
  • Empty Nesters Reclaim the Kids' Rooms
    Retired, but opting to stay in the 'burbs
    10 Green Technologies
    5 Best And 5 Worst Resale Value Remodels
    What moms look for when buying a house
  • How's the Market? - May, 2015
  • Help Your Kids Buy a Home
    Stuff it: Millennials nix their parents' treasure
    For Older Couples, House-Hunting Begins With Soul-Searching
    Ways to Give Your House Away
  • How's the Market? - April, 2015
  • Which Suburb has the highest taxes?
    Who Put the "Forest" in the Forest Preserves?
    Goldman Sachs just nailed millennial homebuying
    Now Serving: 7 tips for a healthier planet
    What Do You Know About Today's Home Buyers?
  • How's the Market? - March, 2015
  • Best of My Blog: Wallpaper
    The stuff paradox: Dealing with clutter in the US
    Clever Ways to Reuse Your Kitchen Trash
    More Homeowners Tackling Remodeling Projects
    Inaccurate Zillow 'Zestimates' a source of conflict over home prices
    Buying a Home? Try It Out
    The Great American Dream, Still Deferred
  • How's the Market? - February, 2015
  • Best of My Blog: 5 often heard and quite ridiculous statements about buying and selling real estate
    6 of the Coolest Smart Home Innovations
    Over-the-Top Amenities: Sweating the Details
    Should real estate be part of your portfolio?
    A Guide to Energy-Efficient Applicances
    How Safe is Your Fireplace?
  • How's the Market? - January, 2015
  • Best of My Blog:...Contingencies
    21 Hot Housing Trends for 2015
    5 Housing Market Predictions for 2015
    Avoiding Costly Home Damage From Winter's Cold
    Top 15 New Illinois Laws For 2015
    Backyards Built for Winter Use
  • How's the Market? - December, 2014
  • Best of My Blog - Rocking the Ages Part 6 - Final Thoughts
    10 Benefits of Selling Your Home During The Holidays
    The Upsides of Downsizing
    Finding the Best Ways to Cut Utility Costs
    9 Small Home Improvements with Big Impact
    The Hottest Home Amenity: In-Law Apartments
  • How's the Market, October/November, 2014
  • Best of My Blog - Rocking the Ages Part 5 - Marketing your home to the Silent Generation
    Lakefront estate fetches $19.5 million, a likely record
    Renovation Solutions: Bigger isn't always better in home remodeling
    Pretty Trees for Patios, Paths and Other Tight Spots
    8 Ways to Embrace the Wonder of Fall
    10 Tips for a Simply Chic Thanksgiving
  • How's the Market - September, 2014
  • Best of My Blog - Rocking the Ages Part 4 - Marketing your home to the Baby Boomers
    Cash Home Sales Fall
    5 ways to save on home remodeling
    How Green is Your Household
    Home features for which buyers will sacrifice location
    Is Your Home a Ticking Time Bomb?
  • How's the Market, August, 2014
  • Best of My Blog - Rocking the Ages Part 2 - Marketing your home to the GenXer's
    The Psychology of Clutter
    Are these 7 home remodeling projects worth the money?
    A boutique farm in Back of the Yards
    6 ways to keep your home safe
    3 Steps To Buying A Home That Grows In Value
  • How's the Market - July, 2014
  • Best of My Blog - Rocking the Ages Part 2 - Marketing your home to the Millennials
    Why one suburban development soared, and the other staggered
    Top 10 Home Features Buyers Desire
    33 Coolest Laundry Room Design Ideas
    11 Essential Laundry Room Organizing Ideas
    Home Owners Love Their Green Homes
    15 Ways to Get Your Home in a Summer Mood
    Scam Alerts
  • How's the Market - June, 2014
  • Best of My Blog - Rocking the Ages: Part 1
    Baths Edge Kitchens for Most Common Remodeling Project in 2013
    The five hottest trends to introduce into your bathroom design in 2014
    Bathtubs are out, big showers are in
    5 Outdoor Improvements That Add Value To Your Home
    Keep Water at Bay
  • How's the Market - May, 2014
  • 5 Top Home Maintenance Items To Tackle During Spring
    10 best tips for green living
    Borrow from a Family Trust
  • How's the Market - April, 2014
  • Tools to use when buying real estate
    How to Create the Perfect Mudroom
    They are calling this year's New American Home "the greenest in history."
    Top 5 kitchen trends of 2014
  • How's the Market for March, 2014
  • Love where you live
    7 Spectacular and Practical Spring-Flowering Trees
    Builders Show Off New Products
    15 houseplants to improve indoor air quality
    Men, Women Dig on Digs Differently
  • How's the Market for February, 2014
  • How much does it (really) cost to decorate
    Choosing between mortgage broker and bank
    Rise of solar powered homes
    How the rich sell real estate
  • How's the Market for January, 2014
  • Do you know this place?
    10 Things, Besides Location, Luxury Real Estate Buyers Should Obsess Over
    Six Things to Remember When Buying a Home in the Offseason
    Best Trees for Winter Landscape Interest
    Five Tips That Will Help You Sell Your Home in the New Year
    Why Wait For Spring? Winter Is A Great Time To House Hunt
    Financial Trends for 2014: What's In and What's Out
  • How's the Market for December, 2013
  • App-titude: Zillow Digs
    Top 10 Features for Upscale Homes
    Confused by Real Estate News? 5 Tips for Analyzing the Reports
    Tips to reduce waste this holiday season
    The Brass Revival in Home Decor
    6 Tax Tips For The End Of 2013
  • How's the Market for November, 2013
  • 3rd time is the charm
    4 Next-Gen Home Buyer & Seller Neuroses
    Home design trends that will win over buyers
    Fridge it Forward
    Why You Should Have Your Home Inspected Before Selling
  • How's the Market for October, 2013
  • App-titude: Property Evaluator
    8 Things That Lower Your Home Value
    5 Home Improvements That Are Worth the Cost
    Finding your Top 5 Energy Saving Tools from Com Ed
    How Long Will It Last?
  • How's the Market for September, 2013
  • Depreciation
    Housing trend: Builders offer 'home-within-a-home'
    Declutter Your Life
    Home Energy Jumpstart Program
    Step of the Month
  • How's the Market for August, 2013
  • Do you know this place? - Fort Sheridan
    5 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Old House
    Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home Value
    Top 10 Summer Travel Tips
    6 Things That Can Scare Off Potential Homebuyers
  • How's the Market for July, 2013
  • What's the value of my home?
    Trying to Save Money? Avoid the Five Biggest Insurance Mistakes!
    Kitchen Remodeling Decisions You'll Never Regret
    Beautiful Plants for a Shady, Wet Site
    5 Things Home Buyers Want In 2013
    Buying a House? Don't Make These Mistakes
  • How's the Market for June, 2013
  • Strengthen the communities... Buy Local -- North Shore's Farmer's Markets
    4 Reasons Your Home Isn't Selling
    Five Ways to Use Social Media for Home Remodeling
    10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
    5 Emotional Mistakes Sellers Make
  • How's the Market for May, 2013
  • My life in real estate: Lessons learned from my mom
    11 Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard
    Spring Home Improvements: Repair, Replace, Enjoy!
    All About Rain Gardens
    Spring-Cleaning and Home-Maintenance Checklist
  • How's the Market for April, 2013
  • My life in real estate: FSBO Part 2
    12 Most Unusual Home Trends
    Top 5 Kitchen Trends for 2013
    30 Ways To Clean Naturally
    Buyers/Sellers Advice to Each Other
  • How's the Market for March, 2013
  • My life in real estate: FSBO Part 1
    13 Hot Home Trends for 2013
    When Does Refinancing A Home Make Sense?
    Resolve to Reduce Junk Mail in 2013
    2012-13 Cost vs. Value: Make the First Impression Count
  • How's the Market for February, 2013
  • My life in real estate: Now why do I need an attorney?
    How to Protect Your Home and Finances From Winter Storms
    Learn about Energy Impact Illinois
    Massive Mansions: 10 of the Largest Homes in America
    23 Quick Fixes
  • How's the Market for January, 2013
  • Why do I need an agent?
    Best Whole House Before and Afters 2012
    10 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2013
    5 hot green building materials for 2013
    Top 10 Real Estate Predictions for 2013
  • How's the Market for December, 2012
  • My Life in Real Estate: Memories of Wendy
    Real estate's fiscal cliff: 5 items to watch out
    13 tips for selling your home in winter
    Outdoor Holiday Decorating
    Christmas Cookie Recipes
  • How's the Market for November, 2012
  • The Emotion of Color
    Housing and the Foreclosure Crisis Are Missing From the Campaign Conversation
    Easy Fall Prep for a Warm and Cozy Home
    10 Thanksgiving Vacation Deals for 2012
  • How's the Market - October, 2012
  • My life in real estate: who represents whom?
    Decorating: Favorite Fall Colors
    10 Best October Vacations
  • How's the Market - September, 2012
  • Buyers are Liars
    Health-care reform law contains surtax that can affect home sales
    Angie's List: buying or selling a house in today's tricky market
    Late-Summer Yard & Garden Upkeep Ideas
  • How's the Market - August, 2012
  • Summer Home
    The 7 Rules of Interior Design
    8 Smart Budget Curb Appeal Makeovers
  • How's the Market - July, 2012
  • Are you a dog person or a cat person?
    Top 10 home improvement myths
    Tips for Your Kitchen Remodel
  • How's the Market for June, 2012
  • What does it take to get my home sold? MARKETING
    A Dream Bathroom in 8 Steps
    Clever disguises hide decorating problems
  • How's the Market for May, 2012
  • What does it take to get my home sold? BUYER FINANCING
    What Effects Credit Score
    How Much Does a Typical Kitchen Renovation Cost?
  • How's the Market for April, 2012
  • What does it take to get my home sold? MARKET CONDITIONS
    How to Go Paperless at Home
    Work It: Meet the New Home Office
  • How's the Market for March, 2012
  • What does it take to get my home sold? PROPERTY CONDITION
    Ten Tax Tips for Individuals Selling Their Home
    4 Tax Breaks of Homeownership
    Best and Worst Buys of March
  • How's the Market for February, 2012
  • What does it take to get my home sold? LOCATION
    38 tips for easily increasing the value of your home
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Put Your Best Features Forward: Simple Staging Solutions
  • How's the Market - January, 2012
  • What does it take to get my home sold? PRICE
    5 Things to Do Now to Get Your Home Sold in 2012
    5 Things To Do Now If You Want to Buy A Home In 2012
  • How's the Market - December, 2011
  • Learning Lessons about Getting a Mortgage
    Martha Stuart's Easiest Christmas
    13 Things Not to Buy During the Holidays
  • How's the Market for November, 2011
  • Home as Shelter
    5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them
  • How's the Market for October, 2011
  • Our fall trees
    15 fall and winter maintenance tips
  • How's the Market - September, 2011
  • Top 10 tips to sell your home in a buyer's market
    Why do people actually buy a house?
  • How's the Market for August, 2011
  • What is a short sale?
    Celebrate Lake Forest's 150th Anniversary



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