November 2014

There are 10 blog entries for November 2014.

On the eve of Thanksgiving 2014, we hope all of our readers, clients, friends, and family have a lot to be thankful for as we approach the end of yet another calendar year. Real estate-wise, it's certainly been a crazy year here in Chicago, as we saw many interesting and positive trends that we certainly hope will carry over into 2015. But in the meantime, we still have a full month to go before the new year sets in, meaning there's still plenty of time left to that perfect new place to call home around the downtown Chicago area. And if you're in the market for a lavish new condominium residence in the city, here's a look at the 10 downtown Chicago condo buildings we're thankful for in 2014:  

10) Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Located at 11 E. Walton, this

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Yesterday we highlighted some of the key differences between two of Chicago's most luxurious new construction developments, 4 E. Elm and 100 W. Huron. While there's no doubt each location is extremely desirable, there's a few key distinctions that make each building unique. Unlike 4 E. Elm in Chicago's Gold Coast, 100 W. Huron will offer a 2-bedroom + den floor plan, which puts the entry level price significantly lower than what buyers will find over at the similarly luxurious building at 4 E. Elm.

If you take a look at what's currently listed on the MLS® over at 100 W. Huron, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom units are starting around the $940,000—a far cry from the lowest priced unit at 4 E. Elm currently on the MLS®, which is set at $2,250,000. If you're in

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Comparing 4 E. Elm & 100 W. Huron in Chicago

Sales for two of Chicago's hottest new condo developments have begun, meaning opportunities to own a unit in 4 E. Elm and 100 W. Huron will surely start to diminish with each passing month. Although it may seem like just yesterday that plans were first announced for these ultra-luxurious boutique buildings, high-end condos for sale in Chicago are moving faster than ever, leaving little time to hesitate should you be in the market for a new place to live.  

Design-wise, there are certainly plenty of similarities between 100 W. Huron and 4 E. Elm, as both feature a striking and modern glass exterior that seems to be the norm for today's new construction condo developments around Chicago. Additionally, each building is being specifically marketed to the

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There's no doubt that planning and executing a full Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful endeavor, regardless how large or small your family may be. But with Thanksgiving just over a week away, those who will be hosting friends and family for this year's holiday should probably start thinking about dinner plans sooner rather than later.

But if you're like the millions of Americans who are over-worked, stressed out, or simply just don't feel like making a full Thanksgiving meal yourself, there's lots of different alternatives to consider, especially here in Chicago. Thanksgiving take-out seems to be a growing trend all over the United States, as it can often be cheaper and save those who host a Thanksgiving event a whole lot of time when you combine

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Home Buying Secrets

Buying a home is both a major commitment and a significant long-term financial investment, so it goes without saying that the home buying process can be complex, and at times, quite exhausting. With that in mind, it's important to take your time during your home search, and always plan ahead, regardless of how long it might be before you decide to finally take that step towards home ownership.  

If you're like most home buyers, you'll probably need to finance your new home or condo, which means having a pretty significant amount of money up front will almost certainly be required. Depending on your credit and financing options, you'll likely need to have anywhere from 3.5 percent to 20 percent down, and if you're using FHA financing, then you'll also

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Home Buying Secrets

We all know that most of today's home buyers start their search online, and with all the information and facts relating to the market easily accessible on the web, it's certainly easy to see why. In fact, it's not terribly uncommon for some people to start casually browsing active listings online out of sheer boredom, and before they know it, they've already started their quest to find the perfect new home without even really realizing it.  

With so much information at your fingertips, and the growing popularity of mobile devices, tablets, and various other ways to surf the 'net wherever you happen to be, its extremely easy to lose focus of what you're trying to accomplish during your search, and unless you have a well-thought out plan and a strategy

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November 2014 Events in Chicago

It's now officially November (almost mid-November to be exact), so it's just about that time of year where we really start to focus on the upcoming holiday season. But before we fast forward to Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's, there's still a lot left of autumn to enjoy, including Thanksgiving, so prior to digging out all your winter holiday decorations, take a step back, relax, and enjoy the following up-coming events and festivals that the rest of November has to offer!

Wood-Aged Beer Festival - November 14-15  

Taking place over at the UIC Forum, attendees will enjoy all kinds of beers with exotic and distinct flavors and aromas. Considered to be the country's largest celebration of wood-and-barrel-aged beer, this one is a can't miss for all

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Trump Tower Rentals, Chicago

With all the hype surrounding some of Chicago's newest apartment developments, it's important for luxury home seekers to keep in mind one of the Windy City's most exclusive and distinguished buildings when looking for a new condo or apartment for rent: Trump Tower Chicago.  

Completed back in 2009, Trump Tower many not have the new construction label attached to it anymore, but it's hard to argue any rental building in Chicago, new construction or otherwise, can match what this iconic high rise has to offer.

The amenities package at buildings like 111 W. Wacker, 500 N. Lake Shore, and 845 N. State is certainly among the biggest draw when it comes to choosing a new place to live. Nowadays, every new high-rise development in Chicago offers indoor

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Home Buying Secrets

The home buying process can be a lengthy endeavor that can take weeks, sometimes even months. So now that you've spent countless hours researching different neighborhoods and viewing dozens of different properties online and in person, just what do you do once you've found that perfect new place to call home?

Well, along with all that time you've spent finding the right home, hopefully you've also made a significant effort in finding a smart and efficient real estate agent who knows the secrets and science behind the art of bidding and negotiating.  

Regardless of what the list price is of your dream home or condo in Chicago, your opening bid should always be based on two factors: what you can afford, and what you truly believe the property is worth.

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Back in February, chatter about the defunct Chicago Spire project was starting to pick up again, with perhaps a resurrection plan possibly in the works. Initial reports claimed new investors were interested in the project and considering the idea of relieving it from bankruptcy and breathing some life back into this long-stalled, highly-publicized development.  

However, after nearly 9 more months of waiting, it seems The Chicago Spire project is now dead again, and this time for good. According to a report from Curbed, Spire developers were unable to make a $22 million payment by last week's deadline, pretty much sealing the fate of what would have been the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  

But in an interesting twist, those same

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