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Real Estate Broker/Owner - North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate
You never know how someone will react to a property. I know you’re seeking feedback from me, however,  I don't have much to tell you.  No, it’s not the room sizes.  No, it’s not the kitchen cabinets.  No, it’s not the paint color.  No, it's not your seller's decorating style.  I’m really sorry – ...
  Have You Ever Noticed That It's Difficult To Be Grateful And Unhappy At The Same Time? Go ahead.  Try it.  Sure, we all have trials and tribulations.  Sure, there are those of us who have struggled through - and survived - enough adversity to last a hundred lifetimes.  And yet, I often recogni...
During a preliminary search this past month, I viewed several properties that required listing agents to accompany their respective showings.  Ironically, the most memorable observations I made at some of these showings were the listing agents’ less-than-smart-casual attire – an unofficial dress ...
Is It Possible To Teach Face-To-Face Communications?Recently, a colleague mentioned he is encouraging his teenage children to enhance their communication skills.  Specifically, he is coaching them on issues such as how to shake hands, maintain eye contact, speak directly, and otherwise relate in ...
  Anyone Who Knows Me – Knows What A True Blue, Loyal, Diehard Cubs Fan I AmHonestly, I can't begin to remember the bazillions of games I've attended in my lifetime.  As a matter of fact, I'm fairly sure I've contributed substantially to the rising salaries of many players on the Cubs roster.  Ye...
Now They Tell MeWho ever heard of sunscreen years ago?  Back when I was a kid, there was no such thing as sunscreen.  Or, at least, I'd never heard of it – and neither had my family and friends.  Personally, I cannot begin to recount the number of times I've endured heavy duty sunburns after spen...
First ImpressionsWe all recognize the importance of first impressions and their potential impact on future outcomes.  Certainly, from a business perspective, first impressions can either positively or negatively influence our 'success quotient' so therefore, we routinely pay closer attention to t...
That is precisely what a 20-something neighbor –  a young lady I'd never met before – said to me as we both lounged by the pool recently.  She delivered the fabulous news in-between text messages she was exchanging with a girlfriend that was sitting right next to her.  At first, I turned around t...
This weekend, the City of Addison in North Texas hosted its annual, 3-day Taste Addison festival.  And quite honestly, festival season can never arrive soon enough for me.  That's because I'm a ... well, um ... somewhat of a "Festival Junkie."  Ask anyone who knows me, and he or she will vouch fo...
Sometimes I feel as though my computer and I are joined at the hip.  Practically inseparable, I am frequently on my laptop computer finishing projects, developing new professional relationships – or otherwise – faithfully staying connected with established contacts.  Clearly, smartphones have ena...

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