Susan Ani's Blog

Real Estate Agent - Baird & Warner
Market statistics, neighborhood happenings, real estate future planning by local municipalities, and "straight from the hip" observations of a residential Realtor who cover the north side of Chicago and the northern and northwestern suburbs.
Wow!  An entire month crept by, December 2009, with only 1 showing request for my listing of a pristine condo in Chicago that is truly priced to sell.  January 1 arrived with the arctic blast, and everyone stayed inside where it was warm and toasty.  January 2 dawned, and it was colder than yeste...
I just want my many smart buyer clients and renter clients to know how proud I am of them.  These folks that I have been fortunate enough to have represented are choosing to spend their real estate dollars in a rather conservative fashion; they are NOT taking chances, NOT willing to live on the e...
I have been working with a first time buyer recently, who was convinced that FHA was her only option  to buy a condo (small downpayment was the draw for her).  She had used another 2 agents before she got to me (she got "stung", obviously with her first 2 attempts), and had developed a relationsh...
It seems so simple...              You have a home to sell, so you and your real estate agent decide to load the listing into the MLS and brace for the onslaught of buyers.  Yeah, right!  My real estate market (Chicago) has definite, recurring, predictable cycles of activity.  Perhaps this upcomi...
The Illinois lawmakers have established the mandate: every home sale contract that is dated January 1, 2008 and beyond must be accompanied by a radon gas disclosure, to be completed by the seller of the property.  Some communities in the greater Chicagoland area have more of a problem with radon ...
The 1800-plus agents at Baird & Warner were informed via our intranet that two local brokerages have been "merged" into the B&W company.  In the city of Chicago, B&W acquired Habitat Brokerage Company, and in Lake Forest , B&W acquire Renissance Realty Partners.   I believe this is rather excitin...
I visited the land trust home that I wrote about today.  The executive director of the organization behind this project was there, as well as a couple of directors from the Board.  The house is in the process of being rehabbed, including a totally new kitchen and bathroom.  The house held some su...
Imagine, a rehabbed brick ranch home for sale near Main & Dodge for $180,000. It's true! Being offered by a grassroots organization, this is a wonderful holiday gift for some lucky family that meets the financial guidelines of eligibility. The "catch?" The buyer will own the building, but not the...

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Daily musings on residential real estate in Chicago and the northern suburbs, with the consumer and property owner in mind.