Illinois Medical District New FBI HQ

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 in All Articles, Pilsen, West Loop.

Did you know that over 700 FBI agents moved just last year to the neighborhood on Roosevelt and Wood?  That big green tall glass building at Wood and Roosevelt now has a lot of high paid cop types working out of the building and they all need somewhere to live, eat and shop.  This is […]

Pets Clinic opens now in Illinois Medical Distric, the Job Engine Right Next Door

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 in All Articles, Pilsen, West Loop.

I once had a client call me and innocently ask, “Phil look up all this vacant land between Roosevelt and 16th street, just north of Pilsen.  This is a great spot, I want to buy lots.” Little did he know, those vacant lots have been a battle for over 10 years.  They have been cleared […]

Pilsen Market Update – June 2010

Posted on June 2nd, 2010 in Pilsen.

Now that the Tax Break Buyer’s are gone, it’s time for a new Comparable Market Analysis and a fresh look at your options. If you’re a buyer–it’s time to take advantage of the amazing opportunities out there. If you’re a seller, it’s time to regroup, stage your home, freshen up your marketing and launch with […]

Haircut in the Alley

Posted on April 12th, 2010 in All Articles, Other Real Estate, Pilsen.

Job curve has hit bottom in City!

Posted on April 1st, 2010 in All Articles, Bridgeport, Bronzeville, Chinatown, Lincoln Square/Roscoe/North Center, Lincoln Square/Rosoce Village/North Ctr, Market Conditions, McKinley Park, Pilsen, Short Selling/Buying, South Loop.

It’s not an April fools joke — jobs improved. I think we’ve hit bottom in the job decline… With the exception of maybe oneore bump down in June or July. But it can’t get much worse. Good thing Chicagos economy is diverse or it could be worse – like Rockford 18 percent unemployment ( the […]

Interview With A First Time Buyer Using a Construction (203k) Loan on a 2 Flat

Posted on January 13th, 2010 in All Articles, Financing, Green Housing, Pilsen.

I met Shawn from a sign call in September of 2009. He called on a condo. Sean came to the office and we hit it off. I used to be a teacher and he is now a hardworking teacher. He is looking to build equity and I understood how to help him–and I passionately wanted […]

Mercado Navideno 2009 At National Mexican Fine Arts Museum

Posted on November 28th, 2009 in Pilsen.

If you’re out and about in Pilsen this weekend don’t forget to stop by the Nation Mexican Fine Arts Museum for Mercado Navideno 2009.  A great oportunity to get some authentic Mexican folk art crafts. Don’t think you’re stuck shopping for the same old gifts and stocking stuffers this holiday season.  A visit to  Chicago’s […]

Pilsen Market Stats

Posted on November 20th, 2009 in Pilsen.

Below you will find a brief summary of market statistics for the area of Pilsen (Area 8031 on MLS). The statistics are based on data over the last 6 months.   The single family home market in Pilsen are as follows.  The average price for  single family are $288,087 The average market time is 225 […]

16.3 % Drop? Value is two things: price & how it shows.

Posted on November 10th, 2009 in Market Conditions, Pilsen, Wicker Park & Bucktown.

Ok – so if you were selling a property one year ago… it’s official according to the median and the stats…. . You will have to (on average) lower your price 16.3 % to be in sync with the market. Right? Well… not so fast.  Real estate is HYPER local. So don’t read too deeply […]

Dig Deep To Get Local News

Posted on September 30th, 2009 in Bridgeport, Bronzeville, McKinley Park, Pilsen, South Loop, West Loop, West Town, Wicker Park & Bucktown.

4 local Chicago news blogs to keep an eye on… Each have built their base largely on highlighting local news for Chicagoans. Whatever neighborhood your digging unto check em out. Gapers Block, Chicagoist, the Beachwood Reporter, the Windy Citizen, Everyblock ChicagoNow Huffington Post Chicago