Making the most of your Chicago Staycation 😎

Spring break is approaching! In years past it was a no-brainer to hop on a plane and head for warmer places. Some of our family’s favorite trips have been to Naples, Florida to visit my parents. We can sit by the pool and relax while the kids are entertained for hours (and tired at the…

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Bold(ish) predictions for 2021

So, let’s try this again. Last year around this time we issued what we thought were going to be dominant trends in housing for the year ahead, only to have the pandemic arrive in March and upend all our predictions (along with the entire world). But while predictions all got thrown out the window in…

Valentine’s Day – Local Love

Fun Valentines day activities for everyone in the family featuring local Chicago shops

Get Super Bowl Ready 🏈

Super Bowl Family Catering Packs Chicago

TOWNHOUSE VS. CONDO: WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?

Whether it’s your first time buying or you are a seasoned buyer upsizing or downsizing, townhouses and condos are both great options. Check out the differences between the two to help aid you in your search. Condominiums Condominiums are similar to apartments in that you purchase an individual unit inside of a larger building, but…

Pantone’s 2021 colors of the year and how to use them in your home

It’s a new year, which means that it’s officially time to start using Pantone’s annual Color of the Year around the house! Pantone has been designating a color of the year for over 20 years, and for 2021 the company chose not just one, but TWO colors. Allow us to introduce Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, a color…

My Top 5 Sledding Hills | Chicago

It’s snowing today, finally, and it’s big huge flakes, the sticking kind. Although winter is not my favorite season, if it is going to be winter I prefer to see the snow and have fun outside with the kids. Kids loooove the snow, but most of the time we can’t do much in the winter,…

New Loan Limits for Homebuyers in 2021 & What it Means for You

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced that it will raise loan limits for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, giving some homebuyers greater purchasing power. Starting in 2021, the maximum conforming loan limit for single-unit properties will increase to $548,250 – a 7.4% increase from the current limit of $510,400. When purchasing a…

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Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021: How to Make the Most of NYE

The new year is right around the corner, bringing with it the hope of more face-to-face interactions and in-person engagements. However, in true 2020 fashion, New Year’s Eve is getting a little shake-up this year, and won’t involve the same big crowds and parties of years past. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways to…

Insta-Worthy Renovations Made Easy

It may be a seller’s market in many areas, but when it comes to getting the highest possible sales price for your home in the shortest amount of time, “turnkey” is still key. With more people working from home and kids e-learning, it is a challenging time for homebuyers to take on a home improvement project.…