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This office serves clients in real estate transactions of all types. I also assist clients with estate planning for everyone, including the GLBT community, and represent Illinois condominium associations as needed. I help real estate investors who are renting their properties deal with difficult renter issues, and I advocate for renters dealing with difficult landlords.

I work with clients in Chicago and all over the Chicagoland area, including Wilmette, Skokie, Morton Grove, Plainfield, Wheaton, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Naperville, Oak Park, Winnetka, Des Plaines, Orland Park, Berwyn, Carol Stream, Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Palatine, Park Ridge, Gurnee, South Holland, Park Forest and more.

My goal is to give each and every client personal, friendly and competent service at a reasonable price. I also strive to use technology in the best way possible to keep my clients informed.
My legal background includes working for a major Chicago developer and working for a boutique firm in their real estate division. I am also a landlord of a three flat building in Rogers Park and I am managing broker of a small real estate brokerage.

I work with all different types of clients, including developers, first-time buyers, buyers of second (or third!) homes, all sellers and the LGBTQ community.

My real estate blog is below. Please make sure to check back on a regular basis to check out what's new. I update my blog about once a week and welcome any questions that you may have.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summer time is here!
The kiddos are out of school and it's time for the summer market to go full speed. I have a lot of clients that want to close on their homes this time of year because it is in between school years. Are you buying or selling? I've got special summer discounts if you mention this article. Happy summer!
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend
Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend. Take some time to remember why we have the holiday. #somegaveall
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pure Sadness

Yesterday's news of the body of AJ Freund being found was saddening. I have lived here in Crystal Lake now for almost four years and the news that a child was missing was frightening.

We have two children of our own and I remember both of my kids at the age of 5. It was one of my favorite ages - starting school, becoming their own little person, learning how to do things for themselves.

I urge you if you have small children, and are feeling overwhelmed, please ask for help. We have all been there. We have all felt frustrated and overwhelmed with parenthood at one time or another. Please send prayers to him that he may find peace. 

8:12 am cdt 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

How Big Was The Home You Grew Up In?

Every time I go back to my parents' home in Minnesota, we talk about the size of the house. When all three kids and their spouses and kids are in the house, it is crowded. My dad built the house I grew up in in 1976, when I was only a year old. Growing up, I never thought about the size of the house, or the number of bedrooms or bathrooms. By today's standards, it is small. It has three smaller bedrooms and one in the basement, and only one bathroom. It's a ranch house all on one level. It cost about $30,000 to build, and at the time interest rates were about 9 percent. This article can let you look at the trends for homes in the year you were born.

Click on the link below to see your birth year. 

12:08 pm cdt 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Tiki Bar in Your Garage?

Since I've moved to the suburbs, I've noticed that many people don't use their garages to park their cars. They use them as workshops, or man caves. Check out what this designer did!

6:45 pm cdt 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

My Dad's Retirement

We went to Minnesota and celebrated my Dad's retirement last weekend. We had tons of family and friends help us celebrate. His retirement got me thinking about financial planning and estate planning. Do you have your affairs in order?



2:49 pm cdt 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Daylight Savings Time!
Daylight savings time is this weekend. Along with the standard checking of batteries in your smoke/CO2 detectors, make sure you take a look at your sump pump battery back up and make sure it's in working order. With the snow we've gotten this winter, you'll want to make sure it's working!
4:35 pm cst 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A Word on Home Inspections...
I've had a few clients lately who have been upset with the results on the home inspection on the property they are selling. Just a note to keep in mind: Home inspectors are hired by the buyers. They are there to help the buyers make an informed decision on the condition of a home before they go forward. Did you do some work on the house yourself that the inspector points out isn't quite right? Did the home inspection find something that you weren't expecting? Don't take it personally, that's their job.
3:59 pm cst 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Estate Plan - Do You Have One?
Do you have stuff? Do you have kids? Do you have a beloved pet or two? If you have any of these things, you should have an estate plan. Whether it's a simple will or a trust, make sure your assets and loved ones are protected. Contact my office today if you're interested in seeing what I can do for you.
2:15 pm cst 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!
While it's definitely not in the top 5 of my favorite holidays, I know people love Valentine's Day. Hope that you have an amazing day with loved ones!
4:30 pm cst 

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