Phil’s Tips for Home Staging – No. 3

November 13th, 2015

Every home should be staged before making it available for sale. It results in a faster sale, for more money, and creates motivation in buyers. Here is today’s home staging tip to make sure your home sale is successful:

Paint rooms a light neutral color to brighten up the space

Paint rooms a light neutral color to brighten up the space

Today’s Tip: Brighten up your home!

When home staging, the easiest way to make a home seem larger and more welcoming is by brightening up the space. One way to achieve this is through paint color.  It is fine to experiment with unusual color combos in your home to showcase your personal style, but when it comes time to sell it is best to go back to a neutral shade. Buyers may be put off by dark or unusual colors and may have trouble envisioning the space any other way. If you have dark/heavy colors in your home, consider painting a brighter, neutral color like Benjamin Moore “Muslin” (#1037) or “Wish” (#AF-680). Light neutral colors will make a room feel larger and more open. Remember to also check all your lightbulbs before showing the home. Use the brightest “soft white” bulbs you can find and make sure every lightbulb is working.

Benjamin Moore Paints

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Is Stainless Steel Still the Standard?

November 4th, 2015
Stainless steel in a Logan Square loft

Stainless steel in a Logan Square loft

When embarking on a home renovation we are faced with the age old dilemma; should I put finishes in my home that I love and speak to my personal taste and style, or should I be more concerned with the resale potential and choose a neutral look that won’t offend?

Each side has its pros and cons, but one question that will always arise in the kitchen surrounds stainless steel appliances. Since the late 90’s it seems that stainless steel has become the gold standard in kitchen fixtures. 20 years later it remains one of the most highly sought features when looking for a new home. Some companies are experimenting with slate grey finishes and high gloss white and black appliances to try and shake things up a bit, but it remains unseen if consumers are ready to part with the industrial modern look associated with stainless steel. What do you think? Are you ready for a change? Check out this article for more viewpoints on the matter. Maybe we should bring back avocado colored fridges!

Phil’s Tips for Home Staging – No. 2

October 28th, 2015

Every home should be staged before making it available for sale. It results in a faster sale, for more money, and creates motivation in buyers. Here is today’s home staging tip to make sure your home sale is successful:

Keep areas in front of doors and windows clear and remove excess clutter from floors.

Keep areas in front of doors and windows clear and remove excess clutter from floors.

TODAY’S TIP: De-clutter floors, windows, and doorways

The fastest way to make your home look larger is to clear the floor of items like workout balls/weights, kids toys, stacks of magazines, etc. If it doesn’t belong on the floor – move it! Clutter will make potential buyers think there must be a lack of storage, or that their belongings will never fit in the space. The goal is always to remove any barriers to their vision of what the room COULD be!

Keep areas in front of windows and doors clear. Avoid furniture or personal items in front of windows – we want buyers to be able to easily walk up to any window, door, or closet without trouble. These are the features of the house they are actually buying, so let them shine! For daytime showings be sure to have window treatments open to fill the home with natural light. Everyone loves a bright and cheerful space!

Phil’s Tips for Home Staging – No.1

October 22nd, 2015

Every home should be staged before making it available for sale. It results in a faster sale, for more money, and creates motivation in buyers. Here is today’s home staging tip to make sure your home sale is successful:

TODAY’S TIP: Limit or completely remove personal photos. 

Use neural accessories instead of personal family pieces.

Use neural accessories instead of personal items.

Photos of your vacations, your family, and your memories may cause buyers to feel uncomfortable (they’re reminded they’re in someone else’s home when they see them). Remove any and all personal photos from walls, surfaces, mantles, etc. This helps your home feel more neutral. Buyers want to imagine their new lives in the home and the new memories they will make there, not be reminded of who lived there before.

 

Instead use neutral artwork and accessories with small pops of color to add some life to the space. Mirrors are a great way to show a space and have the added benefit of making a room seem larger.

Byers Home Team | Keller Williams | Meet & Greet Event with Phil and Mary

October 5th, 2015

Byers Home Team of Keller Williams Event with Phil and Mary

Do you have questions about the real estate market in Chicago? Are you thinking about buying or selling? Phil and Mary will be available to answer questions and discuss what to expect when you decide to take the real estate leap. We will have snacks, giveaways, and a chance to win an iPad mini! Join us October 8 at 2:30pm at Courtenay Elementary! 

Check out the EVENT FLYER for more details.

 

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#WeLoveChicago – local photographers share some of the best views in the city!

October 2nd, 2015

As people who love Chicago we appreciate new views of the city. What are some of your favorite spots to take in the view in the windy city?

Adventures in Architecture: Local Architecture Photographers Discuss Favorite Buildings, Vantage Points

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OPEN HOUSE – 1800 W Roscoe #534

September 26th, 2015

We are having an OPEN HOUSE Sunday September 27th from 1pm-3pm!

Come check out this beautiful condo in the highly sought after Pencil Factory Lofts. 2 bed 2 bath unit with gorgeous exposed brick, soaring ceilings and a wall of windows. Extensive closet space and lofted storage areas. Perfect location in Roscoe Village; one block from Paulina Brown Line station and walking distance to Whole Foods and other great shops and restaurants. Great building amenities including workout room, laundry room, party room, on site dry cleaning and a rooftop deck with views of the Chicago Skyline. On-site, heated, garage parking included in price.

Check out the listing here.

 

New Residential Tower planned in Lakeshore East

September 18th, 2015

Exciting news for any architecture buffs out there! There is a new building planned to add to Chicago’s already stunning skyline. The Wanda Vista Tower will be the third tallest skyscraper in the city at 93 floors and will be used for hotel rooms and condos. Just think of the views!! The link above leads to the first interior renderings released at EXPO CHICAGO, happening now at Navy Pier.  If you are really interested in learning more, I recommend this short video on what inspired the building’s shape. Chicago has always been known for its world class architecture and this building will fit beautifully.

Just Closed today in Lakeview!

September 14th, 2015

 

Price Reduction on 912 W Margate Terrace #1E

September 11th, 2015

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Price reduced today to $309,000 on this huge 3 bed 3 bath condo just steps from the lakefront in Uptown. Duplex down with in unit laundry and parking. Beautiful hardwood floors just refinished. High ceilings, cedar closets and custom details. Gigantic living room with gas fireplace and bonus sunroom. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and access to back porch for grilling. Launtry, den, 3rd bed/bath and family room on lower level as well as additional storage.  Dog park, Mariano’s and public transportation all close by.

Call us today at 773.980.6683 or visit our website for more info: http://goo.gl/Z6fN96