No Time To Prepare Your Home to Sell? Do These 4 Things

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There is a ton of advice out there on how to get your home ready to sell.  It's all good advice, and even complete home staging is a good idea, but a lot of people just don't have the time or the money to do the things they would like to do to make their house the best it can be.

If you're one of those people who is seriously time-challenged or financially challenged, then here are a few things you can accomplish that will have the most impact on getting your home sold in the least amount of time for the most money.

Chicago Housing Market Update April 2016

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Let's take a look at the City of Chicago residential real estate market as of the end of April 2016.  The statistics are provided by the Chicago Association of REALTORS®f and are for the Entire City of Chicago for January through April 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.  

The City of Chicago had increases in the number of single family homes, condos and townhomes sold.  Median sales prices increased and available homes for sale decreased in both residential categories.   

Portage Park Fourth-Grader Wins National Championship For Her Invention

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A big CONGRATULATIONS to Natalie Correa, a fourth-grader from Portage Park Elementary School!  She just won a national championship for her invention of a hands-free umbrella.

Her first place prize was presented to her at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition held this past weekend in Washington, D.C.

Several of her teammates, also from Portage Park Elementary, also came home winners for their inventions, including Victoria Quiroga, Charlotte Hastings, Emily Curiel and Anahi Mendoza.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park & Norwood Park Voters Chose Trees & Sidewalks!

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This is the 4th year in a row that Alderman John Arena allowed voters in the 45th district to choose how to spend his $1 million discretionary budget.  Voting took place for a week, and ended this past Saturday.  

So what improvements were most important to the voters who participated . . . what projects will get the funding?

45th Ward Voters - Help Arena Spend $1M Discretionary Budget

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It's your chance again to participate in the 45th Ward's Participatory Budgeting ballot.  Take part in improving our communities and spending our tax dollars on the things that matter the most.

For the fourth year in a row, Arena is giving voters the opportunity to choose how his $1 million discretionary budget is spent.  All residents of the 45th Ward older than 14 are eligible to vote. The ward includes Jefferson Park, parts of Portage Park, Forest Glen, Gladstone Park and Old Irving Park.

Harwood Heights, Chicago, 2015 Year-End Housing Market Statistics

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As in most Chicago neighborhoods, 2015 was a better year for real estate in Harwood Heights than 2014.  

Low inventories have been affecting real estate sales for the past few years, and 2015 was no different.  Although there was a 9.3% increase in new listings, at the end of the year there was only a 3.7 months' supply of available homes.  This is down 40.2%, from a 6.1 months' supply at the end of 2014.  This low inventory factor will likely affect the number of closed sales, at least in the near term.