Overpricing . . . NEVER a Good Selling Strategy!

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The single most important factor to consider when selling a house is the price.  How much is your house worth in today's local real estate market? 

If you are thinking that you should overprice your home and then aggressively negotiate, think again.  Overpricing may be the biggest mistake you can make when selling your home.  Overpricing leads to a longer listing time and lower selling price.

Realogy Recognized By Great Place to Work®

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Realogy Holdings Corp.has achieved certification as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®.

Ryan Schneider, Realogy's chief executive officer and president: "We are incredibly proud to be recognized as a Great Place to Work. The Institute gathered employee feedback to assess what it's like working at Realogy and acknowledged our commitment to providing meaningful work and a great environment. This designation is also a testament to all of our employees, whose dedication, talent and passion make Realogy a great place to work."

Income Tax Tips From The IRS When Selling Your Home

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Here are some things the IRS suggests you keep in mind when selling a home.  As always, for advice on tax planning and compliance, check with your accountant and/or the Internal Revenue Service for guidance before taking any action.

1. Taxpayers who sell a home may qualify to exclude from their income all or part of any gain from the sale. To claim the income tax exclusion, the homeowner must have owned the home for at least two years, and lived in the home as their main home for at least two years, during a five-year period ending on the date of the sale.

Dennis Schaade Joins Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage McMullen Office!

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We're pleased to welcome Dennis Schaade to our team of professional REALTORS®!

Dennis became licensed as a real estate Agent in the spring of 2003.  He can't believe this coming spring will be 15 years! 

He has been around real estate sales since he was a child. His mother is a real estate agent. There are vivid memories of going on some showing appointments with her, which he always looked forward to, and he remembers all the paperwork and files his mom would have on the dining room table.

Forest Glen Housing Market Report - February 2018

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Chicago's Forest Glen neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It also includes the Edgebrook and Sauganash communities. While the Forest Glen communities are only a few miles from downtown Chicago and the fast paced life one would associate with the city, the neighborhood has a suburban feel.

Looking at the latest statistics available from MRED, our local multiple listing service, here is what happened in residential real estate in Forest Glen, comparing February 2018 and its trailing 12 months with the same period in 2017.

Congratulations To Our International Award Winning Brokers for 2017!

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We are super excited to announce all our official Coldwell Banker International Award Winners for 2017!

Marti Corcoran - International President's Elite ($400,000+ GCI, and/or 55+ Award Units)

Jan Robertson & Peter Bellert - International President's Circle ($245,000+ GCI, and/or 35+ Award Units)

Jay Crowley, Jack Guest, Mary Beth Balcarcel, Mike Stangel, Doris Rivera, Norma Perez, April Kibler, Dan Collins, Val Smolinski, Lynn Bjorvik, and Anna Tabeau - International Diamond Society ($165,000+ GCI, and/or 25+ Award Units)