Chicago Relocation

Stage it!

June 30, 2010

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A recent article on had an amazing article on staging!  It brought up a number of points that you should consider when staging luxury real estate in Chicago.

For instance, it makes the comment “poor stagers believe life is unfair, while rich stagers feel life is what you make it.” It goes on to point out that the “poor” way to look at it holds a feeling of entitlement (I paid a million for this house and I NEED to get a million out of it), while the “rich” way is to look at the market TODAY, and use tools like staging to maximize your chances of getting the highest price in the shortest amount of time in TODAY’S market. By improving the appearance of their real estate they’re becoming “market makers;” by pushing the image of their home higher in the minds of potential buyers. 

The article goes on to propose that one’s unconscious beliefs about money and their ability to have it may be at the root of why some people fail and some thrive. Maybe a little deep for an article on staging. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting read, and a great article to review before staging your  Chicago Luxury real estate!



Whoa – FHFA forces Freddie and Fannie to delist!

June 16, 2010

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Fannie and Freddie de-listed on NYSE?  Read this article from DSN HERE…..what does it mean for the strength of these institutions?

What does this mean for Chicago real estate?

According to the aritcle “The Federal Housing Finance Agency has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to delist their common and preferred stock from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and any other national securities exchange. ”



This just in from RDC – Great spring conference in Orlando!

June 8, 2010

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According to info just released from RDC -the Relocation Directors Council (RDC)®  held its 2010 spring conference in Orlando, FL.  110+ relocation professionals gathered to share best practices and industry trends in today’s difficult economic times.

The conference theme was “Rebound, Rebuild, Reposition” and it addressed challenges facing the employee mobility industry.  Topics included “Why Global Matters”, “Ins and Outs of Government Relocations”, “Relocation Practices in the Age of the New Normal”, and “Meeting the Rental Needs of Today’s Corporate Transferees”.

Speakers included Karen Reid, Executive Vice President of Worldwide ERC®, Peggy Smith, newly appointed CEO of Worldwide ERC®, and Cris Collie of Cris Collie Consulting. Jan Ferguson LeQuier of Home Depot, Tracey Gatlin of SIRVA Relocation, and Pam O’Connor of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® addressed “New Relocation Business Models”.  The panel “REOs and their Effect on the Market” was lead by Michelle Sandlin of John Daugherty, Realtors, Johnny Haines of Deloitte LLP; James Gargano, Bomba Gargano Valuations,  and Kathy Connelly of Prudential Georgia Realty.

A splendid time was had by all!


“Raging Waves” welcome west suburban Chicago transferees

June 6, 2010

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I just had the privilege of attending the media event for Raging Waves water park – Names best of the midwest by Midwest living Magazine.  It opened a few years ago and now boasts 18 water slides, a wave pool, and a very courteous staff!  It’s located in the far western suburb of Yorkville – a good hour plus from the city, but an easy trip from such transferee destinations as Naperville, Aurora and the Fox Valley neighoborhood. 

Finding something special to do with kids, especially during a relocation, is always important.  This is an easy way for the kids to have a fantastic day while the parents relax in a friendly, safe, fantastic environment.  Believe me, I’ve been to a lot of waterparks, and this one is tops.

The top endorsement came from my seven year old – “It’s really cool, thanks Dad.” 

Who could ask for more?