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Senior Move Managers – Professional Chicago real estate services

 

senior real estate specialistPerhaps the greatest obstacle in seniors taking the step to downsize, or “right-size” is being overwhelmed with the vision of organizing/moving their lifetime of treasures.

This week, the New York Times wrote an article about this problem, and the use of organizers and senior move managers was discussed.  (read entire article here).

Professional Organizers

There have been professional organizers around for a while. Using one can be a lifesaver! We hired one when we moved from the Gold Coast to Ravenswood (I was in Paraguay at the time- Tom was working his full time job AND managing the move AND our 1 year old Thomas!). She was terrific – we were very grateful for her help.

If you’re interested in finding a great home organizer, I can refer you to one, or you can look at the website for the National Association of Professional Organizers – NAPO (see website here).

 

Association of Senior Move Managers

use a senior move manager

The article also talked about the Association of Senior Move Managers. I knew very little about this group, but was immediately intrigued.

I read a terrific article (read it here) which described what they do and why you should hire one:

1. Eliminate the potential for exploitation of seniors.

2. Downsize your aging parent’s home in an organized and dignified manner.

3. The aging parent feels in control of the moving process.

4.  Move managers are often like a general contractor.

5. Eliminate stress on the family.

6. Move managers have useful tricks-of-the-trade up their sleeves.

Chicago Senior Move Managers

I immediately searched for a local Senior Move Manager, and behold! One lives just around the corner!

I met Marnie Dawson for coffee, and we had a great chat. I learned that she’s been in the business since 2006, and has helped many people with their moves.

Marnie’s business, Dawson Relocation, incorporates the best of home organization with tips and tricks for an efficient, well-priced move. Marnie helps with estate moves, as well as seniors who are “right-sizing”. She works with both the seniors AND their adult children, helping everyone make the move as stress-free as possible.

Marnie is delightful to be around, and she has a great command of this real estate niche. After spending an hour with Marnie, learning about her business, her mission, and her past experiences, I am going to recommend her to families looking for help with moving. She is a great asset to your Senior Moving Team!

First Steps in Moving

If you (or your parents) are considering downsizing, or “right-sizing”, the first step should be to call your Senior Real Estate Specialist, Anne Rossley. We’ll develop a plan for making the next step a stress-free and enjoyable transition!

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Anne Rossley

773-620-5333

Chicago Bungalows for Sale

 

Chicago Bungalows are often the best way for new buyers to purchase a single family home in the city –

  • They’re affordably priced — often in the $350 – $450K price range,
  • They offer great incentives – historic and energy tax rebates, historic property tax freeze opportunities…, and
  • As a single family home, owners can enjoy privacy, a yard, and a basement/garage that isn’t available with condos.

There are many great Chicago Bungalows available for sale now – let me know if you’d like to begin searching for your Historic Chicago Bungalow Dream Home!

Select the link below if you want to see the best available homes for sale today, along with photos of the interiors*

Chicago Bungalow Homes for Sale-  Buyer Tour

Remember- these are NOT my listings- however, I would be delighted to represent you
as you consider purchasing a new home.

Here’s a quick look at some of my favorites…

Today’s “Best Rehab Option” Chicago Bungalow:

4917 kostner - chicago bungalow

4917 N Kostner

Estate Sale

$249,000

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“Best Value” Chicago Bungalow:

4901 kenneth-chicago bungalow

4901 N Kenneth

$249,900

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Best Retro Bathroom Chicago Bungalow:

2636 W Farwell chicago

2636 W Farwell

$319,000

Don’t you LOVE this pink bathroom?!?!

West Ridge Historic Bungalow District – Estate Sale

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“Won’t sell from the online photos” Award:

4827 lowell

4827 N Lowell

$339,000

It might be darling, but you wouldn’t know it from the pictures.

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“Doesn’t sound possible award” :

3622 artesian

 3622 N Artesian

4 Bedroom

Bell School District

$420,000

Sounds impossible, right?!

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Craftsman bungalow of the week:

3800 Lawndale

3800 N Lawndale

$629,000

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Highest Priced Bungalow:

2616 W Windsor

2616 W Windsor

$825,000

Ravenswood Gardens – Lincoln Square

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Let me know if you’d like email alerts when new bungalows become available!

Or, bookmark this link to see the current list of bungalows for sale on Chicago’s north side:

Bungalows for Sale Today

Email Anne Rossley

Anne Rossley

773-620-5333

Chicago Real Estate 60618 – Single Family Homes

Update on Chicago Home Sales

60618 Zip Code

chicago 60618 Zip code map

As of today’s post, 160 single family homes are for sale in Chicago’s 60618 zip code. They range in price from $159,000 to $ 2,599,000.

The following chart shows median sales prices for the 60618 zip code area – it’s interactive- feel free to explore!

Prices – 87.8% of Jan 2009 Levels 

As of this month, median sales prices of homes ($495,000) are 87.8% of the January, 2009 median price level of $ 565,000.

 

Market Times – Lowest in Over 5 Years

The average market time hit its peak in October, 2009, when it took 175 days to sell a house in 60618. Last month, the average market time of 54 days was the shortest in over 5 years!

 

Inventory – Extremely Low!

It’s a Sellers’ Market!

At the worst of the market (January, 2009), there was over a year’s worth of homes for sale. This has steadily declined, and since February, we’ve been hovering between 2.7 and 2.8 months of homes for sale.

Lenders consider 6 months a stable market, so you can see, we’re WELL BELOW that 6 months threshold!

Find homes for sale TODAY by selecting this link:

Homes for sale – Chicago’s 60618 zip code

To find out what your home’s worth,

contact

Anne Rossley

Baird & Warner

773-620-5333

Anne Rossley

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