Chicago Seniors – Emergency Planning for Winter and Flu

This month’s Chicago Seniors Newsletter addresses 2 issues:

  1. Emergency Planning, and
  2. Walk Scores

Emergency Planning

Seniors, like all of us, need to be prepared for disasters. In Chicago, we’re not as concerned with hurricanes, tornadoes (to a lesser extent!), but storms with their accompanying flash floods and power outages are of great concern. In addition, today is COLD (!) and we should all be ready for the problems that extremely cold weather creates.

Power Outage Checklist

Winter Storm Safety Checklist


In addition, the flu can be a disaster for seniors, children, asthmatics and immuno-challenged. The Red Cross has prepared checklists for the afflicted and those who care for them:

Preparing for the Flu

Caring for Those with the Flu – Checklist

Mobile Apps

The Red Cross has mobile apps (some for Android and Iphones, some only in Itunes format) for first aid, shelter, fire, earthquake, and hurricane…

Click on the photo below, or go to Itunes or GooglePlay stores to download….

Chicago Seniors - Anne Rossley Real Estate

Chicago Seniors

Chicago is on the cutting edge of technology, and this winter, I expect that the website will help neighbors – not only Chicago Seniors – but all Chicagoans have a safe and secure winter season.

Please view the video below to find out

  • How to track the Chicago snow plows,
  • Claim a sidewalk to shovel,
  • Find your car if it was towed for snow plows, and
  • Volunteer to shovel a sidewalk for a Chicagoan in need

There are several opportunities in Chicago for Seniors to get benefits and be prepared. Below is a map of Chicago Senior Centers.

Click on the map and then the location for more information:

Chicago Senior Service Centers


Mobile Apps:

anne rossley chicago 2Inches chicago snow app

Find what streets have overnight parking restrictions and are on the 2″ snow route



anne rossley real estate - Find your car if towed for snow

Was your car towed because of snow? Find it by using this app!



Next week:  We’ll discuss Walk Scores in Chicago and how these can be used to choose your next home!


Staging Your Home to Sell – Tips for Making Rooms Larger




Living Room Staged to Appear Larger
No matter what size your home is, being stuck inside all winter can make anyone claustrophobic. While this isn’t the best time of year to build room additions, there are simple steps you can take to make any space seem larger.Do use mirrors. The best and least expensive way to make smaller rooms appear bigger is to decorate walls with mirrors. Choose locations where the mirror will reflect the light back into the room to add warmth and depth.

Home Staging Tip #1:    Don’t neglect lighting.

Lighting is crucial when it comes to opening your space. Maximize any natural light available by getting rid of heavy draperies. Add more lamps at varying levels to give the room a glow, and install track lighting to make sure every corner is well lit.

Home Staging Tip #2:    Do choLiving Room Staged and Photographed to Appear Largeose a lighter color scheme.

Pale, cool colors will reflect the light and make the walls appear farther apart. Add visual impact to your space by separating the walls into blocks of color using gentle tones.

Home Staging Tip #3:    Don’t get hung up.

Your wall art should be hung at eye level or about 60 inches from the floor. Hanging items too high will make your ceiling seem lower.

Home Staging Tip #4:    Do space things out.

Instead of pushing your furniture against the walls, give pieces some breathing room by playing with interesting angles. You can also choose one large statement piece – like an armchair or coffee table – and fill in gaps around it.

See my previous post – BEFORE/AFTER/VACANT photos

Also – check out my Pinterest Boards – Staging your Home to Sell and Before & After …

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For personalized help with staging your home, call or email me!

Anne Rossley
Baird & Warner




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Staging your Home for a Quicker Sale and Higher Sales Price

Home Staging

Before   –   After   –   Vacant

The pre-listing time we share is critical – we will work together to stage your home, bring in a professional photographer. and develop the marketing materials that will make your home appealing.

3709 N Ashland 1S

3709 N Ashland – 3 Bedroom Duplex in Blaine School District

This is an example of one property I successfully sold in 2012.

You’ll see the property as it looked when I first met the sellers. They purposely didn’t clean or prepare for our meeting.

After listing the property, we worked together to stage the home.This involves de-cluttering, moving furniture, and cleaning. The seller did a great job preparing for this meeting, so we only needed to tweak a few things – we moved the crib in the 2nd bedroom, removed a few more items, and added items to the kitchen counters so they wouldn’t look like landing pads.


As is my common practice with real estate listings, I brought in one of my favorite real estate photographers. She uses the proper lighting and lens to get terrific photographs that show the properties to their best advantage.


Once the sellers moved out, I took another set of photographs.

You’ll see how important it is to keep furniture in your home during the selling period – vacant homes don’t show the space to its advantage. Rooms look smaller, and it doesn’t seem like all the furniture will fit in the space.

If properties HAVE to be vacant, we can rent/borrow furniture, or I have another trick I use that helps buyer visualize the space (one of my trade secrets!)

You’ll see, too, that my photographs are poorly lit, and they aren’t taken using a wide enough lens — the rooms look smaller.

If your home looks more like the BEFORE than the AFTER – don’t panic!

These changes were made without buying any new furniture!

We de-cluttered, moved furniture, hired a cleaning company, and a professional photographer.

My 5th grade band director told me to use elbow grease to better clean my trumpet, and I remember asking my mom what elbow grease was-  I thought it was a magic potion. Alas, I learned that he meant I had to put some effort in – that’s just what staging your home for sale is about — ELBOW GREASE!

Select this link to see a slide show of all the before and after shots of 3709 Ashland

Kitchen Photos

Before – After – Vacant

Before Staging the KitchenAfter Staging KitchenVacant Kitchen


Living Room Photos

Before – After – Vacant

Before Staging Living roomAFter staging living roomVacant Living Room

The biggest lesson here — it takes time to plan your sale.  Call me now if you’re thinking of selling in the next 12 months and we’ll start the conversation.

Call Anne Rossley of Baird & Warner

Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES, RSPS
Baird & Warner
Phone:  773-620-5333


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Chicago Homes – Official Color for 2013

As posted in my monthly email newsletter, Pantone has released the color for this year…


is Emerald Green!

Last year, tangerine was in, but today, it’s Emerald!

PANTONE'S colors of the year

Pantone, a provider of color standards, has famously declared the ‘color of the year’ since 2000, influencing everything from fashion designers to car manufactures. The color company announced that the 2013 color will be emerald, and design themes have already begun to incorporate this rich jewel tone.Perfect for the winter months, emerald also makes a great transition into spring. There are many ways to utilize this new color to freshen your home. Here are a few ideas:

Emerald Walls

Shades of green are known to provide feelings of harmony, relaxation and balance. While an entire room painted in emerald may prove overwhelming, an accent wall is a great way to incorporate the color. To maintain the regal feel of the shade, incorporate dark but neutral pieces into the room.

Window Treatments

Window treatments alone offer endless possibilities, coming in more shapes, sizes, patterns and colors than you can even count. Ditch those boring blinds and find a style that works for you and your home. A chevron pattern of emerald and white is very much on trend.


Adding emerald colored accessories is a great way to integrate this new trend without the hassle of a more permanent commitment. Throw pillows and rugs will give any room a regal yet inviting feel. You can get creative by adding pops of color with picture frames and wall art in a living room or table runners and vases to a kitchen or dining room.

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Green Gallery 1 on Flickr



More on Emerald Green:

Country Design Home

Fabrics and Frames Furniture

Chicago Real Estate Market Housing Predictions for 2013

housing market trendsIn my monthly email newsletter, Chicago Real Estate Update, an article was included about the upcoming year – what various experts say about what we can expect with the 2013 real estate market.

Below, I’ve reprinted the article, as well as a few points to consider that have recently been posted in the news:


From Anne Rossley’s Chicago Real Estate Update

The housing market is looking good for 2013, but there are many mixed messages and inaccurate predictions found in today’s market reports. Is now a good time to sell or should you wait? Industry data says that prices have hit bottom and we can expect small but steady increases over the next few years.

–    It was recently reported by Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) that the Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA) was up for the number of homes sold in October 2012 by 44 percent and the median home price was up 2.1 percent.

–    Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of REATLORS® (NAR), predicts that the real estate market will see a slight pull back in the number of transactions and pricing in the next several months. However, 2012 will still finish strong with a one to four percent increase in home prices.

–    Dr. Geoffrey J. D. Hewings predicted something very similar. Director and professor for the University of Illinois, Dr. Hewings is hired by IAR for monthly real estate forecasting. He estimates an average year over year increase of 3.5 percent.

With an expected pricing increase of 6 percent over the next two years, double digit increases will not happen in the near future. Interest rates are at an all time low, making it the perfect environment to meet with a real estate professional to access your needs and expectations.

Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, discusses the real estate market:

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East Ravenswood Real Estate Update

One of my favorite Chicago Historic neighborhoods, East Ravenswood, offers homes in a wide range of prices. Activity in the last 6 months is no exception.

In the last 6 months, several homes have sold, one is under contract, and yet another has just reduced its price.

To get photos and information on all homes – historic and newer – that have been listed and/or sold in the East Ravenswood Neighborhood…

select this link for the January, 2013, East Ravenswood Home Tour

East Ravenswood Properties worth noting…

The high water mark was set by a NEWER home, 4431 N Hermitage, which closed at $2,850,000. It sits on a 50 x 165′ lot and offers a 3 car garage with the 6BR/6BA house.

 4431 Hermitage - Sold in Chicago's East Ravenswood neighborhood for $2,850,000

4431 N Hermitage
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The home at 4703 N Paulina was originally listed for sale at $899,000 in October, 2010. I toured it then, and I remember thinking it needed some cosmetic attention. After being off and on the market for some time (it was a relocation property), it hit its sweet spot of $ 679,900 on 7/5/12, going under contract 12 days later. It closed at $ 645,000.

4703 Paulina

4703 N Paulina
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The lovely 4647 N Paulina – a “gingerbread” Victorian built in 1886, just went under contract. Sitting on a 25′ wide lot, it’s deceiving in its size. It was renovated in 2005, so it includes terrific amenities, a deep lot, and a finished basement. It’s under contract at $749,000 – someone got a very nice home!

4647 N Paulina

4647 N Paulina
Listed at $749,000
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Status  OriginalList Sold DateDaysRmsBRBALot
CLSD4543Hermitage$719,000$719,000$730,0007/18/1261153.125 X 165
CLSD4703Paulina$729,990$679,990$645,0008/27/1282933.141 X 117
CLSD4431Hermitage$2,850,000$2,850,000$2,850,00012/14/121136650 X 165
CLSD4241Paulina$1,299,000$1,098,900$950,00011/2/121231153.150 X 165
REDC1700Wilson$1,100,000$799,0001/3/13871151.245 X 108

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Of course, I would love to speak with you more about the neighborhood, and I look forward to working with you to find your Chicago Historic Home!


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Historic Chicago Bungalow Association Gets New Look

In my recent article about Chicago Bungalows and their tremendous value to Chicago home buyers,

Chicago Bungalow in Albany Park neighborhood

I neglected 2 very important items…

1.  The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association’s link

This organization is a tremendous resource for Chicago’s Bungalow buyer, Bungalow owner, and historic homeowner/fan.

I suggest you select this link and bookmark it now.

You’ll find yourself checking back regularly…

  • Learn how to update and renovate the historic features of your home with their workshops and programs (Link here)
  • Learn how to maximize energy efficiency while maintaining historic integrity (Link here)
  • Find vendors who specialize in historic home renovation and repair (Link here)
  • See award winners and get design inspiration (Link here)
  • Learn about historic districts and about tax savings, special loans and programs, and other bungalow buying incentives (Link here)
  • Join the Google Group to share ideas, get help, and be part of a vibrant historic bungalow -loving community! (Link here)

2.  This is a terrific group, and their website has just relaunched!

It’s user-friendly, and it includes wonderful photos and information.


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They also have a Facebook Page — “LIKE” it and get news delivered to your Facebook page!



Chicago Real Estate Update – Monthly Inventories are LOW LOW LOW!!!

As reported in my monthly Chicago Real Estate Update newsletter,


The article, which you can read below, spells out why now is such a great market – inventories are low and it will be a busy spring market… don’t wait to act!

Quick Background…

The health of any Chicago real estate market can be measured in terms of inventory of homes — not just how many are for sale, but how many are for sale in relation to how many are selling and have recently sold. (Read the article below for more details…)

Chicago Real Estate Market…

As of January 3, there are 5511 homes for sale in Chicago, while an average of 1837 homes have sold over the last 3 months. That means that there are currently 4.6 months’ worth of homes for sale in the city – a very healthy number indeed!!

For a detailed summary of Chicago Real Estate -Select the following link for the Chicago Real Estate Update- Summary Nov 2012

Chicago Real Estate - Monthly Inventory of Homes

My Market Area …

In my market area, the Chicago Real Estate area roughly extending from the Loop to Edgewater*, the numbers are even more exciting! Sales are moving at a terrific clip, and the inventory of homes is lower than the Chicago city average. The following numbers include both detached and attached real estate properties…

There are 2210 properties for sale vs.1853 sold over the last 3 months (617.7 sold/month).

This is a 3.6 month inventory!


What does this mean?

  • Generally speaking, it’s a sellers’ market,
  • If you are thinking of selling – NOW is the time to put your property on the market,
  • If you are looking to buy – you need a real estate agent who can sift through the properties to find that one special home for you,
  • Don’t think there aren’t enough homes to choose from, and you must therefore wait to buy.

The interest rate savings TODAY combined with lower purchase prices mean you can buy a bigger property

You can afford to make the few cosmetic improvements that personalize your  home.

Don’t wait until rates are higher and prices rise again –

you’ll miss this buying opportunity!

**Census tracts 8032,8008,8007,8006,8005,8004,8003,8077

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Here’s a reprint of one of the January, 2013 email articles…
To say the housing market has changed drastically throughout 2012 is an understatement. Buyer confidence has been on the rise throughout the year, providing vital movement in the market. While sellers have notoriously waited to list their homes until the busy spring market, many industry sources indicate that the time to sell is now.The monthly supply of inventory (MSI) is one such source, providing an excellent gage for the housing market. MSI uses simple math to indicate how long it would take for all the homes currently on the market to be sold based on current inventory and sale rate. A “normal” or neutral market is six months of inventory. In 2009, the height of the housing crisis, the MSI was over 17 months, a definite buyer’s market.
In November, the MSI was down to just over four months, indicating a lack of housing inventory and a potentially prime seller’s market. The lack of inventory has created pent-up demand, driving market time down by 10 percent and creating a sense of urgency with buyers to find the right home.
What does this mean for sellers? Declining inventory + compelling pricing = shorter market time and more ‘sold’ signs.If you are thinking of listing in the near future, it’s important to have your home ready to hit the market.
Contact me today if you are interested in selling your home. I’ll work with you to develop a pricing and marketing plan, as well as advise you on the steps you can take to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.If you are considering buying a new home during this time of historically low interest rates, please contact me for the latest available properties.
I will be happy to provide you with market information specific to your desired neighborhood so you can find a home that suits your unique needs.

Chicago Bungalows For Sale on Chicago’s North Side

Chicago Bungalows are still a value!

Chicago Bungalow in Albany Park neighborhood

Not only are they historically significant, charming, and efficient…

Bungalows are a terrific single family option at an affordable price with tremendous tax savings opportunities!


Chicago Bungalows are available for under $200,000 – for the price of a condo, you can have

  • total control of your property’s improvements,
  • land, and
  • greater privacy – no shared walls.


  • Energy Savers – get help lowering your gas and electric bills with EnergySavers Program
  • Retrofit Chicago – programs for greater energy efficiency through Impact Illinois, ComEd, and Peoples’ Gas
  • Property Tax Savings – rehab your home in an historic district and apply for property tax assessment freeze!

Chicago Bungalow Interior - From Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative


  • Vintage homes built in the early 1900’s
  • Great historic details are often found – stained glass windows, wood floors. mouldings, and often beam ceilings
  • historic bungalow neighborhoods are fabulous variations on a theme!


5255St Louis$525,000431364$4,521.00251335X125X34X125
4416Mozart$499,000118632$6,367.50028 X 122 X 29 X 122
5942Talman$387,750263742$2,829.06200030 X 125
2837Greenleaf$299,0003842.1$5,165.00031 X 125
5024Troy$199,9001522$3,507.13210033 X 126



Select this link to take a tour of Bungalows that have sold in the last 3 months

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Interested in learning more about Chicago Bungalows and potential tax savings by purchasing homes in Chicago’s historic districts?

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Links: American Bungalow magazine; shows pictures of bungalows all over the country. articles and images from The Craftsman magazine, 1916. an essay on craftsman bungalows. how to identify a craftsman-style home; information about Gustav Stickley. products for home restoration projects. a company that designs “new old homes.” another company that makes homes in classic bungalow designs, with schematics of some of those designs.

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