Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city this summer? Well, you’re not alone. According to a recent report from Redfin, mortgage applications for second homes increased 84% in January year over year. The trend has largely been driven by low mortgage rates and lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic, as people have realized they can bring remote work seemingly anywhere.
For some, the days of working from home are on the way out or becoming less frequent as more people get vaccinated. If this includes you, then you know how exciting it is to see your favorite coworkers again and collaborate in person. And while you may have certain concerns about going back into the office, the best thing you can do is plan ahead, and make sure you’re aware of any new workplace policies related to masks, schedules, quarantining, and workspace configuration.
It’s no secret that @ Loves Local has been a hit over this past year. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to support multiple businesses throughout Chicagoland and indulge in some incredible bites and sips! With summer here, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with WEEKLY @ Loves Local events!
Located less than 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Barrington has all the makings of a great suburb. With a quaint hometown feel, a full event calendar, and a rich history, the village exudes charm amid its tree-lined streets and picturesque downtown. Here are 10 reasons we have fallen in love with Barrington:
Congratulations go out to the @properties agents and staff recently inducted into the prestigious 2020 Road to Rolex club! 88 agents were honored with a Rolex or Cartier watch for achieving a minimum of $10 million in annual closed sales volume for their first time with the company, while eight staff members also were honored for their outstanding contributions throughout their time with the firm. @properties co-founders Mike Golden and Thad Wong launched the program in 2004, and since then, nearly 600 watches have been awarded.
If you’re from Chicago, you know Dinkel’s Bakery. Located on Lincoln Ave in the Lakeview neighborhood, Dinkel’s has been around for many generations doing what they do best, treating their community to deliciousness. You may know them for their famous Stollen, decadent donuts, incredible breakfast sandwiches, or cakes. If you’re wondering, they’ve got plenty more mouth-watering menu items.
Thanks to its charming downtown, a world-class university, high-performing schools, access to Lake Michigan and hundreds of acres of green space and bike paths, the Northwest Indiana city of Valparaiso is a great place to live. Translated as “Vale of Paradise,” Valparaiso is beloved by its residents, and we love it too. Here are 10 reasons why:
According to a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business, home sales in the city of Chicago increased 35.5% in March on a year-over-year basis, almost three times the increase that was seen nationwide. The median sales price in Chicago was up 7.8% that same period, while prices jumped 17.2% nationally.
Anyone who has followed residential real estate news in the past year has certainly heard about the pandemic-fueled migration out of densely populated cities and into larger homes in suburban and rural markets. But does the buzz match reality? Continue reading
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