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YoChicago nears 3,000 YouTube subscribers

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YoChicago has more than 2,500 videos on our primary YouTube channel, and they’ve been viewed more than 3.8 million times. We have far more narrated real estate videos online than all of the other media outlets in Chicago combined, and we’re adding to them frequently. Our most popular video, one of several on the erection ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 28, 2014

iMove Chicago asks whether you’re tired of broken promises?

iMove Craigslist screen cap

If you’ve been scanning real estate jobs at Craigslist you’ve probably seen the above ad for a rental service that currently goes by the name of iMove Chicago. The ad copy asks prospective agents whether they “want a database of listings that you can be assured is accurate, up to date and available?” The ad ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 14, 2013

Tour a neighborhood colonial near downtown Glenview

1957 Henley St, Glenview IL

Located near downtown Glenview in the Henley-Dewes-Linneman area, 1957 Henley St is a spacious and sunny 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath colonial with hardwood flooring throughout. The updated kitchen opens to a large family room with sliders leading to a beautifully landscaped back yard. Listing agent Vittoria Logli of Koenig & Strey’s Jerfita Team is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 22, 2012
News & trendsMarket conditions

Redfin seeing many multiple offer transactions in Chicago area

Video with Redfin

Redfin‘s Dario Medina and Mark Reitman stopped by my office the other day for an off-the-cuff discussion of Redfin’s business model and some of the trends its agents have been seeing recently in the Chicago real estate market. One topic I tossed out for discussion was multiple offers. According to Medina, 37% of Redfin’s local ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 1, 2012
West suburbsWestern Springs

A drive around Mayberry a/k/a Western Springs

Western Springs video

“It’s not the town for you if you want to be anonymous,” says Ann-Marie Hickey about the Village of Western Springs, which has been her home for the past 20 years. “It’s Mayberry.” Ann-Marie is a real estate agent with Realty Executives. After wrapping up a sponsored video shoot at a beautiful home she’s currently ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 13, 2012
West suburbsElmhurst

A 4-bedroom classic under $400K in Elmhurst’s Elm Estates

964 Kent Elmhurst video

The 4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath 2-story home at 964 Kent Ave in the Elm Estates neighborhood of Elmhurst will be instantly recognizable to tens of millions of people who grew up in homes very similar to it. It’s a classic layout from the 60s that’s stood the test of time and still works with the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 30, 2012

Chicago real estate broker launches broadcast media campaign

Koenig & Strey TV commercial

In a new media environment for real estate brokers, we’re seeing a lot of new marketing channels open up, not the least of which is one of the oldest – TV and radio. Though previously uncommon for all but the largest national franchises with the biggest budgets, market segmentation of today’s broadcast media make this ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 17, 2012
Wayne

A beautiful Wayne country estate serves up surprises

Luxury home in Wayne

You’re in a time warp as you pass through the tiny Village of Wayne along Army Trail Road. Except for the cars, the scene isn’t much different than it would have been 100 years ago. The traffic slows to observe a 25 mile an hour limit, and the entire pace of life seems to slow ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 6, 2012
North ShoreEvanston

LiveEvanston program offers low money down rehabbed homes

Evanston drive video

Last year Evanston received an $18.15 million federal grant to acquire and rehab 100 units of foreclosed and abandoned properties in two census tracts on the city’s west and south sides. The homes and condos will be offered for sale at prices as low as $60,000 for a condo and $100,000 for a single-family home ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 23, 2011
West suburbsElmhurst

A brief look at the Crescent Park neighborhood in Elmhurst

Crescent Park Elmhurst

Yesterday I visited the Crescent Park subdivision in Elmhurst with Tom Makinney and Maria Gracik of Koenig & Strey’s Gracik Makinney Group. We shot sponsored videos of two homes, which will be live at YouTube within a few days. The homes, at 350 E Ridge Ave, priced at $439,000, and 511 S Parkview Ave, priced ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Bank-owned properties head to a blow-out auction

Rick Levin auction video

On September 17 Rick Levin & Associates will be auctioning a variety of (mostly) bank-owned properties subject to minimum bids as low as 5% of a property’s original price. Some of the more interesting properties, according to veteran auctioneer Rick Levin In the sponsored video, include bulk sales of condos and parking spaces in Rogers ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 6, 2011
West suburbsHinsdale

A Hinsdale home that would be at home in Colorado

The highest-priced “new” listing in Hinsdale this past week, by a multiple of two, is a Colorado-style mountain lodge that comes with an appropriately lofty asking price of $4,999,999 – after a price reduction. The newly-built home, at 132 S Park Ave, has been on and off the market since January of 2009. It boasts ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 5, 2011

Chicago real estate loses a great friend

Doug Ayers, who in the past decade led two of the largest residential brokerages in Chicago, Koenig & Strey and Coldwell Banker, passed away yesterday at age 50 after a battle with cancer. Above all, Doug encouraged the absolute best in people and did it in an inspirational manner. This quote from Nancy Nagy, interim ...

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Posted by Mike Scotty on June 11, 2011
West suburbsBurr Ridge

A Prairie-style home on a Burr Ridge pond

8368 Arrowhead Farm Dr, Burr Ridge IL

The listing copy for this home encourages you to “embrace nature and enjoy the serenity of the pond and waterfall.” On days like yesterday, with the temperature scaling well into the 90s, I think many of us would attach higher value to the home’s “extensive windows” that “provide spectacular seasonal views bringing outside into every ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 9, 2011
North ShoreWilmette

A Colorado-style home in Wilmette’s Indian Hill Estates

Indian Hill Estates

The recently-listed 6-bedroom home at 1045 Romona Rd sits on a secluded half-acre lot with an in-ground pool and hot tub. The site is larger than you’ll find in most of Wilmette, even in Indian Hill Estates. And the home is unusual, with a 2-story family room and an open, flowing plan oriented toward the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 9, 2011