So You Want to Buy a Condo | Summer Edition

Friday, September 16, 2016

WeWork Grant Park has become one of my favorite spots in the city. It is white, bright, clean and filled with genuine and passionate people. I was thrilled to teach "So You Want to Buy a Condo" there on August 10th.

The audience was a mix of my network and WeWork members. They sipped cider and vanilla porter (on tap!) as Chris and I went through our presentation. At the end, we stayed for networking and questions. It was a 10/10, and I'm already looking forward to our fall seminar -- stay tuned.

Thanks to WeWork for hosting us. And thanks to Courtney for her gorgeous photos:


Monday, September 12, 2016

In June, Katie closed on the cutest home -- a loft in the West Loop, just a few blocks from Fulton Market. The condo is impossibly airy and open. It has French doors, a fireplace and a balcony -- these are a few of my favorite things.

Katie had been renting down the street from here, so she knew she was in love with the neighborhood. We honed in on a building on Clinton Street, and when this particular unit came on the market, she jumped on it quickly. After yet another multiple offer situation, Katie went under contract.

To celebrate her purchase, I went with these sweet little glasses and a bottle of wine. Congratulations, Katie. It was such a pleasure to work with you.

On Summer 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

My closest people know how I feel about summertime. It's too hot, too muggy, too uncomfortable. Weather aside, summer has been an emotionally difficult season for me. The past few years were marked by transition -- into U of I, out of U of I, into DePaul, out of DePaul, into real estate and out of journalism. Through everything, I battled with food, a struggle I used to write about quite often but have decidedly kept under wraps.

This summer was different. It takes time to build a life, and after three years in the city, I can finally call it my home. I've established deep, meaningful relationships -- friends that I can be myself with. My career has become stable and steady, and I find joy in the day-to-day responsibilities. But most of all, I am learning to trust God with each and every area of my life, rather than letting my circumstances control me. I still struggle -- as we all do -- but I've gained more big-picture perspective than ever before.

I have also gotten to have fun. Real, authentic, careless fun. I scroll through my iPhone camera roll and smile at the memories:

Celebrating birthdays. Pink sunsets. Sailing. 2 Timothy. Cubs games. Wine on rooftops. Wine on patios. Wine on couches. Visits to Hinsdale. A weekend in NYC. Beach baptisms. Pool hangs. Farmers markets. Spectacular skyline views. A softball game. Windows-down drives. Too many trips to RH. Walks. 

Now, Labor Day is here, the historic farewell to summer. I am honestly sad to see the season go. I feel far from my eating entanglements and close to those in my life. It's been a very sweet three months, and my prayer is that fall will follow in the same pattern.

Luis + Clarissa

Friday, August 26, 2016

I can't remember the exact day I met Luis and Clarissa, but it was sometime in the fall of 2013. Victoria, my roommate, and I had just moved into our apartment in Lakeview -- Luis and Clarissa lived below us. We knew them as our very cool, very hip, very artistic neighbors. They had a little pup named Sherman and grew the tastiest tomatoes in our shared backyard.

Two years later, Luis and Clarissa officially became my clients. They were in search of the perfect live/work space, a unique home that proved difficult to find. We looked for months, and there were plenty of ups and downs -- offers written, foreclosures found, properties that were not meant to be. The time allowed me to get to know Luis and Clarissa much better, and I learned so much, both about them and about real estate.

At Victoria's wedding in March, I sat with them during the ceremony, and Clarissa told me she was worried they'd never find the right place. Neither of us could've known that just a few months later, they'd close on the most special house I've seen in a long while: a converted single-family home, built in 1875. It was first a storefront, then a grocery shop, and then a bar. The space is over 1,700 square feet, offering three bedrooms, a huge kitchen, and a sunny and private patio. Unsurprisingly, the listing agent received ten offers -- ours was the winning bid.

(Speaking of the listing agent: John was the kindest realtor I've ever had the chance to work with. At the final walkthrough, he showed up with packages of koĹ‚aczki from his favorite Polish bakery -- one  for me, and one for Luis and Clarissa. That was so thoughtful and meant a lot to me, broker-to-broker.)

Congratulations, Luis and Clarissa. It was certainly an adventure to find and close on this McKinley Park vintage building. I already miss working with you guys. Celebrate with some Moscow Mules, will you?


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