Category Archives: Top Chicago Realtor

Top 3 Myths About 2019 Home Staging-Chicago Real Estate

Making the most money on the sale of a home for 2019 is often the name of the game, and the agents who can do that, and ideally in a short span of time, becomes the Realtor of choice.  There’s been a lot of talk about staging a home to sell these days because Chicago sellers are recently seeing a trend of above asking price offers!  Staging often plays a role; unfortunately, Staging-101there are quite a few myths about home staging that need to be outlined…

 Myth #1 – Staging is mostly for vacant homes.

FALSE! Staging is more critical in occupied homes because it costs a lot less and has a huge impact.


Myth #2 – Staging is about neutralizing and painting all the walls beige.

FALSE! Staging is about working with what the seller has, so that the more expensive cosmetic changes may not always need to be done.

Myth #3 – Staging is mostly “decluttering.”

FALSE! Staging is about “styling for the photoshoot.”

While removing the extraneous in a home in order to give the buyer a view of the architectural details is a part of staging, completely clearing off the kitchen counters, dining tables, and coffee tables is most definitely NOT what a good home stager recommends.

Listing photos online often show kitchens, for example, with completely cleared countertops and that are overall lifeless.

But an expert home stager works with the home’s integrity to capitalize and merchandise the space into something that will resonate with the buyer from online glance to in-person experience — so they’ll then want to see more of the home and true engagement is achieved. More information on this topic can be found HERE

June 2019 continues on a path of top-producing, high performing client-centric results for Ian Schwartz and The Ian Schwartz Group. Look to him and his team this summer for optimally ranking attention with buying, selling, relocating or renting residential real estate property in the city of Chicago. Find out why he and his team are known for.…everything we touch turns to SOLD!


Top Summer 2018 Remodel Projects That Produce the Biggest Bang for Your Buck-Chicago Real Estate

RemodelingIt’s summer time, often an opportunity to update, change and add on to a Chicago home. But which one provides the biggest bang on home improvement ROI? Below is a list that breaks it down and sheds some light:

Chicago homeowners who updated their most frequented rooms and those who added on more living space often enjoyed the biggest return on investment, according to Remodeling Online’s latest Cost vs. Value Report. The annual report is the result of responses from 300 real estate professionals in 60 markets nationwide. Remodeling Online asked the pros what level of return a given remodeling job would provide if the house were sold within one year of the work. On the average nationwide, kitchen and bath remodels along with second-story, bath, family room and master suite additions were rated tops. Experts say newness and spaciousness are key.

From a minor kitchen remodeling job’s return of 88 percent to a 71 percent return on both a major kitchen remodeling job and a master suite addition, here’s a look at what gives you the top five best returns for your money. Maintenance-related jobs are excluded. For periods longer than a year between the remodeling work and the home sale, expect smaller returns.

Although the data is updated annually, the figures below should give you a general idea of what return you’ll get on your improvements.

 Best Returns:

Home Improvement Job Cost Resale Value Cost Recouped
Minor Kitchen Remodel $17,928 $15,278 85.2%
Window Replacement (Wood) $11,040 $9,416 85.3%
Bathroom Remodel $12,918 $10,970 84.9%
Window Replacement (Vinyl) $10,160 $8,500 83.7%
Two-story Addition $105,297 $87,654 83.2%
Major Kitchen Remodel $54,241 $43,603 80.4%
Attic Bedroom Remodel $44,073 $35,228 79.9%

Source: Remodeling Online/Hanley-Wood.

Resale/Selling Value Tip:

The psychology of newness and more spacious quarters translates into top resale value when several conditions work in conjunction:

  1. Curb Appeal
  2. Remodeling to Existing Standards
  3. Quality of Work

Ian Schwartz with The Ian Schwartz Group is among Chicago’s top selling Realtors.  Look to him and his team this summer 2018 to provide unparalleled client-centered service, dedication, passion, and top producing results; all while working to earn the trust, loyalty and friendship of each and every buyer or seller they represent. More info HERE

5 Steps to Chicago Real Estate Success in 2018-Property Selling and Buying

Chicago real estate agents are needed guides before during and after one of the most intimate transactions in a lifetime…buying or selling a home.  Yes, it is a business process, but one that demands a professional who embodies integrity, dedication, a personable demeanor, and a good sense of humor.  In addition having a long standing profile of concrete Realtor results doesn’t hurt either. Below are the top 5 essentials for success in any business, real estate included:

1. Understanding the Big Picture is Priceless

Taking the time to learn about a client’s business (and personal) goals and objectives is the backbone to success. Asking smart questions and doing lots of listening ranks high on the list. Understanding the dynamics and trends of an industry sets a professional apart from the rest. Look for proven results and outcomes.

2. Knowing a Client’s Expectations and Exceeding Them

Creating a reasonable set of expectations and then see if the professional will do their best to beat them. This mindset is 100% accepted and admired in any business process. The idea of following through with commitments in a timely manner is within this concept; a guaranteed way to earn trust and loyalty.

3. Observe and Execute the Client’s Preferred Way of Communicating

Asking a client for their method of frequent communication and delivering updates/progress reports often saves time as well as potential frustration from both sides.

4. Acclimate the Client to the Team Working on Their Matters

Taking the time to introduce clients to the team or group who will be working on an end goal is a good business practice for sure. Knowing the specialties of each staff member can eliminate confusion and create a seamless transaction or process.

5. Show the Client You Appreciate Their Business

Client love is the building block for friendships and ongoing business associations. Taking the time to show a client that you value their business earns loyalty, trust, and sustains a positive reputation.

Ian Schwartz with The Ian Schwartz Group, prides himself on his keen ability to listen, and consistently advocate client-centric results. Ian and his team combine forces to ensure an outstanding real estate experience for each and every client they service.  For more than 14 years, Ian has been among the elite group of top performing Realtors in Chicago and by rank fall in the upper 1% of real estate professionals nationwide. number 1 in closed sales volume within his highly productive Lincoln Park Plaza (1910 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL) Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office in 2017, he understands his profile of success in 2018 and years after will depend on his ability to continue to gain client trust, loyalty and  friendship.

Happy New Year!…..Chicago Real Estate

What a great year for Chicago real estate! The Ian Schwartz Team feels fortunate to have been deemed a 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter top producing real estate group in 2013. In addition Ian continues to rank in the top 1% of Realtors locally and nationally. For more than 15 years, Ian Schwartz has enjoyed representing both Chicago buyers and sellers as a Licensed Broker Associate in Coldwell Banker’s Lincoln Park Plaza office, one of the top five performing Coldwell Banker residential real estate offices in the United States. Over the past 10 years, Ian has been the number one agent in Resale Sales Volume in the Lincoln Park Plaza office, averaging more than 25 million dollars in sales per year; 2013 was no different.  We look forward to ensuring that every 2014 real estate experience is exceptional.  If you are a Chicago buyer, no stone will be left unturned to find you the perfect Chicago home. If you are a Chicago seller, Ian and his team will pour their hearts and souls into effectively exposing your home online and in print to have it seen by the largest audience possible. They will take all necessary steps to bring qualified buyers in the door and close the transaction.


Happy New Year Chicago. It’s a good life in 2014 and remember…everything we touch turns to SOLD!

Privilege, Sharing of Experience, Vital Support-Chicago Real Estate

Those key words and phrases sum up 3 reasons why The Ian Schwartz Group feels grateful to represent Chicago home buyers and sellers with real estate matters. Buying or selling a home is a major financial (and emotional) undertaking. It is a privilege to be hired and surpass expectations by earning trust, loyalty and friendship. The Ian Schwartz Group prides themselves on the ability to listen to and analyze the needs of both buyers and sellers. Providing high-ranking, sustained performance, in addition to unparalleled top tiered service sets them apart and further supports this nationally recognized team for their integrity, professionalism, and dedication.

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Thank you to those that have continued to work with, referred, and trusted The Ian Schwartz team with their Chicago real estate needs. They look forward to providing on-going top-selling real estate service and expertise. Over the past decade, Ian Schwartz has been the number one Chicago Realtor in Resale Sales Volume in the Chicago-Lincoln Park Plaza office, averaging more than 25 million dollars in sales volume per year. More information on the top producing, Ian Schwartz Group can be found HERE


Translating the Language of Real Estate-Top Chicago Realtor

Real Estate can be overwhelming. Having a top producing Chicago real estate team like The Ian Schwartz Group as a trusted guide can be priceless. A team small enough to focus and truly listen to your needs/wants but large enough to efficiently get the job done, all while gaining your trust, loyalty, and friendship.



More information on the proven profile of success for The Ian Schwartz Group can be seen HERE and HERE.

Dream Coldwell Banker

Guest blogger: Matt Dobbe, Regional Marketing Coordinator, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Wisconsin Region

Funny bubble of real estate abbreviations

As someone new to the real estate industry, I’ve learned that buying a home is more than just bed and bath counts. It’s waterfront property, big yards, BICCs and a friendly neighborhood. It’s FSBOs, REOs and contracts and paperwork…A lot of paperwork.

It probably shouldn’t have surprised me, but I didn’t realize how much had to be signed, approved and permitted when buying or selling a home. I also didn’t know that all real estate agents were fluent in more than one language: The Language of Real Estate. The Language of Real Estate consists largely of acronyms and abbreviations and if you happen to be one who’s not fluent in Real Estate, deciphering what a certain acronym or term may mean can make it seem like you’re trying to crack a decades long real estate code; similar to…

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A Celebration in Chicago Luxury Real Estate-Top Selling Chicago Realtor

RECENTLY SOLD –  a breathtaking property that allows entertaining under the stars in the atrium, or to dive into a good book in the peaceful library. One may decide to cook in a gourmet kitchen fit for the most discriminating chef or select a special bottle from the wine cellar and relax with friends on the sun-filled deck.


This 7,824 square foot JDL home on a 54 foot wide lot was built with stunning high-end finishes, ideal for family living and entertaining. For more closing information on this property, visit : 1746 W. Surf

Ian Schwartz with The Ian Schwartz Group, includes this exquisite Chicago luxury real estate property  as part of the over $19,000,000 they’ve sold so far in 2013. Ian’s legal, marketing, and consulting background, combined with his outgoing personality, his good sense of humor, and his integrity, professionalism, and dedication, have led to his continued high producing/performing, client centered success as a Licensed Broker Associate in the top ranking Chicago Coldwell Banker Lincoln Park Plaza office (1840 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60614-5881). Stop in today to see why they reference… everything we touch turns to SOLD!

How Low Inventories Affect Buyers and Sellers-Chicago Real Estate

WhattoDoThis spring, sales figures and low inventory levels seen in both the Chicago and overall state markets strongly suggests that demand has picked up sharply. As a result the lack of inventory decreases market times. So what do these variables mean for buyers or sellers? See the quick breakdown below:

For Sellers: It is an exceptional time to list a Chicago home and complete the transaction process quickly, if priced well. Last month- March 2013, It took an average of 70 days to sell homes that closed,  a decline of almost 25 percent from the 93 days in March 2012.The number of Chicago-Illinois area  homes listed for sale last month totaled 7,813 properties. That compares with 14,358 listings in March 2012. The time is NOW to jump into a thriving Chicago real estate market.

For Buyers: Presently, taking advantage of this period means purchasing  homes still priced attractively and doing so while  interest rates are low.  Urgency comes as rates will undoubtedly increase and home prices will continue to soar. Additional Chicago real estate news and conditions HERE.

For more information or to answer questions on the current Chicago real estate market, look to Ian Schwartz with The Ian Schwartz Group. He has been a top nationally ranking real estate professional, producing client centered results in the Chicago area for well over 14 years. Last year-2012, Ian was the #1 agent in closed units, and ranked in the top 1% of all Coldwell Banker Agents nationwide. He continues to be a trusted resource and the best in providing unparalleled service to both sellers and buyers. More information on Ian Schwartz can be found HERE and HERE.

Sell a Home Faster with Staging-Chicago Real Estate

If you are trying to sell your Chicago home, presentation can make all the difference. You always hear about “location, location, location,” but no matter where your house is, if it’s messy, cluttered or if you have your kitchen set up as a home office, it just isn’t going to sell. Staging is an integral part of selling, and selling at a faster rate:



More information HERE


Closing on a Home-Don’t Forget the Important Details: Chicago Real Estate

BusyIt’s probable to be a little hectic right before the closing of a real estate transaction, but you should always make time for a final walk-through. Your goal is to make sure that your new Chicago home is in the same condition you expected it would be. This is your last chance to conduct a series of checks, to ensure things are in working condition and that agreed-upon repairs have been made. Here’s a short list of what not to overlook on your final walk-through. Keep in mind having an experienced Chicago Realtor as your resource, can be the difference between a successful or not-so-great real estate transaction:

To start, make sure that:

  • Repairs you’ve requested have been made.
  • There are no major changes to the property since you last viewed it.
  • All items that were included in the sale price are there.
  • No plants or shrubs have been removed.

  • All appliances are operating, such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer, oven, etc.
  • Intercom, doorbell, and alarm are operational.
  • Hot water heater is working.
  • All personal items of the sellers and all debris have been removed.

Ian Schwartz with The Ian Schwartz Group, a trusted Chicago real estate resource for over 14 years.  Over the past 9 years,  with the help of his team, Ian has been the number one agent in Resale Sales Volume in the Chicago Lincoln Park Plaza office, averaging more than 25 million dollars in sales per year. In 2012 he was the #1 agent in closed units, and ranked in the  top 1% of all Coldwell Banker Agents nationally. He continues to be the best in providing unparalleled service to buyers and sellers alike. For more information visit him HERE.