Category Archives: Top Performing 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!


Home Rocks! New Coldwell Banker TV Ad

What does “HOME” mean to you? With a brand new year, now is one the best times to sell or buy Chicago real estate. Rates are low and inventory is surging up. With the Ian Schwartz Group you will have every base covered. Relocating to Chicago? Thinking of moving to a larger property or even downsizing? Are you a first time home buyer? Do you have an interest in or maybe would like more information about, Gold Coast, Old Irving Park Old Town, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Roscoe Village, , Wicker Park, Streeterville, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Andersonville, River North, River East, , North Center, Logan Square, West Loop, South Loop, Loop, Lakewood Balmoral, Edgewater, River West, Uptown, West Ridge, Rogers Park, or Evanston? With over a decade of premier, top performing, nationally recognized client centered service, Ian Schwartz has been the number one agent in Resale Sales Volume in the Lincoln Park Plaza office, averaging more than 25 million dollars in top ranking sales performance per year. He and his team ensure that your overall real estate experience is outstanding. He and his high performing Chicago real estate group call Coldwell Banker’s Lincoln Park Plaza office (1840 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60614-5881) home base.

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See why #HomeRocks in the latest ad from Coldwell Banker Real Estate that features the Motley Crue song, Home Sweet Home.

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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!

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.

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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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Chicago Real Estate-Professional Traits That Matter

Choosing the right Chicago real estate agent, whether you are buying or selling a home, is important. You want the best representative possible for your needs. Real estate professionals recommend meeting with at least two to three agents before committing, to make sure you find someone who will be a passionate advocate for you. Below are the top 5 traits to look for and why they may matter the most:

Truthful Tendencies: Having Someone that is going to tell the truth, be upfront, honest and forthright is trait often thought of as cliché’ but invaluable still. Getting recommendations and finding testimonials/reviews can help shed light on a real estate agents character.

Personable-Relatable: Find that certain someone that can be easy to talk to, is a good listener, and can relate to your needs and wants. You will certainly do a great deal of talking and listing during a real estate transaction.




Familiar-Knowledgeable: Having a Realtor who is familiar the desired neighborhood, builder, and local market conditions can be the difference between being well prepared and chaos. This goes back to the idea of reliability and selecting a real estate professional with a true sense of your needs and wants.

Communicates well and does often:  In an occupation that requires communication, it is vital to test the waters on return calls and timely updates or check-ins. In addition contact should be made in the method the client prefers [email, text, phone call, Facebook.. etc.].

Integrity-approach to business: Integrity is demonstrated and not necessarily spoken.  Having a  real estate agent/REALTOR put the clients’ interests above their own can be the ultimate deal solidifier or breaker.  Proper representation and advocacy go hand in hand and should be seen as well as felt during a real estate transaction.

Ian Schwartz with The Ian Schwartz Group, is a trusted resource with a 14 year profile of success. 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. He and his team pride themselves on the ability to listen and  analyze the needs of both buyers and sellers. They enjoy giving each client conscientious service and winning their trust, loyalty, and friendship.

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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.

New Listing – 2840 N. Lincoln #Chicago..Oustanding Gated Complex

New Listing – 2840 N. Lincoln #Chicago….Townhome in Outstanding Gated Complex, Lakeview. See Views:

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Do You Have the Right Chicago Agent?-Top Performing Chicago Realtors

It cannot be said enough, finding the right Chicago Realtor is priceless! For some the top ranking, production-performance numbers, and volume matter most. These factors are certainly important, but experience, professionalism, tenacity, sincerity, patience, and an appropriate sense of humor can be just as sought after. At the end of the day, is your real estate agent a good fit for your needs, and do you really know what a good Chicago real estate agent offers? Below are a video introduction and 2 strategic benefits of using a top results driven Chicago Realtor, that may surprise you:

Reputable insider information.  In a recent survey, home sellers and buyers said one of the biggest benefits they got from their agent was an understanding of how the buying process works. When it comes to something as infrequent, complex and high stakes as buying or selling a home, having a reputable real estate brand/firm and trusted real estate professional, who is dedicated to your Chicago real estate success can alleviate your anxieties and otherwise put you in a power position; when it comes to making smart real estate decisions.


Breaking down options you weren’t aware were possible. There’s no shame in NOT knowing everything there is to know about real estate – even very active real estate consumers will only buy or sell 5, maybe 10 homes in a lifetime. But your Chicago real estate agent does this all day, every day, for the span of their career. With experience comes expertise in:

  • Chicago neighborhoods
  • Setting up buying/selling action plans
  • pricing plans/cost projections
  • home staging strategies and resources
  • contract terms
  • marketing options/tools
  • negotiation strategies
  • post-closing protections/service provider recommendations

The bottom line: The more comfortable you feel recommending your agent, the more likely you are to be profoundly pleased with the ways your Chicago real estate agent/broker can help you. See a few of Ian Schwartz’s recommendations HERE and HERE:

More information on selecting the right real estate professional HERE