Dowell Group #3 in Sales!

The Dowell Group is #3 in sales for our Chicago Berkshire Hathaway office…which is number #1 in the Midwest and #3 in the Nation!

Thank you to all our clients who trust us to negotiate & facilitate the best deals for them. If you are looking to buy, sell, rent or invest contact us today. We are here for you 24/7.

 

Two Chicago Luxury Listings! What you can get for around $1.6 million

Recently our group has had the good fortune of representing two amazing properties! Residing in different neighbors, one new construction and the other a gut rehab that spared no expense. These beautiful homes got us thinking about the extensive features in both. So, to make it a little easier we compiled a list! Please see below for what to take note of while touring the exceptional listings at 2734 N Marshfield & 2139 W LeMoyne.

 

2743 N Marshfield

HOME HIGHLIGHTS

  • New construction chic 5 bedroom/4.1 bath single family home in Lincoln Park
  • Exquisite brick and limestone exterior
  • Tasteful paneling, molding, & millwork throughout
  • 2 interior fireplaces with custom mantels & tile floors
  • Designer selected finishes and lighting plan w/recessed small cans throughout
  • Oak hardwood floors throughout main and upper floor levels
  • Stylish wood tiles and radiant heat throughout the living areas in the lower level
  • Wet bar in lower level w/cabinetry, quartz counter, shelves, sink and beverage center
  • External wood burning brick fireplace & deck off living room/kitchen entertaining area
  • Lounging area on house roof top deck made out of composite wood with views
  • 2 car garage

 

KITCHEN FEATURES

  • Gourmet kitchen and island with custom white shaker cabinetry upgraded to ceiling
  • 1 ¼” Exotic Quartz Counters
  • Stunning marble backsplash with decorative inlay
  • Large gray colored center island w/quartz counters, storage and sitting included
  • Farmhouse Sink
  • Sub-Zero Refrigerator 48” Side by Side
  • Bosch Dishwasher
  • 48” Wolf Range w/hood and vent
  • Panasonic Microwave
  • ¾ horse power garbage disposal
  • Grohe Chrome Faucet
  • Designer pendant lighting over the island
  • Butler’s pantry w/wine fridge and sink

 

MASTER BATHROOM FEATURES

  • Double white vanities w/ ¾” Quartz countertops
  • 2 under mount sinks w/chrome faucets
  • Oversized steam shower w/bench and glass enclosure
  • Elegant hand painted floor tiles and subway stacked wall tiles
  • Dual shower heads
  • Freestanding soaking tub w/polished chrome fixture and pull out spray
  • Handpicked chandelier & wall-mounted lighting above the vanities
  • Radiant heated floors
  • Dual flush toilet

 

2ND FLOOR & LOWER LEVEL BATHROOM FEATURES

  • Custom cabinetry in grey, ebony or taupe
  • ¾” Quartz countertops
  • Porcelain tile floors
  • Polished chrome Grohe faucet
  • Dual flush toilet

 

EXTERIOR FEATURES

  • Lux French doors open to outdoor area
  • Raised back terrace
  • Wood burning fireplace

 

 

2139 W LeMoyne

HOME HIGHLIGHTS

  • All brick 2 flat built in 1889 fully renovated into green single family home in 2007 Designed by Fisher & Crowl of Chicago Architecture firm fc Studio
  • 4+ bedrooms, 4.5 baths 4442 sq feet of livable space-1100 below grade w/10 foot ceilings
  • Sits on an oversized Lot – 163’ x 26’
  • Exterior includes a built-in patio with outdoor kitchen & lower level yard with fire pit
  • Two car detached garage with reinforced rooftop

  

INTERIOR FINISHES

  • Mesquite wood floors through all first and second floors
  • Heated Italian Porcelain in Master Bathroom, Kitchen, and Basement
  • Reclaimed wood features throughout (stairs, shelving, sliding doors)
  • Skylights in hallways and bathrooms
  • Custom wood built-ins in all closets
  • Lux kitchen features Corian countertops w/ Wolf range/ oven with induction stove top, Miele microwave/ speed oven & Liebherr fridge
  • Contemporary bathrooms with natural stone countertops
  • 2 master bedrooms with en-suites
  • Secret passage between kids’ rooms
  • Finished basement with tv area, Poliform shelving unit, climbing wall, kids play area, and full bathroom
  • Built-in sound system throughout main floor & security system
  • Electrolux frontload efficient washer/ dryer, upstairs near bedrooms

 

GREEN FEATURES

  • Geo exchange heating and cooling. Geo exchange is an extremely efficient, environmentally friendly, comfortable, and low maintenance

 

AMAZING EXTRAS

  • HVAC system and whole house exhaust fan
  • High efficiency insulation. Walls specified to have R-19 insulation, roof & ceilings specified to have R-38 Insulation.
  • Windows (Kolbe, Ultra Series, R-19)
  • Fleetwood retractable sliding door system
  • Flood prevention overhead ejection sump pump system and waterproofed foundation with full exterior French drain

 

Featured in Crain’s! Our new project in UK Village 2016 W Rice

February 23, 2017

A condo building that changes colors

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Having a pro by your side can make all the difference – Benefits of purchasing with a Realtor

Buying a home is expensive and most likely the largest purchase most people will ever make, so it makes sense that our natural inclination is to cut corners wherever possible. Today, with the explosion of websites like Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com, there is an influx of information. But is it valid and useful?

First thing to know is the commission for the buyer’s Realtor is paid for by the seller. As the buyer, you are employing an experienced agent at no cost to guide you through the process, reduce stress and hopefully save you a lot of money. The 1-2.5% a buyer stands to possibly re-coup by representing themselves or employing a discount Realty group, they could likely make up with the knowledge and negotiation skills of an experienced Realtor. This coupled with all the other perks a professional advocate provides, make hiring an experienced professional an excellent option for all buyers.

As your Realtor, they have a fiduciary responsibility to you at all times. Listed below is a breakdown of some of the many services agents provide their clients during a transaction:

Advises
Explain Agency
Explain Closing Costs
Provide Needs Analysis
Discuss Attorney Role
Setup Property Search
Refine List of Properties
Conduct Due Diligence
Explain Contracts and Disclosures
Discuss Market Conditions
Revisit Needs Analysis
Prepare CMA for Preferred Property
Review Closing Process

Negotiates
Discuss Market Protocols
Outline Counter Offer Strategies
Outline Negotiation Strategies
Review Seller Disclosures
Present Counter Offer Positions
Oversee Home Inspection Negotiation
Review Market Analysis
Set Price Limit
Prepare Offer
Present Offer
Negotiate Contract Terms
Oversee Home Inspection Negotiation

Facilitates
Follow-up on Due Diligence
Review Negotiation Issues with Attorney
Follow-up on Contract Contingencies
Facilitate Final Walk-Through
Coordinate Home Inspection
Oversee Home Inspection
Oversee Attorney Communication
Oversee Inspection Repairs
Provide Purchase Agreement to Attorney
Follow-up with Mortgage Originator
Review Closing Costs
Attend Closing
Manage Closing Details

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or on your third purchase, without proper guidance buying a home can be a time-consuming and confusing process. Your Realtor is there to keep you on track and help you focus on the next step while keeping in mind the big picture. The reality is that much like the stock market, real estate is an active, ever-changing market that fluctuates based on the economy, season and a host of other factors. These circumstances are why it is essential to consult with a full-time agent who has their pulse on the market and can educate you on future developments and changes in area neighborhoods. This insight and knowledge assists greatly in procuring great opportunities to help clients find the best home for their lifestyle.

For more information about the purchasing process or to sit down for a buyer’s presentation, please contact us at ddowell@thedowellgroupre.com or give us ring at 312-391-5655. We are happy to explain the process step-by-step! To check out a little more information about The Dowell Group, see below for links to our Zillow reviews, Facebook & Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/thedowellgroup/

https://www.instagram.com/thedowellgroup/?hl=en

http://www.zillow.com/profile/Danielle-Dowell/#reviews

On the Buy vs Rent fence?

With rental prices increasing every year, we’ve recently had many first-time buyers looking to convert their monthly payments into personal equity. Buying a home has many steps and with this blog we aim to provide practical information and user friendly resources for the lending process. Below, Jim Colucci and his team at Guaranteed Rate answer questions most every buyer has at some point. A great read for those of us contemplating purchasing, but limited time to research.

I think I want to buy a house, but how do I know if I am financially ready?

This comes down to running the numbers. Here is a link to our buy vs rent calculator. It’s an excellent tool to give you an estimate of how much your monthly expenses would be as a homeowner vs renting. It also calculates how much money you would be saving long-term by purchasing.

Link – https://www.guaranteedrate.com/mortgage-calculators/should-I-rent-vs-buy-calculator

Current buyers are also benefiting from record low interest rates and avoiding annual rental increases that have gone up steadily in the past few years. Other advantages are potential tax benefits, building your own equity and the freedom to increase property value from renovations or décor changes.

I’ve decided to stop renting and purchase. What documents will I need to secure a loan and how far in advance should I gather them?

You will need 2 month’s pay stubs, 2 month’s asset statements, 2 years of federal tax returns and the HR contact person for your employer. Further documents will likely be required throughout the loan process, but this is a great start. Because the documents need to be current, you should gather them right when starting the application process. A good first step is using our Digital Mortgage application to obtain your free credit scores, pick your loan program and receive a loan estimate. From there we will contact you, answer any questions and make sure you are picking the loan that is best for you.

Link – https://app.guaranteedrate.com/start

My friend told me I shouldn’t make any big financial changes when trying to obtain a loan. What are some of the things I should do to ensure a stress-free process?

Good credit is critical to procure the best interest rate and terms on a mortgage, so do continue to pay all bills on time. One late payment can compromise approval when trying to obtain a loan. Also, continue to use your credit like you presently do. A change in pattern could cause concern and lower your score.

The things to not do are a bit more plentiful. Here is a quick rundown of the major ones to avoid:

Don’t

Apply for new credit/co-sign for a loan – Every time your credit is pulled you will lose points from your credit score. This also applies for co-signing for a loan or credit card.

Max out credit cards/Consolidate your debt – While you might get a lower interest rate, consolidating onto one or two cards will likely push you above 30% of your available limit. Keeping the balance below 30% of your available limit on credit cards is essential.

Close active credit card accounts – Closing credit card accounts negatively impacts your credit. Keep those open even if they aren’t being utilized.

Payoff collections – This can be done through escrow when closing.

Withdrawal or deposit large amounts of money – Avoid this whenever possible and consult with your lender.

Change jobs – Don’t change jobs. Even if the new job brings in more income it could negatively affect your loan process. Consult your lender should this arise.

Make major purchases – This correlates with many of the above. Don’t: open new lines of credit, max out your current credit card or withdraw large amounts of money. Wait to purchase new furniture until after you have the keys to your new home.

What are closing costs and will I know how much that amount is before signing a contract to purchase?

Closing costs are everything from attorney fees to transfer tax. We go over each item with our clients, but also provide a wealth of information on our website to help our clients that are more comfortable researching solo in the beginning. As the closing of your homes nears will we be able to give you exact figures and let you know the amount you will need to bring to the closing.

Link – https://www.guaranteedrate.com/loan-expert/jimcolucci

Once I have signed a contract on a home how long will it take to close?

We estimate our loan process at 30-45 days. Of course, there are some transactions that might differ due to extraneous circumstances.

For more information on making the transitioning from a renter to a homeowner, please feel free to contact Danielle @ ddowell@thedowellgroupre.com or 312-391-5655. 

For all your lending questions or to review more valuable data about the loan process, Jim Colucci & his team at Guaranteed Rate are happy to provide any additional. Contact Jim @ jim.colucci@guaranteedrate.com or 708-302-4000.

 

 

 

 

Why Buy Now

The Benefits of Purchasing.

Increases in rental prices.
Rental prices in Chicago have increased around 8% in the last 2 years, making the standard practice of saving to become a homeowner while renting increasingly difficult. New buyer programs are introduced regularly, one just recently for just 1% down! (contact me for details) Programs like this and others, could be the difference between paying your landlord for another year of rent or building your own equity.

Investing in your future.
For most, purchasing a home is the biggest investment you will ever make. However, unlike most investments a place to live is something you will have to budget for regardless. Most people don’t realize they are actually ready to purchase because they don’t have the information easily provided through a few quick conversations. We will happily breakdown the steps of purchasing a home and get you moving in the right direction. In many situations, renting really is throwing your hard earned money away when you could be stacking it.

Tax Benefits.
Deductions make us happy! Getting a pat on the back from the IRS for investing in you is an added bonus of becoming a homeowner. Taking advantage of this is just another way to be money smart.

Pride of Ownership.
Financials aside, there is something to be said for walking into your home where you have the creative freedom to renovate, paint or change anything that you wish. Creating a comfortable environment that will only give back to you when it is time for the next journey. Pride of ownership is a real thing and it feels great!
More questions? Please send them our way and let us help you find your new home! Choosing the right team is essential. Whether buying or selling we are there for our clients to walk them through every step of the process and provide seasoned referrals for all of your needs. If you are a buyer are services are complimentary! Want to do a little Google research and see for yourself? Check out our reviews on Zillow. https://www.zillow.com/profile/ddowell/#reviews

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

SOLD!! 2022 W Superior Chicago IL 60612

2022 Superior Living Room

SOLD!! 2022 w Superior
Chicago, IL 60612

Closed: 1/05/2016
$949,000

Stunning new construction single family home in booming Ukrainian Village with tons of light! This modern home features 4 bedrooms 3.5 Baths with a well thought out flexible and efficient floor plan and architecturally cool center staircase. The large master suite has an over sized steam shower with heated floors, and bench + large walk in closet. The dream kitchen is a chefs delight with abundant cabinetry and Bosch appliance package + 2 beverage centers. Lower level is perfect for entertaining with a large wet bar. Additional amenities include heated floor in lower level bath, laundry room with shelving and sink, speaker pre-wiring throughout. Three phenomenal private decks! One above the garage and two on the roof. Highly desirable location close to shops, restaurants, Chicago express bus, Metra, park, and so much more!

2022 Superior Kitchen

2022 Superior family room

2022 Superior bathroom

This modern new construction single family home in booming West Town received multiple offers and sold within one week! For the interior of the dwelling the builder did a fantastic job of providing stunning finishes that flowed throughout the entire home in a harmonious manner. On the exterior, the use of multiple materials gives it a strong architectural presence. This combination along with great marketing, made the home well received in the real estate market and positioned it for a quick and aggressive sell.

If you are looking for a market analysis on your home, contact me today. Our team is happy to help you get a premium price for home this year! Danielle Dowell – ddowell@thedowellgroupre.com – 312.391.5655

1615 Burling – 15 New Luxury Boutique Residences

1615 Burling Exterior rendering

Welcome to 1615 Burling, a unique collection of 15 luxury-designed residences in a boutique setting and unmatched location. Comprised of two extraordinary penthouse residences, three expansive duplexes, and a mix of light-filled two and three bedroom homes, this building exemplifies the best of location, architecture, design, quality and lifestyle. Designed by the renowned architectural firm, Pappageorge Haymes, every detail of these homes has been thoughtfully considered.

1615 Burling Rendering Penthouse Living Room

Interiors defined by extra-wide, light filled spaces that are bright, graceful and welcoming. Each corner residence has been professionally designed with an eye towards generous great rooms, striking kitchens and dream bathrooms, along with extraordinary private outdoor space, elevator access and attached heated garage parking.

The exterior compliments the tradition of Burling Street yet fulfills buyers’ desire for a modern aesthetic and boutique lifestyle.

1615 Burling Rendering Master Bedroom

Nestled at the end of the Burling street cul-de-sac in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, 1615 Burling provides the best of a quaint neighborhood within steps of any city necessity, convenience or luxury.

penthouse terrace

Our anticipated delivery date is summer of 2016 and pre-construction prices range from $729,000 – $1,999,000. We have begun office presentations at our Koenig Rubloff office at 1800 N Clybourn 2nd floor. Presentations are held every Saturday from 10-1 or by appointment.

For more information contact Danielle Dowell at ddowell@thedowellgroupre.com or 312.391.5655.

1031-1035 S. Racine – New Project by ZOV Development

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Zov Construction’s newest development, 1031-1035 S. Racine, features eight expansive 2, 3 & 4 bedroom residences in the heart of Chicago’s Tri-Taylor/Little Italy district.

The qualities of old world heritage, and modern sensibility, create properties infused with cutting edge updates, indisputable style and timeless class.

Zov development modern kitchen

 

Taylor Street offers a mix of classic restaurants and interesting wine bars. The Italian eateries that populate the area, a nod to the neighborhood’s immigrant past, coexist happily with neighborhood coffee shops, populated by local residents and students from the nearby university.

The community’s charm, no doubt one reason for the neighborhood’s popularity, is further maximized by a centralized location and easy access to convenient public transportation. 1031-1035 S. Racine is minutes from downtown Chicago, the University of Illinois Chicago campus, and the University of Illinois Medical District.

Zov Development living room

 

The four story development straddles an impressive 50’X160′ lot, which allows for eight luxuriously wide and spacious, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom residences! Overall the property’s aesthetic is modern in concept. Large glass-paneled balconies accent a natural stone exterior facade which compliments sleek interior finishes. Custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, walk-in closets and designer bathrooms with radiant heated floors and steam showers are just a few of the luxuries standard to each unit. Multiple outdoor areas and garage parking are also included in the design.

Zov development bedroom

 

For more information about this exciting development, and other upcoming projects, please contact me, Danielle Dowell, with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.