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As your Chicagoland real estate agent Michael LaFido, I want to be your resource for all things real estate. Whether you are buying, selling, or investing in real estate, I am here to guide you through the process. Subscribe to this blog to learn all of the latest news from our local market and receive expert tips for buying or selling a home.

Looking Back on 2017 and Forward to 2018



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2017 was an amazing year. Today, I want to share what we’re thankful for and discuss goal-setting for 2018.

2017 was a record-breaking year for us. We had two record sales. One property was in West Chicago in Ancient Oaks, and the other was in Geneva. We also closed on a $1.9 million co-op building in down and a cute little property in Wheaton for under $90,000.

We represent large and small homes. We are thankful for all of our clients, whether you bought, sold, or rented—thank you for an amazing year. 

Thank you to all who helped contribute to our new book for my consulting business called “Luxury Listing Specialist.” We also launched a new podcast to help real estate agents and give back to the industry.

We represented some amazing properties this year. In fact, Architectural Digest named one of our properties in Barrington Hills as the most beautiful homes for sale in all of Illinois.

Thank you for all of your referrals and reviews. We appreciate your feedback. 



From our staff to you and your family, thank you for a great year.


Now, let’s talk about 2018. You might have heard me talk about my “Prove Them Wrong" sign. As we head into 2018, many people make New Year’s resolutions and resolve to start the year with a clean slate. However, whether those goals are related to your business or personal life, most people don’t stick to them.

Prove them wrong. Create goals that are attainable and create accountability partners.

The magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone, so think big and prove them wrong.

Again, thank you for everything you’ve done for us in 2017. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you.

Here’s to another great year in 2018!

See Why Architectural Digest Named Our Listing The Most Beautiful Home For Sale In Illinois



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Today, I’d like to talk to you about a very special property. Architectural Digest chose the most beautiful home from each of all 50 states, which you can take a look at here, and this property was actually named one of the most beautiful homes for sale in Illinois.

I’m proud to announce that I’m representing this gorgeous home in Barrington Hills. You may have seen it before on Wednesday nights, since it is featured during Fox’s hit series “Empire.” 

 
Sitting on an approximately eight and a half acre lot, this home features five bedrooms, nine full baths, two half baths, and is over 17,000 square feet. There is also an in-ground pool, a full wet bar, and a theater.

You can check out some great photos of this home as well as the lifestyle video we shot here. 




Architectural Digest named this property the most beautiful home for sale in Illinois.


If you or anyone you know is looking to put your home on the market, don’t keep us a secret. My team and I service all kinds of properties, and would love to help you out.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 



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Use the Season to Your Advantage: Take Your Home Photos Now



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Today I’d like to talk about the importance of taking photos of the outside of your house now if you’re thinking of selling in the winter or the Spring of 2018.

If you want to sell your home in the spring as many sellers do, I recommend you get your exterior photos taken now while there are still some green leaves on the trees.

Recently, I was contacted by a homeowner that listed with another agent in March of 2017. Their contract was up, and they were unhappy with their agent, so they interviewed me. Taking a look at the photos they’d had, I noticed they hadn’t been updated from March when they were originally taken. It was a gloomy day, and there were no leaves on the trees.

Being proactive, I quickly had photos taken of the home with a drone, even though their home wasn’t going on the market right away. However, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so exterior photos are really important. If the exterior photos are drab and dreary, buyers may not want to see the photos of inside and ultimately move onto a different listing.



You only get one chance to make a first impression, so exterior photos are really important


If your home isn’t currently on the market, or if it is but you plan to make changes to your listing, be proactive. Interview your agents now, and take your photos now. I talk about this among many other things in my new book “Luxury Listing Specialist”. This fall we attended many conferences where we were rubbing elbows with some of the top agents from around the world, so I could come back to my marketplace to serve my clients more effectively with cutting-edge marketing, both online and offline.

If you need a second opinion on your real estate transaction, you’re thinking of selling, or you have any real estate questions at all, please reach out to us. Let’s keep up the momentum and finish 2017 strong.