RAVENSWOOD TOWNHOMES SELLING FAST!

They called about purchasing their first home in Ravenswood. As a local realtor and long- time resident , I understand why they love it. The ease of transit via Metra, CTA brown and red line trains, express busses and access to Lake Shore Drive; shopping, and the beauty of the tree lined streets and historic properties that line them.

We met to talk about their wish list. They wanted to live withing walking distance of Metra, in a place with a sense of community, 3 bedrooms and a workout space, plus yard and garage.

I shared the recent market stats for Andersonville, Ravenswood and Lincoln Square properties, where single family homes sell from $800,000 to $1,500,000; and townhomes selling in the $500K’s to mid $600K’s range. I was happy to learn they were willing to consider townhouses, an option within budget.

We toured townhouses in three developments. All are within two blocks of Metra train stop, Marianos, the Fitness Center, bank, and pharmacy; as well as several local brewpubs. And they are just a few blocks from Andersonville dining, shops and entertainment, including a few of my favorites, shows at Magic Lounge, cookery and lessons at Chopping Block, to name a few.

An added benefit for running, and walking the dog, is the Winnslie Parkway and Gardens, a community greenspace on the east side of Ravenswood tracks, from Ainslie to Winnemac. A green space where neighbors can visit, toss a ball, and enjoy the lovely perennial gardens, planted and cared for by neighbors. A community event is held there every spring, of neighbors to work on gardens, plant and chip the pathway. See details at Winnslie.org. I am happy to share that they found their dream townhome, and look forward to moving in soon

MAKE YOUR MONEY WORK FOR YOU

“Winning at money is 80 percent behavior and 20 percent head knowledge.” 

– Dave Ramsey

Would you like to become wealthier and leave a financial legacy? Although there’s no proven way to get rich quick, there are three timeless principles you can follow to begin to build your fortune over time.

This month’s information outlines principles of wealth from a book displayed on every entrepreneur’s shelf: The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason. This book offers practical advice to develop smart money habits. Also listed are some helpful books and podcasts to complement your financial journey.

Want a reputable financial pro to help keep you on track? Give me a call – I have a great referral!

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NEW TAX LAW AT A GLANCE

Happy tax season! There is so much to think about as we dive into the 2018 returns. Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced many new changes to the tax code. If your head starts to spin at the mention of the word taxes, take a deep breath – the enclosed piece will help make things clearer.

Here you’ll find a guide that breaks down the biggest changes to the tax code to help you figure out which ones might affect your 2018 returns. I’ve also got all the major deadlines listed so you won’t miss a beat.

If you’re considering hiring a tax pro to help make sense of it all, call me! I have a great referral and I can connect you.

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