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Calendar of Chicago Festivals in 2019

Summer in Chicago…so much to do and so little time. From the Old Town Art Fair to Ribfest to Gay Pride Parade to concerts on Northerly Island and more; the list goes on. Here is our snapshot of a few …

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Chicago Market Report – May 2019

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your home.

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Debra’s Little Black Book v2 is available!

Several times a week I hear from many of you looking for the best place to get a party dress altered, or for the contact info of my emergency heating contractor, or for the plumber who will make a house …

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Chicago Market Report – April 2019

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your home. <center></center>

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Chicago Market Report – March 2019

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your home.

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PODCAST: Design Trends for 2019

Debra Dobbs speaks with Elissa Scrafano, a leading lady of Architecture in Chicago and across the county.  Debra and Elissa passionately discuss what is on trend,  which past trends are about to pass, design details that are timeless, and how interior …

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Chicago Market Report – February 2019

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your home.

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Salt of the Shire

Crazy Uncle Mike left warm, sunny East Bohemia, Czech Republic, for a 6-week visit in warm, balmy Chicago. In addition to business planning for 2019 and lively discussions about SEO and beta testing a microphone for our Podcast program, he …

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Chicago Market Report – January 2019

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Create an At-Home Haven to Recharge This Winter

A home should be a destination to recharge after a chaotic day of work, commuting, running errands or transporting kids around. It should serve as a retreat to help you feel nurtured and relaxed — not stressed from unfinished chores …

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How Does Tax Proration Work?

Taxes may be the last thing on your mind as you advance through the homebuying process. Yet, there are important tax considerations that need to be worked out before you get to the closing table. One of those considerations is …

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How the economy impacts Chicagoland Real estate

“Lately, the economy hasn’t been all that fun to watch. Wild stock market fluctuations in the final weeks of 2018, uncertainty over the impact of economic tariffs and a predicted drop in the gross domestic product are all a bit …

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Chicago Market Report – December 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Crazy Michael’s Lemon Curd

Originated in late 19th century England, this homemade lemon curd is traditionally served with bread or scones at afternoon tea as an alternative to jam, and as a filling for cakes, small pastries and tarts. Crazy Michael’s Lemon Curd RECIPE …

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Staging Your Home – 12 Ideas that Sell

Ah, the age-old seller question: do I really need to put effort into staging my home? The answer: YES. Expecting to sell your home at your asking price without staging is similar to your Freshman year of college when you …

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Chicago Market Report – November 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Limoncello

The smell of grated lemon evokes a swirl of memories for me (right up there with garlic, basil and rosemary) .  A most recent memory is of coming home to find my creative, fabulous and very talented sister in law (also incredibly …

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Moving Away Party Planning 101

When it comes time to pick up and move your whole entire life to a new place, there are often a lot of different emotions involved. On one hand it’s exciting that you’re starting fresh in a new home; perhaps …

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Chicago Market Report – October 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents

Announcing the selection of Debra Dobbs among America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents® for 2018. Selection to America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents® is reserved to identify the nation’s most esteemed and skilled Real Estate Agents and Brokers with a …

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So You’re Moving to Chicago

10 Things a Transplant to the Windy City Should Know History The town of Chicago was organized in 1833 on August 12 (my birthday!) with 200 people. The city of Chicago was founded in 1837 , and has grown to …

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Grandpa Florie’s Giardiniera Recipe

One of my favorite childhood memories is of tending the garden with my Grandpa Florie.  He had the most gentle hand, with his beloved granddaughter and with his beloved fruits and vegetables; 3 varieties of grapes, towering apple tree and …

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Chicago Market Report – September 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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So Long, Sweet Summer

Well, what a summer it has been… My daughter flew off to New Zealand late June for what was to be a month long adventure. Almost 3 months later she is in love… with NZ, not a boy 🙂 and …- more -
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Chicago Market Report – August 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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2018 REAL Trends’ America’s Best Real Estate Professionals

Congratulations to Debra Dobbs on making the esteemed 2018 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. You are recognized as one of the top sales associates in your state. It is an honor to acknowledge your excellent achievement and recognize your professionalism, hard work and …

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Marmellata con Limone

With its strong lemony zing, a small amount of this marmalade goes a long way. Spread it over your favorite bread and butter, toast or a croissant, use it on pastry or mix a spoonful into your hot tea. My Marmellata …

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Chicago… Must Love Dogs

About once or twice a week, my boyfriend and I love to take evening strolls around West Loop – always making pit stops at the various dog parks along the way. We love to see which pups are making their …

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Chicago Market Report – July 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Chicago Market Report – June 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Chicago Market Report – May 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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The Best Things To Do In Chicago This Spring

Especially now that the weather is turning, Chicago is a beautiful place to be! From theatres to museums to restaurants, there’s always something fun going on in the Windy City. Now that spring is here, take some time to check …

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Is the formal living room dead?

I can remember in vivid detail sitting in the living room of my grandparent’s house in South Deering on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of August, thighs stuck to the plastic covering of the ‘fancy’ sofa.   My beloved …

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Chicago Market Report – April 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Chicago in the springtime

Each day I walk the few blocks from my Lincoln Park home to the office at @Properties, stopping first – of course – at my favorite coffee shop, City Grounds, for an espresso! Some days are more pleasant than others …

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IN THE NEWS | The Top Players in Chicago Real Estate

The ‘House Whisperer’ discusses her professional journey and Chicago’s fascinating real estate market. – Read an interview with Debra on EstateEnvy. Debra speaks about her passion for real estate, journey to become one of the top Chicago brokers, and gives …

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Chicago Market Report – March 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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The Ultimate Chicago Neighborhoods for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Most out-of-towners associate Chicago with its bone-chilling winter season. Despite the few months of frosty weather, Chicago is celebrated for its open-air entertainment. Chicago’s many amenities, Michelin-rated restaurants, and historical roots entice renters and homebuyers seeking urban comforts. Coupled with …

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Chicago Market Report – February 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Owls in Chicago!

Owls in Chicago! Can you imagine?  Fellow realtor and all around awesome guy, Josh Feeney, is a world class photographer with an eye that finds the most exquisite animals and birds to photograph.  A daily glance at his photo gallery …

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Starry Nights Beef Bones Soup

My sister-in-law, Eva, makes a wonderful Bone Broth and Veggie Soup from the beef bones that are always included in our Starry Nights Beef Box. Starry Nights Farms produce 100% grass fed beef in a sustainable, humane way. Support a …

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Luxe RED Residential Excellence in Design Awards – vote!

Luxe Magazine is hosting their first Annual Luxe RED Residential Excellence in Design Awards. The judging panel consists of nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the Design/Build Industry, including Holly Hunt and Paul Wiseman. Luxe is giving the Readers – …

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Chicago Market Report – January 2018

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Spaghetti Squash Giardiniera With Parmesan Cheese

Nothing better than Crazy Uncle Mike whipping up something fabulous with whatever few ingredients we have on hand. Jar of Giardiniera, last of the wedge of parmesan, and a spaghetti squash that arrived from new favorite food resource, Imperfect Produce. …

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Chicago Market Report – November 2017

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Chicago Market Report – October 2017

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Chicago Market Report – September 2017

Flip through this data packed report for insights, trends and the general outlook on your local real estate market. If you want to dig a bit deeper give me a call to discuss how the trends impact the value of your …

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Will technology replace Realtors?

There are some interesting real estate related apps hitting the market, all with the intention of capturing the consumer in the house hunting process before he or she connects with a real estate agent. The buzz on these apps ends …

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