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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 -

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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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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formal living room

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 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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