10 Tips To Organize Your Closet And Sell Your Home Faster
Congratulations! Your home is officially ready to sell (and we’ve got a glass of Pinot with your name on it)! You’ve painted the walls, deep cleaned every surface from top to bottom, and finally cleared all that unnecessary clutter. Even …- more -
Charming al fresco dining… in the heart of Lincoln Park!
My friends at CityGrounds have a brand new menu to go with the newly outfitted patio! Comfy couches and chairs for coffee, breakfast and lunch alfresco. I’m hope to have the Wizard of Oz bean bag toss delivered by late …- more -
Chicago Co-Ops – some of the most desirable living in the city
Chicago is known for her architectural history, including several stunning residential buildings designed by Benjamin Marshall and Howard Van Doren Shaw in the early 1900’s. Many of these elegant gems are under a form of ownership known as a ‘housing …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: Good From afar.. Could be Far From Good
Don’t be fooled by poor quality home staging Home staging is in vogue to help homeowners sell their homes faster and for a better price. Professional home stagers work with sellers to make their homes as attractive to potential buyers …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: LET THERE BE LIGHT! Refitting your home’s incandescent lighting to LED
Swapping out your incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs has several benefits. These include saving money on your electric bill, superior light quality, less impact on the environment and replacing bulbs once every decade or two instead of every few months. But …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: 10 tips for a more romantic master bedroom
With Valentines Day just around the corner, let’s get a design professional’s opinion on creating a more sexy and alluring bedroom retreat. Simple design changes can spice up the drama in your life… even if you’re single. Resist the urge …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: Preparing your home for the spring market! Purge. Clean. Stage. Sell.
With Spring just around the corner, you may be thinking about listing your home for sale. According to the Huffington Post, the best time of year to sell your house is between May 1 and May 15th, with home sales …- more -
When choosing paint, what matters?
Color, paint quality, wall preparation and quality of application all matter a great deal. Do your homework when selecting paint finish (matte, eggshell, semi-gloss, high gloss, etc). Same when getting estimates for the job. Does the price include extensive wall …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: Refreshing Your Living Spaces for Spring
Now that the holidays are over and all of the decorations are put away, you may look around at your interiors and think that they look a little sparse. Even with these gray days of late Winter, it isn’t too …- more -
Lincoln Park Neighborhood Spotlight
One of Chicago’s best-known neighborhoods, Lincoln Park has some of the finest food and entertainment in the entire city. From 3-star Michelin restaurants to inexpensive burger joints, and from comedic improv at Second City to highbrow theater at the Steppenwolf …- more -
Food, drink, music and film – 5 hot spots in Chicago!
What are you up to this weekend? Nada? Bupkis? Reruns of Grey’s Anatomy (I love that show!)? Don’t despair! Your dance card is about to fill up! The Dobbs Team put their respective heads together to bring you this list …- more -
Explore Chicago with Debra – Holiday Events December 2015
Beginning mid July my daughter picks White Christmas for our Sunday movie night selection; by mid December we’ve watched bits and pieces or the whole shebang at least a dozen times. And yet we never miss the big screen version …- more -
Small Business Saturday – Shop Local in Lincoln Park… here is a ‘one-stop shop’ shopping guide!
November 28th is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! Hello Neighbors, The holiday season is upon us, bringing joy and a chance to support our local shops and restaurants in the 43rd Ward. Here are some of our newest additions: Armitage / Halsted / Webster …- more -
Top Agent Magazine – August 2015
“Debra Dobbs is the REALTOR all buyers and sellers dream of finding. Born and raised in one of the 77 unique communities that comprise greater Chicagoland, Debra’s intimate knowledge of each neighborhood is frankly, unparalleled. Combine her detailed knowledge of …- more -
Holiday Shop-Hop event in Lincoln Park. Come say Hi!
This Thursday, your favorite shops on Armitage, Halsted, and Webster streets partner up with local food vendors and interesting bloggers for an exciting shopping party.- more -
Chicago is Nation’s most popular moving destination
Chicago is hot these days! So says the Summer Moving Trends Study from national moving company United Van Lines. The report tracks the destination of moving Americans and ranks Chicago as the number one metropolitan area for this summer. Scores …- more -
*live local*shop local*be local… Neighborhood get-together
Come June 5 to enjoy Lincoln Park’s FIRST THURSDAY with neighborhood merchants and friends. Sample treats from local vendors and visit with local business owners over a cool drink as we (finally) celebrate the arrival of summer. This month’s FIRST …- more -
What is this ’social kitchen’ I keep hearing about?
I always thought I had a social kitchen… cooking with friends where 20 of us always end up in my tiny kitchen, Sunday Supper’s in homage to my grandparents and my labor of love for friends and family, the quick …- more -
First Thursdays Community Open House at City Grounds in Lincoln Park is a great monthly event created by the neighbors for the neighbors. Join us next time, make friends, and taste what our neighborhood has to offer! Event features local independent businesses, snacks, …- more -
Market Report: Single family homes prices on the rise!
Single family homes prices rose 16.8 percent over the same period in 2012, data from the DePaul Institute shows. Despite the gains, home buying opportunities are plentiful in neighborhoods still recovering from the market downturn and especially for consumers looking for …- more -
Debra Dobbs recognized in Top 10 “Who’s Who” in Chicago Agent Magazine
Chicago Agent Magazine compiles each year a list of real estate agents with “exemplary leadership abilities, admirable work ethics and solid work experience in common — they also all are proud that every day, they help people to achieve the …- more -
Market Update: Chicago # 8 in Top 10 cities people are moving to
On average, home prices show signs of topping out but Chicago is poised for another gain. Check out a related story ‘Top 10 cities people are moving to’ and see Chicago is number 8. According to CNN Money, “… the …- more -
Market Update: Supply of homes for sale keeps dropping
A dwindling supply of homes available for purchase typically translates into rising prices and multiple offers. Will the current downward trend have that impact, in the face of potentially rising interest rates? Or might we see some equilibrium back in …- more -
Market Update: Housing could be the economic driver in Chicago for 2014
“Chicago remains central North America’s undisputed economic powerhouse.” This from PNC Bank in their 2013 3rd Quarter Economic Outlook. We are a city to watch in 2014 and housing is at the top of the the list of economic drivers …- more -