The Dobbs Group welcomes you to Avondale!

Avondale is about as true ‘Chicago’ as a Chicago neighborhood can be; an unassuming gem of a community, made up of welcoming people with the hardworking, brawny spirit that emulates the city’s ‘broad shoulders’ attitude. Perhaps you’re searching for your first home or considering a relocation to this wonderful city, either from the suburbs or out of state and Avondale is on your shortlist of neighborhoods to explore? Or maybe you live in Avondale or nearby and want more space? Are you on the selling side and you need a Realtor that specializes in Avondale to sell your beautiful home? Whatever your real estate needs may be, I am confident we can be your thoughtful and knowledgeable guide in exploring Avondale and the many housing styles this wonderful neighborhood offers.

Let’s Talk Avondale! Click to chat or call Debra at 312-307-4909

Neighborhood Overview

Located just 15 minutes northwest of the Loop, Avondale has a uniquely chill vibe and the industrial surroundings that has made Avondale one of the main strongholds of the Northwest side of Chicago. Back in the day, Berlin, Dad’s Root Beer, Florsheim Shoes, Bally Manufacturing, and Yardley Created Plastics were open for business in Avondale. It was these employers among many others that lured people to live and work in the “neighborhood that built Chicago.”

Known for generously sized lots and pretty, tree-lined streets, the housing options are as diverse as the people who call Avondale home with single family homes converted from brick 2-flats and 3-flats, loft condos converted from factories and other industrial spaces, new build condos and townhomes. The median property value in Avondale for single family homes is $465K and the median range for condos in the area spans from $190K to around $300K.

How the Dobbs Group can help you buying a home?

Defender of your Interests
Debra is known as a fierce advocate for her clients’ best interests. She will ensure you buy your ideal home at the best price and at terms structured to meet your goals.
Neighborhood Specialist
There are so many amazing neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods in Chicago that might be just the perfect place for you to live in. Let Debra be your expert guide!
Integrity & Professionalism
Debra is proud to hold the 5-Star Award of Excellence for 10 years running, with top marks from her clients and peers for her professionalism and adherence to highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Deep Knowledge of the Market
Debra’s passion for data means she is an authoritative voice for pricing, market time, neighborhood trends, and school ratings. Debra knows the market and will help you make an informed decision. Check out The Dobbs Report.
Helping Hand
Debra likes to say the real works starts once the offer is submitted and all the way through to the closing. Debra and her team will be at your side, guiding you through the entire process and ensuring your path to closing is smooth.
Legalities
Debra works with a handful of the best residential real estate attorneys to make certain every aspect of the contract review process is managed with your best interests at heart. Your attorney and Debra will get you to the closing table on time and minimizing the friction along the way.
Negotiations
35 years of experience negotiating hundreds of real estate transactions, many of them nail biters, gives Debra THE edge when negotiating on your behalf.
Paperwork and Administration
Debra and her team follow a 168 point checklist from the start to finish of every transaction, making certain no detail is overlooked. Debra and her operations team harness the best of technology while recognizing the importance of a personal touch.
Valuable Contacts
35 years of people, places and services at your disposal! Whether you need a home inspector, mortgage broker, moving co, dog walker, or you are looking for the best place for a French 75, or the latest trend in interior design, Debra is in the know and believes in sharing the wealth of her knowledge. Ask for a copy of Debra’s Little Black Book!
Stay in Touch
Debra strives to create a long-term relationship with each and every client. From her property tax seminar to her client appreciation party to her annual limited edition Limoncello, you want to be on her list! Get informed, have fun and meet people.

How the Dobbs Group can help you sell your home?

Evaluate Your Home
Accurately and effectively pricing your home to create the best market for the property. We will provide a Comparative Market Analysis for your house, highlighting the relevant competition, including listings that are active in the market, recently under contract and recently sold, and taking into account variables such as supply and demand; economic factors; seasonal demand; location; room count and square footage; views; condition of property; and desirability of unique features.
Provide Recommendations
We will provide recommendations to ensure your house or condo sells in a reasonable time frame. This will include thoughtful staging advice, a pre-listing inspection and maintenance plan, and a strategic marketing plan.
Maximize Exposure
We will market the property locally and globally. @properties is locally owned and the #1 brokerage in Chicago and the North Shore. We will market within the network of local brokers and also internationally.
Professional Marketing And IT Departments
Our in-house professional marketing and IT departments produce award-winning work and fresh ideas that distinguish our clients from the competition. Innovative technology and distinctive branding ads create positive and lasting impressions in the marketplace.
Market within the market
Before your home is officially listed, we will market internally to our network of more than 2,000 brokers and their client bases to reach prospects, buyers and referrals, the most efficient transaction environment in the marketplace.
Domain Name
Your listing will receive its own domain name so that interested buyers can pull up photos, video and property information in one easy step. We will also index the domain with top search engines including Google and Bing for improved search engine optimization.
Professional Photography
And video optimized for both print and the web are among the most important marketing tools when selling a house. Our digital marketing strategy raises online visibility.
High Quality Print And Online Marketing
High quality print brochures, print and online advertising, direct mail, unique URL, social media and e-blasts. Adwerx – a sophisticated digital marketing tactic known as retargeting, which puts your property in front of prospective homebuyers as they surf the web.
Most Desirable Property
Positioning your home as the most desirable property at a given price in a given area. Pricing accurately and making sure your home is in optimal showing condition will set it apart from the competition.
Staging The Home
To improve its marketability. Furnishing an empty home allows the home to show like a model home and stand out in a competitive marketplace.
Conduct Negotiations
With professionalism, attention to detail and a loyal representation of your interests conduct. Expect and receive confidentiality, responsiveness, resourcefulness, communication and strength.

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Our Favorite Places

Avondale offers an attractive location to prospective home buyers with its proximity to the Kennedy Expressway, the CTA blue line, and the northern branch of the Chicago River. Avondale is also home to part of the 312 River Run Trail, a landscaped river walk that is lovely for biking, running, or even trying your hand at fishing the northern branch of the river that is accessible along the trail.

Take in the waterside views while sipping on some of the most creative craft beers in the city at Metropolitan Brewing’s taproom. The bar overlooks the water and has a punk rock theme (the servers and staff were covered with cool tattoos!)

Joong Boo Market is a long time favorite of Debra and Katharine! Just inside the market is the “Snack Corner”, a quick-service restaurant famed for its authentic Korean cuisine. Grab lunch at the counter mid shop then shop for the freshest seafood at terrific prices.

Kuma’s Corner is often referred to as the best burger in Chicago and has been a burger lover’s destination ever since it opened in 2005. There are lots of heavy-hitters who claim that Kuma’s has the best burger in town. We recommend chowing down on the Black Sabbath burger while enjoying this one-of-a-kind heavy metal themed joint.

In good hands

Debra Dobbs

What do you look for in the Top Avondale Realtors & Real Estate Agents? Someone with a vast understanding of Chicago neighborhoods? How about an invaluable partner and fierce advocate? You should never settle for anyone who isn’t always striving to exceed your expectations!

What people are saying about working with Debra?

  • “Debra is an absolute joy to work with; she makes a process that can be overwhelming and frustrating relatively painless…when it came time for us to negotiate it was clear that Debra was our advocate. Debra has a strong intuition and is a great reader of people.” HOLLY WISNIEWSKI HAWES
  • “I can’t recommend Debra Dobbs enough for a buyer who needs a trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional real estate agent. She is more than an agent – she’s a well-respected consultant in her field and one of the best I have ever worked with.” KATIE SHANNON
  • “I have always found Debra to be professional, fair and sensitive to the needs of her clients. She puts her clients’ interests and needs first and foremost.” ELISSA SCRAFANO
  • “We never felt rushed to make a decision as Debra would routinely say: ‘I want you to get the property that’s right for you, and I’ll show you as many properties as it takes until you do’.” MITCH WALSH
  • “Debra was professional, knowledgeable and fought for us to get the deal closed when issues arose. Great job, Debra!” MICHAEL FEINGLASS

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