June 2016
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North Shore News and Notes
Welcome to the June Edition of News & Notes! This month we look at the accuracy of the "Zestimate", our mortgage expert offers advice on choosing a lender, updated market stats and summer fun in your community.

Even though you may live out of the North Shore area, please visit my website and use it as a resource for real estate buying and selling, what your home is worth and if you are a Facebook user, please visit and Like my page for more interesting postings on what's happening in real estate.

I hope you enjoy! Feel free to drop me a line and let me know your thoughts!

Best Regards, Lisa

Zillow Debunked
Check out this Zillow listing:  a Zestimate of $1,750,405.00 with a sold price of $1,050,000!   That's a 40% difference!  Guess who this home belonged to?  None other than Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff!  Clearly, Zestimates can miss by a mile.

In fact, did you know that, in Chicago, the Zestimate sports a median error rate of 9%!  That means a $1,000,000 home has just a 50/50 chance of selling between $910,000 and $1,090,000.  That is quite a range. Read full story.

While automated home valuations can be fun and get you in the ballpark (large as that ballpark may be), nothing can replace a market analysis by a real estate professional.  I am happy to provide you with a complimentary home valuation at any time!
10 Goof Proof Plants for Summer

If you have a brown thumb like me, all hope is not lost for a flourishing garden! (at least not completely)!

Check out these goof proof plants from Real Simple to really enhance your home's outdoor appeal!

Real Estate Fast Stats:
New Construction Homes on the Market in Chicago

There has been a surge of new construction in the city over the last couple of years.  Low interest rates, coupled with aging housing stock, lead to this boom.  Average price for single family new construction homes throughout the city is $1,110,914, up 15.2% over last year!

If you are thinking about a new construction home, contact me so that I can share a fantastic new lending program, featuring unbelievably low rates.

Feel free to visit my website for additional information..
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Aren't all lenders the same?

Before joining the mortgage financing industry I didn't even think to ask the question, "Aren't all lenders the same?" - I simply assumed they were!  When my husband and I prepared for our home search, all of our focus, energy, and time was entirely committed to finding the right neighborhood, the right number of bedrooms, an incredible floor plan and, of course, all at a price we could afford.  It never even occurred to us to vet a lender... read more
Community Corner: Fireworks and other Summer Fun!

Throughout the spring and summer in Chicago, you can enjoy parades, fairs and the Millennium Park Summer Film Series, outdoor movies downtown on a 40 foot LED screen. Bring the family!

Millennium Park Summer Film Series , ongoing
Old St. Pat's Block Party, June 25
Chicago Pride Parade, June 26
Music on the Esplanade, Botanic Gardens, June 28
Navy Pier Fireworks, July 4
Gillson Beach Campout, July 29

Check out my blog for things to do, info on schools, recreation, fine arts, restaurants and more. 
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" Lisa was terrific! From the beginning until the close, she was on my side, advocating for me the whole way. Her dedication is unmatched. I couldn't have asked for a more seamless experience with my home purchase."  ~Noelle R.
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Lisa Finks specializes in residential real estate in Chicago's North Shore communities. As a licensed attorney and former business owner, Lisa's in-depth knowledge of real estate law, contracts, and sharp negotiating skills provide unique benefits to her clients. Lisa's extensive involvement in the community also taps into the critical school and social networks that provide you with "boots on the ground" and the advantage of knowing the inside story.

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