Real Estate with Jake | August Newsletter

Real Estate with Jake

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“Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August."

– Denise Levertov

Read on for everything you should do this month and discover lifestyle tips curated just for you!


Market Updates


Compass Coming Soon

Check out Jake's monthly hand-curated picks for Compass Coming Soon listings. Chicago has real estate in all shapes, sizes, and price-points. Let us help you find your place in the world before someone else finds it first.

Real Estate in the News

Why You Need To Know About ‘Pocket Listings’ in an Increasingly Competitive Real Estate Market


Some of the most exclusive real estate properties never hit the open market. Instead, sellers will only solicit offers from a select group of buyers through what’s known as a “pocket listing.” This practice is nothing new. But in a super-competitive real estate market, it’s not just luxury homes that are being sold this way. Here’s what you need to know about pocket listings — and how you can find out about them if you’re in the market for a new home.



Local Events

Grant Park Music Festival

Now through Aug. 21st

What began as a creative response to the Great Depression of the 1930s, the beloved summertime tradition returns to Chicago! The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus return to Millennium Park with a thrilling lineup of Festival favorites. 

Evanston Art Fest

August 13th - 15th 

The festival is FREE and open to the public! Throughout the 3-day event, art lovers will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with live art demonstrations along with one-on-one booth chats. 


Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

Don't Overlook These Hidden Costs When Rushing to Buy a Home in a Hot Market

In a housing market where almost half of U.S. homes sell within a week and prices are climbing at a rapid clip, it’s easy for a buyer to overlook hidden costs in the quest to land a new home. 

That’s all the more reason buyers - especially first-time buyers - should step back, breathe and consider all the costs involved.

The Best Vegetables and Flowers to Plant in August


If the idea of gardening in the summer isn't sitting well with you this year, or if you've just been too busy to actually start your garden, don't worry. The crisp fall season is a great time to grow a slew of vegetables and flowers!
The 26 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Every Budget

Despite what you might think, improving a home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are many tricks that real estate agents use to make their listings look great and sell faster on a budget. No matter what your budget is, there are ways to make your listing shine.


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The Best Places to Travel in August


Is there any month more tailor-made for a vacation than August? The peak of summer is the perfect time to jettison all 9-to-5 obligations and indulge in a trip. If you're hoping to squeeze in a vacation before Labor Day, here are nine of the best places to travel in August.


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