Real Estate with Jake | December Newsletter

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“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

Read on for homeowner seasonal tips you should consider 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.

Save Your Energy

Have Yourself An Eco-Friendly Holiday

"Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. We also use more electricity on holiday lights than some countries use in an entire year. All this waste is really unnecessary."

Continue reading on Small Footprint Family for twelve eco-friendly holiday tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season. 

Real Estate in the News

How Working From Home is Changing the Suburbs as We Know Them

In the spring of 2020, many of the typical draws to cities — plays, nightclubs, restaurants — shut down. Space took on a premium, as small apartments close to others felt particularly claustrophobic. All of a sudden, a big home in the suburbs for the same monthly price as a tiny apartment in the city got a whole lot more attractive. More companies than ever are allowing employees to work from home, and studies say that between 13 and 45 percent of the workforce is now remote some or all of the time. 

As a result, a new rush to the suburbs is well underway. The number of net new households that moved to the suburbs grew 43 percent last year, according to data from the Wall Street Journal, compared to 2019. 

Local Events

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: Adults Night Out

December 16, 2021 6:30-10PM

Take the night off and head to Lincoln Park Zoo! You can enjoy unique animal chats, educational entertainment, a live DJ, and the zoo at this after-hours event. Strolling among wildlife with a drink in hand. Proceeds benefit Lincoln Park Zoo and help the zoo stay free and open 365 days a year! Buy tickets here.

A Christmas Carol 

November 20th - December 31st

It's a family affair! Experience the heartwarming story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s discovery of kindness, compassion and redemption—a must-see Chicago holiday tradition now in its fifth decade at Goodman Theatre. Tickets can be purchased here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

Millennials and Homebuying:

Real Estate Adapts to Largest Generation

According to the American Community and American Housing surveys, there are 66 million millennials in the U.S., and they now represent 37 percent of the total national homebuying market. 

Millennials approach homebuying differently than older generations. It’s not just an obsession with Zillow browsing, but also different preferences for what they want in a home and more comfort in relying more heavily on digital processes from walkthroughs to closings, so the landscape is shifting to accommodate their needs and desires.

Try These Alcohol-Free Spirits This Holiday Season
Fueled by consumers' interest to drink less alcohol or cut it out entirely, many brands have come out with alcohol-free spirits that look and taste just like the real deal. These zero-proof creations can be used to whip up mocktails, in conjunction with alcohol in order to cut back on a drink's ABV, or, in many cases, enjoyed entirely on their own.
Designers Share the Interior Design Trends They're Most Excited About for 2022
2021 has looked a bit more similar to 2020 than we hoped, but that has meant we've continued to lean into our homes for creative inspiration this year. While we are crossing our fingers for more cocktail parties and jet-setting come 2022, appreciation for our homes as sanctuaries is here to stay.
The Best Holiday Destinations for 2022
As the green shoots of travel turn to tall, towering oaks, 2022 is a chance for us to reconnect to the best holiday destinations in a deeper, more authentic way. We’ll be reminded often of why we travel; those sparks of curiosity and adventure will be fanned to roaring flames, and as travel steadily finds its way back into our lives, we’ll appreciate every moment that comes with it!

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