Related Realty’s Sheila Dantzler on Negotiating Tips for Buyers


Negotiating is an important part of any new-home purchase, and partnering with a trusted, experienced broker is critical to ensuring the negotiation process goes smoothly. In this recent article from U.S. News & World Report, Related Realty’s Sheila Dantzler shares her top negotiating advice to help buyers close the deal and get the home they want.

12 Negotiating Tips Every Buyer Should Know

U.S. News & World Report, 7/11/14.

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5 Swankiest Spots in Chicago

Sometimes casual chic just doesnt cut it. You want to dress up, be pampered and feel like a millionaire, at least for an evening or an afternoon. Fortunately, the Windy City offers a number of swanky restaurants, stores and night clubs.

1. Bernards Bar at the Waldorf Astoria. Located near much of downtown Chicagos luxury real estate, Bernards Bar is a cozy North Coast cocktail lounge with sophisticated beige and cream decor and all of the latest martinis on the menu.

Bernards Bar 11 East Walton Street Chicago, IL 60611 312 646-1300

2. Oak Street shopping. The swankiest shopping street in Chicago is the one block stretch of Oak Street near the northern tip of Michigan Avenue. This answer to LAs Rodeo Drive is home to such designer emporiums as Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

3. Acadia. Voted the top fine-dining restaurant in Chicago by Timeout Chicago readers, this elegant south loop eatery boasts a spacious dining room with white-upholstered chairs, high ceilings and dark wood accents. The food here is as beautiful as it is delicious, using fresh, local ingredients in unexpected ways.

Acadia 1639 S Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 312 360-9500

4. Hotel Monaco. Arguably, the swankiest hotel in Chicago is the AAA four-diamond Hotel Monaco, overlooking the Chicago River in the downtown loop neighborhood. The sleek, Art Deco-style hotel features 191 guest rooms, a chic roof-top pool and sun deck and a trendy bar that highlights American cuisine. Oh yes, theres also that dynamic view of the river and the downtown skyline.

Hotel Monaco 255 S. Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 312 960-8500

5. Cuvee. Named for the exclusive cellars where the top French Champagnes are stored, Cuvee is an elegant European-style wine bar and night club. You can sip a glass of Champagne here, sample the latest martini creation or dance the night away.

Cuvee 308 W. Erie Street Chicago, IL 60654 312 202-9221

To find out more about living the good life in a Chicago condo and about other Chicago real estate, call us today.

Related Realty Kicks Off Support of Off The Street Club

The Related Realty team is extremely proud to announce our new company-wide commitment to support Off The Street Club, Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club that serves more than 3,000 kids. We couldn’t be more excited to be involved with an organization that does so much to support children in Chicago and make great experiences and activities available to them.

To kick off our initiative, our team recently hosted 30 children for an evening of summer fun at The Grant, a South Loop condo building where Related Realty manages development sales. We thought a fun way to help the kids get to know us would be to show them a little bit about the real estate world, so we put together interactive learning stations illustrating different aspects of the industry. The stations demonstrated “construction” through a building competition utilizing model block sets, “architecture” through an exercise highlighting the components of a floor plan, and “design” through an art project using paint chip samples to encourage the use of color and imagination. Later, we enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner on The Grant’s sun deck, followed by a tour of the building’s model homes where the children took in the beautiful lake and city views.

It was great to expose the kids to different elements of our industry and discuss the different career paths they could potentially take. The most rewarding part of the evening was by far interacting with the kids and talking with them one-on-one about their interests and personal lives. Our entire team walked away from the evening feeling inspired by the positive outlook these children have, and we are committed to building relationships and serving as mentors as we get to know them better. Our hope is that we can have as much of an impact on the kids in the future as they’ve already had on us.

We are excited to see the kids again when the Related Realty staff volunteers at Off The Street Club’s “Camp Mathieu” in Wheaton, a facility that provides the quintessential summer camp experience for more than 600 children. We’ll also be organizing future events and activities for Off the Street Club, and participating in the club’s ongoing programs such as after-school tutoring sessions. Watch for future blog posts sharing photos and updates from our activities with this terrific organization!

Less Than $25 Summer Fun in Chicago

Having fun in Chicago this summer doesnt have to cost a fortune. There are many things to see and do in the Windy City for free or nearly free. Below are just a few examples:
1. Explore the Navy Pier. Chicagos Navy Pier is 50 acres of family fun, jetting out into Lake Michigan. The Pier features a number of attractions and museums, some of which charge a fee, as well as free fireworks twice a week and a view of that dazzling Chicago skyline.
2. Take advantage of free museum days. Visiting the dozens of museums in and around Chicago can get expensive if youre not careful. Fortunately, many offer free or deeply-discounted days. Illinois residents can enjoy the permanent collections at the venerable Art Institute for fee on Thursday evenings.  The City Gallery inside of the Water Tower on North Michigan Avenue is free to the public every day, and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the lakefront is free to Illinois residents on Tuesday evenings.
3. See the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Lincoln Park Zoo, located just north of downtown, offers free admission every day of the week. The 35-acre park is home to more than 1,100 animals, everything from bison to zebras.
To learn more about enjoying Chicago this summer and finding a good Chicago Realtor, call us today.

AVP Collateral Underwriting Manager at Wintrust Mortgage Hosts Training for Related Realty Brokers

Roy Hughes, AVP Collateral Underwriting Manager at Wintrust Mortgage hosted a July 16th training session titled “Making the Appraisal Process Better and Easier”  for Related Realty brokers this morning.

The training outlined valuable tips for agents to follow in an effort to help make the appraisal process as smooth as possible.   Roy discussed what action brokers can take in the event that an appraisal comes in low.  He also detailed how appraisals have been affected by the multiple bid scenarios that Chicago realtors have been experiencing in this active market.

Today’s training is part of a comprehensive curriculum that Related Realty has put in place.  The educational program is designed to offer brokers the opportunity to attend a diverse assortment of training sessions that are led by both internal and external individuals.  Topics are carefully selected to support Related Realty’s dedication to keeping their brokers ahead of the game in all facets of the real estate industry.  Trainings take place at least twice a month and are held in various locations.

Click here to learn more about Related Realty’s partnership with preferred lender, Wintrust Mortgage.

Chicago Real Estate: Chicagos Childrens Museum at Navy Pier

Chicago real estate is hot, and the Navy Pier area is home to some of the best Chicago condo living for active adults and families, especially for those with children. The Chicago Childrens Museum is one of the gems of Navy Pier. This is a place that is filled with fun, education, and exceptional learning for children of all ages, including babies, toddler, and preschoolers.


Educational field trips to the Childrens Museum that are designed for children of all ages. The focus is on education; the venue is fun. The Childrens Museum is a tool that parents and grandparents can use to spark childrens interest in learning. The theme is about art, culture, diversity, health and wellness, and even language and literacy with some programs that are geared to embrace science, technology, engineering and math. One of the greatest gifts that the Childrens Museum offers parents is the easy to use key that opens doors for improved education.

There are special days throughout the year when admission is free. Currently, Thursday Evenings from 5 8 pm are free for families. For children ages 15 and under, admission is free on the first Sunday of each month. Children under the age of one enjoy free admission. Membership offers free admission.

There are plenty of exceptional reasons to consider living in the Navy Pier neighborhood. The emphasis that is there for children and quality living is amazing. For detailed information about the Navy Pier and Chicago Metro area, contact your Chicago realtor today.

Chicago Events and Things to do- July 2014

The July 4th holiday is here and Chicagoans are gearing up for a fun and busy weekend celebrating in the city (Navy Pier fireworks, anyone?). Once the fireworks are over, July still has plenty in store in the way of great events and happenings taking place all over Chicago. Be sure to check out some of the following and take advantage of all this great city has to offer!

Chicago Events

Fourth of July Fireworks – July 4th 9:30PM, Navy Pier Watch the best fireworks show in the city while taking in the sights and sounds of Navy Pier. For an up-close view, hop aboard one of the special fireworks cruises.

Taste of Chicago – July 9th-13th, times vary, Grant Park Graze on items from more than 65 local restaurants at one of the country’s most popular outdoor food festivals.

Pitchfork Music Festival – July 18th-20th, times vary, Union Park Discover new artists at this independent music fest, featuring  Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kendrick Lamar as headliners.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival – July 19th-20th, 12:00PM-10:00PM (tasting times: 12:00PM-4:00PM), Sheffield Ave. between Webster & Fullerton Sample from more than 100 craft beers, including favorites from popular Chicago breweries like Revolution, Half Acre and Goose Island.

BTN Big 10K – July 26th, 7:00AM, Soldier Field Represent your favorite Big 10 team – or simply watch from the sidelines – in a 10K run or 5K run/walk, followed by a post-race tailgate party.

Looking for more? Check out Choose Chicago for a complete list of events taking place in the city this summer. And if your summer plans including buying or selling a home, be sure to contact one of our expert Related Realty brokers for help exploring the Chicago real estate market!

Related Realty’s Erin Ward on Buying Chicago Luxury Real Estate

Erin WardIn the market for a high-end home in the Windy City? Related Realty’s Erin Ward recently shared her expert insights into Chicago’s luxury real estate landscape with HGTV’s Check out the full article here for Erin’s advice to buyers on exploring luxury options in Chicago’s market and finding the right agent to guide them through their home search.

Five Things to Know Before Buying Luxury in Chicago HGTV, 6/11/14

Want to learn more about Chicago Luxury Real Estate? Contact us today!