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7/21/2014 In the News Chicago’s Luxury Real Estate Market Shows Strong Mid-Year Results

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5/12/2014 In the News COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE FOUNDATION GIVES OVER $195,000 TO LOCAL HOUSING-RELATED CHARITIES

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (April 25, 2014) –Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s independent sales associates and staff pulled together over the past year to raise over $195,000 for local housing-related charities across the Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin areas. On April 24, The Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation presented each of its 26 partner charities with grant donations at its annual celebration event.

“It gives me great pleasure to give back to so many local charitable organizations on behalf of the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation,” said Fran Broude, president at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “It is our hope that our contributions will assist these important organizations in their continued efforts to enrich our communities and meaningfully impact the lives of others.”

Raised entirely through office fundraisers and automatic donations, the funds will benefit the following organizations:

Advocates of Ozaukee National Runaway SafelineConnections for the Homeless New Foundation CenterBridge Communities Rebuilding Together North Suburban ChicagoChicago House Resources for Community LivingCOSI’s One Step at a Time Camp Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest IndianaDuPage PADS Ronald McDonald House Charities® Eastern WisconsinHaven House Services A Safe PlaceHeartland Alliance South Suburban Family ShelterHelping A Hero- Illinois True Hero Special SpacesHousing Opportunities Teen Living ProgramsLazarus House ThresholdsMilwaukee Habitat for Humanity The Women’s CenterNaperville CARES Windy City Habitat for Humanity

In October 2007, Coldwell Banker launched the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation to support local housing-related causes that directly benefit the needs of the people and communities. Through donating time, talent and resources, Coldwell Banker agents have committed to contributing substantially to various charitable organizations and have helped raise more than $900,000 since inception. This year marks the Foundation’s million dollar milestone with increased fundraising goals and new partners including Special Spaces, an organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. Furthermore, Coldwell Banker is now the official sponsor of all four Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Toy Rooms.

To learn more about the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation and its partners, visit www.GiveHousing.com.

About Coldwell Banker Charitable FoundationColdwell Banker Charitable Foundation is a chapter of the Realogy Charitable Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in Delaware (Tax ID# 20-0755090). The Foundation’s mission is to better the quality of life in communities where Realogy Corporation/NRT LLC has a presence. To learn more about the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation and how to get involved with the organization’s non-profit partners, visit www.givehousing.com.

About Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company serving Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin and Southwest Michigan, operates 48 offices and is affiliated with more than 3,400 independent sales associates. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company. For more information, please visit www.coldwellbankeronline.com.

Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


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5/12/2014 In the News Spring into Action: Exterior Home Care Tips Bring in the Spring Selling Season

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 25, 2014) – Your home has weathered a record-breaking winter of snow and ice. You survived the Polar Vortex and now it’s time to come out of hibernation and prepare your home for the spring selling season, while addressing any damage that old man winter left behind.

”If you are planning on selling or staying put for a while, now is the time to make repairs before any further damage occurs,” said Fran Broude, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Plus, for home sellers, updates made now could help avoid any red flags later on a buyer inspection.”

Here are a few things to add to your to do list:

Inspect the roof. The harsh winter weather was beating on your roof. Using binoculars go around your house and look for broken shingles and loose metal flashing. If you see a leak, look for its source. Check the attic for signs of moisture. Call a local roof expert to make any needed repairs. To find one in your area contact Coldwell Banker’s Concierge at 800-493-1181 to find a pre-screened, highly qualified local service-partners who provide many home-related services, ranging from carpentry to plumbing.

Check fences, driveway and paths for damage. Take a walk around your home, and look for signs of damage on the driveway and walkway, as well as the foundation, fences and gates. Replace missing or rotted gate slats. Fix driveway cracks, holes and gaps with a crack sealer before they expand further. Then, reseal the driveway.

Check window and door seals. Extreme cold can cause weather sealants to crack leaving these areas vulnerable to leaks. Re-caulk around the window frame filling-in any gaps in the cracked caulk. This is also a good time to swap out the storm panels with screens.

Clean the siding. Power wash the exterior of your house to remove grime. Check for any areas that need re-painting. This will freshen up the exterior and add to its curb appeal.

 

About Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company serving Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin and Southwest Michigan, operates 48 offices and isaffiliated with more than 3,400 independent sales associates. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company. For more information, please visitwww.coldwellbankeronline.com.

Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


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5/12/2014 In the News Glencoe News - 4/10

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5/12/2014 In the News JOHN CARLSON, MANAGING BROKER OF COLDWELL BANKER’S DOWNERS GROVE OFFICE,HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD TWO YEARS IN A ROW

NORTHBROOK, IL (April 22, 2014) – John Carlson, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Downers Grove office, has been awarded, for the second year in a row, the prestigious NRT President’s Council for Managers Award. This exceptional honor recognizes the top 20 percent of office sales managers who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and management skills. NRT is the parent company of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

The NRT President’s Council represents the top 20 percent of sales office managers from NRT’s approximately 700 sales offices across the nation, based on performance criteria that include real estate sales, mortgage services, and overall office performance. President’s Council award recipients guided their sales teams in providing remarkable service that helped buyers and sellers achieve the best possible results.

Carlson began his successful career with Coldwell Banker in 1991 and soon became the top producing agent in his office from 1992-1999. He was later appointed manager in 2003. With a hands-on approach, Carlson provides his agents with one-on-one technology training and coaching sessions in order to understand the individual needs of each and every agent. Also important to Carlson is creating a warm and cohesive office environment for his agents and staff, which he encourages by conducting on-going team building events throughout the year.

“John is well known as a positive and respected leader within the company. He is dedicated to the success of our independent sales associates and clients, and we are fortunate to have him as part of the Coldwell Banker family,” said Jim McEneaney, regional vice president Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

About Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company serving Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin and Southwest Michigan, operates 48 offices with more than 3,400 independent sales associates. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company. For more information, please visit www.coldwellbankeronline.com.

Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.



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5/12/2014 In the News New York Times

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5/12/2014 In the News CHICAGOLAND SPECIAL SPACES ADDS NEW NORTH AFFILIATE CHAPTER AND PROVIDES BEDROOM MAKEOVER FOR PALAINE GIRL SUFFERING FROM CEREBAL PALSY AND EPILEPSY

Palatine, IL-Special Spaces Chicagoland, a non-profit organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical conditions, will be conducting a bedroom makeover for 6 year-old Palatine resident Addison Gile on Thursday, May 7, 2014.

 Addy was born prematurely at 24 weeks and spent her first 196 days of life at Children’s Memorial Hospital. She has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, which has left her wheelchair bound. Additionally, she suffers from many other afflictions which have resulted in about 16 surgeries and she is fed with a g-tube. Her room makeover will be designed to incorporate her special medical needs. Even though Addy has limited mobility and communication, she is happy, always smiling and is a budding artist. Her love of painting is the inspiration for her room décor.

 Addy’s room makeover is being completed by the Special Spaces Chicagoland chapter and the newly created North Affiliate chapter with Associate Director Amy Eiduke. Kelly Knox is Chicagoland Director, founding the chapter in 2012 and is delighted to have the North Affiliate join the team. “We have had to turn down and wait list many sick children and families and that has been heartbreaking. With the addition of a North Affiliate chapter, we can help even more children in need,” says Knox.

To help complete makeovers, Special Spaces depends on donations from individuals, local businesses, groups and even other foundations. Addy’s room makeover funding is being provided by the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation. This is the second Special Spaces room the Coldwell Banker Foundation has sponsored. The Foundation’s purpose is to support local housing-related charities that directly benefit the needs of the people and communities that it serves.

Special Spaces Chicagoland has provided over a dozen room makeovers since its inception. Knox has a full slate scheduled for 2014 and a waiting list is in place for many more deserving children. The organization’s goal is to create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. The focus is answering one question: Where does a child go when battling a serious illness to find peace and comfort? A bedroom of course. According to Knox, “A bedroom to most kids is a personal space—a place that represents his or her unique personality. For a child with a critical illness who spends a lot of time at home in his or her room, that room should be a very special space. A place of comfort and refuge. A place that inspires and gives hope.”

The Chicagoland chapter has room makeovers scheduled on a monthly basis for children in need. Follow the progress on Facebook at “Special Spaces Chicagoland”. For details about this special organization go to http://www.specialspaceschicagoland.org. For more information on how you can volunteer, donate, or start a chapter yourself, please contact kellyk@specialspaces.org.



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5/12/2014 In the News Splash - Mudrooms

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5/12/2014 In the News Stage Your Home to Sell Fast Without Breaking the Bank

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 4, 2014) – The spring season is traditionally the busiest time of year in real estate. The sunshine and fresh air makes way for eager house hunters to begin their tour of open houses. Each home they walk through will be analyzed from top to bottom, making its way through the buyer’s mental checklist and raising valid questions. How does it stack up to others in its price range? How much work will need to be put in to it? Is it move-in ready? Can I picture myself living here?

 A recent survey of 89 homes conducted by The Real Estate Staging Association revealed that on average it took 166 days for the homes to sell without being staged. Those same homes received their first offer in an average of 32 days after being professionally staged. “Proper staging can go a long way to get a home sold as fast and at the highest price as possible,” says Fran Broude president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “As home owners gear up to put their homes on the market, they should consult with their Realtor on cost effective staging ideas.”

 Every home has its own character and special features that should be enhanced. For instance, to draw attention to a fireplace you can add an attractive centerpiece to the mantle or a display of fresh flowers or to create a separation of space you can strategically place a tall plant or bookshelf. Another smart way to add value to a home is to incorporate luxurious, but affordable, touches specifically in the master bedroom. Minor changes like new bedding, plush pillows and drapes can entice a potential buyer to begin envisioning themselves in the comfort of their new bedroom. Fresh towels and hand soap in the master bath will also add a hint of elegance. When battling small spaces, the simplest way to make a room appear larger is to rearrange furniture, and even eliminate some pieces if necessary to open up walk ways. Family rooms should always have a seating area arranged that encourages conversation and family time, which will also be of good use for potential buyers to have a seat with their Realtor to discuss more details about the home. 

Small investments and minor changes will pay off in the long run when prepping a home to sell.

About Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company serving Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin and Southwest Michigan, operates 48 offices and is affiliated with more than 3,400 independent sales associates. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company. For more information, please visit www.coldwellbankeronline.com.###Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.




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5/12/2014 In the News Sun Times - Luxe

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