<<October 2013>> Newsletter
Joe Kunkel specializes in Architectural Properties
Joe Kunkel is passionate about his career in real estate, consistently ranking as one of the Top Producers at Baird & Warner. This company is the premier real estate firm in the Chicago area, founded in 1855. Joe sells houses, condos and co-ops in the city of Chicago and ALL suburbs, uniquely serving the needs of clients who are searching throughout Chicagoland. He focuses on architecturally significant properties, Mid-Century Modern, custom architect-designed spaces and unique cutting edge new construction.
With a Master’s Degree (MBA) in International Business and Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from the University of Dallas, Joe applies professional business standards to his specialty niche: marketing modernist properties and representing buyers of unique architecture. Architect-designed cutting edge designs are his forte.
As President and Co-founder of Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, a non-profit organization which celebrates and promotes Chicago’s rich legacy of Modernism, Joe is very active in the social and educational aspects of the preservation movement. Joe also maintains the best website on mid-century modern real estate. For more information, visit www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org and www.modernproperty.com .
Joe is active in his community, serving as a Zoning & Planning Commissioner for the Village of Olympia Fields, Board Member of the Graymoor Landowner’s Association, and volunteer member of the local Beautification Committee. Joe donates a portion of all commissions to Baird & Warner’s Goodwill Network, a non-profit charity organization.
When it comes to personal interests, Joe is equally engaged. His diverse and interactive interests including travel, architecture, landscape design, vintage furniture and decorative arts, film festivals, antique cars, food and wine, boating, music, and most importantly, quality time spent with family and friends.
Why Do You Need a Real Estate Agent?
Homebuyers and sellers today have access to an array of real estate search tools from computers, iPads and even mobile phones. Quick access to market data has truly benefited the initial property search, but to ensure a smooth home purchase or sale you'll need the help of a real estate professional.
Listing a Home
When selling your home, the goal is to get the greatest amount of money in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of inconvenience. However, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), a typical For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) home sold for $40,000 less than an agent-sold home. It all comes down to expertise.
In addition to staging your home, pricing it well, negotiating with the buyers and scheduling showings, your real estate agent will be an expert in marketing your property. Staging and professional photography are key to attracting potential buyers. Your REALTOR will also manage contract creation and ensure the entire process moves smoothly. A survey of FSBO sellers reported that understanding and performing the high volume of paperwork was the most difficult task, followed by correct pricing and home staging.
Buying a Home
Without a doubt, most homebuyers search for properties online - 90 percent, according to NAR - but the actual process of buying a home is much more involved and complicated than scheduling showings.
When purchasing a property, you'll need someone who can negotiate the price, write up the necessary contract, work with the seller to push the transaction through, recommend the right home inspectors and vendors, interpret crucial mortgage data and generally manage the whole process. In a NAR survey, 40 percent of buyers reported the mortgage application and approval process to be more difficult than they expected.
Your home is your most precious financial asset. Put it in the hands of a real estate expert. I know the business and can help you with all of your homebuying or selling needs. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the market or your next steps.
A New Tool to Help You Understand Your Local Market
Real estate is a constantly changing marketplace, and knowing how your neighborhood is performing will keep you on top of the action. Baird & Warner Market Insight allows you to see all of the real estate activity in your specified area. Select the area that you are interested in learning more about, and you can choose to receive emails that provide you with all of the real estate transactions and details specific to that selection. This interactive report charts such data as sold homes, properties for sale, inventory counts and even days on market. Please contact me if you'd like to sign up.
Mid-Century Modern - New Listing!
12 Graymoor Lane
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Il 60461
Gorgeous California style mid-century modern! Highly ranked Home-wood Flossmoor schools. Terrazzo floor in entry/dining/kitchen. Over $30k in recent upgrades and a new roof. Beautifully landscaped yard offers private sweeping views. Walk-out lower level with contemporary gas fireplace. New carpet upstairs. Many wonderful features! It's like California in Illinois!
Just Sold! 1955 Ranch house with Pool!
Yes, it's true. The market is hot! Savvy buyers are back in the market while rates are still relatively low and values are too great to resist! Case in point: I just sold this fantastic 1955 Mid-Century Modern ranch with a heated in-ground pool and art studio, in the award-winning Homewood-Flossmoor school district.... for only $290,000! Let me know when you're ready to shop!
Frank Lloyd Wright style retreat
444 East Mcclure Street
Kewanee, Il 61143
Here's a unique opportunity! The chance to own a gorgeous 1956 mid-century modern retreat (only asking $146,000), just 150 miles southwest of Chicago (easy access by Amtrack or car). This single-level house was designed by Philip Welch who worked for Frank Lloyd Wright in CA. Renovated & restored w/ huge great room, brick wall w/ fireplace, redwood walls, mahogany cabinets, Corian counters, Thermopane insulated glass, spa room with sunken hot tub, 2 decks, att 2...
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