How to Buy Property Cooperatively Series: Financing Your Cooperative

 

Join us for the next event Financing Your Cooperative in our Cooperative Housing Series, 

Tuesday January 22nd, from 6:30-8pm 

at LivingRoom Realty.

Are you ready to own your own home, but concerned about rising real estate costs? Do you want to plan for the future or have a built in community by sharing your home with friends or family? Want to buy a commercial building and share resources? Are you interested in combining the financial, environmental, and/or community/social benefits of communal living with the security of property ownership?

If so, LivingRoom Realty's Co-operative living Info sessions are for you! This new series of informal meet-ups is for anyone interested in learning more about how to successfully purchase, manage, and occupy co-operative real estate in Chicago. Join LivingRoom Realty brokers Annie Coleman & Susannah Ribstein, and Co-op Development Consultant, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, for this informative event series.

This next event Financing Your Coop will feature guest speakers Michelle Bobart Senior VP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate and Kevin Truitt Senior Loan and Program Officer at Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF).   Michelle and Kevin will walk you through the loan products available to meet your Cooperative Housing needs.  Corrigan Nadon-Nichols will go over basics of how to prepare your finances.  This will be an very informative event!  Please RSVP to attend.

Future Series Events (More Details To Be Announced):

Date TBD - Living and working as a Community - Membership Process, Group Decision Making, Conflict Resolution and other topics to create and maintain a happy and healthy community.

Date TBD - Coop Case Studies - Meet Coop members of current Chicago Cooperatives and hear there story and we’ll also highlight some national examples.

 

In Our LivingRoom: Meet Christen Carter of Busy Beaver Buttons

Meet Christen Carter of Busy Beaver Button Company

Busy Beaver Button Company, a thriving small business, was looking to grow their space, open a museum, and stay close to their original location on Armitage in Logan Square. With the help of Annie Coleman, Managing Broker of LivingRoom Realty, they purchased the perfect empty building sitting on a double wide lot a few blocks west of their original location on Armitage.

We asked them a few questions about their journey to expanding their headquarters.

LivingRoom Realty (LRR): Tell us about yourself?

Christen Carter (CC): I am a small business owner - Busy Beaver Button Co., and co-curator of the Button Museum. Right now, my life is mostly around buttons since I’m also working on a book about cultural history told through buttons.

I do love fixing up old buildings that need love and kinda like having property - it’s part of my retirement plan. I also like decorating and nesting into places, this has become a hobby of mine.

LRR: Tell us about your property?

CC: It’s a double-wide storefront with two apartments above. When I bought the building, it was just a blighted shell that suffered a couple of fires. But the beautiful yellow brick and personality were there! Plus, it has “good bones” as they say. The location is 3407 W Armitage, just west of Kimball. There’s also a big backyard and 3 car garage.

LRR: What were the deciding factors when choosing your area and property?

CC: We knew that we needed a place to expand, since I’m hoping this will be a 10+ year place for my company, Busy Beaver Button Co. And the big back yard will let us build out when we need to.It’s also walking distance from my house and close to the homes of many people who work here. And only a block away from our old location, so we wouldn’t lose any employees because of the distance. Being only a block away was very handy during construction - we could meet a tradesperson on a dime, since it took 2 minutes to walk from our previous location. 

The two apartments above help pay the mortgage and give us a cheaper property tax rate, those two things really help! Plus, for security sake, it’s nice that people are here during the day and at night, too.

I feel connected to Logan Square having lived and worked here since 2004, so I wanted to stay nearby. Plus, I remember when this building had two separate fires, the building was empty for years and it needed some serious love.

LRR: What’s your favorite thing about your property?

CC: The feel is just so nice. It’s pretty spacious and can display the Button Museum and accommodate the visitors. My brother, Joel found all this beautiful salvaged doors and interior windows, people can hardly believe that this place was a burned shell before we got it. You can really tell in all the details that a lot of love and consideration was put into it - this is mostly because of my brother!

LRR: What would you tell someone who is embarking on the buying process for your type of building?

CC:I always tell people to expect the project to cost at least 50% more than quoted by a GC and also about twice as long. The city can take awhile and things always come up.

We had to re-zone but that was the easiest thing - we had a good lawyer. That’s the other big thing - the professionals that you work with must honestly respect you and what you’re doing - trust is key. Some of the people we worked with were great, but some really made our lives more difficult than it needed to be. I learned a lot and now have developed what a “trusted partner” is, this helps us recognize red flags to change course. Have a good idea of what's important to you in terms of property characteristics, but also keep an open mind about what's going to work realistically, and be honest about your lifestyle needs. Obviously, finding the right agent is also crucial!

LRR: Tell us about any improvements you made or plan to make and why?

CC: I’d love to expand out the back to make more space for the button production. I also want to fix up the garage, not exciting, but we ran out of money with everything being over budget. Hopefully all of this within the next 3 years!

Thanks to Christen and Busy Beaver Button Co.  for letting LRR into their living room! Visit Busy Beaver Button Co. where you can order custom button, magnets and more. Do you have a button fan on your gift list? Consider picking up the Button Box  which contains one hundred colorful postcards featuring over three hundred buttons from the collection of the Busy Beaver Button Museum.

Ash, Bone and Fire - Exhibition from artists Christopher Michael Hefner, Jessica Joslin, and Jared Joslin

Join us at LivingRoom Realty  Friday November 2, 7 pm - 10 pm for the opening of "Ash, Bone and Fire" an exhibition from artists, Christopher Michael HefnerJessica JoslinJared Joslin

 

Chris, Jessica and Jared are Chicago based "creeps" with their respective specialties being divination through charcoal, resurrection of the dead, and the capturing of spirits within oil. Halloween costumes are welcome at the opening, and appreciated!!!

SHOW DATES: November 2 – November 24, 2018. VIEWING HOURS: Saturdays 12-5 pm. To receive a collector's preview, with images & prices before the opening, or schedule a visit during the show please email jessica@jessicajoslin.com

Christopher Michael Hefner

Christopher Michael Hefner is a visual artist working predominantly in charcoal.  By employing some of the most elemental means for image-making, he addresses themes of Mortality, Desire and the mirage of Control.   Hefner has also directed two feature films, “THE POISONER” (2014) and “THE PINK HOTEL” (2010), and hosts a radio show on Lumpen Radio called NIGHT TIME WITH CHRIS HEFNER, which airs on Wednesday nights.

Jessica Joslin

The creatures that populate Jessica Joslin’s world are intricate fusions of bone, brass, antique hardware and other scavenged treasures. Infused with the Victorian era’s passion for natural history and arcane technology, these creatures reflect both the real and the imagined animal, the living and the dead. Through careful observation and intricate construction, they re-imagine the animal kingdom, bolt by bolt, beast by beast. Inspired by the beauty of skeletal architecture, and a passion for assemblage sculpture, Jessica Joslin began building her menagerie of mechanical animals in 1992. A monograph of her work, “Strange Nature” was published in 2008, and her work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and exhibitions worldwide.

Jared Joslin

Jared Joslin is a figurative painter who has been devoted to his craft for over 30 years. His paintings are exquisitely realistic, with a mysterious, and slightly eerie quality. He is a clever storyteller, whose symbolic scenes are flooded with luscious colors and rich details, which can easily distract the viewer from darker undercurrents of each tale. Recurring fascinations are surreal circus themes, nostalgic glamorous portraiture, and opulent floral still lives creeping with hidden creatures. Timeless yet immediate, simultaneously mysterious and direct, his portraits and still lives seem to have been painted by the feverish hand of a lucid dreamer!  If open to receive, they welcome us into a world to dream.

Home Ownership Outside the Box

How to Buy Property Cooperatively 

To Save Money and Build Community

Are you ready to own your own home, but concerned about rising real estate costs? Do you want to plan for the future or have a built in community by sharing your home with friends or family? Want to buy a commercial building and share resources? Are you interested in combining the financial, environmental, and/or community/social benefits of communal living with the security of property ownership?

If so, LivingRoom Realty's co-operative living Info sessions are for you! This new series of informal meet-ups is for anyone interested in learning more about how to successfully purchase, manage, and occupy co-operative real estate in Chicago. Join LivingRoom Realty brokers Annie Coleman & Susannah Ribstein, and co-op development consultant, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, for this informative event. Join us for our first meet-up

Thursday Nov 1st from 6:30-8:30pm

 LivingRoom Realty 1530 W. Superior St.

Refreshments provided!

Please RSVP at contact@livingroomrealty.com

More Air-Like Than Water by Marianne Fairbanks at LivingRoom Realty

Join us at LivingRoom Realty on Saturday, September 29th from 6 to 9 pm for the opening of Marianne Fairbank's solo exhibition, "More Air-Like Than Water."

The work presented in More Air-like than Water explores the deep meaning in geometry and abstraction as they relate to textile and graphic design vocabularies. Fairbanks approaches weaving, painting, photography and sculpture with a playfulness of process that destabilizes conventional value systems of hard and soft form-making while digging into more philosophical understandings of material vs. immaterial.

The viewer is asked to consider object as photo, photo as pattern, pattern as dimensional. Confronted simultaneously with macro and micro, foreground and background, the view is disoriented as they search for a focus. While the work fights for perceptual attention, it also encourages a deep engagement with our material world in the construction of philosophical belief systems and physical realities.

For more information about Marianne and her work or to schedule a showing, please visit her website.

Closing Tea: Saturday, October 27th from 1 to 4 pm at LivingRoom Realty.

New Listing! 3141 W Palmer Boulevard. Beautiful Home Across from Palmer Square Park in Logan

Come and see this 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo with a welcoming open floor plan, located right on beautiful Palmer Square Park in Logan Square. Professionally-managed and well-maintained classic brick and terracotta courtyard building. Warm cherry hardwood floors and quality finishes throughout. Living room with cozy gas fireplace and thoughtful built-in shelving open onto a dining area overlooking the peaceful landscaped courtyard. Bathrooms have granite counters and marble tile, with a whirlpool tub and shower in the en-suite master bath. Large closets and hardwood floors continue in the bedrooms. Convenient in-unit laundry. A charming haven on one of Logan Square's loveliest boulevards, with restaurants, parks, and public transportation right outside.

Offered at $300,000. Open House Saturday, September 15th, 2018 1 to 3 pm. Contact Susannah Ribstein at 708-207-6590 or susannah@livingroomrealty.com for questions and showing requests.

 

 

New Listing: 7137 S. Luella! Gorgeous Home on Huge Lot in South Shore

This is a rare opportunity to own this stunning 5 bedroom/4.5 bathroom limestone Tudor on an expansive 100'x125' lot in historic South Shore, blocks from the Lake. This home is a perfect combination of gracious vintage style with thoughtful modern updates. The welcoming foyer leads to a grand living room with marble fireplace, opposite a spacious dining room with original leaded glass windows. The eat-in kitchen is tastefully done with ample storage, granite, Viking & Bosch appliances. Updated entertainment room & brand-new full bath complete the ground floor. Two large en-suite bedrooms upstairs, one with a separate entrance. Master suite has a large bath with a tub. The original finished attic is perfect for a light-filled studio or rec room. Full semi-finished basement with gas fireplace is ready for your ideas. Professionally landscaped yard with patio and a 3-car garage with access for a roof deck. Just outside the front door: Metra, Lake Shore Drive, South Shore Cultural Center, Jackson Park, Obama Center site & more.

Offered at $485,000. Open House September 8th, 2018 from  12-2 pm & September 9th, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm. Contact Susannah Ribstein at 708-207-6590 or susannah@livingroomrealty.com for questions and showing requests.

Carnival of Amateurs, Closing Tea - Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Please join us at LivingRoom Realty for the last opportunity to see the Joshua Lantzy's Carnival of Amateurs at the closing tea on Monday, September 3rd, from 12 - 6 PM. 

“It is in the very limitations of shadows that we learn…It is in the gap between the object and its representation that the image emerges, the gap we fill in” - William Kentridge

RSVP for this event on Facebook and for more information about Joshua Lantzy's work, please visit his website.

Carnival of Amateurs a solo show by Joshua Lantzy at LivingRoom

Join us at LivingRoom on Saturday August 18th from 7-10pm for the opening of Joshua Lantzy's Carnival of Amateurs: stories of making told through drawings and objects, mythology and metaphor.

 

“It is in the very limitations of shadows that we learn…It is in the gap between the object and its representation that the image emerges, the gap we fill in” - William Kentridge

​LivingRoom presents “In the Phantom Tongue of the Mountain Witch,” an exhibition of ​art​work by Duncan Robert Anderson and David Shannon Harrison.

LivingRoom Realty is pleased to present the opening of In the Phantom Tongue of the Mountain Witch: Duncan Robert Anderson and David Shannon Harrison on Friday, May 4th, 2018 from 7 pm to 10 pm.  The event will be located at LivingRoom (1530 W. Superior St.) in the Noble Square neighborhood.

“Duncan Robert Anderson and David Shannon Harrison, friends and fellow makers of many decades, both hail from the heart of the Mountain Empire.  Perhaps coming of age in a place where iconic figures like Daniel Boone walked in flesh and blood makes you more attuned to the intrusion of myth and magic into lived experience; these works are redolent with the possibilities of Presence for better or for worse.  But it bears remembering that a figure like Boone, now emblematic of the Appalachian genius locii, an avatar of a geography of legend, was himself a sojourner: born in Pennsylvania, died in Missouri, west of Mississippi, he hunted the Colorado Rockies in his old age.

In the same sense, Anderson and Harrison’s dedication to and inspiration from their mountain home is not parochial but expansive.  Anderson has carried forth this spirit to new realms, physically relocating to Chicagoland, and thematically connecting his world-weary mountaineers to new realms and new experiences, resulting in the weird hybrid pantheons of contemporary cultures in motion.  Harrison, while physically ever more deeply emplaced in the headlands of the Valley of the Tennessee, has drilled down to discover veins of meaning that resurface in distant allusions. His strata of reference embed the origins in Deep Time of images and concepts that are nonetheless framed (sometimes literally) by local materials.

To hear some tell it, Appalachia’s principle export these days is despair.  To that assertion, “In the Phantom Tongue of the Mountain Witch” is a powerful rebuttal. ”  -Douglas Reichert Powell; Columbia College Chicago

Follow Duncan on Instagram at @duncanrobertanderson, and learn more about his and Shannon's work below.

Smoky Mountain Vista: An Interview With Duncan Robert Anderson by David Richards

Duncan Robert Anderson Show History

New Listing! 2737 N. Kimball Ave. #2

Sunny open floor plan one bedroom condo right in the heart of Logan Square. An extra-wide living room with large bay windows flows into the light-filled multipurpose dining area.

The open kitchen has granite countertops, peninsula bar, and stainless appliances.

Bathroom has ceramic tile and rain shower. The quality finishes are well-maintained throughout.

This is a great home base for exploring all that Logan Square has to offer, right outside the door: Unity Playlot, Elastic Arts, Aloft, Dill Pickle Food Co-Op, The Logan Theater, Blue Line, buses, and much more. Self-managed and well-maintained building.

Offered at $229,500. For questions or more information, contact Annie Coleman at (312) 371-9293 or annie@livingroomrealty.com.

Listing #09889684

New Listing & Open House This Weekend! 1754 W. Ohio

Rarely available spacious and sunny 4 bedroom/2.1 bath home in Ukrainian Village. Main level features an open floor plan living room and dining room with wood burning fireplace and newly refinished maple floors.

Eat in kitchen with island, hardwood cabinets, and stainless appliances flows to a large back deck perfect for entertaining.

Second floor features three bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom with glass surround shower, deep soaking tub, and double basin infinity sink. Listen to music from built in speakers in bathroom and/or in the large master bedroom.

The lower level has a family room, fourth bedroom, full bath and extra kitchen. The lower level can be closed off easily with side entrance for a private in-law quarters. Yard and 2 car garage round out this beautiful home. Awesome location 1/2 block to Talcott School, Easy walk to shopping and restaurants on Chicago Avenue and everything that West Town has to offer.

Offered at $740,000. For questions or more information, contact Sarah Frier at 773-860-3452 or sarah@livingroomrealty.com.

Open House this Weekend Saturday (3/17) from 12pm - 2pm Please RSVP to sarah@livingroomrealty.com

Listing #09882093

New Listing! 2507 N Sacramento

Gorgeous 5 bedroom/4 bathroom greystone on an oversized lot in the heart of Logan Square. This lovingly cared-for home has a wide floor plan and is a beautiful blend of original craftsmanship with modern amenities. The main level has a large foyer, sunny living room with wood burning fireplace, dining room with original stained glass built-in hutch, large bedroom or office, full bath, and sunny eat-in chef's kitchen.

The kitchen features include an abundance of cherry cabinets, high-end stainless appliances, wine fridge, pot filler, extra prep sink and granite counters. The upper level has total of 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, including a master suite with private balcony, an open den area, and laundry. Original unpainted trim and hardwood floors throughout adds to this home’s charm.

The lower level features radiant floors, a large family room/playroom, wet bar, bathroom, laundry and a large storage area that could be converted into a guest bedroom if desired. The wide yard is professionally landscaped with native perennials and raised beds for growing vegetables. A central location in Logan Square makes for an easy walk to shopping, restaurants, farmers market and public transportation. This is truly a beautiful home.

Offered at $1,099,000. For questions or more information contact Annie Coleman at 312-371-9293 or Susannah Ribstein at 708-207-6590. 

Open House this Weekend Saturday (3/10) from 1pm - 3pm Sunday (3/11) from 12pm - 2pm   Please RSVP to Susannah@livingroomrealty.com

Listing #09873880

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Thursday, February 15th

Landscape of the Market for Buyers LogoLandscape of the Housing Market for BuyersThursday, February 15th, 6:30pm-8pm

It's time for another buyers class! Now is the perfect time to learn about the housing market if you're planning to buy in the spring. Join us at LivingRoom Realty from 6:30-8:00 pm on February 15th as Real Estate Broker Liz Dudek, Mortgage Broker Ben DeBoer, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Topics to be covered will be:

- The pre-approval process and preparing your finances - Step by step overview of home buying process - Loan products available in today’s market - What are closing costs and detailed breakdown - How to decide on what type of property to buy - What to expect from a home inspection - What to look for in a building - Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP at contact@livingroomrealty.com so we can plan appropriately. We look forward to seeing you!

Liz Dudek, LivingRoom Realty Ben DeBoer, Molitor Financial Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection Inc.

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers, Monday, November 20th!

Landscape of the Market for Buyers LogoLandscape of the Housing Market for BuyersMonday, November 20th, 6:30pm-8pm

It's time for another buyers class! Now is the perfect time to learn about the housing market if you're planning to buy in the spring. Join us at LivingRoom Realty from 6:30-8:00 pm on November 20th as Real Estate Broker Susannah Ribstein, Mortgage Broker Ben DeBoer, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Topics to be covered will be:

- The pre-approval process and preparing your finances - Step by step overview of home buying process - Loan products available in today’s market - What are closing costs and detailed breakdown - How to decide on what type of property to buy - What to expect from a home inspection - What to look for in a building - Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP at contact@livingroomrealty.com, so we can plan appropriately. We look forward to seeing you!

Susannah Ribstein, LivingRoom Realty Ben DeBoer, Molitor Financial Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection Inc.

For Sale - 3100 N Leavitt

Architecturally unique converted storefront with care of craftsmanship, attention to design, & artistic details everywhere you look. 3100 N Leavitt spacious living room is flooded with light with a curved mosaic glass block wall and large skylight. Other features include exposed brick & timber beams, custom built-ins & a modern suspended fireplace. A coved gallery hallway leads to the dining room, den, & kitchen area w/ wide planked pine floors, custom kitchen cabinets, upgraded appliances including Sub-Zero wine fridge, & granite counters. Open staircase from the kitchen/dining area takes you to a spacious roof deck with built-in benches, perfect for entertaining. Peaceful Master bedroom & bath includes cedar built-in closets, stained glass door, skylight, deep soaking tub, & rain shower. The back gallery hallway with extensive built-in storage leads to 2 back bedrooms and an attached garage. Beautiful tree-lined corner make this home truly special.   Contact Annie at 312-371-9293 or Susannah at 708-207-6590. 3100 N Leavitt Front3100 N Leavitt Living Room3100 N Leavitt Master Bedroom

 

Envision Unlimited: Places & Spaces Closing Tea on June 18th

Places and Spaces 2Please join us for the last opportunity to see the show: Places & Spaces at a closing tea on Sunday, June 18th from 12 - 4 PM. The show will be located at LivingRoom Realty (1530 W. Superior St.) in the Noble Square neighborhood. Places & Spaces is presented in partnership with Envision Unlimited and The Weaving Mill Places & Spaces is inspired by the universal human desire to find and celebrate one’s home, whether it’s a city, a building, a community of people, or all three. The artworks in the exhibition show spaces and places and people and faces, looking backward, moving forward, stopping to see the windows, the doors, the dresses, the floors. Built from pencil, from paper, from cardboard, from toothpick—these works lift off the ground and touch back down, they roll around in their own material and trajectory.

Places & Spaces invites viewers to remember and recapitulate, see the city through someone else’s eyes—the places and spaces that stick to their ribs, the spaces and places that make up a solid world surround us.

The artists included in the exhibition are: Tim Allen, Illuminada Bernardo, Marvin Young, Timothy Jackson, and Lawanda Blake.

Sales proceeds from the exhibition will go directly to the artists and to support the Envision Arts Studio program.

The exhibition was curated by Emily Winter and Matti Sloman of The Weaving Mill and Susannah Ribstein of LivingRoom Realty.

Places and Spaces Close Up

ABOUT

Envision Unlimited is a non-profit social services organization with centers across the city. Its mission is to provide quality services to persons with developmental disabilities and other special needs by promoting choice, independence and community integration. Established in 1964, Envision now serves approximately 1,200 individuals and families with services including day programs, employment services, community living programs, arts and craft studios, and more. www.EnvisionUnlimited.org

The Weaving Mill is an industrial weaving studio run by textile artists Matti Sloman & Emily Winter which is housed within Envision Unlimited’s West Town Center. In addition to their own creative work and their collaborations with other artists and designers, TWM provides textile education workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, and hosts an experimental artist residency program designed to give artists working in diverse media access to studio space and to encourage collaboration between visiting artists and the artists of Envision Unlimited. www.TheWeavingMill.com

LivingRoom Realty is a boutique real estate firm located in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. www.LivingRoomRealty.com

Envision Unlimited, The Weaving Mill & LivingRoom Present: Places & Spaces

Places and Spaces PiecesIn partnership with the Arts Studio program at Envision Unlimited, LivingRoom Realty is pleased to present a new art show: Places & Spaces, opening Friday, May 19th from 6 - 9 PM. The show will be located at LivingRoom Realty (1530 W. Superior St.) in the Noble Square neighborhood. Not to worry if you can't make the opening reception, we'll be hosting open hours on Saturdays May 27th and June 10th from 12 - 4 PM, as well as a closing tea party on Sunday, June 18th from 12 - 4 PM.  Places & Spaces is inspired by the universal human desire to find and celebrate one’s home, whether it’s a city, a building, a community of people, or all three. The artworks in the exhibition show spaces and places and people and faces, looking backward, moving forward, stopping to see the windows, the doors, the dresses, the floors. Built from pencil, from paper, from cardboard, from toothpick—these works lift off the ground and touch back down, they roll around in their own material and trajectory.

Places & Spaces invites viewers to remember and recapitulate, see the city through someone else’s eyes—the places and spaces that stick to their ribs, the spaces and places that make up a solid world surround us.

The artists included in the exhibition are: Tim Allen, Illuminada Bernardo, Marvin Young, Timothy Jackson, and Lawanda Blake.

Sales proceeds from the exhibition will go directly to the artists and to support the Envision Arts Studio program.

The exhibition was curated by Emily Winter and Matti Sloman of The Weaving Mill and Susannah Ribstein of LivingRoom Realty.

Places and Spaces Close Up

ABOUT

Envision Unlimited is a non-profit social services organization with centers across the city. Its mission is to provide quality services to persons with developmental disabilities and other special needs by promoting choice, independence and community integration. Established in 1964, Envision now serves approximately 1,200 individuals and families with services including day programs, employment services, community living programs, arts and craft studios, and more. www.EnvisionUnlimited.org

The Weaving Mill is an industrial weaving studio run by textile artists Matti Sloman & Emily Winter which is housed within Envision Unlimited’s West Town Center. In addition to their own creative work and their collaborations with other artists and designers, TWM provides textile education workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, and hosts an experimental artist residency program designed to give artists working in diverse media access to studio space and to encourage collaboration between visiting artists and the artists of Envision Unlimited. www.TheWeavingMill.com

LivingRoom Realty is a boutique real estate firm located in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. www.LivingRoomRealty.com

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Tuesday, May 23rd!

Landscape of the Market for Buyers LogoLandscape of the Housing Market for BuyersTuesday, May 23rd, 6:30pm-8pm

It's time for another buyers class! Whether you plan to buy this summer or in 2018, it's so important to be a prepared and informed buyer. Join us at LivingRoom Realty from 6:30-8:00 pm on May 23rd as Real Estate Broker Sarah Frier, Mortgage Broker Christina Ewing, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Topics to be covered will be:

- The pre-approval process and preparing your finances - Step by step overview of home buying process - Loan products available in today’s market - What are closing costs and detailed breakdown - How to decide on what type of property to buy - What to expect from a home inspection - What to look for in a building - Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP at contact@livingroomrealty.com, so we can plan appropriately. We look forward to seeing you!

Sarah Frier, LivingRoom Realty Christina Ewing, Molitor Financial Mike Lamb, Inspection Connection Inc.