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BRITTA RIVERA VENTURE GROUP JOINS TOP BROKERAGE FIRM BAIRD & WARNER

Published September 15, 2015

Britta Rivera Venture Group recently joined the top Chicago Brokerage Firm of Baird & Warner.  BRV assembled a team of experienced real estate agents; offering clients and developer’s superior service along with a group of real estate professionals dedicated to the real estate industry.  BRV members have many years of experience and service Chicago’s city and select suburbs.

BRV assists buyers, sellers and renters with their housing needs.  They specialize in the sales & marketing new construction developments, condo conversions, resale listings, and buyer/renter representation.  BRV team members have been involved in launching dozens of successful multi-million dollar new construction developments in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  BRV also assists with Luxury Sales, Short Sales, and REO’s.

The unique aspect of these Premier Agents is the level of experience and professionalism.  BRV team members include founder, Britta Rivera, who has been involved in the real estate sales industry since 1993.  During her 20+ years in the real estate industry, she has held the position of General Manager and Vice President of Sales for multiple local, national and international brokerage firms.  Rounding off the team is, Lakeisha Stephens.

Let this professional team of agents provide you with the extraordinary service you deserve.  Please contact them at our website for a list of available homes in Chicago and full contact information.

SPECIALTY NEIGHBORHOOD’S (plus many more!)

CHICAGO CITYLoop, South Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Near West Side, South Side, Bronzeville, West Loop, Wicker Park, River North, River West, and other great locations.

CHICAGO SUBURBSBolingbrook, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Lisle, Woodridge, Plainfield, Romeoville, Aurora,  and other select areas. 

RENT, BUY, SELL…WE CAN HELP!

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September 16, 2015 Posted by | BOLINGBROOK NEWS, CHICAGO NEWS, CHICAGO REAL ESTATE | , , , , , | 1 Comment

MICHAEL JORDAN $29M HIGHLAND PARK HOME GOES TO AUCTION 11/22/13

mj mansionMany were surprised to hear that legendary former Chicago Bulls superstar, Michael Jordan, has decided to auction off his 56,000-square-foot Highland Park estate next month.  It was just two years ago that he first listed the property for a whopping $29 million!  But seriously, who can afford that price?

Jordan has retained New York-based Concierge Auctions plans to hold the auction on November 22nd.  If you have a cool  $250,000 of liquid funds no problem; it’s the deposit required to bid in the “absolute” auction, which requires him to sell regardless of price.

The luxurious home located at 2700 Point Lane, in a Chicago suburb, was originally priced at $29 million before it was reduced to a mere $21 million back in January.  It is a true testament to his wealth featuring; nine-bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a regulation-size indoor basketball court, billiards parlor and a 15-car heated garage.

Now this is LIVING! If you are Bill Gates, Tyler Perry or Oprah Winfrey it could be considered a great deal!  For the rest of us….we may want to stick with a more reasonably priced home.

SEARCHING FOR A HOME IN THE CHICAGO AREA?  Contact a real estate professional to assist…..britta.rivera@comcast.net.  If you are a CHICAGO BULLS player…please use my real estate services, I promise to make it fun yet confidential experience.

October 19, 2013 Posted by | CHICAGO REAL ESTATE | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2013: BOLINGBROOK GOLF COURSE GETS VISIT FROM CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP

Bolingbrook residents were treated to a visit from the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup.  On Thursday 7/25/13 fans lined up in the parking lot of the stunning Bolingbrook Golf Club and anxiously awaited a photo-op with the Cup for a small fee of $20.  A crowd of over 3,500 stood in line beginning at 4am, for the Bolingbrook event of the summer, which began at noon.

Area residents from Bolingbrook were joined by surrounding suburban fans including; Plainfield, Joliet, Romeoville, Naperville and Crest Hill.  While most were able to take home a treasured souvenir photo, others were disappointed when they were turned away as time ran out.

The main reason for the visit was the luck of the draw, Chicago Blackhawks’ Team Services Director, Tony Ommen, is a Bolingbrook resident.  This was the second time the Cup was displayed in the village of Bolingbrook, it also happened back in 2010.

Bolingbrook Golf Club General Manager Randy Farber was amazed at the huge show of support for the 2013 Blackhawks champions and was excited for the visit.  All proceeds went to charity; mainly to St. Baldrick’s and Heart Haven Outreach.

LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL A HOME IN BOLINGBROOK?  CONTACT A BOLINGBROOK NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT & REAL ESTATE BROKER FOR YOUR FREE MARKET ANALYSIS.  VISIT https://brittariveraventure.wordpress.com/about/ FOR DETAILS.

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Read the full story at; http://bolingbrook.patch.com/groups/sports/p/lord-stanleys-cup-heading-to-bolingbrook

July 26, 2013 Posted by | BOLINGBROOK NEWS | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

[VIDEO] CHICAGO’S ANNUAL PRIDE PARADE ROUTE 6/30/13; LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED

Chicago’s Pride Parade kicks off today, June 30, 2013 at noon.   It has become extremely popular over the years, so if you are considering attending, get ready for large crowds.  As a reminder, back in 2012 the route changed and the parade begins at Montrose and ends at Diversey.

It is a celebration which began back in 1972 and has been refined to represent the freedom of all people.  The parade route and details are posted on this link.  Getting around the city will be a challenge today, so you may want to take public transportation!

If you have never attended….it is a treat!

CHECK OUT FULL DETAILS AT http://chicagopride.gopride.com/info.cfm

June 30, 2013 Posted by | CHICAGO NEWS, NEIGHBORHOOD SCOOP | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2013: GOOGLE ANNOUNCES MOVE TO CHICAGO’S WEST LOOP!

west loop mapIt’s official!  Google, Inc announced plans to move to Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.  Cost savings and extra space is probably driving the move from their current River North location, to the Fulton Market-Randolph district.

A Google spokeswoman confirmed that its 500-plus employees will move to the former Fulton Market Cold Storage building at 1000 W. Fulton.  The lease was signed for 200,000 square feet at the 10-story former storage warehouse…so the deal is sealed!  The anticipated move should happen by 2015, which is when their current lease expires.

If Google employees are in search of available nearby housing, feel free to contact a GREAT REAL ESTATE AGENT!   Send requests to britta.rivera@comcast.net  for a free list of available properties.

READ FULL STORY AT CRAINS….http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20130620/CRED03/130629966/its-official-google-to-move-to-west-loop

June 21, 2013 Posted by | CHICAGO REAL ESTATE | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

[VIDEO] 2013: ILLINOIS ST PATRICK’S DAY MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE; WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 18, 2013

VIDEO LINK TO LAST YEARS WINNER

This year the Illinois Lottery offered its St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle once again.  The results will be posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 and many will find themselves a bit richer.  The odds are some of the best of all games offered by the Illinois Lottery.

This video link shows one of the MEGA winners from last year.  The entire town of Millersburg, Illinois, pulled together and 117 people won one of the four $1,000,000 prizes.  Wow…now that is amazing!   Also astounding is that another million dollar winner from last year, just stepped forward!  With only a few days left a Wood Dale resident claimed their prize.

Most only dream about what they will do with all that cash….trips, expensive cars, fancy homes, charity donations, sharing with family…and the list goes on.  But only four will win the big prize of $1,000,000…what would you do with that huge amount of money?

Check out this link to see if your dreams can turn into a reality.  And yes…I played too:).  GOOD LUCK!  Hope the luck of the Irish is with us all.   And if you happen to win and want to buy a home in Chicago….look me up!

CHECK OUT THE ODDS OF WINNING!

  • Only 500,000 tickets were sold and are currently sold out.
    • 4 Prizes of $1,000,000, odds are 1 in 125,000!
    • 5 prizes of $100,000 each, odds are 1 in 100,000!
    • 500 prizes of $1,000 each, odds of 1 in 1000!
    • THAT’S 509 TOTAL AVAILABLE PRIZES WITH OVERALL ODDS OF 1 IN 982!
  • The cost is $20 per ticket.

via [VIDEO] 2013: ILLINOIS ST PATRICK’S DAY MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE; WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 18, 2013.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BUYING SHORT SALES IN ILLINOIS HERE!

March 17, 2013 Posted by | CHICAGO NEWS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CHICAGO UNCUT; NEW SERIES PREMIERES MARCH 6, 2013; SHOWCASES LOCAL TALENT

Chicago Uncut premieres Wednesday, March 6th at 11pm on WJYS Channel 62.  The hip new series will feature local independent artists throughout the Chicagoland area.  It offers a great outlet for up-and-coming stars to showcase their talent with the support of local fans.  Uncut will even go one step further; showcasing music videos, night life and much more.

It is an untapped market and should find huge success and an endless array of raw talent.  Chicago is known for creating superstars….can you say Jennifer Hudson?  This will be a show to watch and if you can sing, it may be a great stepping stone to becoming a star!

The hosts include Lea “Lukie” R and E-Sinnit and the Executive Producer is Kali Carter.  Welcome to Chicago!  We are looking forward to this new way to promote talent in our great city!

For more information visit:  http://www.chicagouncut.com AND click on this link to enter for a chance to win a FREE music video.

March 1, 2013 Posted by | CHICAGO NEWS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE WITH HOMEOWNER’S EXEMPTION….VIEW COOK COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE WEBSITE

639 DIVISION ENTRY smallMany have asked…How much can I save on a homeowner’s exemption?  Well, it’s important to make sure you first apply for one or you could miss out on thousands in savings.   The website below actually breaks it down for you in simple terms and describes the many exemptions available.

This is an important part of the benefits of homeownership, so make sure to go this link and check your status.  In most cases, the senior citizen homestead/homeowner exemptions are most often missed.

Cook County homeowners may take advantage of several valuable property-tax-saving exemptions. There are currently four exemptions that must be applied for or renewed annually: The Homeowner Exemption, Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption, Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption, and the Home Improvement Exemption.

Homeowner Exemption

Taxpayers whose single-family home, townhouse, condominium, co-op or apartment building (up to six units) is their primary residence can save $250 to $2,000 per year, depending on local tax rates and assessment increases. First-time applicants must have been the occupant of the property as of January 1 of the tax year in question.

The Cook County Assessor’s Office now automatically renews Homeowner Exemptions for properties that were not sold to new owners in the last year.

In neighborhoods where assessments have increased sharply, this exemption also now can help buffer the reassessment and be worth as much as $2,000 ($20,000 in Equalized Assessed Value multiplied by the local tax rate).

This program is administered by the Cook County Assessor’s Office. New owners should apply to:

Cook County Assessor’s Office
118 North Clark Street, Room 320
Chicago, IL 60602
312.443.7550

You may find applications and additional information at: www.cookcountyassessor.com

Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption

Seniors can save up to $250 a year in property taxes, and up to $750 when combined with the Homeowner Exemption. For the 2012 tax year, the applicant must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1, 2012 and must have been 65 years of age or older during the year for which you are applying.

Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption

Qualified senior citizens can apply for a freeze of the assessed value of their property. Over time, in many areas, this program results in taxes changing minimally and often decreasing as surrounding properties continue to rise in assessed value. This is the most valuable homeowner exemption program. The value increases over the years as it eliminates the impact of regular reassessment increases that may occur every three years.

For the 2012 tax year, the applicant must have owned and occupied the home on January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012 and have been responsible for the 2011 and 2012 taxes.

Home Improvement Exemption

Homeowners can make up to $75,000 worth of property improvements without an increase in property taxes for at least four years. The value varies depending on the reduction of the assessed value and the tax rates where the property is located.

There are also several state and city programs now available.

Senior Citizen Tax Deferral
The household income limit to participate in this program has increased to $55,000. This program works like a loan from the State of Illinois to qualified senior citizens, with an annual interest rate of 6%. Any portion or all (up to $5,000 per year) of the tax may be deferred until the house is sold or until the death of the taxpayer. To apply, contact the Cook County Treasurer’s Office at 312.443.5100.

Disabled Veteran Homestead Exemption
Administered through the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Call 312.814.2460.

Circuit Breaker Program
Seniors and disabled citizens receive a state grant based on property taxes, nursing home costs or pharmaceutical expenses. For information, call the Illinois Department on Aging at 1.800.252.8966.

FULL SUMMARY OF SAVINGS exemptions – from the Cook County Treasurer’s Office…..http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/services.aspx?ntopicid=24

February 23, 2013 Posted by | CHICAGO REAL ESTATE | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. POSTAGE STAMPS INCREASE 1 CENT ON 1/27/13; NOW 46 CENTS

stampU.S. postage stamps will see an increase of 1 cent beginning 1/27/13.  The new cost to mail a letter will rise to 46 cents going forward.  In recent years the United States Postal Service has been in financial trouble, due in part, to heightened internet use.  When was the last time you actually mailed in a bill?  Well, most now use free online services to pay them, hence less revenue for the Post Office.

If you are planning on mailing a special Valentine’s Day card…don’t forget to add the penny.  Or your loved one may just think you forgot!

Looking to BUY, SELL or RENT in Chicago?  Professional real estate services available at BRV.

January 27, 2013 Posted by | HEADLINE NEWS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CHICAGO’S MUSEUM PARK OFFERS INCREDIBLE CONDO LIVING!

If you are considering a move to Chicago, Museum Park is a great place to live!  The full amenity buildings include; a pool, fitness center, clubhouse and mini-mart…talk about convenience.  The incredible location is steps away from the lake, Loop, Museum’s, and Soldier’s Field.   Prices start in the mid-$200’s for a one bedroom and the mid-$300’s for two bedroom’s.

Interested in living at this amazing location?  Contact Britta Rivera Venture for more information at britta.rivera@comcast.net or visit brittarivera.koenigstrey.com.  Check out the amazing condo below and contact us for your private tour.

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January 25, 2013 Posted by | CHICAGO REAL ESTATE | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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