Author Archives: SchoolSparrow

About SchoolSparrow

I created SchoolSparrow after a frustrating search for a home where a good school was our primary concern. Realtors often don't list the schools that are assigned to a home in the MLS, and as a result the School search filter does not return accurate results. SchoolSparrow fixed this problem, and also layered in performance data so the MLS could be searched by properties that are in high performaning school boundaries.

Elementary School Rankings: SchoolSparrow 2.0 Aims to Go Beyond Test Scores

In the upcoming months SchoolSparrow, a site I’ve written about previously, is going to be relaunching in Chicago with a completely new interface and new features. As reported by Chicago Magazine, SchoolSparrow is a niche real estate website that enables parents to … Continue reading

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How Parents Can Benefit from School Sparrow A Service Brought to You by New Urban Property Services

We feel very passionate about helping families conduct a school and home search in Chicago, which is the focus of our website SchoolSparrow.com. To give you better look at what School Sparrow is all about we’ve interviewed a past client, … Continue reading

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Buying Short Sales, The Risks and Rewards

There are benefits to purchasing short sales. First, let’s establish the difference between short sales and foreclosures. Unlike foreclosures, short sale properties are not owned by the banks. However, because the sale of the property will result in not enough … Continue reading

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Timing, It’s Everything

If you’re currently renting, know that it’s nearly impossible to time the end of your lease with the purchase, closing date, and move-in date of your new home. In fact, trying to time a purchase with the end of a … Continue reading

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Going Going Gone! Chicago Property Sales Soar

Compared to last year at this time, home sales in Chicago are up 32.2%. According to Chicagonow.com the percentage of homes including condos, townhomes and single family homes going under contract within two weeks of being listed is 41%. Well-priced … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Chicago’s Ravenswood Elementary is a Hidden Gem

Ravenswood Elementary is a public neighborhood elementary school in Chicago, Illinois.  Families that live in the attendance boundaries of Ravenswood Elementary can send their children to Ravenwood Elementary for free.  However, this school flies under the radar of parents who … Continue reading

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Chicago Elementary Schools – Find the Hidden Gems

I interviewed many Chicago moms in preparation for a new website that helps parents locate good schools in affordable areas, and one thing I learned is this:  if a Chicago family has a child in a Chicago public school, they probably heard about … Continue reading

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Chicago Public Schools – A new era

It is an exciting time to be in Chicago.  Many Chicago public neighborhood schools have seen a recent increase in the quality of education provided to students, and at the same time many Chicago parents are feeling stuck in their … Continue reading

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Chicago Public Schools

Most people who end up having kids in Chicago did not consider the neighborhood school when purchasing their property: a huge fail on the part of their realtor. Many of the parents with whom I spoke had the same comment … Continue reading

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How to Structure a (real) Rent-to-Own Agreement

In today’s economic climate where renting is becoming more prevalent, and homeowners are renting out their homes instead of taking losses, I have seen an uptick in rent-to-own interest.  A true rent-to-own structure can be a powerful tool to help … Continue reading

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