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  • Sales activity is improving.
    -- Well off lows of same quarter last year.
    -- Well off highs of same quarter two years ago.
  • Sale prices show strong resilience.
    -- Average and median prices are good trends, but not indicative of required realistic pricing for a successful sale in today's market.
  • Influence of banks is increasing.
    -- The upscale market segment is recently showing signs of increasing short sale and REO activity.
    -- Capable buyers have more opportunity than ever to get into their dream home in a desirable neighborhood.

Baird & Warner, the #1 Independent Brokerage Company in the Chicago Area and according to Real Trends 2010 Report, #13th in the nation, recently signed an agreement with Real Data Strategies to leverage their data across their entire organization for strategic positioning.


"In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield."

Warren Buffett
"Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things."

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
"It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech."

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
"One man practicing sportsmanship is better than a hundred teaching it."

Knute Rockne (1888 - 1931)
"My future starts when I wake up every morning... Every day I find something creative to do with my life."

Miles Davis (1926 - 1991)
"To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination."

Cynthia Ozick
"If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact - not to be solved, but to be coped with over time."

Shimon Peres
"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."

Carol Burnett
"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile."

Sir Wilfred Grenfell (1865 - 1940)
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."

Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
"When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary."

William Wrigley Jr. (1861 - 1932)
"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a lifetime's experience."

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935)
"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything."

George Lois
"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through."

Rosalynn Carter
"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better."

John Updike
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone."

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
"Goals are dreams with deadlines."

"I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."

Steve Jobs
"It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours."

Sam Ewing
"Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses."

Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)
"Part of being a Master is learning how to sing in nobody else's voice but your own."

Hugh Macleod
"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
"I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's."

William Blake (1757 - 1827)
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
"The thing to remember is that that the future comes one day at a time."

Dean Acheson
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."

Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."

Henry Ford (1863-1947)