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About markdollardrealty

Mark has built a reputation as a responsive and dedicated broker who uses his market expertise and extensive background in finance to identify and close on prime opportunities for his clients. As a multi-year top-producing agent at a boutique real estate firm, he brings an unparalleled level of experience, skills, and customer service to real estate transactions. Whether working with a first-time condo buyer or selling a multi-million dollar investment property, Mark strives to understand each client's unique needs and leads them confidently through all aspects of what is often a complex process. Constantly looking at the long-term benefits, Mark educates his clients with their future in mind, and remains a trusted advisor long after any single transaction has closed.

Bug-Eyed in Bucktown and Wicker Park #7: Buzz: Killer Espresso

As I have been working my way through the coffee scene in Bucktown and Wicker Park, I have (purely through luck in timing) been able to witness a little bit of a revolution in how coffee is being served and … Continue reading

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Sports Nerd Posts #1: Why I’m Not Afraid of Peyton Manning to the Broncos

I am, and always will be a Kansas City Chiefs fan.  I like seeing the Bears win because I live in Chicago and it’s a much more pleasant place when the local team is winning and the majority of my … Continue reading

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Own Your Neighborhood Guide #3: A View to a Lake (That’s How James Bond Says Lakeview)

Terribly out-of-date movie references aside, Lakeview is a little bit of a misnomer.  You can live in Lakeview and have a view of Lake Michigan, but the odds are that if you live in this neighborhood, you don’t have a … Continue reading

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Bug-Eyed in Bucktown and Wicker Park #6: The Map Room

Wicker Park and Bucktown arguably have the best neighborhood selection of coffee places in Chicago.  Options abound from the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks (they don’t deserve a spot in this review because plenty has been written about both of these places) … Continue reading

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Home Buying Advice by DNS: Getting the Most Valuable Value

Today’s post is about getting through the process of buying a home smoothly and in a way that keeps your lifestyle comfortable.  The title is also an homage to arguably the best line in Road Trip: “It was his most … Continue reading

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The Prevent Defense Works Better at Home: Preventive Maintenance Tips

Hey everyone, here’s a New Year’s resolution that will take less than an hour and could save you thousands of dollars over the years.   That sounds better than spending a few hundred dollars to join a gym and use a … Continue reading

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Totally Unrelated: How to Upset a Pass-Happy Team (College or Pro)

By coincidence, my college and pro football teams pulled off the biggest two upsets of the year.  First, “The” Iowa State University knocked of Oklahoma State on a Friday night.  Second, the Kansas City Chiefs took out the previously unbeaten … Continue reading

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Bug-Eyed in Bucktown and Wicker Park #5: Ipsento Coffee

Wicker Park and Bucktown arguably have the best neighborhood selection of coffee places in Chicago.  Options abound from the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks (they don’t deserve a spot in this review because plenty has been written about both of these places) … Continue reading

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Holidays Special Edition: The Most Awesomest Pumpkin Pie Ever

It’s my mom’s pumpkin pie, of course.  It’s made from scratch.  The legend of mom’s pumpkin pie is known to a lucky few, but I have decided that my humanitarian act for the holiday season will be getting the secret … Continue reading

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Bug-Eyed in Bucktown and Wicker Park #4: The Wormhole

Wicker Park arguably has the best neighborhood selection of coffee places in Chicago.  Options abound from the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks (they don’t deserve a spot in this review because plenty has been written about both of these places) to one … Continue reading

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