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This office serves clients in real estate transactions of all types. I also assist clients with estate planning for everyone, including the GLBT community, and represent Illinois condominium associations as needed. I help real estate investors who are renting their properties deal with difficult renter issues, and I advocate for renters dealing with difficult landlords.

I work with clients in Chicago and all over the Chicagoland area, including Wilmette, Skokie, Morton Grove, Plainfield, Wheaton, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Naperville, Oak Park, Winnetka, Des Plaines, Orland Park, Berwyn, Carol Stream, Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Palatine, Park Ridge, Gurnee, South Holland, Park Forest and more.

My goal is to give each and every client personal, friendly and competent service at a reasonable price. I also strive to use technology in the best way possible to keep my clients informed.
My legal background includes working for a major Chicago developer and working for a boutique firm in their real estate division. I am also a landlord of a three flat building in Rogers Park and I am managing broker of a small real estate brokerage.

I work with all different types of clients, including developers, first-time buyers, buyers of second (or third!) homes, all sellers and the LGBTQ community.

My real estate blog is below. Please make sure to check back on a regular basis to check out what's new. I update my blog about once a week and welcome any questions that you may have.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!
While it's definitely not in the top 5 of my favorite holidays, I know people love Valentine's Day. Hope that you have an amazing day with loved ones!
4:30 pm cst 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Spring Market is HERE!
The Super Bowl is over. Were you happy with the results? Unofficially the week after the Super Bowl means the start of the Spring market. With the weather that we've had, I'm sure it will be a slow start, but if you are thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time. 
10:24 am cst 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Family Pets are Changing the Types of Homes People Purchase

According to, 87 percent of people consider the needs of their family pets when shopping for a home. In fact, 75 percent said they would pass on their "dream home" if it didn't accommodate their pet.

Do you have a pet? We have a cat Blackie and a boxer rottweiler mix, Willow, who needs a yard to play in.


3:47 pm cdt 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Should I Have a Home Inspection?

I've had a few clients lately that have chosen not to conduct a home inspection on the properties they are purchasing. There's always a reason: "It's a condo, what can be wrong?" or "I am trying to save money." or "I did a walkthrough of the place with my dad/contractor/uncle and it looks fine."

You're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the biggest investment you will make in a lifetime. I'm not saying that your dad/contractor/uncle doesn't know their stuff. But it's always best to have a third party professional give your house the once-over. Buying a home is not the time to try to save money on such an item, or to be cheap. One thing that is missed at your once-over could cost you thousands of dollars. What if the HVAC goes out? Or the sump pump?

Please, please, please. Pay for a professional home inspection. 

11:05 am cdt 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Buying and Selling a Home on the Same Day

Whoa, it's been a busy summer! I have been so busy helping clients buy and sell. What's the most common thing I've seen? People buying and selling on the same day. It's required sometimes, but it can be precarious. Here's a few tips I have if you're doing a buy/sale on the same day.

1) Schedule your movers to move your belongings out the day prior to closing. Buyers do not want to do a walk through of your home prior to closing and see your belongings still there, or that you are still moving out. Buyers want to see your home clean and empty.

2) And speaking of clean and empty, don't leave trash in the home. Don't leave stuff in the fridge or the freezer. Broom clean condition is required, a professional cleaning service is nice. Don't leave big furniture or mattresses in the home that you don't want for the new buyer to deal with.  

3) Let your attorney attend your sale in the morning with your pre-signed documents. You don't need to be there and you have other things you can be doing during that time. You don't need to attend the sale of your home.

4) You DO however, need to attend the purchase of your new home, unless you've made arrangements with your lender and attorney to do otherwise. 

5) Don't schedule movers for 1:00 when your buy is at noon. Give yourself at least three hours for closing. They usually don't take that long, but are sure to if you have a moving truck sitting outside your new home. 

6) RELAX! Things don't always go perfectly when you're trying to coordinate a million things. Let your real estate professionals help you and handle the details. 

4:37 pm cdt 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Is Here!

OK, well it may not seem like it with the late season snow we've been getting, but spring is here. The market is crazy and homes are flying off the market. Everyone I'm talking to says there's way more buyers out there than inventory. If you've been hesitant to put your home on the market and buy something new, I think now is the time. Rates are still low and lots of Sellers are selling their homes in record time, some with multiple offer situations. Don't sit on the fence too long!


3:59 pm cdt 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Spring Market is Upon Us!
Believe it or not, the Super Bowl is this weekend. I'm a Vikings fan, so I'm a little salty about my team not being able to have a home advantage for the big game, but Super Bowl weekend also typically marks the beginning of the spring market in real estate. Are you ready?
12:58 pm cst 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Happy Fall!

Fall is definitely here, and if you're a pumpkin fan, this is the time of year for you! (I hate anything pumpkin so I can't relate LOL). I've seen an upswing in business from the beginning of the month with people getting out there again to buy or sell a home before the holidays. It can be done! 

Also, for your viewing pleasure, I'm updating some of the pics on my website. Enjoy and Happy Halloween! 

12:19 pm cdt 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy October!
If you're thinking about buying a home but are turned off by the time of year, don't fret! There's still time to find a home and close before the holiday season starts! Remember to make sure you hire a qualified real estate agent, inspector and real estate attorney.
11:54 am cdt 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Did You Find Me on Yelp! or Google?

I've been getting so many new client calls lately, thanks to the the magic of the internet. And I am SO grateful!

These particular clients who left this amazing review on Yelp! and Google were such a pleasure to work with. They moved to Florida, and I really felt like I was have a family member move away!

Thanks, guys, for the review below:

"We chose Rachell Horbenko because of the fantastic reviews on Yelp! And she lived up to everyone of those reviews. Rachell is a super lawyer, she's honest, caring and very professional. I used her services to handle the closing on my home. She is the lawyer you want to have on your side. She cares about you and your specific project like you're the only one she is working with. She is so personable and easy to work with and made both my wife and I feel like we had known her for years... like a close a friend! Rachell, has the knowledge and the drive to give you excellence and to give you all you deserve. She is very knowledgeable in many areas of law and was able to provide much needed wisdom beyond the scope of our closing! When you choose her you need not look any further you have the best!!"

3:46 pm cdt 

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