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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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301 Greenview Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Do you have a plan?
This is the time of year to make resolutions. Some you'll be able to keep, some maybe not. Do you have a plan for what happens when something happens to you? If you have kids, pets, money or stuff, you need a plan. I'm running a bunch of specials this month on estate plans for all. E-mail me to find out what is best for you.
3:55 pm cst 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Happy December!

December is here. Did this year fly by or what? I had a great year, and I'm hoping 2020 will be even better. It's been my pleasure to work with so many new clients, and have the chance again to work with so many people I'd worked with before. One client who I hadn't worked with in ten years came back to me which is the highest compliment I can receive. In the spirit of Christmas, I present to you our good girl Willow.


3:41 pm cst 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Reviews, reviews, reviews

I've found that reviews are what give my business life, especially this time of year when it's so cold outside your face hurts. Just picked up this one from Brooke. She and AJ purchased their first home together and it was so much fun working with them.



Also, it's my Mom's birthday today. Happy birthday Mom! 

2:02 pm cst 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Another Amazing Review

So proud of this amazing review I received on the Redfin website!

 You received a review on Redfin Open Book from your customer, Diane Hirshberg, for the property at 13613 Fallow Dr.

Rating: 10

Comments: "Rachell sure knows her stuff. She is not your typical attorney. Very down to earth and says it like it is. During our closing as she went through the redundancy of closing documents for us to sign she had me laughing with tears. This made an otherwise dull experience much more interesting. She also was very quick to respond."

See the review on Redfin Open Book: http://www.redfin.com/openbook/real-estate-lawyer/chicago-rachell-horbenko-sp397603 

2:07 pm cdt 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The FALL is officially here!

Happy October everyone! I'm excited for the fall and my favorite holiday, Halloween!

Now is a good time to think about getting an estate plan. Even if you think you don't have anything, you need something.

I'm discounting estate plan rates now through the end of the year. Contact me today for more information. 

1:48 pm cdt 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Now Is the Time of Year to Consider an Estate Plan
Do you have an estate plan? Most people don't want to think about what happens when they die. But what if you're taking a big trip? I recently had a couple contact me saying they were taking a big trip overseas and wanted to put something in place before they left "just in case". It's never too late (unless you're dead (!)) to make a plan. I'm running some specials now through the end of the year for estate planning. Contact me to find out more.
3:49 pm cdt 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Home Sale Tips
Are you selling your home? I can make it super easy for you. My services include obtaining title insurance, surveys, payoffs, and preparing all closing documents. You can even presign so you don't have to attend the closing and have your proceeds wired directly to your account. Want to hear more? Call me today!
4:30 pm cdt 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summer time is here!
The kiddos are out of school and it's time for the summer market to go full speed. I have a lot of clients that want to close on their homes this time of year because it is in between school years. Are you buying or selling? I've got special summer discounts if you mention this article. Happy summer!
7:02 pm cdt 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend
Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend. Take some time to remember why we have the holiday. #somegaveall
10:14 am cdt 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pure Sadness

Yesterday's news of the body of AJ Freund being found was saddening. I have lived here in Crystal Lake now for almost four years and the news that a child was missing was frightening.

We have two children of our own and I remember both of my kids at the age of 5. It was one of my favorite ages - starting school, becoming their own little person, learning how to do things for themselves.

I urge you if you have small children, and are feeling overwhelmed, please ask for help. We have all been there. We have all felt frustrated and overwhelmed with parenthood at one time or another. Please send prayers to him that he may find peace.


8:12 am cdt 

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