If you are selling, find someone who knows your neighborhood, understands the historical significance of your home and what value it brings to the market place.
if you are looking to buy a home like this, find a Realtor who has an eye for architecture, knows the neighborhoods you are interested in and is willing to do some homework on the houses in the area(s) that have historical significance.
Historic property is a very broadly defined category, so being able to articulate your preferences and what exactly your are looking for is going to be a big help to your agent.
A grand Victorian home in Beverly or Ravenswood is going to be quite different from a small Craftsman cottage in Edgewater or a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Rogers Park or a condo in a signature Mies Van der Rohe building on Lakeshore Drive. All are historic property.
Best of luck, like the others here, I would appreciate the opportunity to be of service in your search or sale.
Koenig & Strey
#2) Find a realtor who you can work with whose expertise should allow you to separate the wheat from the chaff. There are 72 properties currently for sale in zip code 60657 ranging in price from $400k to $4M.
#3) Buy the home
#4) Live happily ever after
I am a lender as well so I'd be glad to assist with anything that you need.
Americorp Real Estate
Managing Broker/Partner, e-PRO