Archive for September 2013

Why Isn't this house Selling

Back in October, I wrote about Stupid Seller Tricks. What I forgot to add to that post was that it isn’t always clear who is doing the driving: the seller or their agent. The house is listed as MLS 08420018 (note: you may need to create a Redfin account to see all the history). Notice... Read more »

Chicago Bears: Pretenders or Contenders?

It’s a bit early to have visions of facing Peyton Manning in the Superbowl, but the Bears have surprised many fans this season with their 3-0 start.  The Bears have started well before, only to fizzle once the season brought on real opponents, or the injury bugs. My prediction for this Sunday and next: Bears... Read more »

Internet Troll Love Song

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By the Doubleclicks, a pair of sisters — Angela and Aubrey Webber — who sing about Dungeons & Dragons, dinosaurs, and Mr. Darcy. They play cello and ukulele. This song, which seems more and more appropriate in the world of anonymous commenting is part of their new “Weekly Song Wednesday” program. ___ Thank you for... Read more »

When its time to buy a new PC

So the time has come to get a new home computer. The ones I have at home are old, taking up valuable real estate while not quite pulling their weight any longer. One of them I built from scratch, the other I purchased at a yard sale for $20. My usual MO for buying a... Read more »

Inviting the office to your wedding

Wedding invites at the office are tricky business. Let’s say you have a standing arrangements with three co-workers were you pretty much eat lunch together almost every day. Unless you have a really good reason for omitting one of them, it’s best to invite them all or none of them to your wedding. Otherwise, until... Read more »

The Mythical and Elusive Creature known as The Comp

Today I want to talk a little bit about comparable sales, or “comps” as the realtors call them. If you want to sell your home, you have to figure out how much can get for it. Sure you could just add the amount of money you want to how much you still owe on your... Read more »

Chicago Marathon 20 Miler done. Next stop: The real deal

If you are training for the Chicago Marathon, or any fall marathon, chances are good that you ran a 20 mile Long Run over the weekend. Maybe it was your first, or if you are a marathon veteran, perhaps your training schedule called for two ot three 20 milers. Or maybe you’re one of those... Read more »

What Pope Francis said and what it really means

Popes say the darndest things! in a lengthy and refreshingly blunt interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality and instead focus on the greater need to make The Church a merciful, more welcoming place for... Read more »

Have Home Prices come back enough to sell your home?

Everyone seems to be buzzing that the Real Estate Market is returning. No one seems to have a clue what it is returning to. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that home sales have finally started moving in the up direction after so many years in the slumps. Pundits who write about Realty finally... Read more »

Chicago Marathon training brings the Labor Day Blues

If you are training for the Chicago Marathon — or most any fall marathon — chances are that by now, you’ve begun to notice something about your training that you might never imagined: you’re sick and tired of it all. The getting up at the wee hours of the morning, the almost religious adherence to... Read more »