Posts in category "Location"

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 »

DoNotRent.com: A Yelp for apartment hunters

Ever rent an apartment and wish you had known what to expect before you signed a lease? Wouldn’t it be great if you could read reviews ala Amazaon or Yelp from former tenants? Maybe a handy rating system? What about a handy phone app? Unfortunately renting an apartment is one of those things that is... Read more »

The Little House that Could

One of the houses that would often come up on my searches is 5056 W Winnemac Ave in Jefferson Park. From the outside, this looked to be a decent looking 5 bedroom 3 bath house that seems to have been converted into separate apartments. Legal 3 unit building is what the description said, though I... Read more »
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FSBO Seller can really shoot themselves in the foot

Our weekends lately involve house hunting. We generally try to go to open houses because they are more casual and if we don’t make it, no one is really put out. This can sometimes backfire though. For instance, we went to see a house in Oak Park that was a For Sale By Owner (FSBO).... Read more »

House Hunting is a Marathon not a Sprint

Like how I tied this blog into the subject de jour of the last two weeks?  (Disclosure:  I’ve run 21 marathons, 12 of them in Chicago.) While marathons and house buying might seem like apples and oranges, they do have some similarities.  A lot of training goes into running a successful marathon and a lot... Read more »