Archive for July 2014

Case Shiller: Chicago Home Price Gains Slowing

Case Shiller: Chicago Home Price Gains Slowing
The Case Shiller Chicago home price index is sure starting to look pretty tired these days, despite the fact that Chicago home prices are still advancing. Well home prices always advance at this time of the year. It’s just a question of how fast they advance relative to previous years. S&P Dow Jones Indices just... Read more »

CHA Vouchers Paying For High Rent Apartments

CHA Vouchers Paying For High Rent Apartments
Apparently a few lucky folks have CHA vouchers that are paying for them to live in some pretty expensive apartments. About a month ago we took on a listing to rent a townhome for $3300/ month – 3 bedrooms, attached 2 car garage, built in the last 15 years. All of a sudden I get... Read more »

The Trick To Getting The Cook County Homeowner Property Tax Exemption After Buying A Home

The Trick To Getting The Cook County Homeowner Property Tax Exemption After Buying A Home
After buying a house getting that Cook County homeowner property tax exemption shouldn’t be that hard but you see….the government is involved…and not just any government but Cook County government. And that’s where it gets real tricky. I didn’t realize what a mess the process is until my own homeowner property tax exemption disappeared on... Read more »
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Pilsen Homes: Strange Mix Of Housing Options In This Chicago Neighborhood

Pilsen Homes: Strange Mix Of Housing Options In This Chicago Neighborhood
This is the last of my posts on the real estate market in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. It’s certainly peculiar the way I have devoted so much virtual ink to this topic but I’m intrigued by the area – trying to change for so long, yet not changing all that much. Last time I focused on... Read more »

RealtyTrac Market Report: Chicago Foreclosures Leveling Off

RealtyTrac Market Report: Chicago Foreclosures Leveling Off
I guess it’s good news that the RealtyTrac Foreclosure Market Reports are REALLY BORING these days – at least as far as Chicago foreclosures are concerned. Their June/ Mid-Year Foreclosure Market Report just came out last night and for the nation as a whole June foreclosure filings hit the lowest level since July 2006, which... Read more »

Ann Lurie's Gold Coast Condo Hits Market

Ann Lurie's Gold Coast Condo Hits Market
About a week ago I posted on Ann Lurie’s Mansion that had just gone back on the market and her plans to also sell her Gold coast condo on East Lake Shore Dr. Originally I was going to just update that post when the condo listed but that was a week ago and you’ve moved... Read more »
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What We Really Know About How Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood Is Changing

What We Really Know About How Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood Is Changing
The last time I wrote about how Chicago’s Pilsen’s neighborhood is changing I focused on a lot of softer indicators of change. (That post, BTW, also generated a surprising amount of vitriol in the comments section from a few people who apparently don’t like things changing and decided to direct their anger at me.) At... Read more »

Ann Lurie Renews Efforts To Sell Chicago Homes

Ann Lurie Renews Efforts To Sell Chicago Homes
It looks like Ann Lurie is getting serious about selling her Chicago homes. She has two of them – a mansion at 1547 N Dearborn and a condo at 189 E Lake Shore Dr, unit 1 W – that she tried selling a little more than a year ago without much luck. Now they are... Read more »

June Chicago Real Estate Market Update: Home Sales Recover But Not For Long

June Chicago Real Estate Market Update: Home Sales Recover But Not For Long
It sure looks like June was a much better month for the Chicago real estate market. After a pretty weak May home sales actually rose by 4.3%, which is the first increase in 6 months. But keep in mind that when the Illinois Association of Realtors reports on June home sales they will report it... Read more »
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Chicago's Most Expensive Home Ever Hits The Market

Chicago's Most Expensive Home Ever Hits The Market
3 years ago I posted on the biggest homes of Lincoln Park. I have no idea how at that time I missed the monstrosity at 1955 N Burling – of course it’s on that block – which just hit the market as the most expensive single family home ever offered for sale in Chicago at... Read more »
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