Archive for October 2010

Rodkin's back, at a Naperville Victorian

If you’re a fan of Dennis Rodkin (I am!), you’ll be pleased to see that he’s doing video again after a several week hiatus. If you’re interested in Chicagoland real estate and unfamiliar with Rodkin, you should get to know his work. He’s the author of Chicago Magazine’s popular Deal Estate column, a frequent contributor... Read more »

Foreclosure impact will be rough, says St Charles builder

Fox News recently paid a visit to St Charles-based builder John Hall Jr, and walked through one of his custom homes at the Reserve of St Charles. John, who’s a client of my firm, was his usual candid, blunt-talking self during the interview. He predicted that the current foreclosure crisis will lead to some rough... Read more »

Elburn equestrian estate heads for auction block

If the phrase “equestrian estate” has you saying “want it” but the real estate auction process is completely foreign to you, start with the video above from Sheldon Good, and watch the rest of the series on real estate auction basics at our YouTube playlist. Now for some details on that horse homestead. The main... Read more »

Aurora again ranks first in west suburban foreclosures

When we last reported on foreclosure filings in Chicago’s western suburbs, Aurora topped the list with 572 filings. The pace of foreclosures slowed somewhat in Aurora during the third quarter of 2010, but it once again ranked first in the western suburbs with,509 filings. Bolingbrook, with 259 foreclosures filings, and Cicero with 239 took second... Read more »

What's in your back yard in Hinsdale?

The Chicago Tribune reports that a Hinsdale couple was surprised to learn that an image of Batman in their swimming pool had been captured by Google. Just a reminder that anything you set out in your back yard- and anything you do in your back yard – may show up on the Internet one of... Read more »

Hinsdale estate sale for $149,000?

Sorry to inform you that the 3-bedroom, 1-bath home listed for sale at 415 Circle Ave in Hinsdale is not in Hinsdale. It’s not even in an unincorporated area that has a Hinsdale mailing address. It is in an unincorporated area, however, and the mailing address is Willowbrook – a very different community than Hinsdale.... Read more »

St Charles waterfront home at $650K below 2006 price

A more than 7,000 square foot home featuring 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths and a 5-car garage on 1.5 acres is offered for sale in St Charles at $1,599,900. The home, which is one of fewer than a dozen that front a small lake, was purchased in July of 2005 for $2,250,000 and again in... Read more »

Is that home in Naperville District 203?

I’ve heard more than once from Naperville Realtors that my headline is often the first question their buyers ask about a home. Naperville District 203 and District 204 schools rank well on the Sun-Times lists of top 100 public elementary, middle and high schools. District 203 has the edge in elementary and high school rankings,... Read more »

Too livable to be a Frank Lloyd Wright home

Commenter aztimc at YouTube chided us about the title of a video we recently shot: You’re selling yourself short by saying this is a “wannabe” Frank Lloyd Wright house. You should refer to it as a new & improved Frank Lloyd Wright-style house because it is actually livable. To be a true Frank Lloyd Wright,... Read more »

Buyers have a last chance to purchase at Riverbend

(The following is a sponsored post for the Chicago Tribune’s Fall 2010 Festival of Homes.) Homebuyers who are looking for a serene country setting with outstanding values on single-family homes are running out of chances to buy at scenic Riverbend in Genoa. Only three homes remain for sale at Riverbend, with prices starting in the... Read more »