Archive for July 2011

Ugliest Home in the Country: Chicago in the Top Five

Ugliest Home in the Country: Chicago in the Top Five
HomeVestors is holding its annual “Ugliest Home” contest and a Chicago area town home is in the top 5. Many of the homes look straight out of an episode of “Hoarders” but for the buyer willining to take on a challenge- it paid off.  3 Dumpsters, plenty of sweat, and likely a HAZMAT crew or... Read more »

5 Tips for Staying Cool In Your Home

5 Tips for Staying Cool In Your Home
With temperatures rising (and patience falling)- it seemed like the perfect time to discuss some tips for keeping yourself nice and cool while being sensible and saving some cents.  5 Cool Myths Debunked: Crank Up That AC To Cool Down Quickly? Unfortunately, cranking your AC up will not spare you even a moment of that... Read more »

Fugitive Home For Sale: Own the Movies

Fugitive Home For Sale: Own the Movies
In case “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was not the Harrison Ford fix you needed you may just be in luck. Less than two weeks ago, the house where “The Fugitive” was filmed  hit the market.  Here are the details:   Price: 3.95M Square Footage: 6129 4 Story Single Family Home... Read more »
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Housing Statistics Scandal Hits Home

Housing Statistics Scandal Hits Home
The Illinois Association of Realtors is in some serious hot water after accusations that statistics released by IAR were purposely? inaccurate. How long has this been going on? Possibly as many as 3 years worth of housing stats are inaccurate.  Right now, there is at least an understanding that January-May are incorrect. Why does this... Read more »

Defacing Sullivan's Legacy? - Target Targets A Landmark Building

Defacing Sullivan's Legacy? - Target Targets A Landmark Building
The former Carson Pirie Scott building located at State and Madison is getting a face lift. The building itself is no stranger to retail clientele;  Carson’s tenure lasted just over 100 years.  Now, after four years of sitting vacant, Target is poised to restore life to the renowned Sullivan Center. On Thursday, the Chicago Permit... Read more »

How To Fire Your Agent: Breaking Up With Your REALTOR

How To Fire Your Agent: Breaking Up With Your REALTOR
The Carpenters will tell you: “They say that breaking up is hard to do-o…” Wanting to fire your agent is painful.  It’s like any other break-up; awkward and personal. The real question: do you procrastinate or just rip the bandage off?  Whether or not it is easier for you, in the long run, your agent... Read more »
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Rental Market Heating Up: Tips for Getting That Apartment

Rental Market Heating Up: Tips for Getting That Apartment
Anyone attempting to find an apartment today knows that rents are climbing and inventory is moving quicker than you can say “I’ll take it.”  Fear not- we have some tips to make your search more effective and to help you snag that sweet pad before someone else does. 1. Professionally Managed vs Privately Owned Right... Read more »

I'm baaack!

I'm baaack!
Even little real estate bloggers need a break.  Don’t panic- the Condoist is back in action and as brilliant, witty, and charming and humble as ever.  We’ve missed writing for you and have plenty to say, so stay tuned for our regular Monday- Friday posting schedule. Have an idea for a story?  Email your tips... Read more »