Archive for April 2014

#TBT - Getting Nostalgic- College Apartment Edition

#TBT - Getting Nostalgic- College Apartment Edition
The things we are all willing to put up with during our college years… My final semester in college was spent renting in a hotel converted into student apartments. “The Atrium” featured all of the amenities you would come to expect from a college-town hotel (life-size chess set, catfish pond, and a hotel pool with... Read more »

Awesome Real Estate Signs - NY REALTOR'S Funny Sign Goes Viral

Awesome Real Estate Signs - NY REALTOR'S Funny Sign Goes Viral
It is nice to know that the real estate world has not lost their sense of humor.  Mary Shelsby of New Hope, NY is giving Phil Dunphy a run for his money with this gem. George Takei, of Star Trek fame, posted the image of this sign on his facebook timeline and the world has... Read more »

Say What?! Most people pronounce REALTOR incorrectly?

Say What?!  Most people pronounce REALTOR incorrectly?
Are you saying REALTOR wrong?!  You just might be! A recent article by Business Insider puts REALTOR at #8 on their list of words commonly being mis-pronounced. If you or someone you know is  referring to a “real-a-ter” feel free to correct them. *If you already have a pesky habit of correcting your friends also... Read more »
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Reason #47 We Love Curbed Chicago: Fun with Bad MLS Photos

Reason #47 We Love Curbed Chicago: Fun with Bad MLS Photos
The good, the bad, and the ugly – welcome to the wild world of MLS photos. Curbed Chicago has just started a new series highlight MLS photos to make you laugh and cry.  Their inaugural post states: Welcome to Curbed Chicago’s newest series in exploring the very best and worst in online multiple listing service (MLS) ads. Every day, Chicago... Read more »

Related Pockets How Much?!: Refinancing Related's 500 Lake Shore for 175 Million - What's Next?

Related Pockets How Much?!: Refinancing Related's 500 Lake Shore for 175 Million - What's Next?
Today Crains reported that Related just refinanced their luxury apartment building at 500 N Lake Shore Drive for a cool 175 Million.   Mass. Mutual Life Insurance handled the refi which enables Related to payoff the 100M construction loan while leaving everybody with that warm fuzzy feeling an extra 75 Million  leaves you with. This... Read more »

Former Chicago Cub Carlos Zambrano Sells Lakeview Home

Former Chicago Cub Carlos Zambrano Sells Lakeview Home
Carlos Zambrano finally unloaded his Lakeview home for a loss. The house sits on an extra-wide lot and was designed in 2005 by Pat Landrosh (Pappageorge/Haymes). The house was listed for 2.3M back in December of 2012 and was under contract until April of 2013 when it was reactivated . For almost a year there... Read more »
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GEMS World Academy Chicago: When Ugly Facades Happen to Good Buildings

GEMS World Academy Chicago: When Ugly Facades Happen to Good Buildings
Why?! The K-4 building of GEMS World Academy is nearing completion.  While the school’s completion is sure to be a huge asset to the Lakeshore East community, the aesthetic is reminiscent of Helmut Jahn – but that in that unfortunate 1980s Thompson Center sort of way… The Building Designed by bKL Architecture, the 9 story K-4... Read more »