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Vacation Rentals: How To and Where To Do It

Vacation Rentals: How To and Where To Do It
As we emerged from our post-holiday food coma, we knew it was a good time time to talk about vacation homes.  (We know, we miss summer too…)  To help you plan early we have some tips and a few sites to try:   Book Early If you are looking for a peak season rental (i.e.... Read more »

Treasurer Neely Caught in Mortgage Fraud Scandal

Treasurer Neely Caught in Mortgage Fraud Scandal
City treasurer Stephanie Neely found herself stuck in the middle of a strange mortgage fraud scandal.  Neely has lived in her Kenwood home since 2002 and only found out about the issue when a local reporter was researching a foreclosed home next door. So who is on the deed to Neely’s home?  The deceased founder... Read more »

Putting Sexy Back - In Real Estate?!

Putting Sexy Back - In Real Estate?!
Curbed Chicago has quite the challenge on their hands: they have tasked themselves with finding Chicago’s hottest real estate broker. Some poor blogger is going to be tasked with going through picture after picture of the most attractive real estate professional here in Chicago.  So many beautiful people, so little time… Curbed asks: Is there... Read more »
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Guess That Price: New Game Tests Your Real Estate Expertise

Guess That Price: New Game Tests Your Real Estate Expertise
Are you bored at work?  Can’t sleep at night? Crain’s Real Estate Daily put together a game to help you pass the time while staying current on market trends. Just what you needed-  another way to procrastinate… Special Thanks to the folks at Crain’s for the wasted hours we’ve spent playing.  Fortunately, our expertise is... Read more »

Bad Agent Photos: For A Good Laugh

Bus Bench Surgery
Not sure if looking at this bus bench working with these agents is worse.  Their attention to detail is... apparent.
Meeting your agent for the first time is a lot like a Match.com date- do they really look anything like their picture?  One Chicago agent is practically a celebrity for his/her wildly outdated head shots. That being said, these poor suckers are far worse off.  With sleazy gimmicky marketing, it is going to be tough... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »