Archive for August 2017

Blogapalooza: Choose just one you say? I laugh in the face of your expectations

August Blogapalooza Topic: (Ohhh, you won’t believe this one.  Just keep reading.) Many readers might be familiar with the Chicago Now exercise called “Blogapalooza.”  This monthly challenge is open to any Chicago Now blogger who chooses to participate.  The only stipulation is that once you step up and say you’ll do it, you’re supposed to... Read more »

Thanks to those who read these posts and teach me things

Good evening to anyone who is listening, Just want to let you know that I’m home working on my Monday night post.  I won’t be able to publish it tonight because there is a planned outage of the system we use (I think for routine maintenance?).  The outage is set for 9pm and we don’t... Read more »

The best time of year for updating your windows

The best time of year for updating your windows
I suspect it’s only rained two times in Chicago since Jan. 1 (slight exaggeration?) and both of those times were nights I planned to go to Ravinia.  I have big San Andreas Fault-type cracks in my lawn (seriously) because it’s been so dry the last few weeks. But the 2nd time I pointed my car in that direction... Read more »
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Section 8 vouchers: Do shady participants equal a bad program?

One of the great longtime subscribers to this blog, Anneliese, reached out to me via email about my recent post “Chicago’s ‘Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative.'”  She had some questions about the Sec 8/Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and rental vouchers in general.  Anneliese made some great points and raised some great questions, so I asked... Read more »

The magical mystical Cook County Land Bank lures homebuyers

The magical mystical Cook County Land Bank lures homebuyers
. . . . . . . . . . . Check out my previous post on the CCLBA: “Wait, did you say you just WAIVED all the taxes?   The Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) site even goes so far as to suggest sources of down payment assistance for first time homebuyers.  By... Read more »

Chicago's "Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative"

More than just being a landlord, I’m a person who is interested both in information science and broader issues related to housing.  So I have the privilege of being on a lot of listservs.  Recently I received the following evite: The Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative cordially invites you to the Veterans HOUSING FAIR Friday, August... Read more »
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Wait, did you say you just WAIVED all the taxes?

Wait, did you say you just WAIVED all the taxes?
  Ever notice a nice-looking house or building which has been vacant for years and no one seems to know why?  You might assume that even though the outside of the structure is attractive, surely the inside must be a wreck (busted pipes, moldy walls, nests of raccoons and possums swapping stories about the good... Read more »

Ride a trolley, sip a cocktail, change a neighborhood

Ride a trolley, sip a cocktail, change a neighborhood
This past Saturday I went on a semi-annual trolley tour of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood sponsored by Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC).  The purpose of this booster tour was to show first time homebuyers (and maybe even investors) great deals on houses in the area.  I grew up there.  My mom and dad worked there... Read more »

Top five phrases to get a landlady out of her knickers

Top five phrases to get a landlady out of her knickers
I was having a text conversation with my sweetheart and he asked me about one of my rental properties. I told him I was in the process of making some improvements to a recently vacated unit to attract higher quality residents. I was doing some significant work like replacing the kitchen cabinets and getting the... Read more »
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