Category: CCLBA

Cook County Land Bank Authority

Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers

Full title: Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers: my two years of blogging for Chicago Now   I’m celebrating my second anniversary as a Chicago Now blogger and I mean “celebrating” in the truest sense of the word.  Someone should have told me years ago... Read more »

Meeting everyday heroes can change the trajectory of your life

Meeting everyday heroes can change the trajectory of your life
  I blogged in the past about how the idea of the Cook County Land Bank Authority gets me all charged up about the possibility of growing my holdings as a landlord.  This week I had the exciting opportunity to see how it works with a real-life example. Up close and personal.  I attended an... Read more »

Rescuing black homeownership to build wealth and stabilize communities

Rescuing black homeownership to build wealth and stabilize communities
There’s a big word that’s floating around Chicago these days that excites some and scares others.  It all depends on which side of the fence you’re on.  People who are against it says it’s detrimental to certain communities, particularly for residents of color.  People who are for it say it’s “not the great evil” it’s... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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