Posts in category "Real Estate"

The Condo Expo is not what you think

It’s that time of year again.  The semi-annual condo expo is happening tomorrow at Navy Pier–but it’s not what you think.  It’s so much more.  And if you have the time and the inclination I would highly recommend taking a peek. When I first heard about the expo from a friend a few years ago,... Read more »

When abuse hits home: how landlords can protect victims

Reading the headlines recently about issues of sexual harassment and abuse is just boggling my mind.  No sensible person would doubt that these situations happen but I don’t think anyone realized how widespread they are.  It makes me think of all the ways people are unable to feel safe, in their workplaces, in public and... 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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Quit the hobby, don't quit the business

I loved this article I found from Bigger Pockets, “Hobby vs. Business: Do You Have the Right Mindset as a Landlord?“  Bigger Pockets bills itself as a type of social network for real estate investing.  The article paints a picture of what many people assume landlording looks like.  An expensive, stressful, time-consuming, soul-crushing hobby.  Trust... Read more »

Mom & pop landlords: stay competitive with discounted shiny bells & whistles

Mom & pop landlords: stay competitive with discounted shiny bells & whistles
Recently I’ve been working on filling my vacant units with new renters.  Since I wanted to attract a higher quality of applicants (translation: people who pay rent, um…….regularly), I knew it was my responsibility as an owner to improve the quality of my product. Ten years ago I bought and rehabbed an 80-year old solidly... Read more »

How to request a heating disclosure when the heat is in the new renter's name

According to the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO), a landlord is to provide any new tenant who pays for their own heating gas with a disclosure for heating costs for the previous twelve months. (This Chicago law firm blog post is from 2014 but I believe the information is still current).  Since customer account... Read more »
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Don't miss Bulls' Kris Dunn & the 400 security camera giveaway

Don't miss Bulls' Kris Dunn & the 400 security camera giveaway
How cool is this?  I just received the following email about a big giveaway taking place this Saturday, September 23.  I blog a lot about safety, personal security and building safe neighborhoods.  It must have gotten someone’s attention because they reached out to me to share this information with you.  In the spirit of “things... Read more »

I shouldn’t be telling you this but…registration closes TODAY at 5pm

I shouldn’t be telling you this but…registration closes TODAY at 5pm
  I was tossing around the idea of blogging about this today.  See, there’s this “lottery” that anyone who meets certain guidelines and owns a residential property in Chicago can enter to get assistance with repairing or replacing a roof or porch.  You can only put in your name once a year and they hold... 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 »