Archive for January 2011

When Ugly Tiles Happen To Good People: Redo Your Bathroom On the Cheap

When Ugly Tiles Happen To Good People: Redo Your Bathroom On the Cheap
Mibo Tile Tattoos It wasn’t your fault- ugly or boring, the house came that way. If it didn’t, we won’t tell… Fortunately, you no longer need to hire a contractor or find your sledgehammer- tile tattoos, aka tile decals, are your new saving grace.  Some are quite cheesy and look a bit cheap but we have... Read more »

Frankenhomes: Owners Do the Darndest Things

Frankenhomes: Owners Do the Darndest Things
Sometimes, the best laid plans… Bad Flooring Is Just The Beginning Courtesy HomeVestors Some people do horrible things to their homes simply because it seems smart or practical at the time.  More often than not, these homes go unsold because the renovation cost and effort is above and beyond what most buyers can overlook.  Know... Read more »

Blackhawk's Bryan Bickell Buys

Alliteration is too much fun… Another Blackhawk, another home. Chicago Breaking Sports is reporting that Bickell just purchased a new construction $510,000 town home in Hamlin Park. We did some digging to give you some great inside pics of the ‘alleged’ home… Kitchen Image Courtesy Zillow A bit about the home:Original List Price: $529,900Paid: $510,000Closed:... Read more »

RD659 Owner Relieved- Mental Patients To Live Elsewhere

Courtsey @properties An update on RD659 and the proposed Thresholds purchase: Crain’s reported today that Mesirow no longer seeks to sell the remaining affordable units amidst resistance from residents and legislators. More details have emerged about the breakdown of this deal.    In addition to the 19 affordable home units that were still available, Thresholds... Read more »

5 Things You Need To Do Before Selling Your Home

Courtesy Down Home Books If you are one of the many people planning to put your home on the market in the next few months, it is time to start getting busy.  Preparing your home to sell is not an overnight process and the sooner you get started, the better your home will look.  These... Read more »

Craigslist Rental Scam: Can You Spot One?

There is such a thing as too good to be true… Rent ads are popping up on a number of websites that seem legitimate but are now part of a growing con.  The ads have plenty of pictures, detailed information about the property, and a seemingly legitimate email associated with them.  NBC5 reported on a... Read more »

Sotheby's Gives Sudler the KissOff: Jameson is the New Lucky Lady

Big news shaking up the real estate world in Chicago.  Today it was announced that Sudler Sotheby’s will soon be losing the Sotheby’s franchise endorsement and Jameson Real Estate will be the new presence in Chicago for the franchise. This comes on the heels of yet another news story about the Chicago franchise Sudler Sotheby’s... Read more »


Are you ready for a brokerage shakeup in the Chi-town market?  Check back this afternoon for all the deets… You know you’re curious!

CTA Train Tracker: Be On Time (Almost)

Living downtown has just gotten a bit easier.  The City of Chicago has finally caught up with the rest of the world and has unveiled the CTA Train Tracker. Simply choose your line and your stop and the site will give you ETAs for all trains (both directions, all train lines).  NBC5 had a special... Read more »

Bueller? - Cameron's House Is On the Market

Want to channel you inner Cameron?  The Frye House is on the market and awaiting your best offer… Image Courtesy Redfin Kitchen Courtesy Redfin StatsLocation: Beech Street, Highland ParkListed: 05/2009Original Price: 2.3MCurrent Price: 1.65M4 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms Interior Courtesy Redfin Perks of Buying This Home:  1. You automatically become (more) awesome2.  Pity kisses from women looking... Read more »