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November 2007 - Posts

NEW PRICE! IMMACULATE BRICK 3-FLAT, GREAT PORTAGE PARK LOCATION!
Portage Park, Chicago - Announcing a price reduction on 4153 N. McVicker Avenue , Ultra-Clean certified Three-Flat - Excellent Condition, Many Upgrades! REDUCED - $449,500! MLS® #06698432 Property information Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - HOLIDAY FUN FROM SUE!
IT' S TIME TO PLAY A LITTLE Don't let the Holidays get you all frazzled with shopping, making cookies, wrapping gifts, decorating, etc., etc. Go out and have some "outdoor" fun with family and friends. There's a wide variety to choose Read More...
PLAN TO FREEZE SUB-PRIME MORTGAGES UNDER CONSIDERATION!
AS OF AUGUST, 2007, 6.6% OF SUB-PRIME MORTGAGES IN FORECLOSURE Today's Wall Street Journal, in an article written by Deborah Soloman and Michael M. Phillips , on Page One, report of a plan between The White House and several major financial institutions Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - 2007 HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR YOUR DOG OR CAT!
THE CHICAGO REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Just thinking about the holidays! Dog, oh dog, what do I want this year? I am the dog who has everything, you know. Loving humans. A big, brick house Read More...
REDUCED! CLASSIC CHICAGO BRICK BUNGALOW - 3BR/2BA!
Portage Park, Chicago - Announcing a price reduction on 4047 N. Menard Ave ., a 2 bath, 3 bdrm 1 1/2 story Classic Chicago Bungalow. MLS® #06727341 New Price - $314,500! Property information Read More...
CHICAGO FORECLOSURES UP - BUT HELP IS AVAILABLE!
CITY FORECLOSURES UP 34.8% OVER 2006! In the City of Chicago IL, there were 6,329 foreclosures during the first half of 2007, versus 4,695 for the same period last year. Many were brought on by loss of a job, or personal financial hardship - unanticipated Read More...
JENNIFER'S CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - ROGERS PARK, LAKEVIEW, EDGEBROOK, EDISON PARK & PARK RIDGE
THE HOLIDAYS ARE FAST APPROACHING! SOME FESTIVE NOTES ABOUT TOWN, FROM JENNIFER! ROGERS PARK How about getting into the holiday spirit this season and come join us this weekend. St Ignatius Parish is celebrating it's 15 th annual "Messiah" Read More...
KNOW SOMEBODY GOOD? REALLY GOOD? Have them Call Us - Dean's Team is GROWING!
ONE OF CHICAGO'S LARGEST SUCCESSFUL REAL ESTATE TEAMS IS GROWING! Not to toot our own horn here, folks, but our Team has had a very strong year, even with the shifting real estate market here in Chicago in 2007. We plan to grow with the coming New Read More...
IWONA'S FAVORITE RECIPES - CHRISTMAS COOKIES!
YOU CAN'T PLAN EARLY ENOUGH TO BAKE THOSE CHRISTMAS COOKIES! While Iwona is away this week, we wanted to provide a link to some great recipes for Christmas Cookies, courtesy of AllRecipes.com. They're scrumptious! Every Christmas, my mother-in-law, Read More...
IL LEGISLATURE TO DEBATE CTA TRANSIT FUNDING FIX TOMORROW, NOVEMBER28TH!
ALL EYES ON THE ILLINOIS HOUSE FOR TRANSIT FUNDING RELIEF! Wednesday, the 28th, on the Floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, Speaker Michael Madigan plans to introduce legislation to fund mass transit shortfalls, for Chicago and Chicago Suburban Read More...
CATHY'S TECH TIPS - COOKIES (NOT THE KIND YOU EAT)
NAVIGATING COOKIES IN INTERNET EXPLORER 7 As you may or may not know, cookies don't really lie within your operating system. They actually are installed by your Web browser. Some common browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. (Also, just to Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - NOW THAT THANKSGIVING IS OVER
YUMMY THANKSGIVING LEFTOVER RECIPES! You've probably had about as much turkey as you can handle, right?! Today, I wanted to share a couple creative ways to use those leftovers to make yummy recipes that will "hide" the traditional leftover Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - NOVEMBER 26, 2007
Good Morning, Everyone! We at Dean's Team Chicago hope you enjoyed the long Thanksgiving weekend. I would assume, by now, the supply of turkey, sweet potato, and pumpkin pie leftovers in your home is nearly depleted! I check the database of filings Read More...
DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS NEED HELP, BUT SENATE HESITANT TO ACT!
HOMEOWNERS WAIT, AND WAIT, FOR LAWMAKERS TO ACT! Every day, I check my Foreclosure Databases and find dozens of homeowners in Chicago IL, Cook County, and surrounding areas around Chicago, facing newly-filed foreclosure actions against their homes. For Read More...
JEFF'S CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - JOHN MCDONOUGH LEAVES THE CUBS FOR THE HAWKS
THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NAME FORMER CUB PRESIDENT JOHN McDONOUGH AS THEIR NEW PRESIDENT ! Chicago Cubs fans were treated to yet another dose of uncertainty this week with the resignation of President, John McDonough . McDonough began his career with the Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - HOLIDAY SHOPPING FROM SUE!
31 DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the official start of Holiday Shopping is upon us once again, kicking off pre-dawn this morning with "Black Friday". Did you get up at an ungodly hour to stand in line? Not me, Read More...
HITTING THE MALLS IN AND AROUND CHICAGO TODAY? CHECK THIS OUT!
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN EARLY? Every year, my sister-in-law, Pat, and her daughter, Morgan, hit the stores in and around their home in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake early. After a bountiful feast on Thanksgiving afternoon, they get Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - HAPPY THANKSGIVING, TO ALL YOU DOGS, AND YOUR DESIGNATED HUMANS, TOO!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Dean's Team! You know, there's a great old movie - Avalon , directed by Barry Levinson (the same director Read More...
THE SHIFTING REAL ESTATE MARKET - ILLINOIS, CHICAGO BETTER OFF THAN OTHERS IN U.S.
THIRD QUARTER, 2007 - EXISTING HOME SALES FELL IN 46 STATES! As detailed in an article in today's Wall Street Journal Online , new housing figures from the National Association of Realtors for the July-September quarter points up the national nature Read More...
JENNIFER'S CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE!
SOME APPETIZING NOTES ABOUT TOWN, FROM JENNIFER! Evanston, Chicago . More than Meals Being Served at Mather Cafés! The Evanston based, Mather LifeWays, operates centers in Norwood Park, Portage Park , and in the South Side of the City. The cafés Read More...
IWONA'S FAVORITE RECIPES - THANKSGIVING DESSERT
HERE'S A TASTY RECIPE FROM IWONA - DESSERT! PEACH AND BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE Recipe Summary Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 6 servings Imgredients: 1 1/4 lb peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced 2 (5.6 oz) containers fresh Read More...
CHICAGO MEDIAN SALES PRICES HIGHER, BUT SALES VOLUME DROPS!
STATEWIDE, ILLINOIS MEDIAN SALES PRICE UP 0.7% Statistics compiled by the Illinois Association of Realtors , just released today, indicate an increase of 4.2% in the median sales price of homes across the Chicago IL area over last year - to $262,000 in Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - THANKSGIVING QUICK TIPS
YUMMY THANKSGIVING TIPS Easy Stuffing : Saute a cup each chopped celery and onion until soft. Combine with one bag brownberry herb seasoned bread cubes, 4 tablespoons butter and 3 cups chicken stock (2 cups if stuffing inside the turkey). Combine until Read More...
CATHY'S TECH TIPS - COMPATIBILITY FOR MICROSOFT
COMMUNICATION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME! Last week I was at the NAR Convention trying to learn some neat and nifty tricks to help keep our technology and communications current. I had someone back home in Chicago helping me out with minor project items Read More...
KEY CULPRIT IN THE CURRENT MORTGAGE MARKET CONUNDRUM? SIMPLE HUMAN NATURE!
HUMAN NATURE - ONE OF THE KEY FACTORS OF TODAY'S CURRENT MORTGAGE MARKET DIFFICULTIES? According to a story in the November 18, 2007 Chicago Tribune, by reporter Marilyn Kennedy Melia , just a few short months ago, many mortgage consultants were suggesting Read More...
CHICAGO REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - NOVEMBER 19, 2007
Good Morning, Everyone! Human Nature may be one of the primary factors creating current difficulties in the mortgage market . Click here for more, and links to a story in the November 18, 2007 Chicago Tribune, by reporter Marilyn Kennedy Melia . Here Read More...
PORTAGE PARK! CLASSIC 3BR/2BA BRICK CHICAGO BUNGALOW! GREAT STREET!
Portage Park Gem! • 2 bath, 3 bdrm 1 1/2 story "Bungalow" - MLS® #06727341 $339,500 - Classic Brick Bungalow! Portage Park, Chicago - Well-maintained Portage Park brick bungalow. Three bedrooms and two full baths. If you need room, Read More...
JEFF'S CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - REX STILL HAS THE BALL FOR THE CHICAGO BEARS!
QUARTERBACK REX GROSSMAN GETS ANOTHER CHANCE IN 2007! Lovie Smith made the announcement earlier in the week that Rex Grossman would be the starting QB for the Chicago Bears when they face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Although this decision came amidst Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - FROM JENNIFER!
TH E HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US! In Chicago there is no better sign than The Mag Mile presenting it's Light Festival on Michigan Avenue, between Oak Streets and Wacker drive. For over forty years, the trees and buildings down Michigan Avenue had been Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - LOOK OUT VEGAS, THERE'S A DOG ON THE STRIP!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Viva Las Vegas, everyone - and Greetings from the 2007 National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo! Boy, oh boy, did Dean & Sue look Read More...
JENNIFER'S NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE!
READ ABOUT LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS HERE! EDGEWATER - Kilmer School parents push for traffic light. The intersection of Clark and North Shore is a dangerous intersection that is heavily used by students and parents walking to Kilmer School. About a year Read More...
NEW PRICE! UPDATED 4 BEDROOM HOME - QUIET BELMONT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD OF CHICAGO!
Chicago, Belmont Heights Neighborhood - Announcing a price reduction on 3429 N. Ozark Avenue , a 3 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story "Updated 2-Story Home!". Now only $369,500! MLS® 06699763 Property information Read More...
HELLO FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ANNUAL CONVENTION IN LAS VEGAS, NV
WE'RE REPORTING FROM LAS VEGAS, AND THE 2007 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ANNUAL CONVENTION! Earlier this week, Sue and I joined over 30,000 fellow Realtors (roughly 3% of the estimated 1.1 Million Licensed Realtors throughout the United States) Read More...
IWONA'S FAVORITE RECIPES - COMFORTING FALL SOUP
HERE'S A TASTY RECIPE FROM IWONA - COMFORTING SOUP! ROASTED YELLOW PEPPER SOUP Recipe Summary Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Yeld:8 cups Imgredients: 6 large sweet yellow peppers 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup chopped Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - MORE LATE FALL HINTS TO HELP YOU!
MORE LATE FALL HOME AND GARDEN HINTS I hate to sound like a broken record but it’s a good idea to check those gutters one m ore time. We have those supposedly no debris covers on our gutters. Unfortunately, i f you live in or around Chicago you Read More...
TECH TIPS - COORDINATING CALENDARS MADE EASY
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SCHEDULE IN ONE PLACE ONLINE! I come from a big family. And when I say big, I mean HUGE! One of the challenges that seem to happen is that when we all want to get together it is almost impossible to get everyone on a phone call (can you Read More...
AN INTERESTING UPTICK IN "CONTINGENT ON SALE" CONTRACT OFFERS!
There seems to be an interesting trend here in the Chicago IL Real Estate Market - somewhat of an irritation to home sellers and their Listing Agents. More often, buyers are writing the purchase of their new home contingent on the sale of their existing Read More...
CHICAGO REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - NOVEMBER 12, 2007
Good Morning, Everyone! As Veterans Day is celebrated throughout the U.S. today, please take a minute or two to honor those who serve to protect our freedom at home and abroad. Despite your own personal feelings on conflicts set up by politicians, it Read More...
JEFF'S CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - WILL JIM HENDRY DO MORE THIS OFF-SEASON?
YOU WON'T SEE THE CUBS DO MUCH THIS WINTER! Well Cub fans it might be another season of false hopes in 2008. With a disappointing exit from the playoffs Cub fans revel in what next season might bring but here come the obvious roadblocks. Jim Hendry Read More...
WELCOME TO OUR RE-DESIGNED CHICAGO REAL ESTATE BLOG!
WE'VE GOT A NEW LOOK! WHAT DO YOU THINK? We hope you like our blog re-design - geared to give you a crisper, easier-to-read look. It also provides links back to our extensive Dean's Team Web Center - offering vital information on every actively Read More...
DO YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE FROM CITI MORTGAGE? WATCH FOR THIS SCARE TACTIC!
I was quite surprised the other day after receiving a letter from CitiMortgage demanding a copy of my ORIGINAL 2006 Second Installment Real Estate Tax Bill. They threatened me with DELAYED ESCROW PAYMENT, along with the applicable penalties and interest Read More...
THE REAL WORLD OF COOK COUNTY REAL ESTATE TAX INCREASES/DECREASES FOR TAX YEAR 2006
Following up on Lil' Buddy's Blog from Thursday, November 8th , here is a summary of the latest, 2006 Real Estate Tax Figures for selected Dean's Team listings currently active - DEAN'S TEAM LISTING 2005 RE TAXES 2006 RE TAXES % CHANGE Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - FUN & FESTIVITIES
READ ABOUT LOCAL FESTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND HERE! The Field of Screams Scavenger Hunt The Field Museum of Natural History What fun there is to be had this weekend on the most surreal hunt in Chicago, you'll get a whirlwind tour of this treasure chest Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - CHICAGO REAL ESTATE TAX BILLS ARRIVE – HOW MUCH FOR YOUR DOG HOUSE?
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Being a Little White Dog, and only 2 ½ years old, I haven't been at this Chicago Real Estate Tax game for very long! Usually, however, Read More...
JENNIFER'S LOCAL CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE!
READ ABOUT LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS HERE! CHICAGO - Need for food getting urgent The Greater Chicago Food Depository is launching its very first initiative dubbed "One City, One Food Drive" throughout November and December to help offset the Read More...
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW! MAINE SOUTH HS - XLG 4BR/3BA BRICK HOME - LEGAL TWO-FLAT!
November 2007 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Maine South High School District, Park Ridge - Please stop by this Exclusive Preview - Extra-Large 4BR/3BA Read More...
IWONA'S FAVORITE RECIPES BLOG - BLUEBERRY-LEMON PIE
HERE'S A TASTY RECIPE FROM IWONA - TIME FOR DESSERT! BLUEBERRY-LEMON PIE Recipe Summary Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes cooling Yield: 8 servings Ingredients: 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 1 pkg (8 oz ) Philadelphia Cream Read More...
EVEN GOOD BORROWERS HIT WITH STRICTER CREDIT RULES!
60% OF BANKS TIGHTENING STANDARDS FOR "NON-TRADITIONAL" MORTGAGES - JUMBO LOAN ORIGINATIONS DROP! I just spotted this article by Sudeep Reddy in today's Wall Street Journal Online. It reviews a survey, conducted in October, 2007 by the Federal Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN BLOG - IT'S TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE WINTER COLD
ARE YOU READY FOR WINTER? Check for leaks around doors and windows using a candle. If the flame flickers wildly, or worse, blows out, you have a heat loss problem. You can help prevent this with a few inexpensive solutions from your favorite home center. Read More...
CHICAGO GOES GREEN - ECOLOGY-FRIENDLY HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS SPRING UP ACROSS THE CITY!
NORTH SIDE NEIGHBORHOODS INCLUDE WICKER PARK, LOGAN SQUARE, HUMBOLDT PARK, AND BUCKTOWN Erik Olsen , who tracks these eco-friendly developments across Chicago on his website , identifies 36 Green projects, but that number changes almost daily. "Many Read More...
CATHY'S TECHNOLOGY BLOG - STAYING CONNECTED
MORE BUSINESS USE BUT PRACTICAL NONTHELESS! As technology is supposed to make us more and more connected, I find that I still want to talk using an old technology - the phone . Call me old-fashioned or a fuddy-duddy, but the cost of a phone call makes Read More...
CHICAGO REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - NOVEMBER 5, 2007
Good Morning, Everyone! I spotted an article in yesterday's Chicago Tribune by Reporter Marilyn Kennedy Melia addressing the current "Buyer's Market," and how it's not always easy going for buyers these days. When the housing market Read More...
JEFF'S CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - COACH SMITH HAS HIS HANDS FULL WITH HIS 2007 CHICAGO BEARS!
LOVIE FORCED TO EXAMINE HIS ENTIRE GAME PLAN! The Chicago Bears have a bye week and thus plenty of time to consider what is going on with this team that went to the Super Bowl just nine months ago. Certainly, injuries have taken a toll and continue to Read More...
SUE'S "WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHICAGO" BLOG - CHICAGO'S LATEST MUSICALS
WOW! TALK ABOUT TALENT AND MOVES . . . This past Sunday my friend and I decided to go see a musical for some fun and relaxation since we couldn't get any tickets to the Chicago Bears v. Detroit Lions game - at least, not reasonably priced ones. So, Read More...
CHICAGO REAL ESTATE ALERT - IL FORECLOSURES FAR BELOW MANY STATES IN U.S.
ILLINOIS AND CHICAGO FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY REPORT According to Realty Trac , and data compiled by The Chicago Association of Realtors , Illinois was ranked 15th in the U.S in Residential Foreclosure Filings for the Third Quarter, 2007. Foreclosure rates Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - MY FAVORITE CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOODS - LINCOLN PARK!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! How do you like this picture of me with Grandma Felice - Team Leader Dean's Mom? She was over to visit, and to work, as we distributed flags Read More...
JENNIFER'S CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE!
READ ABOUT LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS HERE! "ALL CHICAGO and ILLINOIS" - The annual State Board of Education has released it's school report cards for each public school in the state. The reports include student scores on the Illinois Standards Read More...