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February 2009 - Posts

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – CHAMPAGNE ANYONE?
This weekend Chicago is hosting some spirits and romance in some interesting venues that will be sure to delight you and yours. Odyssey Saturday Champagne Dinner Cruise located aboard The Odyssey: Navy Pier 600 E Grand, Chicago, IL. Set out on a cruise Read More...
RED LIGHT CAMERAS COMING DOWN - Those Around Woodfield Shopping Mall, Schaumburg IL, Giving the Area a "Ticket Destination" Rep!
SCHAUMBURG IL VILLAGE MANAGER FEARS BUSINESS COULD GO DOWN IF RED LIGHT CAMERAS STAY UP! You a Boomer? You know, one of those rapidly aging folks who came of age in the 1960's and early 1970's? If so, you might remember the famed series of recorded Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Am Ex Incentivizes Some Charge Card Holders to Leave!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! A bit of a sad day for Chicago Basketball Fans - Chicago Bulls Greats Norm Van Lier and Johnny "Red" Kerr each passed away Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LINCOLN PARK , LAKEVIEW, UPTOWN, LOGAN SQUARE , OAK PARK
LINCOLN PARK AND LAKEVIEW Secondhand stores also are doing well, given the current economic climate. In a national survey of 182 resale shops, 74 percent reported increased sales for the end of 2008 in comparison to the end of the year for 2007. "People Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - IRISH SODA BREAD
I know, I know, it's a little early but I'm getting ready for St. Patrick's Day. Hope you enjoy this great soda bread. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 12 INGREDIENTS: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking Read More...
HEART-WRENCHING SETBACK? OR, INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY? For Chicago Homebuyers and Sellers - it Depends on Which Side of the Ball You're On!
CHICAGO HOME SALES, MEDIAN SALES PRICE TUMBLE VERSUS YEAR AGO! Picture, if you will, sitting at Wrigley Field on the North Side of Chicago for a Chicago Cubs Game . It's versus the hated St. Louis Cardinals , and we're down by three runs. Bottom Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - SPRING CLEANING AROUND THE HOUSE
It’s best to take on large scale cleaning projects one step at a time and one room at a time. First, stand in the middle of the room and ask, “What needs to be done?” 1. Pull the furniture away from the walls . Wash the walls from bottom Read More...
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTORS MEET - And World of Real Estate Gets a Bit Scarier!
FEARS SURROUNDING DEEPENING RECESSION, ESCALATING UNEMPLOYMENT, NATIONALIZED BANKING, MORE FORECLOSURES, AND PLUMMETING STOCKS AS FOURTH-LARGEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY CONVENES IN FL! Just over two years ago, our little Real Estate Team - Dean's Team Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - WHAT WILL UBID?
So last week I decided enough is enough and started looking for a new computer. I was looking for something generic - nothing too fancy but with enough hard disk space and fairly large RAM size. My first inclination was to go to eBay . They have some Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - February 23, 2009
Good Morning! Poor economic conditions are creating another kind of tragedy in Chicago - vacant homes and units in large condo buildings - even in the city's more affluent neighborhoods! For those few residents who have closed on their units in such Read More...
OBAMA PROPOSED MORTGAGE MODIFICATION PROGRAM Comes With "An Enforcer" - The Mortgage "Cram Down!"
CHANGE TO FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY RULE WOULD ALLOW JUDGES TO REDUCE THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OWED ON BK-FILING BORROWERS! In an attempt to forestall the rising number of foreclosures across the country - and help some distressed homeowners in danger of losing Read More...
UNHEARD OF IN MORE PROSPEROUS TIMES, Vacant Chicago Buildings Remind Us Housing Crisis Not Yet Reversed!
CONDO BUILDINGS IN ROGERS PARK, WEST RIDGE, CHICAGO LAWN, KENWOOD SIT NEARLY ENTIRELY VACANT - WOES GALORE FOR UNIT OWNERS STILL THERE! The "Old Days!" They weren't so long ago! Builders would get loans to rehab old, 1920's-era Chicago Read More...
CHICAGO DEEP-DISH PIZZA - It's Origins Still Shrouded in Mystery . . . Somewhat!
WHO DEVELOPED CHICAGO DEEP DISH PIZZA? DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK! There is talk in this crazy City of Chicago to give Landmark Status to the building in which world-famous Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza was invented. Well, actually, that makes good sense - we're Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - NEVER A BORING MOMENT!
I don't know about the rest of you, but I sure am tired of all the doom and gloom news on practically every channel these days! So, I decided to check out some fun things to do this weekend away from home, and the T.V., without having to spend an Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - In Tightening Economy, Many Chicago Pets Left Without Food - But There's Help!
T HE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! Sorry I'm a bit late with my post tonight. But I have a good excuse! Have you heard of that new social networking site for dogs Read More...
NEW PRICE! Beautiful Grayslake Three Bedroom, Prestigious Hunter's Ridge Subdivision!
Hunter's Ridge, Grayslake - This lovely 3BR/2BA home at 1190 Hummingbird Lane in Grayslake features a sunny living and dining room - stunning new Cherry flooring. Large kitchen with breakfast area, adjoining family room - Billiard Room in Basment. Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - SOUTH LOOP, LOOP, LAKEVIEW, PORTAGE PARK, NAPERVILLE
SOUTH LOOP Kroll's South Loop is offering Mardi Gras themed dishes. Come dine on jambalaya and corn bread or perhaps you would like Cajun shrimp. Then sip on a festive beverage of rum punch and $5 Abita beers. Join the fun on Tuesday at 1736 S. Michigan Read More...
CHICAGO TAX SMART PROGRAM, Combined with New U.S. Homebuyer Tax Credit - Creates a Bonanza for First-Time Buyers Here!
NEW FED PROGRAM ALLOWS FOR QUALIFIED FIRST-TIME BUYERS TO SIMULTANEOUSLY TAP CITY-SPONSORED CREDIT! You know, today, right here in Chicago, our Little Real Estate Team saved two of our clients a total of $20,000! That's because the provisions of the Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - SPINACH AND FETA PITA BAKE
Sometimes you just need a quick recipe to put together in a pinch. This one is actually inspired by our friends from Greektown . Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Servings: 6 INGREDIENTS: 6 (6 inch) whole wheat pita breads 1 (6 ounce) tub sun-dried Read More...
AT MANY INTERSECTIONS IN CHICAGO, Simply Crossing the Street is Downright Dangerous!
PEDESTRIAN CROSSING DEATHS UP IN 2008! Despite enhanced safety measures to safeguard pedestrians crossing the streets of Chicago, crossing fatalities were up last year across the city. Tracy Swartz, Reporter for The Chicago Tribune and The Red Eye Newspapers, Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - GET RID OF THE CLUTTER BEFORE SPRING CLEANING
Last week in Chicago we got a taste of spring weather. One day it was even in the 60s! So now the time (and motivation) is here for spring cleaning . In the next few weeks I'll give you tips on different aspects of cleaning around the house and yard. Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - TECHORATING, THE LATEST IN DECOR
Have you heard of this latest in decorating? I just learned about this last week when I was at a training session at the Keller Williams office. It's called Techorating and it's one of the latest things happening in the real estate market. Most Read More...
REBORN THEATER IN CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD OF ROGERS PARK MAY CLOSE YET AGAIN!
DISPUTE BETWEEN PARTNERS COULD DOOM RETRO FAR NORTH SIDE OF CHICAGO VENUE! Often times, in a big city like Chicago , the old becomes new again! Old residential and commercial structures become renovated, and cater to a new-generation clientèle. Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - February 16, 2009
Good Morning! As we await President Obama's plans for stabilizing the U.S. Housing and Credit Market, some larger U.S. Banks, including those with a big Chicago Presence - Chase, Bank of America, and Citibank - are imposing a temporary moratorium Read More...
IMMACULATE BRICK GEORGIAN ON QUIET ONE-WAY STREET!
Immaculate Home - Quiet Neighborhood! • Recently Updated 2BR Georgian - Value Priced! Dunning Neighborhood of Chicago - This Immaculate West Dunning Georgian Home is perfectly located on a very quiet one-way street. Out-of-the-way Chicago Neighborhood, Read More...
BARGAIN HUNTING ON STEROIDS - Sluggish Chicago Housing Market Attracts New Mega-Investors!
LOCAL INVESTORS SEEK BULK SALES TO BUILD REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO! NATIONAL BUILDER WANTS TO CLEAR INVENTORY! Buying distressed properties for investment is nothing new! For years, those with adequate funding sought distressed homes, estate sales, and those Read More...
MAJOR U.S. BANKS TO TEMPORARILY HALT FORECLOSURES!
BANKS WITH BIG CHICAGO PRESENCE - CHASE, BANK OF AMERICA, CITIGROUP - AMONG EIGHT LENDERS TO SUSPEND FORECLOSURES! With President Obama's nearly-$800 Billion Economic Stimulus Program scheduled for signature this week, and the next phase of the Trouble Read More...
FIRST OPEN HOUSE! Immaculate 3BR/2BA in Hunter's Ridge! Finished Basement, Custom Deck, Big Yard!
February 2009 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 25 26 27 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Hunter's Ridge, Grayslake - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1190 Hummingbird Lane, Grayslake, Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - A WEEKEND OF LOVE AND ROMANCE
This weekend was made for love and romance. Take your special guy or gal out on the town with a nice variety of things everyone is sure to enjoy. This weekend at McCormick Place, located at 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive, come out and see the auto Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Mr. Beef - "Where the Beef is in Chicago" - Faces Possible Foreclosure!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Blog, blog, blog! Sometimes, it seems as if a Lil' White Dog's work is never done! Foreclosure is a tragedy - unfortunately touching thousands Read More...
WHAT'S GETTING CHICAGO CONDOS SOLD - Heavy Incentives!
DESPITE GLUT OF CONDOS ON MARKET IN SOME NEIGHBORHOODS, CHICAGO MEDIAN CONDO PRICE ROSE 5% IN 2008! With so many condos for sale across the City of Chicago , what must a developer do to sell his new ones? Offer Incentives! Deep Discounts! And . . . be Read More...
CONGRESS STRIKES STIMULUS DEAL - Is It Too Watered Down to Impact Housing Market?
$789 BILLION COMPROMISE PROPOSAL STILL NEEDS FINAL PASSAGE, APPROVAL! Income tax credits of up to $800 for millions of Americans. Extended Unemployment Benefits , with a higher limit. Tax Credits for Small Businesses and Students. Billions of dollars Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LOOP, LINCOLN PARK, WEST LOOP, NORWOOD PARK, NAPERVILLE
LOOP Mother Nature's mood can be fickle, as Midwesterners are well aware. Saturday was beautiful. The temperature hit a near-record 56 degrees at 3:01 p.m. Saturday. A few hours earlier, an ice sculptor at the Frozen Fun Fest in Millennium Park, had Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - FRENCH BREAKFAST MUFFINS
This past weekend I went out of town with a friend and we tried some excellent breakfast muffins that were amazing. While I wasn't able to coerce the recipe from the chef, I was able to find this recipe which I think you'll definitely like. Prep Read More...
OBAMA FINANCIAL STIMULUS PLAN PASSES U.S. SENATE - But Status of Next Step of U.S. Financial Bailout Plan Still A Mystery!
UNCERTAINTY IN U.S. FINANCIAL MARKETS CAUSES STOCKS TO TUMBLE 4.6% TODAY! TIMING OF HOUSING MARKET TURNAROUND? NOT IMMEDIATELY! A couple of things are sure of the new administration of President Barack Obama. First, nobody is going to confuse his administration's Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE WARMER DAYS
Spring is not too far away here in the Chicago area. These past few days have been most welcome after the several feet of snow and bone chilling cold we have had this winter. I actually saw people in shorts last weekend! Now is the time to check around Read More...
CRAZY NEW FEE SYSTEM Adds Cost, Confusion To New Mortgage Loans!
RISK-BASED FEE STRUCTURE COULD INCREASE COST OF A LOAN SIGNIFICANTLY! BAD TIMING? Here's a 100-words-or-less summary of the Mortgage Market in Chicago today: Credit is tight. Underwriting Rules often preclude those with marginal credit or low down Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIP - GOOGLE'S LATEST APPLICATION
On February 4 th , Google released its newest mobile device feature, the Latitude "Stalking" application that's able to track your friend's whereabouts. My initial reaction was, "Wow, imagine what Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - February 9, 2009
Good Morning! President Obama's Economic Stimulus Program. Will it pass the U.S. Senate early this week? And what changes will be made by the joint Senate/House Conference Committee, where the actual details of the final bill will be debated? And, Read More...
New FED Program - Will it Un-Freeze Lending by Consumers, Businesses?
TERM ASSET-BACKED SECURITIES LOAN FACILITY (TALF) WOULD BE BACKED BY CERTAIN CONSUMER AND SMALL BUSINESS DEBT! Today, across the U.S., money is tight! Financing for small businesses seeking to grow or purchase new capital equipment is tough to come by. Read More...
OBAMA STIMULUS PROGRAM Could Be Approved By Senate This Week - Help Ahead for U.S. Housing Market?
DEM/GOP COMPROMISE COULD COST TAXPAYERS UPWARDS OF $780 BILLION! BUT . . . WILL IT TURN HOUSING AROUND? President Barack Obama has not had the easiest first three weeks of his term! The man who promised a bi-partisan spirit in government during the 2008 Read More...
OPEN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH - NORTH BARRINGTON EXEC STYLED 4BR - 3.3 Acre Lot, Quiet Cul de Sac!
February 2009 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 25 26 27 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 North Barrington - Please stop by our Open House at 570 Christopher Drive on Sunday, February 8 from 12:00 Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - A HODGE PODGE WEEKEND!
With temperatures rising above freezing this weekend in Chicago, you might consider partaking in one of the following outdoor activities, especially if you're climbing the walls: The Lakeview Polar Bear Club's Eighth Annual Celebration of Shrinkage Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Drive While Talking on Your Cell Phone? In CHICAGO, No Earpiece = Big Fine!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Do you dogs bark on the cell phone while driving? C'mon - fess up! I know some of you do! What about texting ? Naah . . . that would be REAL Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LAKEVIEW, NORWOOD PARK, LINCOLN PARK, ROGERS PARK, NILES
LAKEVIEW Here are the beautiful words of artist, William Conger as reported to and reported by A. Artner at the Chicago Tribune on January 30, 2009: CHICAGO This is where I've had my experience. This is my lived experience. I can't pretend I haven't Read More...
IN CHICAGO AND IL - Too Many Teachers for Too Few Teaching Jobs?
FOR 2007-08 SCHOOL YEAR, NEARLY 25,000 CERTIFIED TEACHERS APPLIED FOR ONLY 2,000 AVAILABLE POSITIONS! We've heard about teacher shortages across the U.S. for many years. In some locations, new teachers in public or private elementary and high schools Read More...
TARP Bailout Money from FED? Many Banks Refuse The Offer!
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE - MORE THAN 50 BANKS HAVE REJECTED FED BAILOUT MONEY! You've read the stories in the business press, and seen it on Cable TV. Huge U.S. Banks and other financial institutions, receiving billions of dollars in Federal Read More...
FAMED CHICAGO RETAILER TO BITE THE DUST - But Not For Lack of Trying!
CHICAGO SHOE SELLER CHERNIN'S SHOE OUTLET GOING OUT OF BUSINESS - ONE OF THE LAST HIGH-VOLUME, HIGH-SERVICE SHOE STORES! Remember shoe shopping as a little kid - or, maybe, for some, as you got a little older? Doting salesmen, on commission, nicely Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - A LITTLE SPICE TO KEEP YOU WARM
It's that time of year when our Chicago weather is so unpredictable but one thing we all know is that it is definitely cold outside today! These sour cream chicken enchiladas are sure to keep you warm with all that spice. PREP TIME: 20 minutes COOK Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - PLANNING THE NEW SUMMER GARDEN
It's definitely cold outside and we all know that Punxsutawney Phil has already decided we have six more weeks of winter. Even so, planning ahead for your summer garden is going to take some time and effort so take the next six weeks to get your summer Read More...
LAST MONTH IN CHICAGO, Did It Seem Cold? Good Reason - January Was Among the Coldest On Record!
AVERAGE DAILY TEMP OF 15.9 DEGREES LAST MONTH MADE IT COLDEST IN 15 YEARS! Brrrrrr! Seemed cold last month here in Chicago . . . yes? Indeed, January, 2009 was the tenth coldest in City of Chicago Recorded Weather History, dating back nearly 140 years Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - MONSTER.COM JOB SEARCHERS BEWARE
I wanted to share this important information that comes direct from Monster.com . First of all, as a reminder, with the new year you definitely need to start changing all your passwords. It should be something unique to you with both letters and numbers. Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - February 2, 2009
Good Morning! Despite receiving billions of dollars from the Fed since last year, the biggest banks in the U.S have not increased their consumer and business lending, and credit remains frozen across the country. Thus, the housing market and business Read More...
DESPITE TARP BAILOUT, Big U.S. Banks Have Not Increased Lending!
FOR LARGEST BANKS, LOANS OUTSTANDING FELL 1.4% DURING 4TH QUARTER, 2008! Portfolios of loans at some of the largest U.S. Banks fell last quarter, despite the sizable infusions of capital they received from Federal Troubled Assets Recovery Program (TARP) Read More...
SIGNS OF THE TIME - Blagojevich Signs Coming Down on IL Roads This Weekend!
32 TOLL PLAZA SIGNS ON IL TOLLWAY WILL HAVE EX-GOVERNOR'S NAME EXPUNGED! SOME DRIVERS CHEER! Here in Chicago , in Illinois , and in other parts of the country, having your name plastered on highly-viewed signage, or in prominent ads or city-sponsored Read More...