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October 2009 - Posts

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - HAUNTINGLY FRIGHTFUL YET SPOOKTACULAR!
Don't have a Halloween costume yet? Well, what are you waiting for, it's HERE! This weekend's line-up of Halloween events is sure to bring out the "uniqueness" in all of us. With well over 100 parties taking place, here's a quick Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Sad Day for We Fashionistas, as Many Chicago High-End Boutiques Shut Doors as Business Lags!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you fine dogs! Just me, Gracie Ella Moss - Lil' Buddy's younger sister. I'm filling in for Buddy tonight, as he won't be home Read More...
GREAT RECESSION Slows Pace of Chicago Exodus to Exurbs, Warmer Locales!
PEOPLE LEAVING COOK COUNTY IL DOWN 17% FROM 2006, WHILE THE NUMBER OF THOSE MOVING HERE HAVE INCREASED! Back in the old days - the Ronald Reagan Days of deteriorating northern Rust Belt Cities , and unyielding urban sprawl - all it took was a bit of Hard Read More...
FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT - Proposal Calls for Extension, Expansion!
PLAN WOULD EXTEND POPULAR CREDIT UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 30TH, INCLUDE SOME EXISTING HOMEOWNERS! For the last few weeks, First Time Homebuyers and Real Estate Practitioners have been holding their breath. Crossing their fingers. Will the $8,000 Federal Income Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – LAKEVIEW, LINCOLN PARK, SOUTH LOOP, LINCOLN SQUARE, NAPERVILLE
LAKEVIEW Plan ahead this time because it's sure to sell out. Dos Equis is hosting " The Most Interesting Show in the World ," on November 6 at the Park West. Earlier this year, they hosted a party at the Museum of Science and Industry. Now Read More...
CHICAGO, COOK COUNTY IL SUBURBS In Line for Double-Digit Property Tax Increase!
ROLLBACK OF COUNTY ASSESSMENT CAP BLAMED - COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR JAMES HOULIHAN! Do you live in the City of Chicago? Suburban Cook County IL? Brace yourselves, homeowners - REAL ESTATE TAXES ARE GOING UP , for the Second Installment, 2008 of the Cook County Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
As you get ready for Halloween and all the fun you'll have, don't forget that safety is an important part to enjoying this festive holiday. Below are some tips to help keep you and yours safe. Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make Read More...
TROPHY ADDRESS: 5040 S. GREENWOOD, CHICAGO! For Sale . . . and The President Lives Next Door!
HOME OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR TO MLS ON TUESDAY FOR $1.85 MILLION! In the Kenwood Neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago , the Obama Family House sits on a large, wooded lot. Is extensively renovated. Over 100 years old. But Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - HOME STAGING, CAN'T AFFORD A PRO? DO IT VIRTUALLY
Now why oh why would we be talking technology with a topic like home staging? There are people out there today who have a home they are trying to sell, but they need their property staged. Statistically, staging a home before your images are taken for Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 26, 2009
Good Morning! Here in Chicago, and in surrounding Chicago Suburbs, home sales have increased for the third month in a row, for the month ending September 30, 2009. However, median sales prices are way down - over 22% from two years ago. And that number, Read More...
IN CHICAGO AREA, Home Resales Rise for Third Straight Month . . . But Prices Continue Downward Trend!
CHICAGO SHOWS FIRST YEAR-OVER-YEAR SALES INCREASE SINCE MAY, 2006! CHICAGO SUBURBAN HOME SALES UP AS WELL! Here in Chicago , September, 2009 Housing Resale Figures mix good news with bad news! The combined Units Sold total for condominiums and single-family-detached Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - IT’S A HAUNTINGLY PRE-HALLOWEEN WEEKEND!
Its one week before Halloween! Do you know where you'll be this weekend? If not, here's a small sampling of pre-Halloween events in and around Chicago before the Big Day - Franken Plaza at the Daley Plaza will feature performances, movie nights Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - In Chicago Area, and Nationally, Seasonal Halloween Stores Fill Up Closed, Vacant Big-Box Stores!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! BOO, you dogs! I don't know if you dogs have figured out what you're going to dress as for Halloween . Today, I'm leaning on becoming Read More...
NEW FHA LENDING RULES CLOUD CONDO FINANCING PICTURE!
PREVIOUSLY-APPROVED BUILDINGS MUST BE RE-CERTIFIED, SPOT APPROVAL TO BE ELIMINATED! Within the last few years, here in Chicago , low and mid-priced condominiums have been the "jumping in" point for first-time homebuyers. Why? Condos are far Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – PORTAGE PARK, LAKEVIEW, SOUTH LOOP, LINCOLN SQUARE, NAPERVILLE
PORTAGE PARK You like to fish? You like to eat what you fish? If you do, there's a little known place in Portage Park, Hagen's Fish Market . Not only do they have fish for you to purchase but they'll cook it for you too. Yep, if you bring Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN – FALL CLEAN-UP
The Chicago area has really had a taste of late fall weather lately. This coming week we are supposed to have warmer temperatures, so it will be a good time to tackle some outdoor tasks. Check those gutters ! With all the leaves falling they are bound Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 19, 2009
Good Morning! Have you heard of those Credit Repair Companies , advertised on TV, radio, or on the Internet? Often times, they're not all they are cracked up to be! One red flag - those who GUARANTEE Fast Results , or those who require a large, up-front Read More...
PRICE REDUCTIONS! Lost Equity, or, Simply . . . REALITY!
TRULIA.COM: 30% OF CHICAGO PROPERTIES HAD PRICE REDUCTIONS THIS YEAR, THROUGH OCTOBER 1ST! Asking Price Reductions on Homes for Sale! A few weeks later - another reduction. Often . . . another! Across the U.S., according to estimates made by Real Estate Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - CHICAGO IS GETTING A NEW AREA CODE
Okay, so I admit that I am a true geek. I received a notice in my phone bill about the new area code coming to Chicago . It's actually important info you'll start seeing on the news in a couple weeks so I thought I'd give you the heads up. Read More...
CREDIT REPAIR COMPANIES - No Quick Fix!
ACCURATE DEROGATORY INFORMATION CANNOT BE REMOVED FROM CREDIT FILES! They are proliferating in today's tough economy. Companies - seemingly, dozens of them, promising to scrub clean a person's credit score. You see them all over the web, on Sports Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - MID-OCTOBER LINE-UP – GOT ANY TALENT?
Chicago's mid-October weekend line-up has a little something for everyone whether you prefer to be outdoors or indoors. Take your pick - Join the Heart of Chicago Festival as they celebrate Italian-American Heritage Month at 2400 S. Oakley Avenue Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit: Extension, Expansion No Done Deal!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Good Evening, you dogs! As you may know, one of my responsibilities here at Dean's Team Chicago involves scanning the business papers and key Read More...
MAYOR DALEY OF CHICAGO - No Tax, Fine, or Fee Increases in 2010!
CHICAGO MAYOR DALEY SAYS IT'S NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR MORE TAXES! DO YOU BELIEVE HIM? Increased City and County Sales Taxes! Higher fares for CTA Buses and El Trains! Parking Meter Fees Quadrupled! New, Special Taxes on Items Ranging from Soda Pop Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, LINCOLN PARK, WEST LOOP, OLD TOWN, EVANSTON
NORWOOD PARK Norwood Crossing just opened last week after final approval from state regulators on September 28. With a completely updated facility, local resident Johann Kaiser, is settling into his new apartment and happy with the improvements. With Read More...
CTA EL FARES $3.00? In Chicago, "Budget Shortfalls" Lead to Higher Costs for Consumers!
CHICAGO EL TRAIN FARES TO INCREASE 33%, BUS FARES UP 11%, IN 2010 CTA BUDGET! Despite what some politicians here in Chicago might lead you to believe, increasing taxes and fees seem to be the norm around here these days - especially in a tough economy Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – COOL WEATHER SLOW COOKER RECIPES
It's starting to get cold outside. Pull out the slow cooker and make some easy stick to your ribs food. These recipes are simple and quick to put together during the week. BBQ Beef Sandwiches Place a three pound boneless chuck roast in the slow cooker. Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 12, 2009
Good Morning! As mortgage delinquencies continue to rise, both here in Chicago and nationwide, giant U.S. Loan Investor and Guarantor Freddie Mac has plans to more strongly get the word out about the possibility of Loan Modification for many borrowers. Read More...
FREDDIE MAC GOES DOOR TO DOOR To Sell Loan Modifications to Distressed Homeowners!
MAJORITY OF HOMEOWNERS IN TROUBLE HAVE YET TO ASK FORBEARANCE FROM THEIR LENDERS! Under the Obama Administration's Making Home Affordable Loan Modification Program , borrowers having difficulty paying their monthly house payments were invited to contact Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - SOME BASICS FOR PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE NET
Almost every aspect of our lives has been integrated with the computer and the Internet. Our mail, family contact, flight reservations, medical records, even work documents and financial records have found their way onto the information highway. Theft Read More...
FHA LOANS Could Soon Have Higher Down Payment Requirement - Fewer Potential Borrowers?
NJ CONGRESSMAN'S PROPOSAL WOULD INCREASE MINIMUM DOWN TO 5% - NO CLOSING COSTS IN LOAN AMOUNT! It's no secret that Loan Underwriting Standards for all Mortgage Loans - Conventional, and Government-Backed - have become much more stringent in recent Read More...
BUENA PARK - X-Large 1BR Condo - Value Priced - Pet-Friendly Building!
• MLS® $119,500 Buena Park, Chicago - Value Price on this Extra-Large, Clean 1BR -- Pet-Friendly Building, just off Lake Shore Drive, in the quiet Buena Park Neighborhood of Chicago. Sunny Living Room with East Exposure -- Unit Overlooks Outdoor Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - THERE’S MORE THAN JUST BASEBALL & FOOTBALL! RIGHT?
Believe it or not, there are still a variety of other things to do in and around Chicago this weekend even though there's no baseball (maybe next year) or football (bye week) in town! Let's check it out - For my "movie" goers, the 45 Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Chicago Cubs to Have New Owner! Perhaps . . . A New, Winning Attitude? Stay Tuned?
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Three guesses, you dogs, on my Favorite Baseball Team! No, No, No - it's not that group from Beantown - even though they're in the American Read More...
CHICAGO NON-SMOKING APARTMENT COMPLEXES - A Growing Trend, or Simply A Niche?
BUILDINGS GO GREEN - SAY "NO SMOKING FOR ALL" A LOGICAL DECISION! Go back about thirty years or so, and you would be hard pressed to find a No Smoking Restaurant here in Chicago ! Even as No Smoking Sections , then No Smoking Office Buildings, Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, SOUTH LOOP, GOLD COAST, NAPERVILLE
This week we wanted to share some great eateries and inside information where we could find it. Bon appétit. NORWOOD PARK Norwood Park seems to set out diamonds in the rough when it comes to local eateries. Let's take Zia's Trattoria for Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – BE PREPARED FOR WINTER COLD
It sure seems like winter is coming fast and furious these days. As we get ready for the colder months, it's time to get your home prepared. Here are some quick tips and tricks for you to winterize your home . Check for leaks around doors and windows Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 5, 2009
Good Morning! In Chicago , foreclosures continue to rise - in middle-class, pastoral neighborhoods on the Northwest Side - Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Albany Park, and Dunning, as well as in the affluent in-town Chicago Neighborhoods of Lincoln Park, Read More...
COMPLETED SHORT SALE - No Impact on Credit? Think Again!
SHORT SALE CAN REDUCE NEW VANTAGE CREDIT SCORE BY AS MANY AS 130 POINTS! There are some Real Estate Practitioners who advise their distressed homeowner clients to short sell their home, if necessary, to avoid the devastating, credit-score-killing impact Read More...
IN CHICAGO, Foreclosures Taking Longer to Sell - Nobody Wins!
ONE-THIRD OF CHICAGO SINGLE-FAMILY FORECLOSURES LEFT UNSOLD END OF 2008! Our Team sees Foreclosed Homes and Short-Sale Pre-Foreclosures in many Chicago Neighborhoods . In modest-priced neighborhoods like Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Albany Park, and Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - AN EASY WAY TO MOVE YOUR FILES TO A NEW COMPUTER
After a certain period of time, like most people, I was in the market to get a new computer. The irony is that I found this great software after I took a whole day to move files from my old computer to the new, not to mention upgrading all my settings. Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - COUNTRY, CHEESECAKE, ART & GHOSTS – WOW!
Not sure what to do with yourself this weekend! May I suggest the following? The 19 th Annual Chicago Country Music Festival pulls into town this weekend, setting up camp at Grant Park (300 S. Columbus Drive). This free event features local and national Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Chicago Olympics, 2016 - Not Everyone Says "YES"!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! It's a rainy night in Chicago, you dogs! Had some business to tend to in the back yard this evening, and got all wet. How uncomfortable . . Read More...