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November 2009 - Posts

TECHNOLOGY TIPS – CHOOSING THE BEST PASSWORD FOR YOUR INFORMATION
We all have a password for various protected internet/computer accounts. A password is a set of characters, in a specific sequence and case sensitive. Together with the unique user name or ID, the password confirms that the user or person trying to access Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT!
Now that we're overstuffed with lots of good eats from Thanksgiving and Black Friday is just a faded memory, if you have any energy left, there's an abundance of Christmas events to choose from to get into the Holiday spirit. Missed those bargains Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – PORTAGE PARK, LINCOLN PARK, LOOP, LINCOLN SQUARE, EVANSTON
As people get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday, let's not forget that tonight is being touted as Black Wednesday. There are so many things to do throughout the city of Chicago and especially in our favorite neighborhoods. And don't Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – THANKSGIVING TIPS
The holidays have officially arrived. Here are some tips to make your celebration more enjoyable and hopefully less stressful. First thing to remember, relax ! Chances are your guests are going to be mostly family so if you mess up they are usually forgiving. Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - November 23, 2009
Good Morning! New FHA Financing Rules for Condominiums might make it easier for many buyers with low down payments. These rules now increase the permitted number of FHA-Financed Condos within a qualifying complex , and allow units to sell before the building Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS – RESIDENTIAL SOLAR SYSTEMS
There are many manufacturers of residential solar power kits for people who want to lower their energy bills. You can peruse the websites for these brands to see who has the best prices. But, before you do that know what type of residential solar system Read More...
NEW FHA CONDO RULES - Will They Stimulate Sales of Condos in Chicago, Elsewhere?
MANY FHA NEW RULES DELAYED, BUT THOSE IMPLEMENTED EARLY COULD MAKE CONDO FINANCING EASIER NOW! It wasn't all that long ago that Condo Buyers here in Chicago, and across the U.S., had many financing options available. As recently as a couple of years Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Oprah To Leave? What Will It Mean To Chicago When (or If) She Does?
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, hey you dogs! Sorry for the delayed post this week - things seemed to get too carried away in my Posting Pen this week. But I'm back, and Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - November 16, 2009
Good Morning! Despite the fact that Mortgage Interest Rates are near historic lows, applications for new home loans are falling - 11.7% seasonally adjusted during the first week in November, versus the prior week. At the same time, however, mortgage re-financing, Read More...
IN CHICAGO, If You Wanna Drive - You Gotta Have A Driver's License, or It Will Cost You Plenty!
FINE IN CHICAGO FOR UNLICENSED DRIVERS - $500! Folks, it seems pretty obvious that if you want drive an automobile - anywhere - you better have a valid Driver's License. Duhhhhh! But here, in Chicago , as reported in the Chicago Tribune by John Byrne, Read More...
MORTGAGE RATES NEAR HISTORIC LOWS - But Applications for New Home Loans Fall to Nine-Year Low!
NEW LOAN VOLUME TRENDS TO LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2000, DESPITE MORTGAGE RATES BELOW 5%! Years ago - many years ago - say, back in the early 1990's , Real Estate Prognosticators predicted a surge in homebuying interest if only mortgage rates fell. They Read More...
ALREADY OWN YOUR HOME? WANNA BUY A NEW ONE? The New Fed Existing Home Owners Credit Could Provide a Little Spark For You!
FED $6,500 TAX CREDIT APPLIES TO MANY - BUT NOT ALL - VETERAN HOMEOWNERS! In the flood of news recently to extend the very popular First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit - which offered up to an $8,000 IRS Check to many first time homebuyers beginning Read More...
DOWNERS GROVE -- DECEPTIVELY-ROOMY 3BR STEP RANCH!
MLS® $209,500 Downers Grove - Larger-Than-It Appears! 3BR Home on a Huge, 50’ x 200’ Lot - Just Two Blocks to Metra Belmont Road Station! Eat-In Kitchen Offers Oak Cabinets, Good Counter Space, Newer Appliances. Living Room with Romantic Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - WE’RE RINGING IN THE HOLIDAYS -- FINALLY!
Chicago will be ringing in the start of the Holiday season this Saturday with the 18 th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Wacker Drive. If you have never attended this event before, it's a full day of Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – LINCOLN PARK, LAKEVIEW, OLD TOWN, WEST LOOP, NAPERVILLE
LINCOLN PARK You know, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Why not enjoy it with the best accoutrement, bacon. Tomorrow morning, bright and early, a new "breakfast/lunch/brunch temple" opens at 3210 N. Lincoln Ave. The name Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – PUTTING THE LAWN MOWER AWAY FOR THE WINTER
Empty the gas tank Unused gas left in a mower over the winter can get stale, gumming up the carburetor and inviting rust. First, add fuel stabilizer to the tank, then run the mower to distribute it through the system. Turn the mower off and allow the Read More...
MOBILE COMPUTING: DEBUNKING THE MYTHS OF MOBILE DEVICES
Consumers have gotten so used to internet activities that the introduction of mobile computing has raised eyebrows not by many but by some who are still up to now skeptic over the true advantages of wireless internet access. While there would always be Read More...
IN CHICAGO, EFFECTIVE SNOW REMOVAL KEY TO KEEPING POWER - AND BIG POLITICIANS KNOW IT!
REMOVAL OF SNOW - OR THE LACK THEREOF - CAN COST AN ELECTION! Chicago - my home town! A strange and wondrous place! That's especially true each winter, where seemingly-never-ending snows could lead to traffic turmoil, ungodly travel times, or perhaps Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - NOT QUITE IN FULL SWING YET!
We're not quite in full swing yet for the Holidays around here in Chicago. How lucky are we to have another quiet, restful weekend before we're back to non-stop activities? Not to fret though. If you feel the need to get out and about, here's Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Famed Chicago TV News Anchors Reuniting - Well, for One Newscast, Anyway!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Aaahh . . . those wistful summer days hangin' out with my Human Dad, Team Leader, Dean. Those days are now gone for a while - it's about Read More...
IL, CHICAGO FORECLOSURE CONTINUE CLIMB DRASTICALLY IN SEPTEMBER, Countering National Trend!
ILLINOIS RANKS 6TH IN THE NATION IN HOME FORECLOSURES/TOTAL HOUSING UNITS - REALTYTRAC.COM Nationwide, New Foreclosures on Residential Property fell for the third consecutive month in October. But, in Illinois, especially in Cook County - the county in Read More...
DRIVE AROUND CHICAGO? That Air Freshener, GPS System, Even Your Disabled Driver Tag Could Land You a Ticket!
SOME POLICE CITE ITEMS WHICH COULD "MATERIALLY OBSTRUCT" VIEW FROM WINDSHIELD! Is this a case of diligent police officers doing their job? Or, are the cops just getting carried away - and IL Municipalities just seeking more revenue? Or . . . Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - November 9, 2009
Good Evening! Is "The Great Recession" in Housing Over? In many cities, including parts of Chicago , certain types of properties are showing a bit of a sales resurgence (although, in many parts of Chicago and the Chicago Suburbs, Condo Sales Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, WEST LOOP, GOLD COAST, NAPERVILLE
We at Dean's Team would like to send a thank you and special salute to all the troops who consistently fight for our freedoms as Americans. Happy Veteran's Day. NORWOOD PARK Mark your calendars now for a special presentation by area historian Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – PATCHING SIDEWALKS AND OTHER CONCRETE AREAS
You can fix cracks and holes using vinyl concrete patching material. This is by no means a permanent solution, but will get you through the winter. Quickrete makes a good product called professional grade vinyl concrete patch. It comes in 10lb yellow Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - GOOGLE AND WALL STREET JOURNAL/NEWS CORP. FIGHTING?
The question: Is Robert Murdoch bluffing? The short answer: We're not sure, yet. In an interview with Sky News Australia last week, Murdoch accused Google, Microsoft and other search engines of "stealing" his company's content. In the Read More...
ARE HOUSING MARKET TROUBLES COMING TO AN END? Some Trends Positive, But Chicago Market Still Seems Sluggish!
FORECLOSURES, UNEMPLOYMENT RISE, BUT, SLOWLY, SO ARE HOME SALES AND MEDIAN SELLING PRICES! Have you survived The Great Recession? Do you still have a job? A home? A little money for the family? Survival itself is not an insignificant feat! Last month, Read More...
LIFE ROPE FROM FANNIE MAE - Some Borrowers Facing Foreclosure May Get Option to Rent!
DISTRESSED OWNERS NOT QUALIFYING FOR LOAN MODIFICATION COULD LEASE FOR ONE YEAR UNDER DEED FOR LEASE PROGRAM! Inundated by thousands of homeowners on the brink of losing their homes to foreclosure, giant U.S. Mortgage Investor and Guarantor Fannie Mae Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - November 2, 2009
Good Evening! Aside from the sluggish Real Estate Market here in Chicago , there are signs that some sectors of the U.S. Economy are beginning to rebound. However, unemployment is still very high, despite inflation being low. Thankfully for homebuyers, Read More...
MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES TO RISE? Fed Says "No!' - for the Time Being!
DESPITE SIGNS OF IMPROVING ECONOMY, FED TO KEEP RATES "EXCEPTIONALLY LOW"! The U.S. Economy is improving, despite a 26-year high in the U.S Unemployment Rate. Interest Rates are low - less than 5% for some borrowers. President Obama today extended Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - In Chicago, Phone Chaos! 11-Digit Dialing Starts Tomorrow!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! I am so sorry I am tardy with my weekly post, you dogs! Over the last several days, I have been a bit under the weather. My Human Mom, Dean's Read More...
DONE DEAL - President Obama Signs Extension of First-Time Homebuyer Credit!
NEW PROGRAM EXPANDS CREDIT TO SOME EXISTING HOMEOWNERS AS WELL! Earlier today, the drama on whether the Federal First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit would be extended into 2010 came to an end. As reported on CNN Money.com, by reporter Tami Lubby, President Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - IT’S A “BYE” WEEKEND IN CHICAGO!
With Halloween and Daylight Savings Time behind us now, it's time to begin the transition towards the Holidays. With that being said, this weekend can be considered a "bye" weekend before Chicago's Holiday main events take front and Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – PORTAGE PARK, LINCOLN PARK, LOOP, GOLD COAST, EVANSTON
PORTAGE PARK Make sure you mark your calendars now because coming to Portage Park in 10 days is the Horror Society Film Festival. I have to say better late than never. The Portage Theater will be showcasing classics like 'The Return of the Living Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – THE SEASON IS CHANGING
Fall is here with winter to follow quickly behind. Here are a few reminders of things to be done before the snow falls. Go through your closets . Put away summer clothes. Check them first, are they clean? Do they still fit? This is a good time to pare Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - WINDOWS 7, IS IT LUCKY?
In the interest of full disclosure, I have not yet moved over to Windows 7 . I've used both Mac and Windows, finding both have different pros and cons. Windows 7 was released to the public on October 22nd. The commercials are telling it like it is. Read More...