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May 2010 - Posts

TECHNOLOGY TIPS - PLAN YOUR CHICAGO TRIP THE EASY WAY
Whether you are a local resident or traveling to Chicago for the first time, the Chicago Convetion & Tourism Bureau has created a great website where you can plan your trip . The site caters to all people because you can create an itinerary that's Read More...
TAKE THE BOAT TO WORK! Chicago Water Taxi Service on the Rebound!
FOR SOME DOWNTOWN CHICAGO COMMUTERS, WATER TAXIS A MORE PLEASANT COMMUTING ALTERNATIVE TO BUS, EL! Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday, folks! But as you're enjoying your BBQ, your beer, and later on, Game 2 for the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Read More...
SNOWBALL! For Chicago Condos, Presence of Short-Sale, Foreclosed Units Can Hamper Ability to Sell Them, and Others in Complex!
FHA, FANNIE MAY GUIDELINES COULD SCUTTLE CONDO SALES WHEN MULTIPLE UNITS BECOME DELINQUENT IN MONTHLY HOMEOWNER ASSESSMENTS! Tighter lending guidelines have made it tough, in many cases, for the average Chicago Homebuyer to procure mortgage financing Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - MEMORIAL DAY TRADITIONS AND MORE!
Chicago, as well as its surrounding areas, has a chockfull of events lined up as we "unofficially" kick-off our summer this Memorial Day weekend! So, without further ado, here's what's up - Soldier Field 10 Mile is an annual race sponsored Read More...
BREAK YOUTH CURFEW IN CHICAGO? Off to Chicago Parks to be Picked Up!
CHICAGO MAYOR RICHARD DALEY DIRECTS VIOLATORS TO PARKS. GOAL TO PRESENT YOUTHS TO ALTERNATIVES TO THE STREETS. Historically, kids who break the Chicago Curfew for those under the age of 17, especially in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago, Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Chicago Home to Some of the Toughest Truck Congestion Across U.S.!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! I'm getting all set for my BBQ this weekend with Bo - you know, President Obama's Portuguese Water Dog. That world-famous Read More...
IF CHICAGO JOBLESS RATE IS A FACTOR, Real Estate Market Turnaround Could Stall!
IL, CHICAGO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STILL TOPS DOUBLE DIGITS, ALTHOUGH PACE OF RATE INCREASE SLOWS! I heard from an old Chicago Real Estate Agent some years ago an interesting axiom about a high Unemployment Rate , and it's impact on the Real Estate Market Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – PORTAGE PARK, LAKEVIEW, LOOP, OLD TOWN, OAK PARK
PORTAGE PARK When walking through Portage Park it's hard not to consider taking an architectural tour of the area. Included in this area is the American Institute of Architects Prairie School house of Karl Stecher. The home was designed by Walter Read More...
CHICAGO HOME PRICES INCREASE - FIRST TIME SINCE JUNE, 2008! But . . . Mixed Signals Persist.
UNIT SALES CONTINUE TO RISE - CHICAGO CONDOS, SUBURBAN HOMES SHOW PRICE DECLINES! Is the Chicago Real Estate Market beginning to gain its stride once again? It depends on what statistics you are looking at! Considering Single-Family Homes in the City Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - FLOWERING PLANTS TO KEEP YOUR YARD IN BLOOM ALL SEASON
It's that time of year for planting. Here is a list of some plants that I recommend. Perennials Purple coneflower- This plant is hardy and unfussy with large flowers that bloom throughout the year. They draw butterflies and also last well as cut flowers. Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST PASSWORDS
When it comes to Internet security, you really need to be careful of what you use as a password not to mention number sequences. Last week I had this conversation with a friend of mine because I can admit that I am very particular of the passwords I use. Read More...
AS FED HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT ENDS, MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS TUMBLE!
LAST WEEK'S APPLICATIONS FELL TO LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1997! Did the Fed Homebuyer's Credit , for First Time Buyers and Select Repeat Buyers , which expired the end of April, bolster the Real Estate Market? Has its expiration thrown the market, in Read More...
CHICAGO HOME PRICE TREND ENCOURAGING - But, Nationwide, Home Prices Continue to Face Downward Pressure!
CONTINUED HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, GLUT OF FORECLOSURES TWO OF THE REASONS WHY! Encouraging news for Chicago Home Sellers? Perhaps! According to The PMI Group , a major provider of Private Mortgage Insurance for low-down-payment loans, the Chicago Metro Area Read More...
IN COOK COUNTY IL, Are Real Estate Tax Appeals Often Fruitful?
ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF CHICAGO AREA HOMEOWNERS APPEAL THEIR PROPERTY TAXES - A SIZABLE PORTION ACTUALLY RECEIVE REDUCTIONS! Cook County IL Tax Assessments! Homeowners here in the Chicago Area FUME when they receive their bills, especially each Fall, Read More...
UNDER NEW IL ADOPTION LAW, Those Adopted Can Now Find Out More About Their Biological Parents
FOR MOST, NEITHER PARENT MAY HAVE REQUESTED ANONYMITY! Here in IL , if you were adopted as a child, finding your birth parents identities has often been hit and miss. Often, the process requires considerable research, without a positive outcome. One of Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Wanna Belly Up to the Bar in Chicago? The Chicago Local Option Could Limit Your Choices!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! OK . . . who is a Hockey Fan? I bleed Cubbie Blue as quickly as any native Chicago Dog - but, now, we seem to have a New Sports Passion Read More...
LINCOLN SQUARE - 2BR Condo Rental - Great Neighborhood - 2 Blocks to Brown Line L!
• 675 sq. ft., 1 bath, 2 bdrm condo rental "Second Floor" - MLS® $1,095 USD Monthly Lincoln Square, Chicago - Lincoln Square 2BR Condo Rental! Top Location - 2 Blocks to Brown Line L, METRA, Lincoln Avenue Shops! Renovated - Hardwood Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - IT’S FESTIVAL TIME AGAIN IN CHICAGO!
With the "unofficial" kick-off of summer arriving next weekend, it's "festival" time again in Chicago this weekend! And, as an added bonus, the weather should be cooperating, if our weather reporters are correct with their predictions. Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, SOUTH LOOP, GOLD COAST, EVANSTON
NORWOOD PARK Taft High School is committed to community and raising awareness. Just recently students from the local school hosted a breast cancer awareness walk - a cause near and dear to the hearts of Dean's Team. Students came up with the slogan Read More...
BUENA PARK - Extra-Large, High-Floor 1BR Condo - Full-Amenity Building!
• 875 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 extra-large bedroom "High-Floor Condo" - MLS® $109,000 - Value Priced! Buena Park, Chicago - Great High-Floor Views, at a Value Price! Extra-Large, 1BR -- Pet-Friendly Building, just off Lake Shore Drive, in Read More...
REDUCED! Roomy, Fourth Floor 1BR Condo with Garage Parking!
The Residences at the Grove, Forest Park - Announcing another price reduction on 7753 West Van Buren Street, a 850 sq. ft., 1 bath, large 1 bedroom "4th Floor Unit"! Now MLS® $142,500 - GREAT VALUE!! Property information Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN – GET GRILLING!
Yes, it is finally springtime around Chicago. Spring in Chicago is usually two types; it's either 50 degrees or 80. In between we have 3 inch downpours. But this last Sunday was perfect, high 60s and sunny, which made me think it's time to think Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS – DO YOU HAVE A PROFILE?
In this day and age there are a couple things you always hear. "Are you on Facebook ?" "I'm going to Google him/her." "Are you on Twitter ?" Imagine meeting someone new and doing a quick search on Google. You can read Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - TO MARKET, TO MARKET, TO MARKET WE’LL GO!
It's that time of year again to bring "freshness" into your home throughout the summer! This year marks the 31 st anniversary of the Chicago Farmers Markets , presented by the Mayor's Office of Special Events. Farmers and vendors from Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - NORWOOD PARK, SOUTH LOOP, RIVER NORTH, LAKEVIEW, NAPERVILLE
This week I wanted to showcase some great Irish pubs in the area. It's getting to be summertime and having a "pint" with friends is always so enjoyable. NORWOOD PARK Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant is known as one of the best Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – KEEPING YOUR TREES HEALTHY AND THRIVING
A newly planted 8-foot tall tree needs 20 gallons of water a week. Larger trees can usually go three weeks without a deep watering but an older tree's water needs should also be carefully monitored. People are often more concerned about leaf growth Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - TO FRIEND OR TO UNFRIEND, FACEBOOK FOIBLES
I have a lot of information in the social media sphere, and I'm highly controlled in what I will share. Even when I first started using Facebook , Twitter and the like, I had business associates tell me that they would "un-friend" me if Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - A “MOTHER” OF A CHICAGO WEEKEND!
Watch out, the city will be buzzing this weekend with "mothers" as we celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday, May 9 th ! Show the Mom in your life how much you appreciate her by spending some quality time with her at any one, or all, of the Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - In Selling Hard-To-Sell Chicago Homes, Faith in St. Joseph Now Going Green!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, hey, you dogs! You know, most of the canines that know me do not consider me a religious lil' dog! Haven't been in a church, synagogue, Read More...
INCREDIBLE EXECUTIVE-STYLED 4BR COLONIAL - Every Luxury - Incredible Price!
• 2,873 sq. ft., 2.5 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story "Colonial" - MLS® $398,500 Addison Township, Bensenville - Incredible Executive-Styled 4 Bedroom Home Offers Every Conceivable Luxury! Quiet Street, Large Lot, and Professionally Landscaped Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, SOUTH LOOP, LAKE VIEW, GOLD COAST, EVANSTON
NORWOOD PARK It's that time of year again when spring is not only in the air but in the house. Spring cleaning is a wonderful tradition that is also a way for you to garner some extra karma points by making donations. The Norwood Park Historical Society Read More...
REDUCED!! Residences At The Grove - Large 1BR Condo - Garage Parking - UNHEARD OF VALUE!
The Grove, Forest Park - Announcing a PRICE REDUCTION on 7753 West Van Buren Street, #413, a 850 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bdrm "4th Floor Unit". Now MLS® $149,500 - GREAT VALUE!! Property information Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – SPRING LAWN AND GARDEN GROWTH OPTIONS
At last, at last, some beautiful weather in the Chicago area this weekend. This is a good time to get out in the yard. First rake all the old dead grass . This is also a good time to augment the soil. Throw down a couple of bags of top soil mixed with Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - LEAVE A MESSAGE
Every once in a while I come across technology that has an interesting use. That is what I found with this service called slydial . The concept behind slydial is a play on the definition where you can appreciate efficient, clever and resourceful means Read More...