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It is always
easier to prevent mold than to clean it. Remember the most favorable conditions
for mold growth is moisture. Mold spores naturally occur outside and are
helpful in natural decomposition. They are looking for a moist spot to cling to
and grow. There are a few ways to keep mold at
outdoor areas where water can collect clear and open. This includes gutters and
drains. Keeping them clear also preserves your foundation and roof. Keep outside
drains clear to prevent moisture problems inside during heavy rains.
If you have a
leak indoors you must act quickly. If you repair and thoroughly dry the area
within 48 hours generally mold will not grow.
All air conditioners
should be well maintained and checked frequently. Make sure all drain lines
are flowing freely. In addition to preventing mold growth this will increase
the life of your appliance.
If it is
possible keep the humidity in the house below 60 percent, ideally less than 50.
Using your air conditioner will keep the humidity down in the summer when
humidity is higher. Dehumidifiers are useful in areas like basements where
moisture is frequent. They must be monitored and emptied when necessary to
dryers, heaters and stoves all produce moisture and should always be vented to
the outside. If you are cooking or running the dishwasher use an exhaust fan or
open the window. This is especially important when showering or bathing.
With a little
thought, preparation and maintenance we can keep moisture in our homes at a
minimum and therefore prevent mold growth too!
KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM
So I'll admit that I'm part of a football pick 'em league. For me it's all about the fun of beating those people on the roster who I know personally. If I win anything else, it's a big high five!
If you are a little more serious about your fantasy football though, there are a couple quick sites to use when putting together your team without having to find a league to join. You would play week to week with each and they both offer some really good gaming.
The first is called Skyllzone. You are playing against 9 computer teams and you draft your team each week you play. You can play the free version. Or you can also participate in the paid version for a chance to win cash. Win any Points or a Cash game (1st place) to earn an entry into the $100,000 Tournament for Week 15 (Max 7 entries). One cool thing about this service is that you can download the app on your iPad or iPhone.
The second is called FanDuel. You are also playing week to week with this site. This one is a little more intense in that you'll be competing against other users and you'll pay to get into the league. You have a salary cap on the players you can choose and winners are paid out on the same day as the game. You can also withdraw your funds to a PayPal account. One interesting thing about this site is that football is not the only league you can join. There is also baseball, basketball and hockey.
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Boy! I’ve been warning you about this
for weeks now and here it is – Summer’s Last Stand! As you know, the Labor Day Weekend marks the
official “unofficial” end of summer but here in Chicago we’re just not ready to
make it “official” yet!!
annual Chicago Jazz Festival
returns to Millennium Park (201 E.
Randolph St.) in The Loop for its traditional Labor Day Weekend artistic
creativity. Since 1979, this jazz fest
has showcased not only Chicago’s vast jazz talent but also national and
international jazz artists as well with this weekend being no exception. Saturday’s performers include the Ari Brown
Quintet, Gary Burton, Kevin Eubanks, Eric Harland, Dave Holland and Craig
Taborn while Sunday’s performers include Cecile McLorin Salvant and Sun Ra
for its 5th year, the North
Coast Music Festival returns to Union Park (1501 W. Randolph St.) in the
West Town neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with
music for all-ages featuring indie rock to hip-hop to electronic by over 50
performers including Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg, Griz, STS9, Break Science, Talib
Kweli, Nicky Romero and a host of others!
Please note that the 3-Day Passes are all sold out and no re-entry into
the festival will be allowed. And, if
you’re unable to attend the fest to see your favorite performer, checkout the
many After Parties taking place around Chi Town!!
annual Remix Chicago returns to
the Logan Square neighborhood (2200-2300 N. Milwaukee Ave. between Fullerton
and California Avenues) on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
featuring a unique mix of juried art assembled from recycled and found
materials such as art, clothing, household items, jewelry and much more! Besides recycled art, live bands, food and
educational, eco-friendly workshops such as “After the party” Kites, Pianos on
Parade, New Life for Old Bags, Water You Waiting For and others round out this
traditional Labor Day Weekend fest, Taste of Polonia
Festival, returns to the Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave.) in the Jefferson Park
neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.) and Monday (12:00
p.m.-10:00 p.m.) for non-stop live music on four stages with more than 30 bands
playing polka, rock, pop, jazz and more, a variety of Polish food & beer, a
Kids’ Stage and Fun Zone, Bingo, a casino and many other interesting vendors
its first summer in the West Town neighborhood, Bow & Stern Oyster Bar (1371 W. Chicago Ave.) will be hosting a
Cajun Crawl Crawfish Boil on
Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Not
only is crawfish on the menu but also beer specials, all-you-can-eat crawfish
fixings and live music! Please note
though that Reservations are required!!
prefer clams over crawfish, you’re in luck as Deuce’s and The Diamond Club (3505 N. Clark St.) in the
Wrigleyville neighborhood will be hosting The Sailor Clambake – Labor Day Party on
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. This event features
Sailor Jerry’s Backyard Lemonade, food specials, a photo booth, giveaways and
the 2014 Chicago Movies in the Parks series wraps up this Saturday for another year,
featuring the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission
at the following parks!
Wizard of Oz” – Horner Park (2741 W.
Montrose Ave.) – Albany
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – Jonquil
Playlot (1023 W. Wrightwood Ave.) – Lincoln Park
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” – La
Follette Park (1333 N. Laramie Ave.) – Austin
“Bah-Humbug” It’s Summer’s Last Stand In Chicago! What Say You?
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50 shows, 200 performances and 5 venues! Check out Chicago Fringe Festival 2014! Opening night is FREE and features an opening ceremony, previews of participating artists and a dance party. Thursday 8/28 to Sunday 9/7 (click here for full festival schedule) for $15-$175 per person at Fischman Liquors and Tavern located at 4780 North Milwaukee Avenue. Please call 773-545-0123 for more information.
Did you know that The Second City has been turning out famous funny people for 52 years? Check out The Best of The Second City. Saturday 8/30 to Saturday 11/29 (click here for dates and times) for $17-$23 per person at The Second City located at 1616 North Wells Street. Please call 312-337-3992 for more information.
Famous and up & coming musicians will be rocking out this weekend at the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Thursday 8/28 to Sunday 8/31 (click here for a full schedule of performers) at Millennium Park located at 201 East Randolph Street. This event is FREE! Please call 312-742-1168 for more information.
The Marvelettes took Motown by storm with such hits as Please Mr. Postman, Locking Up My Heart and Don’t Mess With Bill. Check out The Marvelous Marvelettes, a musical production featuring these lovely ladies! Friday 8/29 to Sunday 9/7 (click here for dates and times) for $55-$65 per person at the Black Ensemble Theater located at 4450 North Clark Street. Please call 773-769-4451 for more information.
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Check out the classic Shakespeare tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, by Muse of Fire Theatre. Saturday 8/30 to Saturday 9/6 (click here for dates and times) at Ingraham Park located at 2100 Ridge Avenue. This event is FREE! Please email email@example.com for more information.
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO
We have had a lot of rain in the
Chicago area in the last couple of weeks. Along with that rain has come very
high humidity. These are elements that are essential to mold growth. Moisture
is the biggest need for mold growth. Remove the moisture and mold will die.
Molds outside are necessary for
breaking down organic material like leaves and dead trees. Inside the house
tiny mold spores float through the air until they find a moist spot to land on
and reproduce. Even normal mold produce allergens that in certain individuals
can cause rashes, runny noses and red eyes. Some mold contain mycotoxins that
Mold will not grow without moisture.
When you find a mold problem indoors you must clean the area thoroughly and fix
the moisture problem.
Different solutions can be used to
clean mold and prevent regrowth. Bleach is usually the most effective but can
be harsh. Use one cup of bleach per gallon of water. Wear protective clothing,
gloves, masks and eye cover when cleaning mold. The EPA even recommends using N-95
respirators, these are available at hardware stores and online. The
danger is more from mold spores released when cleaning rather than fumes from
the bleach. This is why eye covering without vents is also recommended. Less harsh
cleaning agents are vinegar and 3% hydrogen peroxide. Spray them on full
strength, let soak in thoroughly and clean off. These recommendations are all
for hard surfaces only. Always work in a well-ventilated area, use fans to
expedite drying. For porous surfaces it’s almost impossible to remove mold
completely. Best choice is to replace items like ceiling tiles, carpeting and
dry wall. You can clean the surfaces of mold but it will quickly appear again.
Mold spores grow into porous surfaces and are nearly impossible to remove.
Areas of mold larger than 10 square
feet, or where mold is exceedingly black and thick, should be evaluated by a
professional licensed in mold remediation.
WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
• 1,278 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bedroom bungalow with vintage charm
Gladstone Park, Chicago
- Charming, Immaculate Checkerboard Brick Certified Chicago Octagon Bungalow! Big Living Room with Front Bay features Original Stained Glass Windows – Excellent Condition! Formal Dining Room – Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Unpainted Doors and Trim Throughout! Two Large Bedrooms. Eat-In Kitchen features Walk-In Pantry! Adjacent Heated Office or Den. Finish the Attic for Even More Space! Full Basement is Ready to Finish. New Roof, Boiler. Steps to Park, 3 Blocks to METRA Train to Chicago Loop. Near Blue Line, CTA Buses, Kennedy and Edens Expressways. Top Hitch School. It’s A Vintage GEM!
Have you ever wanted to just try something new with your
hair or get a fresh look without spending an exorbitant amount of money to have
Now you can do just that by using Salon
Apprentice. According to the
site, "hair models are in high demand when it comes to advanced training and
volunteers benefit from discounted services that are sometimes free (it depends
on the salon)."
You can go to the site and sign up as a volunteer in your
city (and yes Chicago is on that list). You are in a training situation so
don't think you have the most advanced stylist; however, the apprentice is
being overseen by a master stylist to make sure the consumer is happy with the
outcome. It may take a little longer than you anticipate for a service simply
because the apprentice is being taught.
The search function is great for both volunteers and
stylists. It's like having a matchmaker for the cut/color you want. Types of services you might encounter include
cut & color, highlights, gray coverage, blow dry & style just to name a
CATHY MALLERS &
DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
may have started school already but it’s still summer here in Chicago and we
cherish every bit of this short-lived season around here! So, without further
ado, may I introduce you to your weekend plans!!
for its 25th year to the West Loop neighborhood is Taste of Greektown
this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Greektown (100 to 400 S. Halsted St.). It’s a weekend full of
Mediterranean culture featuring a blend of Old World tradition with a 21st
Century freshness of tantalizing food and drinks from neighborhood eateries
such as Athena Greek Restaurant, Greek Islands, Parthenon, Santorini, Zeus
Gyros and others. Besides food galore there will also be plenty of music by
Greek bands and performances by belly dancers, games for kids and families
alike and a fine arts area! It’s Opa
for its 11th year to the South Loop is Bash on Wabash
this Saturday and Sunday on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th
Place showcasing the history, culture, creativity and beauty of this Chicago neighborhood
benefitting the Greater South Loop Association and the South Loop Food Pantry. There
will be plenty to do as this festival has something for everyone with live
music, food and beverages, vendor booths, arts & crafts, an elaborate kid’s
bash area and so much more!
again to celebrate the greatest encased meats Chicago has to offer at this
year’s Sausagefest Chicago
located at St. Michael’s Church (1633
N. Cleveland Ave.) in the Old Town neighborhood this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00
p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) which will benefit the Wounded Warrior
Project. Besides sampling a variety of gourmet sausages provided by Bobak’s,
Chicago’s Dog House, Bari, Paulina Market, Gilbert’s and Haute Sausage, this
festival also features live entertainment, artisan arts, family-friendly games
and activities as well as the heated race for the coveted title of “Sausage
King of Chicago!” There will also be the Medieval
Times SausageFeast and Tournament where real knights will prove their
bravery and honor in an epic duel being performed at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Park neighborhood brings together the World of High Fashion and The Big Easy
with the Chicago Fashion
Fest (West Division Street between Ashland and
Damen Avenues) and the FIRST-EVER Chicago’s New
Orleans Festival (North Damen Avenue and West
Division Street) this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Attendees
will be able to experience some great Southern food, craft beers and wine, an
eclectic music lineup from Dixieland and Zydeco bands to DJs who will be
spinning for the more than 20 outdoor runway shows, shopping booths from local
designers, a last call sidewalk sale and much more! Haute Couture and Haute
Cuisine – who would of thought!!
celebrating its 29th year is the Bucktown Arts
Fest located across from Holstein Park at 2200 N.
Oakley Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00
a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This non-profit, all volunteer-run celebration of the arts
features nearly 200 amazing artists showcasing and selling their art from
photography to sculpture to jewelry to mixed media; a Beer Tent offering rare
craft brews; Entertainment Stages featuring countless musicians, dancers,
performers & poets; a Kids’ Tent (11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) and more!
the 2014 Chicago
Movies in the Parks series
features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission
at the following parks!
“The Wizard of Oz” – Oz Park (2021 N.
Burling St.) – Lincoln Park
“The Help” – Hamilton Park (513 W. 72nd
St.) – Englewood
“The Great Gatsby” – Palmer Park (201
E. 111 St.) – Roseland
Summer Ain’t Over Yet
-- Get Out There Before It Is!!
SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
• 1,800 sq. ft., 2.5 bath, 2 bedrooms, 2 story
Incredible Towne Place West End-Unit 2 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath Townhome! Huge Sun-Filled Living Room – Gleaming New Laminate Floors, Vaulted Ceilings, Skylights, Wood Burning Fireplace with Gas Starter! Open Floor Plan – Ample Dining Area! Adjoining Private Patio Overlooks Beautifully-Landscaped Grounds! First Floor Den off Gracious Entry Foyer. Marvelous Eat-In Kitchen – Plenty of Oak Cabinets, Workspace. Separate Eating Area with Tiffany-Style Fixture. First Floor Laundry Room, Half Bath!
Upstairs Features Loft Gallery, Two Large Bedrooms – Master with Big Walk-In Closet, Master Bath with Separate Shower, Soaking Tub, Double Sink. Vaulted Ceilings, Half-Moon Window – Tons of Light!
Great Closets/Storage. Attached Two Car Garage. Quiet Location off Cul-De-Sac, but Convenient to Parks, Community Pool, Clubhouse, Shopping, Public Transit and Tollway. Top Schools! Reasonable Assessments – Sound Community Financials!
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• 1,107 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm 2 story
Edison Park, Chicago
Heart of Edison Park! Rare Queen-Anne Styled Brick Georgian on Ultra-Quiet Street – Just Three Blocks from Famed Edison Park Restaurants, Shops, and METRA Commuter Train to Loop! Sunny Living Room, Plus Formal Dining Room – Hardwood Floors Throughout. Wood Burning Fireplace. Eat-In Kitchen – Tons of Cabinets, Counter Space. Family Room, Second Full Bath Downstairs. Bedrooms are LARGE, Great Closet Space! Newer Windows, Heat, AC. Big Yard with Lovely Garden. Two-Car Garage. Two blocks to Highly-Ranked Ebinger School. Parks Nearby. Incredible Value, Top Location!
Well, this car could be systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic. Why, it could be greased lightning! Check out the First Annual Norwood Park Grease Lighting Carnival. This four day celebration features a classic car show, live music, DJs, rides, games, beer garden and food trucks. Thursday 8/21 through Sunday 8/24 (for specific times and cost for passes, click here) at Norwood Park located at 5801 North Natoma Avenue. Please call 773-763-3606 for more information.
Hear ye, hear ye! Time to engage in the Medieval Times SausageFeast and Tournament. Your ticket includes Medieval Times Show with seating in your Knight’s Section and to partake in SausageFeast including a sausage entree, side and soda. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Friday 8/22 through Sunday 8/24 (for specific times, click here) for $12 per person at St. Michael’s Church at North Avenue and Cleveland. Please call 773-661-5737 for more information.
Come see all that the South Loop offers in the Eleventh Annual Bash on Wabash! DJs, bands, food, beer, wine, arts, crafts, 5K fun on Saturday, 10 mile bike on Sunday, chefs’ demos, kids’ section and so much more. Proceeds benefit the Greater South Loop Association and the South Loop Food Pantry. Saturday 8/23 and Sunday 8/24 from noon until 10:00 p.m. for $5 per person (suggested donation) at 1300 South Wabash Avenue. Please call 773-353-1579 for more information.
The Chicago Sinai Congregation invites people of all faith and of any age to join them to celebrate Shabbat on the Beach. Rabbis Limmer and Levinsky will lead you in a 30 minute music filled celebration on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. Friday 8/22 at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Street Beach located at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive. This event is FREE! Please call 312-867-7000 for more information.
Is it time to wine? Yes it is! Check out Naperville Wine Festival. Your ticket includes 12 tastings from over 300 wine selections, souvenir wine glass, pint of beer, Food & Wine seminars, live music and the ability to purchase your favorite wine at a discount. Friday 8/22 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 8/23 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $35 per person ($15 for designated driver ticket) at CityGate Centre located at 2135 CityGate Lane. Please call 847-382-3270 for more information.
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO
My Mother-in-law passed away recently and we're dealing with the mountains of paper, literally boxes full. This wonderful woman saved everything. I actually found HER mother's baptism certificate!!!
I thought this would be a good time to give suggestions as to what documents should be saved and for how long, and which may go. First, are you a saver of greeting cards or kids' art? There is a great app called Keepy: The New Family Album. Here you can save all kids' pictures and add video and comment! It really is your new family album.
These items can be digitized, or their electronic versions stored
Pay stubs- keep for one year
Social Security statements- current
Current Retirement statements
Current investment statements - you should keep these for at least three years after selling.
Tax returns - save for seven years, I do ten.
All home improvement, vehicle repairs, warranties and receipts
Current prescriptions and medical records
Make sure you always back up to some secure Cloud service.
Paper that must be saved cause they're f***ing hard to replace!
Social Security Cards, you haven’t lived until you’ve spent 4 hours in a SS office!
Wills and Living Trust, etc.
Birth and Death Certificates
Pension plan documents
Marriage and Divorce certificates
All insurance policies: life, home and auto
House Deeds and Mortgage Documents
Additionally, you can shred all banks statement as soon as you reconcile, as well as all deposit slips and atm receipts. Almost all business you have today can be accessed online, including utilities. No need to keep all that paper! I go paperless whenever I’m offered the option. Save a tree, it’s the way to go!
P.S. Keep a Cloud backed digital copy of all your kept documents, God forbid, fire or whatever!
KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
This week I had a hard time not sharing more than one piece of technology. Here I am looking at the newest private social media called Nextdoor. It's an interesting social network that is truly community oriented. According to their information, Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods. Just think if you've always seen the same nice man down the street who always waves and you have no idea his name but he knows yours. Now you can ask your neighbors for his name. While there are other platforms available this one is strict in its implementation. You have to give your real name and your address. You are in control of where your information is shared and it does not show up on Google. Imagine the community of the 1950s with technology driving the lead.
Speaking of Google, did you know that your activities are tracked by Google maps on your phone? While the information is not 100% accurate, all those sites you use like FourSquare (Swarm), Facebook, etc., it can tell you where you have been. What's fascinating for most people is that they live in a fairly small circle within their neighborhood or community. It's interesting to see where you've been. It's also slightly odd to see your movements throughout a given day. I've found that by turning off the location/GPS on your phone prevents the tracking of your activities so if you want to attempt to keep that information private that's a potential way of doing it. Or simply turn your phone off.
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
YOUNGER BUYERS DELAYING PURCHASE, HOME OWNERSHIP PERCENTAGE FALLING, LOW INTEREST RATES CONTINUE, MORE FOR-SALE INVENTORY, AND FEWER OWNERS IN DISTRESS MARK 2014 IN CHICAGO THUS FAR!
Unfortunately, still no "Full Recovery Mode" for the Housing Market in Chicago - not yet, anyway!
But, as Chicago Tribune Real Estate Writer Mary Ellen Podmolik highlights, some positive signs -
- Of Young Adults, aged 18-34, nearly one-third (31%) are living at home with their parents. If the trend continues, this could impact the pool of potential first-time home buyers in the mid-term.
- The percentage of Americans who own their own homes has dropped to just under 65% of the population. That's the lowest level for this important real estate metric since early 1995, nineteen years ago.
- The percentage of Underwater Sellers continues to decline. Foreclosure Activity in the Chicago Area is down nearly one-third over the level seen in the First Half, 2013. However, around Chicago, just greater than one percent of homeowners were at some stage of the foreclosure process - or becoming severely delinquent in their Mortgage Payments, from January through June, 2014.
- Listing Inventory in the City and Suburbs of Chicago is Increasing, after a Lackluster First Quarter, 2014. Some attribute the early-year decline to our Brutal Chicago Winter Weather this year. Nonetheless, nearly 19,000 new listings hit the market here each month in April, May, and June this year.
- Interest Rates during the First Half, 2014 are near their historic lows, but rising home prices have made a home purchase less affordable for many prospective home buyers. Chicago Area Home Affordability, according to Local MLS Service Midwest Real Estate Data, has declined each month in 2014 from their 2013 levels.
- The Average Chicago Apartment Rent is nearly $1,100 - up 3.7% from year-ago levels.
Our Team, serving Sellers and Buyers on the North and Northwest Sides of Chicago, and in Nearby Suburbs, has experienced a similar level of variability in the Real Estate Market here. The first five months of the year were sometimes halting, followed by an incredible listing and purchase surge right now.
How will the rest of 2014 play out in the Chicago Real Estate Market?
DEAN MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO