Check out the top 5 housing markets on the rise

BankRate - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:00
These cities had the biggest home price gains in 2013's fourth quarter, the NAR says.

Home insurance now has its own firefighters

BankRate - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:00
Insurance companies are sending in crews to battle flames and prevent losses.

For sale: 6 homes designed by famous architects

BankRate - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:00
See which of these castles you would buy if you were, like, a billionaire

10 sure-fire savings tips for 2014

BankRate - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:00
Boosting savings can be a chore. These 10 tips will make it easier to stash some cash.

The Pragmatist: Basking in a New Glow

As incandescent bulbs disappear and compact fluorescents grow dim, the stage is set for better, cheaper LEDs that last much longer.

Roberts Road earmarked for drainage work from 79th to 111th

Palos Area News - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:46

Cook County has earmarked Roberts Road for drainage improvements from 79th to 111th streets, Justice Mayor Kris Wasowicz told trustees at this week's village board meeting.

International Real Estate: House Hunting in ... Malta

During the global downturn, the Maltese market remained stagnant for a year before eventually picking up; foreign buyers seek refuge there from high taxes.

Radon dangers outlined at Carpentersville day care center presentation - Elgin Courier News

Radon Tesing News - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 17:33

Radon dangers outlined at Carpentersville day care center presentation
Elgin Courier News
CARPENTERSVILLE — Some local parents Tuesday got a wake-up call on the dangers of radon gas, learning it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States but also the No. 1 cause of death in the home. “It's the leading home safety risk ...

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Get Up and Go! for Feb. 10, 2014

Palos Area News - Mon, 02/10/2014 - 11:06

If you're looking for events worth getting out of the house for, then Get Up and Go! has you covered Mondays-Fridays.

At Stagg, tale of the tape is a charitable one

Palos Area News - Sun, 02/09/2014 - 23:42

Stagg High School students have discovered that it can even help rebuild the lives of tornado victims in downstate Washington.

What you can buy for $189,900

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:33
Home prices in Chicago may have risen 11 percent during the past year, but there are still some deals that can be had.

Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 7, 2014

Palos Area News - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:33

9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, 974-4300: Carrie Ann Schumacher's "All the Stories She Was Ever Told" wraps on Feb. 7. The show was inspired by a box of free romance novels.

Prospects are mixed for home equity borrowers

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 01:00
There are days of reckoning and days of opportunity ahead for home equity lines of credit.

Oral agreement not legally binding in property transfer

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 01:00
Q: I am interested in a property in Maryland. I contacted the owner, who told me I can have the house. But she did not sign a quitclaim deed. What can I do to transfer the property to me without the deed? All I have is her word of mouth.

Licensing upgrades raise the bar for Indiana agents

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 01:00
As of July 1, there won't be any real estate agents in Indiana.

Rents rising faster in tech hubs than in rest of U.S.

Chicago Tribune Homes - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 00:24
San Franciscans have long blamed the technology sector for rising rents. Now, a study from real-estate company Trulia backs them up.

Charlie Trotter's Lincoln Park home for sale for $2.695M

Chicago Tribune Homes - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:48
The five-bedroom, 5,200-square-foot Lincoln Park mansion of the late celebrity chef Charlie Trotter and his wife was listed on Monday for $2.695 million.

Push your retirement savings to the limit

BankRate - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 19:00
Want to lift your retirement savings to the maximum? Know the tax limits.

Advantages of a seasoned vacation rental manager

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:53
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's located in a nearby community. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way.


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