Downtown condo market shows gains

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 07:05
It’s a sweet time to be a condominium owner in downtown Chicago.

The role of investors in post-foreclosure experience

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:00
Every housing market is unique, but a new study on Cleveland's recovery efforts may help guide local groups seeking to repair neighborhoods hard hit in the Chicago area and elsewhere by the financial crisis.

Severe weather taking a toll on association budgets

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:00
With 60-plus inches of snow so far and more to come, this winter is among the snowiest on record. It's also a costly one for community associations. They pay from their treasuries to shovel and plow streets, driveways and sidewalks. This season they are paying far more than they planned.

Board's arrogant approach to duties is misguided

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:00
Q: In a recent board meeting, one of our condominium board members announced the guiding principle of our board as follows: "The board can do anything it wants to do until somebody stops it." Your analysis of the preceding statement would be appreciated and would resolve uncertainty over the scope of the board's authority.

Bungalow association to sponsor free home seminars

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:00
A series of spring home seminars sponsored by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association will provide expert guidance on topics ranging from flood control to appealing property taxes.

Buyer will have to prove seller knew about leakage

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:00
Q: My daughter bought a house in June, as is. The seller's disclosure stated there was no water seepage problem in the basement. We questioned the pallets and were told they were just a precaution.

Luxury rentals in the heart of Orland Park

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:00
Orland Park is a village of contrasts, where numerous shopping and dining options are balanced by a wealth of parks, open space, bicycle trails and a convenient commute, thanks to three Metra stations serving the southwest suburb.

Taking the pain out of kitchen remodeling

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:00
Most people love their remodeled kitchens, but it's a safe bet they don't harbor many warm and fuzzy thoughts about what they had to go through to get it.

Streetscapes: Belles of the Wrecking Ball

There are many candidates for greatest loss in the history of New York City building teardowns.

Iowa legislation requiring radon testing in schools advances - Quad City Times

Radon Tesing News - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:06

Iowa legislation requiring radon testing in schools advances
Quad City Times
DES MOINES — Public school districts would be required to test buildings for radon and mitigate any high levels under pending House legislation. The bill approved Thursday by a House Education subcommittee would require schools test their facilities ...

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Alimony payments affect both parties' taxes

BankRate - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:00
When matrimony ends in alimony, each parting partner can feel the tax effects.

Decide whether seller or buyer repairs a home

BankRate - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:00
After an inspection, the homebuyer and seller have to negotiate the repairs.

Top 10 states for foreclosure in January

BankRate - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:00
Take a look at the top 10 states for foreclosure in January, and see if yours made the list.

7 cars to steal your heart at Chicago Auto Show

BankRate - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:00
If your heart goes pitter-patter over the purr of an engine, these cars are for you.

Big Deal: How New York’s Young Millionaires Live

The under-40 multimillionaire crowd eschews Park Avenue for Canal Street, and cares less about status and amenities than quality, character and privacy.

Mortgages: Reverse Mortgages for Baby Boomers

As the boomers age, reverse mortgages are expected to gain popularity as a means of covering living expenses.

Mortgage rates remain flat

Chicago Tribune Homes - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:45
Average mortgage rates were little changed this week, Freddie Mac reported in its weekly survey.

Chicago foreclosures down 35% from a year ago

Chicago Tribune Homes - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 07:22
Foreclosure activity in the Chicago area rose about 3 percent in January from a month earlier but was down almost 35 percent from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac.

Elite Street: Roe Conn sells Lincoln Park home

Chicago Tribune Homes - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 01:00
WLS-AM afternoon co-host Roe Conn has sold his five-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot brick and limestone mansion in Lincoln Park for $2.59 million.

Icicles now can mean roof damage later

Palos Area News - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:52

"So much snow, so much cold," she said, standing on the porch of her Palos Hills ranch house.


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