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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.
    





Dig deeper to determine mineral rights under land

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:32
Q: How do you know if you own the mineral rights under your property?
    





Lowe's teams up with Porch.com

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:07
The Web is nearly bursting with sites that promise to help you find a contractor or plumber or any number of other construction professionals for your home. Recently, a new player, Porch.com came on the scene. Instead of just blending in, Porch has the competitive advantage of having a very high-profile partner — the Lowe's home improvement chain.
    





Connecting with your neighbors

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:54
Bennett Weiss grew up in a Pennsylvania neighborhood where parents shooed their kids outside on warm afternoons to cook up their own fun. Little kids played baseball alongside big kids, improvising on the rules as they went along. Adults forged their own bonds with those who lived nearby too.
    





Upbeat market expected to aid value of remodeling

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:46
Home sales and prices are up, and mortgage rates are still considered low by historical standards. The combination is a recipe for a strong 2014 home remodeling forecast.
    





Crowd Pleasers for Jan. 31, 2014

Palos Area News - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:30

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

When good appliances go bad: repair or replace?

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 01:00
We've all been there. The washing machine starts making funny noises. The vacuum cleaner can't pick up even the smallest speck of lint. The smell of melting plastic wafts from the dishwasher.
    





Board president exceeds authority with family deal

Chicago Tribune Homes - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 01:00
Q: Our condo board president has taken it upon herself to sign a contract for redecorating the hallways without board approval. The board had been soliciting bids, but unbeknown to the board, the board president hired a contractor (a company owned by her brother) that started construction. What can we do?
    





High radon levels may be a downside to having a tight, energy-efficient house - Washington Post (blog)

Radon Tesing News - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 05:33

Washington Post (blog)

High radon levels may be a downside to having a tight, energy-efficient house
Washington Post (blog)
Last December, Eisen distributed a notice on the neighborhood listserv letting residents know about the high radon levels and encouraging them to get their homes tested. Eisen speculated that the radon levels might be linked to the earthquake in 2010.
Living Smart: RadonCentre Daily Times
Protect your family's health by testing your home for radon gas in 2014Blair Enterprise Publishing
EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concernsThe Center for Public Integrity

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Vickroy: Travel experts say Chicagoans just want to get away

Palos Area News - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 22:09

Like most of us who hunkered down under Round 2 of this miserable polar vortex, Carolyn Saunoris has had enough.

Latest winter blitz: School closings, hazardous driving ...

Palos Area News - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 16:11

Several Southland school districts announced that classes would be cancelled Monday, police warned motorists to stay off windswept roadways - including Interstate 57 - and power was out in at least part of Manhattan on Sunday as the latest winter blitz continued to wreak havoc.

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