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Posted on 02/24/2021
Should You Join Your HOA?
Photo by RawPixel.com via Shutterstock When it comes to homeowner’s associations, you need to know what type yours is before you determine whether to “join” it. There are two types of associations, covenant-based and voluntary. When homeowners ask about requirements to join a homeowner’s association, they may believe it is optional, but if our association is covenant-based, you...
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Posted on 02/24/2021
Video Tour - 3351 N Kenmore Avenue N, Chicago, IL 60657
Opportunities abound in this fully leased old school LEGAL 4 flat with off alley parking for 2 cars- for additional revenue or your own space(s) for Cubs games and fenced green space for tenants' use. All units have been updated thru the years and have their own central air, hot water heaters, furnaces, electrical panels, back decks, dishwashers, in unit* washers & dryers (except *garden has separate laundry room just outside of unit's back door*) Original baseboards, wide trim, 10 foot ceilings, (except garden) and some original exposed wood floors harken back to a time of great craftsmanship and encourage the new owners as to what is...
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Posted on 02/24/2021
3351 N Kenmore Avenue N, Chicago, IL 60657 is now new to the market!
Opportunities abound in this fully leased old school LEGAL 4 flat with off alley parking for 2 cars- for additional revenue or your own space(s) for Cubs games and fenced green space for tenants' use. All units have been updated thru the years and have their own central air, hot water heaters, furnaces, electrical panels, back decks, dishwashers, in unit* washers & dryers (except *garden has separate laundry room just outside of unit's back door*) Original baseboards, wide trim, 10 foot ceilings, (except garden) and some original exposed wood floors harken back to a time of great craftsmanship and encourage the new owners as to what is...
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Posted on 02/19/2021
Chicago, IL Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view Chicago, IL blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 02/17/2021
How to Handle a House Inheritance
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay If you have inherited a home you may be unsure about how to handle the next steps. While it's a well-meaning gift, a new home might not fit seamlessly into your life at this time. Here's what you should know. A House Left in a Will Does Not Automatically Pass to Its...
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Posted on 02/10/2021
Cabinets: Doors vs. Shelving
Photo by ginsburgconstruction via Pixabay Nothing completes an open floor plan better than open shelving. Open shelves present everything for the world to see. They transform what may be a cluttered, dark, hidden space into one that becomes a place of not only function but of style. Open shelving complements the Minimalist, Industrial or Scandinavian Modern styles. But...
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Posted on 02/03/2021
Reasons to Live on a Corner Lot
Photo by Kaboompics.com via Pexels Since they see a lot more traffic than their inset counterparts, homes on the corner lot receive a lot of flak. As a result of these rumors, homebuyers might feel their hopes fall as they encounter the otherwise perfect house situated on these open properties. Much to their relief, however, many find that...
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Posted on 01/27/2021
What Does It Take to Purchase a House?
The process of finding and purchasing your dream house may prove to be difficult, regardless of whether you are an experienced or first-time homebuyer. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to avoid hurdles as you navigate the homebuying journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you quickly discover a quality home at an...
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Posted on 01/25/2021
Video Tour - 8614 W Madison Drive, Niles, IL 60714
Great curb appeal is only the beginning in this Ransom Ridge Expanded Tri level with terrific flow. Generous foyer offers secure interior access to deep 2 car garage, powder room, true laundry room with chute, and 1st floor family room with sliders to private fenced yard and back staircase to 5th bedroom/den or office - tucked away for quiet reflection or study, and convenient to galley kitchen w/deep panrty, and 2nd floor access -Or- step up from front foyer to Living room, with exposed hardwood flooring, and dining room with vaulted ceilings, kitchen ,and 2nd floor staircase leading to 4 BIG bedrooms up, incl. primary with private bath...
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Posted on 01/25/2021
8614 W Madison Drive, Niles, IL 60714 is now new to the market!
Great curb appeal is only the beginning in this Ransom Ridge Expanded Tri level with terrific flow. Generous foyer offers secure interior access to deep 2 car garage, powder room, true laundry room with chute, and 1st floor family room with sliders to private fenced yard and back staircase to 5th bedroom/den or office - tucked away for quiet reflection or study, and convenient to galley kitchen w/deep panrty, and 2nd floor access -Or- step up from front foyer to Living room, with exposed hardwood flooring, and dining room with vaulted ceilings, kitchen ,and 2nd floor staircase leading to 4 BIG bedrooms up, incl. primary with private bath...
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Posted on 01/20/2021
Chicago, IL Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view Chicago, IL blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 01/20/2021
Probate: How to Hold Your Real Estate Title
Photo by Jonny Lindner via Pixabay When you purchase real estate, you need to decide how you want to hold the title. Many closing agents make an assumption, and that assumption may come back to bite you later in life. In most states, you may title real estate in five ways: sole ownership, joint tenancy with the right...
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