Category Archives: Real Estate Trends

Own Your Neighborhood Guide #3: A View to a Lake (That’s How James Bond Says Lakeview)

Terribly out-of-date movie references aside, Lakeview is a little bit of a misnomer.  You can live in Lakeview and have a view of Lake Michigan, but the odds are that if you live in this neighborhood, you don’t have a … Continue reading

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Home Buying Advice by DNS: Getting the Most Valuable Value

Today’s post is about getting through the process of buying a home smoothly and in a way that keeps your lifestyle comfortable.  The title is also an homage to arguably the best line in Road Trip: “It was his most … Continue reading

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It’s Easier to Win a Race When You are the Only One Running It (Great Deals are Found by Going Against the Grain)

Economic theory and academic practice spends a lot of time on the subject of the business cycle and how to smooth it out.  The idea is that there is going to be a natural up and down to the economy, … Continue reading

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Equity, Inventory Control and Human Behavior (The New Mortgage Programs)

Earlier this week, the federal government announced a new program designed to help struggling homeowners with their mortgages. Here is a link to an article that details the situation pretty well: http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/24/real_estate/housing_refinance/index.htm. It’s not my goal to provide the nuts … Continue reading

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Own Your Neighborhood Guide #2: A Surprisingly Stable Overview of Lincoln Park

Long-time residents of Chicago can attest: the transformation of much of Lincoln Park over the last 20 years has been remarkable.  Take for example the area around North and Clybourn.  In the early 90’s, one would be likely to see … Continue reading

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Own Your Neighborhood Guide #1: A Princely Look at Noble Square / West Town

I personally get the feeling that Noble Square/West Town is the least-known neighborhood combo (I put them together because they are each pretty small) in the near north/west part of Chicago.  This is totally unscientific, but it’s just that I … Continue reading

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