Category Archives: Real Estate

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Terribly out-of-date movie references aside, Lakeview is a little bit of a misnomer.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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The Prevent Defense Works Better at Home: Preventive Maintenance Tips

Hey everyone, here’s a New Year’s resolution that will take less than an hour and could save you thousands of dollars over the years.   That sounds better than spending a few hundred dollars to join a gym and use a … Continue reading

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Bug-Eyed in Bucktown and Wicker Park #5: Ipsento Coffee

Wicker Park and Bucktown arguably have the best neighborhood selection of coffee places in Chicago.  Options abound from the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks (they don’t deserve a spot in this review because plenty has been written about both of these places) … 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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Bad Puns and Great Buildings: Wicker Park-itecture

One of the great attributes of Wicker Park and Bucktown is the wide range of architecture in both neighborhoods.  This is going to be the first in a line of pictures and descriptions of some interesting buildings that dot the … 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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