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Terribly out-of-date movie references aside, Lakeview is a little bit of a misnomer.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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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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10 Real Estate Necessities: Important Notes for Tenants and Landlords in Chicago

In my roles as a Realtor and landlord I have come across a lot of information about the ins and outs of renting and owning real estate in Chicago.  Anyone who is familiar with the city shouldn’t be surprised that … Continue reading

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