Griffith Parc: Blow Dry Boutique and Salon

Check out Lincoln Park’s hottest new salon, Griffith Parc (recently leased by yours truly)! Its an awesome space with three of Chicago’s best stylists. I personally love their signature $25…

Housing: The Reasons its coming back

From KCM: Monday, we told you that many experts are beginning to call a bottom in house prices. Why? Writing in the Financial Times, Roger Altman, former deputy Treasury secretary, explained…

FHA Will Ease Condo Requirements until 2014

In order to better serve the current housing market, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is easing some of its condo requirements until August 2014. Here’s a rundown on how the new…

Four Consecutive Monthly Increases in Condo Prices

July 2012 data for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices were released on Tuesday September 25th, showing the fourth consecutive monthly increase in condo prices in all five of the metro…

Round Tables

If, like us, you believe that the purpose of dining out—after eating, of course—is conversation, then you’ll join us in wondering: What ever happened to round tables? Other than at…

Short Sales- 10 Common Myths Busted

 It’s likely you’ve heard the term “short sale” thrown around quite a bit. What exactly is a short sale? A short sale is when a bank agrees to accept less…

3.8% Tax on Housing?

Here are the 10 Things You Need to Know About the 3.8% Tax according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): 1.) When you add up all of your income from every possible source,…

Lincoln Park: Alderman Smith’s Recent Newsletter

Dear Friends, Lincoln Park would not be the wonderful place it is without a thriving business community.  But that community has been facing some challenges lately. I’m here to report…

Odd Facades: E is for Erie, F is for Fish

(Deal estate) The Properties: The façades of two recently sold new houses in the city feature big, playful visual puns—and each of them is part of a different builder’s long-range game…

Chicago area home prices post third straight strong increase

(Crain’s) — A closely watched index of local home prices posted a third straight strong increase in July, rising to its highest point in nearly a year. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of…

Women view homeownership essential to the American Dream

Women view homeownership as an essential part of achieving the American Dream. Check out this infographic from http://www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS

5 Reasons to Sell Now

Many sellers feel that the Spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand increases at that time of year. However, the Fall and…