Author: erik stonikas

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Quote of the day: Sudler Sotheby's CEO gets a word in about his eviction notice

This week I called Sudler Sotheby's International Realty CEO Sergio Martinucci to get his angle on the eviction he was handed last week by a company o ...

The homebuyer tax credit: it's growing!

In case you haven't heard, Congress has extended and expanded the home buyers tax credit. First-time buyers are still eligible for as much as $8,000, ...
The nearly news: high-end Bronzeville

The nearly news: high-end Bronzeville

The most expensive home for sale in Bronzeville today is 3443 S Indiana St, built in 2007. This five-bedroom / 3.5-bath single-family home, markete ...

FHA delays new condo rules, may avoid bottlenecks

Changes in the FHA approval process for condos that were supposed to go into effect this week have been delayed until December 7 (a day which will liv ...
Conversions and Oakwood Shores: Bronzeville's dominant features

Conversions and Oakwood Shores: Bronzeville's dominant features

In this video, Coldwell Banker Realtor Clarence Thompson tells me about three distinct pricing areas within Bronzeville. Sixty-seven percent of the ...
Query quintet: Five questions on the market with Coldwell Banker agent Danielle Olsen

Query quintet: Five questions on the market with Coldwell Banker agent Danielle Olsen

Another stop I made in my West Loop open house tour yesterday was at 700 W Van Buren St, Unit #1102. The listing agent, Danielle Olsen of Coldwell B ...
Finding new developments in Bronzeville and North Kenwood

Finding new developments in Bronzeville and North Kenwood

Earlier this week, Clarence Thompson of Coldwell Banker took me around Bronzeville in Chicago's South Side, with a short visit to a street in North ...
Catalpa Gardens finds the sweet spot

Catalpa Gardens finds the sweet spot

Catalpa Gardens' recent price reductions, combined with the first-time buyer tax credit and the availability of FHA-insured financing with as little ...
Web presence: @properties.com

Web presence: @properties.com

After hearing that Chicago-based brokerage @properties launched a new and enhanced Web site this week, I set out to explore it, engage it, and pass ...

The most important thing: attorney Lloyd Gussis on appraisal reform

"You find a buyer out there, it's like gold in the mine," says Chicago real-estate attorney Lloyd Gussis, who talked to me recently about the changes ...
Rock out in an Irving Park Loft

Rock out in an Irving Park Loft

For authentic loft conversions in Chicago, places like the South Loop and River North stand out as go-to neighborhoods. After reading about the "Wil ...
East vs. West at Grand Plaza

East vs. West at Grand Plaza

In 2005, developer Near North Properties sold the Grand Plaza's west tower at 545 N Dearborn St to Jaeger Equities. Two years later, NNP sold the ea ...
Name the nabe where the caged bird-man sings

Name the nabe where the caged bird-man sings

Where in Chicago can you see this statue of a man in a suit of feathers? Be the first to name the nabe of the caged bird-man statue and win a YoChic ...
Shorties in Avondale

Shorties in Avondale

The "short sale" is somewhere between a sale and a foreclosure. Similar to a common sale, a short sale is listed and marketed by a homeowner or brok ...
Web presence: Shoemaker Lofts

Web presence: Shoemaker Lofts

To get an update on the Shoemaker Lofts in Avondale, I got in touch with Steve Samules of Dubin Residential, who heads up sales for the project at 3 ...
Convenience for you is a safe bet for lenders

Convenience for you is a safe bet for lenders

On October 23rd, the Metropolitan Planning Council, in partnership with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Plan ...
Pearson on the Park interrupted

Pearson on the Park interrupted

Crain's reported in July that the converted high-rise Pearson on the Park, 222 E Pearson St, was facing foreclosure. Today I followed up with with Pam ...

Avondale's uncommon amenities

View Avondale amenities in a larger map The Avondale community area was once home to the one-of-a-kind Olson Park and Waterfall, one of the city's "S ...
Five easy pieces: Gale Goldstick of Coldwell Banker

Five easy pieces: Gale Goldstick of Coldwell Banker

In an effort to get the most substantive responses from our interviewees, we've honed the five questions of our ongoing "five easy pieces" feature. ...
Neighborhoods for the rest of us: Avondale's Polish Patches

Neighborhoods for the rest of us: Avondale's Polish Patches

Driving along North Milwaukee Avenue through Jackowo and Wacławowo in Avondale, it's hard not to notice the signs above every storefront. Nearly eve ...
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