Author: mark boyer

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Foreclosures and vacancies in North Lawndale

Foreclosures and vacancies in North Lawndale

During Joe's recent tour of North Lawndale with Larry Kimbrough from Breaking Ground, Larry pointed out a handful of unoccupied new-construction hom ...

Quote of the day: Don't close on Nov. 30

"[T]here may not be a worse day in 2009 on which to try to close on a home." - Dan Green, loan officer and editor of The Mortgage Reports blog, warnin ...
A buyer's reaction to Aqua: "Surreal."

A buyer's reaction to Aqua: "Surreal."

The Lakeshore East canyon of high-rises, punctuated by Aqua's 82 stories, does have a surreal aspect to it, especially if you're visiting from the s ...
North Lawndale: The state of a neighborhood

North Lawndale: The state of a neighborhood

In this video from Joe's recent drive around with Larry Kimbrough of Breaking Ground, Larry talks about some of the development and improvements tha ...
YoChicago's Ashland Adventure, Part 6: Venturing into Ravenswood

YoChicago's Ashland Adventure, Part 6: Venturing into Ravenswood

In the final video from Joe and Mark's Excellent Ashland Avenue Adventure we took a look at two new-construction developments near Chase Park in Lak ...
The biggest problem with rental services

The biggest problem with rental services

Joe Zekas has had his eye on apartment rental services for the past couple of weeks, and to get the inside scoop on some of the problems that plague ...
New and vintage elements at 630 West Barry

New and vintage elements at 630 West Barry

I've been curious about the execution of the 630 West Barry, a hybrid new-construction and rehab development at 630 W Barry Ave in Lake View, an ...
Video: New developments in East Garfield Park

Video: New developments in East Garfield Park

On Tuesday -- the last day of summer? -- Joe and I rented a Zipcar and zipped over to the Garfield Park Conservatory, where we met Mike Tomas, the d ...
Another price reduction: 20 percent off the next five Motor Row contracts

Another price reduction: 20 percent off the next five Motor Row contracts

Here's another deal I found out about via Bob Darrow's price reduction roundup post on his Your Windy City Guide blog yesterday: In an effort to spa ...
Lakeshore East: "The area is pretty addictive"

Lakeshore East: "The area is pretty addictive"

One of the recurring themes from the interviews with Aqua buyers Joe Zekas conducted last week was that several of the buyers had lived in Magellan ...
Price reductions at 2930 Sheridan

Price reductions at 2930 Sheridan

This morning, @properties agent Robert Darrow posted a roundup of some of the major price reductions on condo developments that are being sold by @p ...
Five townhomes, 14 condos left at Rivers Edge

Five townhomes, 14 condos left at Rivers Edge

When I last checked up on the Rivers Edge condo and townhome development in Avondale about a year ago, all but 22 of the condos had been sold alread ...

Quote of the Day: Keep it for five years

CS: When do you think housing prices are going to start climbing again? Sean Conlon: Given the nature of the world right now that would be impossible ...
Emerald's sales staff gets a green screen

Emerald's sales staff gets a green screen

I'm impressed by this video, if only because it provides one more opportunity for the Emerald sales staff to invoke the color green. It's actually a ...
Tweets and RTs from @LexingtonPark1

Tweets and RTs from @LexingtonPark1

A couple of weeks ago, Lexington Park sales manager Britta Rivera told Joe that the only thing standing between buyers and the Lexington Park Condos w ...
Would you buy a condo if a psychic told you to?

Would you buy a condo if a psychic told you to?

That's the gimmick Akos Straub and his Jameson sales team are presenting at Marquee tonight. In a little under an hour, a tarot reader will be offer ...
Terrazio gets upgrades and tops off

Terrazio gets upgrades and tops off

From the window of the Green Line elevated tracks last week I noticed that Terrazio, Sedgwick Properties' twin seven-story buildings at 1935 S Wabash ...
A three-sided glass living room in Superior 110

A three-sided glass living room in Superior 110

In this final video from inside Superior 110 in River North, @properties agent Greg Eldridge and Joe Zekas look at a furnished model in unit 1603. E ...
That's all, folks: 740 Fulton is sold out

That's all, folks: 740 Fulton is sold out

I never thought I'd be writing these words: After four long years on the market, Dave Auffarth from Keller Williams Realty tells me that all 132 of ...
Two condos left at 1541 North Bosworth, developer planning more in Bucktown

Two condos left at 1541 North Bosworth, developer planning more in Bucktown

Readers CgCg and intrepid design were thrilled with this Hanna Architects-designed three-flat at 1541 N Bosworth Ave when I posted about it in January ...
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