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Debunking common mortgage myths

Debunking common mortgage myths

Changes in the market, shifts toward and away different types of mortgages, and a lack of experience with brokers can all create misconceptions in t ...

The most important thing: Renting to own in Rogers Park

A few years ago there was a lot of development here, conversions. Some buildings were fully gutted with new electrical and plumbing, others, with the ...
Keep your friends close in guest suites at Streeter Place

Keep your friends close in guest suites at Streeter Place

Rachel Brandstaetter, Director of Leasing and Marketing for Streeterville rental high-rise Streeter Place, gives me a few more details about this pr ...
Web presence: SoNo, fo' sho!

Web presence: SoNo, fo' sho!

Once a week we'll check out the "Web presence" of one residential development, from Web sites for the building and its developer, architect, condo ass ...
Following Francesca: The evolving amenities in Streeterville buildings

Following Francesca: The evolving amenities in Streeterville buildings

A war is raging in Streeterville, one whose trenches are found in the lobbies, fitness rooms, private theaters, and terraces of the neighborhood's c ...
Designing for a cure at 565 Quincy

Designing for a cure at 565 Quincy

Through Sunday, Oct. 11, four newly furnished lofts and condos will be open for public viewing at 565 Quincy, Belgravia Group's combo loft conversio ...
What's happening with jumbo loans?

What's happening with jumbo loans?

Jumbo loans are loans larger than those that qualify for conforming, FHA, and VA programs -- typically more than $417,000 in today's market. During ...
Five easy pieces: Emily Sachs Wong

Five easy pieces: Emily Sachs Wong

Koenig & Strey agent Emily Sachs Wong is one of the top-producing agents in North Side neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, River North, L ...
Streeter Place: furnished with views

Streeter Place: furnished with views

After we took a look around at Club 355, Director of Leasing and Marketing for Streeter Place Rachel Brandstaetter walked me through a one-bedroom m ...
Customize a condo at West Sherwin Place

Customize a condo at West Sherwin Place

This weekend I took a look at some rehabbed condos at Baird & Warner's West Sherwin Place in Rogers Park.  A sign out front exclaims "60% Sold!" ...
Floor plan faceoff: lakeside living in two Rogers Park two-bedrooms

Floor plan faceoff: lakeside living in two Rogers Park two-bedrooms

Turn east off of Sheridan in Rogers Park and you'll quickly run out of road, as just about every street cul-de-sacs at the edge of a beach or a lak ...
The shift to FHA-backed financing

The shift to FHA-backed financing

"Three years ago nobody would touch it. Now everybody is clamoring to get it." That's how Joe Zekas opens this segment on FHA-backed loans with Amer ...

'L' stops and home sales in the 27th Ward

We were concerned about there not being a stop between Clinton Street and Ashland, which is more than a mile if I'm not mistaken. There's nothing in t ...
Five easy pieces: John Harris

Five easy pieces: John Harris

Our newest interviewee for this daily feature is John Harris of Koenig & Strey GMAC Real Estate, who I met at an East Rogers Park open house over th ...
Business, fitness, and grilling at Club 355 in Streeter Place

Business, fitness, and grilling at Club 355 in Streeter Place

After opening in August, Golub and Company's rental high-rise Streeter Place, 355 E Ohio St in Streeterville, is already 50 percent leased and 35 pe ...
Following Francesca: Sky-high views from the Hancock for under $800,000

Following Francesca: Sky-high views from the Hancock for under $800,000

How much would you expect to pay for a 1,744 square-foot three-bedroom home on the southeastern corner of the John Hancock Center's 76th floor? For ...
Neighborhoods for the rest of us: Peterson Park

Neighborhoods for the rest of us: Peterson Park

One of the oddest facts about the Peterson Park neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side is that that the 24-acre Peterson Park doesn't actually lie ...
A broker's primer on VA-backed loans

A broker's primer on VA-backed loans

VA-guaranteed loans may be the most misunderstood type of mortgage loan in the market today. Last week Joe Zekas met with American Street Mortgage V ...
Ex-condo examinations: Comparing Roosevelt Collection and Burnham Pointe

Ex-condo examinations: Comparing Roosevelt Collection and Burnham Pointe

What do Roosevelt Collection and Burnham Pointe have in common besides a ZIP code? Both were supposed to be condominium projects but converted into ...
Following Francesca: Reintroducing the John Hancock Center's residences

Following Francesca: Reintroducing the John Hancock Center's residences

We've shown you a sample of Joe's videos with Prudential Rubloff agent and Streeterville expert Francesca Rose already, but let's go back to where t ...
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