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Certificates of occupancy no guarantee of construction quality

After 19 years inspecting residential property, I have seen only a handful of certificates of occupancy for newly constructed homes. Many buyers expec ...

Consider benefits and problems particular to your condo

When shopping for a new home in Chicago, prospective home buyers should realize that the "great condo hunt of 2003" will involve much more than tourin ...

Are you buying property for a home or an investment?

Most of my customers look at their real estate purchases as investments. Much of the conversation during the home inspection process revolves around t ...

Builder programs lock in today's low mortgage rates

Hoping to turn hundreds of condominium shoppers into homeowners, Chicago developers and lenders are teaming up to offer 5 percent down payments and fr ...
River City duplexes offer townhouse space, highrise amenities

River City duplexes offer townhouse space, highrise amenities

As downtown Chicago experiences a renaissance and city life appeals to more and more people, the condo market has been slow to react. Empty nesters, f ...
Opportunity knocks at Printer's Row

Opportunity knocks at Printer's Row

Popular enclave on edge of Loop offers rare loft conversion Residents consistently describe the neighborhood in the same terms: small-town, friendly, ...

The high life

Buyers riding high as new condo towers churn out units in '03 For anyone who wondered what effect the terrorist attacks of 9/11 would have on Chicago ...
1000 S Michigan offers something for everyone

1000 S Michigan offers something for everyone

Note: The following article dates from 2003. For current information, visit the building's website. In a market rife with new highrise developm ...

Point of view

909 Washington highlight W. Loop location with expansive glass There are those who prefer lake views, but anyone who's ever stood on a balcony in the ...

Bulk of condo problems found in common areas, not units

One of the questions I mulled over while preparing the final exam for students in my home inspection class was what percentage of building problems ar ...

Incentives, quick delivery abound in buyer's market

When it comes to new-construction condominiums in Chicago, the idea of "immediate delivery" is almost mythical. But 2003 appears to be a magical year ...

Return of the loft

Winthrop offers rare find at Printers Row Lofts It was not so long ago that if a development didn't have "loft" in the name, Chicago home buyers were ...
RDM brings vision to Venetian

RDM brings vision to Venetian

Standing in the center of the nearly complete penthouse at the Neapolitan, his brand new highrise in Old Town, developer Robert Mosky, waves a hand at ...

Hidden costs can lurk around doors and windows

The fact that everything you can see looks good in your new condo or townhouse does not mean that all is well. Two of the places you probably haven't ...

Big housing developments planned in Chicago's future

The "City of Big Shoulders" looks as if it's about to flex its development muscles – again. Seven major new residential and mixed-use developme ...
Great expectations

Great expectations

Homeowners, builders adjusting to buyer's market in '03 "Is this a bad market?" asked Harry Huzenis, of Jameson Realty Group, at a recent forum spons ...
Room with a view

Room with a view

Vue 20 focused on innovation, affordable prices Architect David Brininstool rarely likes the overwrought names developers tend to attach to their pro ...
Breaking the rules

Breaking the rules

RCR/DC's modern designs have wide appeal Meeting a visitor outside a recent East Village project, at 839 N. Hermitage, developer Bob Ranquist correct ...

Shop around, use caution in buying new construction

After 19 years as a home inspector, I've seen everything imaginable during the home buying process, including once suicide and a homicide. We'll leave ...

Condominium conversions are Chicago's great housing bargain

Smart home shoppers this autumn are scanning the Chicago lakefront for condominium conversions, which experts say are the best housing bargains in the ...
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