Tag: Buying

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Paying the price for having been an unlicensed real estate broker

Paying the price for having been an unlicensed real estate broker

Yesterday evening I received an email from an individual who I'd identified in a post as holding himself out as a real estate broker without being ...
Prowling Chicago’s alleys with Google

Prowling Chicago’s alleys with Google

Prowling the alleys can be a great way to learn about a new neighborhood. If a neighborhood's alleys are strewn with trash and the garage door ...
Follow YoChicago on Flickr

Follow YoChicago on Flickr

We've visited virtually every corner of Chicago and its far-flung suburbs, and we've generally take pictures on our travels. The result: our netw ...
What do you consider a penthouse?

What do you consider a penthouse?

It's common for real estate agents to refer to the top floor of any residential building as a penthouse. It may be even more common for real estat ...
Will luxury high-rise dwellers be shivering in September?

Will luxury high-rise dwellers be shivering in September?

Chicagoans experienced cooler than normal temperatures in July, and the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cold winter. Anyone who's lived in Chicago ...
Has condo pricing gone off the rails again?

Has condo pricing gone off the rails again?

Lately I've been seeing nearly identical new condominiums – in some cases from the same developer – selling for similar prices in locations that I ...
Why is the under-35 generation renting rather than owning?

Why is the under-35 generation renting rather than owning?

The US Census Bureau recently released data showing that the rate of homeownership among people under the age of 35 has been in a steady decline i ...
YoChicago at YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter

YoChicago at YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter

More than two-thirds of the more than 85,000 unique visitors to YoChicago each month are new to the site, and only 14% of our visitors come direct ...
YoChicago launches condominium review series

YoChicago launches condominium review series

Late last year we began a series of apartment reviews and they've proven popular, contributing to a more than 70% year-over-year increase in our t ...
Chicago condo smoking bans and more

Chicago condo smoking bans and more

The smoking ban at the 2626 N Lakeview condominiums is old news by now, but you'll get an expanded look at some of the legal backdrop in the lates ...
An updated look at a sold-out Montana Row

An updated look at a sold-out Montana Row

New construction homes in viable neighborhoods by builders with a track record have been selling before completion during the past several years. W ...
Are you paying real estate taxes on personal property?

Are you paying real estate taxes on personal property?

A number of real estate websites include the sales history of a listed property and include both the price reported in public records and the pric ...
Rising prices and thin sales volumes spell danger

Rising prices and thin sales volumes spell danger

If you've been an observer of Chicago's real estate cycles for an appreciable amount of time, you've seen the current script played out repeatedly ...
Are websites increasing racial and economic segregation?

Are websites increasing racial and economic segregation?

It's been 10 years since journalist Bill Bishop began writing about "the big sort" and five years since the publication of his book. Amazon summar ...
Chicago real estate video shootout – YoChicago vs Crain’s and Chicago Magazine

Chicago real estate video shootout – YoChicago vs Crain’s and Chicago Magazine

YoChicago's YouTube channel has taken you to more Chicago places and inside more Chicago spaces and introduced you to more of the faces that shape Chi ...
Chicago passes energy use benchmarking ordinance

Chicago passes energy use benchmarking ordinance

The Tribune reports that the City Council, by a 32-17 vote, passed a controversial ordinance that requires buildings larger than 50,000 square feet "t ...
Lake Forest chapel converting to walk-in closet

Lake Forest chapel converting to walk-in closet

Over the years I've been in a number of homes that had attached private chapels, several of them capable of seating dozens of people. The cha ...
These developers are liars, cheaters and scammers

These developers are liars, cheaters and scammers

The following comment has been sent to our trash bin: "Avoid Avoid Avoid! [Name redacted] are liars, cheaters, and scammers! Run away!" The ...
Why real estate agents don’t like Tomacor

Why real estate agents don’t like Tomacor

Find out why agents don't like us is one of the menu items on the website for Tomacor, a local home inspection firm. A few of the reasons liste ...
Navigating Chicago’s northwest suburban real estate market

Navigating Chicago’s northwest suburban real estate market

Chicago's northwest suburban real estate market has been hot recently, with a limited number of homes for sale and many of them becoming involved ...
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