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Use common sense, over-design with city gem: the Chicago porch

There's a cherished half-century-old photo on my wall at home in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. In the 8-by-10-inch sepia-tone photo, a cocky, bare [...]

Solid contruction, easy access make lofts a great housing choice

Beyond surface design, most people who want to live in lofts don't give much consideration to construction standards in this uniquely urban form of ho [...]

Affordable "green" homes touted for urban in-fill locations

With the cost of new homes in Chicago going through the roof, the time has come to use some "good old-fashioned common sense" to design and build affo [...]

Electrical, plumbing systems not always new in conversions

Most vintage condominium conversions in Chicago these days are "gut rehabs." This means that the developer keeps only the shell of the old building an [...]

Uncertainty slows market time for lakefront homes in Chicago

Marketing expensive homes and condominiums in Chicago's posh lakefront neighborhoods is getting harder as economic uncertainty lingers through spring, [...]

Chicago's best new homes 2003

The experts choose the top city developments of 2003 Anyone can build homes in a booming market, but when sales start to slow, the best projects tend [...]
As prices rise in Logan Square, Humboldt Park fights gentrification

As prices rise in Logan Square, Humboldt Park fights gentrification

Lula Café was nearly full at lunchtime, but about half of the tables were taken by people eating alone. Some were working on crossword puzzles or [...]
Lofty ambitions

Lofty ambitions

Rare loft condos well received in Bridgeport As the first loft condo conversion to hit Bridgeport, Union Lofts, 939 W. 35th Street, faced an uncertai [...]
No tradeoffs

No tradeoffs

River City opens townhouse model with highrise perks Some of the tradeoffs that come with leaving a multi-level house for a single-floor condo are ob [...]

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 [...]
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