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SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNEShould you upgrade the kitchen countertops splurge on a whirlpool tub and add five feet to your family room? Home buyers face decisions like these every day as they weed through the selections process. For some people, however, the decisions become...
Special to the TribuneNo grab bars in the bathroom! Please! Aging Baby Boomers hate to be reminded that they're — just possibly — getting older. This largest age group in American history — some 76 million strong, born between 1946 and 1964 — is not...
Special to the Chicago TribuneIt's a sweltering summer evening, and the Damen Avenue streetscape north of North Avenue is pulsating. There are walkers, joggers and bicyclists. There are parents pushing infants in strollers and pulling toddlers in wagons. There are al fresco diners,...
Tribune staff reportersMayor Richard Daley took an hourlong boat ride on the Chicago River in fall 1997 and came back with a vision of improving the riverfront in the city's neighborhoods. Just about that time, Thomas DiPiazza, an ally of Daley's, also took an interest in...
Special to the TribuneHer home has sat on the market three years, a testament to just how tough it can be to move a higher-priced residence in this downturn. But Nancy Mitros, who owns the house in Flossmoor, doesn't blame her real estate agent. Quite the opposite: She's...
Tags: Homes, Real Estate, Banking, Marketing, Norwood Park
Variously known as "taking back a mortgage" or "holding the paper," private financing is often heralded as the easiest and fastest way to sell a house, especially in a slow market. Of course, if you need the proceeds from the sale of one house to buy...
TRIBUNE REPORTERLost among the bad news of home foreclosures and the subprime-mortgage crisis is a ray of light in the world of real estate: Now is a fine time to be a landlord. Industry observers say a growing number of people are hesitant to buy a home in a falling...
Tags: Rentals, Homes, Apartments, Real Estate, Condos and Houses
Special to the TribuneDeb O'Dell is a working mother of two who has been renting since her divorce several years ago. "I initially did feel that I had missed the housing boom," she says admits of her first years in the two-bedroom 1,200-square foot Oswego home she shares with...
The rent is going up. I don't know of a gentler way to put it. Apartment rents should increase 2 to 11.5 percent this spring, according to a survey by the Chicagoland Apartment Association, a trade group for landlords. That's a huge range, reflecting...
Much to their chagrin, many buyers, sellers and owners are finding that their homes aren't worth what they thought. At least not in the eyes of the professionals hired to tell lenders what the places could fetch if borrowers failed to make their payments....
It used to be that "buyer's remorse" was the No. 1 deal killer. Not anymore. Buyers still get cold feet. Frequently, it's nervous rookies who have never made such a large purchase -- often at the urging of well-meaning parents who scream "You're paying...
Tags: Beverly Hills, Homes, Boca Raton, Taj Mahal, Chicago Tribune
Headed for your real estate closing? No matter which side of the table you'll be on, have a Plan B. That's because a new study of real estate agents found that one-third of home-purchase transactions in September, October and November were postponed or...
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