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Education a building block for boards

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:00
A new educational program is training board members for community associations and encouraging future ones to serve. Those who successfully meet all the requirements will earn recognition as dedicated community association leaders from the Community Associations Institute of Illinois.

Selling Your Home? Here are My Top 10 Interior Repair Tips for Sellers

Home Repair - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 14:24

The real estate market seems to be taking a positive turn in most markets, even in southeastern Michigan where yours truly is based. But besides curb appeal, selling your home quickly for a good price still requires the home's interior to provide a positive impression to your buyer and their home inspector.

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Home inspector overlooked furnace problem - Chicago Daily Herald

Google Home Inspector News - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 09:53

Home inspector overlooked furnace problem
Chicago Daily Herald
Q. Before we bought our home, we hired an ASHI certified home inspector. We were with him for most of the inspection, but he didn't spend much time looking at the furnace, and now we have a major problem. The inspection report says the system is ...

Student housing intent on making the grade

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 05:00
Quality on-campus housing has become viewed as a recruitment tool. Most subdivisions should be this fun.

Quality on-campus housing has become viewed as a recruitment tool. Most subdivisions should be this fun.

Rewards and risks of gifting property to relatives

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 05:00
Q: We have a condo that we will gift our granddaughters when and if they graduate from the Air Force Academy a few years from now. Since my wife and I can gift $12,000 a year to each of our two granddaughters, in four years we would be able to completely transfer the property, which is worth about $196,000, and avoid any gift tax.

Larger homes are big again

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 05:00
About 483,000 single-family homes were built last year, and 41 percent of them had at least four bedrooms.

About 483,000 single-family homes were built last year, and 41 percent of them had at least four bedrooms.

Board should address water leak in crawl space

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 05:00
Q: We live in a garden unit of a four-unit condominium building, and when it rains, water infiltrates into our crawl space. We can smell a musty odor in our living area. We have been experiencing this issue for over two years now, and the association board refuses to address the water infiltration. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Home Inspector: Half of all decks in "failure" mode, risk collapse - WGCL Atlanta

Google Home Inspector News - Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:09

Home Inspector: Half of all decks in "failure" mode, risk collapse
WGCL Atlanta
Half of the country's 40 million house decks pose a safety danger and may not be covered by homeowner insurance policies, according to a code certified home inspector. Stan Garnet, of Inspector Associates, Inc. of Atlanta, said decks built in the 1990s ...

Home prices in Cook County show uptick

Chicago Homes - Thu, 06/13/2013 - 10:30
But a third of Chicago-area homes with a mortgage are still underwater

Home values in Illinois' most populous county are improving, but the gains may be smaller than would-be sellers are expecting.

The Bank has Threatened Foreclosure on My Home - Now What Do I Do?

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/13/2013 - 06:00
Your worst nightmare has come true: the bank has threatened to take away your home. Now what?!

Household Pests Can Cost More Than Pest Control

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/13/2013 - 06:00
Household pests are icky, but that’s not all. An adult flea can bite up to 400 times a day. Cockroaches can live for weeks without a head. A queen termite can lay 1,000 eggs a day. Got the willies yet? Household pests can do a lot worse.

Housing Recovery Party Sizzles Into Summer

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/13/2013 - 06:00
In the 38 cities Movoto.com tracks, the median list price per square foot increased by 15 percent, from $156 per square foot $179 year-over-year ending in May 2013.

WGN-Ch. 9's Julie Unruh selling house in Winnetka

Chicago Homes - Thu, 06/13/2013 - 05:00
Ex-Blackhawks center Alexei Zhamnov's former Lincoln Park mansion on market again; philanthropist Deborah Bricker lists Gold Coast mansion for $7.85 million.

Ex-Blackhawks center Alexei Zhamnov's former Lincoln Park mansion on market again; philanthropist Deborah Bricker lists Gold Coast mansion for $7.85 million.

How to Buy a Home With a Pool - Fox Business

Google Home Inspector News - Wed, 06/12/2013 - 20:56

How to Buy a Home With a Pool
Fox Business
"Don't use a general home inspector for a pool inspection, says Sabine Schoenberg, founder of SabinesHome.com, a luxury real estate development firm in New York City. "Instead, get a pool company to inspect the pool -- you want an expert." Talk to the ...

Zero Energy house showcases sustainable living

Chicago Homes - Wed, 06/12/2013 - 20:50
A couple attempts to build the greenest, most affordable, healthy, comfortable and quiet home possible.

A couple attempts to build the greenest, most affordable, healthy, comfortable and quiet home possible.

Home Improvement Tips for Buyers and Sellers - The Jewish Voice

Google Home Inspector News - Wed, 06/12/2013 - 16:53

Home Improvement Tips for Buyers and Sellers
The Jewish Voice
Because the industry is unregulated, be wary when hiring a home inspector. Protect yourself with these tips from, Pillar To Post, the nation's largest home inspection franchise: Get referrals from family, friends, your real estate agent and contractors ...

HOA Advice: Stay Ahead of the Curve

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/12/2013 - 06:00
Deferring maintenance in a homeowner association has negative and lasting effects. While postponing maintenance may seem to be a money-saving technique, the consequences are usually a much higher cost over time.

New Builder Campaign Should Boost Cobroker Sales

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/12/2013 - 06:00
A multimillion dollar internet marketing campaign is now underway called 'Start Fresh. Buy New', and its sole purpose is to win the hearts, minds, and buying decision of the 35% of the new homes shoppers considered to be in the 'indifferent' segment. They will buy new or resale.

Mortgage Rates to Remain Volatile Until Feds Meeting

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/12/2013 - 06:00
With hints of reducing QE3 and the current bond buying of $80 billion per month, the final decision by the Feds will still be influenced by the job market. With an increase in the unemployment rate, it seems unlikely that the Feds will do anything at this time.

21st-Century Buyer-Friendly Idea: Just Give Buyers The Facts!

Illinois Real Estate - Tue, 06/11/2013 - 06:00
Ask real estate buyers what they want from professional real estate sellers, and you’ll learn a lot... if you listen. PJ Wade asks why real estate buyers don’t get what they want - and need - and why we’re all missing opportunities to deliver.
Home Inspections Performed in Lake County Illinois

Antioch - Aptakisic - Bannockburn - Beach Park - Channel Lake - Cuba - Deer Park - Deerfield - Deerpath - Del Mar Woods - Diamond Lake - Forest Lake - Fox Lake - Fremont Center - Gages Lake - Gilmer - Grayslake - Great Lakes - Green Oaks - Gurnee - Hainesville - Half Day - Hawthorn Woods - Hickory Corners - Highland Park - Highmoor - Highwood - Idlewild - Indian Creek - Ingleside - Island Lake - Ivanhoe - Kildeer - Knollwood - Lake Barrington - Lake Bluff - Lake Forest - Lake Villa - Lake Zurich - Libertyville - Lincolnshire - Lindenhurst - Long Grove - Long Lake - Loon Lake - Mettawa - Millburn - Mundelein - North Chicago - Oak Grove - Old Mill Creek - Park City - Prairie View - Ravinia - Riverwoods - Rondout - Rosecrans - Round Lake - Round Lake Beach - Round Lake Heights - Round Lake Park - Skokie Junction - Sylvan Lake - Third Lake - Tower Lake - Vernon Hills - Volo - Wadsworth - Wauconda - Waukegan - Wildwood - Winthrop Harbor - Woodridge  Zion 

 

Home Inspections Performed in Cook County Illinois

Alsip - Arlington Heights - Barrington - Barrington Hills - Bartlett - Bedford Park - Bellwood - Bensenville - Berkeley - Bolingbrook - Bridgeview -Broadview - Brookfield - Buffalo Grove - Burnham - Burr Ridge - Calumet Park - Chicago - Chicago Ridge - Crestwood - Deer Park - Deerfield - Dixmoor - Dolton - East Dundee - East Hazel Crest - Elk Grove Village - Elmwood Park - Evergreen Park - Flossmoor - Ford Heights - Forest Park -    Forest View - Frankfort - Franklin Park - Glencoe - Glenview - Glenwood - Golf - Hanover Park - Harwood Heights - Hazel Crest - Hillside - Hinsdale - Hodgkins - Hoffman Estates - Hometown - Homewood - Indian Head Park - Inverness - Justice - Kenilworth - La Grange - La Grange Park - Lansing - Lemont - Lincolnwood - Lynwood - Lyons - Matteson - Maywood - McCook - Melrose Park - Merrionette Park - Midlothian - Morton Grove - Mount Prospect -  Niles - Norridge - North Riverside - Northbrook - Northfield - Oak Park - Olympia Fields - Orland Hills - Orland Park - Palatine - Palos Park - Park Forest - Phoenix - Posen - Prospect Heights - Richton Park
River Forest - River Grove - Riverdale - Riverside - Robbins - Roselle - Rosemont - Sauk Village - Schaumburg - Schiller Park - Skokie - South Barrington - South Chicago Heights - South Holland - Steger - Stickney - Stone Park - Streamwood
Summit - Thornton - Tinley Park - University Park - Westchester - Western Springs - Wheeling - Willow Springs - Wilmette
Winnetka - Woodridge - Worth

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