An inside look at Chicago real estate

Kay Severinsen

Kay Severinsen

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Kay Severinsen is a veteran Chicago-area journalist who enjoys writing about real estate, neighborhood and community issues, and exploring how the built environment impacts the way we live. An award-winning writer, Kay's articles have been featured in the Chicago Sun Times, where she served as a real estate columnist, real estate web editor, and content strategist, among other roles.



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Baby Coming? Should You Move or Move Over?

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In an early “Modern Family” episode, Jay and Mitch both find their home offices are getting displaced by a baby. They mourn their lost guy space. Giving up space is a rite of passage for many young families.

A lifetime of knick knacks

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My mother died a few weeks ago. She inspired me with her intellect, her curiosity and her selfless care giving of my dad, who was ill for many years. She also drove me crazy because, as a child of the Great Depression, she saved every last thing.

5 Reasons to Hug a Tree (or Buy a Home on a Leafy Street)

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The City of Chicago just announced it will plant 6,260 trees by the end of October —800 more than originally planned. That's good news for city dwellers who like breathing air, saving on air conditioning bills, driving on unflooded streets and having fewer ozone days.

Riding Home: How to Buy Near Bike Lanes

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According to the city's website, Chicago currently has more than 200 miles of on-street protected, buffered and shared bike lanes, many miles of off-street paths (including the 18.5-mile lakefront trail), more than 13,000 bike racks and sheltered, high-capacity, bike parking areas at many CTA rail stations.

Noisy neighbors driving you nuts? You’re not alone

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Those who have only lived in single-family homes in the suburbs may be unprepared for the lively amounts of sound generated by everyday living, let alone by neighbors who choose to party hearty, raise boisterous children or enjoy other extra curricular activities.

Less Taxing, But…

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As you are searching for a home, you might find slightly better deals (when it comes to your total payment) in unincorporated areas. That can sometimes make the difference in your ability to meet your monthly payment.