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Steve Bergsman

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Steve Bergsman has been a freelance journalist and real estate columnist for the past three decades. His news stories have appeared in over 100 newspapers, magazines, newsletters and wire services around the globe, including Reuters, Copley News Service, Creator's Syndicate and Inman News. Steve has also written six books: The Death of Johnny Ace; Growing Up Levittown: In A Time Of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis; After The Fall: Opportunities & Strategies for Real Estate Investing In the Coming Decade; Passport To Exotic Real Estate; Maverick Real Estate Financing; Maverick Real Estate Investing.


Abandoned Homes Continue to Plague Chicago


Despite recent efforts by the state and Cook County to improve the foreclosure process, Illinois and the city of Chicago are still plagued by abandoned residential buildings, not a hopeful sign for some neighborhoods as vacant structures attract transients and/or criminal elements, which, in turn, bring down local…

Good Schools Lures Many Families to Buffalo Grove


Legend has it that the village of Buffalo Grove in the northern suburbs of Chicago got its name when bison were seen drinking from a nearby creek. The bison have been gone for almost 300 years, supplanted by many generations of suburb seekers, so today this leafy village…