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Home Ownership

These Surprising Features May Increase Your Home’s Value

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Most people know the benefits of upgrading their home’s interior and exterior when looking to increase the value of the property, but you may be surprised to find out that these neighborhood features can impact your home’s worth. These neighborhood amenities are worth keeping in mind when it comes…

2015 Chicago Housing Market Trend Projections

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The spring housing market might be a great indication of where we’re heading this year. Midwest sales are up an average of 12.1 percent as a whole, and the Chicago housing market is seeing that home sales are up 6.4 percent compared to 2014 numbers.

Breathe New Life Into Your Home this Spring

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Whether you’re spring cleaning to open up your space or preparing to sell your home, adding plants to your home is a sure way to elevate your environment, and breathe new life into your home this spring.

Power Rankings: Chicago’s Most Expensive Condos

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In honor of March Madness and with the spring market about to drop on all of us with the fervor of a recent mid-March snowstorm, we decided to make a little bracket of our own pitting 16 of Chicago’s highest priced, luxury condo buildings against one another.

Renters’ Views of Homeownership

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Freddie Mac conducted a Harris Poll back in August of 2014 of over 2,000 adults in the U.S. to get a take on what keeps renters renting. And as you can probably suspect, there are a lot of factors.

A lifetime of knick knacks

Kay Severinsen
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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.

More than just your regular condo amenities

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Amenities—they can make or break a condo. Sure, we all want a nice space to live and rest our heads, but it's the perks a building provides its residents that often seal the deal when it comes to the crucial question of "Can I picture myself living here?"…

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

Kay Severinsen
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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.

Chicago’s Most Lavish Lobbies

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If you only get one chance to make a great first impression, condo and apartment lobbies in Chicago have set a high water mark for oohing and aahing prospective buyers and gawkers alike.