4 Ways to Keep the Value of Your Investment Condo Up

Buying and renting out real estate is a tried-and-true way to develop wealth over time. Not only can you build equity in the property simply through appreciation over time, the rent collected can cover the carrying costs.

KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - Planting for Pollinators

Bring beneficial bees, butterflies and birds to your garden…

INFOGRAPHIC: Best US Cities For New Grads to Find Work

It’s that time of year - a plethora of college kids are graduating, and are trading in their caps and gowns for jobs and rent. While the thought of having to find a job might sound intimidating, new grads can rest easy knowing that they’re entering an improved job market. In fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 11% more grads from the class of 2016 will be hired compared to last year.

TECHNOLOGY TIPS – CHICAGO TECHWEEK

This week from June 20 through June 26, technology entrepreneurs can participate in the week-long festival Techweek. The event was founded five years ago in Chicago to showcase the talent available in the Chicagoland area.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – It’s Dad’s Turn!

Yep! It’s Dad’s turn this Sunday as we celebrate Father’s…

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - South Loop, Lincoln Park, Norwood Park, Ravenswood, Evanston

SOUTH LOOP Today, Thursday 6/16, from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.…

5 Signs of a Shady Landlord

Depending on where you live, you might find it tough to land a great rental unit that fits within your budget and meets all your needs. But even when you find a place that’s located in an awesome location and seems like an affordable deal, it can be a total nightmare if you wind up stuck with a terrible landlord. Sure, many landlords are awesome, but some are not. In fact, some are downright shady, and even break the law when it comes to screening renters and dealing with them on a regular basis.

TECHNOLOGY TIPS – Time To Register For Startup Battlefield

Each year TechCrunch hosts what they call Disrupt SF. This…

KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - Helpful tips on leaving for vacation

I’m sure many of these are obvious but with our busy schedules…

The Ins and Outs of Private Mortgage Insurance

Can’t come up with 20% for a down payment? Be prepared to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). Borrowers who are applying for a conventional mortgage and aren’t able to come up with a sizeable down payment towards a home purchase will have this additional fee tacked onto their mortgage payments. This is in addition to others like interest, escrow and taxes.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - APPRECIATING ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL JUNE WEEKEND!

Summer in Chicago is full of hundreds of large and small street…

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LOOP, PORTAGE PARK, LAKEVIEW, GOLD COAST, OAK PARK

LOOP - Tomorrow, Friday 6/10, is the last day applications are being accepted for the Women's Business Development Center's (8 S. Michigan Ave.) 6 month LEAD Program, which stands for Latina Entrepreneurial Accelerated Development, that begins on June 22nd. This intensive leadership training program will focus on only 25 Latina business owners who have been in operation for at least 2 years and have at least 2 employees. The cost is only $200 for the program of seminars by successful peers who will connect, assess, and help actualize plans to move businesses forward. Follow this WBDC link for more information and to apply before the deadline.

Will Your Student Loan Affect Your Chances of Getting a Mortgage?

Still got massive student loan debt on the books? Join the 43 million other borrowers who do too. And among all the millennials who are still chipping away at their student loan debt, over one-third of them plan on buying a home within the next five years. But with all that debt still to be paid off, is getting a mortgage and purchasing a property a futile endeavor?

KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - Fire safety in and around the home

We try to keep our families as safe as we can. It’s good every once in a while to make sure fire hazards are kept to a minimum around the house. There are easy ways to minimize the danger of fire.

8 Things You Should Know About Living in a HOA Community

When you buy a condo, townhouse, or any other type of property in a planned development, you’re bound to the rules of the Homeowners’ Association (HOA). While you might have already known that rules existed when you bought, you likely never gave them a second thought, until there’s a problem.

Lenders Take Advantage of Strong Seller’s Market to Diminish Foreclosure Inventory

Vacant foreclosure properties - dubbed ‘zombie foreclosures’ - are on the decline. According to the second quarter 2016 US Residential Property Vacancy and Zombie Foreclosure Report, there are just over 19,000 properties that are in the zombie foreclosure process, a drop of 3.1% from April and a 30.1% plummet from the same time last year. These properties represent 4.7% of all foreclosures.

Buyers and Sellers Beware: Signs of Real Estate Scams to Be Aware of

Savvy scammers are always on the lookout for a way to swindle money from unsuspecting victims, and the real estate industry is by no means off limits. Of course, the overwhelming majority of buyers, sellers, agents, landlords, and others involved in real estate transactions are honest, but there are a few bad apples out there who spoil the bushel.

Chinese Buyers Continue to Pour Into US Real Estate

The housing market continues to sizzle in many cities across the US, but it’s not just domestic buyers that are fueling the fire. Foreign real estate investment continues to be a major player in US real estate, and is expected to pick up the pace throughout the remainder of 2016. Chinese investors, in particular, have their sights set on the US. Many wealthy Chinese investors have been dealing with obstacles stemming from the economic crisis in China, and have been looking outside of their borders to plant their capital.

How Real Estate Can Generate Income For the Retirement Years

A steady, predictable, and adequate income stream throughout retirement is a must for anyone in their Golden Years who wants to live comfortably long after they’ve said goodbye to their careers. But without a decent pension, considerable savings, or sizeable dividends from investment vehicles, having the pool of income needed to keep up a certain lifestyle after retirement can be downright difficult.

INFOGRAPHIC: 18 Curb Appeal Ideas to Help Attract Prospective Buyers

The first thing that prospective homebuyers see when they visit your home is the exterior. From the lawn, to the bushes, to the walkways, and finally to the front door, all these components make up the ‘curb appeal’ of your home, which you want to be certain is nothing short of impressive. Some buyers can be so turned off by the front lawn of a home that they don’t even bother checking out what’s behind the front door.

7 Things to Look Out For at Open Houses

You can learn a lot about a home from an Open House. While you’re not going to be climbing through the attic or sticking scopes down the plumbing pipes (leave that to the home inspector), you can still find out plenty about a property just by being vigilant.

Seller’s Guide to Making the Most of Your Open House

You’re opening the doors to your home to let curious buyers have a gander at your place, which will hopefully peak someone’s interest enough to put in an offer. After all, the more eyes that see your home, the better. That’s the point of an open house.