| May 16, 2010
When Ed Amaya put his Oak Park bungalow up for sale in mid-2007, homes in his neighborhood sold in a matter of days, weeks at the most.
"We had some showings; got close to a deal," recalled Amaya. But as the housing market soured, a sale proved elusive....
| May 7, 2010
| 2:08 PM
Many Boomers tired of waiting for the real estate market to improve to sell their homes might want to consider making a move now. The housing market appears to be stabilizing and home sales are picking up. And, while owners may not get as much for their...
| May 5, 2010
| 9:30 AM
The accusations that have piled up against Eliseo Carrillo run counter to the image the Chicago entrepreneur cultivated as a champion of Latino immigrants.
As the housing market weakened in recent years, Carrillo's smiling face appeared on billboards...
| Sep 24, 2010
Often, the most enticing incentive for a home buyer is a lower priced house. That lesson hasn't been lost on builders in the Chicago area and nationwide. In the wake of the expiration of the Federal Home Buyers Tax Credit on April 30, the most popular...
| Oct 8, 2010
Han Sohn needed a place to live and he needed it fast.
The newly retired college professor and his wife had already sold their house in Champaign and were living with one of their children in Glenview. Wanting to live near their kids, the couple looked...
| Oct 15, 2010
Hardly a day goes by where the real estate market doesn't make headlines. However, a lot of that news is based on national data, which is really just an average of the whole country and doesn't apply to any one particular place.
Chicagoans know that...
| Jul 9, 2010
Norridge legend has it that in the mid-1950s, a group of determined residents banded together to protect a key patch of land. The parcel was being eyed for industrial development, but residents wanted it turned into a park. In 1957, the land was purchased...
| Jul 8, 2010
| 10:09 AM
Let's say you've decided you want to buy an eco-friendly house. How would you find one?
Not very easily, although the process is getting simpler.
The starting point for most consumers (and their real estate agents) in a general search for homes with...
| Jul 23, 2010
"Gypsies, pickpockets and even a man walking around with a chicken on his head. This was an edgy neighborhood back then. It was not for everybody," said Bill Lavicka, rehabber and preservationist.
He was reminiscing about the old days on Maxwell Street,...
| Aug 11, 2010
A local radio host says he was denied a chance to buy a house because he's black.
Comedian and radio personality, George Willborn, agreed to buy a house at 33rd and Normal in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood for $1.7 million. But the owners refused to...
| Jul 25, 2010
In late 2003, a housing agency approached recently elected Chicago Ald. Rey Colon with a plan to build a $5.5 million condominium building on a rubble-strewn lot in his West Side ward.
Within months, Colon bought the only home on the lot with a $350,000,...
| Sep 12, 2010
| 10:14 AM
Mayor Richard M. Daley is a relentless doer who has remade Chicago's urban landscape, but he is also leaving behind a load of unfinished business.
The unbuilt Chicago Spire, an incomplete Block 37, an empty swath of land where Chicago wanted to construct...