Mar 30, 2016

New Solar Technology Turns Any Surface Into Solar Panel

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Mar 25, 2016

March Newsletter

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Jan 15, 2016

Changes for Airbnb hosts

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ComEd Delivery Rates Set to Fall

The Illinois Commerce Commission has just approved a $67 million rate decrease, $17 million more than the $50 million decrease ComEd proposed. Because of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) or smart grid law, a 2011 statue that guarantees utilities … Continue reading

It’s now harder to get that garage-top deck approved

[Crain’s] Decks atop garages were once essentially a given in every single-family home from Old Town to Lakeview on the market for upward of $1 million. Most buyers expect the decks, which help increase the living space on tight city … Continue reading

Nov Newsletter

Chicago approves Emanuel’s property tax increase

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion fiscal 2016 budget and a historic property tax increase to pay for public safety worker pensions easily cleared the city council on Wednesday. However, the plan for the fiscal year that begins on Jan. … Continue reading

Navigating the New Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO)

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) presented “Navigating the New ARO” on May 28th to a packed room at the Dream20 Showroom in the Merchandise Mart. The City of Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance requires residential developments that receive city … Continue reading

Sprawling Density

With buyers coming to market en masse, cities and neighborhoods are looking to attract new residents, whose spending, and property tax income could benefit the areas they live in. But housing has become more competitive, with detached and attached housing … Continue reading

Tax Time Tips

Homeownership carries many tax benefits, so be sure you’re taking advantage of these strategies at tax time: Mortgage Interest Deduction Interest you pay on a mortgage of up to $1 million — or $500,000 if you’re married filing separately — … Continue reading

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