Category Archives: Lifestyle

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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Cost vs. Value

The newest Cost versus Value report has just been released. Leading in the midrange projects in Chicago are steel entry doors, garage door replacements, deck additions and stone veneer accents. Leading upscale projects were wood window replacements, garage door replacements … Continue reading

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The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

In a recent TED Talks, James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not … Continue reading

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December 2014 Newsletter

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Solar Suites

While solar is comprised of a diverse suite of technologies, there are three main types: photovoltaics (PV), solar heating & cooling (SHC), and concentrating solar power (CSP). Homeowners and businesses interested in going solar are primarily interested in the first … Continue reading

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Tiny 8 sqm Parisian apt

Maid rooms in Paris have long been considered unattractive and secluded spaces in the beautiful Haussmann buildings, renovations commissioned napoleon III and led by Georges-Eugene Haussmann. Always located on the top level under the roof, they are characterized by their … Continue reading

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Heating a Room for pennies a day

Someone passed this along to me, and will be attempting to test this out soon. I’m leaving the details here, in case anyone else is interested. You will be using candles – so will want to be home if attempting, … Continue reading

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Chicago Riverwalk Construction

Chicago Riverwalk Teaser from Sasaki Associates on Vimeo.

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Untapped Income Potential

#200478943-001 / gettyimages.com With many homeowners’ spending power getting squeezed from the economy, or from sapped equity from the market downtown in previous years, many are becoming more creative in finding ways to make their home more affordable and produce … Continue reading

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Eyes on Logan Square

Wilmette-based real estate firm Terraco has recently purchased the Megamall site on Milwaukee, north of Fullerton. The building which housed an indoor flea market, is going to be razed with potential plans of retail spaces, anchor stores and potential apartments. … Continue reading

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