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New Solar Technology Turns Any Surface Into Solar Panel

This flexible material turns any surface into a solar panel Continue reading

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Changes for Airbnb hosts

A proposed ordinance filed this week by Aldermen Joe Moore, 49th, and Ameya Pawar, 47th, and backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, for anyone who rents their living space for up to 90 days a year would have to register with … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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