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As if it's not tough enough to encourage some cash-strapped owners to keep their property in good condition, they are offered this advice:7 tips to lower your property taxes...4. Limit Curb Appeal Tax assessors use a very strict set of guidelines when evaluating a house. However, the assessment d...
04/13/2008
YouTube home improvement public service message from 1944.
03/17/2008
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03/01/2008
I’ve been looking at foreclosures, and recently saw at a small 2BR house in a Chicago suburb with extensive termite and water damage. After sharpening my pencil and costing it out I was considering offering $50-60K as a rehab (unusual situation where two single family homes had been condo'ed on t...
01/15/2008
I've been seeing too many of these lately - the problem, I guess, is that there are really no standards or certifications for "winterizers", and out-of-state title holders are hiring the low bidder. Some of there are real heart-breakers, previously sound structures that are being destroyed by win...
01/10/2008
Interesting and IMO pretty scary read on the fundamentals of the housing market in areas that have experienced high appreciation.
12/26/2007
Doing some research on foreclosed property I was interested to run into these results from a ServiceMagic survey of homeowners who were trying to deal with neighbors who were not properly maintaining their property:"More than 60% have or have had neighbors who make the street look bad...  18% sai...
12/26/2007
OK, I think we can all agree it's an ugly, ugly crawl space.But what's interesting about it is how it got to be the way it is, click here - this was one of those CSI inspection moments... BTW, the buyer's agent - Beth Morgan, of Prairie Shore Real Estate in Evanston, IL - got down there with me. ...
12/12/2007
Well …it’s winter here in Chicago – 21F this morning – and I’m getting calls to inspect vacant and/or “winterized” (mostly foreclosure or pre-foreclosure) properties in below freezing conditions. This means it’s going to be getting harder and harder to perform an inspection that assists my client...
12/03/2007
Hi,I've been reading here for a while, posting occasionally to other peoples blogs, and as I'm in the process of gradually moving content up to a new web site I though though this would be a good time to start getting some feedback from  RE professionals other than other inspectors and my clients...
11/26/2007
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