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How to Hygge

Rod Troch/flickr/2010 Winter in Chicago is cold, dark, and depressing. How can we get through it without losing our minds? By embracing Hygge. Hygge (hoo-gah) is a Danish word that encompasses coziness and comfort and hominess and being with...
January 18, 2017

Are McMansions going away?

The Census Bureau reports that the median square footage of newly built homes has shrunk by 7%. Says author Sarah Susanka, “As more and more people build or remodel homes that satisfy in quality rather than quantity, there will...
August 14, 2009

Freddie Mac on YouTube

Freddie Mac now has a two-minute video on YouTube, educating homeowners about the Making Home Affordable program and other mortgage workout programs from Freddie Mac. The video gives tips for working with housing counselors, including documents you should gather...
July 23, 2009

Post Office for sale in Chicago

The old post office in Chicago, which spans the Eisenhower Expressway, is up for auction. This unique building was once the largest post office in the United States, with 14 stories containing 3 million square feet. Suggested bids start...

Foreign investors targeting Detroit

Foreclosed homes in Detroit are selling from $1.00 to $10,000 and foreign buyers are snapping them up, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Real estate agent Michael Shannon recently sold 30 homes in one day to one...
March 9, 2009

Diving in to the housing market

First-time home buyers are now entering the housing market because housing prices have dropped. “The new buyers are being lured in by home prices that are down about 25% from their peak levels in mid-2006, according to the S&P/Case-Schiller...

The Obama Effect

This is a difficult time–car companies that need a bailout, a declining stock market and foreclosures. But James Crumbaugh III is optimistic about the Obama Effect–a sense of optimism leading up to the new presidency. “With the automotive bailout,...
December 10, 2008

7 Plans for the Housing Market

U.S. News & World Report summarizes 7 ways to help the housing market, from government officials, economists, professors and investment specialists. For instance, the plan from R. Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, wants to help everyone in...
November 17, 2008

Web appeal — do your listings have it?

We know that pictures draw interested clients to a house. Why not make the best of your listings by improving and updating them with videos? “Early on, some agents popularized one style of virtual tour that emulates the feeling...

Banishing Ghostly Visitors from Your House

Are you seeing apparitions? Is your toilet flushing mysteriously at 2am? Ripping up carpeting and upsetting the ghostly former owner? These things have happened to homeowners. In actuality, some things have a common explanation, such as a problem with...
October 30, 2008