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When is a house for sale, but not for sale? When it's being privately offered "off the books" — not listed in the local multiple listing service's database. Or it could be headed for the MLS but, for various reasons, hasn't gotten there yet. In...
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By Melissa Harris and Gail MarksJarvisHow do the wealthy stay wealthy? The mandatory financial disclosure released last week by commerce secretary nominee Penny Pritzker provides a rare look at an American billionaire's entire investment portfolio. Pritzker inherited much of her wealth,...
Q: We live in a six-unit condominium in need of guidance on how much to charge for monthly assessments as well as how much to allocate for reserves. A recent analysis of for-sale vintage condominiums similar to ours showed an average monthly assessment of...
Q: I own a condominium in an eight-unit building. I am preparing my unit for sale and my Realtor says that our association should get the building FHA approved so that prospective buyers who plan to use FHA-backed mortgages can be viable prospects. Can...
Q: Our condominium unit faces the roof of an adjacent condominium building that leases a portion of its roof for cellphone equipment and antennas. It seems every time I look out my window, new equipment is added without any notice to surrounding...
Q: We live in a garden unit of a four-unit condominium building, and when it rains, water infiltrates into our crawl space. We can smell a musty odor in our living area. We have been experiencing this issue for over two years now, and the association...
When he bought his Kenmore combination washer and dryer from Sears in Oak Brook on July 13, 2011, Tony La Piana decided not to pay for an extended warranty. The salesman assured him Kenmore products are built to last, so La Piana paid $977.49 for the...
"Florida is on fire," proclaimed a real estate newsletter that came my way recently. It heralded new and apparently better days for the state's homebuilding industry, which was decimated when the housing bubble burst. Florida was one of four so-called...
Even if the real estate market were in Armageddon mode, many real estate industry types could still be expected to give you an enthusiastic "yes!" if you asked them, "Is now a good time to sell my house?" But given the near-avalanche of somewhat...
LeAnn Rimes' Chicago condo appearing on HGTV, 'Jersey Shore' star Vinny Schaumburg-bound, Chelsea Handler dines at JaponaisLeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian didn’t live in Chicago very long, but the celebrity couple was here long enough to lease a Gold Coast condo and have it featured on an episode of HGTV’s new interior design series, “Interiors, Inc.&...
Dear Liz: I try to watch out for my neighbors, a married couple in their early 90s. Two of their three sons, who are both in their 60s, want them to get a reverse mortgage. The couple's house is paid off as well as their cars. They pay all their monthly...
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