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"What's the Price?"

February 20th, 2012

All too often we, as a society and consuming people, become caught up in the price. Whether it's purchasing a new TV, a new car, or a new home, there is more involved than just the price.

Price

The price is what we actually pay. It's the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in exchange for goods or services. It only takes into account what you're currently going t ...

Listing Your Townhome? What to Remove

February 13th, 2012

It's common knowledge that you need to prepare your townhome prior to listing. The obvious goal is to make your property look as attractive as possible. Part of that is ensuring that a potential purchaser can envision themselves living in your home. The other part is to ensure that your belongings are safe throughout the sales process. Here are a few tips to ensure that both of those parts ar ...

As-Is Sale - What Does That Mean?

February 10th, 2012
AS-IS Sales - What You Should Know

We're seeing "As-Is" sales more and more in every market across the United States. This shouldn't be a surprise based on current market conditions, and we'll talk about several things here, including:

- What "As-Is" Means
- Why "As-Is"?
- What to Watch For

But, before we start, disclaimer time: this is not legal advice, and the writer of this blog is not a ...

Short Sales 101 - Episode 3 - How to Prepare for a Short Sale

December 20th, 2011

If you're considering a short sale, you've probably been emotionally drained. If you're in default, you have most likely been receiving daily phone calls and numerous letters from your lender. Maybe you've had third party purchasers (with access to public data regarding pre-foreclosure status) reaching out to you, and you maybe have been contacted by real estate agents scanning those same dat ...

Townhome Short Sales - Options

November 19th, 2011
Short Sales are not a main topic for this site and we won't elaborate. But knowing that townhome owners are affected by the economy just as much as other owners, we want to ensure that you have the right resources if you're facing difficult times and difficult decisions. It's important to find the right professional to help you work through whatever troubles you may be having with your proper ...

Chicago Townhome Goes For LEED Platinum

November 17th, 2011
LEED PLATINUM IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL of certification that the USGBC offers in their LEED points-based rating system. For the first time (that anyone is aware of), owners of a Chicago townhome are undergoing a full gut-rehab of their 25 year-old townhome. This is a huge undertaking, however, it goes to show that townhomes can be converted to energy-efficient and socially responsbile abodes. Whi ...

"Three Distinct Row Houses... Neighborhoods"

November 15th, 2011
Most rowhomes are similar or often identical to some townhomes, but the term varies based on region. Curbed Chicago just put out a blog highlighting a comparison of three newly-listed rowhomes in distinctly different neighborhoods. It's interesting to see the variances in architecture, style, neighborhood, and price.

The article features a Washington Park home on Ingleside that is currently ...

Why Skyscrapers Are Overrated

November 10th, 2011
"Why Skyscrapers are Overrated" (Andrew Nusca, SmartPlanet.com, November 09, 2011)

PHILADELPHIA — Skyscrapers may be in vogue among architects and financiers as the prominent path to urban innovation, but city officials should look to less ornamental means to make an impact, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron said yesterday.

Speaking at the TEDxPhilly conference, Saffron a ...

Younger buyers want to forgo maintenance

April 11th, 2010

The American Dream: A two-story house with a yard, picket fence, 2.5 children and a golden retriever. The problem: Someone has to mow the lawn, paint the fence, shuttle the kids and walk the dog.

Professional carpoolers and dog walkers have the last two chores covered, but for many homeowners the notion of home maintenance is dismaying. They grew up watching their parents spend weekends with ...

Belgravia Group Teams With @properties on Closeout of Chicago Townhomes at Union Row

April 11th, 2010
Building on a successful alliance that has resulted in more than 65 condominium sales in the past two months at 565 W. Quincy, Belgravia Realty Group and @properties announced they are teaming up again to sell the remaining Chicago townhomes at Union Row on the city’s Near South Side.

Read the announcement here.


Union Row is located on West 16th Street just south of Roosevelt Road, between ...
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