Author Archives: Markus Keller

Proposed CMU Ordinance – City of Chicago

This post is about the development of a proposed City of Chicago ordinance for a new disclosure form during the transfer of real property involving new and existing buildings containing any amount of CMU construction. This is an ongoing project with contributions by numerous professionals. Continue reading

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Condominium Reserve Study

Knowing and understanding your Condo building conditions can go a long way in saving assessments, improving building conditions and increasing resale equity. This article may help you understand why. Continue reading

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Listing your Home for sale

What to know how to prepare your house for a better, quicker sale? Read on Continue reading

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Is this House a good investment?

Whether a particular house is or isn’t a good investment is a complicated question that shouldn’t just be viewed from a money standpoint. Of course, its always about the money. It’s also a quality of life issue for you and your family. Read the details … Continue reading

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Chicago Building Code considerations

“Why does the City of Chicago need this pesky building code?” This is a question that many a homeowner has asked at one time or another. The unfortunate scenario, is that this question is often asked in frustration or anger … Continue reading

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Why Home remodeling projects cost so much

HOMEOWNERS AND REMODELING PROJECTS Why Homeowner remodeling projects cost so much Inexperience Thinking that each little extra cost isn’t a big deal Not keeping track of extras as the job progresses Choosing nicer quality finish components than you planned on … Continue reading

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Construction Defects – Chicago

HOMEOWNERSHIP AND CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS Construction defects are one of those issues that no one ever wants to think about. Builders like to pretend there either is no such thing; it’s just a pesky misunderstanding; or it is always something another … Continue reading

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Buying a Condo in Chicago

CONDOMINIUM OWNERSHIP CONSIDERATIONS Ask for copies of the last few Condominium Association meeting minutes. The meeting minutes can often times be very revealing about building conditions, ownership concerns or upcoming repair costs at the property. Ask for all information as required … Continue reading

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Home buying in Chicago

BUYING A NEW HOUSE IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO OWNERSHIP CONSIDERATIONS Water & Sewer bills: In the City of Chicago the bill comes twice a year. Bill payment varies in the suburbs. The bill may be due monthly, quarterly or … Continue reading

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Basement Remodeling in Chicago

Adding living space to your existing home So you’ve been looking at that open utility basement and thinking it would be a great space for an extra bedroom, bathroom and new recreation room. You aren’t the only one with those … Continue reading

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Sample Restaurant Review

Restaurant Reviews Coming Soon.

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Should I buy this House?

The Home Inspection process and the question of whether or not you should buy a particular house. Often times an inspector gets asked, ‘Should I buy this house?’ This seems like a reasonable question. It is however a question I … Continue reading

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Attic remodeling – Chicago Bungalow

City of Chicago vintage Bungalow attic rehab So you’ve been looking at that raw storage attic and thinking it would be a great space for a master suite with a wonderful spa bathroom. You aren’t the only one with those … Continue reading

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