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Frank Lloyd Wright Home in La Grange Up for Sale

Sep 6, 2013

The Today Show’s Real Estate Listing of the Week showcases the Stephen M. B. Hunt House in La Grange, currently on the market for just under $700,000. The home is only on its third owner — a unusual fact, considering the residence was constructed by Wright in 1907. And it’s this limited ownership that made the home […]

How to Have Someone Else Pay Your Mortgage

Aug 22, 2013

A new generation of homebuyers is looking at multi-flat buildings as a way to snag their city dream home, Chicago Grid reported.  For young Chicagoans, the idea of renting in a two-flat may be more familiar than the prospect of buying one. But as the housing market bounces back, a wave of first-time homebuyers are […]

Start the School Year With a Stop for School Bus Safety

Aug 21, 2013

Good news, parents: The first day of school is just around the corner. The end of August in Chicago signals a return to a regular routine for most households. Now is a good time to teach young students and new drivers about staying safe around school buses. School bus safety requires informed students and cautious […]

5 Smart Things To Do With Your Wedding Gift Money

Aug 13, 2013

Between the food, the event space, the photographer and the band — you may have spent a large part of your savings on your wedding. If you were lucky enough to receive wedding gift money from friends and family, you can really make this newfound money work for you. Instead of using your cash for a […]

Underground Tunnels Transport More Than Chicago Commuters

Jun 21, 2013

WBEZ’s Curious City reported June 20 that they found no fewer than six different sets of tunnels underneath Chicago’s Loop. Each of the tunnels  was at some point, or continues to be, a critical part of Chicago’s infrastructure. The city would be lost without these tunnels. Sometimes they’re hidden, and sometimes they’re just overlooked, taken for granted […]

Thinking of Remodeling? Go Certified!

Aug 10, 2012

Dreaming about your perfect home but stuck in a house you don’t love? You’re in good company! Thanks to shrinking home resale values, thousands of homeowners are choosing to fix up their current home rather than upgrade to a new house. In fact, while home sales remain stagnant, remodeling permits are up 23 percent over […]

Digital DIY: Fixing Your Faucet via Text

Mar 21, 2012

Last weekend, my friend Richelle texted me that she wanted to fix a leaky faucet and with her husband out of town, she needed help to get the job done while avoiding water damage. Knowing that I’m a bit of a DIY junkie, she asked me to walk her through the process via text. It […]

5 Tips to Finding the Right Senior Living Community

Jul 6, 2011

Soon-to-be seniors searching for retirement homes may have trouble knowing where to start. Though many communities promote the fun side of senior living—game nights, shopping trips and, in some cases, on-site spas—there are serious considerations to make when choosing where to spend your retirement years, or when helping a parent decide where to spend theirs. […]

‘Black Box’ Recorders May Become Mandatory in New Vehicles

Jun 10, 2011

Dozens of airplane crashes have occurred over the years that have left many questions. While some of these incidents remain shrouded in mystery, the planes’ flight data recorders have helped investigators put together bits of information they wouldn’t have had otherwise. After years of attempts, it appears the automobile version of the flight data recorder […]

Lease or Buy? That is the Question

May 24, 2011

You’re at a roadblock in your adult life: you can’t decide whether to purchase or lease a car. It’s a familiar scenario these days. Leasing is on the rise—more than one in four consumers now lease their ride in the U.S. While it may be tempting to take advantage of new options such as shorter […]