Yearly Archives: 2010

Rep. Rush Responds To Sun-Times Article About Alleged Mortgage Problems

CHICAGO, IL - November 4, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) released the following statement regarding today's Sun-Times article on an alleged lawsuit filed by New City Bank. This amended statement, though given to the reporter after being reached for comment after 8 PM Wednesday, read in part

Windy City listings synced to website of broker Stephen Johnson with dynamic IDX Broker...

EUGENE, OR - November 4, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- IDX, Inc. welcomes Stephen Johnson, the newest addition to the network of real estate professionals changing the way potential buyers search for homes online. Johnson has adopted his own customized IDX solution for his professional website, giving him the ability to link his search page directly to the Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) database of property listings. Thousands of homes now appear on his website, making finding the perfect home online in Chicago, Illinois monumentally easier.

State Celebrates Dedication of Two Affordable Apartment Developments in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - November 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today celebrated the dedication of 77 affordable apartments for seniors and families in Chicago. IHDA Executive Director Gloria L. Materre joined developer Hispanic Housing Development Corp. during a ceremony for the North & Talman Apartments, 1600 N. Talman Ave., Chicago. IHDA provided $2.5 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund financing. IHDA’s investment generated nearly $17 million in private equity for the two developments.

Lee & Associates Completes Long-Term Office Lease on Behalf of Douglas Shaw & Associate

Torrance, CA - October 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Lee & Associates, one of the largest national commercial real estate providers with regional expertise, has completed a long-term lease for a 30,646-square-foot office space located at 1717 Park St. in Naperville. The value of the lease is approximately $6.5 million

Governor Quinn Highlights State’s Efforts to Increase Affordable Housing Options

CHICAGO, IL - October 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today commended Illinois’ housing leaders at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing for their efforts in charting a course to further Illinois’ economic recovery. Governor Quinn highlighted the state’s dedication to affordable housing, including community stabilization, supportive housing to end homelessness, affordable homeownership programs and green building.

High Affordability Conditions for September’s Illinois Housing Market Sales Down for the Month, Stronger...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - October 25, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Record low mortgage interest rates and more affordable home prices benefited buyers in September, although the Illinois housing market remains subdued after the tax credit without stronger signals from the economy in the areas of jobs and improved consumer confidence. According to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® latest report, statewide total home sales (which include single-family and condominiums) in September 2010 totaled 8,024, down 4.7 percent from August’s 8,419 home sales; year-over-year home sales are down 23.4 percent compared to September 2009 sales of 10,470 homes. Year-to-date sales remain positive, up 4.9 percent January through September 2010 with 81,669 home sales compared to 77,860 home sales for the same period in 2009

Metro Chicago Real Estate Sold More Quickly in September Even as Fewer Properties Changed...

Chicago, IL - October 25, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- September marked the first month in which the metropolitan Chicago real estate market felt the full impact of the end of the federal income tax credit for homebuyers, which had been in effect in one form or another for nearly two years. The result was a mix of signs, with homes selling more quickly than they did in the same month last year but with fewer homes changing hands

Carbon monoxide dangers are greatest during winter home heating season

CHICAGO, IL - October 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- For most people, home furnaces have sat idle during the summer. As temperatures go down, it’s important to understand the possible dangers that lurk when restarting a dormant furnace, warns the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

Global Direct Real Estate Investment Volumes Constrained by Product Availability in Third Quarter 2010

CHICAGO, LONDON, SINGAPORE - October 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- New research from Jones Lang LaSalle reveals that preliminary global direct commercial real estate investment volumes totalled US$69 billion in the third quarter of 2010. This level is similar to the second quarter of 2010 and indicates that the recovery in investment activity seen in the previous four quarters has levelled off. Direct commercial real estate investment volumes in the first three quarters of this year have reached US$202 billion compared to the US$139 billion transacted over the same period of 2009. Jones Lang LaSalle expects volumes for the full year to reach US$280 to 290 billion

Rush Praises Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade for Providing Homes and a Fresh Start in...

CHICAGO, IL - October 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush today expressed his support and admiration for the ongoing humanitarian relief efforts for the survivors of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. Last week, in a powerful expression of support for those who are still struggling to rebuild their lives, Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade welcomed 163 Haitian students to new homes and a fresh start in life in this west African nation. The Haitian students have remained homeless in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck 10 miles southwest of Haiti's capital, in Port-au-Prince, leaving in its wake 230,000 dead and tens of thousands of families homeless.

State Announces $5.3M in State, Stimulus Funding to Build Affordable Homes in Central Illinois

NORMAL, IL - October 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) officials today joined Bluestem Housing Partners NFP and local dignitaries to celebrate the groundbreaking of an independent living facility for seniors in Normal. The construction project is estimated to create more than 60 jobs for local residents and will produce 50 affordable rental homes for low-income seniors. The State of Illinois invested $5.3 million to build Cottage Apartments, including $1.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and $3.8 million in loans and tax credits from other state resources.

IEMA Promotes Home Radon Testing during Radon Action Week Oct. 17-23

SPRINGFIELD, IL - October 20, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nearly 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths occur each year in Illinois, yet many people have never tested their homes to find out if dangerous levels of this radioactive gas are present. During Radon Action Week Oct. 17-23, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people throughout Illinois to test their homes.

Chicago Agent Reveals Which Brokerage Website Rates the Best

Chicago, IL - October 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- In a recent issue of Chicago Agent magazine, the publication used various tools to rate a number of brokerage websites, touching on an overview of national, local, franchise, and independent offices. The results of the rankings clearly demonstrated that some brokerages might need to up the ante on their websites’ capabilities, and a survey featured in the issue highlights that agents agree.

Governor Quinn Announces State Investment in New Housing for Homeless Veterans

CHICAGO, IL - October 18, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $4 million state investment to help build a housing development that will provide quality, affordable apartments and supportive services for 80 Veterans who are homeless. Approximately 75 jobs will be created during the construction of Hope Manor Apartments in Chicago

Chicago home search simplified with the IDX solution employed by top national Realtor Robert...

EUGENE, OR - October 15, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- IDX, Inc. is pleased to announce that Robert Picciariello has become the latest real estate professional to upgrade the search functions and capabilities of his website, with IDX Broker software. As a Chicago, Illinois agent, Picciariello has proven his dedication and devotion to serving his clients and their every real estate need. Now, his IDX solution helps him further accomplish these goals by syncing his search page directly to the Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) listings database, making thousands of Chicago area properties appear for home seekers to browse through during their online property search. Picciariello has forever changed the way potential buyers find homes online by simply adding the innovative IDX Broker software to his page; his real estate business will never be the same.


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


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How to Make Your Garage Door Quieter

Did you know that the structural noise from a garage can be anywhere from 5 decibels to 20 decibels above the background noise levels? And if you are wondering how much change would a 20-decibel increase make, then consider this – with a rise of 20 decibels, the sound energy increases by a factor of 100!