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2011 

In real estate, we have this phenomenon called the starter home.  It has been sometimes used as an excuse for buying something that we really don't like very much, but we want to own it anyway.  It only has two bedrooms, and it's really small, but it will do for a starter home.  It's next to the ...
01/30/2011
My city of birth is Chicago, where our family lived for the first ten years of my life.  Parents bought a new home in Schiller Park, just across the forest preserve from Chicago in 1956.  It cost them just under $18,000, all brick and plaster construction with three bedrooms and no garage.  There...
01/28/2011
This is the time of year when the President and most governors deliver an address to their constituents on the state of their particular jurisdiction.  They give accounting of the last year, and they make commitments to accomplish certain goals over the ensuing year. It's a good time to reflect o...
01/27/2011
About a year ago I posted a question and some possible answers.  I asked about where your landlord is and what he is probably doing.  Last year there were more uncertainties about the housing market than this year, and after a year, landlords are still doing quite well. Last year, I suggested tha...
01/26/2011
We hear a lot of talk about fence sitters, people who, for one reason or other, can't decide to pull the trigger and commit to buying a new home.  Do they really exist in great numbers?  A couple years ago, there were some folks who were waiting for the market to stabilize from its free-fall.  Th...
01/25/2011
We hear a lot of talk about fence sitters, people who, for one reason or other, can't decide to pull the trigger and commit to buying a new home.  Do they really exist in great numbers?  A couple years ago, there were some folks who were waiting for the market to stabilize from its free-fall.  Th...
01/25/2011
According to a report from the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, South Dakota leads the nation in its climate for small business.  The report cites as reasons for the top ranking, no personal or corporate income or capital gains taxes, lowest crime rate, and low state and local governm...
01/24/2011
We are rapidly closing down on the official Minnesota House Hunting Opener which, of course coincides with Groundhog Day, February 2.  Ten days from today the masses of homebuyers will wake up, fail to see their shadows, and hit the streets to find a place to buy before the lease expires in May. ...
01/23/2011
We are rapidly closing down on the official Minnesota House Hunting Opener which, of course coincides with Groundhog Day, February 2.  Ten days from today the masses of homebuyers will wake up, fail to see their shadows, and hit the streets to find a place to buy before the lease expires in May. ...
01/23/2011
If you're considering buying a home in Elko-New Market, demand that the agent assisting you advocate exclusively on your behalf. If the agent does not put his/her commitment in writing, you are being short-changed. A buyer agency agreement binds agents to put your interests ahead of theirs. They ...
01/20/2011
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