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Illinois Housing Market Statistics | Illinois Association of REALTORS® [CLICK HERE]

Illinois Housing Market Statistics | Illinois Association of REALTORS® [CLICK HERE] | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
(IAR Fast Stats presented by the Illinois Association of REALTORS) Snapshot: Illinois Home Sales Strong Illinois home sales and prices continue in September ()
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Good info, but local stats are different.

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Scuba diving shop in Doral issued fake certifications, authorities say - Local 10

Scuba diving shop in Doral issued fake certifications, authorities say - Local 10 | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
Ocean Hunters, a scuba diving school in Doral, was issuing fraudulent scuba diving certification courses, authorities said Tuesday.
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Glad I didn't get certified to drive at that place!

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Mortgage Rates Fall Even Lower This Week [CLICK HERE]

Mortgage Rates Fall Even Lower This Week [CLICK HERE] | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.63 percent this week, its lowest average since 2013.
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How long will rates stay low? This is such a great time to buy and sell. Unfortunately, to many people will miss out due to not taking action. If you live in or around Chicago lets talk if you have been on the fence about buying or selling a home. You might not see mortgage rates this low again during your entire lifetime! Call us at 866-753-3927 

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First Latina Disney princess to debut on 'Sofia the First' - Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Times

First Latina Disney princess to debut on 'Sofia the First' - Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it

Meet Elena of Avalor.

 

She’s Disney’s first Latina princess.

 

She’s 16.

 

Disney Junior announced on Thursday that Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut next year in a special episode of “Sofia the First.”

 

And after she has made her debut, she’ll star in her own animated spin-off series, “Elena of Avalor,” also set to debut on Disney Junior in 2016.

 

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It is about time Disney acknowledges the Hispanic cultures of the world.  I am so very glad to see this happen now in 2015

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The App That Pairs Wine With Food

The App That Pairs Wine With Food | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it

Grapeful is a free mobile app that helps users pair wine with food, discover wine styles, and impress a date with a range of geeky facts about wine.


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love this app!!

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Why 'sourceMLS' badges could soon be all the rage [CLICK HERE]

Why 'sourceMLS' badges could soon be all the rage [CLICK HERE] | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it

A nonprofit trade group comprised mostly of multiple listing services has launched an initiative it says will help consumers cut through the noise and identify which listings come from the most high-quality source out there: the MLS.

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Windows 8.1 New App - Health and Fitness

With the release of Windows 8.1 a couple of new Bing apps have been released. Just like Bing Finance, Bing News, Bing Travel, etc. this app brings informatio...
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Mysterious Found Footage Offers a Rare Glimpse of 1940s Chicago

Mysterious Found Footage Offers a Rare Glimpse of 1940s Chicago | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
One man's stellar garage sale find gives us a peek into the past.

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CSINowedu's curator insight, March 20, 2014 7:19 PM

At a recent estate sale on the south side of Chicago, Jeff Altman spotted a canister of film simply labeled "Chicago" and "Print 1." That tidbit of information was intriguing enough for Altman to drop $40 on the print.

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New Attraction Offers Tilted View Atop Hancock Center

New Attraction Offers Tilted View Atop Hancock Center | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
The city that produced the first skyscraper is again breaking new ground in elevated innovation.

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This looks cool... we are going to check it out soon!

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CSINowedu's curator insight, March 18, 2014 7:52 AM

Officials aren't yet sure how long the experience is going to last, possibly from 30-40 seconds.

 

In a news release announcing the project, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the project will have a profound affect on tourism, with the ability to "attract thrill seekers from around the world to our city."

TILT will first be unveiled to the more than 500 visitors at the U.S. Travel Association's IPW convention on April 5-9, and to the public afterward.



Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/New-Attraction-Offers-Tilted-View-Atop-Hancock-Tower-250218411.html

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Chicago Posts Best Price Increases in 26 Years in Nov. Case-Shiller [Click Here]

Chicago Posts Best Price Increases in 26 Years in Nov. Case-Shiller [Click Here] | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it

November 2013 was a good month for home prices in Chicago, according to the latest Case-Shiller report.

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Impressive! Calling all property owners in and around Chicago... Let's sell your home, condo, townhome or building!

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Nescafe Mines CES for Next Big Idea In ... Coffee

Nescafe Mines CES for Next Big Idea In ... Coffee | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it

The coffee cup. Could it be an "internet-of-things" connected device, or even a "wearable" in the same vein as a smart watch of Nike FuelBand?

Those were some of the questions asked and answered in a day-long "Fast Forward" event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where WPP's Mindshare unit brought Nescaf�© together with a group of tech companies hoping to do business with them......


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Coffee and the internet just seem to go well together!

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Chicago's Invisible Wall That Million Dollar Homes Can't Seem To Penetrate - Yet

Chicago's Invisible Wall That Million Dollar Homes Can't Seem To Penetrate - Yet | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
It’s as if there is an invisible wall running through the middle of Chicago, along Western Avenue all the way south of Montrose.
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Developers and rehabbers have been trying for years to extend the boundaries of Western Ave, however for the most part the luxury market is not interested. 

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Zillow?s Secret Real Estate Hacks - Daily Beast

Zillow?s Secret Real Estate Hacks - Daily Beast | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
Remodeling the bathroom, not the kitchen, gives you the most bang for your buck. Adjustable-rate mortgages aren’t evil. Buy on a street called Lake. And more from the real estate gurus.

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great insights here... fixing your home? What gives you the most bang for the buck?

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Portal Power-Play Heats Up: Zillow to End Listing Agreement with Listhub [CLICK HERE]

Portal Power-Play Heats Up: Zillow to End Listing Agreement with Listhub [CLICK HERE] | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it


There's more news to report this week on the ongoing battle among the real estate search giants. Zillow disclosed this week in an SEC filing that its listing agreement with Listhub will end April 7.

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I am glad to see this happen. Zillow, Trulia and Homes.com are equally poor tools for buyers, renters and sellers as they not only show many old and inactive listings, but also sell users contact information to agents and brokers even though the leads are really coming from the listings that agents and brokers are working hard to secure. What a scam! I hope Rupert Murdoch goes all out to get rid of these companies as they are not a credit to our industry and hurt more agents then they help. If you are a broker or agent do not sign up for leads from Zillow, Trulia or Homes.com or more than likely you will be wasting your money. 

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Mistakes Home Sellers Need to Avoid

Mistakes Home Sellers Need to Avoid | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
As home values improve, we expect to see more homes for sale in Frederick Md. If you're considering a home sale, there are some likely mistakes that you'll want to avoid.

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This is great info for home owners thinking about selling a home. Bill provides great insight and is right on. I hope my future sellers read this article. Selling a home takes a lot of effort and money... everything and everyone need to be on the same page from the start. When this happens more times than not all goes well. 

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Bill Gassett's curator insight, January 28, 2015 12:02 PM

There are lots of homeowners who really get it when selling their home. Before the home goes on the market the place is just spotless. All repairs and general maintenance have been done, the clutter has been removed and the place just looks fantastic.


These same sellers almost always will take the necessary time to carefully go through the interview process with a skilled local Realtor.


Intelligent homeowners also are not fooled by real estate agents who inflate market value just for the opportunity to get another listing.


There are on the other hand a whole set of sellers who are clueless and make numerous home selling mistakes. These are the listings that languish on the market, go through multiple price reductions and usually end up with more than one Realtor who attempts to sell the house.


All of this non-sense can be avoided very easily! [url=/u/4156233 x-already-notified=1]Karen Highland[/url] has put together an excellent articles some of the most important pitfalls that you need to avoid as a home seller.


Take a look and don't make any of these home sale mistakes!

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South Loop / Near South  Restaurants - Chicago, Menus, Ratings, Reviews, Chicago - MenuPages Restaurant Search

South Loop / Near South  Restaurants - Chicago, Menus, Ratings, Reviews, Chicago - MenuPages Restaurant Search | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it

Chicago Restaurants: South Loop / Near South 

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What have I been saying since 2003...  it was so obvious. It just took a bit longer to arrive. The South Loop is hot and alive.

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Mortgage Rates in Holding Pattern According to Bankrate.com ... settling at 3.80 for 30 year fixed

Mortgage Rates in Holding Pattern According to Bankrate.com ... settling at 3.80 for 30 year fixed | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, NY - Mortgage rates were mixed, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate reversing last week's move and settling at 3.80 percent,...

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Great time to buy and sell a home...

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18 Real Estate 'Professionals' Who Are Doing it Wrong [CLICK HERE]

18 Real Estate 'Professionals' Who Are Doing it Wrong [CLICK HERE] | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
From terrible advertising to awful fails in construction, here are 18 real estate "professionals" who should consider a career change.
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I see many living the life of ignorance every day, yet they seem to get away with it.

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Why good storytelling helps you design great products

Why good storytelling helps you design great products | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
One of the biggest flubs that product teams make is confusing designs that look great with designs that actually work we…

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Navy Pier Hotels: Downtown Chicago Hotel Near Navy Pier: Fairmont Chicago

Navy Pier Hotels: Downtown Chicago Hotel Near Navy Pier: Fairmont Chicago | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park - official site. Stay at our Navy Pier hotel for easy access to Chicago events. This hotel near Navy Pier is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, putting the entire city within easy reach.

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Chicago is a great city, but Mr Mayor lets fix our streets!!

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CSINowedu's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:04 PM

atch Chicago at play at the Fairmont Chicago , Millennium Park . From the breathtaking Chicago Air & Water Show at the Navy Pier to music festivals, religious celebrations and food expos, Windy City events are as diverse as the city itself. There’s something to surprise and delight throughout the year and our hotel near Navy Pier offers a front row seat to it all. Just ask the Hotel Concierge for more information on exciting events taking place during your visit.

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Ike Davis in Mets’ Camp With Revamped Swing and Trade Rumors Behind Him

Ike Davis in Mets’ Camp With Revamped Swing and Trade Rumors Behind Him | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
After enduring a trying season, Davis is trying to reclaim his job as the Mets’ starting first baseman. (Ike Davis in Mets’ Camp With Revamped Swing and Trade Rumors Behind Him: After enduring a trying season, Davis...
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Baseball is back!

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The ROI Of Studying Abroad | Visual.ly

The ROI Of Studying Abroad | Visual.ly | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
Studying abroad in college can be an exciting opportunity to tour another country and immerse yourself in a culture much different than your own. In y

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ESL Academy's curator insight, January 19, 2014 10:03 AM

Studying abroad in college can be an exciting opportunity to tour another country and immerse yourself in a culture much different than your own. In your new country, you'll need money for classes, housing, food, transportation, and more.

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Big Apple given second chance to embrace Beltran

Big Apple given second chance to embrace Beltran | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
New York has been awarded a mulligan to treat Carlos Beltran properly, nearly nine years after he first played with the Mets. Now that he's back in the Big City with the Yankees, let's not screw it up, writes columnist Marty Noble.
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Beltran keeps on going like the Energizer bunny... he is still a good one!

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How Mariano's plans to conquer Chicago - Crain's Chicago Business

How Mariano's plans to conquer Chicago - Crain's Chicago Business | Chicago Street Smart Real Estate, News and Fun Info | Scoop.it
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How Mariano's plans to conquer Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business
Real estate developers are taking notice. Since 2011, Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Cos. has spent nearly $90 million to acquire sites of four Mariano's stores.
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I believe this... I was told by a source in 2011 that the CEO of Marianos had a personal issue with Dominicks executives and wanted to put them out of business and now in 2013 Dominicks will be gone for good by Dec 31, 2013. 

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