Rental Market

Real Estate: Ins & Outs of the Rental Market

How’s the Rental Market? This is a question I receive multiple times a week and my answer is: BOOMING! During the past several years, rentals have become a large factor in the real estate community due to short sales, foreclosures, Relocation, and potential buyers not...
Mountain Caddy designed by SAIC grad student Matt Devendorf sold at CB2

Graduate Students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Design Pieces for CB2

In 2014 – 2015 CB2 collaborated with twelve graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). My son Mathew Devendorf was one of the twelve chosen candidates who worked directly with CB2. During the project students were asked, “What does live...
Modern living room with minimalist decor

Real Estate: 7 Home Staging Dos for Selling Your House

1. DECLUTTER You know you are going to move so start packing early. I recommend having three piles: I love it and I’m going to “Keep it” pile Probably never going to use it again, so let’s “Donate It” pile Ugh! No one is going to want this; it’s just “Garbage” pile.   Start...
woman and man buying a house

Real Estate: 10 Things That Make Buyers Bite

1. A Nice Entryway Impress buyers right off the bat with a beautiful entrance. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door, add some nice pots with bright flowers, change an old dated or tarnished light fixture. 2. Hardwood Floors Hardwood floors are the preferred floor treatment...
Blue Real Estate Sold Sign

Real Estate: New Consumer Protection Rule for Borrowers ~ TRID

Effective October 3, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has incorporated the “Know Before You Owe Rule.”  The Know Before You Owe mortgage initiative is designed to empower consumers with the information they need to make informed mortgage choices. It includes the...
Portillo's Milkshake

Portillo’s, A Chicago Landmark Since 1963

I’ve visited a few Portillo’s in the Chicago area and like the fact that each restaurant has its own theme. For example, the Vernon Hills location is decorated with gangster, 1920’s-era memorabilia, and the Forest Park location is decorated like a 1950’s...
Chicago Botanic Garden, pumpkins growing in a garden

Enjoy a Beautiful Fall Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden

One of the perks of living in Chicago’s north suburbs is enjoying the amazing gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden located in Glencoe, Illinois. The Botanic Garden is comprised of twenty-six unique gardens along with four natural areas. The gardens are situated on 385 acres and...

History of Halloween Dates Back to Early Sixteenth Century Ireland

“Halloween” is an modern interpretation of the phrase, “All Hallow’s Evening,” an annual celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31. It is the eve of the Western Christian observance of All Hallow’s Day. It initiates the time in the Christian...
Colorful Candy Corn for Halloween

Friday, October 30 is National Candy Corn Day

Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company. More than 35 million pounds of this treat were produced in 2014. That’s almost nine billion pieces! The sweet kernel dates back to before the telephone and automobile...
Landscape architect design garden plan

4 Ways to Create Your Own Gorgeous Backyard Retreat

1. Install an In-Ground Pool Have a spacious backyard? Consider installing an in ground pool. Add contrast with bushes, trees, flower beds, and a slate pool deck. Enjoy a BBQ poolside with a teak outdoor table and chairs. Market umbrellas add shade and a pop of color. Solar pool...
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