Types of homes (single family, condos, townhomes, etc.)
July 5, 2012
When homebuilder Don Graf of Mokena-based Graf Construction describes the material he chose for his home's exterior, it sounds like a scene from a classic fairy tale.
July 15, 2011
Like "linoleum," "escalator" and "zipper," the term "semicustom house" infiltrated our language as a marketing term then stuck like caulk to a contractor's boot.
1:12 PM EDT, June 3, 2011
The walls are rough, gray concrete marred by occasional cracks and craters. The floors also are concrete and stained an uneven earthy hue. But the space is not a work in progress. Nor is it the conversion of a loft building from a bygone era. The 82 condominium residences of The Front Street Lofts of Lemont are newly constructed and deliberately designed to appear like a well-worn factory.
May 7, 2010
Can a building keep you healthy?
March 19, 2010
The American Dream: A two-story house with a yard, picket fence, 2.5 children and a golden retriever. The problem: Someone has to mow the lawn, paint the fence, shuttle the kids and walk the dog.
November 20, 2009
Condo or town house? What's the difference? What should you buy?
September 11, 2009
Susan Thomas grew up in Ohio, got married in Ohio and raised her family there. Five years ago, she wouldn't have imagined leaving her native state. But life, as the saying goes, is what happens when we're busy making other plans -- and so it happens that Thomas, 75, is today a happy Chicagoan. The reason is simple: Her family moved, and she followed.
August 30, 2009
Like many shopping for a lakefront vacation home these days, Duane Nolte is hoping to snag a bargain.
May 4, 2008
The second-home market is in a slump. But one type of vacation property is still showing signs of life: condos.
February 28, 2008
A marketing specialist in her early 30s picked out a one-story contemporary house that met both her budget limits and her insistence on abundant greenery outside.
January 13, 2008
Sue and Joe Canale's new beach house in Ocean City, N.J., handsomely sided in gray shingles and just steps from the Boardwalk, rises four floors above sea level. The view, they say, is always changing. Sometimes, whitecaps churn. Sometimes, the ocean is a fuzzy pink blanket. Sometimes, lightning flashes above the sea and reflects on the water.
January 13, 2008
When Tanya Sienko shopped for a condo in the Chicago area in 2007, the idea of "living over a store" enticed her.
January 11, 2008
Nathan Skillicorn spent much of the last three years searching for a distinctive condominium to call his own. But as a Chicago Realtor, he knew better than most that many available condominium residences seem stamped out of the same cookie-cutter mold.
November 25, 2007
It's not surprising that one segment of the housing market -- foreclosed properties -- is stirring interest.
November 2, 2007
Searching for a vacation home to complement nearly 50 acres in Pope Valley, Calif., Dan Edmonds-Waters studied home designs online, visited a factory and even traveled to Missouri to tour a house. All this in his quest to find the perfect prefabricated home.
October 19, 2007
Buying a home is already a complex endeavor. Add in the sometimes-unfathomable machinations of a homeowners association and you enter a realm filled with the potential for misunderstandings that may have legal and financial consequences.
October 5, 2007
Foreclosures class comes to order -- in the bustling public aisles of a records room in the Cook County Circuit Court clerk's office.
April 22, 2007
As he was looking to buy a home in the suburbs, the bells and whistles of new construction held little appeal for Mark Katz. He drove past new developments to a 1980s apartment complex that had been converted to condos.
April 20, 2007
Here's something almost everyone already knew, but let's make it official: The majority of condo buyers are looking not just for a home, but for a lifestyle.
March 29, 2007
BUYING AND SELLING: TIPS AND ADVICE ABOUT REAL ESTATE
There are many reasons for buying a condo instead of a house. They make great affordable first homes. They also make great homes if you are downsizing from a large family house to a smaller residence.