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Hocking the house for quick cash is a lot harder than it used to be, and it's causing headaches for homeowners, banks and the economy. During the housing boom, millions of people borrowed against the value of their homes to remodel kitchens, finish basements, pay off credit cards, buy TVs or cars...
NEW YORK (AP) — Home prices rose for the fifth month in a row in October, but the recovery is shaky with only 11 of the 20 metro areas tracked showing gains. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday edged up 0.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted reading of 145.36 in Oct...
So the president says insulation is sexy. This brow-furrowing statement leads us to wonder just what kind of videos the man may be watching late at night within the private quarters of the White House. Bob Vila reruns, maybe? For the record, what Barack Obama said, specifically, was: "Here's what...
'Twas only a few years ago, when the housing boom was in full roar, that homeowners didn't have to fret too much over whether the money they invested in remodeling would be paid back at resale time.   Indeed, it was practically a no-brainer: Home sale prices were going up so high and so fast that...
The Wyndham O'Hare at Rosemont will close a week from Friday, leaving about 107 union employees out of work in the new year, according to a union official. The closing of the 12-floor, 466-room hotel comes at a time of declining revenue in the hotel industry and a struggling convention industry i...
Chicago-area home sales soared 71.6% in November compared with the same month last year, according to the Illinois Assn. of Realtors. CHICAGO-AREA SALES Below is a monthly year-over-year comparison of home sales (single-family and condo) in the nine-county Chicago area. Month 2009 2008 Change Jan...
blank_page As previously reported, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Citigroup said last week that they were all suspending foreclosure actions during the holidays. And as expected, other major lenders have followed suit, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. Bank of A...
Ever wonder why everyone around you is grumpy and mad? Check your zip code. A new study shows the levels of happiness by state. The New York metro area leads the way with New York as the most unhappiest state to live in followed by Connecticut and New Jersey. The Northeast and the Midwest dominat...
The popular image of wind power is of a windmill-like tower cranking away on the prairie. The wind power at Kathleen O'Donnell's North Side home, however, comes from a rooftop device that vaguely resembles a barber pole, without the red-and-white stripes. O'Donnell has installed an 8-foot-tall wi...
(Crain’s) — A company formed to develop a 102,000-square-foot shopping center in Glenview has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, thwarting a mezzanine lender’s plan to auction off the company’s stake in the project. Central Park Development LLC had pledged its membership interest in the ...

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