Chicago homeowners

Seven Steps to a Successful First Year of Chicago Home Ownership

From the euphoria of owning your own place to anxiety over just how much maintenance will your new home will need, becoming a first-time homeowner in Chicago brings out a range of emotions. Luckily, BrightNest has compiled a list of the top seven things to do in your first year of home ownership. Form Habits: Detecting …

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Illinois Governor Approves Massive Tax Hike

Chicago real estate owners are going to feel this one. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has passed the largest income tax increase in state history. Effective immediately, Illinois residents will now have to fork over 5 percent of each paycheck, a 66-percent increase from the previous 3 percent the state withholds. That would mean a family …

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Property Tax Bills Coming Soon to a Cook County Mailbox Near You

Cook County property tax bills are going out this week without the big increase that Chicago homeowners had feared. I remember when the announcement came out that Chicago real estate property tax bills were going to be sent out late this year. There were whispers that officials delayed sending the bills so voters wouldn’t be …

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