Appraisal

While we're submitting for Permit at the Hoyne house, drywall is going up in Kenwood - that is, of course, after we figured out how to get 10-foot sheets onto the upper floors (we took out a plank of the floor from the master bedroom...

So, I locked myself out of the Kenwood house today. Not my brightest moment. The very front door no longer has a key, we've been locking the 2nd front door behind it. The 2nd front door was removed apparently. I was knocking on the door as a...

Ahh, Thanksgiving week - excess amounts of turkey (no matter how realistic a size we buy), wine, cider, cheesy stuff...

If it seems quiet regarding the Kenwood house, that's because it has been. Very quiet. Why, you ask? Two words: Plumbing inspection. What do I mean, you ask? One word: Failed. So, here's what happened. First, in the City of Chicago, you need to allow a minimum...

Robert, my GC,  is still on vacation this week which creates a stressful dynamic in the renovation process. There were quite a few responses to questions that started with "I think what he meant is...

I cannot tell you how many of the million (or 7) GCs that I've met over the past few months have said "Drawings look pretty on paper, but don't always show what's really happening." This was a particularly annoying statement following a demand that I...

Well, we finally made it. Renovations started on the Kenwood house this week! We have "Polish highlanders" handling demolition (my GC was very impressed by this). My main man, Wesley, spent over an hour walking through the house with myself and my GC reviewing the drawings...

So, I was driving to get yet another iPhone 5 fixed today when I received a peculiar phone call from one of my sub-contractors asking about an invitation he received from a team member outside of my company about a client meeting that I have...

So, a few weeks ago one of my favorite brokers in Chicago called me with an off-market listing (by the way, any broker that comes to you with off-market listings is a broker you keep close). After maybe 15 seconds of introduction, I knew exactly...

So, I was attending a non-politically correct themed party for Independence Day weekend and met someone who was taking his broker's exam next week in hopes to begin "flipping" houses *cringe*. He seemed very excited about his new venture and asked me some questions about...