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Saul Garcia, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL

While selling homes I have started to see this big "X" appearing on abandoned empty houses. Does any one know what it mean?????

Asked by Saul Garcia, Chicago, IL Thu Feb 21, 2013

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It is for the fire department - the building has been registered as vacant with the city. It does not mean it is being demolished.

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Does a zombie count as an occupant?
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It is for first responders (firemen) to know that the building is vacant and/or structurally unsound.
See the link. It does NOT mean it is in demo court.

http://www.cityofchicago.org/dam/city/depts/mayor/Press%20Ro…
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I've been tracking the abandoned building next door to me for months. As soon as the court ordered demolition by the city some guys showed up and checked out the property and posted those big Xs. I think it's a good thing. That POS next to me looks much worse than an empty lot. And then the city is going to put a lien on the property to pay for the cost of demolition so the owners will be forced to make a decision on what to do.
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Saul,

It essentially mean "KEEP OUT" and as Naaman said it is targeted for demolition. That being said the city has done this in the past to help keep a bed element from using the building as flop houses. Studies has shown in many ways demolition can be destructive to the perception of a neighborhood as well.
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Damn you Laricy! You stole my answer!
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I am fairly certain it means that the City of Chicago has targeted the house for demolition.
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It means someones inside. Havent you seen the zombie movies....
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