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Curb Appeal in Illinois : Real Estate Advice

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Thu May 7, 2015
Mishiel Paterno answered:
You have to prove first that you are the homeowner of a particular property or if you are a realtor, prove that it is your listing or you are the one that sold it... then after verification by Trulia, you will be able to edit, upload or refresh photos thru your account or profile!... Goodluck! - MP ... more
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
Jacques Ambron answered:
I don't believe your neighbor has the right to enter your property. They can cut anything hanging over their own property. You should try and work it out with your neighbor or contact a lawyer. ... more
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Tue Jan 13, 2015
Tristam Bielecki answered:
That is a real shame - I had something similar happen to me but the neighbor had good reason to remove their shade tree as it was starting to damage their foundation. If she discussed your plans with you I suspect this was either done with good intentions (not realizing you planned a shade garden) or for some reason that desperately required their removal. You might want to check with an attorney but I don't think there is much you can do about this other than eat the loss and replant with sun-loving plants. ... more
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Mon Dec 31, 2012
Deborah Smith answered:
Contact the owner of the indoor parking and first ask if they are selling the space and the asking price.
If the space is for sale, contact an agent to do a market analysis of properties with indoor vs outdoor parking and base your offer on this information. Seek legal advise on the closing cost and transfer.
Indoor parking is advantageous in selling property,especially with parking problems in the city.
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
iMove Chicago answered:
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Tue Oct 30, 2012
Rusty Payton answered:
Yes, building a roof deck in Chicago is no easy task and you certainly should be advised about building anything without a permit, design plans, etc. You must also consider whether local zoning will allow what you wish to accomplish. There are many restrictions on size, placement and ingress/egress. Talk with a reputable contractor and get several quotes. Good luck!


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Sat Sep 18, 2010
Noah Seidenberg answered:
I was going to suggest Arborvitae. They can grow pretty tall, which would make a great fence, and they also block out a lot of the wind and noise. One downfall is they can hold a lot of snow, causing them to change shape. You can prevent that from shaking the snow off. ... more
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Sun Jul 18, 2010
Paul Garver answered:
Kate,

Have you tried looking up the best listing agents in your area and marketing to them? If they are impressed by your work then they could recommend your services to clients that they have.

Obviously you would want agents that mainly deal with Sellers. You could always market yourself as an "Exterior Stager" to listing agents.

Hope that helps,

Paul Garver
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Sat Aug 9, 2008
Don Tepper answered:
One other thing you might try. You tried to formally change the indentures but, as you found out, that's tough regardless of the issue.

If your HOA has a Grounds Committee or Landscaping Committee or something similar (some group of owners who can approve, let's say, color of shutters or front door, or design of a mailbox), you might approach that committee and ask for permission to build your fence. Now, technically, your rules don't allow for a 6' fence, but committees have been known to look past the rules in making their decisions. It's not a great way to go about it--your attempt to modify the actual rules was the right way--but recognizing that others have already done so, with the apparent acquiescence of the HOA and the appropriate committee--you might be able to receive approval for what you're seeking by using that technique.

Good luck.
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Fri Feb 22, 2008
Mike Long answered:
Is there a differenc between a 3BR and 4BR home? Yes. Is a covered spot better than a ture outdoor spot? Same answer. Especially in a winter like the one we've been having. Lots of snow, less to brush off your car if it is covered. Parking pricing is going to depend on location. You said Lakeview/Lincoln Park. If it is close to the lake in either of those areas you will see a difference versus the west end of LP and Lakeview. The tougher the street parking the more expensive to purchase. Here are some very rough figures:
Outdoor spot: $12,000-17,000
Covered: $15,000-20,000
Garage:$22,000-30,000
Tandem outdoor:$20,000-27,000
Tandem indoor:$25,000-40,000

Could be more epsecially in some high rises. More details and we could give you a more accurate assessment.
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Thu Dec 6, 2007
Judi Bryan answered:
Laura,
Fireplaces are nice here in the midwest...but there are certainly a couple of important considerations....(1) what percentage of your competition has fireplaces? (2) what usable wall-space would be sacraficed if the fireplace were installed? and (3) what is the cost of the fireplace relative to the impact it's likely to have? Frankly, unless the VAST MAJORITY of your competition has a fireplace (so not having one would be a considerable negative....and I truly doubt this is the case), it's probably not a prudent investment.

Good luck....

Judi
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Sun Sep 30, 2007
Ute Ferdig answered:
Hi Deb. I am assuming you are talking about condo or coop units. If there are units with parking spaces and/or a garage in the same complex, then not having one affects the price. In most cases, buyers will prefer the units that have parking. Not having designated parking at all is definitely a negative in my opinion. You should ask a local real estate agent to provide you with sales statistics for units with and without parking. Compare the prices and days on market and you'll get a better idea of how the parking situation affects desirability of the units in your particular complex. Good luck. ... more
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