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May 2011

There are 3 blog entries for May 2011.

Residents Itching for a Better Night's Sleep

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 5:26pm. 268 Views, 0 Comments.

A Chicago condo board is suing the resident of a North Side high-rise because it claims she is being uncooperative in its efforts to eradicate more than 500 bedbugs in her unit, according to Crain's Chicago Business. The suit said her failure to cooperate has hampered efforts to keep the bugs from finding their way to other residences in the building. Eeeeeek!

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Follow HGTV's Green Home

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 5:23pm. 292 Views, 0 Comments.

For those of you that are addicted to HGTV, no comment is needed.  But for the rest of you... check out the videos and register to win the 2011 Green Home!

HGTV Green Home 2011 recently received a Platinum LEED certification, the highest rating a home can earn within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. In addition, the home also received an Energy Star certification which acknowledges its energy efficiency.

The LEED certification signifies that HGTV Green Home, with approximately 2400 square feet of finished space, meets rigorous standards for sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, proximity to transit and existing infrastructure and innovative…

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Home Sales Rise Again

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 5:05pm. 277 Views, 0 Comments.

March saw another increase in pending home sales, with contract activity rising unevenly in six of the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,  a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.1 percent to 94.1 in March from a downwardly revised 89.5 in February. The index is 11.4 percent below 106.2 in March 2010; however, activity was at elevated levels in March and April of 2010 to meet the contract deadline for the home buyer tax credit.

The data reflects contracts but not closings, which normally occur with a lag time of one or two months.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said home sales activity has shown an uneven but notable improvement. “Since reaching a…

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