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Free Chicago Museum Days, Home Safety, and the Chicago Real Estate Market

In Buying Real Estate, Chicago Real Estate, Chicago Realtor, Chicagoland Real Estate, Chicagoland Realtor, Investing in Real Estate, Money-Saving Tips, Real Estate, Real Estate Agent, Uncategorized on 01/21/2013 at 9:48 pm

This time, I’m sharing money-saving and home safety tips as well as good news for home buyers and investors.

The Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every weekday until February 13, 2013. If you don’t have an Illinois driver’s license or an Illinois State ID, please call them and ask what you can bring to prove your residency. The Field Museum also has SOME free days for Illinois residents in January and February. Additionally, here is another website with more Chicago freebies. Please check all websites for details.

According to a Forbes magazine article, Chicago has been a buyer’s market in 2012. While affordability is still high and mortgage rates continue to be historically low, you might want to consider pursuing buying a home or investment property this year.

Yesterday’s Chicago Sun-Times highlighted December’s spiked residential sales and prices during what has historically been the slowest time of the year. If you’re sitting on the fence about buying, you might want to start looking before home prices increase even more.

If you already own a home, January is National Radon Action Month, and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is asking Chicagoans to test their homes for harmful levels of radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that can lead to death if unchecked.

As always, let us know if we can help you with any of your real estate questions or concerns.

Jerry A. Mustafa
MANAGING BROKER
Golden Arrow Realty Inc

Email: jerry@goldenarrowrealty.com
Website: http://www.goldenarrowrealty.com

Office: (773) 622-1100 x202
Cell: (773) 544-7790

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Money-Saving Holiday Tips!

In Chicago Events, Chicago Real Estate, Chicago Realtor, Chicagoland Real Estate, Chicagoland Real Estate Agent, Chicagoland Realtor, Investing in Real Estate, Money-Saving Tips, Real Estate Agent, Selling Real Estate, Uncategorized on 12/22/2011 at 8:17 pm

Everyone’s busy this time of year, so I thought you could use a money-saving gift tip and info about fun outdoor skating alternatives to MILLENIUM PARK.

In one tab, go to RESTAURANT.COM’S web site, to look up nearby restaurants by zip code or city, so you can get an idea of what restaurants accept their coupons.  If you like what you see, open another tab, and go to this COUPON CABIN link with promo codes for RESTAURANT.COM.  After you click on the online coupon for $1 for $25 gift certificates, it will take you to a RESTAURANT.COM link where you can continue your transaction.  You will be able to send your gift certificate via email or print it out.  Somewhere along the way it will ask you if you want to spend another $2 for another $25 gift certificate, so it will end up costing you $3 for two $25 gift certificates.  It’s a great deal that expires 12/24.

Here is a link to SOME FREE skating rinks in Chicago including RIIS PARK, WARREN PARK, and MILLENIUM PARK downtown.  For admission to the free skating rinks, you need to bring your own skates.  However, some skating rinks do charge whether you bring your own skates or not like they do at WRIGLEY FIELD. 

I hope you, your family, and friends enjoy a memorable and Happy Holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

As always, let us know if we can help you with any of your real estate questions or concerns.

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Email us at:  honestlyblog@goldenarrowrealty.com.

Tax Deductions Ending 12/31/11 & 12/31/12

In Buying Real Estate, Chicago Real Estate, Chicago Realtor, Chicagoland Real Estate, Chicagoland Real Estate Agent, Chicagoland Realtor, Investing in Real Estate, Real Estate, Real Estate Agent, Selling Real Estate, Tax Deductions 12/31/12, Tax Deductions Expiring 12/31/11 on 11/11/2011 at 10:18 pm

I would like to wish every VFW a Happy Veterans Day and thank you for ensuring our freedom and democracy.  We can never thank you enough for your courage and immeasurable sacrifices.

Good news:  I found an article with major income tax deductions you can still take.  However, the bad news is some of these deductions expire 12/31/11 like the mortgage insurance premium deduction and some expire 12/31/12 like the marriage penalty equalization.  To contact the IRS with questions about these deductions, please click here.

If you would like to contact your US Senator about extending the deadlines, go to this link.  To find your US Congressman in the House of Representatives, so you can contact them, too, please click here

Here’s the article I mentioned where unfortunately, after 12/31/11, school teachers can no longer take their $250 deduction for buying school supplies for their students.

As always, let us know if we can help you with any of your real estate questions or concerns.

Visit our website at:  www.ownchicagorealty.com.

Email us at:  honestlyblog@goldenarrowrealty.com.