2012 April
Focus on... Landscaping & Lawn Care

Landscaping Eco-Friendly Landscaping
2012 April Eco-Friendly Landscaping

In the face of rising water costs, maintenance costs, and a continued depressed housing market, many community associations are finding long-term savings through new landscape strategies that also help our environment. Eco-friendly lan…

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Landscaping Chemical Concerns
2012 April Chemical Concerns

Since the 1950s, American lawns have been “hooked” on petroleum-based and synthetic chemicals. A plethora of post-war pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers were eagerly embraced by both homeowners and landscape professional…

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Landscaping Treating Trees
2012 April Treating Trees

When it comes to weather, Chicago's climate conditions are as changing as an adolescent's emotions. One day it's 55 and sunny, the next day you are shoveling snow off your sidewalk. This turbulent weather combined with poor landscaping…

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Landscaping Feeling Flowerful
2012 April Feeling Flowerful

Spring is here, which means the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the flowers will be blooming—that is, if you plant them. From knowing which plants do best in which location to keeping up with everyday care and maintenance, keeping …

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Real Estate Trends Catering to Man's Best Friend
2012 April Catering to Man's Best Friend

It’s no secret that Chicagoans love their dogs. In 2011, DogFriendly.com ranked Chicago the second most dog-friendly city in the United States (Portland, Oregon, ranked number 1). The criteria was based on the number of lodgings, attrac…

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Neighborhoods Chicago's Albany Park
2012 April Chicago's Albany Park

One of Chicago's greatest assets is its diversity, exemplified in the multitude of ethnic communities such as Polonia Triangle, Chinatown, Little Italy and Greektown. Although there may be a predominant cultural group in each neighborh…

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Insurance The Insurance Puzzle
2012 April The Insurance Puzzle

Insurance is a relatively simple concept that any homeowner can understand. You purchase a policy paying a premium to an insurer, and when a claim gets filed, the insurer pays. So in theory, insuring a condominium or association propert…

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Q&A: Losing Minutes
2012 April Q&A: Losing Minutes

Q Prior to the current management company, the board would review the minutes after each meeting and then distribute them to all the owners. The new management company states that the minutes cannot be distributed until they have been …

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Q&A: Regulating Common Elements
2012 April Q&A: Regulating Common Elements

Q Last year the parents of several teens purchased a portable basketball standard  and asked the board permission to put it in a location where their children can  use it and the board agreed. Given the layout of our property the only pla…

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