Hi! It's been seven years since I last updated StrawStickStone and about three years since the site was hacked by spammers forcing me to take it offline. We're back. Although
Hey all! Sorry about the silence last week. Between business and the recent floods in my neighborhood it was absolutely frantic. As always, my clients come first. So when we
You probably know that there are different grades of quality when it comes to food. The USDA has three different grades for poultry, eight for red meat, and hundreds for
Chicago garbage pickup (or “scavenger service” as we Realtor wonks like to call it) is a bigger deal than you’d think for landlords. It tends to get overlooked by newer
In previous articles I’ve addressed what a landlord should do if a tenant dies in the middle of a lease. However, I’ve not discussed the topic from the other side. So what
So you’re about to close on your first house. Congratulations! You’ve come a long way and it’s probably been a big hassle to get here. Saving money, filling out paperwork,
One of the most common questions among renters and buyers moving to new areas is whether or not those areas are “safe.” In fact, the majority of moves, be it
Last year I did two articles about mistakes made by first time renters and first time buyers. Today we’re going to look at errors made by first time landlords. 1. Setting Arbitrary Rent
No Foolin’. The Rent Bacon index number is an indicator of how a district is performing compared to the HUD Fair Market Rents. Landlords can use
A couple of months ago, I posted a review of SearchChicago.com, the Sun-Times online classifieds page. I concocted a scoring method to rate rental websites on a 40 point scale based
It’s been a while since we pulled out the old Field Guide for a humorous look at some of the different types of Chicago apartments. Last summer I gave you
Once Upon a Time Buyers agents as we know them in modern Illinois did not always exist. There was a time (and in some states it still exists) when agents
Ok, so you're a little more settled. You've got that stable job, steady income, great credit. And a house. Or a condo. Or you want one.
Stick Pig is your cochon de choix. (That's "pig of choice" in French. Yeah!) Start here to figure out home searches, buying and selling homes, mortgages and maintenance.
You've bought one home. Now you want to pig out and buy more. Or you want to rent out the one you've got so that you can move on.
Chicago is particularly tough on newbie landlords. There are rules and rights, not to mention renters who will take you for a ride. Stone Pig is here to help you break into landlording without breaking the law.