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For anyone looking to buy a piece of Chicago history, the Douglas community area is a great place to start searching.

One of 77 officially designated community areas in Chicago, Douglas is named for a famous Illinois politician (he may have debated Lincoln a few times), and stretches from 26th Street South to Pershing Road along the Lake. This area contains some or all of the Bronzeville, Prairie Shores, and Groveland Park neighborhoods.

Looking for things to do? Burnham Park runs along the shoreline of the Douglas area, including the 31st street beach, which is now named for the famous artist, educator and museum founder, Margaret Taylor-Burroughs.

Bronzeville is home to the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in the city, having once been the home of Ida B. Wells, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sam Cooke, and Lou Rawls, among countless other luminaries.

Looking for more information? Here are some handy resources to help get you acquainted with the Douglas area:

Ready to call these great neighborhoods home? Here are the housing and condo market stats you need to know about the Douglas community, including Bronzeville and Prarie Shores:

There can be no denying that the homebuying process has changed over the years. For instance, buyers today can take advantage of significantly lower interest rates than their parents or grandparents saw a generation ago. On the other hand, home prices are higher, and new properties are typically bigger than they used to be.

And there’s one incredibly significant change that a lot of us tend to take for granted or overlook – the astonishing rise of technology.

On the one hand, there’s the fact that so many buyers and sellers today use digital platforms such as Instagram or Zillow to find and research properties. But then there’s another sneaky little technology trend, one that a lot of buyers tend to ignore – to their detriment.

We’re talking about the rise of smart home technology… And all of the ways that a connected home can be put to use to “spy” on a buyer and their broker!

As our own Jason Finn recently put it:

“Homeowners now may have web-connected cameras (visible and hidden), doorbells, and smart devices that can all spy on you very easily. They may not even be intending to spy, just protect their home, and human nature being what it is…”

Let’s dive into the smart home trend, and explore the ways it may be impacting the real estate process for better and worse.

From the gleaming skyscrapers of the Near North Side to the charming two-flats that dot Albany Park and Avondale, Chicago is full of all sorts of appealing options for homebuyers.

But with so many choices available on the Chicago market, one question looms larger than any other for those looking for a new place to call home this year: Is it better to buy or rent?

Let’s look at some compelling data and ongoing trends, which might help shed some light on this crucial decision.

Rents Are Continuing to Climb

Owning a home is a major responsibility – and whether due to critical health issues, cognitive decline, or incapacitation, many seniors aren’t up to the task.

This can be difficult for an adult child of an aging parent to see, but it’s a reality that many people end up having to face. In some cases, it will fall to you to care for, and perhaps even take on the responsibilities of selling, an aging parent’s home.

This can be a major undertaking, and you may be worried about being up to the challenge – particularly if you find yourself saddled with the responsibility unexpectedly. Here are three things worth asking yourself as you face the possibility of having to sell a home on behalf of your aging, infirm, or deceased parent…

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