Zoning Use Certification for Un-Incorporated Cook County

Attention home sellers and buyers in Unincorporated Cook country regarding a new country ordinance (law) that was passed. The following was published by the Chicago Association of Realtors on Mar 23

“Unincorporated Cook County Zoning Use Certification Effective March 21
Please be reminded, as we’ve previously published, effective on March 21, 2015, prior to the sale of any property in unincorporated Cook County (except condominium or coop units), the Seller must apply to the Cook County Building Commissioner for a Zoning Use Certificate. The stated purpose of this new requirement is to help ensure that the parties in a real estate transaction have knowledge of the zoning and permitted use of the parcel in the transaction.
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® played a role in providing input to the building commissioner’s office on the form.
Pursuant to the new Ordinance: “The owner or owner’s agent or attorney shall make application using a form from the Office of the Building Commissioner.”
The following information items will be on the form:

Name, Address of the owner(s); if the owner is a corporate body, name of responsible officer;
Complete legal description of the property;
A current plat of survey of the property (if available);
Description of present use(s);
A certification that no construction has occurred on the property for which a permit is required without the issuance of such permit;
Proof of compliance with applicable Cook County ordinances pertaining to child support.
A fee of $100 must accompany the Application form.

Within 10 business days after the receipt of the Application, the Zoning Administrator of the County shall either issue the Zoning Use Certificate or deny the Application. Written reasons for denial will be stated. The Certificate will state that the property is being used consistent with applicable Zoning ordinances of the County.
A Certificate of Zoning Use is valid for a period not to exceed six months from issuance. As more information on the application process comes from the County, we will make that available through your local Association.

NOTE: Some municipalities in northern Illinois (including Chicago) have a zoning “check” or certification, like this, to make sure that all parties in a property transfer are aware of the zoning on the property. Some municipalities issue a letter to the prospective buyer to inform of the zoning.”

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Chicago Downtown Aerial Views Via Drone

There is certainly no shortage of great sights around downtown Chicago. Some of the best pictures can be taken during the Winter months where the air is often clear offering crisp visibility. Check out this video posted by Scott Rodgers of some of the most iconic views around downtown Chicago.

Chicago Aerials shot with DJI S1000 and Panasonic LUMIX GH4 (4k) from Scott Rodgers on Vimeo.

Mobile Application For Buyer Home Search

Buyers for real estate are increasing demanding the ability to better access available listing inventory from their smartphone and other mobile devices such as an IPad. I am happy to make this mobile application available to our clients to use while on the go throughout Chicagoland that will help them have a better experience in searching for their next LoftNHome.

Find out how to get and use this application in this short video.

Housing Trends Newsletter – January, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.


Cook County Property Taxes 2014

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By this time of the year, folks are usually starting to receive tax related statements from their place of employment or companies where they have investments. One of the key benefits of owning your own home or having a real estate rental or investment property is the ability to deduct the property taxes you pay against the income you’ve earned on the property or to reduce your personal income tax liability.

I’ve created a short video below to help you understand some of the basics around property taxes in Cook County, Illinois.

Winter Low Temperature Maintenace Tips


When temperatures get below 15 degrees it dramatically increases the possibility of frozen pipes and breakage. When temperatures drop this low, we ask that you do the following preventative measures:

* Please keep your heat set to at least 66 degrees or higher even when you are not home.

* At least one inside faucet, preferably more, should continually drip warm water so that both hot & cold water lines are kept flowing to prevent freezing.

* Pipes for the kitchens and first floor bathrooms tend to be more vulnerable to freezing pipes. Cabinet doors should be left open to allow heat from your unit to enter.

* All faucets should be checked in the morning and evening to insure there is proper flow of water.

Tis The Season – “Let It Go” from Frozen By Idina Menzel

Holiday Light Show Synced to "Let It Go" from Frozen.

Holiday Light Show Synced to “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Tis The Season and the weather could not be better to go out and take in the holiday decorations and lights around town. Homeowners are putting up their lights this time of the year and of course some of the best holiday light shows from homeowners can be found right on the internet.

“Let It Go” from the Disney Movie Frozen is one of the hit songs this past year (released December, 2013) sang by Idina Menzel who has a fantastic voice and has dawned many Broadway productions that I love. Check out this homeowner’s holiday light show synchronized to this song.

Idina Menzel is a fantastic actress, performer and always comes across to be so humble and sincere when she appears in public like at the recent CMA Country Christmas Show where she appeared with Jennifer Nettles.

And there there are other special performances by Idina Menzel that is near and dear to me from the first Broadway Show I saw “Rent where the audience Mooooo’d with her.

And this performance of “Defying Gravity” in “Wicked” with Kristin Chenoweth who also has a strong and powerful voice.

But let’s get back to the holidays with this special song that Indina Menzel sings with Michael Bubble for the holidays. “It’s Cold Outside”

Chicago Area Market Update – September, 2014

Some great news for the economy and housing was published today regarding the local Chicago surrounding suburbs of Chicago that the local MLS MREDLLC.com services and maintains the data. What this suggest is that for seller’s who previously were not able to sell due to low prices, it might be time to re-consider. With the low interest rates expected to sustain in the short term (next 6 to 18 months) by the Fed., it is likely that the trend of multiple buyer offer for sales is also likely to sustain in popular neighborhoods. Keep in mind that this latest update does not necessarily apply directly to your specific property and / or local neighborhood. It is best in those situations to contact a real estate broker (like me) who is familiar with the properties that is more specific to your situation.

Source: MREDLLC.com September 29, 2014

“Most local markets continue to recover from a soft patch earlier this year. The macro trend is still positive; the micro trend involves more moderate pinching up and down the month-to-month timeline. This is not uncommon in a balanced market, but it’s been so long since we’ve seen one that we’re watching it with perhaps too much trepidation. Metrics to watch include inventory and prices, but also days on market, months’ supply and percent of list price received at sale. Declines in pending and closed sales activity may reflect strong decreases at lower price points and may not indicate softening demand.

New Listings in Chicagoland were up 4.6 percent for detached homes and 1.1 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 4.6 percent for detached homes and 3.1 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 8.1 percent to $219,900 for detached homes and 9.3 percent to $177,000 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory increased 4.4 percent for detached units but was down 4.4 percent for attached units.

Sustained job growth, lower mortgage rates and a slow rise in the number of homes for sale appear to have unleashed at least some pent-up demand. Since housing demand relies heavily on an economy churning out good jobs, it’s encouraging to see second quarter GDP growth revised upwards to a 4.2 percent annualized rate and stronger-than-expected job growth in recent months. Further improvements are still needed by way of wage growth and consumer confidence but recovery continues.”




Kyle K. Chang, Managing Broker,
Realtor, ABR, GRI, SRS
E-mail: Media@LoftsNHomes.com


Chicago, Illinois, September, 23, 2014 — Kyle K. Chang with C&C Realty Group, Inc. www.LoftsNHomes.com, has been awarded the Seller Representative Specialist (SRSsm) designation, the premier seller agency designation in the country. The SRS is conferred by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) and is an official credential of the National Association of REALTORS®. Kyle joins an elite group of real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRSsm designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in seller representation, pass a comprehensive exam and subscribe to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. As of the time of this press release, Kyle is one of 24 SRS Designees serving the Chicago land market.

Kyle K. Chang, Managing Broker, Realtor, ABR, CNE, GRI, SRS C&C Realty Group, Inc. www.LoftsNHomes.com

Kyle K. Chang, Managing Broker, Realtor, ABR, GRI, SRS
C&C Realty Group, Inc.

Kyle has been involved in real estate, starting with personal property management and income properties since moving to the Chicago area in 1996. A graduate of California Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA, he obtained his B.S. in Management with minors in Business Administration and Marketing. He has worked in a variety of industries that has helped developed his entrepreneur skills with such companies as Hyatt Hotels, Sears & Roebuck and McDonald’s Corporation, Wheels, Inc. just to name a few.

Kyle first obtained his Illinois Broker’s license in 2002 and worked for a local firm in the Lakeview neighborhood. Prior to coming on board as the managing broker for C&C Realty Group, Inc – LoftsNHomes.com in 2003, Mr. Chang ran the Chicago operations for a Financial Services firm based in Massachusetts and in a variety of technology & training positions for a Chicago based fleet vehicle leasing firm. He is also an expert marketing and operational consultant for the Retail and Hospitality Industries since 1996 and a contractor to work high level sporting events such as the Super Bowl and Olympics. Currently, a large part of Kyle’s business is focused on Lofts N Homes around Chicago land whether it be representing buyers, sellers, landlords, investors or renters with his team of Brokers.

SRSsm is a wholly owned division of CRB and focuses specifically on representing the real estate seller. Founded in 1968, CRB is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®. You may contact SRS by telephone, 800-621-8738, by e-mail, [CustomerService@SRSCouncil.com], or by visiting the SRS website, [www.SRSCouncil.com].

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