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July 2014, Vol 4, No 7

The July 2014 issue of The Chicagoland Cooperator newspaper focuses on Budget & Finance

In this issue, you can read about Budgeting and The Bottom Line, Cutting Costs - Without Cutting Corners, and Vetting Contracts Before You Sign

Visit our archives to see other articles that were published in 2014.

News Briefs

  • 04.15.14 Voting Open for National Mgr. of the Year Contest
    Vote between April 14-27, 2014. The Top 3 On-site Managers are Nickie Greco of Palomino Park Owners Association (Highlands Ranch, CO), Marcy Kravit of 2600 Condominium (Weston, FL), and Mystre' Van Horn of Fairfield Harbour POA (New Bern, NC). The Top 3 Portfolio Managers are Danielle Carbajal of Prellis Property Management (Granada Hills, CA), Catherine Holladay of Management Specialists Services, LLC (Gainesville, FL) and Jose Pazos of Pazos, Robaina & Zapata Management Group (Miami, FL). Winners announced in Orlando, FL on May 14, 2014. Winners get trophy and $5,000 cash prize. [Association Reserves]
  • 02.10.2014 Why Chicago's Construction Industry is Looking Up. Signed contracts for development hit their highest level in five years in 2013. And those in the industry think this year could top that. The expansion is a welcome turn for executives who had to scramble to find work during the lean years, suppliers sunk by the dearth of new building projects and workers who got up each morning with no reason to put on a hard hat.[Chicago Business]
  • 01.15.2014 Million Dollar Home Sales Exploded in 2013. Sales of high-end homes in Chicago and the suburbs went nuts in 2013. The number of homes that sold for $1 million or more was up 33.4 percent from 2012, according to figures from Midwest Real Estate Data. That’s a much bigger increase than the overall market; sales of homes at all prices went up 23% in 2013.[Chicago Magazine]
  • 01.14.2014 Here's What $1 Million Buys You In Real Estate These Days. We scouted homes all over the country to find out what you can get for a cool million, give or take $50k, and found a range of options as wide as the Atlantic.[Huffington Post]
  • 01.02.2014 Illinois Now Has the Second-Highest Property Taxes in the Nation. Property taxes in Illinois average 2.28 percent of a home’s value, according to the Urban Institute. In New Jersey, they’re 2.32 percent, and in lowest-taxing Hawaii, they’re 0.27 percent. (The lowest among mainland states is Alabama, at 0.46 percent.)[Chicago Magazine]

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