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5 costly reasons you hate your HOA, Online Editor, and Bob Niedt •

When you rent, it’s understood you’re playing by the landlord’s rules. But when you buy your own home, you expect to be in charge, deciding what to plant, what color to paint, where to walk the dog. Unless, that is, you live in a “common-interest community” governed by the most local form of government you


What 9 hugely successful people would tell their younger selves about money

Business Insider •
Business Insider

We sometimes forget that even the wealthiest, most successful people weren’t always on top of the world. “Every master was once a disaster,” T. Harv Eker writes in his bestseller, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.” “No one comes out of the womb a financial genius. Every rich person learned how to succeed at the money


Investors slow Chicago-area home purchases

Mary Ellen Podmolik •
Chicago Tribune

For institutional investors, Chicago’s housing market just isn’t as desirable as it was a year ago. Rising home prices, along with a decline in foreclosure activity, is shrinking the number of local homes purchased by deep-pocketed institutional investors that turn the properties into rentals. That slowdown may be welcome to homeowners and local governments, which


Chicago Tribune Paul Sullivan column

Paul Sullivan •
Chicago Tribune

Though Jake Arrieta’s bid for second straight no-hitter and home scoreless inning streak ended early Thursday, anything seems possible when he’s pitching. Wearing a blue Cubs hoodie that partially hid his face on a chilly afternoon at Wrigley Field, Jake Arrieta strode to the bullpen at 12:50 p.m. Thursday to continue his quest for perfection.