There’s another interesting and profound aspect to God that is often overlooked. Luke 9:51-55 illustrates an example of this forgotten side of the Lord.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, the first phone call that I got at my office was another “thank you” call. Sometimes clients that I have helped call me. Sometimes, they send me notes. A few have brought me cookies, muffins, or a gift card for coffee and bagels. I appreciate every gesture of thanks.

Question: My husband decided to sell our home after I spent a year moving my Mom next door. She is 85-years-old and needs to have someone looking out for her. He got mad at me and threatened divorce me if I didn’t sign papers to sell. So I did. Under duress. We received an offer and then we …

What is so taboo about asking the question “how many homes like mine have you sold in the past year?” It is a simple question, but all too few agents will give you a number. Oh, they’ll tell you they have been a triple micronium producer or on a top team, whatever that means. It all sounds g…

National Grandparents Day is less than a week away! While this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s or Father’s Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key role that grandparents play. If you are a grandparent yourself, you might expect some cards or phone calls or emails …

If you are reading this, it probably means you didn’t win the lottery last week. Private gambling like office pools are illegal, but the lottery - government sponsored gambling - is legal and encouraged with a cute model picking the winning numbers on the evening news. Gambling is illegal un…

WHICH WICH OPENS ON INDIANAPOLIS IN SCHERERVILLE: Pictured here are Casey and Joanna Erickson and Kennedy Iwaszko in the newly opened Which Wich sandwich shop. The location is in the former Ciao Bella and Houlihans at 1508 US 41, the busiest corner or Northwest Indiana at present. The Ericks…

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there’s a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors.

I have been thinking about contacting the television networks with an idea I have for a new real estate reality T.V. show called “The Price is Wrong”. It would be a remake of the long running “The Price is Right” now hosted by Drew Carey. My studio audience is filled with hundreds of frustra…

As the Summer Olympics came to a close I thought about the first Olympic Game held in Olympia, Greece over 3000 years ago. The games were a part of a religious festival held in honor of the god Zeus. Zeus was the father of all of the great gods and goddesses in Greek Mythology. The Greeks va…

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the many achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. We can thank the Ame…

Question: I am considering purchasing a home. I am tired of renting. I’m not handy, but have friends who are. I want a place where I don’t have to answer to a landlord. My credit score is 620, and I know my income will rise in the future. I’ll save some money and in a couple years, I’ll move…

CALUMET CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AUGUST LUNCHEON: Features the new Economic Development Coordinator Pete Saunders. The 40 members and guests assembled for the Chamber’s August Luncheon meeting listened attentively as the new (on the job just 3 months) EDC Saunders gave an overview of his bac…

On the morning of August 3, 2016, my day started with a “thank you” message from one of our senior citizen clients. Our answering service took a message the evening of the previous day and the message was delivered to me in the morning.

This year’s presidential election has plunged me into more debates than I cared to be in. For me, neither candidate is desirable so the decision now is which is the lessor of two bad choices. Regardless of who wins the Oval Office, ultimately our hope rests in God. 

It amazes me that there are still real estate agents out there that don’t seem to get that being completely honest with a home seller may be hard, but it’s the right thing to do. Not long ago, I heard from someone who had been trying to sell their Lansing home for a long time with no success…

PICNIC AT POST 330: Sunday August 14, 2016 dawned bright and sunny and was perfect for the annual American Legion Post 330 in Calumet City. Pictured here under the tent are John and Ginny Ulaszek, along with American Legion Post 697 Commander Don Lange and Patty Partayka in background. Patty…

When experiencing unforeseen circumstances in life and/or ministry we often seek advice from our pastor or close friends. We strain to hear God’s voice of direction through a sermon, or a song. We’ll pull out our Topical Bible looking for passages that mirror our situation to explain or make…

Question: We’ve signed an agreement of sale with a new home builder, put $40,000 down and are soon going to have the new house ready.

Lately I’ve seen a big difference between “flipped” homes and “rehabbed” homes. And while a rehabbed property might also be flipped, a flipped house doesn’t necessarily have to be rehabbed. With more and more homes being sold to investors, there are a lot of houses being flipped in today’s m…

On August 8, 2016, I got a phone call from a client in Saint John, Indiana. She was happy, but she had a question.

If you have an interest in obscure holidays and celebrations, August 16th was National Roller Coaster Day. As you know, a roller coaster is used as a metaphor for many areas of life – including the financial markets. As an investor, what can you learn from this thrill ride?

OK, so I’m driving down 394 and see an electronic billboard that says, ‘Be on Alert! Cook County Sheriff Police have made 630 arrests this year.’ At first glance it didn’t confuse me, but a few miles later the questions start. Who exactly is the sheriff talking to? Is the sheriff talking to …

LINDA PILJAC AND SOPHIE AT LYNN’S DOGGIE SPA AND PET GROOMING: Looked like a well groomed lady, Sophie the adorable mixed breed just had her styling done thanks to Linda (and hubby Ken Laski) and her team of dog groomers. The popular pet groomer recently moved from Burnham Avenue in Calumet …

This year’s presidential election has plunged me into more debates than I cared to be in.  For me, neither candidate is desirable so the decision now is which is the lessor of two bad choices.  Regardless of who wins the Oval Office, ultimately our hope rests in God.  

Your emotional attachment to your house can cost you big $$$. Our homes are very personal to us. Thinking of my grandmother’s home brings warm happy feelings, as does my childhood home. And when I move the next time, I’m sure I’ll be emotionally attached to my current home…it’s my wife’s and…

Question: My Realtor placed my offer on a house with a pre-approval and 20 percent down. The selling agent called my loan officer to ask for my FICO score, how much money I have in the bank and other personal questions so she can run the info with her seller. My loan officer did not give any…

A new client asked us for help with a bill that he got under Obamacare before he became a client of our agency. We helped him. The client is from the Miller Beach area of Gary, Indiana.

Parenting is never an easy job – and, unfortunately, it can be especially difficult if you’re doing it on your own. As a single parent, you face many challenges, not the least of which are the financial ones. But by following the suggestions below, you may be able to make life easier – for y…

We all like to compare certain things. Here we compare having a dog in your life as opposed to a man. Some people are doubly blessed - and have both.

KEN AND PATSY TEASE COME BACK TO SAY ‘SO LONG’: Longtime Calumet City residents Ken and Patsy Tease moved from CC two years ago to Las Vegas. They have a lawn implement business at the corner of 159th and Burnham Avenue, Harold Tease and Son which has been on the market for years. They have …

On May 5, 2016, I wrote and typed a letter for an Army veteran to sign.  He had brought papers to me for review and I agreed with him that the matter involved either Medicare fraud or serious mistakes.  The client is from Crown Point, Indiana. 

Planning to sleep in your new home tonight…what’s Plan B? It’s closing day! Everything has gone like clockwork and you have nothing but the closing between you and home ownership!

I seem to be stuck (or maybe mesmerized would be a better word) by the passage of scripture recorded in Hebrews 2:14-15, 17. I sense there’s something more the Lord wants me to see. At times I feel like I’m at the edge of grasping it, only to realize that I still don’t know what it is I’m tr…

Question: After taking the last walk-through tour I closed on my house. Everything seemed fine. All the upgraded appliances (Stove/oven, Microwave and Dishwasher) were installed. I was handed the keys to the house the next day at about 4 PM. I did not go to inspect the house on the day of se…

I know from experience that more and more drivers are texting while driving. You can just tell. They think that driving 5 miles below the speed limit will give them the extra time to read or write a text - and no one will ever know. What they hope no one else notices is that they drift out o…

  This week, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept  our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life – and it c…

NORENE AND ANDY DELAURENTIS CELEBRATE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: The Lansing couple were married on Saturday July 16th, 1966 at St. Kevin’s Church on 107th and Torrence Avenue in South Deering   A reception for 450 guests was held at Club Allegro, 117th and Halsted. A romantic honeymoon in Las Vega…

Whenever I can, I check active files to decide if I should continue to classify them as active.

Question: I know a Seller has to complete and sign a Property Disclosure report for the buyer to review. But, what if the Sellers disclosure statement does not indicate a problem which is later found by new owner, what steps can be taken to have seller cover all or part of the expense of rep…