Indiana Landmarks helps preserve historic World’s Fair homes

Moving buildings from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to Beverly Shores was no small task. Restoring those homes hasn’t been easy, either.

“Welcome to ‘This Old House’ on steroids,” Ross Gambril said during a recent Indiana Landmarks program.

Gambril is just about finished restoring the Wieboldt-Rostone House on Lake Front Drive, just west of the bright pink Florida Tropical House, where his neighbors Bill and Lisa Beatty live.

Each year, except 2020, tenants of the five historic Century of Progress homes open up their homes for tours. That’s part of the agreement they signed when they agreed to lease the homes.

The other main part was to restore the homes in lieu of rent.

“I have over 8,000 pictures of the house, all the work, all the various stages,” Gambril said, and he runs the slideshow during the annual showings.

“I look at that and I realize

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Indiana Landmarks helps preserve historic World’s Fair homes

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Moving buildings from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to Beverly Shores was no small task. Restoring those homes hasn’t been easy, either.

“Welcome to ‘This Old House’ on steroids,” Ross Gambril said during a recent Indiana Landmarks program.

Gambril is just about finished restoring the Wieboldt-Rostone House on Lake Front Drive, just west of the bright pink Florida Tropical House, where his neighbors Bill and Lisa Beatty live.

Each year, except 2020, tenants of the five historic Century of Progress homes open up their homes for tours. That’s part of the agreement they signed when they agreed to lease the homes.


The other main part was to restore the homes in lieu of rent.

“I have over 8,000 pictures of the house, all the work, all the various stages,” Gambril said, and he runs the slideshow during the annual showings.

“I look at that and

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Hartford Tenant Lawsuit Alleges HUD Violated Fair Housing Act

A group of former residents from Hartford’s North End is taking on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Center for Leadership and Justice filed suit on their behalf Wednesday, claiming that HUD failed to reduce segregation when giving them options for new housing.

Tenants endured black mold hanging from the ceiling. Mothers watched mice run through their children’s cribs on the baby monitor. These claims were listed by members of the groups filing the suit outside Barbour Garden Apartments Wednesday.

“Every family we talked to who had kids had at least one kid with asthma, which can be triggered or exacerbated by mold.” said Erin Boggs, the Executive Director of the Open Communities Alliance, one of the groups working on this lawsuit.

“One of our clients discussed how she had witnessed—outside her building with her son—an execution style shooting,” Boggs said of one of the tenants who

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Hartford families sue HUD; allege Fair Housing Act violations

For years, Marina Ilarraza’s family lived in a government-subsidized apartment in Hartford’s North End where mold adorned the shower, the windows wouldn’t shut, the heat worked sporadically and the water ran brown.

In the basement, a sewage backup left behind fleas and rotting cats. Drug violence in the neighborhood often prevented her children from playing outside.

She wanted out but had few options – until 2019, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ended the last of its contracts with the landlords of the Ilarrazas’ apartment and two others in the city because of the deplorable conditions inside.

Ilarraza had hoped that the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher that HUD gave her would help her find a better place, but she and others who had lived in the three apartments soon found that they had very few options. Some – including Ilarraza – wound up stuck in Hartford,

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10 Tips for Getting a Fair Price on a Home

All home buyers have one thing in common: They don’t want to get ripped off. Whatever the state of the housing market, it’s especially important to make sure you pay a fair price. Yet how do you know that you’re getting a good deal—even in a tight market—before you make an offer? You need to know how to evaluate the price of any home, so you can make a sound investment decision. The following 10 tips will show you how to get a great deal on a house.

Key Takeaways

  • When shopping for a home, it’s important to get a sense of the market by looking at recently sold homes, comparable homes on the market and available for viewing, and comparables taken off the market because they didn’t sell.
  • You should also try to determine whether you are in a buyer’s or seller’s market and if the neighborhood is appreciating
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Fair housing groups: Redfin ‘redlines’ minority communities

GENE JOHNSON
 |  Associated Press

SEATTLE — Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers and sellers in minority communities — a type of digital redlining that has depressed home values and exacerbated historic injustice in the housing market.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the organizations said that during a two-year investigation they documented the effect of Redfin’s “minimum price policy,” which requires homes to be listed for certain prices to reap the benefits of Redfin’s services.

The company was vastly less likely to offer realtor services, professional photos, virtual tours, online promotion or commission rebates for homes listed in overwhelmingly minority neighborhoods than it was in overwhelmingly white ones, the investigation found.

That meant homes in minority neighborhoods were likely to stay on the market longer and

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Lawsuit Challenges HUD’s Rollback Of Key Fair Housing Rule

A coalition of fair housing advocates has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over the recent reversal of long-standing fair housing protections. 

The suit challenges HUD’s new disparate impact rule, which would make it more difficult for victims of discrimination to fight against systemic racism and discriminatory policies by housing providers, financial institutions and insurance companies that deprive people of the opportunities and services they need. 

The Trump administration rewrote the 2013 disparate impact rule adopted by the Obama administration, which included the standard approach to claims using this civil rights enforcement tool. 

Fair housing advocates say the rule has been in place for almost 50 years to tackle structural barriers that unfairly lock people out of the housing and lending opportunities they deserve.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s role in getting women fair access to mortgage loans paved the way for female homeownership to rise

After buying a condo in southwest suburban Lemont last fall, Brittainy Barattia not only signed her name on the dotted line, but also her marital status.

“When you sign your homeownership paperwork, there are several times when you have to sign the state of your marital status,” she said. “And they have to read it to you, so it would be like, ‘For Brittainy Barattia, a single woman, Brittainy Barattia, a single woman.’ I’m like, ‘Mmm hmm, I get it. My mom gets it, too — she is hearing you right now.’”

Single women in the United States have outpaced single men when it comes to home ownership since the late 1980s, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. But it wasn’t until legal battles and a law guaranteeing equal access to credit passed just a few years earlier that women could buy homes independently.

And among the women who helped

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Determining the fair market value of your home

The fair market value of a home, which is based on the price a potential buyer would be willing to pay for it, is an important factor for both sellers and buyers.



a close up of a flower garden in front of a building: The front door of a home


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The front door of a home

What is fair market value in real estate?

Fair market value is the price that a willing buyer would pay a willing seller for a home without current supply and demand conditions being present, explains Timothy Garrity, chief operating officer and broker at Copper Hill Real Estate in Philadelphia.

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In other words, both parties would have enough knowledge to proceed with the sale, but outside factors would not be relevant to the negotiation of price and terms.

“Basically, it is what the buyer audience perceives the home to be value-wise,” says Cara Ameer, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Are Property Taxes Fair?

Property tax is probably the fairest tax collected by municipalities. However, it is also probably the un-fairest tax collected by municipalities.

The state where an individual lives determines how much they pay, which may be higher or lower. An individual's economic status can also be a factor in how this type of tax impacts their pocketbook.

In fact when it comes to the decision on taxes and renting versus owning, this may be the only time renting is the best option. States collect property taxes on:

  • Land
  • Improvements to land such as additions to property
  • Man made objects that are not stationary structures

It is usually assessed by individual county tax collectors in each state. Land and property are mailed tax payment notices that are the result of appraisals of the property's value. Notices of assessments can be disputed by contacting the tax collector in the land owner's county, and … Read More