Archive for October, 2011

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Spooktacular!

9.26.2011

Lucky you it’s an extra post this week! I know you have been salivating all weekend for the next post and since it’s Halloween I figured it would be cool to check out some of the scariest places in Chicago! You can find all kinds of articles about scary houses across the nation but I figured we would look into the places much closer to home. I found two articles that went in to detail about several spots around the city that are haunted. They are here and here.


I found the story about Inez Clarke to be one of the creepiest. That is a picture of her grave marker with the glass box around her statue. This was done not for protection but as containment because the statue moves or disappears when there is a thunderstorm! The little girl was apparently struck by lightning and her statue must be trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. This cemetery has some other creepy graves in it too. I do not like that I have driven by this apparent ghost hangout on several occasions and it is just North of where I live now! If you are trick-or-treating near 4000 N. Clark tonight, pray for clear weather.

The other super creepy one was about the ghost of Resurrection Mary who was killed outside of then buried at Archer Cemetery. On many occasions since the 1930s there have been well documented cases of people picking up a female hitchhiker who asks to be dropped off at the cemetery or simply disappears as the your car drives by the gates.

Hope everyone has a spooktacular night and remember, don’t pick up hitchhikers, even attractive blondes!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Marty-

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Mole People

9.26.2011

A lot of people looking for apartments in Chicago are very adamant about having a great view. They can be very specific about which compass direction to face, what they would like to be able to see ,and exactly how how up a skyscraper they want to live. The feeling of being on a top floor balcony gazing over the concrete jungle as taxis crawl by like ants is almost indescribably awesome. That being said, would you want to trade all that to live in a place like this?

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These are concept drawings from a Mexican architectural company to build giant buildings but flipped and buried into the ground. The weirdest thing to me is that it looks like the top level, or bottom level, not sure how you would describe the floors on this, is just a giant plexiglass viewing platform that looks down over a thousand feet into the Earth. How crazy would the world look if a cityscape didn’t have the distinctive skylines that we associate with them nowadays but were just flat ground with hundreds of viewports into the ground? Trippy right?


Not to get all save the whales on you but think about the ecological impact of being able to build an actual skyscraper on top of an earthscraper and how many people and businesses you could put into one normal building’s footprint.

I imagine prices for renting/buying these places would be pretty low since you would have to be a special kind of crazy to work 8 hours a day with barely any natural sunlight then take an elevator ride up to your cave to spend the night. To each their own but give me a room with a view. Well, looks like it is time for me to get back to some actual work now. You should too, I think your boss is looking over your shoulder!

Catch you on the flip side.

-Marty-

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Roll Out!

9.26.2011

So every man my age has some love for the Transformers and even more so now that Michael Bay has added thousands of kilos of explosions along with Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. That being said how awesome would it be to own a real transformer? Retorical question. Everyone knows it would be awesome. Get ready for your mind to be blown!


This concept for a transforming house has to be the next best thing since sliced bread, and from what I hear, sliced bread is pretty awesome. In case you didn’t read the article and just watched the video, the house is built on a series of rails that allow it to change shape to adapt to the changing weather conditions of Sweden. You can give your house more or less exposure to the elements in order to become more green as  well as apparently automatically move your kids to the other side of the house.

They mention some of the many issues that there are with the house from weight to making sure sections fit correctly. I personally would be most worried about keeping those tracks clear from the large amounts of snow and ice that accumulate in the Lapland area. I hated shoveling the steps and driveway for my dad especially when there was a thick layer of ice covering everything. Imagine that difficulty magnified by too much to think about. Not to mention the danger of telling your small children to go play in the yard that could at any moment turn into a Sawesque whirling machine of death. Buyer beware.

Looks like I’ll just be waiting for GM to come out with an actual transforming Camaro that can save me from any intergalactic invaders. Until then, I’ll catch you on the flip side!

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Not Some Kind Of Chump

9.26.2011

First off, let me say that I almost shot coffee out of my nose when I read this. I was just looking for things related to real estate to make posts about and suddenly I saw this link to the The Onion.

Now, if anyone has never heard of The Onion before, let me alert you to the fact that it is a joke news website and literally nothing on it is for real despite what some people think. Now don’t get me wrong, this article is super old but each and every item on the list is still relevant and hilarious in the apartment hunting scene today. Unfortunately I don’t have that much to say about this besides that I hope you didn’t pee your pants and that I love the generic photos that they use for their articles. It would make perfect sense in an actual article about apartment hunting but in this context you’re really wondering, “Why isn’t that guy wearing his apartment hunting fedora?”

Catch you on the flip side!

-Marty-

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Oh Japan!

9.26.2011

Now, I don’t know how many of you are aware of all the ridiculousness that is Japan. If you click through the Interwebs you can find many an article related to the fantastic, weird, and downright strange things that they sell and do in the land of the rising sun. Those things are neither here nor there though as I would like to talk about real estate. I found this strange piece about houses in Japan that are built around the premise of how much you love your quadrupedal  friends.

A quick look through that shows that article every feature has been designed to make life more entertaining and fun for the cats of the house while still allowing for the people to have all that they need. The article notes that one of the houses has sixteen cats living in it…and five dogs… and we would assume a couple folks who have a fierce love for animals. That is twenty-three living, breathing creatures that need the space to complete all of their daily activities. Lets hope they have the space…

We here in America measure all things on what is called the imperial system (feet, yards, gallons, quarts, etc.). The rest of the world uses the metric system (meters, kilometers, liters, milliliters, etc.). So what they said in the article might not be so easily understood. The company that built the house of 1000 cats can build you homes measuring from 20-50 square meters. On first glance, those numbers look small but then we remember that meters and stuff are bigger than feet so maybe they are pretty decent sized. Nope. 20-50 square meters is roughly 215-538 square feet, and these places have multiple floors! This just goes to show how efficient people in Japan are with their use of space. People in Chicago are upset when their closets didn’t come out to 215 square feet!

Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for whatever I can find next week.

Catch you on the flip side!

-Marty-

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The Beginning

9.26.2011

A quick intro about me and what I hope this blog will accomplish:

My name is Martin Hueter and I am a real estate consultant for the Chicago area working for a company called Vesta Preferred in their efforts to take over the real estate world. Mid-twenties, fun-loving, and with the world and its opportunities spread before me to be plucked like the ripest of fruits. I truly love what I do in every regard from meeting strange and interesting people, helping them slog through the stressful journey that can be apartment hunting, and getting a first-hand view of the awesome living spaces that are scattered throughout the city.

I hope this blog can be a fun and interesting way to show people different real estate related items and incite stimulating conversation for all you who will hopefully be my loyal followers. I also hope to expand my network within the city and possibly stir up some people that need help searching for the perfect new home. I can only hope that my charm and humor will be accurately shown through these words and they are enough to suck you all in.

With that being said, tune in tomorrow for my first actual post. I hope to update this phenomenal blog every Tuesday and Thursday.

Catch you on the flip side!

-Marty-