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Since 2000, Standard & Poors has compiled the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, comparing average relative price for the Top 20 Real Estate Markets, versus a January, 2000 Benchmark of 100.00.  Based on this index, the Average Home Price in the Chicago Metro Area dropped 1.98% between January and Fe...
Good Evening, Folks!Would like some input from those of you that lead a Team, as I do.  It can be a Team of Real Estate Agents, Unlicensed Assistants + Yourself, a Lending Team, a Staging Team, or a Husband & Wife Team in any of the above categories.When times are tough, closings are hard, and re...
Happy New Week, Everyone!Here's the latest Stat Summary on the Chicago Real Estate Market, based on data pulled yesterday evening, April 27, 2008 -Active Listing Inventory continues to grow, slowly, while Units Pending Sale ("Just Sold") jumped last week.  Sold Units and Sales Volume were flat la...
Last February 5th, we commented on a trend of what many would consider"Redlining" of local real estate market areas by Countrywide Homes Loans.  Last January, Countrywide, and several other lenders and Private Mortgage Insurance Companies, have created their own "Soft Market Index" of zip codes o...
Kimball Hill Homes, based in the Chicago Suburb of Rolling Meadows IL, became the latest casualty of the sharp drop in new home sales nationally.  The company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection here in Chicago this past week.President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Lovesays he has begun ...
The latest buzz among real estate investors - and real estate trainers - is Short Sales!  Investors think they will find a new home for pennies on the dollar.  Distressed homeowners see a solution to their strangling house payments, and a house that now might be worth less than they owe on the mo...
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!In this early-2006 photo, I am but a passenger!  But, usually, I am the DRIVER!However, with gas prices here in Chicago going through the roof (or, "through the WOOF," as we dogs say), it's g...
Often, when it comes to Hot Dogs here in Chicago - I'm the one most often referred to!    However, my wife and our Team member, Sue Moss, offers these Hot Spots for the best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, here in the city and the suburbs. Before we begin, you have to understand the dos-and-dont's of Chi...
New, far stricter underwriting requirements will hit condominium buyers with added force, as our Team, and one of our clients, recently found out here in Chicago.One of our moderate-income clients, purchasing a smaller, inexpensive one-bedroom unit, had his application last-minute rejected due to...
Monitoring Chicago Real Estate Sales and Prices?You will see a drop in units sold here, year over year, between March, 2007 and March of this year, but it is not as severe as the State of Illinois figure.  Even comparing the City of Chicago against the larger Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statisti...


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