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September Home Values Fell as Sales Increased

Written by: - October 23, 2009

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September Home Values Fell as Sales Increased

Market watchers believe the next few months will be a mixed bag for buyers and sellers. If unemployment does not abate, distressed properties will continue to impact market pricing for months and even years in the future.

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More Foreclosures To Come

Written by: - July 7, 2009

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7 July 2009 ? More foreclosures are to come. While the housing market has been showing signs of stabilization, we may see another surge of foreclosures before the end of summer, according to several major banks. Why now? Since the end of last year many lenders have held off on foreclosure proceedings, instead offering loan […]

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Insurance Needs Change When Building Is Vacant or Being Worked On

Written by: - June 26, 2009

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Insurance Needs Change When Building Is Vacant or Being Worked On

Over the past few months, I have noticed more and more home insurance activity: People picking up houses in foreclosure to fix it up to rent out; Buying foreclosures to move in to eventually; Renovating homes to flip them; People who can?t sell their homes either (1) renting out their homes or (2 ) even […]

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With So Many Short Sales Today, Should I Wait to Buy?

Written by: - June 25, 2009

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With So Many Short Sales Today, Should I Wait to Buy?

Here?s a question real estate agents are hearing lately??With so many short sales out there?does that mean the market is getting worse and should I be concerned about buying now verses later this year?? The answer, in a word, ?No.? Short sales certainly seem to be on the rise due to a variety of reasons: […]

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You Never Know It Is The Bottom Until You Are On Your Way Back Up

Written by: - June 23, 2009

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You Never Know It Is The Bottom Until You Are On Your Way Back Up

As prospective buyers are sitting back, waiting, and speculating about when to take advantage of the bottom, it appears we have hit a plateau. One of the most effective ways for pricing to stabilize and then see appreciation is depleting inventory. Signs Home Prices in Chicago Are Stabilizing According to the Illinois Association of Realtors, […]

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Chicago Housing Market’s Inventory and Pricing Starting to Level

Written by: - June 22, 2009

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22 June 2009 ? Signs are appearing that both inventory and pricing in the housing market are starting to level. Banks modifying existing mortgages are keeping people in their homes who thought they would have to sell. A large number of foreclosure units will not be hitting the open market as reported in Friday?s Chicago […]

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Home Builders Pessimistic and Vacancies on the Rise in Chicago

Written by: - June 16, 2009

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Home Builders Pessimistic and Vacancies on the Rise in Chicago

Two reports yesterday seem to cast a shadow over recent good news in closings. Home Builders Not Predicting Increased Business The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported yesterday that it’s nation-wide monthly sentiment index dropped by a point to 15. This is down from a score of 18 one year ago and an all-time […]

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How to Fight Foreclosure

Written by: - May 29, 2009

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How to Fight Foreclosure

So, you are facing foreclosure, and are worried and scared and don?t know what to do? Well, you are not alone. Millions of people nationwide have been foreclosed on or will be soon. There?s been all kinds of blame and finger-pointing (see my Who?s to Blame post for further info on that), but that’s not […]

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Chicago Homes Sales are UP…and DOWN

Written by: - May 28, 2009

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Chicago Homes Sales are UP…and DOWN

The Up We are seeing the continuation of a trend that seems hopeful. According the Illinois Association of RealtorsĀ® home sales in Chicago for April 2009 were up when compared to March 2009 by 16.7 percent. There were 1,378 home sold in April as compared to 1,181 in March. This seems to reflect the time […]

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New Helpful Legislation – More Details on New Foreclosure Law

Written by: - April 9, 2009

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New Helpful Legislation – More Details on New Foreclosure Law

It’s good to hear that the government wheels are turning & finally churning out legislation to help those that they were elected to serve. On Sunday, April 5th, the Illinois State Senate passed and Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 2513.

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HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program Not So Stable

Written by: - March 2, 2009

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HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program Not So Stable

The City of Chicago Department of Community Development put on an informational meeting last Friday for residential developers to learn more about the city’s strategy to acquire and rehab vacant and foreclosed properties to get them back into productive use. Here is a little background:Ā  In July, Congress approved a new Housing and Urban Development […]

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