Category Archives: Real Estate Talk

The Deal of the Century?

Recently, Freddie Mac published a blog post titled Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century. They explained that, if you are planning to purchase a home, now may be the…

Does Homeownership Make Sense Financially?

Everyone knows the social advantages of home ownership. However, some question the financial benefits of owning a home. Three recent studies shed some light on the issue. RealtyTrac recently released a report comparing home price appreciation…

Why You Should Sell Now!

As the temperature rises, buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream home. Inventory is still below historic numbers and demand is strong. Don’t miss out on this great…

Chicago Ranks Top City for Expansion and Relocation Again

For the second year in a row, Chicago has ranked at the top of the list of U.S. cities for corporate expansion and relocation. This is great news because companies…

Donut Cities: Is Chicago’s shape shifting back to the historical center?

Donut Cities: the migratory flow of businesses, offices, and homes out of historic downtowns for the new suburbs, might finally be ending. This phenomenon began in the 1960s as urban blight…

No Cash? No Problem: How to Buy a Home with Low Cash Investment

Interest Rates and home prices are still low- but it can be hard to get into the buying game when you lack the cash for a downpayment and closing costs….

$70K and Up: Gems on the Market in Chicago Now!

No matter what price point you have in mind, you can find something absolutely amazing on the market in our beautiful city of Chicago. Consider this as your own private House…

Be Careful with ‘Zestimates’: Data proves inaccuracy

Creating a list price is an in-depth analytical science. One that should be done with a licensed real estate professional who knows the intricacies of your particular market inside and out. Where a…

2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value: Less Is More

JANUARY 2015 | BY STACEY MONCRIEFF Smaller replacement projects, particularly those that enhance curb appeal, remain the most cost effective way for sellers to improve value. With home price gains slowing…

Is Now the Time to Become a Homeowner?

There are many renters out there who want to become homeowners, but don’t believe that they can afford to make the jump. There are also many Millennials that haven’t yet…

Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Professional

It is always a great idea to hire a real estate professional when buying or selling a home. Here are just a few reasons why: If you have any questions…

Chicagoans Spent Over $14 Billion on Rent in 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015, by AJ LaTrace [photo via the Curbed Chicago Flickr pool/Michael Salisbury] For many Chicagoans, the first of the month means parting ways with a large chunk of…