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The professionalism problem: Raising the bar in real estate
The professionalism problem: Raising the bar in real estate

Under the new Real Estate License Act, new licensees have a post-license education requirement of 45 hours dedicated to professionalism.

Tech tools: How agents keep pipelines full and build their brands
Tech tools: How agents keep pipelines full and build their brands

With a new app popping up seemingly daily, how do agents know which tech companies to trust to make their lives easier while also staying true to their own brand? We spoke to some of today’s most revolutionary tech companies to find out how they’re helping agents both build and strengthen their businesses.

The New Starter Home
The New Starter Home

Over the decades, Chicago developers and builders have moved from the traditional two-flat and bungalow-style homes to investing in different options for affordable housing, like infill construction, modular-type homes and flexible buildings. Is it working, and what will the landscape of entry-level housing look like in the near future?

Meet the 2020 Who’s Who in Chicagoland Residential Real Estate
Meet the 2020 Who’s Who in Chicagoland Residential Real Estate

This year marks an incredible opportunity for the industry, and the individuals in our 2020 Who’s Who in Chicagoland Residential Real Estate issue are the ones who will rise to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.

Mortgage market update: Lending standards tighten, but business is still brisk
Mortgage market update: Lending standards tighten, but business is still brisk

Four months after mortgage lenders started to tighten their standards in reaction to COVID-19-related uncertainty, Chicagoland lenders say they have yet to see a dramatic slowdown.

Build, buy or partner? Creating a real estate technology stack that works
Build, buy or partner? Creating a real estate technology stack that works

Sometimes it makes sense to build your own tech, whereas other situations call for an off-the-shelf solution or a vendor partnership. Which styles benefit different types of businesses and offices? Also, how can tech companies adapt to better serve the needs of real estate professionals?

The city report card: How Chicago is weathering the COVID-19 storm
The city report card: How Chicago is weathering the COVID-19 storm

Despite recent challenges, there’s a great deal to celebrate in terms of what makes it great to be a real estate broker in Chicago. We check in with real estate professionals who are passionate about our city, and hear about their commitment to building a more resilient and robust real estate community to face the future.

Industry adaptation at the intersection of COVID-19 and real estate technology
Industry adaptation at the intersection of COVID-19 and real estate technology

The contagious and debilitating nature of the virus has forced agents to adjust their business practices and marketing strategies to reach current and potential clients.

If not now, when? Making it happen for first-time buyers
If not now, when? Making it happen for first-time buyers

Under ideal circumstances, purchasing a home for the first time is daunting. Add a pandemic to an already competitive marketplace, made up of rising home prices and low inventory, and the obstacle course becomes downright forbidding.

Rethinking gentrification: How to become an agent of positive change in your community
Rethinking gentrification: How to become an agent of positive change in your community

With the cost to buy and own a home rising rapidly in Chicago, some residents see developers and real estate brokers as the enemy. But the true picture is much more nuanced than that.

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