The top stories of 2019

by Meg White

You can’t start the new year without understanding what happened this year. Check out the top viewed stories from 2019 so you can be up on the competition in 2020:

10. MRED endorses NAR pocket listing policy

The debate over what NAR and multiple listing services should do about off-MLS listings seems to be coming to a head, though the final policy isn’t fully ironed out yet. Find out where it looks to be heading.

9. Rebecca Thomson taking leadership role with Coldwell Banker

The well-known fixture in Chicago real estate explains why she’s excited to join the established brand at a moment of reinvention.

8. Why technology (probably) can’t replace agents

In an era of rapidly evolving customer relationship management software, iBuyers and the constant specter of brokerage mergers and acquisitions, panelists at Chicago Agent magazine’s Accelerate Summit wrestled with the changing role of the real estate professional as technology evolves.

7. KW snags team leader, Baird & Warner announces managing broker switch

The DH Huyck Group has officially left @properties, and Baird & Warner has new leaders in its South Loop and Orland Park offices.

6. Understanding the biggest changes to the multi-board residential real estate contract

At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, a new standard contract for real estate agents in most of Northeast Illinois took effect. You may have heard about it, but have you explored it?

5. Buyer’s rep lawsuits: The Chicagoland view

Find out what top real estate executives here in Chicago think about the buyer’s rep lawsuits against NAR and other major real estate companies. Do they think the charges have merit and how might the industry change if the litigants prevail? 

4. 10 new developments creating buzz around Chicagoland

As part of our spring new construction issue, we take a look at a few of the projects attracting attention in the local real estate community.

3. Fostering fearlessness

In a time of rising rates and economic insecurity, homebuyers may be reluctant to make a move even if they’re otherwise ready. Seasoned mortgage professionals and real estate brokers can help clients zero in on what really matters.

2. Anthony Marinaccio Joins Guaranteed Rate

Veteran loan officer Anthony Marinaccio has left Key Mortgage for Guaranteed Rate. He’ll be working on a team with Dan Gjeldum, one of Guaranteed Rate’s top Chicagoland producers.

1. Ames Group to launch first-ever Engel & Völkers shop in Chicagoland market

There will soon be a new brokerage in town — and it will be helmed by a local household name. Jennifer Ames announced Jan. 7 that the Ames Group she leads will be leaving Coldwell Banker and opening the first Chicagoland office of international luxury company Engel & Völkers. 

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