Posts by Ashley Bowden

Expert advice for families moving to a new neighborhood
Expert advice for families moving to a new neighborhood

What do kids need in a new home? Experts in family studies, psychology and household finance provide insight on some key elements that real estate agents’ clients should consider if they are searching for property with a family in mind....

How housing contributed to a record-breaking economic expansion
How housing contributed to a record-breaking economic expansion

The country has seen 121 straight months of economic expansion since the Great Recession, the longest-recorded period of economic growth to date. Learn what your industry has done to assist this stellar growth...

Where Democratic presidential candidates stand on housing issues
Where Democratic presidential candidates stand on housing issues

Of the dozens of candidates currently in the running for the Democratic Party’s...

More first-time buyers facing budget constraints this year
More first-time buyers facing budget constraints this year

Money woes have become a bigger obstacle for those looking to break into homeownership than they were two years ago. Also, somewhat surprising data about the proportion of first-time buyers shopping for homes in rural...

Homeowners and appraisers agree more on value
Homeowners and appraisers agree more on value

New data from Quicken Loans shows homeowners are becoming more realistic about the values of their homes, though exactly how rational they are varies quite a bit from city to city. Find out how Chicago compares to the rest of...

Real estate in brief: Executive orders, home values and more
Real estate in brief: Executive orders, home values and more

Trump seeks to prioritize affordable housing with an executive order, proposed mortgage reforms are already adding on to borrowing costs, new home sales tick lower again and more in our weekly roundup of national real estate news....

High-end home sales decline nationwide
High-end home sales decline nationwide

In March, the luxury home market saw the largest drop in sales since...

Chicagoland sales slow to recover from rocky start
Chicagoland sales slow to recover from rocky start

The latest RE/MAX report for the Chicago metro area shows some improvement over last month, but year-over-year numbers still fall short of national...

What buyers with kids are searching for
What buyers with kids are searching for

In every decision they make, parents tend to make their children their top priority. The same goes for the considerations they make when shopping for a new home. Find out how the way families search for and finance a home...

Real estate in brief: Fannie and Freddie plans, LGBT house-hunting and more
Real estate in brief: Fannie and Freddie plans, LGBT house-hunting and more

Plans to end government-controlled conservatorship of the GSEs, lower mortgage rates, the valuation of "gayborhoods" and more are all featured in our national real estate news round up this...

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