Posts by Joe Ward

Cook County used Zillow’s Zestimate tool in official assessments. Really?
Cook County used Zillow’s Zestimate tool in official assessments. Really?

Homeowners may be angry for a number of reasons when they see their...

Mortgage rates are falling. Here’s what that means for agents
Mortgage rates are falling. Here’s what that means for agents

A consensus among mortgage industry leaders heading into 2018 was that interest rates...

Top factors that hold up home purchase contracts the most
Top factors that hold up home purchase contracts the most

Home purchase contracts are increasingly being settled on time, and technology has increased...

Online home value estimates: 6 things every agent needs to know
Online home value estimates: 6 things every agent needs to know

Online, automated home value estimates continue to shake up the industry, and they...

Real estate industry fights back against LGBT discrimination 
Real estate industry fights back against LGBT discrimination 

In April, the real estate industry and housing advocates across the country celebrated...

Mortgage giants want to help ‘gig economy’ workers qualify for home loans
Mortgage giants want to help ‘gig economy’ workers qualify for home loans

Millennials are finally aging into homebuying, which is one of the reasons why...

Cover story: The Fair Housing Act at 50
Cover story: The Fair Housing Act at 50

Before the federal Fair Housing Act could be signed into law on April...

Single women buying twice as many homes as single men, study says
Single women buying twice as many homes as single men, study says

While the overwhelming majority of homebuyers are married couples, it is women who...

Chicagoland neighborhoods rank high in national homeownership surveys
Chicagoland neighborhoods rank high in national homeownership surveys

Chicago is one of the rare major housing markets in the country that...

The next wave of hot neighborhoods in Chicagoland are…
The next wave of hot neighborhoods in Chicagoland are…

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and which ones are considered “hot” can...

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