Posts by Meg White

It ain’t easy being big
It ain’t easy being big

It may seem like top producers have it made, but being at the top has its challenges. Here’s what some of the people on our Real Data lists have to say about the difficulties of being on such lists, how...

How to make it to the top
How to make it to the top

It’s not just luck that got the agents you see on our Real Data lists where they are today. Hear their advice for how you can up your game and increase your numbers, as well as how to maintain your...

How your clients see production numbers
How your clients see production numbers

Being a top producer in Chicagoland may mean a fair amount of attention for impressive sales numbers. But whether or not that actually makes a difference in terms of attracting and keeping clients is another...

Balance? What balance?
Balance? What balance?

It can be tough — some say impossible — to achieve harmony between work and family when you’re in real estate. Here, Chicagoland top producers offer some techniques that can help....

Where did properties move fastest in Chicagoland?
Where did properties move fastest in Chicagoland?

How long listings stay up before they’re sold is a great indicator of how hot the market is. Here’s a look at the spots in the city and the suburbs where inventory moved the quickest in...

What you see is what you get … sometimes
What you see is what you get … sometimes

"When I approach our annual Real Data issue, it’s with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Data is just numbers until people begin to give it...

‘Ban the box’ for rentals: How Cook County landlords must adapt
‘Ban the box’ for rentals: How Cook County landlords must adapt

To meet the ambitious goal of ameliorating the effects of the criminal justice system on housing, Cook County commissioners amended the county’s Human Rights Ordinance to include more provisions for housing-related issues. Here's what you and your clients need to...

Here come the policy police
Here come the policy police

The argument could be made that policies are even more important to have in place — and up to date — in real estate. The fact that most brokers are independent contractors means that they have much freer rein than...

Back to the future: What experts got right — and wrong — about mortgage rates
Back to the future: What experts got right — and wrong — about mortgage rates

While most of the predictions about interest rates in 2019 were off by a long shot, one crucial element of the housing market in 2020 remains true: The cost of borrowing is very low, by both modern and historic...

What else is new? Loan limits increase for Fannie, Freddie and FHA
What else is new? Loan limits increase for Fannie, Freddie and FHA

It stands to reason that, as home prices rise faster than income, buyers are going to need larger loan amounts. And for the fourth straight year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has increased the conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae,...

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