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Keeping it in the family
Keeping it in the family

You can’t clock out in the real estate business, any more than you can clock out from being part of a family. But what if family and business were inseparable?

How developers and lenders work with teams
How developers and lenders work with teams

Mortgage lenders and developers regularly find themselves working with a team of agents or brokers, which comes with its own advantages and common issues.

Making the dream work: How teams fit into brokerages
Making the dream work: How teams fit into brokerages

We spoke to the people who manage teams at the three local brokerages to learn how teams fit into the larger picture.

A big corporate employer leaves town. Then what?
A big corporate employer leaves town. Then what?

An exodus of corporate jobs doesn’t automatically spell bad news for a suburb’s real estate market. Learn how Hoffman Estates is taking an active role in turning what could have been an economic disaster into a potential boon.

Regulatory challenges facing suburban agents and developers
Regulatory challenges facing suburban agents and developers

Seemingly arbitrary building ordinances in some suburban cities and towns effectively limit the supply of new homes for sale and make it difficult to sell existing homes. Not only are there many specific local codes that prove challenging to agents and brokers operating in the suburbs, but also there are some that exacerbate the inventory shortage while leaving promising development opportunities untapped.

Staying on the right side of Airbnb rules, regs and taxes
Staying on the right side of Airbnb rules, regs and taxes

In Chicago, STRs are governed by a hulking, 58-page ordinance, and there are other restrictions layered on by city regulators and condo boards. So, if you or one of your clients are looking to buy an investment property with an eye toward listing it on a platform such as Airbnb, where do you start?

The Airbnb lending puzzle
The Airbnb lending puzzle

The mortgage lending industry and its public referees have responded to short-term rentals with more accommodation than restriction, a positive development for homeowners who hope to earn income through a short-term rental platform. Not only is it possible for homeowners to potentially secure more favorable financing terms on their primary residences if they are renting them out — they also have the same opportunity to do so if they purchase a second home.

Deciding between Airbnb and traditional property management
Deciding between Airbnb and traditional property management

Whether you work in property management or your clients are looking for advice on how to capitalize on these opportunities, it’s important to consider the ways managing a short-term rental property differs from managing one for long-term tenants. Here are a few key factors to weigh before making a decision.

People first, then tech
People first, then tech

Though @properties is one of very few independent shops that develops technology in-house, co-founder Thad Wong said they didn’t initially set out with any particular focus on technology.

If you build it, they will come
If you build it, they will come

Learn how one Dream Town agent rolled up his sleeves and got to work employing his limited programming skills to create a site for his business that uses a custom-built search function.

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