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The secret reason behind housing’s inventory shortage
The secret reason behind housing’s inventory shortage

When it comes to the housing market’s ever-worsening inventory situation, one factor receives an outsized share of the blame – the historically low levels of home construction. Although the explanations for construction’s low volume differ – NAR has consistently argued that builders need...

Study: Chicagoland starter homes becoming more difficult to attain
Study: Chicagoland starter homes becoming more difficult to attain

Starter homes in the Chicagoland area remain relatively affordable, but they are slipping out of reach for many consumers. That was the finding of a very interesting new study from Trulia, which assessed the status of starter homes in a...

Do not worry – rising mortgage rates are not the end of the world
Do not worry – rising mortgage rates are not the end of the world

The news sounds bad: mortgage rates have risen aggressively since the presidential election, and are now at their highest level since July 2015; for the first week in December, rates posted the largest weekly jump since 2013; and the Federal Reserve...

3 signs of how Millennial homeownership has fallen in Chicagoland
3 signs of how Millennial homeownership has fallen in Chicagoland

It’s no mystery that Millennials face unique challenges on the homeownership front. From slow wage growth to soaring student debt burdens, economic forces have kept Millennials on the housing sidelines, and a huge share still live at home with their...

Chicagoland’s Top Closings, Nov. 2016
Chicagoland’s Top Closings, Nov. 2016

In our new Real Data report, we’ve detailed the agents who closed November’s top home sales throughout Chicagoland. Click on the tabs below to adjust between the single-family, condo and townhome markets: Single Family Condo Townhome Single Family Sales Price Property Agent...

The 10 best elementary schools in Chicagoland
The 10 best elementary schools in Chicagoland

Meadow Glens Elementary in Naperville is the best elementary school in Chicagoland, according to new rankings from Niche. Using such factors as state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality and the overall quality of the school district, Niche ranked elementary schools...

Chicagoland new construction continues to post huge gains in 2016
Chicagoland new construction continues to post huge gains in 2016

The Chicagoland new construction market is putting up some of the most impressive numbers in the nation this year, according to research from Dodge Data & Analytics. In October, Chicagoland saw more than $361 million in total residential construction spending, which...

Chicago’s top-selling neighborhoods, Oct. 2016
Chicago’s top-selling neighborhoods, Oct. 2016

See our chart below for the top-selling Chicago neighborhoods in October, according to research from Redfin. To adjust between total home sales and the single-family/condo markets, click on the tabs. Total Home Sales Single-Family Home Sales Condo/Townhome Sales Neighborhood Total Home...

Chicagoland’s top-selling suburbs, Oct. 2016
Chicagoland’s top-selling suburbs, Oct. 2016

See our chart below for the top-selling suburban housing markets in Chicagoland in October, according to research from Redfin. To adjust between total home sales and the single-family/condo markets, click on the tabs. When possible, we have also noted how October’s sales...

The 3 trends that will define housing’s future
The 3 trends that will define housing’s future

The cliche goes that the devil is in the details, and in no sector of the economy is that adage more appropriate than housing, where many slow moving, nearly imperceptible trends gather momentum outside the mainstream’s gaze – and then 20 years...

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