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5 Markets in Chicago That Are On Fire

It’s no mystery that Chicago is taking a little bit longer to recover from the housing downturn than most cities, but five specific markets are doing just fine. The Chicago housing market in the last year has been somewhat of an...

The Insane Cost of International Real Estate

You may think real estate in your market is pricey, but new research from Knight Frank finds that with one exception, the U.S. has got nothing on the international real estate scene. The real estate market in New York City...

Student Loan Debt and Homeownership – A Tricky Combination

After issuing sweeping judgements on mortgage lending, mortgage servicers and appraisals, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has set its sights on another controversial aspect of the homebuying and selling process: the highly lucrative private student loans industry.

Zillow: Negative Equity in the U.S. Continues to Improve

The negative equity situation in the U.S. is one of improvement, reported real estate website Zillow, though there is still progress to be made. As Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, put it, the benefits of an improving equity situation are numerous.

Playing With the Big Boys in Chicago Homebuilding

The Chicago homebuilding environment used to be a locally competitive one, made up primarily of local, privately-held companies. That was then, however. Now, as the housing market recovers from its worst downturn since the Great Depression, the Chicago homebuilding has...

With Housing Inventory Plummeting, Are We in a Seller’s Market?

There was much to like in last week’s existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales were up 9.1 percent from last year, median existing-home price was up 12.3 percent yearly, and most encouraging of all, distressed property...

Mortgage Markets on the Mend in MBA National Delinquency Survey

The mortgage markets showed considerable signs of healing in the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest National Delinquency Survey, a wide-ranging measure of the U.S. residential mortgage markets. Among the survey’s many highlights were the national delinquency rate, which at 7.09 percent...

Lending Tree: American Dream of Homeownership Still Alive

A new survey from Lending Tree of more than 1,000 homeowners found consumer confidence on the housing market continues to improve, with sentiments towards buying, selling, financing and the overall concept of homeownership now at very encouraging levels. Doug Lebda,...

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