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As Chicagoland reopens, what are the new rules for real estate?
As Chicagoland reopens, what are the new rules for real estate?

IDFPR’s Division of Real Estate released a new document outlining how agents and brokerages can reopen offices and conduct business within the new phase of the Restore Illinois

How tech can help Chicago’s real estate market bounce back from COVID-19
How tech can help Chicago’s real estate market bounce back from COVID-19

A new study looks at how well networked certain regions of the country are — as well as how ingrained technology is in their local economies — to predict how the rebound will go locally. Find out how Chicago ranks.

Rethinking gentrification: How to become an agent of positive change in your community
Rethinking gentrification: How to become an agent of positive change in your community

With the cost to buy and own a home rising rapidly in Chicago, some residents see developers and real estate brokers as the enemy. But the true picture is much more nuanced than

Three steps to go from being perceived as an agent of gentrification to an agent of revitalization
Three steps to go from being perceived as an agent of gentrification to an agent of revitalization

Three real estate professionals offer their approach to

From passive reaction to seizing the day: How the Chicagoland market is changing
From passive reaction to seizing the day: How the Chicagoland market is changing

Learn how a proactive attitude can solve contract cancellations, as well as uncertainties looming over your clients and the market

2 vital steps to building real estate lead pipelines through social media
2 vital steps to building real estate lead pipelines through social media

As an industry that relies heavily on interpersonal connections, real estate is now having to shift marketing and outreach strategies to online platforms. Here’s how your game plan needs to

Self-care and financial advice from 3 real estate heavyweights
Self-care and financial advice from 3 real estate heavyweights

Coach Brian Buffini, broker Leigh Brown and association leader Paula Monthofer offered solace and techniques to help Realtors weather the COVID-19 storm.

Sold to the highest bidder
Sold to the highest bidder

The higher the price, the smaller the market. All too often, the reality for agents selling high-end homes is working with a narrow cross-section of potential buyers. Fine home auctioneer and licensed real estate broker Rick Levin of Rick Levin

How to stay connected with clients during the pandemic
How to stay connected with clients during the pandemic

"It’s important that we stay connected with clients who have delayed their moves. When the pandemic is over, they will still need to buy and sell, and in the meantime, they could use support from brokers during this confusing

How real estate agents can ensure safe home inspections during the COVID-19 crisis
How real estate agents can ensure safe home inspections during the COVID-19 crisis

One local home inspector weighs in on the difficulties of doing his job during the coronavirus pandemic.

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