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How student housing is making Gen Z harder to please
How student housing is making Gen Z harder to please

Developers of both dorms and off-campus housing are offering smart design solutions that create a sense of community in an organic, inconspicuous way. And young people look to replicate that when they start “adulting” after

A look at two routes into the new construction market
A look at two routes into the new construction market

We examine two routes into new construction by speaking with Liz Brooks, Belgravia Group’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Millie Rosenbloom, a Baird & Warner agent who is a three-decade veteran of new construction sales, from townhomes

Team leaders share their secrets to success
Team leaders share their secrets to success

How do successful teams come about in the first place, and what do their leaders do to ensure continued viability? We speak with the leaders of local teams to learn what

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

What you need to know about the new license law
What you need to know about the new license law

Now that Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed an update of the real estate license act into law, many changes are technically effective now. While some provisions will need to be complied with immediately, other portions of the law will require

The dos and don’ts of virtual staging
The dos and don’ts of virtual staging

Virtual staging has become a popular tool for sellers and agents to drive buyer traffic, especially for vacant listings. But there are some very important best practices, ethics guidelines and technological caveats that will make this process smoother. Learn how to

What your lawyer wishes you knew about real estate auctions
What your lawyer wishes you knew about real estate auctions

Auctions have changed a great deal in the last decade. Do you know what you need to know to represent your clients in this environment? A local real estate attorney offers advice for agents looking to get into this

How auctioneers spotlight sellers’ assets
How auctioneers spotlight sellers’ assets

In a way, auctions can be seen as another form of marketing. Find out how targeted ads and other online tools are helping buyers and sellers who choose auctions as a method of property exchange.

This twist on 1031 exchanges opens opportunities
This twist on 1031 exchanges opens opportunities

Because like-kind exchanges don’t always work out, sometimes clients end up paying all the capital gains tax they were trying to avoid in the first place. Learn how utilizing a Delaware statutory trust in conjunction with 1031 exchanges can solve

More existing homes include smart tech upgrades
More existing homes include smart tech upgrades

A new Harvard study finds half of all homeowners are looking to install smart-home tech in their homes in the next three years, meaning real estate agents and their clients can expect to see more of it in pre-owned homes

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