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Pending-home sales post surprise increase in May 

The increase ends a six-month string of monthly declines, the National Association of REALTORS® said.

Surprise surge in new-home sales in May as median price falls 

New-home inventory rose to 444,000 homes in May from 437,000 homes in April, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported.  

Illinois among top 5 most fun states

When you consider entertainment, recreation, nightlife, parties and overall costs, it turns out, Illinois is a pretty fun state! And that has a positive effect on Chicago real estate.

Median existing-home price tops $400,000 for first time in May 

Meanwhile, existing-home sales slid 3.4% from April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.41 million, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. 

Chicago home sales fall 7% year over year in May

Nationwide, sales fell 8.5% annually and rose 5.8% monthly, as rising interest rates and home prices weighed on homebuyers’ purchasing power, RE/MAX said.

Housing starts plunge in May amid uncertain economic conditions 

New-home completions rose during the month, however, with the increased inventory representing a rare bright spot in an otherwise gloomy government report. 

The Fed hikes interest rates 0.75% — what it means for real estate

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by .75% today: the sharpest increase since 1994. How will that affect real estate?

Compass and Redfin announce layoffs

Two major real estate firms are cutting their workforces amid a cooling housing market. Compass and Redfin are laying off 10% and 8% of their current staffs, respectively.

Is the ‘lumber bubble’ finally bursting?

Lumber prices, once emblematic of widespread supply-chain woes, are finally beginning to fall. How will this affect the housing market?

Ranking every state by its most expensive home listing. Where does Illinois land on the list?

It is a fun reminder that location is everything, and every state has amazing ultra-luxury properties for the right price.

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