New lead-gen tools, Nextdoor features and faster commission checks

In our latest tech roundup, BoomTown introduces new lead-gen tools, a new agent promotion feature launches on Nextdoor and a transaction management platform enables smoother digital payments for agents.

Lone Wolf and Real Estate Webmasters join up; HomeLight announces digital mortgage acquisition

A transaction management company and CRM/website provider join forces, and a Google-backed company that matches sellers with agents and cash buyers announced it’s acquired a lending startup.

Chicagoland roundup: Affordability to-do list, livability chops, property taxes and more

Chicago’s newly-appointed commissioner of the Department of Housing gets an earful at city hall, livability may not be priced into real estate, a first-of-its-kind graduate certificate in real estate development is coming this fall and much more in our weekly local news roundup.

Mortgage update for the week of June 17

The number of applications filed for a new home loan fell from the previous week, though average interest rates offered to mortgage applications in the last week were up only slightly.

Chicagoland roundup: Condos and townhomes ascendant, Arlington Heights eases zoning and more

While sales may be down, the number of attached homes that went under contract is on the rise. Also, zoning standards are softened to make way for a new suburban town center and a new study looks at renter stats in Cook County.

Mortgage update: This week’s rates and application activity

What you need to know about who’s applying for mortgages, what rates are looking like now and one important meeting coming up next week that you’ll want to be aware of.

Chicagoland roundup: Rents up, capital construction budget starts flowing and more

Two historically affordable neighborhoods see rapid rent increases, Pritzker’s budget begins to pay off for real estate and more new residential development is proposed for Fulton Market.

Real estate in brief: Flipping, remodeling and more

Stories about home flippers hiring Uber and Lyft drivers, more people taking on remodeling projects, the passage of a hero to homeowners and the importance of grocery stores to home sales all figure in this week’s national roundup.

Chicagoland real estate roundup: Prefabs in Humboldt Park, suburban McMansions struggle and more

Sterling Bay is planning an infill project made up of 30 affordable, factory-made three-flats; big companies relocating to the city are hurting high-end suburban properties; Lightfoot names a new CHA head and more in this week’s roundup.

Chicagoland real estate roundup: Calk accused of bribery, development coming to Bronzeville’s Gap and more

The Mueller probe leads to an indictment for Chicago bank CEO Stephen Calk; residential developers look to fill in a long-vacant 12-block site with townhouses, condos and houses; preservationists look to create a national park in Chicago and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news in Chicago.

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