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Blog Posts Archive
Top 10 Cities Where the Super-Rich Own Property
How Homebuying is Changing
Existing Home Sales Finally Increase
What Is a Home Stager? How Proper Staging Boosts Sales
New Construction vs Existing Homes: The Pros and Cons of Both
The Strange Way Rising Interest Rates Have Rewritten the Way We Renovate Our Homes
Rentals spotlighted by White House for its commitments to renters
How to Combine Decorating Styles for a Cohesive Look
What You Want To Know If You’re Pursuing Your Dream of Homeownership
Projects That Could Lower the Value of Your Home
The Pros and Cons of Adjustable Rate Mortgages
CHICAGO HOUSING MARKET FORECAST
First Time Seller Regrets
Number of affordable listings falls
Expert panel forecasts normalized market
Preparing for a New State Relocation
Why experts say April will be the best time to sell in 2023
Mortgage Loan Denial and When to Apply Again
What Every Seller Should Know About Home Prices
What’s Ahead for Home Prices in 2023
Pre-Approval Is a Critical First Step on Your Homebuying Journey
Here’s Why the Housing Market Isn’t Going To Crash
Finding Great-looking Lighting For Your Home
What Buyer Activity Tells Us About the Housing Market
Common First-Time Homebuying Mistakes
Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer This Spring
An Expert Gives You Clarity in Today’s Housing Market
Leverage Your Equity When You Sell Your House
Buying a Home May Make More Sense Than Renting
4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home
The 10 best markets for first-time homebuyers in 2023
‘Living’ to help make your home your happy place
Renters are finally getting a break on rent price increases
Confused About What’s Going on in the Housing Market? Lean on a Professional.
2 Things Sellers Need To Know This Spring
Could a Multigenerational Home Be the Right Fit for You?
Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now?
Where Will You Go After You Sell Your House?
Interest Rates Trend Up!
Equity Gains for Today’s Homeowners
An Expert Makes All the Difference When You Sell Your House
What You Should Know About Rising Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Will Come Down, It’s Just a Matter of Time
3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble
Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market
A Trusted Real Estate Advisor Provides Expert Advice
Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro.
Mortgage Rates Are Dropping. What Does That Mean for You?
One Major Benefit of Investing in a Home
Checklist for Selling Your House This Spring
Taking the Fear out of Saving for a Home
How To Make Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality
The Two Big Issues the Housing Market’s Facing Right Now
All you need is love…and a roommate
Why It’s Easy To Fall in Love with Homeownership
Spring into Action: Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Expert Guidance
The Spring Housing Market Could Be a Sweet Spot for Sellers
A Smaller Home Could Be Your Best Option
Wondering What’s Going on with Home Prices?
Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?
What You Should Know About Closing Costs
How To Win as a Buyer in Today’s Housing Market
Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash
Number of Homes for Sale Up from Last Year, but Below Pre-Pandemic Years
How Experts Can Help Close the Gap in Today’s Homeownership Rate
The Top Reasons for Selling Your House
You May Not Need as Much as You Think for Your Down Payment
Experts Forecast a Turnaround in the Housing Market in 2023
Should You Rent Your House or Sell It?
What Buyers Need To Know About the Inventory of Homes Available for Sale
You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today
Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today
Prioritizing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer in Today’s Market
Lower Mortgage Rates Are Bringing Buyers Back to the Market
Where Will You Go If You Sell? You Have Options.
Homeownership Builds Your Wealth over Time
Why It Makes Sense To Move Before Spring
Why You Shouldn’t Fear Today’s Foreclosure Headlines
The 3 Factors That Affect Home Affordability
Want To Sell Your House? Price It Right.
Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To Know
What the Chicago Association of Realtors Says 2023 Holds
The Truth About Negative Home Equity Headlines
What’s Really Happening with Home Prices?
Have Home Values Hit Bottom?
What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market
Think Twice Before Waiting for 3% Mortgage Rates
Realtors Predictions for 2023: Homebuying Costs aren’t Coming Down
Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home?
Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?
Today’s Housing Market Is Nothing Like 15 Years Ago
Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023
Key Terms To Know When Buying a Home
National Association of Realtor's 2022 Real Estate Market Insight
3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year
Tips To Reach Your Homebuying Goals in 2023
What Are Your Goals in the Housing Market This Year?
What Experts Are Saying About the 2023 Housing Market
Here’s to a Wonderful 2023!
2023 Housing Market Forecast
Applying For a Mortgage? Here’s What You Should Avoid Once You Do.
What’s Going on with Home Prices? Ask a Professional.
Financial Fundamentals for First-Time Homebuyers
Homeowners Still Have Positive Equity Gains over the Past 12 Months
What Makes a House a Home?
Reasons To Sell Your House This Season
What To Expect From the Housing Market in 2023
5 Reasons This Isn’t a Repeat of the 2008 Housing Crash
A Guide to Surviving Chicago's Cold Winters
Reduce Your Electric Bill by Avoiding These 10 Things
Decluttering? Here's How to Part With Old Books
What will the Fed do in 2023?
The Silver Linings for 2023 Homebuyers (and Sellers)
Short-term rentals struggling
Housing Supply Makes A Record Jump
The Appeals Process in Cook County
Cook County Property Tax Exemptions Explained
Deadline Coming Up to Apply for Missing Property Tax Exemptions
Date the Rate, Marry the Chicago House.
Realtor.com 2023 Predictions
What’s on our wish list for a jolly season?
Buyer Relief on the Horizon?
Z Makes its 2023 Predictions
Chicago December Events
New Meaning to “Market” Value?
November is Homebuyers and Sellers Month.
I’m honored that I was selected to be on the @chicagorealtors Diversity Committee called the 77.
Housing Starts Decline
What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
First-Time Home Buyer Down Payment Strategies
Should I Sell My House This Year?
What’s Ahead for Home Prices?
The Mortgage Process Doesn’t Have To Be Scary
Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House
Why Are People Moving Today?
Cook County Property Tax Bills Arrive After Months of Delays and Finger-Pointing
STOP WAITING TO BUY!!!
Saving for a Down Payment? Here’s What You Should Know.
The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?
Milestone for urban vs. suburban markets
The market stumbled in September
Builders continue losing confidence in single-family homes
Getting Your House Ready To Sell?
Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing
Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation
Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?
Watching the Stock Market?
Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses
Fall Home Selling Checklist
Why You Should Consider Condos as Part of Your Home Search
If You’re Thinking of Selling Your House This Fall, Hire a Pro!
Homebuyer Competition Is Easing
Why Buying a Home May Make More Sense Than Renting
The Cost of Waiting for Mortgage Rates To Go Down
The Long-Term Benefit of Homeownership
Two Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Themselves Right Now
Thinking of Seilling This Holiday Season?
4 Home Trends to Try This Fall
The Journey To Buy a Home
14 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall
Winter is Coming!
What Are Experts Saying About the Fall Housing Market?
How To Prep Your House for Sale This Fall
The Most Recognizable "Haunted" Movie Houses
How Much Do You Need For A Down Payment To Buy A House?
10 Chicago Speakeasies You Won’t Want To Miss
How to Optimize Your Bedroom Storage Space
History repeats itself
Illinois First-Time Home Buyer Programs of 2021
Things To Do in Chicago This October
What is a Loan Estimate?
Heavy Rainfall Alert: Flood Prevention & Safety Tips
Prices for new builds keep on building
Zillow and Wells Fargo make their predictions
What percent of millionaires are in real estate?
Seller Buy Down: A Strategy to Reverse High Rates & Stop Low Ball Offers
Developers are banking on conversion projects
Down payments have gone up, up, up
The Fed addresses the “housing correction”
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Why the Lowest Interest Rate Is Not Always the Best Rate
12 First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Buyer Beware: Not All Mortgage Lenders are Created Equal
Top Questions To Ask Your Mortgage Lender
Explanation of the Real Estate Contract
10 Tips for Writing a Great Purchase Offer in a Seller's Market
Inventory is tight in these 10 markets
How to Buy a Home As-Is and Make Sure You’re Protected
6 years in a row! Chicago Voted Best Big City in the U.S.
Do You Need 20% Down to Buy a House? Why This Old Rule No Longer Applies
The Path to Financial Freedom: How Homeownership Builds Wealth
Early October is the Sweet Spot for Buyers
REAL ESTATE INVESTING HAS CREATED 90% OF THE WORLD’S MILLIONAIRES.
Our take on the mortgage rate volatility
7 Reasons Why 90% of Millionaires in the U.S. are Invested in Real Estate & Why You Should Be Too
4 Tips To Prep for Your Home Sale This Fall
Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market
How an Expert Can Help You Understand Inflation & Mortgage Rates
Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now
What Experts Say Will Happen with Home Prices Next Year
The True Strength of Homeowners Today
Will Home Prices Drop? Will Mortgage Rates Rise? What To Expect in the Fall Housing Market
Opendoor Faced Major Losses in August
Why 85% of homeowners are “locked-in”
Fall Real Estate Market Preview: 2022 Edition
Higher Rates from Fed Hit As Expected
Busting the Top 10 Myths about homebuying
Where home prices are cooling off and where they aren’t
Chicago Named a Top 10 City for Real Estate Investment in 2022 and 2023
Anatomy of a First-time Buyer
Home Equity Skyrockets
Why Today’s Housing Inventory Proves the Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash
6 Secrets to Keep Your Home Spotless for Showings
Rental Rates Keep Rising
How Sellers Experienced the Market Shift
What if You Sell Your Home But Don’t Have a New Place to Live?
How to Invest in Real Estate: A Complete Guide
Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections
What Sellers Need To Know in Today’s Housing Market
Blackstone Shifts Its Strategy
What is Happening in Chicago's Real Estate Market?
What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market?
5 Designer Touches That Make Homes Irresistible to Buyers
What Is Equity in Real Estate?
Home Sales Are Down Across Chicago’s Suburbs As Inventory Remains Historically Low
Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goal.
411 on Airbnb Rentals If You’re a Chicago Homeowner
Why a Home Inspection Is Important
3 Tips for Buying a Home Today
Mortgage Prequalification vs Preapproval
Housing Market Correction?
STILL A SELLER'S MARKET, CHICAGO!!
Chicago July 2022 Market Update
What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices?
Chicago Real Estate Market Update July 2022
Why Experts Say the Housing Market Won’t Crash
Roll out the (rain) barrel!
Your Home Equity Could help Fund Your Next Home Purchase
How Many of Us Hope for a Housing Crash
The U.S. Homeownership Rate Is Growing
What Is Home Staging—and Why Is It So Important for Selling Your House?
The Top Interior Design Trends to Watch, According to Experts
What Is an Escalation Clause in Real Estate and When Should You Use One?
Is the Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers?
Making the Most of Chicago's Fading Summer
Buying a Home May Make More Financial Sense Than Renting One
So You Bought a Fixer-Upper to Save Money—Here Are the Projects to Prioritize
A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers
Want To Buy a Home? Now May Be the Time.
2nd Historic Fed Rate Hike Unlikely to ‘Further Damage’ Mortgage Borrowers
Think Home Prices Are Going To Fall? Think Again
Should You Buy a Home with Inflation This High?
Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Homebuyers
Investors love real estate
SELLER'S LISTEN UP!
Homebuying competition simmers down
What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation?
Your Guide to the Housing Market
Great News About Housing Inventory
5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Contractor
Stop Rate Hikes In Their Tracks
Chicago housing inventory jumps in June
NAHB: Builder confidence falls for seventh consecutive month in July
Ever Wonder Why Mortgage Rates Change Daily?
Why Right Now Is A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity For Sellers
Why Home Mortgage Rates Are All Over the Place—and What They’re Expected To Do Next
Chicago Is Officially The 2nd Best City In The World
How to Avoid Environmental Hazards When Home-Buying
2022 Market Predictions: Our Mid-Year Reckoning
Home Maintenance Checklist For Every Season
Sneak Peek! Surprising Amazon Prime Day Deals You Had No Clue Existed for Your Home—and Will Love
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What Does an Economic Slowdown Mean for the Housing Market?
Housing inventory rebounds at record rate in largest metros, but Chicago lags behind
6 Reasons Why Real Estate is the Best Investment
Homeowner Equity Surges
How Your Equity Can Grow over Time
Two Reasons Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t a Bubble
7 Easy Hacks To Make Over Your (Ugly) New Home
Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House
A Key Opportunity for Homebuyers
Homeownership Could Be in Reach with Down Payment Assistance Programs
Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment
If You’re Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro Is Critical
Pending-home sales post surprise increase in May
It’s still a seller’s market in Chicagoland
Chicago price increases revealed in new S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index
How Long Does It Take To Refinance A House?
10 VA Loan Myths Busted
Prices rise, available Illinois homes sell quickly in May as demand stays high
The Ultimate Spring/Summer Maintenance Checklist
Luxury Homes Are in High Demand
The Average Homeowner Gained $64K in Equity over the Past Year
Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home Loan
The Top Reasons To Own Your Home
Are the next luxury apartments… offices?
Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price Depreciation
Is the Housing Market Correcting?
Negotiating Special Assessments When Buying
More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Than Ever Before More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Than Ever Before
More Listings Are Coming onto the Market
Bidding Wars A Thing of the Past?
What are HOA Special Assessments?
Weekly Market Update: Helping you navigate the market
Rising prices also hit mobile home market
Why Real Estate Is The Investment to Beat!
2022 Chicago Summer Festival Guide
A Majority of Consumers Say It’s a Good Time To Sell Your House
Extreme Heat & Your AC's Performance
EXTREME Heat Wave and How to Handle It
How to Spruce Up your Place for a Summer Sale
This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop!
Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House
History Proves Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis
Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale Is Good for Your Move Up
Homeownership: UNDERSTANDING THE COST
What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers?
Homeownership: HOW MUCH MORTGAGE CAN I AFFORD?
Choose a REALTOR® As Your Real Estate Partner DON’T GO IT ALONE
7 REASONS why now is a good time to sell a home
Statewide Demand Remains Strong Despite Interest Rate Hikes
Bright Days Are Ahead When You Move Up This Summer
Summer Market Preview: 2022 Edition
Make The Most of Your Tax Refund
What's a Mortgage Recast?
Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans
The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession
Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice
Weekly Chicago Real Estate Update
Are There More Homes Coming to the Market?
What You Actually Need To Know About the Number of Foreclosures in Today’s Housing Market
Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask a Real Estate Professional.
Lincoln Square Home Sales (New Construction Pushes Up Price-Point)
If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today
Less Buyers Doesn’t Equate to More Available Homes
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5 things You Should Know About the Chicago Housing Market:
Conserve Water on Your Spring/Summer Landscaping
How to Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse in a Hot Market
Light at the End of the Inventory Tunnel?
Chicago's Farmers Market 2022 Schedule
Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase
What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ Market
Tax Issues That Arise When Converting a Home into a Rental
Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners
Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell
Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers
Six Great Reasons to Buy A Home This Spring
Is It Enough To Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market?
Myths About Today’s Housing Market
Oh no! Your property just got reassessed. Three moves to make now
Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop
What Is Multigenerational Housing?
Real Estate 101: What You Need To Budget for When Buying a Home
Remote Work Trends Mean Flexibility for First-Time Homebuyers
Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year
Why Hire an MCNE Agent
Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?
Why a Real Estate Professional Is Key When Selling Your House
On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This.
Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home?
The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You
House Hacking 101
The Best Week To List Your House Is Just Around the Corner
Spooked About the Word “Recession” or Potential Housing Bubble...
There Are Several Great Reasons To Consider Buying a Condo Today
Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today
What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?
The Biggest Questions Clients Are Asking This Spring
Key To Building Wealth Is Homeownership
The Many Benefits of Homeownership
It’s Still a Sellers’ Market
Home Equity And How You Can Use It
Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune
Three Ways to Win in a Bidding War
What is a Buyer Consultation and How Can it Save Time and Money?
Buyer Competition Intensifies: 4 Offers for Every Home Sold in February 2021
This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity
What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year?
Are We in a Housing Bubble?
90% of the World’s Millionaires Do This to Create Wealth
Tax-Free Magic Tricks: Like-Kind Exchanges
What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market
Which Generation Dominated in Home Purchases in 2021?
Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers
What’s Driving Today’s High Buyer Demand?
Why It’s Critical To Price Your House Right
A 12-step Guide for Selling Your Home
7 Tips to Help a Home Buyer Win in a Multiple Offer Situation
Making sense of the mortgage interest deduction
Multi-Generational Trend in Home Buying
The Difference Between Renting and Owning [INFOGRAPHIC]
The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past Year
Are You Wondering if This Is the Year To Buy a Home?
Key Terms for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]
An Expert Advisor Will Give You the Best Advice in Today’s Market
How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal
LATEST NEWS: Fed Raises Interest Rates for First Time Since 2018
Things to Consider When Doing Home Renovations
House Hacking In 2022: Is It A Good Idea?
HOUSING BUBBLE?? REAL ESTATE CRASH?? FLOOD OF FORECLOSURES??
Get Prepped for Growing Season
What is Title Insurance?
Chicagoland Parks to Visit This Spring
What Renovations Add $$$ the Most Value to a Home?
Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market
Q4 home prices continue to increase, but at a slightly slower pace than Q3
Fed Prepares for Meaningful Rate Increase as Producer Prices Soar
What is sweat equity?
From the White House to your house? How news in D.C. impacts your homebuying experience.
Competitive Sellers Market
ENTER TO WIN A $100 GIFT CARD TO ONE STRANGE BIRD!
FSBO MUST WATCH THIS BEFORE SELLING YOUR OWN
Mortgage rates for Feb. 15, 2022: Rates creep upward after Valentine’s Day
What is the best way to save for a house?
Companies Race to Make Solar Shingles More Affordable
Should You Buy, Should You Sell?
Pre-Qualified vs. Pre-Approved: What’s the Difference?
2022 Bathroom Trends: Wet Rooms?
There Won’t Be a Wave of Foreclosures in the Housing Market
Housing Market: Homes in High Demand Despite Rising Mortgage Rates
Why You Should Consider Selling THIS Winter
Waiting to Buy? It may cost you!
How To Hit Your Homebuying Goals This Year
Homeownership Still More Affordable Than Renting
Mortgage Rates Rise
How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill Part 2
How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill Part 1
Two Reasons Why Waiting a Year to Buy Could Cost You A LOT of Money
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MILLENNIALS ARE MAKING THE MOVE… TO HOME OWNERSHIP!
WHAT IS PMI? Private Mortgage Insurance Explained
Love The House? Don't Loose the Bid
Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?
Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home
Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter
Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?