Overview

After hitting a record low in the last week of February, mortgage rates on a 30 year fixed mortgage rose slightly this week, according to Freddie Mac. You may ask yourself why this happened, considering that the Fed lowered the prime lending rate to practically zero. Apparently, a combination of an increase of rates in the bond market and an increased demand for refinancing contributed to the increase. Meanwhile, the continued spread of COVID-19 is changing the way real estate business is conducted. Even though real estate is listed as an "essential business" under the Governor's shelter-in-place order, agents must follow the CDC guidelines as public health must be the highest priority. Therefore, no open houses should be held and private…

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As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, we at Engel & Völkers Chicago are taking steps to continue providing our services while keeping everyone safe. We know that buying or financing a home can be stressful at the best of times, and we're still here to help during this challenging period.

Keeping everyone safe

The health and safety of our clients, business partners and employees is our highest priority. We have implemented policies to limit person-to-person interactions and utilize phone and Internet communication to help protect all parties.

Serving our clients

Thanks to the largely digital nature of our industry, our operations are currently continuing largely uninterrupted. We continue to stay in touch with our clients - sellers…

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