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Here are the March 2019 sales statistics for Chicago neighborhoods

Chicago in April

New listings finally started to perk up last week across the nation and in Chicago, effectively launching residential real estate into the springtime selling season. There has been a lot of talk about the slow start of new homes for sale in what was expected to be a year of increasing inventory. Mother Nature has had different plans in several markets, and in particular in the Chicago region, where another burst of winter weather in April may have spoiled an otherwise promising start to the second quarter of 2019. 

Here's a look at some Chicago neighborhoods and how the market is doing so far this year. 

Gold Coast, River North, Streeterville and Magnificent Mile

Compared

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Your latest Chicago Neighborhood Report

 

In January, the unemployment rate rose 4%, the highest jump in seven months. In the long run, this may not be of much significance, as other economic factors are showing continued growth in the job force, including 100 straight months of employment gains. The construction sector had its best month of employment since last February. With the Fed apparently holding off on further rate increases, 2019 is beginning favorably for local residential real estate. 

The cold Weather in February has stalled some buying and selling actions. Even so, economic fundamentals remain positive for a robust housing market. 

Let's look at how the market performed in the different Chicago neighborhoods. 

Gold Coast,

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Highlights of the December  2018 Real Estate Market in Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago Winter

The beginning of a new year often creates a desire to resolve to do something different, better and healthier. Many of us resolve to eat better, exercise more, learn a new skill, spend more quality time with loved ones and us our electronic devices more responsibly. 

Annual evidence indicates that many people also start thinking more seriously about their real estate plans, which translates in a bump of listing and buying activity each January. The same appears to be the case again on 2019 for much of the country. 

But let's take a look at how the market performed in December, which traditionally is one of the slowest months in real estate activity. 

Gold

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November 2018 real estate market highlights

holiday decor at building entrance

What kept us up at night in November?

November and December often equates to a drastic slow-down in residential real estate, as people's focus shift from buying homes to buying gifts and plane tickets to visit family and friends. This year was different. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates one more time in 2018. While interest rate increases don't necessarily translate into mortgage rate increases, they can. 

While recent stock market activity have generated some heart-pounding drops, and - to a far lesser extent - rallying rises, that volatility has not translated into the same tidal waves within residential real estate. Increasing home prices and mortgage rates have rather created a sense of

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Talman home

 

 

With Thanksgiving barely behind us, Chicagoans are braving an unusually cold December and are preparing for the most wonderful time of the year. Few might be thinking about real estate but now is the time to analyze the state of the local and national housing market. 

If you have been thinking of buying  a home for a while, these historical home-shopping facts may be of interest:

  • According to some real estate professionals, the Chicago housing market practically shuts down between Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday. In addition to the busy lives we all have during this time, Chicago weather plays a significant role in the inactivity of the market. 
  • Sellers want to list their home for sale during the busy spring-market and take
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How's The Market In Your Neighborhood?

Albany Park in October

 

What's new this month? 

Sales of existing homes and new listings continue to be on track of growth, due to the strong economy. Housing affordability is becoming a growing concern due to price increases, and is starting to affect new construction of single family homes. Builders are showing a sign of caution as prices of homes and mortgages rates increase. While housing is still considered relatively affordable, measures of affordability have shown a decline over the past years. 

Meanwhile, Chicago has been named one of the top 10 cities in the world. Global tourism and real estate advising group Resonance Consultancy named Chicago as one of the best cities in the world. Chicago was ranked number

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Here Is What You Need To Know As A Foreigner Buying Real Estate In The U.S.

It is abundantly clear that we are now, more than ever, living in a global economy. America will likely always be a desired destination for the international entrepreneur or multinational employee. Thus, it is good to have some familiarity with basic concepts of immigration law and some general visa types that may be suitable for the global buyer. 

In this brief introductory guide to U.S. visas, we outline some commonly used visa options that might be applicable to international buyers. Please note that the information provided in this guide is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please

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Welcome to "How's The Market?"

Halloween in Gold Coast

This month in the news: The U.S. unemployment rate hit its lowest mark since December 1969, at 3.7 percent. The economy continues to show healthy signs of growth and the Federal Reserve has recently reacted by raising the benchmark rate by a quarter of a percentage point, which was the third time it did so in 2018.

However, according to Chicago Crains Business News, home sales in the Chicago area in September took their biggest downturn in 7 years. 

According to the data reported by Illinois Realtors, sales of homes in Chicago were down 16.6 percent in September from a year earlier. That's the steepest decline in sales of any month since May 2011, when sales were down 17 percent. The decline in Chicago is

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Welcome to "How's The Market?"

Astor Street Chicago

 

This month in the news: Natural disasters, changing demographics and income levels, fluctuations in the financial markets, all affect residential real estate markets. Home prices in Seattle and San Francisco have skyrocketed due to the growth of e-commerce and the explosion of technology, while markets are suffering in areas hit by hurricanes and other natural disasters. 

This month, we are reminded by hurricane Florence, of the impact that such events can have on local markets. But from Katrina to Sandy to Harvey to Maria, experience shows that housing markets were bent but not broken. 

Here is a snapshot of Chicago neighborhood statistics for the month of August. 

According to statistics by the Chicago

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Insurance and replacement Costs

How can you make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage for your home and its contents? Your lender may require you to have a basic policy that covers your dwelling, but you are responsible to figure out how much coverage is right for you for everything you own.

A replacement cost is the amount it tales to rebuild your home or repair damages with similar materials and quality. If you live in a condo or coop, the association carries insurance to replace the building in case of a total loss, or, and that happens more frequently, repair damages to the common elements of the building. You are only responsible to have insurance for everything within your demising walls of your unit.  This usually includes all built-ins such as bathroom fixtures,

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