Posts Categorized: Market Insights

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Real Estate Really Is Local

The Realtor associations have been harping on the message that real estate is local. This is their way to diffuse all the panic about home prices dropping by getting people to ignore the national pricing data. Of course, people will ultimately look at their local data and for most of the nation the answer won’t… Read more

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Chicago Condo Glut Just Getting Worse

This week’s Crain’s ran a story on the continuing demise of the downtown condo market. According to data from Appraisal Research Counselors sales of new downtown homes (i.e. condos) sank “73% to a record-low 685 units during the first six months of this year” compared with the first half of 2007. Here is the data:… Read more

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Employment Decline Can’t Be Good For Real Estate

Recently the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their June numbers. For the first time in a while employment levels in the Chicago metro area actually declined year over year – not by a huge amount but by 12,500. The unemployment rate surged to 7.1% from 6.3% the previous month but this was more a result… Read more

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Chicago Area Real Estate Market Trends

There are a number of statistics that are reported monthly that are of interest to potential and current homeowners. Everyone seems to want to know where the real estate market is going. Therefore, we have collected all the relevant Chicago area real estate market data in one place and will keep them updated monthly. We… Read more

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Price These Homes

We just launched a new, fun feature on our Web site where people get to demonstrate their real estate prowess with virtual dollars and also help us all get a better grip on home prices in the Chicago area. It’s called Price This Home. This new feature was created based upon three simple facts: When… Read more