Articles About Real Estate Market

Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
09.29.2010

Wealthy Chicagoans Return to Purchasing Upscale Houses, Condos

High-end residential sales in Chicago rose – somewhat unexpectedly — during the first eight months of 2010. This is primarily a result of sellers reducing their asking prices and closings at some high-profile condominium developments.  Even with the uptick in sales, there’s still an excess of houses and condos on the market that likely will […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
11.11.2009

Mr. Obama’s Neighborhood

You can be President Barack Obama’s Chicago next-door neighbor for just $1.85 million. That’s the listing price for the 17-room 1906-vintage brick house at 5040 South Greenwood Avenue owned by Bill and Jacky Grimshaw since 1973. The house had been on the market for an unspecified sum since September, but a price had to be […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
11.09.2009

First CMBS Under TALF Is on the Horizon

The markets are keeping a close eye on a transaction that may jump start the commercial property debt market, even though the Federal Reserve has expressed some uneasiness with the deal.  If the transaction is successful, it could pave the way for the initial sale of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) under the government Term Asset-Backed […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
10.14.2009

Home Equity Loan Delinquencies Spiral as Values Contract

Home equity loan delinquencies reached a record high of 3.52 percent during the first quarter of 2009, according to the American Bankers Association.  That contrasts with the 3.03 percent reported during the fourth quarter of 2008.  Late payments on loans climbed to a record 1.89 percent. Home equity loans also are partly to blame for […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
08.31.2009

Downtown Chicago Rental Apartments Thriving

Downtown Chicago apartment buildings – especially Class A properties – are seeing a resurgence in occupancy and rental rates as residents apprehensive about the condominium market choose to rent rather than buy.  The average effective rent of downtown apartment buildings climbed to $2.17 PSF in the second quarter, a 2.4 percent increase over the first […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
08.10.2009

Home Sales, Values on the Rise; Consumer Confidence Down

Sales of new and existing homes rose in June for the third straight month, due primarily to low prices and attractive mortgage rates.  Home sales also rose 11 percent over the previous month. The federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers helped to drive the uptick.  Additionally, home prices rose for the first time in three […]

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Author:
Tony Wilbert
Posted:
07.06.2009

Commercial Real Estate Still Troubled

Don’t look for the country’s commercial real estate market to improve any time soon.  In fact, expect it to continue to get worse for the next year or so.  That was the conclusion from a panel at the National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism conference in Washington, D.C., that addressed the question:  “Commercial Real […]

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Author:
Tony Wilbert
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Commercial Real Estate Still Troubled

Don’t look for the country’s commercial real estate market to improve any time soon.  In fact, expect it to continue to get worse for the next year or so.  That was the conclusion from a panel at the National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism conference in Washington, D.C., that addressed the question:  “Commercial Real […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
01.14.2009

Office Rental Rates Falling as Demand Slides: Part 1

It should be no surprise that rental rates for office space have weakened as demand declines.  Nationally, rents for office space fell 1.2 percent during the fourth quarter of 2007, even though owners offered concessions such as free rent for a limited time frame to lure users.  According to Reis, Inc., a New York-based real […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
07.08.2008

Want Affordable Housing? Here’s Where to Find It

Despite all the doom-and-gloom reports on the residential real estate market, there are some bright spots.  In several markets, housing has become surprisingly affordable to families earning a median household income of $61,500.  And there’s more good news.  Mortgage rates are again nearing the record lows of a few years ago; and family incomes jumped […]

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