According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, prices appreciated by 6.9% year-over-year from December 2016 to December 2017 on a national level. This marks the fifth month in a row with at least a 6.9% increase.

Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, gave insight into the reason behind the large appreciation,

“The number of homes for sale has remained very low. Job growth lowered the unemployment rate to 4.1 percent by year’s end, the lowest level in 17 years. Rising income and consumer...

 You may have heard, “The spring market begins after the Super Bowl.” That of course was last Sunday, and from all early indications, the spring market of 2018 has begun.

As the busiest time of year for the housing market, spring – actually, February through May – brings opportunity for buyers and sellers alike.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, here are some keys to success.

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 The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.

Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see, interest rates are projected to increase steadily over the course of the next 12 months.

Depending on the amount of the loan that you secure, a half of a p...

2018 is the Year of the Dog and that means it is time for action, lifestyle change and prosperity.

There’s no better beneficiary of all this zodiac goodness than your beloved pup.

Chicago is an extremely pet-friendly city and the surrounding suburbs are equally hospitable to our four-legged friends.

If you feel like spoiling your dog, try one of these nine pup-friendly pampering spots in the city and suburbs.

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There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”:

“While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: setting the right listing price (the first time!) is one of the keys to faster market times and higher selling prices.

The proof is in the numbers. In 2017, Chicagoland homes that required one or more price changes sold on average for 89.7% of original list price in 138 days, whereas homes that did not require a price change sold for 97.5% of original list price in just 58 days, according to BrokerMetrics, LLC.

So, if you’re getting ready to put your home on...

You know that feeling you get when something you’ve always known is backed up by numbers and facts? We firmly believe that Chicago is the absolute best place to live, but now we have the receipts to prove it. For the second time in a row, Chicago was ranked the best city for having it all through Time Out’s extensive City Life Index. We surveyed 15,000 people in 32 cities—from Austin to Hong Kong to Tel Aviv—and asked in-depth questions about sex, dining, neighborhoods, affordability, happiness and s...

The spring season is a peak season for real estate and despite the current sub-freezing temperatures, it is just around the corner.

When three @properties’ brokers were recently quoted in an article on GO Banking Rates about common real estate myths that you need to know, we decided to debunk a few of them ourselves.

Before the spring market begins in full force, here are 10 real estate myths that you need to know if you’re planning on buying or selling a home. 

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A Chicago winter has the potential to whip up so many face-numbing days that it can push its residents to the edge of sanity.

She is a cruel mistress indeed, but fortunately there’s an app for pretty much everything these days to keep you from getting stir-crazy.

Before you buy that non-refundable one-way plane ticket to Fiji, try one of these home delivery service apps.

From massages and mechanics to a healthy dinner and late-night cookies, you can have almost anything you need delivered — without peel...

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year.

The other listings that do come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market in the spring as compared to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) r...

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