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Stage Direction

Stage Direction

Staging often is called upon to help a for-sale home fetch a higher price, but a new study says it doesn’t make as much of a difference as we’ve come to believe

February 22, 2014 1:51 pm
Property Tax Burden

Property Tax Burden

A study shows how property taxes vary and affect homeowners across the country

January 11, 2014 11:17 am
Dual Agent Dilemma

Dual Agent Dilemma

Dual agency is not preferable for most buyers and sellers, but those who must go with a dual agent can protect themselves by staying informed

January 04, 2014 12:55 pm
This (S)Old House

This (S)Old House

Older homes are more affordable and have “character,” but they can come with more problems, too. Here’s how to care for your aging home

December 07, 2013 2:16 pm
Disaster Converted

Disaster Converted

As if restoring a home after a disaster isn’t a big enough headache, sellers need to be extra careful when preparing a disaster-struck home for the market

November 23, 2013 12:19 pm Photos

Photos

Don’t Get Spooked

Don’t Get Spooked

‘Zombie’ and ‘vampire’ foreclosures might haunt the housing market, but there are other reasons for the recent recovery cool-down

November 02, 2013 9:55 am
Part-Time Conundrum

Part-Time Conundrum

Besides choosing the property itself, a real estate agent is one of the biggest home-related choices a seller or buyer can make. One major factor is whether the agent works full time or part time – and that’s an age-old and controversial debate.

September 28, 2013 12:00 am
Catch That Contractor

Catch That Contractor

In many markets, homebuyers are investing money on new roofs, kitchen makeovers and brand new bathrooms. So much so that contractors are turning down new business because their schedules are full.

September 14, 2013 12:00 am
A Storm’s Brewing

A Storm’s Brewing

Coastal properties have always been popular, but recent storms and flooding will make buyers do their homework before investing in disaster-prone areas

July 13, 2013 12:00 am
Easy-to-use home technology brings us one step closer to the era of the “smart home”

Easy-to-use home technology brings us one step closer to the era of the “smart home”

Consumers love ‘smart’: smartphones, smart cars and now smart homes. As lives get busier than ever, homeowners want convenience and control at their fingertips. They want to dim the lights, turn off the oven and monitor home security from a distance.

February 16, 2013 12:00 am
More seniors are choosing to age in place. These upgrades can make your current home a permanent staycation spot after retirement

More seniors are choosing to age in place. These upgrades can make your current home a permanent staycation spot after retirement

More seniors are choosing to age in place. These upgrades can make your current home a permanent staycation spot after retirement

February 09, 2013 12:00 am
Drowning in debt? Don’t fall prey to a “get debt-free” scheme

Drowning in debt? Don’t fall prey to a “get debt-free” scheme

In a down economy, many parties offer to help people who struggle with bills and debt – but some are more scrupulous than others.

December 22, 2012 12:00 am
Buyers’ tastes have changed after the recession; accessibility, sustainability and practicality rank high on wish lists

Buyers’ tastes have changed after the recession; accessibility, sustainability and practicality rank high on wish lists

The recession and the housing downturn didn’t just drag down home prices and home values. They also turned consumer expectations upside down.

December 15, 2012 12:00 am
New FHA financing rules could help boost multi-family housing market

New FHA financing rules could help boost multi-family housing market

Here’s some good news for first-time homeowners and condominium associations.

November 24, 2012 12:00 am
With the market in slow recovery mode, investors are looking to get back in the game

With the market in slow recovery mode, investors are looking to get back in the game

Home prices are trending up, interest rates are at an all-time low, and distressed properties are on a downward spiral; and with that, investors are once again lining up to buy houses.

November 03, 2012 12:00 am
Many homeowners are struggling to pay their mortgages, much less association fees. Here’s what homeowner associations are doing to fill the gap

Many homeowners are struggling to pay their mortgages, much less association fees. Here’s what homeowner associations are doing to fill the gap

The housing bust battered home sales and prices while skyrocketing foreclosures. It also took its toll on homeowner associations, which govern and maintain condominiums, townhomes and single-family communities.

October 06, 2012 12:00 am
Traditional credit scores miss important international loan history or rental payment information; new credit reporting systems can fill in the gaps

Traditional credit scores miss important international loan history or rental payment information; new credit reporting systems can fill in the gaps

Four years ago, Siobhan Harmon moved to the United States from Ireland because of her husband Conor Kane’s job as an engineering manager. She thought it would be an easy transition, until the couple went to buy a car.

September 29, 2012 12:00 am
Building a Solid Recovery

Building a Solid Recovery

There’s a new buzz of optimism among builders these days. With inventories down, home sales on the rebound and interest rates still hovering at the bottom, home starts are picking up steam. So is builder confidence.

September 15, 2012 12:00 am
Believe it or not, some markets are so hot that multiple bids are the norm. How do you handle a purchase when competition is stiff?

Believe it or not, some markets are so hot that multiple bids are the norm. How do you handle a purchase when competition is stiff?

The U.S. housing market isn’t roaring back into action yet, but healthy rebounds in some regions have elicited bidding wars and evoked memories of the glory days of 2007.

August 18, 2012 12:00 am
Those in danger of default should seek help early and often – from certified debt counselors

Those in danger of default should seek help early and often – from certified debt counselors

The anorexic economy and depressing housing market has left many homeowners struggling to meet their financial obligations. Many have lost their homes. Some are on the verge of having their homes repossessed.

July 21, 2012 12:00 am
Shifts in U.S. housing demand will likely lead to the re-urbanization of America

Shifts in U.S. housing demand will likely lead to the re-urbanization of America

The American Dream has always been synonymous with owning a home. But, the economic downturn battered the housing market, changing the industry dynamics.

July 01, 2012 12:00 pm
Rates on shorter-term loans are historically low, but they’re tougher to get and require higher monthly payments. Would they work for you?

Rates on shorter-term loans are historically low, but they’re tougher to get and require higher monthly payments. Would they work for you?

Buying a house requires a lot of research. And most of the digging involves mortgage rates.

June 02, 2012 12:00 am
All over the country, inventory is down, prices are up and banks are issuing more mortgages. Here’s a look at what’s driving the real estate resurgence

All over the country, inventory is down, prices are up and banks are issuing more mortgages. Here’s a look at what’s driving the real estate resurgence

The advent of spring has unleashed a new lease on life for the housing market. Sales are up. Inventory is down. Prices – which have been hovering at the bottom for a while – are now slowly rising. So are bank-issued mortgages.

May 26, 2012 12:00 am

United, USAirways detail merger plans

Medill News Service

May 25, 2000 12:00 am

Seat-belt law criticized

CHICAGO -- Illinois has the lowest number of seat belt users and the weakest

May 04, 2000 12:00 am

Projects slated for tollways

Medill News Service

April 28, 2000 12:00 am

Committee opposes train whistle rule

CHICAGO -- The City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way passed a

April 26, 2000 12:00 am

Objections take off to O'Hare expansion

Medill News Service

April 21, 2000 12:00 am

Chicago commuters receive promotional Sacagawea coins

Medill News Service

April 20, 2000 12:00 am

Pace expands summer student passes

Medill News Service

April 06, 2000 12:00 am

GOP wary of Internet voting in Illinois

Medill News Service

March 15, 2000 12:00 am

Charges dismissed in hockey stick attack

Medill News Service

March 03, 2000 12:00 am

Teen acquitted in shooting

CHICAGO -- A 16-year-old South Side boy, who faced two charges of aggravated

March 01, 2000 12:00 am

Businesses to donate home for youth program

Medill News Service

February 24, 2000 12:00 am

Bill proposed to help protect juveniles during questioning

Medill News Service

January 28, 2000 12:00 am

Group wants tobacco money used to fight juvenile crime

Medill News Service

January 19, 2000 12:00 am
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