Category Archives: Investment Models

Untapped Income Potential

#200478943-001 / gettyimages.com With many homeowners’ spending power getting squeezed from the economy, or from sapped equity from the market downtown in previous years, many are becoming more creative in finding ways to make their home more affordable and produce … Continue reading

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[Un]sure Confidence

The Census Bureau reported this week that housing starts, which measures new home construction, rose nearly 28% between February 2012 and February 2013. Many national builders have also reported been reported increases in buyer demand. Lennar for example, has reported … Continue reading

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Sandy Weill: Break up the banks

With banking institutions unfavorable to homeowners, regulators and policy makers Sandy Weill, the former Citigroup chairman and CEO credited with building the bank into a financial superpower, now says big banks should be split up. Read more at NBC News‘ … Continue reading

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International Investments

Foreign investors are on track to continue purchases, taking the place of other traditional buyers missing from the market, such as investors, developers and first time home buyers. This past year has seen a sharp increase in foreign real estate … Continue reading

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In Demand

As the summer comes upon as, one of the busiest rental seasons is expected.  With the expected high demand of rentals, developers are rushing to meet the demand.  Occupancies in Class A apartment buildings in the Chicago downtown area are … Continue reading

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Coaxing Cash

The recent Realtors Confidence Index survey reports that cash buyers are 31% of the existing residential home sales market. This is no surprise as tightened credit leave cash buyers as a significant percentage of purchasers when competing offers that require … Continue reading

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Fraught Financing

Rates are low.  So are home prices.  So what’s preventing many from buying?  For some, buying has become an obstacle as they are finding that financing their real estate purchase has become difficult. With a strong credit background, considerable down … Continue reading

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Anticipating the New Year

As we enter a new year, I am finding myself guiding clients in this market, formulating strategies and guiding expectations.  It’s no surprise that the real estate market has been difficult for the past few years and many economists are … Continue reading

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November Statistics Report

Chicago area real estate statistics for residential and commercial properties have been updated – Chicago real estate statistics. Overall, inventory is down across all real estate classes and contracts written and real estate sold are up from one year ago.  … Continue reading

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No Deal from Super Committee

Long term outlook is still largely uncertainty as the Super Committee cannot come to agreement. Without changes, there is some $1.2 trillion in federal programs that will be automatically cut in 2013. Military bases and surrounding communities will be hit … Continue reading

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