Chicago Foreclosure Starts Hit 22 Month High In February

Chicago Foreclosure Starts Hit 22 Month High In February
I just picked up the latest foreclosure data from ATTOM Data Solutions’ RealtyTrac Web site and updated my graph below. Once again they only released a short commentary on the state of US foreclosures and they note that Illinois gets bragging rights on being the state with the 5th highest foreclosure rate. I’m sure that’s... Read more »

Real Estate Experts More Optimistic About Home Prices Except For Chicago Area

Real Estate Experts More Optimistic About Home Prices Except For Chicago Area
Zillow and Pulsenomics recently came out with their first quarter home price expectations survey of more than 100 real estate experts. The graph below provides their updated view (the orange line) from December, dropping 2018 appreciation from the time horizon and just focusing on the next 5 years, including 2019. If you go back to... Read more »

Home Sellers File Real Estate Commission Class Action Lawsuit

Home Sellers File Real Estate Commission Class Action Lawsuit
Wow! On some level I’m really enjoying this. I’ve always maintained that real estate commissions are just too damn high. So imagine my amusement when a class action lawsuit is filed, claiming that 4 of the nation’s largest franchised brokerages conspired with the National Association of Realtors to fix real estate commissions in 25 cities.... Read more »
ChicagoNow Video
Advertisement:

It's Not A Realtor Conspiracy Keeping Real Estate Commissions High

It's Not A Realtor Conspiracy Keeping Real Estate Commissions High
Last week an editorial appeared in the Wall Street Journal: When You Buy or Sell a Home, Realty Bites. The article was written by the guys at REX, an early stage company that helps sellers sell their homes off the MLS without paying a cooperating commission which I wrote about last month: $75 MM Investment... Read more »

Chicago Real Estate Market Update: 5 Year Low In Home Sales

Chicago Real Estate Market Update: 5 Year Low In Home Sales
February was the 4th month in a row that the Chicago real estate market had lower home sales than the previous year. In fact, if not for October home sales being just a smidgen higher than 2017, February would have been the 7th month in a row of lower sales. The February decline was 4.6%... Read more »

Tax Reform Hacks For Real Estate A Bit More Complicated

Tax Reform Hacks For Real Estate A Bit More Complicated
On Thursday I posted some ideas on how to retain the benefits of the mortgage interest and property tax deductions under the new tax law. But I think I oversimplified it a bit so I wanted to backtrack for a few minutes. Let me clarify a few things. First, I want to make sure that... Read more »
Advertisement:

No. The Chicago Real Estate Market Did Not Crater In January.

No. The Chicago Real Estate Market Did Not Crater In January.
If you will recall on February 7 I posted my monthly update for the Chicago real estate market. At that time I reported that home sales were down by 7.1% from last year and that the Illinois Association of Realtors would report a 9.1% decline. Well, it turns out the IAR actually reported a 19.4%... Read more »

Real Estate Tax Reform Hacks: Renting, Buying, And Investing

Real Estate Tax Reform Hacks: Renting, Buying, And Investing
Last week I posted on how the new tax reform law has increased the attractiveness of renting a home vs. buying a home because of the increase in the standard deduction and the $10,000 limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes. As I pointed out in a November 2017 post the real problem... Read more »

Case Shiller: Chicago Area Home Price Gains Advance To 3rd From Bottom

Case Shiller: Chicago Area Home Price Gains Advance To 3rd From Bottom
This morning’s release of Dow Jones S&P CoreLogic’s Case Shiller home price indices for December show the nation’s home price appreciation slowing down further. The Chicago area’s gains also slowed slightly but since the nation slowed down much more it’s giving us an opportunity to catch up – relatively speaking. We have now advanced to... Read more »
Advertisement:

Renting A Home Suddenly Looks Better Under Tax Reform

Renting A Home Suddenly Looks Better Under Tax Reform
As people are working on their tax returns I suspect the reality of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is starting to kick in – and I’m not talking about the withholding/ refund drivel that the media is obsessed with. The bigger issue is the $10,000 SALT (state and local tax) deduction limitation that... Read more »