Tag: home values

Housing prices rise. Chick-fil-a opens. What do you care most about?

I spoke at a career fair at a suburban high school today, talking to freshmen about what freelance writing is all about. One of the students asked me which of my stories generate the most interest. I hate to say it, but the first thing I thought of was Chick-fil-a. Every time I write about... Read more »

Your home isn't worth as much as you think it is -- just ask your real estate agent

Here’s what real estate agents dislike about home sellers: They all hold too high an opinion of their own residences. Sure, they understand that home prices across Chicago and its suburbs have fallen. They just think it’s the homes of everyone else whose values have fallen. As one veteran agent told me just last week:... Read more »

Here's the scary part: There's no rule that housing has to appreciate

We’re all waiting for housing values to start to rise again. Right? I know I am: I’m underwater on my home, owing more on my mortgage loan than what my house is worth. I’d love for this to change. But what if it doesn’t? That’s the question that a recent New York Times story ponders.... Read more »