Category Archives: residential real estate

For a truly happy 4th of July? We need a stronger middle class

by Dan Rafter The national economy is still in recovery mode. Developers are planning more apartment buildings. Grocery-anchored retail centers are popping up everywhere from Columbus to Omaha. There’s even been a return to spec industrial building, with new industrial … Continue reading

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RealtyTrac: Fewer home flips today. But they’re more profitable

by Dan Rafter Flipping homes is becoming a less common way for investors to make money, at least according to the latest numbers released by RealtyTrac. RealtyTrac, an online provider of housing data, releassed its first quarter 2014 Home Flipping … Continue reading

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Can you afford to live in Cleveland? How about St. Louis or Minneapolis?

by Dan Rafter How much do you have to make each year to own a home in Cleveland? What about Chicago or St. Louis? Consumer mortgage site HSH.com recently ranked the annual salaries you’d need to make to afford a … Continue reading

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ZipRealty: Chicago one of the hottest housing markets in 2014

by Dan Rafter Expect plenty of homes to sell in Chicago this year, at least if a new study by ZipRealty is to be believed. According to the real estate company, Chicago is one of the 10 metro areas across … Continue reading

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RealtyTrac: Foreclosures still driving down residential prices

by Dan Rafter Foreclosures hurt more than just those families who’ve lost their homes. They drag down the value of housing in entire neighborhoods. And that’s bad news, too, for commercial real estate professionals. Real estate professionals want confident consumers. … Continue reading

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Redfin survey: More home sellers reducing asking prices

by Dan Rafter The number of home sales might be increasing each month across the nation, but that doesn’t mean that sellers are getting the prices they want for the residences they sell. A new survey by national brokerage Redfin … Continue reading

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NAR survey: Generation X powers the home-buying market

by Dan Rafter How important are the members of Generation X? According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, they’re driving the housing market. According to the survey, Gen X buyers make up the largest group of … Continue reading

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Will new Obama program boost housing market, economy?

by Dan Rafter We’d all like to see fewer housing foreclosures. A lower number of foreclosures would provide an additional boost to the residential housing market. This would then provide a boost to the economy in general. And that, of … Continue reading

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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure activity rises in July, but still down from a year ago

by Dan Rafter RealtyTrac’s July 2013 foreclosure report showed that foreclosures still remained a significant part of the housing market. That’s not great news for the economy. But in better news, foreclosures at least fell on a year-to-year basis, showing … Continue reading

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Fighting with the neighbors? You’re not alone

Wish your neighbors would mow their lawn more often? Maybe you don’t appreciate the 10-foot-tall fence they’ve run alongside your yard. Or maybe you just wish they’d turn down the music at 1 a.m. Don’t feel bad. You’re far from … Continue reading

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