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Is a LEED Certification Worth The Cost?

The homeowners took a pass on the LEED certification and opted for the much less expensive, $650, Home Energy Rating System (HERS) report. These types of reports are used by the Environmental ……..

Whole Foods Coming To Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

The new store modeled after a prototype store in Detroit is somewhat smaller than the average Whole Foods store and will focus on healthy everyday essentials. This new oasis……….

Congress Reauthorizes National Flood Insurance Program Through 2017

NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) has worked tirelessly to have the projected July 31st expiration of this program extended for 5 more years. This extension will provide security to the individual homeowner who needs this insurance to satisfy their mortgage requirement. The NAHB effort will also add stability to the general housing market.

Housing Industry Trades and Suppliers Showcase

Housing Trade Show

Foreclosures in January 2013 Up From December

Foreclosures in the Chicago market up in January 10%……

Rent Increases on the Horizon

Vacant apartments in the US have dropped to 5.2%, a 10 year low in the 4th quarter. This may be good news for the construction industry, but for people

Realtors Get It Right, Finally

The National Association of Realtors, NAR, has corrected and published the long awaited existing home sale numbers from 2007 to the present. As we learned in an earlier statement the previously published existing home sale numbers were to high due to a faulty method of tracking sales.

Government Fails Our Veterans

One would think you were to support the brave man and women who serve in the military. One would think, especially the government would do everything it could to help returning vets, right? Well if you did think that you would be WRONG!

More than a few home builders……….

Outdoor Living Trends in 2012

Outdoor living is one of the fastest growing segments of the new emerging home market. Homeowners are looking to expand their living environment without expanding their budget,

2012 Housing Market Still in a Slow Recovery Mode

Cabinet sales were up 1.6% January 2012 over January of 2011. Sales of stock and semi custom rose 2.7% and 3.4% respectively, while

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