Pending Home Sales Rise Two Months in a Row

The amount of home buyers who signed contracts in August to purchase homes increased for the second straight month, signaling a rebound in the housing industry. The good news comes from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) via the Pending Home Sales Index, which can measure future sales activity because there is usually one to [Read More]

October 04, 2010 | Author: Tracey | Comments: (1) | Categories: Economy

Some Illinois Foreclosures on Hold Due To Lazy Lenders

Bank of America is freezing foreclosures in 23 states, including Illinois, after thousands of documents may have had paperwork problems. The controversy has been dubbed “robo-signing” and involves lenders who are signing off on eviction and foreclosure documents without even reading them. Some of the documents may have even been forged. The Office of Comptroller [Read More]

October 04, 2010 | Author: Tracey | Comments: (3) | Categories: Economy, Mortgages

Reboot Your Chicago Real Estate Career in One Day

If you are a Chicago real estate agent, Agent Reboot is for you. Agent Reboot is a one-day, hands-on, fast-paced program that will teach you the latest in social media, business development, technology and marketing skills. Set for this Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCormick Place in Chicago, Agent Reboot is a [Read More]

October 04, 2010 | Author: Tracey | Comments: (1) | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News, Events, In the City, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Social Media

What Are You Doing to Make a Difference for World Housing?

The first Monday in October is World Habitat Day, a day to do your part to help those around the world who do not have a decent place to live. World Habitat Day 2010 is Monday, October 4. Habitat for Humanity will join efforts around the world and in host city Shanghai, China, throughout the [Read More]

October 03, 2010 | Author: Tracey | Comments: (1) | Categories: Community Service, Featured

Owe State Taxes? Here’s Some Amnesty for You

The Illinois tax amnesty program has begun. The program allows Illinois taxpayers to pay off their overdue state taxes without penalty or interest from October 1 through November 8. If you owe state tax money from the tax period after June 30, 2002 but before July 1, 2009, this program will waive all penalties or [Read More]

October 03, 2010 | Author: Tracey | Comments: (0) | Categories: Economy

Chicago Tragedy Spurs Nationwide Safety Week

It is Fire Prevention Week. Can you name the incident in Chicago history that inspired Fire Prevention Week? Of course, it was the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but did [Read More]

October 03, 2010 | Author: Tracey | Comments: (1) | Categories: Education
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