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Monday, August 25, 2008

Downtown Condo Sales Plunge
If you're in the market for a condo downtown, there's plenty of inventory, and a lot of it isn't going anywhere.

Crain's Chicago Business published an article in last week's issue which revealed that new-home sales plummetted 73% during the first six months of this year. Last year, 2,443 units were sold in the 1st half of 2007, compared to a mere 685 units this year. And 358 of them sold were in one building - the new 150-story Chicago Spire that is being built which is expected to be completed in 2012.

Some properties have converted from condominiums to rental property in response to this. Burnham Pointe, located at 720 S. Clark, recently went rental. Before the change, only about half of the 398 units were under contract.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sick of Bad News About the Real Estate Market?
Try visiting the site www.HappyREnews.com for some positive news. The site is run by IMS, a researcher for realtors, and shares only the "bright side" of the market. For example, you won't see on there that the Las Vegas real estate market is forecast to drop 18% in the next year, but you will see that the number of homes sold in the Vegas market has increased every month since December.

Reality can be skewed either way to be positive or negative, folks. It's time to be positive for a while!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Home Prices Nationwide Down 7.6%
CNNMoney.com reported on 8/14 that foreclosures have driven prices down in the last 12 months all over the nation, but who's been hit the hardest?

The cities in the SunBelt had the largest decline. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale dipped 22.5%. Las Vegas dipped 23.6%. Riverside/San Bernadino dipped an astonishing 32.7%. Cape Coral/Fort Myers dipped 33.1% But one of the hardest hit was our neighbor in Michigan, the Saginaw area dipped 35.6%! Now is the time to buy that vacation home!

Chicago/Naperville/Joliet ranked in at 9.0% drop in prices.

Nationwide, the median existing single family home price dropped 7.6% from $223,500 in the 2nd quarter of 2007 to $206,500 in the second quarter of 2008.

Have we hit rock bottom yet? Analysts that I have been reading seem to think we're pretty close.

The good thing for most of these areas hardest hit by prices is that SALES increased. They were up 25.8% in California, 25% in Nevada, and 20.5% in Arizona.

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