| May 22, 2014
| 1:49 PM
More Chicago-area homes came on the market in April than in any month during the past four years, a good sign for buyers stymied by a lack of inventory during their home search this spring.
Still, the number of available homes listed through the local...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The real estate market has long worked on a simple system: If you want to buy a new house, sell the old one and use the equity for a down payment.
But the last few years of low ownership costs and rising rents have some move-up buyers trying a new...
| Jan 16, 2014
It's another piece of the puzzle needed to complete a recovery of the housing market, and there are signs that it's falling into place.
Foreclosure activity last year in the Chicago area fell to its lowest level since 2008, when the housing crisis began...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 5:09 PM
The undercover informant who secretly recorded meetings with Ald. Howard Brookins as part of an FBI sting testified Monday that he also wore a wire for authorities after his 2008 arrest in a federal mortgage-fraud investigation.
Mhde Askar, who...
| Jan 24, 2014
Seven years after crashing in spectacular fashion, the Chicago area's housing market found its footing in 2013, leading to optimism that the darkest days are behind an economic growth engine that fuels the sale of everything from home loans to lawn...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 3:32 PM
Editor’s note: The Woodstock Institute said Friday it made a significant error in reporting foreclosure cases for Cook County. The error, in turn, affected several of its findings contained in a story on the front page of Wednesday’s...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 8:44 PM
WASHINGTON — As Ben S. Bernanke walks away from the Federal Reserve's marble headquarters on the Mall after presiding over his last policy meeting Wednesday, he will leave behind a bittersweet legacy.
On one hand, his unprecedented efforts to...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I have owned my building for eight years and have been living in one unit and renting out the other for just as long. I recently moved from my rental property and purchased a house in a different state with my wife and kids. Trying to maintain the...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 12:06 PM
It should come as no surprise that in order to own a home in cities like New York or Los Angeles, you have to have a higher than average salary.
But what about other cities like Dallas, Chicago or even right here in Orlando?
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:07 PM
President Obama paused on his trip through Los Angeles on Wednesday to conduct a novel interview on housing policy with the chief executive of the real estate website Zillow.com.
The president reiterated his call for the passage this year of a broad...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Never let a crisis go to waste, says an old rule of politics.
For some major players in the economy, the financial crisis that began five years ago this month with Lehman Bros.' collapse turned out to be as much an opportunity as a calamity....
| Oct 8, 2013
Dorothy Leonard has lived for 33 years in the same house on the same block in West Humboldt Park, one of the better blocks in the struggling West Side Chicago neighborhood.
She's the block's unofficial ambassador, shooing away young people who gather...