Mary Ellen Podmolik is a business reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune who has covered the housing market since July 2008. She ...
December 18, 2014
It's almost time to take down the 2014 calendar and hang up a new one in its place, one that's empty except for plenty of expectations of what the new year will bring.
December 8, 2014
It's taken years of work and negotiation but a bill headed to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk attempts to mollify what can be an acrimonious relationship between condominium owners and their building associations and boards.
November 24, 2014
To say the 55-unit building in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood was in disarray when it was changing hands in 2009 would be an understatement.
November 17, 2014
Kristin Faust has many concerns when it comes to housing, homeownership and neighborhoods, but prime among them is the disappearance of the middle class.
November 12, 2014
Fair housing groups 21 months ago hailed a rule finalized by the federal government that was intended to clarify federal fair housing protections that have been in place for more than 45 years.
November 4, 2014
The share of first-time homebuyers fell to its lowest level this year in almost 30 years, according to the National Association of Realtors, which is out with its annual survey on the state of the housing market.
October 28, 2014
You may not have found the home of your dreams, but it may not be time to give up the hunt just yet.
October 21, 2014
Gentrification has long been associated with redevelopment within cities, but a former Chicago architect who's now an educator wonders whether there isn't suburban gentrification underway in some of Chicago's inner-ring suburbs.
October 14, 2014
The unveiling of a new FICO credit scoring formula that could make it easier for some consumers to buy a home was heartily greeted by the real estate industry, but potential homebuyers shouldn't count on it just yet.
October 10, 2014
Look, up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a drone taking a picture of your house, your yard, your street.
October 3, 2014
An 11th neighborhood of Chicago bungalows has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, giving another group of city residents bragging rights, as well as a potential property tax freeze if they undertake substantial home renovations.
September 26, 2014
There's still a ways to go before 2014's housing market wraps up, but industry watchers are already looking ahead to next year. So, too, are potential buyers and sellers who decided to sit this year out.
September 20, 2014
If you live in a walkable neighborhood, with easy access to public transportation, goods and services, how much do you need, or want, a car and a place to park it?
September 12, 2014
There is a fair amount of payment shock headed toward select groups of homeowners with mortgages.
September 5, 2014
In 1990, with the exception of Cook County, no more than 21 percent of Chicago-area residents were 50 or older. In Cook County, it was 26 percent, according to the Census.
August 29, 2014
U.S. News & World Report, known for ranking colleges, hospitals and cars, and offering advice on making those selections, is taking on real estate.
August 23, 2014
Back in November, Open Communities, a Winnetka-based nonprofit advocacy group, started a Tumblr page called wearethenorthshore.