Mary Ellen Podmolik is a business reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune who has covered the housing market since July 2008. She ...
August 23, 2014
Back in November, Open Communities, a Winnetka-based nonprofit advocacy group, started a Tumblr page called wearethenorthshore.
August 8, 2014
Housing market results from the year's first half are in the books, providing researchers and prognosticators with a dizzying amount of data to crunch to figure out where the market is headed.
August 4, 2014
Concerns that homeowners are unwittingly being taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals remain top of mind for authorities, despite improvements to the housing market.
July 26, 2014
Illinois is decidedly in the bottom half of states with homes certified as green by the U.S. Green Building Council, but the appetite for them is growing, one foundation at a time.
July 20, 2014
A custom-designed, tufted bourne sofa covered in lilac mohair. A $100,000-plus video monitor installation. Stone, Carrara marble, leather and suede wall coverings and the occasional eye-catching, conversation-starting art piece.
July 14, 2014
About a third of homeowners in the Chicago area and just more than half of renters are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
July 6, 2014
The housing market's recovery has lost some of its frenzy, but dynamics still at work in the market — a lack of inventory, short market times and worries about mortgage qualifications — are creating opportunities for companies eager to capture buyers' attention.
June 26, 2014
A new $100,000 marketing campaign promoting Elgin's housing market has unlikely roots in a fair housing settlement between Wells Fargo Bank and a Chicago-area group tied to the National Fair Housing Alliance.
June 19, 2014
The whispering between real estate agents and to buyers about properties that aren't listed for sale, but soon will be, just got a whole lot louder.
June 13, 2014
Auctions are perhaps most identified with either the very low end of the housing market or its upper echelons.
June 6, 2014
Another national survey is out that points to the struggles people face to make a monthly housing payment.
June 1, 2014
More than half of 190,000 registered Houzz users recently surveyed said they plan to tackle a remodeling project to increase the resale value of their homes, although most don't plan to move for at least five years.
May 27, 2014
Thousands of apartments have been added to the Chicago marketplace in the past four years and with the supply of rental units still growing, so too are the number of websites and mobile apps designed to help renters navigate the search process.