| Jul 26, 2013
| 9:55 AM
Can you put a numeric value on a neighborhood's crime?
No, you can't, says Walk Score, a Seattle-based tech company that rates communities based on their walkability, transit options and bikeability. But because the company's mission is to help people...
| Aug 27, 2013
A federal court ruling has dealt a setback to Chicago's efforts, and to potentially those of municipalities around the country, to maintain some of the vacant properties caught in the limbo of the foreclosure process.
Chicago's ordinance, which took...
| Aug 26, 2013
IN A corner of the immaculate lawn of Mt Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, lies a long tombstone adorned with fresh flowers. Nobody is buried there; the stone is a memorial to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner,...
| Aug 9, 2013
Q: We have seven rentals. It seemed like a good idea to refinance them but very difficult with over four properties. The only one that was easy to do was underwater. I am going to continue working on it, but meanwhile, we are scheduling our monthly...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 7:41 AM
It's another upbeat sign for the housing market.
In 2009, Wells Fargo invited 16,000 financially struggling Chicago-area mortgage customers to its first local workshop aimed at helping people save their homes from foreclosure.
Last year, 14,000...
| Jun 26, 2013
Homeowners who avoided drowning as their single largest investment went underwater in the economic downturn no doubt will want to wait before taking down the sandbags and putting away the snorkel. But the rain cloud that's loomed over the housing market...
| Jul 2, 2013
The quickening pace of the housing recovery has surprised homebuyers and housing pundits alike, as year-over-year home prices have increased more than 20 percent in a few markets. Now there are concerns that rising mortgage rates, which closed in on 4.5...
| Jun 28, 2013
A low supply of homes for sale is pushing up home prices at the same time that mortgage rates are moving higher. Yes, homebuyers, how much house you can buy is on the decline.
But don't fret too much. Home affordability is still really, really good,...
| Jun 20, 2013
The city of Chicago's frustration in dealing with the vacant, foreclosed homes that are causing blight in its neighborhoods was on full display in federal court Wednesday as city attorneys argued that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should have to follow its...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 3:30 AM
Home values in Illinois' most populous county are improving, but the gains may be smaller than would-be sellers are expecting.
First-quarter prices of single-family homes in Cook County increased 3.5 percent from 2012's first quarter and rose 3.2...
| Jun 16, 2013
When its sales office opened in 2006, Enclave at Galewood Crossings was touted as an upscale, gated community of almost 200 single-family and multifamily homes built on the largest undeveloped piece of land left within the city limits.