Yearly Archives: 2011

October Home Sales Activity in Metro Chicago Real Estate Market

ELGIN, IL - November 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- October home sales activity in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market continued the upward trend evident during the third quarter of 2011, according to an analysis by RE/MAX of home sales statistics collected by Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. The number of homes changing hands in October increased 22.3 percent when compared to October 2010. That followed a 19.3 percent gain in the third quarter.

IDX, Inc. Advanced Search capabilities now synced directly to Carlson-Steiner Realty website

EUGENE, OR - November 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- David Steiner, owner of Carlson-Steiner Realty, has adopted the premier IDX Broker software for his professional real estate website. As a leader in real estate technology, it is no wonder that Steiner has chosen to integrate one of the most advanced Internet Data Exchange (IDX) tools available to agents and brokers onto the website he represents. Rockford MLS (RAARMLS) listing data is now automatically displayed on his website, extracting raw RAARMLS listing data and seamlessly displaying it onto his search page. Loves Park, Illinois potential buyers will now experience a dynamic online property search, thanks to the IDX-enabled website of Carlson-Steiner Real Estate.

RE/MAX Analysis of Illinois Real Estate Market Reveals What It Takes

ELGIN, IL - November 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The chances of turning a home sales contract into a completed sale increase substantially when the real estate agents successfully overcome obstacles that can block the path to the closing table, according to a RE/MAX analysis of trends in the northern Illinois real estate market.

Tom Haeberle of RE/MAX 1st Choice Named to Ottawa Port District Board

Chicago, IL - November 11, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Tom Haeberle, broker/owner of RE/MAX 1st Choice in Ottawa, Ill., recently was appointed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to the newly created seven-member Ottawa Port District Board of Directors. It’s another opportunity for Haeberle to contribute to the economic vitality of Ottawa and LaSalle County.

Illinois 3Q11 Home Sales Up 19.9 Percent from a Year Ago

SPRINGFIELD, IL According to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) third quarter 2011 report, Illinois home sales (which include single-family homes and condominiums) totaled 29,644 in the third quarter, up 19.9 percent from 24,719 home sales in the same period a year ago. The third quarter statewide median home sale price was $145,500, down 4.9 percent from $153,000 in the third quarter of 2010. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half sold for less.

Illinois Realtor Kathleen Malone integrates IDX Broker software onto dynamic Illinois real estate website

EUGENE, OR - November 9, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Kathleen Malone, real estate professional with @Properties, has teamed with IDX, Inc. to create an easy-to-use real estate search page for all potential Chicago, Illinois buyers. The versatile tools and search features Malone now displays on her website make the online property search monumentally easier for home seekers and real estate professionals alike. Midwest Real Estate Date MLS (MRED) are synced to her search page, giving her website a competitive advantage in the market.

RE/MAX Wins Three Agents’ Choice Awards, Including Best Brokerage Web site in Metro Chicago...

Chicago, IL - November 9, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The RE/MAX metro Chicago real estate network took home three top honors during the sixth annual Chicago Agent Magazine Agents' Choice Awards. The event was held Nov. 1 at the Snaidero Kitchen and Design Showroom at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. RE/MAX took home the coveted Best Brokerage Web Site award in addition to two others.

Quigley and Bipartisan Coalition Introduce Bill to Encourage Savings

WASHINGTON - November 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), John Carney (D-DE), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Pat Meehan (R-PA), and Daniel Webster (R-FL) introduced the “Creating Homeownership Opportunities Act,” bipartisan legislation that would create a pre-tax savings program – similar to a Health Savings Account – for the purpose of saving toward a down payment on a first home.

Quigley Meets with Secretary Geithner to Discuss Chicago Housing Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - November 3, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) met with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to discuss the housing and foreclosure crisis in the City of Chicago and surrounding area. The meeting followed Quigley’s Foreclosure Assistance Fair this past weekend in Chicago, where more than 200 constituents sought assistance from mortgage lenders, government agencies, and housing counselors.

September Illinois Home Sales Up 13.5 Percent from a Year Ago Statewide Median Price...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - October 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- According to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) latest report, statewide home sales (including single family and condominiums) in September 2011 totaled 9,182 homes sold, up 13.5 percent from 8,088 home sales in September 2010. The statewide median price in September was $136,850, down 5.6 percent from $145,000 in September 2010. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half sold for less.

RE/MAX Reports Home Sales Activity in Metro Chicago Real Estate Market

ELGIN, Ill. - October 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Home sales in the seven-county metropolitan Chicago real estate market continued their third-quarter surge in September. RE/MAX reports that home sales for the month were 12.6 percent higher than in the same period of 2010, while sales for the full third quarter of 2011 were up 19.3 percent from the same period last year, based on an analysis of sales reported by Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC (MRED).

Seasoned Metro Chicago Real Estate Pros Cindy and Tony Banks

Chicago, IL - October 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Cindy and Tony Banks are optimistic about the metro Chicago real estate market. It’s why the husband-and-wife team recently purchased RE/MAX Cornerstone, a busy brokerage located at 480 E. Roosevelt Road in West Chicago, Ill.

Quigley to Host Senior and Foreclosure Assistance Fairs in Chicago

CHICAGO,IL - October 13, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) announced that he will be hosting two service fairs for the community later this month. The Senior Fair and Foreclosure Assistance Fair are both free to the public and will provide essential services to constituents seeking assistance with medical, insurance, or housing issues.

Ilir Mehmeti syncs IDX software to detailed Chicago property listings on his real estate...

EUGENE, OR - October 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Chicago, Illinois Realtor Ilir Mehmeti has chosen to upgrade the search capabilities of his professional website with the IDX, Inc. dynamic IDX Broker software. Now, finding homes around Chicago is possible, with a simple search on the website Mehmeti supports. Midwest Real Estate Data MLS (MRED) listings are even seamlessly integrated onto the search page Mehmeti hosts, thanks to the innovative technology of his custom IDX solution.

RE/MAX Study Shows Towns Served By METRA Are Weathering

ELGIN, IL - October 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network has completed its fourth annual METRA Community Study that compares home sales in communities served by METRA commuter trains with the home sales across all suburbs in the seven-county metropolitan Chicago real estate market.


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


Make Your Garage Door Quieter

How to Make Your Garage Door Quieter

Did you know that the structural noise from a garage can be anywhere from 5 decibels to 20 decibels above the background noise levels? And if you are wondering how much change would a 20-decibel increase make, then consider this – with a rise of 20 decibels, the sound energy increases by a factor of 100!