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A year-over-year comparison of new contracts is an encouraging sign for the Chicagoland real estate market. After bottoming out in mid-April, contract activity in the entire Chicagoland region is on the upswing based on @properties data. In fact, by Memorial Day, sales activity was exceeding 2019 levels.
With several weeks of social distancing under our belts, many of us have already tackled boredom-curing activities like spring cleaning, exercising, baking, and doing puzzles. We’ve previously shared ways to keep the kids amused, but we couldn’t forget about the adults! From organizing a virtual murder mystery party to learning how to bartend, here are nine activities you can enjoy now.
With a renewed focus on the value of home and a desire for more space, buyers are eyeing this summer’s real estate market with great interest. But, amid the changes brought on by COVID-19, many homebuyers also have questions about how to move forward – from getting a mortgage approval to safe showing procedures and from making an offer to navigating the attorney review and closing processes. So in this special edition of @ The Market, recorded in mid-May, @properties co-founders Mike Golden and Thad Wong are joined by a range of industry experts to shed light on the homebuying process today.
While it’s always critical to be cognizant of scams, it’s important to know they tend to be more prevalent during times of crisis. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, scammers will unfortunately be out there trying to take advantage of people who may be more vulnerable right now. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself and avoid fraud.
The last several weeks have been challenging on many levels. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that there is a lot to be grateful for – especially all the people and businesses who have banded together to support our communities.
Thankfully, there are also plenty of positive and inspirational real estate stories to be told, so here are just a few from some @properties agents. If you have a great story to share, we’d love to hear in the comments below.
Cook County’s recent decision to delay property tax late fees is welcome news for area homeowners who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
On May 13th, local officials announced that property owners will essentially have until Oct. 1 to pay their second-installment tax bills, which would normally be due Aug. 3. The measure is expected to pass when the Cook County Board of Commissioners meets on May 21. While the payment deadline itself has not been extended, interest fees for late payments will be waived until Oct. 1, helping alleviate some financial strain.
Home has taken on a whole new meaning as of late. It has transformed into a haven, a classroom, a workout studio, an office, and everything in between. As we spend more time at home than ever, we’ve learned a thing or two about the four walls around us.
For some of us, the pandemic has reminded us of all the reasons we fell in love with our homes. And for others, it has revealed all the reasons why it may be time to move on. Here’s how COVID-19 has impacted what we want from our homes.