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New Books–April 2018

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a...
April 11, 2018

New Books–March 2018

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a...
March 13, 2018

New Books–February 2018

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a...
February 15, 2018

Passive Homes

There has been an upward trend in sustainable homes, such as tiny houses, homes built with natural materials, zero energy homes, and passive homes. The way the passive house is constructed regulates the internal temperature of the house without...
August 9, 2017

How to Hygge

Rod Troch/flickr/2010 Winter in Chicago is cold, dark, and depressing. How can we get through it without losing our minds? By embracing Hygge. Hygge (hoo-gah) is a Danish word that encompasses coziness and comfort and hominess and being with...
January 18, 2017

Are McMansions going away?

The Census Bureau reports that the median square footage of newly built homes has shrunk by 7%. Says author Sarah Susanka, “As more and more people build or remodel homes that satisfy in quality rather than quantity, there will...
August 14, 2009

Freddie Mac on YouTube

Freddie Mac now has a two-minute video on YouTube, educating homeowners about the Making Home Affordable program and other mortgage workout programs from Freddie Mac. The video gives tips for working with housing counselors, including documents you should gather...
July 23, 2009

Post Office for sale in Chicago

The old post office in Chicago, which spans the Eisenhower Expressway, is up for auction. This unique building was once the largest post office in the United States, with 14 stories containing 3 million square feet. Suggested bids start...

Foreign investors targeting Detroit

Foreclosed homes in Detroit are selling from $1.00 to $10,000 and foreign buyers are snapping them up, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Real estate agent Michael Shannon recently sold 30 homes in one day to one...
March 9, 2009

Diving in to the housing market

First-time home buyers are now entering the housing market because housing prices have dropped. “The new buyers are being lured in by home prices that are down about 25% from their peak levels in mid-2006, according to the S&P/Case-Schiller...