Articles Archive

Bullet Journaling FTW

Earlier this year I took a page from my supervisor’s book and started keeping my lists and notes in a journal. This came after years of loose leaf to-do lists bound together in 6 month increments with binder clips....
October 25, 2017

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

“Questions about Real Estate” Reveals Members’ Research Needs from 80 Years Ago

Have you ever wondered what the most common reasons are for selling a home?  Or how smart home devices impact resale value? The librarians at NAR can help you find the answers through our research request service, a member...
July 6, 2017

Shipping Container or Home?

Written by Anne-Marie Siudzinski Think shipping containers are strictly for moving cargo? Think again. Shipping containers are being used in a variety of unexpected ways—emergency shelters, pools, medical clinics, office and retail buildings, hotels, and pop-up restaurants.  It doesn’t...
May 31, 2017

Book of Business

Have you ever experienced the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? You know, when something keeps popping up that you never noticed before? I’m reminded of it because it strikes me as odd whenever we get the same question more than once, especially...
April 5, 2017

REALTOR® Content Resource

Stop me if this is too meta, but sometimes the struggle is real when it comes to creating content for your website or blog. It takes a lot of time to brainstorm topics, research said topics, and craft a...
March 15, 2017

Death of Malls

It wasn’t so long ago that I was a teenager spending free time socializing with my friends at our local, bustling mall. Our mall was shaped like a wagon wheel with an anchor department store at the end of...
February 1, 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

Home Energy Use

It’s officially Winter, and I found a way to heat my apartment for free! Of course it involves coincidence and an overheated restaurant below my apartment, so it’s not scalable. For those of you who don’t live over people...
December 21, 2016

Curb Appeal

I wouldn’t say I’m known for killing plants, but I would say it’s a larger part of my identity than it should be, which is why it never made sense to me that my house proud parents assigned me...
October 12, 2016