January 4, 2010

Slowest Weeks of the Year

Showing Statistics The bad news? This is the slowest part of the year for the housing market. The good news? The three slowest weeks of the year are now behind us. In order of showing activity (most to least), they are: 3. The week straddling New Year’s2. The week straddling Thanksgiving1. The week straddling Christmas...
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Picking a Listing Agent

New Way to Get ClientsHome Sellers pick their listing agents a variety of ways: who their friends and neighbors used; who they trust and feel comfortable with (rapport); who they think will ultimately get them the most money, the fastest. Under that last category would certainly fall, “the Realtor who knows the most prospective Buyers...
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Museum Musings

One Price Doesn’t Fit All You learn a lot wandering a great museum, like the Chicago Art Institute. Not necessarily anything about art — but a lot, nonetheless. Here’s what I scribbled killing a few hours there Sat: –Maybe we’ve got it all wrong using the income tax code as a tool for addressing disparities...
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(Not So) Balmy Chicago

“Don’t Worry, They’re From Minnesota” If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? –Shakespeare, “Merchant of Venice” What recalls the quote above is Chicagoans’ assumptions — OK, my relatives’ — about how Minnesotan fare in very cold weather. While...
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