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    City house prices dropped 10% in January

    The price of a house in Chicago took a big step down in January, a time when they’re usually rising. The median price of houses sold in the city was $261,000 in January, down 10% from the same time a year earlier. That’s according to data posted Feb. 14 by the Chicago Association of Realtors. The drop is considerably larger...
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    Here's How the Housing Market did in 2022 where you live

    In real estate, 2022 will be remembered as the year that started in a boom and ended in a bust, a profile that the year's home sales figures make crystal clear. In booming January 2022, an unprecedented housing boom fueled by low interest rates and pandemic-era changes in what households wanted was in full swing. That month, the...
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    New Tax Rules for Venmo and Cash App Income: Everything You Need to Know

    The IRS has delayed new reporting requirements for online payment services, but you still may need to pay taxes on that money . The 2023 tax season was supposed to be the first with mandatory 1099-K forms for taxpayers who earned more than $600 from online payment services like Venmo, Cash App, Zelle or PayPal. But after hearing a "number...
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    Zillow's Bold Predictions for 2023

    Midwestern markets will heat up, and more friends and family members will pool their money to buy homes together in 2023, as people look for new ways to overcome the housing affordability crisis. However, that crisis will stabilize — if not improve — from its pandemic-era apex. New construction will be focused on rental...
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    Here are 2 good reasons not to worry about a big home price drop in Chicago

    Reports from two different real estate data firms suggest Chicago's housing market is more insulated against a big fall than most other major cities. In Chicago, there's less reason to fear a big drop in home prices lies ahead than in most other major cities, two new reports indicate. More people own their own homes outright,...
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    Mortgage rates fall sharply to under 7% after inflation eases

    KEY POINTS Mortgage rates fell sharply Thursday after a government report showed that inflation had cooled in October. The average rate on the 30-year fixed plunged 60 basis points from 7.22% to 6.62%, according to Mortgage News Daily. The rate, however, is still more than double what it was at the start of this year. Mortgage rates...
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    Chicago-area home prices flat for the first time since pandemic boom began

    After 124 weeks of increases, local home prices finally stopped topping themselves, according to the latest report. Chicago-area home prices didn’t budge last week for the first time since the pandemic era’s housing boom began in late spring 2020. The median price of homes sold in the nine-county metro area in the week ended...
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    Even with fast-rising prices, homes more affordable in most of Chicago area

    Two separate reports show that it's easier to afford a home now than it has been historically, although with interest rates going up that could change quickly. Despite a rapid run-up in prices in 2021 that has shrunk affordability around the country, homes in much of the Chicago area are easier to afford than they have been historically,...
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