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Delay Game: How a Labor Shortage Is Affecting Construction

There are, increasingly, construction projects to be done, and not enough workers to do them. According to US News & World Report, some 225,000 projects were undertaken across the U.S. each month in early 2018, but a whopping 91 percent of the contractors who undertook them said they lacked sufficient manpower. How acute is this [...]

By | 2019-02-04T19:41:55+00:00 February 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Seasonality of Demand

When investing in multi-family properties, how do you avoid what feels like a free-for-all scavenger hunt? The key to success is timing your purchase to the location, seasonality, and market trends. Here are the ways to navigate each.   Region For the whole country, the spring and summer months are generally the most popular time [...]

By | 2019-01-28T19:18:19+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Win-Win For Real Estate Investors: How Investing in Properties is Investing in Communities

  When R.E. Barber erected a five-story office building in downtown Joliet, Ill., late in the 19th century, his sanity appears to have come into question. One recent report quotes an old-time newspaper story (sans attribution) as saying Barber, a lawyer and businessman, had “gone mad” for constructing a building that was completed in 1887 [...]

By | 2018-10-15T13:31:36+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Competing Through the Highs (of Demand) and the Lows (of Supply)

As is the case across the country, the real estate market in Chicago is ablaze, for the simplest of reasons: Demand has outstripped supply.   That is, of course, great news for agents and brokerages, who are moving more properties at higher prices, and doing so more quickly than is typical.   There are challenges, [...]

By | 2018-08-27T13:40:53+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aesthetics vs. Security: How to Straddle that Fence When it Comes to Your Property

Securing a multifamily property is a wide-ranging proposition, a matter of locks, lighting and landscaping, of entrances and elevators, of fencing and fire escapes. Things like concentric circles of protection and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) must be considered. And then a fine line must be walked, between what looks good and what is [...]

By | 2018-08-27T12:39:11+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Perusing Other Properties: Why It Pays To Scope Out the Competition

For any real estate professional, the competition represents more than a sign in somebody’s lawn, and more than a website. It represents opportunity. Opportunity to learn, to gauge, to grow -- to recalibrate one’s own approach to the profession. Competition, far from bad, makes you better. It reveals weak spots and gives you a chance [...]

By | 2018-07-19T20:26:42+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments