WBEZ | Bob Floss http://www.wbez.org/tags/bob-floss Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mid-year real estate report shows some signs of improvement http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mid-year-real-estate-report-shows-some-signs-improvement-100708 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/For%20Sale.jpg" title="(Flickr/Diana Parkhouse)" /></p><p style="text-align: left; ">A reader recently asked<em> <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Deal-Estate/" target="_blank">Chicago </a></em><a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Deal-Estate/" target="_blank">magazine Deal Estate</a>&nbsp;columnist Dennis Rodkin why he&#39;s so cranky. She perceived his tone as too negative in an environment that seemed to be on the upswing.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">She might have been a little right:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/July-2012/Rodkin-on-the-Housing-Market-in-Chicago-Versus-Other-Cities/" target="_blank">In this video response</a>, Rodkin does concede that there have been some positive changes on the market recently, but Chicago isn&#39;t improving at the same rate as other cities. He says that we&#39;re still trying to sell all the condos we built during the boom and Chicago is still one the worst cities in terms of sales. Rodkin isn&#39;t all doom and gloom, however; he says home builders are back at work again and well-priced homes are moving their way through the market.<br /><br />Bob Floss, President of the <a href="http://http://www.chicagorealtor.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Association of REALTORS</a>, is slightly more positive.&nbsp;&quot;First-time homebuyers, move-up buyers and investors are finding compelling pricing and historically low interest rates as a perfect incentive to buy now,&quot; <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/may-home-sales-in-illinois-up-221-percent-from-a-year-ago-chicago-area-ends-49-months-of-median-price-decreases-2012-06-21">Floss says</a>, adding that higher rents are pushing some to make the leap to purchase.&nbsp;<br /><br />Dennis Rodkin and Bob Floss join<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> on Monday&nbsp;to discuss the health of Chicago&#39;s real estate market. We want your questions and comments, too. Call <strong>312-923-9239</strong> to ask the experts about your home search, or tell us if the market has changed your living situation.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mid-year-real-estate-report-shows-some-signs-improvement-100708