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Following are all articles by UrbanTurf author Don DeBat, from most recent to least.

House Hunters Have Choices To Get a Good Deal as Market Revives

House Hunters Have Choices To Get a Good Deal as Market Revives

Don DeBat | July 31st 2012

House hunters don’t have to have a degree in rocket science to realize that residential real estate is destined to come roaring back as soon as... read »

Short Sale Can Be a Smart Buyer’s Affordable Route to Homeownership

Short Sale Can Be a Smart Buyer’s Affordable Route to Homeownership

Don DeBat | May 23rd 2012

There’s a tsunami of foreclosures underway in the nation’s housing market, and Illinois has the dubious distinction of being near the peak of the... read »

Record-Low Home-Loan Rates Could Begin Creeping Higher by Late 2012

Record-Low Home-Loan Rates Could Begin Creeping Higher by Late 2012

Don DeBat | May 8th 2012

This year the benchmark 30-year rate has held below 4 percent in all but one week. But forecasters say the rate honeymoon is coming to an end.... read »

Buying Is More Affordable Than Renting with Rent-to-Own Programs

Buying Is More Affordable Than Renting with Rent-to-Own Programs

Don DeBat | April 17th 2012 | 2 Comments

If you are an apartment renter who just received that spring rent increase letter from your landlord, now may be the time to consider buying a home,... read »

Spring Developer Incentives Spark New-Home and Condo Sales

Spring Developer Incentives Spark New-Home and Condo Sales

Don DeBat | April 9th 2012

Housing experts say the Rip Van Winkle-like new-home and condominium market will gradually awaken by the end of 2012 after more than five years of... read »

Apartment Hunting Tips for Chicago’s Booming Spring Rental Market

Apartment Hunting Tips for Chicago’s Booming Spring Rental Market

Don DeBat | March 27th 2012 | 1 Comment

The forecast for the spring apartment rental market in the Chicago area is looking sunny, analysts say. Here are some apartment hunting tips from... read »

FHA-Insured Loans Will Cost More After April 1st

FHA-Insured Loans Will Cost More After April 1st

Don DeBat | March 14th 2012

The honeymoon is over for home buyers who utilize Uncle Sam’s low-down payment, federally insured FHA home-loan program. ... read »

A Tale of Two Cities: Chicago’s Rental Apartment Market

A Tale of Two Cities: Chicago’s Rental Apartment Market

Don DeBat | November 11th 2011 | 1 Comment

Chicago’s booming downtown luxury rental apartment market gets all the headlines with its sky-high rents and thousands of new units rising around the... read »

Resale Values Rising in Lincoln Park Despite the Great Recession

Resale Values Rising in Lincoln Park Despite the Great Recession

Don DeBat | September 1st 2011 | 1 Comment

Experts say Lincoln Park may be Chicago’s top neighborhood for real estate values as the city inches its way out of the Great Recession. ... read »

Market Snapshot: New-Construction Condos in Downtown Chicago

Market Snapshot: New-Construction Condos in Downtown Chicago

Don DeBat | August 26th 2011

According to Appraisal Research’s 2nd quarter “Downtown Chicago Residential Benchmark Report,” the condo boom officially ended in 2010. And, 2011 is... read »

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