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What We’re Reading: April 28 – May 4

Living with the ‘rents, sustainable design, and the economy joins us for lunch

Though the economy is showing signs of recovery, and housing inventory is down, many of us are still working with a tight budget. A Times economist offers some budgeting guidance on dining out. Speaking of recovery, we’ve noticed a lot of new construction in our downtown Chicago neighborhood, including this 1970s office building converted to green hotel. A $600/month eletricity bill for a 63 room hotel ain’t too shabby.

So you’ve moved back home since you can’t afford to buy a house.  Are you killing the housing market? The Washington Post says  “Yes.” What does this mean for the economy? “It has trimmed demand for housing.” However, looking at home ownership from a historical perspective, home ownerships rates appear to return to their historical norm.

Are you looking at confidential client information on your train or plane commutes? According to the New York Times, you may be inadvertently exposing sensitive client information–such as business deals, personnel issues, and clients list–to the general public.  Data thieves target conferences, work commutes, and other public spaces to steal valuable competitive intelligence data.

Horse race fans anxiously await this weekend’s Kentucky Derby: mint julep anyone? To get into the spirit, we share a history of top derby icons. Our favorite: the gloriously ostentatious hats.

We close out with a bow to Air Quality Week, a joint effort of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Though we all have our own opinions on the environment, we all breathe the same air and thus each have a stake in the need for high quality, clean air.

Kate Stockert

Information & Web Content Specialist at the National Association of REALTORS®

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