NAR Says Homebuying Up in September, Inventory Down

National Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors

With more than 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Anne Ewasko provides expert guidance to her buying and selling clients as a real estate broker with Baird & Warner in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to her vast experience, Anne Ewasko is also a member of the National Association of Realtors.

According to data recently released by the National Association of Realtors, the existing home market saw a sizable bump last September, with first-time buyers accounting for 34 percent of all transactions. This is the highest rate of first-time home buying in more than four years. Additionally, all of the other major markets saw a bump in closings in September as well.

The data also suggests that the average price of a home rose more than five-and-a-half percent from the prior year at $234,200, which makes 55 straight months of gains over prior year figures.

Also, the total amount of houses for sale in September went up by 1.5 percent, but that figure is still nearly seven percent lower than the same time last year. It marks the 16th consecutive month that housing inventory has decreased compared to prior year figures.


Kick It: WAKA 2016 Kickball Fundraiser


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Kick It

Anne Ewasko is a prolific real estate professional currently serving as a real estate broker with Baird & Warner, an agency located in Chicago, Illinois, where she has become an expert in the Chicago market. In her time apart from work, Anne Ewasko helps to support numerous charities that benefit children with cancer, including Flashes for Hope.

Flashes for Hope is a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for research and patient support for children with cancer. The real draw of the organization is, however, its emphasis on photography. Flashes for Hope works to create a lasting memory of children fighting against cancer by photographing them during this time. With its strong focus on fundraising, Flashes for Hope also provides a multitude of options for volunteers to assist in gaining support and funds.

One of Flashes for Hope’s more prominent fundraising programs is called Kick-It and focuses on raising money through outdoor kickball games (as well as some other athletic events). The program was founded by a 10-year-old cancer survivor who wanted to have a kickball game to support research for a cure, and has continued to grow ever since. Every year, Kick-It hosts a national day of kickball tournaments and games, called WAKA, which raises money. WAKA Leagues are spread throughout the country, which makes attending or donating to the group simple, and all funds support research efforts concerning children’s cancer. To find your local league or donate, visit the WAKA 2016 page at

Chicago – A Commute-Friendly City With L Train and Biking Options

Anne Ewasko

Experienced in diverse aspects of the Chicago real estate market, Anne Ewasko is a respected Baird & Warner real estate agent. Anne Ewasko has experience assisting families and professionals with moving to the Chicago area and finding exceptional homes. A city of distinct neighborhoods, Chicago offers a winning combination of affordability and cultural activities that makes it a destination of choice.

For many in the city, driving a car on a daily basis is unnecessary, as rush hours can be congested and parking scarce. In impacted neighborhoods, parking permits may be necessary as well. Most commuters rely on the Chicago Transit Authority’s well-connected system of buses and “L” trains, which are elevated above the city. Cycling is an increasingly popular option in the bike-lane-connected metro area, with the bike-sharing enterprise Divvy offering convenient rental stations throughout the city.

For those who do rely on driving, keeping the vehicle stocked with seasonal emergency essentials is a must. During the winter months, snow can pile up and snow brushes and jumper cables are essential. One unique aspect to winter in Chicago is the concept of “dibs,” an unofficial system which allows those who go to the effort of shoveling a public parking space to enjoy the rights to that space as long as it is properly marked and maintained.