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Illinois Home Sales Slip After a Year of Gains

Home sales activity in Illinois paused in July after nearly a year of home sale gains statewide. The lull is reported to be caused by the rush to meet the homebuyer tax credit deadline combined with weak job and economic reports. According to the Illinois Association of Realtors, the state's single-family and condo sales totaled 8,135 in July 2010, down 29.7 percent from July 2009's 11,566 homes. The median price was also down from $167,185 in July 2009 to $160,000 last month.

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Real Estate Pros Affected by Oil Spill Eligible for Financial Assistance

National Catastrophe Adjusters, Inc. has been selected to administer a special allocation of funds dedicated to pay claims for real estate professionals who have lost business because of the April 20th Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This financial assistance will be administered outside of the recently established Gulf Coast Claims Facility and is earmarked for emergency payments to eligible real estate professionals licensed in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

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Credit Still Tight Among U.S. Lenders: Fed Survey

Banks have yet to loosen their tight grip on credit. The Federal Reserve's latest survey of senior loan officers found that most banks maintained stringent lending standards in the first quarter, while some tightened lending terms further. Compared with the previous quarter, a larger percentage of banks indicated that demand for first lien mortgages and home equity loans had weakened further. On the commercial side, a significant portion of lenders said they have increased their use of extensions for loans at or near maturity.

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