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Chicago Market Overview

Metro Population:

8.9 M

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Big Picture Highlights

Located in northeastern Illinois on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States and the fifth-most populous city in North America. Although the city has many nicknames, it is most widely known as the Windy City.

There's a Lot To Love About Chicago:

  • Chicago had a total economic output of $770.7 billion in 2020, making Chicago's gross metropolitan product (GMP) the third largest in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles. The city has also been rated as having the most balanced economy in the United States, due to its high level of diversification. Finance, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and tech are just some of Chicago's well-represented sectors.

  • According to World Business Chicago, Chicago is home to more than 400 major corporate headquarters, including 31 Fortune 500 HQs and 300 corporate R&D facilities. Some well-known Chicago HQs are Walgreens, Boeing, and Sears Holdings Corp.

  • Today, the Windy City is recognized as the fourth-most important business center in the world (according to the MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index).

  • Why Invest Here?

    Chicago real estate has recently been rated as one of the most undervalued markets in the world. While over the years Chicago has lost a small portion of its population, there are certainly opportunities if you know where to look. The city's world-class skyline is expanding with over 60 cranes atop new skyscrapers being erected. Chicago is in the midst of a building boom, creating an incredible amount of commerce and positively affecting the real estate market. There has never been a better time to purchase real estate in the Windy City than right now!


    Chicago Trends & Statistics 2018-2019

    With higher real estate prices and lower-than-average job and population growth, the Windy City may not seem like your “typical” place to invest in real estate. However, it is one of the few cities in the nation where housing prices still haven’t risen above their 2006 levels. When focusing on finding the highest capital growth and cash flow, you’ll find some Chicago neighborhoods offer homes at $108,000-$130,000 with rents at 1.17% of the purchase price every month. All of this is good news for investors looking for under market value properties, with tremendous monthly cash flow, poised for steady appreciation.

    Data Sources:

  • https://www.rockethomes.com/real-estate-trends/il/chicago

  • https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/market-trends/chicago-il/

  • https://factfinder.census.gov/

  • https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/doh/provdrs/renters/svcs/ami_chart.html

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    Read What People are Saying About Chicago
  • "#5 Best City to Buy a Rental Property" - Business Insider

  • "#12 Best City for First Time Homebuyers" - Business Insider

  • "What Makes Chicago One of the Best Places to Live" - CBS Chicago

  • "#10 Most High-Tech City in the World" - Fortune

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