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January 2017


November Signals Huge Month in Home Sales for Chicagoland 

Consumer confidence in the U.S. in September was at its highest level since before the recession, according to Conference Board. The Confidence Index rose to 104.1, which is the highest since August 2007. Other bright findings include that the share of those who said jobs were plentiful rose to 27.9, which is the highest since July 2007. The findings may encourage consumer spending in the coming months.


American Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since 2001 

New York-based Conference Board released results that the Consumer Confidence Index increased to 113.7 in December, which is the highest level it has been since August 2001. According to the survey, Americans are becoming more optimistic about the economy, job prospects and income. Other growth in numbers include an increase of respondents planning to purchase automobiles and appliances in the near future, and the number of respondents expecting better business conditions six months from now rose to 23.6 percent from 16.4 percent. 


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Collects More Than 1,600 toys for Toys for Tots!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s offices served as drop off locations in  their communities for Toys for Tots. The U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation collects new, unwrapped toys each year, and delivers them to less fortunate children in the community. Donations poured into the offices, leading to a collection of over 1,600 toys that were given to children in the Chicagoland area. 

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Top Design Trends in 2017

As we usher in another new year, Zillow Digs has presented their list of the top four anticipated design trends in 2017. Velvet, Jewel Colors, Marble Surfaces and Built-in bars will be very popular according to the article, while they predict that industrial furniture, cool gray colors and quote art will begin to lose traction. To read more about these trends, please click here.


Warm Up With These Healthy Soups and Stews

On the coldest days of the year, one of the best things to do is to warm up with soup or comfort food. lists five of their favorite recipes for healthy soups and stews. Find out how to make a cauliflower chowder, tomato basil chicken stew, crock pot chicken tortilla soup, Thai curry lentil and sweet potato soup, and a beef stew with zucchini by clicking here.



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