Reasons You Should Not FSBO

Reasons You Should Not FSBO
Posted Monday August 19, 2019 in Real Estate

Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Online Strategy Recent studies have shown…
Escrow 101 for Illinois Home Buyers

Escrow 101 for Illinois Home Buyers
Posted Monday July 15, 2019 in Real Estate

When you buy a house in Illinois, you basically have to learn a whole new language. Between figuring things out with your mortgage lender and navigating the results of the home inspection, you’re probably googling words left and right. It’s important to protect yourself during this major transaction. And that’s why one of the words…
Tips For Knowing When to Upsize or Downsize

Tips For Knowing When to Upsize or Downsize
Posted Monday June 24, 2019 in Real Estate

Are you considering moving to a new Illinois home? Perhaps you think a change will make everyone happier, and help you keep up with the cost and upkeep of homeownership. Right-sizing is a common term used to describe the process of choosing a home to fit your current needs. Here are four ways to tell…
Hire an Inspector When Buying a Home

Hire an Inspector When Buying a Home
Posted Monday May 27, 2019 in Real Estate

Hiring a home inspector will be one of the best decisions you make if you're in the market for a new Illinois home. The most qualified inspector can give you all the details that you need to either move forward with the sale or look elsewhere for a different home. Home Valuation The price that…
Explaining Real Estate Commission

Explaining Real Estate Commission
Posted Monday May 13, 2019 in Real Estate

If you hire a real estate agent to help you buy, sell, or rent a house in Illinois, this professional gets paid through a real estate commission. So how much do you pay, and what for? Is there any wiggle room to negotiate this fee? How much is a real estate commission? Rather than getting…
5 Moving Mistakes to Avoid

5 Moving Mistakes to Avoid
Posted Monday April 15, 2019 in Real Estate

Moving can be a long and difficult process. It’s no surprise that many people experience hiccups along the way. These tips may alleviate the pain and frustration that comes with making those mistakes. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common moving mistakes, as well as how to fix them. Not scheduling your…
Homeownership Rate Moves to Highest Level Since 2014

Homeownership Rate Moves to Highest Level Since 2014
Posted Monday April 8, 2019 in Real Estate

More Americans are becoming homeowners. The national homeownership rate increased slightly to the highest level since 2014 in the fourth quarter of 2018, reaching 64.8 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week. The homeownership rate has been gradually increasing since reaching an all-time low of 62.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016. Researchers…
4 House Hunting Mistakes To Avoid In Illinois

4 House Hunting Mistakes To Avoid In Illinois
Posted Monday March 4, 2019 in Real Estate

Mistake: Not getting pre-approved before looking Getting a pre-approval should be every buyer’s first step toward buying a home in Illinois. This document, which comes in the form of a letter from the mortgage company, will tell you how much money you’ll be able to receive in a loan. It’s crucial in helping you set your own…
4 Signs You’re Ready To Become A Homeowner In Illinois

4 Signs You’re Ready To Become A Homeowner In Illinois
Posted Monday February 25, 2019 in Real Estate

If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and buying a home in Illinois recently, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve laid out four signs that you’re ready to stop renting and own a home. Read them over to help determine if now is the time for you. You’ve been at your job for…
Production Home Builders vs. Custom Home Builders

Production Home Builders vs. Custom Home Builders
Posted Monday January 28, 2019 in Real Estate

Making the decision to build your own home in Illinois means dedicating at least a few months to the process. You’ll need to choose a builder depending on your timeline, budget, and level of customization. Custom builders and production builders might seem similar, but they offer different pros and cons. Consider each and compare them…
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