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…
Illinois Home Renovation: Expect The Unexpected

Illinois Home Renovation: Expect The Unexpected
Posted Monday January 21, 2019 in Home Improvement, Real Estate

Buying a home in Illinois is exciting. But it can come with some unplanned surprises. One of these is unexpected home renovation you may need to tackle after moving in. These can be sudden repairs or upgrades required that even your home inspector didn’t foresee. New data show that many buyers encounter unplanned improvements needed…
The 7 Most Important Household Tasks After a Move

The 7 Most Important Household Tasks After a Move
Posted Monday January 14, 2019 in Home Improvement, Real Estate

For many people, the first few hours after a move are a stressful time. There’s so much to do that it can be hard to even figure out where to start. That’s where we come in. We’ve narrowed down the seven most important household tasks to take care of after the move. Read them over…
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