Category Archives: Real Estate

When Does the Spring Market Start

For the past several years, the spring market in the Chicagoland area has started in January. We had great buyer activity and strong contracts in January, February and March. If you or someone you know is thinking about selling a … Continue reading

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The Upside of Not Moving-Up

When a family is not able to find that perfect move-up home, some will re-invest in their current home. If they like their neighborhood, schools and friends, some homeowners are opting to expand their current home by finishing a basement, … Continue reading

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Move-Up Buyer Challenge

The typical move-up buyers are couples in their 30’s to 40’s who need more space for their growing families. In our area, the common profile of a move-up home is a 2-story, 4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath with a finished basement … Continue reading

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What’s Going On with Flipping Houses

We want to believe that we can make money off flipping houses. There are still homes in poor condition on the market, and there is still a very strong market for beautifully updated properties since most millennials are not interested … Continue reading

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Buying a Home Sight Unseen

In a market where the best homes are selling in days, more buyers are making offers on homes without visiting the home in person. Some buyers can’t wait until their schedule allows for a showing. According to the National Association … Continue reading

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International Home Buyers

There are two types of international buyers. Recent immigrants to the U.S. and non-residents who buy an investment or vacation property. Five countries account for 51 percent of overseas purchases: Canada, China, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Housing sales … Continue reading

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Easier Home Buying for Graduates

Recent graduates paying off student debt can find it difficult to save enough cash for a down payment. In addition, their high debt-to-income ratio may make it difficult to qualify for a mortgage. Fannie Mae announced several new policies in … Continue reading

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