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October 23, 2020

Forget spring, fall is a good time to buy and sell. Historically the real estate buying season begins in early spring. Recent data reveals fall can be even a better time for both sellers and buyers in markets around the country! There are a few obvious reasons as to why the fall is easier, like how all the families looking to buy before school starts are out of the picture. But besides that, let us offer 6 additional reasons to consider a fall re...

August 12, 2020

Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell.

The way a property looks from the street - attractively landscaped and well-maintained - will make a memorable and lasting first impression. Potential buyers are going to love the little and big details put in with love.

Wash Your House’s Face
REALTORS® say washing a house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale prices of some houses. A bucket of soapy water and a long-han...

June 30, 2020

HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage

Continue With More HomeStyle…

The HomeStyle is a Fannie Mae (FNMA) loan that essentially allows an investor to purchase a property and include the renovation costs into the mortgage. It’s quite similar to a hard money loan, but the significant difference is that the loan is a permanent loan (15 or 30-year fixed). It’s also traditionally a LOT cheaper. Since the loan is FNMA backed, it’s going to conform more to the mar...

February 13, 2020

When buying a house with financing, the lender must verify the home's value and condition.  Usually through ordering an appraisal. Conventional and FHA appraisals have slightly different processes and may vary in their requirements. Tip. Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, loans typically have strict appraisal inspection guidelines. A conventional appraisal and FHA appraisal may have different requirements for passing inspection.

January 16, 2020

While real estate agents are still key in the home buying process, buyers are increasingly looking to do more leg work online before involving the experts. Set Yourself Up For Social Make sure you have social media accounts on all the big networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and even Instagram if you snap a lot of house pics). Interact with users, share good press, and promote your properties.

August 6, 2019

Niche has compiled what it says are the top schools at every grade level in Illinois, including both private and public schools.

Niche.com, which specializes in all different types of rankings, released a new 2019 list slightly different than its usual rankings. This time around, Niche ranked what it says are the top schools in Illinois, including both private and public schools, and spanning elementary, middle and high schools. 

In Illinois,...

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