We are now more than a decade past the 2008 housing crash, which affected the value of homes across the United States. Thankfully, the housing market is healthy again, and Illinois home values are strong. In Chicago and the surrounding areas, inventory can hardly keep up with the demand! We’re well into 2019 now, but…Read More
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Adulthood is all about maturing and achieving major, life-changing milestones. For many, a milestone that many work hard to accomplish is graduating from college, committing themselves to years of study in order to work in their chosen field. For others, committing to a romantic partner in marriage and raising a family together is another landmark…Read More
Selling a home, especially if it is your first time, can be intimidating and stressful. Strangers come into your home and might criticize a house that has become more than just four walls and a roof, and often tend to offer you less money than you think your home is worth. It’s easy for first-time…Read More
Thinking of moving to Illinois, but not sure where to start? Consider the beautiful town of Shorewood, located just an hour southwest of Chicago. It may not have the glitz and glam of the big city, but there are a number of reasons to consider living in this beautiful suburb. 1. It’s perfect for a…Read More
When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales…Read More
Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid: Lowball offers: Going far below market value…Read More
Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change the locks Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can…Read More