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    Nick and Lindsay Lopez

    "My wife and I first met Ryan almost two years before we even purchased our first place. We were young newlyweds fresh out of grad school and felt the next logical step was to buy a condo. I mean, we had good steady jobs, had solid educational credentials, and no kids. Plus, at the time, they were still offering zero down, 100% mortgages. They were practically giving away homes to young couples. Despite all of this, ...

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Your First Time Home Buyer Resource

StartingPoint Realty is dedicated to first time home buyers in Chicago and it’s surrounding suburbs. This site is set up to give the potential first time home buyer everything they need. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and view all available listings throughout the Chicagoland area, learn how the process works, play with our mortgage calculator, read a few issues of our monthly newsletter - The Elbowroom, find out what first time home buyer programs are available in your area, or if you’d like a more interactive experience, RSVP to one of our first time home buyer seminars.  It's a lot of information, and we try very hard to make it as simple as we can.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  • Kelsey & Neal

    "We contacted Ryan when a friend recommended him to us. We had had a bad experience with a previous transaction that ended up falling through and caused us to lose our earnest money, so we were naturally wary of the process and of agents and attorneys. It became instantly apparent to us upon talking to Ryan that we were going to have a much different--and better--experience than the last. Ryan was there for us when we needed him and was honest with us as we toured homes. Instead of pushing us to make offers, he raised very good points about the less desirable aspects of each house, and when we finally did find a home, he was careful to make us aware of its faults so we had no illusions. Once we decided to make an offer and move forward, he was the best advocate and advisor we could have asked for. We knew we had a friend and ally on our side throughout the whole process--not someone who was just trying to make a commission off of the sale. Ryan was a breath of fresh air, and we will be recommending him to all of our friends!"
  • Rodney S.

    I enjoyed the opportunity to work with Kelly. She was prompt in responding to questions I had, was always accommodating, and spent a good deal of time showing me properties. She was often checking in with me to make sure I was comfortable throughout the home-buying process, which is something I appreciated. –Rodney S.
  • Jen and Erik J.

    Melissa listened to what we were looking for in a house and responded with honest, unbiased advice. With StartingPoint and its partners, we felt we had a strong team behind us throughout the process. Melissa was very responsive to all of our calls and emails. She went above and beyond to meet our needs and we've already recommended her to friends. Thanks StartingPoint Realty!

  • Rey & Olivia

    Ryan made our home buying experience extremely less stressful and we are very thankful for all of his hard work! - Rey Arroyo and Olivia Trujillo
  • Rochelle & Terri

    Ryan truly cares about his clients. Not only did we get a place that we love, we also gained a pretty awesome friend. He's the best! - Rochelle & Terri
  • Rich & Julie

    Ryan did a wonderful job "quarterbacking" my condo buying process. - Rich & Julie
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Our Latest Office in Chicago

Chicago Resource Center – 3224 N Damen Ave
It’s not your typical real estate storefront.  There’s no receptionist, no land line phones, no listing sheets in the window.  Instead, we designed a space dedicated to education.  When you walk in and turn to the right, we have the home buyer process separated into 3 sections (pre-approval, the search, home to closing).  In each section, we have 12 different brochures with different subjects relating to each section.  How can I improve my credit?  We have info for that.  How long does each appliance / home component usually last?  We have a 16 page study printed out for you.  That’s only two out of thirty six.  Then, we customized a map with Chicago and the outlying suburbs overlaid with ALL the Metra stops spanning into the suburbs.  Wouldn’t it be cool if we had all the Metra schedules as well?  We got them.  Then, we took a few months and wrote rack cards for each neighborhood in the city of Chicago and every suburb within 15 miles of downtown Chicago.  157 neighborhoods in all.  Not into paper? We have it all on three Ipads.  We’ve got coffee, tea, pop, water, Wifi.  Stop in, relax, and learn.

StartingPoint Realty
Providing you with the necessary information to guide you though your first time home buying process. Check out our seminars near you.
1930 Thoreau Dr N #175
Schaumburg, IL
60173
US
Phone: 847-348-1154