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Chicago Home Buyers Face Fast-Changing Market

Chicago Home Buyers Face Fast-Changing Market

A lot can happen in a month. In February, the Chicago real estate market was gearing up for a busy spring, with median home prices showing a 6.6% increase from a year ago. But during March, optimism faded as the spread of COVID-19 disrupted everything. At the time of...

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New Credit Score Tips for Chicago Home Buyers

New Credit Score Tips for Chicago Home Buyers

For first-time Chicago home buyers, good credit is a must. Your credit score affects the mortgage offers you'll receive, and affects how much you'll pay for homeowner's insurance, too! But creating and keeping good credit can be tricky, especially when FICO changes up...

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What Chicago Home Buyers Can Expect in 2020

What Chicago Home Buyers Can Expect in 2020

Chicago real estate had a pretty good year during 2019! On a year-over-year basis, median single-family home prices increased by 4.0% as of November 2019. Homes spent an average of 43 days on market, setting a brisk pace for sales in entry-level price ranges. But...

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Plan Now for Your Chicago Home Purchase

Plan Now for Your Chicago Home Purchase

If you're hoping to buy your first Chicago home in the upcoming year or so, you should start planning today! Home buying isn't an overnight process, and the better prepared you are, the better your chances of success. Here are steps you can take now to make your home...

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Improving Equity in Your Chicago Home

Improving Equity in Your Chicago Home

When buying your first home, you may not be thinking about building equity. After all, you have your hands full with the Chicago home search, the mortgage approval process and myriad closing details. Future equity doesn't seem as important.  Yet the perfect time...

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5 Reasons to Buy Your Chicago Home During Fall!

5 Reasons to Buy Your Chicago Home During Fall!

When the days are shorter, the weather is colder, and mortgage interest rates are below 4%, conditions for buying a Chicago home are darn near perfect. Statistically, fall is the best time to be a home buyer, and these are the top reasons why!  1. Less...

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Most Homeowners Are Pretty Darn Happy

Most Homeowners Are Pretty Darn Happy

Earlier this year, we talked about home buyer remorse and the most common regrets buyers have expressed. While buyer's remorse can happen, it shouldn't overshadow the fact that most homeowners are darn glad they bought a house - and the vast majority would not return...

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Mortgage Rule Change Could Help Chicago Condo Buyers

Mortgage Rule Change Could Help Chicago Condo Buyers

If you are buying a Chicago condominium in the near future, there's good news - the Federal Housing Administration is going to make mortgages easier to approve for these purchases. This is encouraging for first-time home buyers who found themselves practically locked...

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Chicago Named One of the Best Cities for Home Buyers

Chicago Named One of the Best Cities for Home Buyers

Quick quiz! Name a major U.S. city with global culture, world-class entertainment, a variety of industry, a vast waterfront, excellent public transportation and affordable housing! The answer is...Chicago! Yes, that's right! While Chicago has big-city amenities and...

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