7 Excellent Ideas For Building An Eco-Friendly Chicago Home

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In recent years, building an environmentally friendly Chicago home or updating an existing home to be more energy efficient has become much more mainstream. While building an entirely green residence isn’t always fiscally possible, simple eco-friendly building techniques and upgrades will ultimately lower your water and electricity bills. These green home improvements will save you money in the long run, while also saving the …

Tips For Selling Your Chicago Home With An FHA Loan

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Before an owner can market a property to buyers that want to use a FHA loan, they will want to familiarize themselves with FHA’s standards. FHA won’t insure loans on just any property. While their standards aren’t as stringent as they used to be, a home needs to be in relatively good condition to qualify for FHA financing. RELATED ARTICLE: Should You …

What Important Items Can Upset My Chicago Mortgage Pre-Approval Status?

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When you are purchasing a home, your lender may recommend you obtain a Chicago mortgage pre-approval before you find the home of your dreams. There are some benefits to being pre-approved before you find a home, but oftentimes, people confuse pre-qualifications with pre-approvals. So the question many buyers have is what exactly is a mortgage pre-approval? In a nutshell, it’s …

7 Tips To Plan A Spring Yard ‘Tune-Up’ Before Listing A Chicago Home For Sale

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The oft-repeated maxim that there is never a second chance to make a great first impression is especially true when it comes to real estate. Street appeal may focus on a dramatic approach to the front door, but prospective buyers will be especially “wowed” by a Chicago home with an appealing back yard Early spring is the perfect time to add …

Want To Know Why Your Chicago Home Didn’t Sell? Not Enough People Saw It…

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Why isn’t your Chicago home selling? It is most likely because not enough people saw the listing! Check out our latest blog post!  We’ll get you up to speed on how to get your house off the market and sold quickly. Your Suspicions Are Confirmed Times have changed!  It’s not enough to simply “list, sit back, and wait!” Price is …

What Are The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Putting 20 Percent Down On A Chicago Home Purchase?

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Several generations ago, lenders required Chicago home buyers to have a 20 percent down payment in order to get a mortgage. While there were a few options out there for people who couldn’t save this substantial amount, the reality was that for the majority of people, the 20 percent down was a requirement. It was the way to show that …

Can I Have A Co-Signer For My Chicago Mortgage Loan?

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Like credit cards or car loans, some allow borrowers to have co-signers on the Chicago mortgage loan with them, enhancing their application. However, a co-signer on a mortgage loan doesn’t have the same impact that it might on another loan. Furthermore, it poses serious drawbacks for the co-signer. Mortgage Co-Signers A mortgage co-signer is a person that isn’t an owner …

6 Top Trending Green Features To Consider When Remodeling Your Chicago Home

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Sustainable materials, energy savings and smart house technology are high on the list of buyer wants in a Chicago home. But there are some other architectural and design trends that will change the way Americans live this year and beyond. When planning a remodel, it pays to pay attention to green features, as well as to improved floor plans that will make …

Moving From An Apartment To A Chicago House? Here’s What You Need To Remember About Your Lease

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The major problem that the vast majority of buyers will run into – especially when purchasing their first Chicago house – has to do with a lease agreement that is still active with their apartment complex at the time of the purchase. If you locate the perfect home in February but your lease isn’t over until August, you can’t be …