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home buyer's guide to get mortgage ready

Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home. If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.

The requirements to secure a mortgage may seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. But we’ve outlined three simple steps to get you started on your path to homeownership. Even if you’re a current homeowner, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance so you don’t encounter any surprises along the way.

Lending requirements have become more rigorous in recent years, and changes to your credit history, debt levels, job type,

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This is your chance to buy a spacious home in Villa Park - voted as the 28th best place to live in Money Magazine in 2017.  Read all about it below and click the link to see the website we created just for this house.  Call us at 708-536-8200 for more information or to set an appointment to see this Villa Park home for sale.

Villa Park home for sale - 137 harvard ave

137 S Harvard Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
137 S Harvard Avenue
Price : $385,000
Bedrooms : 5
Bathrooms : 3.00
Square Foot : 2,400
Lot Size : 10,050 sq.ft.
County : Du Page
Property Type : Single Family
Year Built : 1928
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orland park home for sale 12210 derby

12210 Derby LN, Orland Park home for sale

Click the link above to see all of the photos and get more details on this beautiful Forrester styled quad level located on the corner of a small cul de sac.  This is an Orland Park address but is technically in Homer Township and Will County.  

Step into the front door and you'll notice the vaulted ceilings in the living and formal dining room, which is the typical style of a Forrester.  Staying on the main level, you can walk back into the spacious family room with a beautiful fireplace surrounded by built-ins.  Wait until you see the 4-season room with a 15 person spa!  Enjoy this throughout the year. This room has been updated with a newer furnace (just for this room), spa heater and ventilation

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orland park home design trends 2018

We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.

Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?

So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road.

WHAT’S HOT NOW

While 2017 was all about millennial pink, brass fixtures and bright white

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alsip home for sale 5000 120th pl

This cute Alsip home sold quickly! Click here to search more homes for sale in Alsip.

Click here to see more photos and get more information

Convenient one-level living in this lovely Alsip home for sale located on a large corner lot.  There is a formal living room (with a gas fireplace) plus a family room, 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, eat-in kitchen and a 2 car garage with a side drive.

The sellers are calling the room with the fireplace their formal living room, but you can use the home as you like.  They are also using the master bedroom (which has close access to the half bath) as a formal dining room, so once again, this home offers possibilities to use it as you'd like.  The other 2 bedrooms are on the other side of the home.

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tinley park home for sale 16504 67th ct

Click the link to see all the photos and more details on this Tinley Park home for sale

This is a perfect home for those who don't want stairs.  Everything is located on one level.  Three bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, laundry area and 1 1/2 garage. This cute ranch home offers open concept living room and kitchen.  The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and an island with an eating area.  The living room and 3rd bedroom has hardwood floors.  The kitchen has slate and the other 2 bedrooms are carpeted. 

The master bedroom isn't being used as a bedroom but offers double closets plus a 1/2 bathroom.  The main bathroom has a new Bath Fitter's tub surround - easy to keep clean!  Other updates include: 2017 - interior freshly painted. 2016

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This Oak Forest home is sold and closed! Use our search to find more homes for sale in Oak forest by clicking here.

oak forest home for sale

14732 El Vista Avenue, Oak Forest IL  60452

Click the linked address above to get all the details, including photos and more, on this convenient, one-level living Oak Forest house for sale.  If you need 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms with an updated kitchen (full bathroom has also been remodeled), then this house is for you!  The house was rehabbed in 2012 with all new windows and roof at that time.

Move-in condition with an open floor plan - the kitchen is open to the large living room that features beautiful hardwood floors.  The updated kitchen has granite countertops, ceramic tile and the sliding doors open to the

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building wealth with orland park real estate photo

Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21 percent of people aged 50 or older say the same. There is no secret to becoming rich: it takes time, sacrifice and good financial sense. Here are a few ways to build your household’s wealth.

Let Compound Interest Work for You Compound interest is your interest earning interest. While the concept may work against you when you take out a loan to buy a car or use your credit card, it works in your favor when you’re saving money. For example, if your savings is growing at a rate of four percent,

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9101 54th oak lawn home for sale

Click here to view a website with more details and photos

Convenient one-level living in this brick corner ranch that offers a 3 car garage with alley access!  As you step inside you'll notice the beautiful hardwood floors in the living room, hallway and all three bedrooms.  The living room is open to the dinette area, offering an open living concept.

The kitchen has been updated (around 7 years).  All appliances will remain.  The bathroom was redone recently - down to the studs.

Other updates include:  all windows and exterior doors are two years young, water heater was replaced about 3 years ago, the roof and gutters on the house and the garage were done about 5 years ago and the electrical box was updated around 7 years back.  There are

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orland park condominium for sale

This is your chance to get a 2 bedroom, 2nd floor Orland Park condominium at an affordable price.  This is located on the top level of the building.  There is an L-shaped living and formal dining room.  Warm up with your corner brick fireplace on chilly winter nights.  

The eat-in kitchen has space for a small table.  All appliances will remain, including the full sized washer and dryer in the in-unit laundry room.

There are 2 bedrooms, including the master suite with a full, private bathroom.  There is a small balcony off the 2nd bedroom.  The balcony in the front of the building is screened-in, allowing for bug-free relaxing in fair weather.

Park your cars in the shared, 2 car tandem garage with 2 separate storage closets.  There is a long

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