Home Buying

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Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank account on closing day. 

spend money on home maintenance now to prevent spending more in the future 

Small Maintenance and Repairs

We show so many homes that lack basic maintenance.  The house might look fine and we usually don't find out how normal maintenance has been deferred until the home inspection.  Don't think of maintenance as something you don't need to keep up with, or that it's a waste of time.

Neglecting small maintenance and repairs can cost you around 10% of your home's value. Most appraisers claim that homes showing little to no preventative

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tips on how to buy a home

There are always things you need to do when making such a large investment as buying a home so that you can make a more educated purchase.  Following are some tips from the pros. 

Be aware of how much you can really afford 

What is your home buying power? It is the combination of your credit score, the amount of money you are working with, and your salary, which tells the lender how much you can realistically afford to pay for your monthly mortgage payment.

There are costs to buying a home that most buyers don't think about. You could possibly qualify for a mortgage with as little as 3-3 1/2% down payment.  There are also other closing fees that both a seller and a buyer has.  A buyer will have title fees plus prepaid mortgage, escrow, and

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Everyone has at least experienced how to move once in our life. And in such a case, planning every aspect of the relocation 2 people moving from their orland park home for saleseems to be a daunting task. With all the scheduling, coordinating, and packing you’ll need to accomplish over the next few weeks, it can be easy to get overly stressed and anxious. If you’re a starter, you may not know where to start and what to do precisely.

 To get all things done without losing your mind, here are the things to prepare when you’re planning your first move.

  1. Calculation of moving costs

First thing in your checklist should be the calculation of moving costs and the setting up of your budget. While most people who are moving don’t really feel like creating a budget, you should understand that not

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Moving all your possessions from your old house to a new one can be emotionally and physically stressful. From deciding Taping up a box for an Orland Park movewhich item should be put in one box to ensuring all valuable items are safe and secured, everything involves careful planning and preparation. When it comes to your belongings’ security, steps should also be taken throughout the move.

If you want to guarantee the safety and integrity of your belongings during your move, here are a few tips to consider from the get-go. 

  1.          Make an inventory of your items

 The first step is to come up with a detailed inventory of all the things you currently own. Prepare a spreadsheet and list down the quantity, description, and photos of all your valuables. Having an inventory will

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As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?”

It’s not only buyers, sellers, and homeowners who are impacted. The real estate market plays an integral role in the overall U.S. economy.  Fortunately, key indicators point toward a stable housing market in 2019 with signs of modest growth. However, shifting conditions could impact you if you plan to buy, sell, or refinance this year.

HOME VALUES WILL INCREASE

The value of real estate will continue to rise. Freddie Mac predicts housing prices will increase by 4.3 percent in 2019.  While the rapid price appreciation we witnessed earlier in the decade has slowed, the combination of a strong economy, low unemployment, and a lack of inventory in many

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listing your orland park home for sale in winter

It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t try to buy or sell a home during the fall and winter months. This is generally considered the “offseason” in real estate. Many sellers mistakenly believe that the cold weather will keep buyers away and that no one is looking over the holidays. Unfortunately, many real estate professionals perpetuate this myth by advising their clients to “wait until the spring” to list their home.

The truth is, homes are bought and sold year round. And while the market is typically quieter during the fall and winter, savvy buyers and sellers know how to use this slow down to their advantage. In fact, depending on your circumstances, now may be the ideal time for you to purchase or list a home. If you’re in the market

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haunted orland park home for sale

There are rules on what a seller and their agent need to disclose to prospective buyers about their home for sale.  In Northern IL, we use a comprehensive disclosure form that the seller needs to fill out.  There are separate Lead Based Paint forms for homes built prior to 1978 and a Radon Disclosure Form that everyone has to fill out.

There is nothing on the Seller Disclosure Form, called Illinois REALTORS® RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY DISCLOSURE REPORT, that asks the seller if they are aware that their house is haunted.  In the 35 years I've been selling homes in Orland Park, Homer Glen and surrounding areas, I've never come across a supposed haunted house.  At least no one has disclosed it and I've never heard back from buyers telling me that a

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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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orland park real estate 2018

As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for real estate in 2018?”

It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners also want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is that a strong U.S. economy, coupled with low unemployment rates, is expected to drive continued real estate growth in 2018. However, changes on the horizon could significantly impact you if you plan to buy, sell or refinance this year.

HOME VALUES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE

Get ready for another strong year! U.S. home values and sales volume will continue to rise in 2018.  orland park home prices are going up

Experts agree that home prices will increase in 2018, but predict a slower rate of appreciation than 2017, which clocked

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Following is a guest post written by Lance Mohr, a Tampa, Florida REALTOR

 

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting feelings anyone can dream of. However, it is not as easy as you might think. Having a lot of money is not all that matters. There are other factors to look into when buying a new home. Even the most luxurious property has its own drawbacks because there’s no such thing as a “perfect home”. Nevertheless, through several years of real estate experience, we have come up with various tips to guide you in choosing the home that adequately fits your style, needs and financial resources, may it be brand new or pre-owned.

Come up with a clear description of your ideal home. This way you have a clear understanding before you and your

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