What You Need To Know About Radon In Your Home

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January has been designated as National Radon Action Month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To support the efforts of the EPA, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with some useful information about radon gas in your home, how much is considered dangerous to your health, and what you should do about it.

Looking For The Perfect Neighborhood? Where to Start?

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Before you start looking for a home to buy, you need to consider the neighborhood. There's no point in falling in love with a home in an area that does not suit your lifestyle. If you realize after you move that the neighborhood's not for you, it's too late.

There are so many things to consider when you're searching for the perfect neighborhood. Safety, amenities, schools, your commute to work, do you need a car, just to name a few.  Where do you start?  Here are some essentials you shouldn't overlook when searching for a neighborhood where you will be happy living.

First Time Home Buyer? 9 Steps To Take Now

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Are you looking to purchase your first home?

Here are 9 steps to take to help you decide whether you're ready to move:

1. Check the selling prices of comparable homes in your desired area. Do a quick search of actual MLS listings in the area where you would like to live so you have an idea of what you can get for your money.

Why You Should Never Buy a Home Without the Help of a REALTOR®

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You wouldn't defend yourself from a lawsuit without the assistance of an attorney, nor would you diagnose and treat yourself for an illness . . . you would consult a physician.  Likewise, you should never make what may be the biggest financial decision of your life without the assistance of a professional REALTOR®.

How Long Does It Take To Close a Home Sale in the Chicago Area?

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In the Chicagoland area, how long does it take to complete a sale once you agree to a purchase contract?  

Some transactions take longer than others to get from signed contract to closing table for various reasons.  Most of them having to do with the buyer securing financing, but other items may add to the timeline like issues arising from inspections, title deficiencies, and any number of unexpected matters.

In the Chicagoland area, the average time from accepted contract to closing per month in 2017 was as follows:

How To Make A Strong Offer That Gets Accepted

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Housing inventory in Chicago and the Chicagoland suburbs remains low, making our local residential real estate market a seller’s market. Well-priced homes in desirable locations are selling quickly, and in some instances, receiving multiple offers.

In this climate, making a stronger offer than other buyers will make all the difference. Your agent will guide you through the process and help you create the strongest possible offer within your comfort zone and affordability limits.

Homeownership Rates for the 'Under 35's' is Increasing

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According to a recent Bloomberg report, millennials want to own their own homes, and in increasing numbers would like to live in the suburbs. They’re getting married and having children later than their parents did, but they are starting to “cross barriers typically associated with buying,” Bloomberg reports.

Approximately one-third of home purchases are made by millennials who are making the leap from renting to owning their own home.