Realogy Named One Of The World's Most Ethical Companies®

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Realogy, the parent company of Coldwell Banker and a leading provider of residential real estate services, was named one of the 2019 Word's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. 

This is the eighth time that Realogy earned this honor! The company is among 128 honorees recognized spanning 21 countries and 50 industries.

Join us in welcoming Matt Stangel to the McMullen team!

Matt Stangel

Matt has been around real estate his whole life, growing up with a Realtor® dad, Mike Stangel.

Matt grew up in Edison Park and Park Ridge and currently lives in Des Plaines. He graduated from Concordia University Chicago and has previous experience as a project coordinator in the Greater Chicagoland Area, has coached high school basketball, and organized sport leagues and tournaments throughout the Chicagoland area.

Why did your credit score drop? Some less obvious reasons

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Perhaps you're preparing to buy a home. You know that your credit score is a major deciding factor in whether you will be approved, as well as what rate and terms you will be offered. The better your credit score, the better interest rate and terms the mortgage company will offer.

You have been paying all your bills on time, and trying to do everything right . . . but your credit score suddenly dropped. What happened?

Paying your bills on time is a major factor in your score, but there are some less obvious reasons your credit score may have dropped.

Chicago Housing: Affordability and Inventories

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The Spring home buying and selling season is nearly upon us. Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring. Hope his weather radar is accurate!

Chicago remains a great place to live and to raise a family. Homes in Chicago are affordable, unlike many other big American cities, and life here gets more interesting every year.

Let's take a look at some of the recent housing industry statistics for Chicago real estate.

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 make the 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.

HOME BUYER FAQ: How much money will I have to come up with to buy a home?

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HOME BUYER FAQ:  How much money will I need to buy a home?

Answer:  It depends on several of factors, such as the price of the home, the type of mortgage you get, and what seller concessions are negotiated in your purchase agreement. In general, you will need to have enough money to cover the cost of (1) earnest money, (2) down payment, and (3) closing costs (the seller can pay all or most of your closing costs, depending on the loan).

Why Hasn't Your Home Sold? . . . The 8 Most Common Reasons

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Did your listing expire without selling? Is everybody else's home selling but yours? If you're serious about selling, then you're probably pretty frustrated. It's time to take a fresh approach.

There are reasons your home has not sold that are unique to your situation. Here are the 8 most common reasons a house remains unsold as well as actions you can take to get it sold.

Welcome Tetyana Kovalchuk to our Edison Park office!

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Tetyana is a native Ukrainian, is a resident of the northwest side of Chicago, and speaks 4 languages - Ukrainian, Polish, Russian and English.

With a Master’s in Business Administration and English Language Translation and Education, Tetyana has experience in Business Analysis, Advanced Purchasing Sales and Trade Marketing. 

Tetyana is excited to grow her business and looks forward to using her education background and business experience to help clients sell their home or find their dream home.