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®.
Selling your home can be a complex transaction with many twists and turns. One of those twists can be the home inspection. Knowing how to best respond to a negative home inspection can mean the difference between closing the sale or putting your home back on the market. It's best to put your ego aside, and prepare to compromise.
Some communities and neighborhoods are ‘hotter’ than others, and homes in those areas sell faster and for more money. If you are looking to purchase a home that is in one of those areas, and the home itself is priced fairly, you may find yourself competing with other buyers to get your offer accepted by the sellers.
If you find yourself in a multiple-offer situation, making a stronger offer than other buyers will make all the difference. To make your offer as strong as possible, and ultimately acceptable to the seller, here are some things to consider.
If you're reading news publications, consuming social media posts, and/or watching the evening news, then you have probably been hearing a lot about the housing market and how home prices are increasing by healthy percentages around the nation.
What does this really mean to you? If you saw a report that said home prices increased by 5% since this time last year, does that mean that the value of your home increased by 5%?
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.
We're so proud to honor our hard-working associates!
Not only do they tirelessly serve their clients, they motivate everyone around them to aspire to a higher level of excellence.
Meet our 2018 Coldwell Banker International Award Winners!
We continue to show our strength in the numbers!
Based on data from 1/1/18 through 12/31/18 reported by Midwest Real Estate Data LLC, we participated in more than twice as many closed home sales as any other real estate company in the Northwest Chicago area.
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.
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.
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.