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Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?

Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current […]

Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time.

Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time.

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring […]

Palatine All Brick on Half Acre – Immaculate Condition!

Palatine All Brick on Half Acre – Immaculate Condition!

This immaculate, move in condition all brick home is completely ready for its new owner! Lovingly maintained this home features a fully remodeled kitchen with eat in area, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, granite counters, and tile back splash. It was just completed in 2014. 4 bedrooms with one being utilized as a den on […]

FICO Scores for Approved Loans

FICO Scores for Approved Loans

According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Report, the average FICO® Score on all closed loans dropped to 722 which is its lowest mark since April. The average includes all approved refinance and purchase loans. FHA and VA loans showed the most opportunity for millennials looking to enter the market with low down payments and even lower FICO® Score […]

Completely Updated in Prime Location!

Completely Updated in Prime Location!

This is your own little slice of America! Come home daily to a classic tree lined street that is within walking distance to downtown La Grange. This solid all brick home has been completely remodeled. Step inside & find beautifully refinished hardwood floors throughout the 1st & 2nd floors. Plus a beautifully remodeled eat-in kitchen […]

Homeownership and the American Dream

Homeownership and the American Dream

Americans continue to believe that homeownership is important in achieving the American Dream. A recent survey by NeighborWorks America reported that: “Owning a home remains a core element of the American Dream.” When asked “How important a part of the American dream is owning a home?” 18% of those surveyed said it was the most important part 53% of those surveyed […]

The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market

The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market

The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. It seems that the market will continue to strengthen in […]

Change May Be Afoot In Credit Scoring

Change May Be Afoot In Credit Scoring

Published Date 1/5/2018 Since the development of the FICO credit scoring model in 1989, lenders—including mortgage lenders—have relied on that method for assessing the creditworthiness of people applying for mortgages and other types of loans. The FICO Classic score, developed by Fair, Isaacs & Co., ranges between 300 and 850. Lenders require a minimum of […]

Build Family Wealth in 2018

Build Family Wealth in 2018

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate on average by 3.35% per year and to grow by 24.34% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchases and closes on a $250,000 home this […]

The REAL Reasons We Buy a Home

The REAL Reasons We Buy a Home

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling reasons. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain […]