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Buyer Process

Step 6: Appraisal

Step 6: The Appraisal | How Do I Know I Am Paying Fair Market Value? Common Inspection Issues An important part of the mortgage process is an appraisal. Everyone's vouching for you, including your lender, who will send a certified appraiser to assure you are paying fair market Read more

Step 5: The Inspection

Step 5: The Inspection | Most Common Inspection Issues Common Inspection Issues A home inspection contingency is made a part of a real estate contract to protect you from buying a home full of problems not visible to the untrained eye. Most Common Inspection Issues As soon Read more

Step 4: Attorney Review

Step 4: Attorney Review | Can I Close Without an Attorney? We recommend it – the agent-attorney duo will be your ultimate advocate. Do I need an attorney to buy a house? In the state of Illinois real estate attorneys are traditionally involved on both buyer and Read more

Step 3: The Offer

Step 3: The Offer| The Anatomy of an Offer  Real estate contracts (in laymen's terms) Once you have found a home of your dreams, a purchase contract form needs to be filled out.  For a real estate contract to be binding and enforceable, it needs to be Read more

Step 2: Financing

Step 2: Financing| Can I Afford This Home? Making your perfect home a reality Get pre-approved: Any offer to purchase requires a pre-approval letter.  There is nothing worse than finding the perfect home and having to search for a lender who can issue a pre-approval letter on Read more

Step 1: The Search

Step 1: The Search | How to Find the Perfect Home The perfect home–things to consider Starting to look for the perfect home is an overwhelming task. By now you haveprobably been scouring the internetfor weeksand have seen a few places that check all theboxes but how Read more