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Get Your Credit Score in Shape Before Buying a Home

How strong is your credit? Cleaning up your credit is essential before you make any major financial moves. Having a bad score can hurt your chances of being able to open a credit card, apply for a loan, purchase a car, or rent an apartment. It is especially important to have clean credit before Read more

The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth

Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a recent study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21 percent of people aged 50 or Read more

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

Maybe your dream home has the intricate details that you usually find only in older construction - wainscoting and crown molding in the interior, the front porch with a swing, an older tree shading the back yard, and the white picket fence. Or maybe your dream home has all the conveniences of modern Read more

The Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Amazing Real Estate Agent

Hiring a real estate agent is absolutely in the best interests of home owners and buyers. According to the National Association of RealtorsⓇ, there are over 1.4 million RealtorsⓇ. With so many options to choose from, how does a buyer or seller choose the right real estate agent? We’ve narrowed down the top deciding Read more

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home

Buying a house is like playing a sport. You’ll need to know the rules and get in shape before hitting the field or court. It is a significant commitment of both time and money. We’ve come up with five steps to help you assess your priorities and give you the confidence to get you Read more

10 Common First-Time Homebuyer Myths

Buying a home is a huge decision. Our goal is to make sure our clients have the knowledge and support they need - that starts with dispelling common myths about home buying.Here are 10 myths that today’s first-time home buyers are often told. Myth #1: You need a 20% down payment to get a Read more

Top 5 Home Design Trends for 2021

Whether you’re planning a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make tasteful updates can generate increased buyer interest and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately Read more

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

A home inspection is an excellent opportunity to know all you can about the property you’re buying. You’re not only going to find out about any defects, but you will also get an understanding of how the home functions. So many buyers think an inspection is about discovering problems. That’s not always the case. Read more

Sold Off Market | 945 N. Wolcott

Sold Off Market | 945 N. Wolcott Ivona Kutermankiewicz & Karen Ranquist Sold Off Market 945 N. Wolcott $1,835,000 Show-Stopping custom designed 5 bedrooms 4.5 bath single-family home in heart of East Village by Award Winning Studio Dwell Architects with 5 impressive outdoor areas. Wolcott is complemented Read more

Featured Listing | 1636 N Wells #601

FEATURED LISTING | 1636 N Wells #601 Ivona Kutermankiewicz JUST LISTED  1636 N Wells #601  for $349,900 Tour this property virtually: 3D Tour Old Town is one of Chicago's historic neighborhoods. It's known for its beautiful architecture, quaint streets, independently-owned shops, and home to Second City where many Read more