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Chicago Market Information
Renting vs. Buying ... the numbers! Here's a simple example showing the cost to rent and the cost to own. See for yourself, but in 3 years you are ahead $384 after taxes.
Snapshot of Housing Market The housing market continues to show evidence of a return to normal conditions in Chicago.
RE/MAX Housing Report For the 3rd month in a row, May home sales rose higher than sales in the previous month. While May sales were 11.5% higher than April, they remained below the same period last year by 9.9%. Only three of the 52 metro areas included in the May survey experienced lower sales than the previous month. Home prices continued to push higher in May, with a 7.7% increase over May 2013, which is a greater increase than the 5.8% rise seen in April.
Understanding Property Taxes Ever wonder how your real estate taxes are calculated in Chicago. Here’s a simple and easy to understand video.
New First Time Home Buyer Program Welcome Home Illinois loan can help first-time buyers in Illinois who qualify by providing the down payment assistance they need to get into their first home, while helping to ensure it’s a great fit financially as well.
Chicago Housing Market is Up 12% Illinois home prices continued an upward trend with April marking 20 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Tighter inventory continued to affect home sales, which decreased 7.8 percent over previous-year numbers, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®
30 Year Mortgage Infographic A look at the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage over time. Yes, mortgage interest rates are rising, but they are still historically low and affordable.
Over 20 Years Experience!
Born and raised in Chicago, Jim has lived and worked as a real estate broker in Andersonville & Edgewater for over 20 years. After graduating with a MBA in Marketing from Loyola University, Jim was recruited by RE/MAX — the recognized market leader in Chicago! With a degree in Marketing, Jim quickly became a top producer specializing in Andersonville, Edgewater and the other surrounding Chicago neighborhoods. More ...
Selling a house can be stressful. Making the decision, preparing the house for sale, keeping it clean, waiting for a buyer, dealing with offers, and advancing to the closing table – all of these steps can involve discomfort. This is a huge financial transaction with many emotional aspects. But you can get it done – and it may even be easier than you anticipate.
One thing to keep in mind is that you're not alone. An experienced, professional real estate agent can guide you through the process, help resolve any issues that come up, and ensure that your home sells for the optimal price in a timely manner.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when putting your home on the market and learning how to sell your house:
RE/MAX “Fit to Sell” Series
As a home seller, the goal is to sell at the best possible price and as quickly as possible. This doesn’t happen by accident; you need to prepare your home for a successful sale. Check out the resources below for strategies, tips and checklists to ensure your home is “Fit to Sell.”
The Right Listing Agent
Plain and simple, owning a home can improve your quality of life, provide stability and give you a sense of control you just can't get from renting. You have a place to live when you rent, but buying is something much deeper – and better.
A skilled, qualified real estate agent brings tremendous value to the process. You're relying on this agent on many different levels, so be careful to select someone with the right combination of education, experience, performance and local insight. Look for a proven expert who can cast a wide marketing net and attract as many potential buyers as possible.
Be sure to let your agent know the particulars of your situation. Perhaps you need to sell within a certain time frame, are relocating out of state, or are facing foreclosure. Keeping your agent informed helps set the path for the best way to proceed, ensures that your needs are met, and ultimately contributes to a successful transaction.