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The last few years have seen some of the lowest interest rates in over 20 years. Many people have taken advantage of the phenomenal opportunity to purchase homes at great rates! We have enjoyed the low rates, but there are some indications that they may be coming to an end soon. Federal Reserve C...
The clock is winding down on the $8000 Federal Tax Credit that is available to first time home buyers. What some may not know, if you live in Illinois, you may have more than one thing going for you! Illinois has introduced a new program called the Illinois Home Start Loan Program. This program o...
Everyone knows the real estate market has faced turmoil in the last two years. While some markets still haven't quite hit bottom, there is good news in Chicago! Condo sales in the Windy City are showing improvement in dollar sales volume and have seen a decrease in days on the market. Condos mak...
We have all heard the saying, "timing is everything!" There is a lot of truth in that little adage; timing is important. With so many things changing so fast in the housing market, it has also become a mantra for those waiting to buy a home. Many are sitting on the fence trying to perfectly time ...
It is hard to believe, but time is running out to cash in on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $8000 Tax credit for first time home buyers. Even though the program runs until December 1, 2009, if you want to take advantage of this program, you should be in the process no later than Oct...
In the last few years many things have changed in the housing and real estate business. The sub-prime mortgage crisis of the last few years has forever changed the landscape of homeownership in America. Many people are unsure what all the changes mean and how these changes will affect consumers. ...
The operating principle for our company is Making a Positive Difference in People's Lives.  These words have always been more than a slogan on a business card for us.  Throughout the years, we have helped new buyers locate their first homes and been there when they were ready to upgrade.  We have...
Are you one of the nine million homeowners that President Obama's Making Home Affordable program will help? Now it is very easy to see if you qualify. On March 19, 2009, the U.S Department of the Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a new website to help qua...
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, all easily accessible to each other via a great mass transit system. For someone who loves the urban flow and wants to be near work, restaurants, shopping, and things to do, there is no better neighborhood than downtown Chicago. Comprised of River North, Old To...
If you're selling your home in this current market, your first inclination might be to fixate on how much you paid for your home and cringe when your REALTOR®  suggests how you should price your home based on market figures.  You might mutter something about how you're giving the house away, espe...

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