Lake County, IL Homes for Sale
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$380,000
4 br, 3½ ba, 3,285 sqft
You'll love this dream house with a private, tranquil setting on a wooded acr...

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$335,000
5 br, 3 ba, 2,900 sqft
This beautiful executive-style home offers a spacious floor plan for easy ent...

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By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Real Estate Market   This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales had decreased for several...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash in 2019  There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced a decade ago. Here are four reasons why today...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which has been the force behind increasing home pr...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a n...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market wil...

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How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your month...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates. As a seller, you will likely be most conc...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?   The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search. Below ...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Winter! Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts th...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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Home Prices Up 6.34% Across the Country! Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to an...

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Further Proof It’s NOT 2008 All Over Again Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing market. However, some are seeing these adjustments as red ...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a HomeIn real estate, the spring is often seen as the ideal time to buy or sell a house. The term “Spring Buyer’s Season” exists for a reason, as renters and those looking to move on from their current home thaw out from the winter and hit the...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House   Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs! Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage? By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days aft...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season     Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holi...

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Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable   Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages. How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficu...

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Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at ResaleAccording to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007...

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Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?  Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market: Home renovations have shot up Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. ...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place. To ensure a hassle-free process,...

By Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers   Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” which revealed that,“Consumers often think they need to put more money down to purchase a home than is actually required. In a 2...

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