An inside look at Chicago real estate

Buying

These Surprising Features May Increase Your Home’s Value

Mark.Miles
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Most people know the benefits of upgrading their home’s interior and exterior when looking to increase the value of the property, but you may be surprised to find out that these neighborhood features can impact your home’s worth. These neighborhood amenities are worth keeping in mind when it comes…

What Are the Benefits to Owning Rental Property?

Mark.Miles
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Chicago’s real estate market offers many unique opportunities to buy homes to live in and also to buy properties to lease to others. Owning and managing your own rental property can be a great long term investment. Here are a few other benefits to building your property portfolio: The…

Three Things to Do Before You Buy a Home

kristine.menas
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If you’re currently renting and are thinking of buying in the next year (or sooner) put yourself in the best position to buy by doing just these three things. If you wait until you start looking at homes or begin pre-qualification, you may wish you had taken care…

Renters’ Views of Homeownership

Mark.Miles
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Freddie Mac conducted a Harris Poll back in August of 2014 of over 2,000 adults in the U.S. to get a take on what keeps renters renting. And as you can probably suspect, there are a lot of factors.

Al Capone’s Safe Haven Home for Sale

Mark.Miles
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For those interested in a Chicago residence with quite the history, the home that once belonged to Al Capone is up for sale. Located at 7244 S. Prairie Avenue in the Park Manor neighborhood, the home was noted as a safe haven for the Chicago mobster as he…

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Less Taxing, But…

Kay Severinsen
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As you are searching for a home, you might find slightly better deals (when it comes to your total payment) in unincorporated areas. That can sometimes make the difference in your ability to meet your monthly payment.