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Down Payment Shrinkage Not Due To Eased Credit Squeeze

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 06:00
The down payment amount home buyers are paying to buy a home is down nearly 10 percent over the past two years, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can fritter away money you've been saving for 20 percent down.

The Benefits of Having Clear Goals

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 06:00
In order to accomplish more in less time, to create a sense of urgency and forced efficiency, we must have clarity of goals and clarity of purpose.

Mortgage Rates on Six Week Streak Of Rising

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 06:00
Fixed mortgage rates climbed higher amid a solid employment report for May. Since beginning their climb last month, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has increased over half a percentage point. Regardless, mortgage rates are coming off their all-time record lows, which is helping to keep homebuyer affordability high.

Supply-Demand Imbalance Weighs On National Home Price Growth Sustainability

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 06:00
Unsustainable home price growth doesn't necessarily indicate a housing bubble is growing, but unless more homes to sell come to market soon, something's got to give.

Investors may be putting on the brakes

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 05:00
In the years that we now know as the prelude to the housing bubble, I had a number of chilling conversations, at least in hindsight.

Renting vs. owning

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 05:00
Which path is right for you? Each has its merits, but the recession upended conventional wisdom that homeownership is right for everyone.

Title insurance protects your interest in property

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 05:00
Q: On new construction and paying cash (no lender financing), do I need to obtain title insurance on my new home?

Appraisals snag home deals

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 05:00
Appraisals are still forcing sellers to lower their price, buyers to bring money to the table or the two sides to renegotiate the contract.

Appraisals are still forcing sellers to lower their price, buyers to bring money to the table or the two sides to renegotiate the contract.

Unit owners' get-togethers, special assessment improper

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 05:00
Q: The board of our small condominium association doesn't hold meetings, but rather the unit owners get together once a month and "agree" on association business. The president speaks very little English, and 75 percent of the units are owned by people who do not speak English. I cannot understand any discussions because all conversations are held in the same foreign language.

Weird requests? Bank on it

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 05:00
The prove-it-twice world of underwriting brings unusual demands.

The prove-it-twice world of underwriting brings unusual demands.

Don't overlook these homebuying details

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 05:00
Overlooked details lurk in the fine print or are intangible. Here's a homebuyer's checklist.

Overlooked details lurk in the fine print or are intangible. Here's a homebuyer's checklist.

Editorial: Christy Clark government knows what it wants to accomplish - Vancouver Sun

Google Home Inspector News - Fri, 06/21/2013 - 01:04

Vancouver Sun

Editorial: Christy Clark government knows what it wants to accomplish
Vancouver Sun
... B.C.'s five conditions for supporting heavy-oil pipeline proposals, reviewing operations of the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, implementing a new home inspector accreditation program and building 1,500 new apartments of supportive housing in ...

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Get a Free Garbage Disposal "Mulligan"

Home Repair - Thu, 06/20/2013 - 09:54

We all love the do-over. Whether it's a free "mulligan" in golf, or a complete makeover when redecorating a room, we all love a second chance at something.

Well, with a "reset button" even your garbage disposal can give you a second chance! Yes, this little known feature called a reset button can be your best friend providing you that free "mulligan" or second chance when your garbage disposal gets stuck. Read all about it and more tips to free a stuck garbage disposal in the tutorial Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting.

Jeb Breithaupt: Post recession, spend remodeling budget wisely - Shreveport Times

Google Home Inspector News - Thu, 06/20/2013 - 07:51

Jeb Breithaupt: Post recession, spend remodeling budget wisely
Shreveport Times
If the recession prevented you from keeping up with routine maintenance and repairs, you'll get more bang for your buck if you spend it while tending to “disasters waiting to happen.” Ask a contractor or a home inspector to evaluate your home, inside ...

Curtain Buying Guide

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/20/2013 - 06:00
Selecting curtains for your home can be a daunting task. They frame a room in the same way a good haircut frames a face. The right choice of curtain can update a room. It can change the look and feel of a space.

Low-Ball Movers Put The Moves on Unsuspecting Consumers

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/20/2013 - 06:00
Hiring a moving company can be complicated. Like buying a home or applying for a mortgage, it's not something most people do more than a few times in a lifetime.

Troubleshooting: How To Get More Listings Now!

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/20/2013 - 06:00
If you have all the listings you need, if you don't want any more listings, if you can't handle any more listings - this might not be your cup of tea, but I think it will help you anyway with your perspective.

Sleep cool on hot summer nights

Chicago Homes - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 17:30
In winter, "warm and cozy" is just right for sleeping. But when summer rolls around, heat and humidity can make sleeping difficult. Of course, certain medicines and health concerns can also cause sleepers to feel hot at night. Whatever the problem, there are ways to get a cool night's rest.

Home builders across US asking: Where have all the good carpenters gone? - GMA News

Google Home Inspector News - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 07:39

Home builders across US asking: Where have all the good carpenters gone?
GMA News
After frequent bouts of unemployment, the 57-year-old Quinn called it quits in 2012 and became a home inspector in St. Augustine, Florida, ending a 30-year career building homes. "I was always getting laid off every year," said Quinn. "I would never ...

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Activity Equals Results

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 06:00
A really simple formula for success in real estate is to map out your time and commit to the activity that generates appointments. SEND. CALL. SEE. Get a list together. Build your database of sphere of influence members.
Home Inspections Performed in Lake County Illinois

Antioch - Aptakisic - Bannockburn - Beach Park - Channel Lake - Cuba - Deer Park - Deerfield - Deerpath - Del Mar Woods - Diamond Lake - Forest Lake - Fox Lake - Fremont Center - Gages Lake - Gilmer - Grayslake - Great Lakes - Green Oaks - Gurnee - Hainesville - Half Day - Hawthorn Woods - Hickory Corners - Highland Park - Highmoor - Highwood - Idlewild - Indian Creek - Ingleside - Island Lake - Ivanhoe - Kildeer - Knollwood - Lake Barrington - Lake Bluff - Lake Forest - Lake Villa - Lake Zurich - Libertyville - Lincolnshire - Lindenhurst - Long Grove - Long Lake - Loon Lake - Mettawa - Millburn - Mundelein - North Chicago - Oak Grove - Old Mill Creek - Park City - Prairie View - Ravinia - Riverwoods - Rondout - Rosecrans - Round Lake - Round Lake Beach - Round Lake Heights - Round Lake Park - Skokie Junction - Sylvan Lake - Third Lake - Tower Lake - Vernon Hills - Volo - Wadsworth - Wauconda - Waukegan - Wildwood - Winthrop Harbor - Woodridge  Zion 

 

Home Inspections Performed in Cook County Illinois

Alsip - Arlington Heights - Barrington - Barrington Hills - Bartlett - Bedford Park - Bellwood - Bensenville - Berkeley - Bolingbrook - Bridgeview -Broadview - Brookfield - Buffalo Grove - Burnham - Burr Ridge - Calumet Park - Chicago - Chicago Ridge - Crestwood - Deer Park - Deerfield - Dixmoor - Dolton - East Dundee - East Hazel Crest - Elk Grove Village - Elmwood Park - Evergreen Park - Flossmoor - Ford Heights - Forest Park -    Forest View - Frankfort - Franklin Park - Glencoe - Glenview - Glenwood - Golf - Hanover Park - Harwood Heights - Hazel Crest - Hillside - Hinsdale - Hodgkins - Hoffman Estates - Hometown - Homewood - Indian Head Park - Inverness - Justice - Kenilworth - La Grange - La Grange Park - Lansing - Lemont - Lincolnwood - Lynwood - Lyons - Matteson - Maywood - McCook - Melrose Park - Merrionette Park - Midlothian - Morton Grove - Mount Prospect -  Niles - Norridge - North Riverside - Northbrook - Northfield - Oak Park - Olympia Fields - Orland Hills - Orland Park - Palatine - Palos Park - Park Forest - Phoenix - Posen - Prospect Heights - Richton Park
River Forest - River Grove - Riverdale - Riverside - Robbins - Roselle - Rosemont - Sauk Village - Schaumburg - Schiller Park - Skokie - South Barrington - South Chicago Heights - South Holland - Steger - Stickney - Stone Park - Streamwood
Summit - Thornton - Tinley Park - University Park - Westchester - Western Springs - Wheeling - Willow Springs - Wilmette
Winnetka - Woodridge - Worth

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