Thursday, May 28, 2009

Short Sales Quiz

A lot of home buyers might be interested in purchasing a Short Sale, Foreclosure or Bank Owned Property in pursuit of a good deal. More and more opportunities have become available but there are a few things to be aware of...things that I have noticed.

1. It is a good idea to come in with your highest price. There is a good chance that the bank will not counter your offer but move on to a better one.

2. Don't be suprised if the listing agent takes a very long time to get back to you about your offer. Either there is lots of work on the table or they are 'shopping' your offer with the hope of a higher one coming in soon.

3. Cash is king. The bank would much rather accept an offer that does not have a mortgage contingency. You can still get a loan to buy the property but don't make the contract contingent upon it.

4. These places are usually sold 'as is', with no disclosures, and the buyer may have to pay unpaid assessments and taxes.

Click on the title to see how much you know about Short Sales by taking a quiz

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2016 Olympics in Chicago?

Just a few more months till October. That's when we find out if the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Chicago. Will the outcome have an impact on the Chicago real estate market? I say yes.

So many properties are available for purchase in this buyers' market and those places close to the lakefront are perfectly located for the event. Some of those areas are: The Loop, South Loop, Bronzeville, Washington Park and even Lakeview where the tennis events are proposed to take place.

Just east of The Loop and just west of Lake Michigan is beautiful Millenium Park which is central to any happening in Chicago.

A perfect place to buy a condo is in the 5 North Wabash Building. I just happen to know of a great one bedroom in that building that would make convenient 'in-town' , full time residence or even an investment.

Check it out and contact me if you have any interest in seeing it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Take This Quiz to see how much you know about the 2009 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit.
I took the quiz and learned a few things and you can too. Even if you are not in the market for your first home you might know someone who is and pass along this information.

Actually, it doesn't have to be the first home you've ever purchased....there is a rule about that but you will have to take the quiz or watch this video to find out if you or your friends are eligible.

Contact me if you would like to buy this 3 Bedroom home in Sauganash