Real Estate

CFPB Rules Can Help You Keep a Mortgaged Property When Your Loved One Passes Away

The new guidelines from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) make it easier for people to assume an existing mortgage when their loved one dies. While the 2014 rule requires loan servicers to provide certain information about the mortgage to heirs, the 2018 rule requires lenders to have procedures in place to quickly identify "successors in interest" and communicate with those who have the legal interest in the property. Entitlement to Loss Mitigation Options The CFPB rules make it … [Read more...]

Housing Affordability: There Is No Crisis

While a housing affordability crisis has taken the blame for holding back home sales in the United States, homes in America are more affordable than ever despite increased prices and rising interest rates. New data provided by First American Financial Corp. suggests that today's home buyers are actually experiencing a much more affordable housing market than their parents did four decades ago. Historically low mortgage interest rates and consistent income growth have provided Americans with more … [Read more...]

Duty to Serve Program Brings Homebuying Options to Low and Middle Income Americans

Owning a home is a source of accomplishment. Unfortunately, affordable homeownership remains a pipe dream for many low and middle-income Americans. Homeowners are often burdened by the weight of mortgage repayments. The Duty to Serve Program was established by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to make homeownership affordable through the introduction of more home buying options. Those who are either struggling to make their mortgage payments, or are falling behind ought to work directly with … [Read more...]

Will Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Make Housing in America Great Again?

Trump's proposed infrastructure plan could be a game changer for America, but challenges exist that may hinder the plan from becoming as transformative as was originally envisioned. The infrastructure plan will encourage the development of advanced technology, like broadband internet, in rural communities throughout the U.S. But higher taxes to help cover the costs of the projects, increased home building and remodeling costs due to a shortage of construction workers, and swarms of new residents … [Read more...]

Deed Restrictions Can Ruin Your Dream Home

Deed restrictions can have a big impact on purchasing or building a new home, selling an existing home, renovations, and even how a property is used. Since deed restrictions are attached to the land, they can continue to cause problems for both current and future owners of a property for many years. What is a Deed Restriction? Deed restrictions, or restrictive covenants, are provisions in a property deed that place limits on the use of the property and/or building on the property. Such … [Read more...]

Check With HOA For Defects Before Buying A Condo

Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are valuable resources when checking for possible defects before purchasing a condo. Because the HOA is not incentivized by the possibility of a large payout or to lie, deceive or mislead a prospective buyer, consumers may be able to access more detailed and honest information than they might otherwise. Sellers are incentivized to paper over defects in the building or other issues that are currently being contested because their goal is to sell the unit and move. … [Read more...]

The Truth About Zestimates in Illinois

Zillow’s property value estimates, commonly referred to as “Zestimates,” may be misleading Illinois home buyers. With a median error rate of approximately 8 percent nationwide, and even higher in some areas, these inaccuracies can equal disparities of tens of thousands of dollars. In some situations, the difference between a Zestimate and a true property appraisal is more than $100,000. Zestimates Are Not Actual Appraisals A Zestimate is a very popular consumer tool used to estimate a home’s … [Read more...]

Importance of Due Diligence Before Completing a Real Estate Transaction

Due diligence can help prevent homebuyers in Illinois from losing thousands of dollars. This is a vital part of the home buying process and one that is the responsibility of the buyers. While Illinois does require sellers to disclose material defects in the homes, there are additional factors that the buyer should consider when deciding whether or not to go through with the transaction. Buying residential real estate may be one of the largest financial transactions that home buyers ever complete … [Read more...]

Five Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home In Chicago

Potential home buyers can make informed home buying decisions they will feel good about for many years ahead by avoiding some basic mistakes. Home buyers sometimes purchase based on emotion and want instead of logical reasoning and practical need. That can lead to years of stress due to being strapped with monthly mortgage payments for a home they are unable to sell for what they owe. Buying more than is easily affordable According to the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) Housing … [Read more...]

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Reverse mortgages offer options to senior homeowners who are struggling to maintain a certain lifestyle. Although they have advantages, they're not right for every homeowner. An attorney real estate can explain the legalities of a reverse mortgage and the impact on finances and home equity. The Facts About Reverse Mortgages A reverse mortgage is a federally backed FHA loan that enables senior homeowners who are 62 years old or older to convert part of their home's equity into cash. Reverse … [Read more...]

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