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Your Guide to Raw Land Purchase Agreements in Illinois

Raw land purchase agreements feature a few basic provisions, including purchase price, due diligence period, final closing conditions, and default and remedy. These provisions are specifically created to safeguard the interests of both the seller and the buyer. They are an important part of the purchase agreement. Purchase Price Provision A raw land purchase agreement has an important provision that deals with the purchase price and payment arrangements available to the potential buyer. … [Read more...]

How to Use an FHA 203K Loan to Rehab Your Investment Property

A borrower can rehab an investment property with the FHA 203k loan by purchasing and renovating a multifamily (2-4 unit) property. The borrower must then reside in one of the units as his or her primary residence for at least a year to satisfy FHA’s permanent residence requirement before renting out the property. What if a Borrower Already Owns a Home? If a person has already purchased a home, he or she can refinance his or her current mortgage using the FHA 203k loan. This presents smart … [Read more...]

Just How Hot Is the Arlington Heights Real Estate Market?

Arlington Heights had 503 homes on the market in June 2021, but only 24.3 percent of them sold. Approximately 59.6% remained for sale and 16.1 percent were removed from the market for different reasons. The small percentage of the sale is, however, not unusual. In any given month, only a small number of homes sell compared to the overall number of homes listed for sale. Working with an aggressive real estate attorney who knows how to properly value homes relying on their location and … [Read more...]

Did You Receive a Notice of Lis Pendens?

Lis pendens, a Latin term that means “pending litigation,” is a notice pronouncing that a suit has been lodged against a property. This notice can hurt the sale price or likelihood of a sale because any pending lawsuits are usually disadvantageous to the owner. A notice of Lis Pendens warns potential homebuyers that there is litigation concerning the property such as a foreclosure or dispute in the ownership of a property and a lawsuit has already been filed. Common Reasons for Filing a Lis … [Read more...]

Chicago Sees Record Number of Real Estate Closings

The Chicago Real estate market managed a powerful start in 2021, with January recording the highest number of closings in 14 years. January 2021 reported a 17.1 percent higher closing than January last year, as the market strives to compensate for lost home sales during the early months of the pandemic. A huge chunk of the increase in sales came from condos that have been falling behind until January 2021. Condo sales increased by 21.4 percent while sales of single-family homes rose by 6.0 … [Read more...]

What You Should Know About Foreclosure Protections

Mortgages financed by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or the federal government have two foreclosure protections. They include a temporary suspension of foreclosures and COVID-19 hardship mortgage forbearance. These protections were availed to qualified homeowners after the enforcement of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Since then, these protections have been expanded to offer additional help to eligible homeowners under the supervision of Fannie, Freddie Mac, and … [Read more...]

Rising Home Prices Are Straining the Real Estate Market

With home prices rising exponentially, the supply of affordable homes has dropped significantly over the years. The scarcity of safe and reasonably priced housing is hurting more potential homebuyers almost daily. Potential effects go past individual prospective homeowners, with increasing consequences for the society as a whole. How Rising Home Prices Are Affecting Home Buying Successful homeownership fosters economic well-being. Homeowners have a high likelihood of investing in their … [Read more...]

Should You Buy That Fixer-Upper?

Buying a fixer-upper can help a home buyer get a great deal on a new home. However, doing so may come with serious repercussions if the home buyer does not do proper research and understand what the process entails. From accurately evaluating the need for repairs, to ensuring the home’s price is low enough to bring a profit after the purchase, buyers need a clear understanding of what they are facing before purchasing a home that needs a lot of work. Proper Home Valuation Is Needed First, … [Read more...]

The Impact of Chicago’s First-Ever Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Plan

Many residents of Chicago find that the neighborhoods around public transportation in certain communities of the city lack adequate walkable housing. The city's Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Plan aims to change that. This plan has the potential to have far-reaching consequences for property owners in the city. Many will choose to work with a real estate attorney to fully understand the potential impacts. What the Plan Says Transit-Oriented Developments are high-density housing … [Read more...]

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Transforming the Real Estate Industry

The coronavirus is transforming the real estate industry in Illinois, and the Windy City is enduring the pandemic’s wrath. Listings in Suburban Chicago and similar areas, however, are drawing the attention of city-dwellers and home prices in the Burbs are on the rise.  Suburban Real Estate Surge  Fear of coronavirus exposure has prompted city-dwellers across the country to flock to more spacious, less populated suburban areas in recent months. According to data from Realtor.com, … [Read more...]

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