Real Estate

Is there a mechanic’s lien on the property you’re purchasing?

A number of unexpected difficulties may come up while purchasing property. One little-known problem that affects some buyers is the possibility of facing a mechanic’s lien. According to Illinois Legal Aid, more than 800 of these liens were filed last year in the Chicago area alone. This kind of lien can take many years to settle, creating serious legal difficulties for new property owners.  What is a mechanic’s lien? When a construction company builds a home or business property, it … [Read more...]

Illinois legislation seeks to amend property tax code for tool and manufacturing business property

Recently, Chicago Business announced that a manufacturing company has decided to relocate to Illinois from Indiana. The company is the latest business to move to Illinois and revealed that one of the deciding factors was the offer of a tax abatement in Munster. The tax abatement will eliminate property taxes for the manufacturer over the next 10 years, providing the company with a yearly relief of around $200,000. Property tax incentives are commonly used by states to attract more … [Read more...]

New rules for foreclosures in Illinois

New Illinois foreclosure rules which went into effect last year, were put in place to assist and protect those who face foreclosure on their residential property. … [Read more...]

Avoiding Zombie Title Pitfalls

According to a 2009 -RealtyTrac study, foreclosure filings increased by more than 81 percent in 2008. This means that just over 860,000 families lost their homes when they were unable to keep up their mortgage payments. … [Read more...]

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