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Buying a smaller multi-family dwelling can be a great investment for a wide-range of today’s home buyers, both in the short-term and long-term. For many investors, purchasing a 2-4 flat in Chicago is a savvy way to lower your mortgage payment or possibly even live for free if you’re able to find the right deal...
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Chicago real estate can be pricey, but luckily first-time buyers do have some options. Certain neighborhoods are good choices when it comes to trading rent for owning your own slice of the housing market. Before you put down any money on your first home, you’ll want to consider some of Chicago’s top neighborhoods for first-time...
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They’ve been a popular option for Chicago homebuyers for more than 100 years, and it seems Chicago bungalows are just as popular today with certain buyers as they once were generations ago. Chicago bungalows first started popping up across the city a little more than a century ago. Extremely popular in the early 20th century,...
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If you’re in need of a home mortgage, you may be trying to decide which particular mortgage is best for you. One of the most popular types of home loans is a conventional mortgage.  These types of loans are typically available through private lenders like Credit unions Banks Mortgage companies Essentially, a conventional mortgage means...
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Bridge loans: Understanding the requirements A bridge loan works a bit differently than other home loans. It’s typically a short-term loan to help you “bridge the gap” of buying and selling a home at the same time. A bridge loan often has a 6 to 12 month term A higher interest rate Before you consider...
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Multi-family investments: How to qualify for a loan If you’re serious about a multi-family investment, you need to consider how to finance your future plans. Qualifying for a loan with a multi-family investment property isn’t always the same as qualifying for a single-family property. There are some differences to be aware of. The down payment...
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Multi-family investments: FHA multi-family investing Purchasing a multi-family property is usually a major investment. Sometimes, real estate investors worry about not coming up with enough money to cover a large enough down payment. That’s because, generally with multi-family properties the down payment has to be considerably more than it does with a single-family home. There...
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First-time Buyers: Everything you need to understand about closing costs If you’re a first-time buyer, you’ve likely put a lot of thought into how much home you can afford. You understand the purchase price, the down payment and what kind of mortgage interest rate you’re in for. What about extra costs? Unfortunately, sometimes first-time buyers...
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FHA 203(k) eligibility – How to qualify for a rehab loan If you’re in the market for a home that’s not exactly move-In ready, the FHA 203(k) loan may be a good deal. This type of loan helps you finance the home and its repairs, but not every potential buyer or home project qualifies. Because...
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Buying a home can feel like a complicated process. But if you’re prepared and know what to expect from the beginning, chances are your home buying experience will feel more exciting and rewarding than it will stressful. So to help get you started off in the right direction, we’ve compiled a list of 20 tips...
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