Single Women Homebuyers Dominate Market

Who run the world? Girls. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, single females contributed to a significant amount of home sales in the last year. “Despite having a much lower income ($55,300) than single male buyers ($69,600), female buyers made up over double the amount of men (7 percent),” says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Single women for years have indicated… Read More

Homeownership Better Way of Producing Wealth

According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index homeownership is a better way to produce greater wealth, on average, than renting. The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to answer the question: Is it better to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market? The index examines the entire US housing… Read More

First Time Homebuyer Checklist

Buying your first home is an exhilarating experience! It may mean you’re growing your family or you’ve finally gotten that promotion that will allow you to make a big investment. However, it can also be a very stressful time. Through the help of your realtor, lender and other great resources, you can be fully prepared for this… Read More

Tips for First-Time Landlords

You buy property at a good price, patch up a few holes in the walls, add fresh paint and rent it out to three tenants each paying $1,000 a month. Half of that income covers your mortgage and the other half goes into your pocket. Sounds easy enough, right? While I encourage these kinds of investments, it’s… Read More

The Advantages of Buying in the Fall Season

Noah and Harper have spent years saving up to buy their dream home. Something a little unique on an oversized lot, with a sports bar for him and a walk-in closet for her, and a yard so their kids can play baseball. They’ve been saving for quite awhile. And over time as they’ve saved, they’ve skimmed through real estate websites… Read More

How to De-Clutter Your Home

The wonderful, beautiful thing that happens when you rid yourself of the things that don’t see your worth? You make space in your life for all the glorious things you deserve.” -Mandy Hale It happens to all of us. One day, we wake up and realize that our home, our sanctuary, the single most place in… Read More

IHDA Offering SERIOUS Cash Incentives for First-time Homebuyers this Summer

I’m back!!!!! First I would like to apologize for my SUBSTANTIAL disappearance from my beloved blog. As barren as Chicago’s winter was is as busy as the spring and summer have been! So to all of my thousands of loyal readers (ha!) I apologize for my absence. It took something REALLY important to make me see sense… Read More

Young, Fabulous and Sick of Paying Rent: Can You Afford to Buy?

Leasing a fabulous apartment in the city is a lot like dating Mr. Right Now. It’s fun, it’s pretty easy and there are practically no strings attached. You can basically move in with nothing but a mattress, a table,  your favorite bottle of Trader Joe’s ridiculously inexpensive wine and start having fun. Buying, on the… Read More

February Market Update

Chicago’s weather isn’t the only heat wave we’re experiencing. Our real estate market is on fire too, but unlike these temporary forty degree days, this fiery market looks like it’s here to stay. I caught up with the rest of my top-producing team, The Straub Milito Group, to find out what they had to say… Read More