We’re No. 1! Elmhurst Ranked Top Booming Suburb in Illinois

Coldwell Banker’s Booming Suburbs ranking completes its Best Places to Live series. We’re not sure how we missed this ranking over the summer, but it’s never too late to share some good news. Elmhurst was ranked by national real estate firm Coldwell Banker as the top Booming Suburb in Illinois. [...] Read more »

Foreclosure crisis is drawing to a close

Our long national foreclosure nightmare may be over. The number of new foreclosure filings in August hit its lowest level in nearly eight years, according to RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed properties. Soaring home prices and a big decline in underwater borrowers — those who owe more on their [...] Read more »

The Information and Documents that a Mortgage Lender may ask for

It’s definitely a big issue to take out a mortgage loan and buy your dream home. The process is complex enough as lenders make it a point to check lots of financial documents and information to make sure that the borrower will be able to pay off the mortgage loan [...] Read more »

Pick Up Tax Credits on Home Upgrades Before Winter

New Chicago real estate owners can enjoy some big tax benefits by giving their homes upgrades, and in doing so now can also make for a more comfortable rest of the year – after all, winter is coming. Energy efficient tax rebates are a great win-win offered by the federal [...] Read more »

Renovate your home: 5 smart fixes

Allyn Brown didn’t really like the cramped, choppy layout of his 1970s ranch home, but the location was just too good to give up. The house sits on two mountaintop acres overlooking vineyards and orchards, just minutes from the vibrant downtown of Sherwood, Ore. — fifth on this year’s list [...] Read more »