Local Business Spotlight: A Look Back on 2018
With 2018 coming to an end, we wanted to look back on what an incredible year it has been. We had our most successful year ever helping more people list their homes and purchase new homes than any year prior, as our Brokerage has grown. We are thankful for the opportunity to do so, and we... More
What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home in Chicago?
National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where Chicago home values are headed over the next six... More
Local Business Spotlight: Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago
IRPINO Real Estate Presents our Local Business Spotlight series featuring local businesses in Chicago’s Uptown and Buena Park neighborhoods. One thing we hear often about why people love Uptown is the Diversity. The diversity of the people, the diversity of the businesses, and this month, we got to experience the diversity of the food in... More
The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your Chicago House
Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that is when they will have the most competition! The #1 Reason to List... More
4 Reasons to Buy A Home in Chicago This Winter!
Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home in Chicago today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.7% over the... More
7 Reasons to List Your Chicago Home For Sale This Holiday Season
Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons not to wait: Relocation buyers are... More
Chicago Home Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs!
Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage? By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days after submitting their loan application and they should receive a closing disclosure 3 days... More
The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home in Chicago [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out if... More
Local Business Spotlight: Spoil Me Salon & Spa in Chicago
IRPINO Real Estate Presents our Local Business Spotlight series featuring local businesses in Chicago’s Uptown and Buena Park neighborhoods. In November, we sat down with the owner of Spoil Me Salon & Spa, Adel Shaw. Spoil Me is a Full Service Salon and Spa specializing in the latest trends and techniques for hair, skin, nails... More
How Will Chicago Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?
There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources: Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to successfully deliver fair, sustainable, and responsible real estate... More