mortgages in the Chicago area

Chicago Area Real Estate – How do We Know When We’ve Reached the Bottom?

If you are in the market to buy a home or condo here in the Chicago area, you are probably a little bit nervous. On one hand, the property values are down and you are able to buy a home at a bargain price compared to where homes were selling just a year or two ago. On the other hand, you wonder if we are near the bottom, or if the bargain you buy now will seem over priced a year from now. The truth is that markets (whether stock markets, bond markets or real estate markets) are unpredictable, and we won’t know where the bottom was until we have gone past it. That being said, I’m not sure we are at the bottom yet, but it is still a good time to buy a home here in the Chicago area, as long as you plan to keep it more…

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Why FHA May be the Best Option for Chicago Area Home Buyers – Even Those Who Can Qualify for a Conventional Mortgage

Not so long ago, FHA loans were the red-headed step child in the housing market. They didn’t get any respect. That wasn’t always the case. Back in the old days FHA loans were the only option for most first time home buyers or others who had little money to put down. FHA was the way for many borrowers to take their first steps into home ownership here in the Chicago area. Not only could you buy a home with a small down payment, but the entire down payment could be a gift, and your credit didn’t have to be perfect. There were problems with FHA loans, though. It took longer to get a loan approved and closed than with a conventional loan, and if there were issues with the homes condition (like peeling paint) the issues had to be fixed before closing. Many people felt that FHA underwriters were professional…

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