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Monthly Archives: March 2021

    What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market

    By John Lyons | March 29, 2021

    If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the ultimate sellers’ market and the optimal time to make sure your house is available for buyers who are looking for homes to purchase. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The... Read More

    To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell

    By John Lyons | March 19, 2021

    When thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However, with so many buyers competing for available homes right now, renovations may not be as vital as they would be in a more normal market. Here are two things to keep in... Read More

    What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?

    By John Lyons | March 12, 2021

    If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people may think it’s 20% of the loan to secure a mortgage. While there are plenty of lower down payment options available for qualified buyers who don’t want to put... Read More

    Homeowner Exemption

    By John Lyons | March 9, 2021

    Cook County homeowners may reduce their tax bills significantly by taking advantage of the Homeowner Exemption.  Exemptions reduce the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) of your home, which is multiplied by the tax rate to determine your tax bill. Homeowner Exemption reduces the EAV of your home by $10,000 starting in Tax Year 2020 (payable in... Read More