Helpful Information for Home Buyers

Who is your agent working for?  An overview of agency relationships in Illinois, fiduciary relationships in general, and dual agency.  Worth reading!

Typical homebuying costs  An overview of all homebuying costs and when you can expect to pay them. 

How the MLS works    REALTORS® pool their listings so you only need one (good) agent to see all listed homes. (There’s a little more to it, however.) 

Recommended service providers   In addition to a REALTOR®, these are professionals most homebuyers utilize in buying a home in this area.

Financing your home purchase  The "basics" (but the basics may have changed since your last purchase.

Types of financing  More of the basics, but worth a look.

Finding a home on the Internet  The most visited websites and timeliness of their content.

Buying unlisted property   An interesting way to increase the number of homes from which to select.

Buying short sales or bank-owned property  Its not for everyone, but it may be for you.

Renting vs. Buying
  An objective discussion of the pros and cons of each.

School Information  School comparisons plus other useful information.

Frequently Asked Questions from buyers we have represented.

Glossary of Real Estate Terms