Why Are Appraisals Important?

  Who Does the Appraisal? When an appraisal is done, an unknown, third-party, qualified professional is brought in to examine the property. The buyer and lender do not have the ability to choose the appraiser. This person will go to the property and look at the amenities of the property, and then compare that to all the properties that have sold in the area to determine a fair market value for your home. Is the Appraised Value Acceptable? A lender will look at the appraised value of the home, and compare that value to your contract price, whether you have bought the home or are doing a refinance. After the appraisal, the lender needs to check that the appraised value is acceptable, and also determine the condition of the home to see whether any improvements need to be made. In some cases, such as with FHA renovation loans, a list…

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Are You Thinking About Buying a Chicago Area Home in 2017?

                    With 2016 behind us, and the beginning of 2017 underway, many folks take a step back and look at their New Year’s resolutions and what they would like to accomplish in the coming year. While reflecting on their aspirations for the year, many renters and first-time buyers have the goal of purchasing a new home in 2017. If buying a home is one of your New Year’s resolutions, take some time to figure out and assess where you are now, and where you need to be in order to buy a home. Doing an assessment with a qualified mortgage loan officer will help you determine where you are at financially, and things you can to do to help you prepare to buy a home. Examining Your Savings, Debt and Credit An important aspect of your financial picture is your amount…

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Chicago, Illinois FHA 203k Mortgage -What Realtors Need to Know When Working With an FHA 203k Loan

      Here in the Chicago area most Realtors have never worked with an FHA 203k rehab and renovation mortgage. This is a great mortgage for many uses, but even more so now, with inventory of good, ready to move in properties so short. Some properties are true fixer-uppers (most Realtors still think that an all cash offer is the only option in order for these properties to sell), others might just need a new kitchen, bathrooms, or maybe new flooring. I know some Realtors don’t want to even show these homes to their buyers because they think that these properties are too much work for their buyer, and that even if they could get financing, it would not be worth it. The truth is, a big portion of the buyers in the market today are looking for the bargains, and this often means foreclosed properties, and out dated homes and even if…

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